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  • Corona Cookbook: Chinese

    Jane Hudson's Fried Rice

    By: Jane Hudson - May 03rd, 2020

    The Williamstown based artist, poet, musician and philosophe, Jane Hudon, launches a new feature for Berkhire Fine Arts. During this time of isolation we invte you to share what's cooking.

  • Streaming Theatre

    What's Free This Weekend

    By: BFA - May 02nd, 2020

    With theatres closed for the pandamic many are posting their performances on the internet. Here are some productions for free viewing this weekend.

  • Live-streamed theater

    Is it here to stay?

    By: Aaron Krause - May 02nd, 2020

    Los Angeles-based No Pants Theatre Company is one of several founded as a response to the pandemic. The company, as of now, produces only live-streamed productions. Up next for No Pants Theatre Company is a college and university short play festival.

  • Opera Philadelphia Digital Festival O

    Philip Venables and Ted Huffman Create Digital Opera

    By: Susan Hall - May 01st, 2020

    The world premiere of Denis and Katya took place last fall at Opera Philadelphia Festival 2019. Philip Venables is a riveting composer of opera. This work succeeded less well on stage than it does as the opening presentation of this Digital Festival.

  • Ethiopia: Part One

    Addis Ababa, Aksum, Lalibela

    By: Zeren Earls - May 01st, 2020

    Ethiopia is a wondrous land of majestic mountains, ancient cultures, beautiful people and architectural treasures. Addis Ababa, the modern capital city; Aksum, the one time capital of the ancient Aksumite Empire, and the holy city of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with eleven rock-hewn churches, leave one with indelible memories.

  • Showtimes Streams Mary Magdalene

    Biblical Tale with Feminist Twist

    By: Jack Lyons - May 01st, 2020

    Showtime recently screened the intriguing 2018 movie “Mary Magdalene”, written by Helen Edmundson and Phillipa Goslett, directed by Garth Davis. This provocative, revisionist, version (with undertones of the current worldwide feminism movement) gives one the opportunity to think outside the accepted “biblical box” concerning the role of women in history both religiously and socially.

  • BSO Announces Fall/ Winter Season

    To Start in Mid September God Willing

    By: BSO - Apr 30th, 2020

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis and the lack of clarity regarding the duration of the pandemic

  • Berkshire Cartoonist Howard Cruse

    Stuck Rubber Baby's 25th Anniversary Edition

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 01st, 2020

    Howard Cruse was a pioneering gay cartoonist and Berkshire neighbor. He passed away last year. His legendary Stuck Rubber Baby is having its 25th anniversary edition. The publication will be available this summer.

  • Emerson Contemporary On Line Exhibition

    What’s Next? Art for Tomorrow

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2020

    While Emerson College in Boston is closed the The Media Gallery may be viewed on line.

  • Jazz in the Berkshires

    Update on Altered Programming

    By: Ed Bride - Apr 30th, 2020

    A letter from Berkshire Jazz director Ed Bride. With some adjustments the music will continue.

  • Strauss Streaming from Bard

    View One of Summerscape's Most Delicious Productions

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 29th, 2020

    Bard continues to stream treasured past events from its website. If you missed a production, or conversation, now is your chance to catch up. This week, Die Liebe der Danae by Richard Strauss is offered.

  • Barrington Stage Company 2020 Update

    The Show Goes On

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 28th, 2020

    Out of precaution for actors, creative teams, staff and audiences, Barrington Stage Company will employ best safety practices, including reducing the 520-seat Mainstage to one third of its capacity; increasing the distance between rows and seats; and deep cleaning the theatre after every performance, among other measures. Patrons will be required to wear masks until further notice.

  • ArtsFloAtHome from Thire France

    Les Arts Florissants Perform Spring Festival Virtually

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 26th, 2020

    William Christie's and Paul Agnew's Les Arts Florissants is skipping their US tour. In any case, tickets to their events are quickly snapped up. Fortunately these two Baroque specialists have arranged to present their spring festival virtually. It is a treat so far. Past performances are available. Future ones can be seen live or at your leisure.

  • Persimmon

    A Tree Grows in North Adams

    By: Cheng Tong - Apr 26th, 2020

    The tree grows. It does not try to; it just does. This is our life, and the purpose of it is to live. In this moment, and the next. It’s okay once in a while to sit on the Old Bastard’s bench, and catch our breath. But life does not stop, and we must continue to live it.

