• Van Gogh and Nature at Clark Art Institute

    Summer Blockbuster in the Berkshires

    van Gogh
    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    The blockbuster summer exhibition, through September 13, is testing the capacity of the recently renovated and expanded Clark Art Institute to handle capacity visitation even mid week. Only a few of the 50 works in the exhibition Van Gogh and Nature will be readily familiar to visitors. Many of the works on view, gathered from major collections, rarely travel to special exhibitions such as this. The curators have provided an intimate view of his daily practice and meticulous study of nature.

  • Unknown Soldier at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    World Premiere Musical by Michael Freidman and Daniel Goldstein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 02nd, 2015

    This is the 10th WTF season for Michael Friedman, and 6th for Daniel Goldstein. They have created the world premiere of a musical Unknown Soldier which is one of the bright and promising productions this summer in Williamstown. The project was initiated through a commission from former artistic director Nicholas Martin. It has been brought to fruition by Mandy Greenfield .

  • Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers

    Botstein Conducts at Bard's Summerscape

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Ethel Smyth is the only female composer whose work has been produced by the Metropolitan Opera. An admirer of Wagner, Berlioz and Brahms, she in turn was admired by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Thomas Beecham and Virginia Woolf. The Wreckers is her best known opera and Leon Botstein, ever on the alert for deserving but underexposed works, presented it in concert form in 2007. Now he gives us the full treatment at Bard.

  • This Week at Tanglewood: August 2nd-6th

    Tanglewood On Parade Featured on Tuesday

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 02nd, 2015

    The week of August 2nd to 6thh is one of the most exciting weeks at Tanglewood,located in Lenox, Massachusetts. If you are a fan of conductor Andris Nelsons and Yo-Yo Ma, this is your week of enjoyment.

  • Edward Hopper Tour in Gloucester Aug. 7

    Houses painted by the Artist

    By: CAM - Aug 03rd, 2015

    American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. The Cape Ann Museum will present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Playwright John Guare at Barrington Stage

    Updating His Adaptation of His Girl Friday

    John Guare
    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 01st, 2015

    The renowned playwright John Guare was in Pittsfield recently for the first days of rehearsal of his play His Girl Friday. It is being directed by Julianne Boyd for Barrington Stage Company. He and others in the production met with the media for a lively give and take.

  • The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare & Company

    Hilarious Farce in a Modern Setting

    Kelley Curran
    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 01st, 2015

    Taibi Magar, in her directorial debut at Shakespeare & Company, takes audiences on a wild ride through the city of Ephesus, where two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth, collide. What ensues is hilarious, due to the acting skills of the cast and Magar's vision of bringing a modern day spin to Shakespeare's shortest comedy. The result is 90 minutes of rollicking fun.

  • The Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    Event for the Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Jessica Conzo, market manager for Downtown Pittsfield's Farmers Market, hosted the second annual 'Blue Moon Roof Top' celebration on Friday night, July 31st, on top of the Greystone Building, located at 446 North Street. The event was a sell-out.

  • The KUMU Art Museum

    Tallinn, Estonia

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 01st, 2015

    The winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008, the KUMU soars as the youthful face of independent Estonia. The museum's state-of-the-art galleries display selections from its 58,000-piece collection of Estonian art from the 18th century to the 1990s, including works from the Soviet era. The KUMU is a compelling destination in Tallinn, Estonia's charming capital.

  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    Tiffany Treasures in Winter Park, Florida

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 01st, 2015

    Catherine Hinman, the Museum’s Director of Public Affairs and Publications, said “A highlight of a visit [to the Morse Museum] is always the Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior Tiffany designed for exhibition at the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago, which literally brought fair-goers to their knees in 1893 and continues to mesmerize our visitors today.”

  • Lunch at Upscale Blantyre in Lenox

    A Surprisingly Affordable Special Treat

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 31st, 2015

    Blantyre means elgance, old world charm and to most of us, perceived, high prices. Think again. Lunch with wine and sunset views with a glass or bottle of Port and a cheese plate won't set you back as much as you would expect.

  • Feast a Celebration of Ethnic Diversity in Chicago

    Albany Park Theater Project and Goodman Theatre

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 31st, 2015

    No food is consumed by audience members in Feast, although by the end of the production, I was thinking fondly of a plate of lamb biryani with pappadums or perhaps some chicken mole.

  • Greensboro: A Requiem at American Theater Company.

