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  • How Mom Became Dr. Josephine R. Flynn

    Middlesex Later Became Brandeis University

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2017

    This is another chapter from Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport. It will be launched with a reading on Wednesday, August 23, at Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main Street, Gloucester, 01930. The event, paired with Annisquam poet, Geoffrey Movius, is free and will start at 7:30 PM. Mom graduated from Middlesex College of Medicine and Surgery during the Great Depression. After WWII its founder, Dr. John Hall Smith, sold the Waltham property which was launched as Brandeis University. I graduated from Brandeis in the class of 1963.

  • Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

    Langrée Leads Mostly Mozart

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 18th, 2017

    Mostly Mozart programs with intent. While the most obvious connections between a program including Prokovief's 1st Symphony, Mozart's 25th and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto may be their bridge positions between musical periods, the Classical, Romantic and Neoclassical, more than a ladder rung binds these pieces. Exuberant turns of phrase, often taken at a tear, provide their texture. Violinist Gil Shaham uses his consummate pyrotechnics on behalf of the music.

  • Sophie Treadwell's 1928 Machinal

    Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center,

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 19th, 2017

    Machinal, a new production of a neglected 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell at the Greenhouse Theater Center, is stunning in its balletic staging and the nuanced performance of Heather Crisler, playing the Young Woman.

  • Trisha Brown Dance Company

    Triumphant Return to Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2017

    Trisha Brown was a founder of Judson Dance Theatre and was an influence on following generations of dancers exploring post modernism and pure movement. Dhe died in March at 80. This week the company has performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance with works tom 1980 to 2009.

  • Kirill Gerstein. at Mostly Mozart

    Celebrating the love triangle of Robert and Clara Schumann and Brahms

    By: Paul J. Pelkonen - Aug 17th, 2017

    The trials and tribulations of the great Romantic composers have always fascinated the classical music-loving public. From the extramarital wanderings of Richard Wagner to Frederic Chopin's stormy relationship with the lady novelist George Sand, it has provided fodder for intermission conversation over coffee and small overpriced sandwiches. Arguably, the most famous triangle relationship was between three composers: Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and Johannes Brahms.

  • Company by Stephen Sondheim

    Stunning Revival at Barrington Stage Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2017

    This season Julianne Boyd has taken another crack at Sondheim's Company and critics appear to be unanimous that a sensational production is on the short list of her best work. She is noted for loving musicals and this one is a corker.

  • Gershwin at 59E59 Theaters

    Anderson Twins Play

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 17th, 2017

    The Anderson Brothers, consummate musicians, make the case for Gershwin's popularity by citing his access to the new media, radio. The songs themselves are enough to convince us. Joined by Molly Ryan, who has a perfectly beautiful voice, the fabled composer entrances.

  • Berkshire Resident Jerry Martin 1926-2017

    Artist / Illustrator and Master of Green River

    By: Benno Friedman - Aug 17th, 2017

    A man for all seasons, Jerry Martin, the Berkshire artist/ illustrator has passed. With quirky Mr. Natural looks and mannerisms he was a pithy and complex character and friend. He was a lively presence in the Alice’s Restaurant gang that hung out at the church in Stockbridge and communal holiday gatherings. In the summer we skinny dipped in the secluded Green River on his spacious property. Benno Friedman remembers our much loved friend. He passed this week at 91

  • Financial Crisis of the Berkshire Museum

    What Do the Numbers Add Up To

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 16th, 2017

    As a matter of public record we have examined the Federal tax information Form 990 disclosures of the Berkshire Museum from 2011 to 2015. They do not appear to create a profile of a cultural institution in dire straits. The museum is going forward with last ditch plans to sell 40 works of art. It is possible that there has been a dramatic downturn in the past two years? A Berkshire Eagle editorial asked “Why deny access to the museum's profit/loss statements for the past two years?" Based on reports for the prior five years we have questions for the museum, its director, Van Shields, and the board of trustees.

  • Nugents of Rockport

    Patrick and Mary Raised Thirteen on Beaver Dam Farm

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 16th, 2017

    On Wednesday, August 23, there will be a reading and book launch for Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport at the Gloucester Writers Center. It will feature the author. Charles Giuliano, and poet Geoffrey Movius.The new book is built around an extensive interview with the author's mother, Dr. Josphine R. Flynn, that was conducted in 1986 during a commute from Palm Beach to her summer home in Annisquam. In this excerpt from the book they discuss the Nugents of Rockport and summers she spent with her grandmother on Beaver Dam Farm in Rockport. The book is available through Amazon.

  • Picpoul de Pinet From Southern France

    A Perfect Acidic Wine For Seafood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 16th, 2017

    In southern France, close to the Mediterranean Sea lies a region that specializes in wines made for seafood. That wine is Picpoul de Pinet and is perfect for oysters, mussels, clams and the gamut of seafood that inhabits the earth.

  • Hamlet in San Diego

    Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - Aug 16th, 2017

    “Hamlet” once again graces the Lowell Davies Outdoor Festival stage as part of the Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival. The ‘melancholy Dane’ and his travails is crisply directed by the Old Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi artistic director Barry Edelstein, who caps off another winning season of plays and musicals selected and produced under his stewardship.