  • Drama Desk Awards

    The Show Goes On with Annual Ceremony

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 26th, 2020

    The Drama Desk Award's nominees have been announced. This year's ceremony will take place as a special presentation. The annual event honors outstanding achievement by theater artists.

  • Bang on a Can Marathon

    Free Live Stream May 3

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 24th, 2020

    The 2020 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature more than 40 participating artists, over two dozen solo performances, and four world premieres of newly commissioned works by Dai Wei, Shara Nova, Molly Joyce, and Ken Thomson. Guest composers will be online to introduce their works. The 6-hour live Marathon will be hosted by Bang on a Can Co-Founders and Artistic Directors Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

  • Hancock Shaker Village a Living History Museum

    Jennifer Trainer Thompson Discusses Plans for a 2020 Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 23rd, 2020

    In a normal season the Hancock Shaker Village, which was founded sixty years ago near Pittsfield, is open from April through December. With spring planting and the birth of livestock this is a busy time of year. The annual Baby Animals Festival draws some 20% of annual visitation and 15% of earned revenue. We spoke with director Jennifer Trainer Thompson about strategies to function during the pandemic.

  • This Week at Jacob's Pillow

    Celebrating Earth Day

    By: Pillow - Apr 22nd, 2020

    A unique asset of Jacob's Pillow is its bucolic setting in the Berkshire woods. This week, on line, you can celebrate both dance and Earth Day. Here is an invitation from executive and artistic director, Pamela Tatge.

  • Watching Theatre from Home

    Adapting to the Pandemic

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 21st, 2020

    Stage shows are going on – maybe not live, but via live streaming and through other means. Since the world is in the midst of a pandemic, theater lovers are not able to experience the vitality and immediacy that comes with truly live theater. However, that doesn’t mean theater can’t be a part of your life under quarantine.

  • The Crucible, an Opera by Robert Ward

    Opera Santa Barbara Mounts a Moving Production

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 20th, 2020

    Robert Ward's Pulitzer-Prize winning opera, The Crucible, is streaming live from Opera Santa Barbara. It is a terrific production with a cast of first-rate singing actors conducted by Kostis Protopapas.

  • Letter from Hancock Shaker Village

    Three Little Lambs

    By: Jennifer Trainer Thompson - Apr 19th, 2020

    Jennifer Trainer Thompson, the director of Hancock Shaker Village, has a letter for friends and neighbors. It's spring and the lambs have been born. Soon it is time to plant the traditional gardens. Trying times call for creative solutions.

  • Broadway Actor Nick Cordero

    Suffers Complications of Coronavirus

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 19th, 2020

    Tony nominated Broadway actor, Nick Cordero, is recovering after having his right leg amputated following Coronavirus complications.

  • Curator James Manning

    Overview of Boston's Artists and Alternative Galleries

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 17th, 2020

    For decades artist, curator, installer James Manning has covered Boston's emerging artists and alternative galleries. Other than when Bill Arning was at MIT List nobody has made a greater effort to interact with emerging artists and their galleries. He had his own gallery Art Vigor in East Boston and was director of Gallery FX, a pioneer of the SOWA art district. This activity was rarely covered by the mainstream media. This is an attempt to document a vibrant era . From 2008 until his death in 2018 Manning worked with curator Joe Ketner at Emerson College.

  • Actor Brian Dennehy at 81

    Recalling a Visit to Williamstown

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 16th, 2020

    Today the two time, Tony winning, character actor Brian Dennehy died of natural causes. He was 81. During what was then the annual Williamstown Film Festival he joined Steve Larson for a talk back at Images. In 2012 we saw him in Chicago's Goodman Theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh." With an all star cast his performance was indelibible in an evening of theatre from which you never recover.

  • Former ICA Director Sydney Roberts Rockefeller

    Recalling Events 1973-1974

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 15th, 2020

    Then 27 the Institute of Contemporary Art was the first of many boards that Sydney Roberts Rockefeller joined. Director Andrew C. Hyde quit not long after the beginning of his second term. Left in the lurch was a planned conference on public art. When she stepped up to rescue the conference the board made her director. She was on site during the renovation of 955 Boylston Street. It was designed and largely funded by the architect Graham Gund.

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