• Jordi Domenech: Priorat's Busiest Winemaker

    Wears Coat of Many Colors

    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).

  • 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.

  • Stefan Stux Closes New York Gallery

    Started in Boston in 1980

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2016

    When Stefan and Linda Stux, with a partner, opened a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1980 it was a year before they made a sale. The partner left and they continued to support the gallery while working full time jobs. His brother asked how long he intended to maintain his "museum." The answer was "forever." But now that day has come with the closing of the New York gallery after some 35 years of ups and downs. Stefan and Linda had an enormous impact during the era of Boston's cultural revolution in the 1980s.

  • Winning the Battle at Trias Batlle Winery

    Third Generation Winemakers

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 11th, 2016

    The winery, Trias Batlle was once a bulk wine producer. Now, the 3rd generation has brought the winery into the modern day era wine production and has taken in many followers.

  • How to Make Cava

    Giro del Gorner in Penedes, Catalonia, Spain Can Teach You

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 12th, 2016

    Great wines and cava have been made at Giro del Gorner in Penedes Spain for the last 300 years. This article is about a family who has occupied the same land since 1595.

  • What's Next for Hamilton Winners

    From Broadway Sensation to Years on the Road

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 14th, 2016

    At about $150 each my pal and BFA contributor, Jack Lyons, managed to get a few "cheap seats" for the Broadway smash Hamilton. We even got to go back stage and chat with now Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. Back in November I asked him "what's next." It was a bit premature but all of the original contracts expire this summer. Its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has already announced plans to leave. The show will continue indefinitly on Broadway while several touring companies are launched.

  • Maud / Olson Library Launched

    Gloucester Writers Center Celebrates Poet Chales Olson

    By: GWC - Jun 18th, 2016

    Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970) was a second generation American poet and link between Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. In his epic Maximus Poems he celebrated Gloucester which in turn honors him the the launch of the Maud/ Olson Library,

  • Ken Moffett at 81

    First Contemporary Curator of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2016

    During the 1970s Kenworth Moffett, while a full professor at Wellesley College, was hired part time as the founding curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts. After a long illness he passed away at the age of 81. Long after our days as aesthetic adversaries we remained friends. During annual visits to Palm Beach we would meet for lunch in Ft Lauderdale where he was director of its museum. In 2015 we collaborated on an extensive interview which is linked to this obituary.

  • First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Fest in Adams, MA

    A Family Day Built Around Fun and Fantasy, June 25

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 28th, 2016

    While looking into the concept of Faerie or Fairy Festivals, one might discover that there are quite a number of such events happening each year all over America. 'The Faerie Festival Bug' hit six months ago in the town of Adams, MA, among a group of believers, at the Adams Arts Advisory Board. They enlisted many participants, word spread quickly among like-minded fantasy lovers, and here is the result in photos and report of the First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival.

  • Faerie Festival in Adams to Return in 2017

    J. K. Rowling Casts Spell on Mt Greylock

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 30th, 2016

    The enormously sucessful first Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival in Adams, Mass. was a midwinter brain storm of a group of local artists and activists. With this event they aspired to put Adams on the map as a community for artists and unbridled imagination. Now their ambition has been given a serendipitous boost. The Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced that her latest venture “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” takes place on Mt. Greylock. The Adams festival was staged in the shadow of the tallest peak in Massachusetts where wizards and faeries abound.

  • Garrison Keillor's Big Night

    Final Tanglewood Event and Broadcast

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

    After 17 seasons at Tanglewood, Garrison Keillor retires from 'Prairie Home Companion.'

  • Ira J. Bilowit at 90

    Renowned New York Theatre Critic

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2016

    Although elderly and in poor health Ira J. Bilowit, who has passed away at 90, continued to cover and work in theatre. Just last November he was co-chair, with Sherry Eaker, of a New York conference of the American Theratre Critics Association. He was among the most respected and revered members of that organization.

  • Ultra Cosmic Gonzology

    Giuliano Book Launch in Gloucester

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 05th, 2016

    In a couple of weeks Ultra Cosmic Gonzology will be hot off the presses. Already word is spreading on Facebook. There was a recent sighting at a taco joint in Vermont. The offical book launch will be staged with a reading at the Gloucester Writers Center, on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 PM. The address is 126 East Main Street, Gloucester.

  • Carl Belz at 78

    For 24 Years Director of Rose Art Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 03rd, 2016

    For 24 years Carl Belz was the director of the Rose Art Museum where he was a champion of regional artists with an emphasis on women. There was an annual major exhibition sponsored by Lois Foster who was later instrumental in his ouster when she and her husband Henry were the primary donors of an addition in their name designed by Graham Gund. Belz passed away recently at the age of 78.

  • Train, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk and The B52's

    Tanglewood Rocks.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 04th, 2016

    The 2016 Tanglewood season come to a close with a long time commitment from Conductor Andris Nelsons to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

  • Allyn Burrows Named Artistic Director

    No Stranger to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox

    By: S&Co. - Sep 08th, 2016

    Shakespeare & Company announces that actor and director, Allyn Burrows, a long-time member of the Company, has been named its new Artistic Director.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tony and Emmy Winner Hal Linden

    Now 85 in Fantasticks at Pasadena Playhouse

    By: Lisa Lyons - Oct 03rd, 2016

    I think because the writing was solid, not “trendy”, and always very relatable. I recently put together a clip reel for a concert appearance I was doing, and I had to sit down and watch over 100 hours of “Barney Miller” episodes. I was amazed at how substantial they were, and that they still hold up almost forty years later.

  • Philip Roth’s Books Return Home

    Distinguished Author Gifts Newark Public Library

    By: George Abbott White - Nov 03rd, 2016

    New Jersey-born Philip Roth has donated his personal library to the safe space home away from home of his childhood. With this gift, he has completed the circle of his intellectual and literary life. The Newark Public Library (built in 1901) is a great temple of literature based upon Florentine Palacio. According to George Abbott White, Roth has added to library's glory.

  • Remembering Edward Albee

    A Critic Recalls Interactions with the Playwright

    By: Herbert Simpson - Nov 18th, 2016

    When Edward Albee died, the social networks were inundated with spontaneous comments. One admirer reminisced about the exquisite instructions on preparing the perfect crème brulee in Counting the Ways and made me realize how many such excerpts have stayed in my mind over the years. I’ve been thinking about them like memorializing snapshots – all those stimulating tricks with words, like Agnes wondering whether she can say “I dropped upstairs” and Jerry asking about saying “A dog I knew.”

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