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  • Annual Naumkeag Garden Party

    Saturday, July 25th in Stockbridge

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Naumkeg needs your support by attending the annual Garden Party.

  • Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    July 31 Benefit to Support Pittsfield Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2015

    Dance drink and enjoy the stars from the Blue Moon Rooftop in downtown Pittsfield. It's a benefit for the Farmers Market.

  • Wyatt Earp King of the Wild Frontier

    Encounter with Gunslinger in Virginia City, Nevada

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 23rd, 2015

    By the time he took part in The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp was already famous; after that October afternoon in 1881, he was a legend.

  • James Flynn Flynn Letter to My Dad

    Posted October 26, 1940 On the Occasion of My Birth

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2015

    My grandfather James Flynn was noted as a man of few words. This is a verbatim transcription of a rare note that he wrote to my father on the occasion of my birth. On many levels it is a remarkable document.

  • Family Business

    Sons in the Great War

    Flynn
    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 24th, 2015

    Starting with a tavern in Gloucester around 1910 then in Boston my grandfather James Flynn ran hotels, bars, speakeasies and nightclubs. Booze and entertainment was the family business. During the war that's just what my Uncle Arthur, later a judge did. In the air-force, as an officer, Uncle Brother landed planes from a tower in England. The good life was, and still is, the Flynn family business.

  • The G

    Witness for the Prosecution

    G
    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.

  • 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.

  • Uncle Freddy

    Dove of Peace

    Freddy
    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.

  • Freddy's Music Unlimited

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Freddy
    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.

  • 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.

  • Arnie Reisman Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate

    Clara Bow Died for Our Sins

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Art Critic Francine Koslow Miller (1951 to 2015)

    Mass College of Art Professor and Art Forum Correspondent

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    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.

  • 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.

  • That ‘70s Show

    Mass Birthday Celebration in Sheffield

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Twosomes

    Taken for Granite

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

    Thoughts on a summer's day.

  • 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.

  • 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

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    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.

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