• Harvest Moon

    Pillow Talk

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 08th, 2015

    Following my poetry reading at the Annisquam Village Library the cousins lingered. We enjoyed a rare gathering that was not a wedding or funeral. As the Irish tend to do we formed a circle and swapped outrageous tales. Topped by Kevin's account of the rigors of driving his dad, the cantankerous Judge A.E. Flynn, from Florida to his summer home in East Gloucester.

  • Twosomes

    Taken for Granite

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Aug 04th, 2015

    Thoughts on a summer's day.

  • New Histories

    How Past Become Future

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Catching up with old friends we share stories, laughs and memories. Without a present, creating new stories, there is little hope or reason for future meetings.

  • That ‘70s Show

    Mass Birthday Celebration in Sheffield

    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2015

    My buddy Jim Jacobs, known as Shango back in the day, and Kathleen hosted a last hurrah for the Berkshire hipster clan. It was held in a barn and tent in Sheffield. Just up the road a piece from where Benno and Stephanie held all those holiday celebrations. We gathered from near and far for an evening of Indian food and a groovy rock band. On the dance floor Astrid had all the right moves.

  • 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.

  • Art Critic Francine Koslow Miller (1951 to 2015)

    Mass College of Art Professor and Art Forum Correspondent

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2015

    Since the 1980s Francine Koslow Miller had been a formidable presence in the Boston art world as a critic for Art Forum, professor at Mass College of art and organizer of exhibitions and projects. As an alumna of Brandeis she was defender of the Rose Art Museum when there was a plan to sell the collection and close the museum. She died this week at the age of 64.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Remington

    The Write Stuff

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 27th, 2015

    A fine arts major I expected to spend my life as an artist. That has proved to be more or less true with as many facets and tangents as a cubist composition. A rejected gift of an old Remington upright typewriter changed everything.

  • Freddy's Music Unlimited

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Brilliant and eccentric he was an actor in the WPA. After a breakdown moved to Boston and the care of my father. Opened a record shop where I worked for him on Saturdays now and then.

  • Uncle Freddy

    Dove of Peace

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Like many urban poor during the Great Depression my colorful Uncle Freddy was a card carrying member of the Communist Party of America. He was better red than dead.

  • Aboard the Yacht Rachel

    Tennis and Yoga!

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - Jul 26th, 2015

    More tales of the Ancien Regime recalling Marat's lists composed in the bathtub. But in Annisquam not Paris where they eat cake and sail by moonlight.

  • The G

    Witness for the Prosecution

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2015

    Poet, archivist, photographer, raconteur Gerard Malanga lives with books and cats in Hudson, New York. Time was in leather he performed a whip dance with the Velvet Underground.

  • Day by Day

    Swinging for the Fences

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    Over the span of a decade Vincent van Gogh created an oeuvre of some 2,000 works including 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings. The fifty works on view in Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark allows us to realize what results when an artist works almost every day. That made me think about the 250 or so poems and two books that I created in this past year. What is produced today inspires what happens tomorrow.

  • Hic Transit Dracones

    Up the River for Kurtz

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    As we explore and use our lives as art when do we reach the boundary? Having mapped the known where do we cross over to terra incognita? Or as inscribed on medieval maps the unknown ocean where hic transit dracones.

  • Peacemaker

    Ballad for a Gunslinger

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    He didn't like the killing particularly in the beginning.

  • Susan Hall

    Phantoms of the Opera

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 07th, 2015

    During a holiday visit to New York critic Susan Hall treated me to nose bleed seats at the Met for Aida.

  • Jiminy Peak and Nexamp Launch a Solar Project

    2.3 Megawatt Solar Community Months Away

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 25th, 2015

    Jiminy Peak Resort, of New Ashford, Massachusetts, partners with Nexamp, a solar energy developer to construct a 2.3 megawayy solar energy facility that will tackle the majority of power used on the ski mountain and the neighboring community.

  • John Douglas Thompson on Ira Aldridge and Audra MacDonald

    Twenty Years in the Berkshires with Shakespeare & Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 23rd, 2015

    With the opening of Red Velvet at Shakespeare & Company behind him John Douglas Thompson had time for a leisurely breakfast in Lenox. It was the latest in a series of interviews about his classical and contemporary roles that started with Othello in 2006. This is the first of two parts of that recent dialogue

  • Artist and Activist Lloyd Oxendine (1942-2015)

    Worked to Promote Native American Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    The Lumbee Indian, Lloyd Oxendine, who died on August 5, held a BA in art history from Columbia where he also earned an MFA. From 1970-78 he ran a New York gallery dedicated to Native American Art. In 1972 he wrote what proved to be most of an issue of Art in American surveying 23 artists. For many years he was a brilliant and outspoken activist.

  • First Communion

    Five and Five No Matter What

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    No matter what I confessed the penance was always the same; five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys. Everything came with the usual five and five.

  • Fete des Fleurs at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens

    The 'Grow Show' Celebrates the Lenox Garden Club

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 17th, 2015

    Hats off to the members of the Lenox Garden Club and the Berkshire Botanical Gardens for hosting the ever so popular 'Fete des Fleurs' event at the Gardens in Lenox,Massachusetts. Music was courtesy of luminary Mike Schiffer with hors d'ouvres from Kate Baldwin Caterering.

  • Bookends

    Waiting for the Show

    By: Bookends - Aug 11th, 2015

    In the lobby waiting for the show stuck between ambient conversation, laments of age and disease, proved to be more memorable than the play itself.

  • Mr. B. B.

    Ain't Nothin but a Hound Dog

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 10th, 2015

    Sometimes animals have a way of adopting us. More than just a dog B.B. King was a worldly wise hipster and friend.

  • Roberto Lugo an Emerging Ceramics Artist

    Ferrin Contemporary Opening on Aug.22

    Ceramic mugs
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 06th, 2015

    Roberto Lugo, at 33, has emerged on the local art scene, thanks to Leslie Ferrin and her outreach program for artists in the ceramics, pottery world. His show opens on the Mass MoCA campus at Ferrin Contemporary on August 22.

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