• 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.

  • Michael Bernardi Discusses Fiddler on the Roof

    Filling His Father Herschel's Boots an Original Tevye on Broadway

    By: Aaron Krause - May 19th, 2016

    Michael Bernardi lost his father, Herschel, when he was not yet two. Still, for much of his life, he has sensed his father’s presence. His father played Tevye on Broadway over three years and 702 performances, beginning in 1965. The younger Bernardi is currently playing Mordcha in the Tony nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

  • Jordi Domenech: Priorat's Busiest Winemaker

    Wears Coat of Many Colors

    Jordi Domenech
    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 23rd, 2016

    Jordi Domenech lives in the Priorat region of Spain, close to Barcelona. He is a winemaker, a vermouth salesman, a restaurant owner and a father. He is a very busy man. This is his present day story.

  • 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).

  • Tenor Johan Botha Dead at 51

    Memories of His Large Glorious Voice

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 08th, 2016

    Johan Botha died today in Vienna at 51. He had suffered from liver cancer, but was scheduled to sing at the Wiener Staatsoper this fall. The September 10th performance of Turandot will be dedicated to him. He once said, “The biggest milestone for me is to make people happy and smile.”

  • Boston’s The Verb Hotel

    Displays Bieber Collection of Rock Memorabelia

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 10th, 2016

    After graduation from the BU School of Journalism David Bieber found that the only way to research and promote rock music was to collect the material. Soon his apartment was cluttered with thousands of albums and related detritus. It is the foremost archive of a formative era when Boston emerged as a major matrix for contemporary music. Now highlights of the Bieber Collection have been installed at Boston's The Verb Hotel.

  • Boston Art Dealer Alan Fink at 91

    Art Was the Family Business

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2017

    Alan Fink met his artist wife, Barbara Swan, in Paris where he lived for three years on just $700. They married in 1952 and relocated to Boston. There he went to work for the next 16 years at Boris Mirski Gallery. In 1967 he founded Alpha Gallery now run by their daughter Joanna. Their son Aaron is an expressionist painter.

  • Deval Patrick Initiates Food For Thought

    Series Launched At Hancock Shaker Village

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 08th, 2017

    Ex-Governor, Deval Patrick, will host the first, 'Food For Thought', speaker series at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday, May 12th. He will talk over dinner about his autobiography, A Reason To Believe.

  • Into the Woods with Artist Gabrielle Barzaghi

    Hermit of Dogtown Previews Trident Gallery Exhibition

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 09th, 2017

    Some years ago they built a home and studio on some 20 acres deep in the woods of Cape Ann's legendary Dogtown Common. They like the privacy and seclusion. During a recent week in Gloucester we met for an extensive studio visit and discussion of the upcoming June exhibition "Gabrielle Barzaghi: Perfect World" at Trident Gallery. Several drawings created in enraged response to outrageous statements by Donald Trump were included in The Body Politic a group exhibition and performance series at the gallrery.

  • Richard Petty Museum in North Carolina

    Displaying Legendary NASCAR Winners

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 18th, 2017

    San Frncisco based travel writer, Susan Cohn, is known for ferreting out unusual destinations in rural America. Her stories always have an off the beaten trail exotic, down home flavor. This time she reports on the Richard Petty Museum in North Carolina. Parked on the property are dozens of iconic vehicles that made three generations of the Petty family dominant winners in the popular NASCAR circuit. This is a must see destination for fans of the popular sport. Enjoy this tale of life in the fast lane.

  • Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport

    Charles Giuliano Reading at Gloucester Writers Center

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2017

    On Wednesday, August 23, there will be a reading and book launch of Gloucester Poems; Nugents of Rockport by Charles Giuliano at the Gloucester Writer’s Center, 123 East Main Street, at 7 PM. The event will be shared with poet Geoffrey Movius. They grew up together in Annisquam. That experience and inspiration will be a part of the event.

