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Yo-Yo Ma: Crossing community and cultural boundaries

He is a part of this community’s fabric: He has a second home in the Berkshires and performs every summer at Tanglewood. For those who have connected with him at the village post office, or in a coffee shop in… Read More

Cabin in the Woods – A Becket renovation filled with love, creativity, and a lot of sweat

When I arrive at Nathan Hanford’s cabin in North Becket, he is outside, dressed in well-worn work pants, work boots, and an old shirt, all speckled with paint. He is standing on a ladder, staining the wide pine boards that… Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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
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