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What to do in the Berkshires this week

go downtown Get down with DownStreet Art for the last time this season from 4 to 11 tonight at the DSA Closing Art Party. Full Story
(Photo courtesy Jonas Dovydenas)
Jonas Dovydenas captures the faces of an 'endless' war

09/24/2014 03:53 PM EDT
LENOX -- There's a war going on in the Welles Gallery. There are children there, and Mujahideens, soldiers of the United States and Afghanistan. 
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New leader enlivens the Bennington Choral Society
09/24/2014 03:41 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- After 38 years under the direction of Edwin Lawrence, who recently retired, the Bennington County Choral Society has begun a new season of song and community with some fresh faces in its ranks, most notably its new director, Cailin Marcel Manson. Full Story

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown begins 'Great Mystery' dance residency at Williams College
09/24/2014 03:56 PM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN -- What happens when dance comes into new spaces at a college, into classrooms and centers of faith? Full Story


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Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Roy J. Blount reunite at Mitchel Levitas' last Music & More

09/24/2014 03:51 PM EDT
NEW MARLBOROUGH -- Novelist Paul Auster met Mitchel Levitas when Levitas called him out of the blue in November 1990. 
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'Wood Works' shows Shaker gift for simplicity at Hancock
09/24/2014 03:54 PM EDT - At Hancock Shaker Village, curator Lesley Herzberg has put Shaker traditional design in the hands of contemporary master woodworkers. Full Story

Writers with local roots read at Northshire Books in Manchester
09/24/2014 03:11 PM EDT - MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore will host two regional authors the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27 with new books out that explore life in the Berkshires and southern Vermont, past and present.  Full Story

Riffing on a prayer: Bennington College alumni bands will perform
09/24/2014 03:13 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Starting this Friday evening, a group of young musicians will be returning to Bennington College, their alma mater, for a weekend of harmony, prayer and a little experimental rock. Full Story

Kate Abbott: Good to get out on a fall expedition
09/24/2014 06:42 PM EDT - Any day that begins with farm carrots and Sandy boys played fast under the upside down trees (a southern reel with fiddles and guitars, flute and whistle, banjo and mandolin and one gobsmackingly versatile piano accordion) .... includes the Ladies' Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra strumming "Wipe out" and Dave carter's "When I go" ... and ends with one actor and one musician on standing bass invoking the entire force of the rage of the siege of Troy? Is a good day.  Full Story

Peru Fair tunes up in Vermont
09/24/2014 06:42 PM EDT - PERU, VT. -- For Steve Grossfeld, master wood turner at Vermont Bowl Mill, the annual Peru Fair makes for a great day, especially if the sun is shining.  Full Story

Barrington Stage Company and Jim Brochu salute Broadway in 'Character Man'
09/24/2014 04:02 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- At the age of 68, writer-performer Jim Brochu is living the life he dreamed of as a kid growing up in Brooklyn. Full Story

Lenox Apple Squeeze celebrates 35 years
09/25/2014 08:15 AM EDT - Apple Squeeze returns to Lenox Sept. 27 and 28 Full Story

From Chinese bronzes to Magna Carta
09/24/2014 04:03 PM EDT - WILLIAMSTOWN -- It began as a conversation between people who love books. It has grown to touch hundreds of conversations, and to gather in performances, theater, dance and art from 3,000-year-old Chinese bronze vessels to the first document to restrict the power of the king of England. Full Story

33rd Annual Fall Run | Biking runs in the family in the Berkshires
09/22/2014 12:43 PM EDT - ADAMS -- Bikers, the term of endearment that refers to people who love to ride motorcycles, are about to descend on Adams by the hundreds. Full Story

History all season
09/17/2014 05:15 PM EDT - Historic houses, museums and sites in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont A program of the Housatonic Heritage to celebrate African-Americans in the region, including W. Full Story

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Review: Moving story, simply told, in 'Good Lie'

The movie poster for "The Good Lie" features a smiling Reese Witherspoon, front and center. But, truth be told, neither Witherspoon nor her character is the film's star — not in the essential sense. Full Story