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The Berkshire Museum's decision to deaccession art as part of a fundamental institutional re-alignment has drawn lots of thoughtful commentary — and passion — that bespeaks the museum's cherished role in our community. Moments like this … more
LENOX - "Phyllis!" I'd pick up the phone and say. "How would you like a visitor?""Andy! How are you?" she'd say before I had a chance to ask her the same question. The voice was husky, not the silvery soprano that audiences had known at City Opera, … more
On a recent Monday, 9-year-old Brendan, who was attending one of our theater camps, screamed my name and paused briefly to ask me a question. He and a group of fellow thespians were storming the grounds of our Stockbridge campus, embarking on their … more
NEW YORK — Some years ago a friend and I were having dinner at a past-its-prime bistro in New York's theater district, when we fell into conversation with a petite red-headed woman at the next table scribbling on a script. She told us that one … more
The through-walkers are beginning to drift by. Those clever hikers who know more or less how long it takes to walk the entire Appalachian Trail set out from Georgia's Springer Mountain late last March, and they expect to be at the summit of Mount … more
The beautiful little suburb of Great Barrington I just moved to is home to one of the worst speed traps ever seen in a democracy. Drive through Egremont at more than 25 mph (20 if school's in) and your odds of getting pinched far exceed your chances … more
After more than 20 years as one of the administrators of the Tanglewood Music Center, and now finishing up 19 years as President of The Boston Conservatory, this summer brings me back to my beloved Berkshires full time. I'll have the special … more
A couple weeks ago I gave a tour of Mass MoCA to Vicki, a lifetime North Adams resident hoping to further her daughter's interest in concert photography. My first question to visitors I'm not sure are familiar with the space is always, "Is this your … more
When I first played North Adams with Wilco — during our inaugural 2010 edition of the Solid Sound Festival — I was taken with the place: micro-urban, but tucked in the Berkshires mountains; raw, but boasting amazing features, like the … more
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