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  • 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.

  • 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

    Rikki
    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

    Dunces
    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.

  • 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.

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    Paul
    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

  • Hamilton’s Leslie Odom plays Burr

    Discussing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopera

    Burr
    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.

  • John Douglas Thompson on Ira Aldridge and Audra MacDonald

    Twenty Years in the Berkshires with Shakespeare & Company

    JDT
    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

    Oxendine
    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.

  • Peacemaker

    Ballad for a Gunslinger

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

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

  • Thoughts

    Critique of Pure Reason

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    On the nature of all things.

  • Laurel and Hardy

    Lend Me Your Ears

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2015

    Creating is a team effort shaped by a critical process. Reaching an impasse. Hitting the wall. Tapped out. When you come to the fork in the road take it.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

    Dutch
    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2015

    Dutch oven cooking, popular since colonial times, came to Nevada with the early Mormon settlers of the area and remains a way of life even today. Nevada state parks regularly give demonstrations of how to cook with the short-legged, cast iron vessel with the rimmed lid.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly at 92

    Graduate of Boston's Museum School

    Kelly
    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.

  • Devinssi Winery in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

    Hugging the Grapes

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 30th, 2016

    Devinssi Vineyard in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain gives its customers a chance to adopt a grapevine. This adoption opens doors ot the winery and community in rural, Priorat, Spain (only two hours from Barcelona).

  • At Home With Lindsay Ann Crouse

    Reflecting on a Remarkable Life in Theatre

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2016

    Having returned to Annisquam where she grew up during summers Lindsay Ann Crouse is performing annually with Gloucester Stage. We saw her launch the season with a lively and hilarious production of Lettice ad Lovage. As kids my sister Pip was Lindsay's age and I was a bit older than her brother Timothy. On a rainy day we met in her vintage village home and discussed a remarkable life in theatre with numerous stage, TV and film credits including an Oscar nomination and an Emmy.

  • Former WBCN DJ Mark Parenteau at 66

    Last Years Marred by Scandal and Illness

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 09th, 2016

    During a golden age when WBCN was the Rock of Boston Mark Perenteau was a larger than life presence. A mega watt presence was the catalyst for both fame and fortune as well as scandal and demise. He died from complications following surgery at 66.

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