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On the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

It’s 5 a.m. Cup of coffee in hand, I look out the kitchen window to check the sky and see a faint, rose-colored glow. It’s a good sign. At the end of my road, I pause. Left or right? I turn right. Stockbridge Bowl has won the coin toss again. On mornings like this when… Read More

Offerings by Art and Cultural Venues Just Keep Getting Better

ART This year, museums are seeing a flowering of art by women and of women—and sometimes both. As MASS MoCA celebrates its 20th with a tribute to musician Annie Lennox, the museum will devote an expanse of its first floor to Cauleen Smith in “We Already Have What We Need.” Connecting with her exhibits at… Read More

Kripalu brings its RISE program to businesses near and far

The research is irrefutable: Of the 80 percent of all workers who report feeling stress on the job, half say they need help in learning how to manage it. The stress toll also hits businesses right where it hurts—with significant loss in productivity as a result of less-than-optimal teamwork, decision making, and focus. That said,… Read More

Hidden rivers are where locals escape from summer crowds

As the prospect of summertime looms, life in the Berkshires begins to slow down to a pace that invites relaxation, exploration, and an influx in population. For many, venturing off the beaten path is mandatory, and retreating to the banks of a nearby river—to lie across a lounge chair or a blanket, to swim, and… Read More

Ten Minutes With an award-winning choreographer – Reggie Wilson

Reggie Wilson recounts a ring shout. Voices call and respond as men and women move in a circle in a pulsing tresillo, keeping the three-beat rhythm while singing in ecstatic ritual. Here and in the Caribbean, those enslaved from Africa created new forms of dance. This one is alive today on the Sea Islands off… Read More

A Poet’s Place – Amy Clampitt’s home is a reprieve for writers

Jessica Piazza walks through each room with a sense of familiarity, even intimacy. She has been living in Amy Clampitt’s home for five months now. She picks up objects and imagines how they got there, who used them. She knows Clampitt loved hats; she uncovered three boxes of them in the closet. She knows Clampitt… Read More

Sensing the Body – The Clark explores Renoir nudes

Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known as a painter of optimism; his scenes fill with light and color. Adriatic blue water laps close enough to touch. Men and women sit at café tables, laughing under lime trees and lanterns. Couples waltz outdoors on warm nights. Renoir’s work forms the core of the Clark Art institute’s permanent collection,… Read More

Showtime – Local kids star in Berkshire Theatre Group

Evan Silverstein is no stranger to the stage. He made his Berkshire Theatre Group debut three years ago in Mirror, Mirror, written and directed by a pair of local high school students as part of BTG Plays!, the organization’s year-round education program. It was ultimately Silverstein’s passion for improv comedy—during BTG’s Encore: A Celebration of… Read More

On Call – Being a firefighter is much more than fighting fires

Dan Garner is a juggler by default. When he’s not suited up and responding to a call, the 45-year-old deputy chief of the Pittsfield Fire Department is consistently training his squad, writing reports, checking equipment—or taking care of his two young children. “People think that when you’re a firefighter you jump out of this big… Read More

A Tanglewood Debut – The BSO unveils the much-anticipated Linde Center

It’s not everyday a new building appears on the Tanglewood grounds. So when one does, it’s crucial that it blend in rather than stand out, adding to the experience visually and philosophically. The first new construction at Tanglewood in 25 years does exactly that. Christened the Linde Center for Music and Learning in honor of… Read More

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