• 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.

  • Hamilton’s Leslie Odom plays Burr

    Discussing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopera

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 30th, 2015

    Between the matinee and evening performances of the smash Broadway musical, Hamilton, we met backstage with Leslie Odom who plays Aaron Burr. The meeting was arranged by Jack Lyons, a California critic and friend of the actor's family. In a cramped dressing room we were joined by Florida based critic William Hirschman. This resulted in a lively, insightful discussion of the show and its unique casting which is causing a paradigm shift for Broadway musicals.

  • Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly at 92

    Graduate of Boston's Museum School

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 28th, 2015

    In 2013 we interviewed abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly during an exhibition of his relief series in wood at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A graduate of the Museum School he maintained close times with the city and its museum. He passed away yesterday at his home in Spencertown, New York.

  • Industrial Designer Richard Sapper (1932-2015)

    Iconic Industrial Designer Dead at 83

    Richard Sapper
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2016

    Iconic himself, Richard Sapper, an industrial designer whose sleek, precision-engineered prototypes spawned the Alessi espresso maker, the Tizio lamp and the IBM ThinkPad, died on Dec. 31 in Milan. He set the highest standards for industrial design in the latter half of the 20th Century and the early 21st Century.

  • Playwright Sharyn Rothstein Wins ATCA Award

    2015 Francesca Primus Prize for By the Water.

    By: ATCA - Jan 17th, 2016

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that playwright Sharyn Rothstein has been awarded the 2015 Francesca Primus Prize for her play By the Water. Rothstein will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially congratulated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright.

  • ATCA Announces Playwriting Finalists

    Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award

    By: ATCA - Mar 13th, 2016

    The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2015.

  • Big Year for Bill Russell, One of Broadway's Best!

    BCEFA Benefit Premieres an Exciting 2016 for Lyricist Russell

    By: Deborah Heineman - Mar 25th, 2016

    Writer/Lyricist Bill Russell has brought us some of the best of on and off Broadway – yet many do not recognize his name. Creator of the moving and critically acclaimed Side Show, Russell recently staged a benefit performance of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS) at the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC which was spectacular. 2016 will be a big year for Russell, with world premieres and revivals of three of his shows (Side Show, Pageant, and premieres of both Brave New World and Unexpected Joy) in London and across the U.S. from Cape Cod to the Carolina's and the Black Hills of South Dakota!

  • Berkshire's Gonzo Poet Charles Giuliano

    Berkshire Fine Arts, LLC Launches Total Gonzo Poems

    By: BFA - Mar 29th, 2016

    April is National Poetry Month. Berkshire Fine Arts, LLC announces the publication of two books Shards of a Life and Total Gonzo Poems by Berkshire poet and arts critic Charles Giuliano. In July, 1970 he coined the word gonzo while telling an outrageous story. He was the first to publish gonzo in a rock review that summer for the former daily Boston Herald Traveler. With these two books and a third nearing completion Giuliano has morphed gonzo journalism into a vibrant, hip, compelling form of cutting edge poetry.

  • Brian Dennehy Special Guest for P'Town Gala

    Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    By: PTWTF - Mar 30th, 2016

    The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival (TWP Fest) announces that the multi-award-winning actor Brian Dennehy, recognized for his interpretation of many of Eugene O’Neill’s complex characters, will be the guest of honor at their annual dinner. The gala is to support this fall’s 11th festival, Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams: Beyond Success with performances from theaters around the world throughout the charming seaside town from Sept 22 – 25, 2016. The Gala will take place on June 4.

  • Actress Irina Maleeva

    Appears in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 15th, 2016

    Irina Maleeva, born in Bulgaria but who has lived in the United States for over 40 years, started her movie career at the tender age of 14 while living in Italy. She was discovered by famed filmmaker Federico Fellini and went on to work with some of the premiere filmmakers including Orson Welles.

  • Eclipse Mill Book Launch May 6

    Event Features Five North Adams Authors

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2016

    Five residents of the Eclipse Mill will present a book launch and reading in the gallery on Friday, May 6 at 8pm. The free event and reception will occur at 243 Union Street, North Adams, Mass. 01247. The participants include Charles Giuliano, Astrid Hiemer, Vin Jensen (Ien Nivens) and Sarah Sutro.

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2015

    When I curated a solo exhibition of work by the Visionary artist Paul Laffoley it was his first Boston show in 20 years. The exhibition was ignored by the Boston Globe. A few years later, during his brief time at the Globe, Ken Johnson declared Laffoley to be the most important Boston artist of his generation. In recent years he enjoyed national and international recognition

  • Daniel Toral Wins 6th Annual Sommelier Slam

    Ten Competitors, One winner

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Nov 01st, 2015

    It was fierce competition at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint,Brooklyn, where the sixth annual sommelier slam competition took place. The contestants had to know wine theory, master wine pairings and then sell their pairings to the jurors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rikki Rudd at 102

    Beloved by Berkshire Arts Community

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 07th, 2015

    A small but growing increment live to be 100. Rikki Rudd, who was known and loved by many in the Berkshires arts community, passed away on October 6 at the age of 102. She emigrated from Denmark to the U.S. when in her 20s. She pursued journalism after study at Columbia University. That led to world travel and mastery of several languages. To celebrate her 90th birthday she took up sky diving. On every level she lived life to the full.

  • A Confederacy of Dunces Slated for World Premiere

    Creative Team Dicusses Production for Huntington Theatre Company

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 01st, 2015

    A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980 eleven years after John Kennedy Toole's suicide. Recently the creative team- adapter Jeffrey Hatcher, director David Esbjornson, and actor Nick Offerman- met with the media to discuss the production for Boston's Huntington Theatre Company. The comedy will run from November 11 through December 13.

  • Mocktoberfest Features the Polka Brothers

    Annual Fundraiser Berkshire Country Day School on May 7th

    May 7th
    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - May 03rd, 2016

    If you missed Octoberfest, you will have a second chance this Saturday, May 7th. Berkshire Country Day School will hold its annual Mocktoberfest fundraiser at 6:45pm. Auction items include photographer, Gregory Crewdson's artist proof and a trip to attend Octoberfest in Munich.

  • Mocktoberfest at Berkshire Country Day

    Over $60,000 Raised

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 13th, 2016

    With over 150 guests in attendance, Berkshire Country Day raised over $60,000 to assist in their financial aid program for students.

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