LIVE CHAT at Noon | What's happening this week in the Berkshires and the Shires of Vermont

07/31/2014 11:45 AM EDT
Chat live with the Berkshires Week & the Shires of Vermont editors and staff about this week's upcoming events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. 
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Making art from industry: Pittsfield celebrates its past
07/31/2014 11:12 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- A week before the A.H. Rice Silk Mill officially closed in 2006, Evan J. Soldinger walked into the gallery at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. At a reception for an art show, he spoke to Jeff Winslow, longtime owner of Wild Sage antiques on North Street, who told him the mill's owner, Jim Miller, might let any artist in the room to come to the mill in its last week of operation. Full Story

Brian Sweetland's nature remembered at Southern Vermont Arts Center
07/31/2014 11:07 AM EDT - MANCHESTER -- Abe and Brenda Madkour befriended Brian Sweetland soon after he'd arrived in Dorset, and they were immediately impressed by the young man and his paintings. Full Story

Frelinghuysen Morris House Museum pairs Modern artists in Lenox

07/31/2014 11:34 AM EDT
LENOX -- Kinney Frelinghuysen and Madalena Holtzman share a bond that's a privilege and a burden. 
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Kate Abbott: Where art meets industry
07/31/2014 12:39 PM EDT - Last fall a friend in New Hampshire took me to a talk about the Amoskeag mills. Full Story

Don't Leave band lives up to its name in Manchester
07/31/2014 11:32 AM EDT - MANCHESTER -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's quip about how there are no second acts in American lives doesn't hold up well when considering the arc of "Don't Leave," the rock band that wouldn't quit -- or leave, for that matter. Full Story

Gerontius' dream will lift voices at Berkshire Choral Festival
07/31/2014 11:30 AM EDT - SHEFFIELD -- On a sultry summer's day, the air-conditioned hockey rink at Berkshire School houses a rarified scene: 200 singers dressed in rainbow colors, arranged on risers, voices raised in song. Full Story

Ovid unwilting: Berkshire Playwrights Lab, sculptor collaborate on new work
07/31/2014 11:27 AM EDT - WEST STOCKBRIDGE -- "┼áMy lines / will be on people's lips; and through all time -- / if poets' prophecies are ever right -- / my name and fame are sure: I shall have life. Full Story

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival brings the music this weekend in Hillsdale, N.Y.
07/31/2014 11:24 AM EDT - HILLSDALE, N.Y. -- Indie folk band Darlingside appeared at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's emerging artist showcase last year at a crossroads. Full Story

On the Bridge: Ed Shaw faces changing times
07/31/2014 11:20 AM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON -- The Rev. Mr. Edward Shaw and his wife of 37 years moved to Pittsfield three years ago, into the first house they have owned, after 28 years in Housatonic. Full Story

Independent Art Project opens tonight at Downstreet Art in North Adams
07/31/2014 11:14 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS -- Ten years ago, a private, commercial art gallery downtown was just a pipe dream. But one of the Steeple City's newest exhibition spaces, Independent Art Project, aims to make that dream a reality. Full Story

Bennington gears up for Arts Weekend
07/31/2014 11:10 AM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival returns this weekend for its second year in Bennington, and the arts organizations in town will come together to celebrate the occasion with Bennington's first Arts Weekend, an organized effort to showcase local culture with performances, activities and exhibits from Friday to Sunday. Full Story

Models remember Norman Rockwell in reunion at Bennington Museum
07/31/2014 11:08 AM EDT - ARLINGTON -- Decades after he painted their young faces into lasting symbols of blissful innocence and post-war American prosperity, Norman Rockwell's models -- the local people who posed for him during his time in Arlington -- will reunite this weekend at Bennington Museum to celebrate Rockwell's legacy and share their stories of working with the celebrated artist. Full Story

Othello comes to Manchester
07/31/2014 11:20 AM EDT - MANCHESTER -- Shakespeare on Main Street brings "Othello" to Manchester. Performances will be at the BBA Riley Center at 7:30 p. Full Story

Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Animals at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway. Full Story
Police: Costumed girl injured at Comic-Con fell

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault. Full Story