  • Broken Box Mime Theater in Bennington

    Brooklyn Based Ensemble on Tap

    By: Chris Buchanan - Aug 15th, 2017

    Award-wining ensemble, Broken Box Mime Theater will host an Open Studio Share at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 27 at the conclusion of a week-long residency

  • The Fresh Grass Festival At MASS MoCA

    Thirty Days to Countdown

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Aug 15th, 2017

    We are now one month away from the opening of the three day 'Fresh Grass' festival that takes place, yearly, on the grounds of MASS MoCA, located in North Adams, Massachusetts.

  • Figuratively Speaking at Eclipse Mill Gallery

    Five Berkshire Artists Explore the Human Condition

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 15th, 2017

    The special exhibition Figuratively Speaking, at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, September 1 to 24, offers fresh and evocative interpretations allowing for a broad range of approaches to the perennial conundrum of the human condition. The five Berkshire based artists include William Archer, Joanna Klain, Linda O’Brien, Opie O’Brien, and Wilma Rifkin.

  • True West Explodes in Ft. Lauderdale

    Late Sam Shepherd's Play in Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Aug 14th, 2017

    New City Players presents a blazing production of True West. The Sam Shepherd play sizzles in sunny, suffocating South Florida Expect plenty of fireworks in powerfully acted production.

  • Ian Bostridge Reimagines Winterreise

    Mostly Mozart Offers Hans Zender's Interpretation

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 12th, 2017

    Netia Jones has combined tenor Ian Bostridge's thirty year passion and a brilliant "compositional interpretation" of the piano music for orchestra into a hydra-headed tour de force with video, sets and the suggestion of cabaret. Bostridge has the perfect voice for the wanderer, a stranger at the start and at the end. The staging works well.

  • Actually at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Maat the Ancient Egyptian Feather of Truth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 14th, 2017

    At the end of a night of binge drinking the Princetown freshmen Tom (Joshua Boone) and Amber (Alexandre Socha) hook up. In the clear night of morning was she raped?. They were so drunk that neither can recall details. It is up to a review panel of faculty to hear both sides and decide on appropriate action. It is a poignant and timely issue as lives are in the balance on college campuses all over America.

  • Laurie Norton Moffatt on the Role of Trustees

    Rockwell Museum Director Argues for Respect

    By: Laurie Norton Moffatt - Aug 14th, 2017

    In a key op-ed piece for the Berkshire Eagle, Laurie Norton Moffatt the director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, called on the Berkshire Museum to "pause" its plans to sell 40 works including two by Rockwell. Largely based on her position the story broke in the national media. In the process the rhetoric escalated. In this opinion piece she asks for a wider understanding of the commmitment and responsibilites of serving on boards of non profits. With so many cultural institutions looking for funding from the same small pool of donors there are parfticular and extreme pressures for boards in the Berkshires. She calls for a focus on issues and not individuals.

  • Centerbeam at ZKM/Karlsruhe, Germany

    Exhibition and Symposium until October 1st

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Aug 11th, 2017

    The exhibition to celebrate 'Centerbeam’s' 40 th anniversary has been open since mid May in Karlsruhe. On September 2nd ZKM will host ten representatives of the original participants on location or via skype. The symposium should deliver lively discussions of the past and perhaps a way forward to recreate 'Centerbeam,' a third time, in the near future.

  • Violinist Joshua Bell

    A Master Musician Mesmerises Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 15th, 2017

    Youthful, still, at 49, Joshua Bell proved his place in the history of great performances at Tanglewood, when playing Mendelssohn's, 'Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64.

  • International Contemporary Ensemble at Mostly Mozart

    How Forests Think

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 14th, 2017

    International Contemporary Ensemble is the go-to group for the performance of contemporary music.They presentedd three important contemporary composers as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

  • David A Ross Opposes Berkshire Museum Sale

    Renowned Former Whitney Museum Director Posts Statement

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2017

    The renowned former Whitney Museum director, David A. Ross, in an exclusive statement posted to Berkshire Fine Arts strongly opposes plans initiated by the Berkshire Museum. “This is a sad affair. Perhaps the board, if unwilling to raise funds in the way all museums have to, should resign (along with its feckless director). My feeling is it should merge administratively with another educational non-profit in the region, and then begin the process of stabilization. It would be preferable to see the museum close for a few years of re-organization, than to forever destroy the core of its irreplaceable art collection.”

  • Pickets Protest Berkshire Museum Meltdown

    Orderly Demonstration in Front of Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 13th, 2017

    From 9 AM to noon there was an ordely and peaceful demonstration in front of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. Pickets came and went with between 40 and 80 individuals linuing the sidewalk at any given time. Most passing cars honked their support. There was a media presence. While museum director, Van Shields, remained hunkered down in the bunker, board president Elizabeth "Buzz" Hayes McGraw delivered her boilplate message to a TV crew from Albany.

  • Iceland: Part One

    Westman Islands

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 13th, 2017

    Heimaey is the only inhabited one of the fifteen volcanic Westman Islands on the southeast coast of Iceland. Rising from the cold sea, the island has a rugged appearance which belies its natural beauty and friendly people. Visiting Heimaey is a moving experience to learn about volcanic devastation and people's resilience to rebuild and to preserve the island's nature-made beauty.

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