  • A Dog Day Afternoon at Tanglewood

    Yo-Yo Ma's Missing Dog Appeal Steals The Show

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 08th, 2017

    Imagine nearly 14,000 attendees of the long awaited, Yo-Yo Ma concert of Schumann's 'Cello Concerto in A minor, Opus 129, in awe after the concert artist shuns the audience's applause, with an appeal for a concerted effort to help find Maestro David Zinman's lost puppy.

  • Remembering Barbara Cook

    Iconic Broadway and Cabaret Singer at 89

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2017

    Broadway and cabaret artist Barbara Cook was 80 wehen we first saw her perform at Ozawa Hall and several times after that. In Indiana we enjoyed a concert wth Michael Feistein and an interview for critics that followed. We have compiled a collage from those reviews.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Gloucester Writers Center

    Return to Forever

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 29th, 2017

    Last summer Astrid and I were residents at the Gloucester Writers Center. Introduced by musician, filmmaker, hipster, Henry Ferrini, we returned for a reading and launch of Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport at Gloucester Writers Center. The poet and boyhood friend, Geoffrey Movius, shared the program.

  • Frank Gehry to Design Northern Berkshire Museum

    Bilbao Effect Anticipated for North Adams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 02nd, 2017

    In May the world's foremost architect, Frank Gehry, signed on to design The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams. It is one of 11 projects being developed by visionary museum director Thomas Krens. There is a daunting sticker price of some $300 miliion for construction anticipated to start as early as June, 2018.

  • Food For Thought

    Dar Williams Talks About Her New Book

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 27th, 2017

    Dar Williams talks about her new book, 'What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run and Open-Mike Night at a Time.' BBQ, Bourbon and beer are on the menu at Hancock Shaker Village.

  • Remembering Jim Rosenquist

    Billboard Painter to Pop Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 02nd, 2017

    For a period of time in the late 1960s I worked in the studio of Pop artist James Rosenquist. He passed away recently at 83. When Jim first arrived in New York he painted billboards high above Times Square. He later used those techniques as a key but undervalued Pop artist.

  • Poetry Reading by Charles Giuliano

    Williams Faculty Club April 18

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 30th, 2017

    Since June, 2014 Berkshire poet, Charles Giuliano, has published three books of gonzo verse. A fourth is in production for a summer release. On Tuesday April 18, at 7:30 P.M. he will give a reading at the Williams Faculty Club (WFC), 968 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Response to Trumping the Arts

    Further Reflection on the Relevance of Theodor Adorno

    By: Michael A. King - Mar 23rd, 2017

    In response to concerns that the Republican controlled Congress intends to end federal funding of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities Charles Giuliano posted an article "Trumping the Arts." It included a reference to Theodor Adorno and a parphrase of his statement that “There can be no poetry after Auschwitz.” Michael A. King made an e mail response which is now expanded into a critical comment. Dr. King is Education Coordinator, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.

  • Susan Erony: Scribe as Artist

    Transcribing Text Into Images

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 13th, 2016

    Working in sessions of four hours, word by word, days turned into months as Susan Erony transcribed the 635 page text of The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson. The resultant work has been exhibited in Gloucester but deserves to be more widely known. She is preparing for an exhibition at Gloucster's Trident Gallery. She took a break to discuss the role of text in her practice as a visual artist.

  • St. Germain at Barrington and Theatre Works

    Revival in Pittsfield and New Einstein Play with Richard Dreyfuss in Hartford

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 20th, 2016

    Since 2009 when Freud's Last Session opened at Barrington Stage there have been annual meetings and numerous e mails with playwright Mark St. Germain. We met recently at Dottie's for brunch to talk about current projects. In Pittsfield there is a revival of Camping with Henry and Tom. At TheatreWorks in Hartford is a production of Relativity about Albert Einstein that stars Richard Dreyfuss. He is also adapting Freud, which has had 200 plus global productions, as a screenplay. He ranks at 14 on the 2016 list of most produced American Playwrights. That does not include his global productions.

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