    Chicago Production by ATC Youth Ensemble

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 31st, 2015

    The play tells the story of the demonstration by mostly black textile mill workers in Greensboro to protest the Ku Klux Klan. The march was publicized as taking place on November 3, 1979, and the marchers had obtained a police permit. It resulted in five deaths.

  • Dig This a Super Sized Sandbox Near Vegas

    Biggest Toys Imaginable

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 31st, 2015

    Ed Mumm the owner of Dig This said, “Originally I thought only men would be into this. As soon as we opened our doors for business, it became very obvious that I was wrong. Half of our clients are woman who apparently have also craved the opportunity to play in bulldozers and excavators. I think it is very empowering for them and is fantastic therapy to take control of a 20 ton piece of machinery and tear up some earth and what ever else is in their way.”

  • Side by Side by Sondheim

    North Coast Repertory Theatre through August 16

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 28th, 2015

    The North Coast Repertory Theatre production of “Side By Side By Sondheim”, does Mr. Sondheim proud! That enormous canon is selectively and lovingly brought to life by four gifted and talented singer/actors in a 90 minute free flowing tribute to his genius under the inspired direction of North Coast artistic director David Ellenstein.

  • Naumkeag's Exceptional Garden Party

    Restoration at the National Historic Landmak is Evident

    Robert Alsop
    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    The Trustees of Naumkeag host the yearly Garden Party for an enthusiastic crowd of local and out-of-town well wishers. Bellinis , hors d'oeuvres and sweets entertained the crowds appetite on this glorious, sunny afternoon in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

  • Yasmina Reza Two-Hander at S&Co;. in Lenox

    The Unexpected Man Directed by Seth Gordon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 25th, 2015

    From 1987 to 2006 the French playwright, Yasmina Reza, has written seven plays of which two, Art (1994) and God of Carnage (2006) have been hits. From 1995 Shakespeare & Company is presenting the rarely produced two-hander of strangers on a train, an author and a woman who has read him in depth, The Unexpected Man.

  • Rezo Gabriadze's Ramona at Lincoln Center

    An Enchanting Puppet Romance Between Two Engines

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 29th, 2015

    "The long forgotten and warm word 'locomotive' awoke in my mind - breathing vapor clouds, hoarse, smelling of coal smoke, even in wet weather." The passionate romance of two engines began here and takes an improbable journey as Ermon reminds his wife Ramona that you never say no when someone is in trouble. This is grown up puppetry from a great Georgian artist.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Blantyre in Lenox a World Class Destination

    Relais & Chateaux Rated

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 28th, 2015

    Blantyre in our backyard, is only minutes from Tanglewood and the arts of the Berkshires. Rooms are beautiful and wine and gourmet food is affordable.

  • Blair Underwood in Paradise Blue

    World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2015

    For the fourth production of the season at Williamstown Theatre Festival yet again it is a world premiere with the casting of stars like Blair Underwood and De'adre Aziza. Unlike the prior three productions last night there was a genuine and encouraging standing O from the enthusiastic audience. There are compelling components in an uneven play by Dominque Morisseau. She aspires to do for her native Detroit what August Wilson achieves in his Century Cycle for Pittsburgh,

  • Girlfriend at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

    World Premiere Musical by Todd Almond & Matthew Sweet

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 28th, 2015

    Todd Almond’s new rock musical “Girlfriend” with music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet is a vanguard production that addresses the issues of understanding, acceptance, as well as the hopes and dreams of two gay teenage boys who discover one another in rural Nebraska in the summer of 1993.

  • Arnie Reisman Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate

    Clara Bow Died for Our Sins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    As I inscribed in my book for him Arnie Reisman was my first and best editor starting with the Brandeis Justice and then Boston After Dark. I have enjoyed reading his first book of verse Clara Bow Died for Our Sins.

  • St. Petersburg

    The Cultural Capital of Russia

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 26th, 2015

    Founded by Peter the Great as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg lives up to that image with inspired art and architecture. Opulent palaces, grand cathedrals, and ornate buildings line its canals connected with beautiful bridges. The fantastic art and cultural programs that fill the monumental buildings make the visit all the more compelling.

  • Kafka on the Shore at Lincoln Center

    Murakami's Tale Adapted for the Stage by Frank Galati

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 26th, 2015

    When the director, Yukio Ninagawa, was a small boy he was struck by the dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History. In Murikama's book, Ninagawa found the perfect use for dioramas in theatre. Ninagama writes that this tale has intimate detail in scenes as well as dynamic narrative scale. On stage, the 'dioramas' move fluidly between scenes, which are enacted in one frame, but surrounded often by others.

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