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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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

Summer of ’69 – When Rockwell’s picture-perfect America took a turn

In the summer of 1969, Norman Rockwell told a reporter for the Associated Press that his work had changed. He wanted to paint an image “that would bring America back together again—promote understanding.” He had just finished a broad canvas… Read More
Dr. James F. Birge

Ten Minutes With Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President

Dr. James F. Birge hadn’t planned to return to the area where he was raised. But come back he did, in 2016, to take on the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and to continue his more… Read More
Charles-Mann

Authors discuss their work and inspire

In an old town in northern Florida, a woman is walking at night. It’s raw weather and she walks fast, angry and alone. In the dark, her neighborhood looks half marvelous and half brutal—bird of paradise flowers and black swans… Read More

Master florist and gardener offer sage advice

When it comes to growing your own, cut flowers are the latest backyard crop, their popularity fed in large part by flower arrangements on social media feeds. “Every home can be made more beautiful with flowers,” says master floral designer… Read More
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