JP Terlizzi’s photographs of food and dishes are still lifes flipped on their head. Unlike their Dutch and Flemish models that approach a carefully arranged everyday scene from eye level, Terlizzi’s look straight down, turning the dismantled pomegranates and peeled lemons into new arrangements of colors and shapes.

Like each of the seven photographers featured in the juried exhibit “Perspective” now on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Terlizzi reconsiders how you look at the world, and explores different ways to capture it in images. 

Thinking outside the box is second nature to Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield.

It should come as no surprise, then, that for its 2021 season, Greenfield is bringing the Festival out of its boxes — the indoor Main Stage and the Nikos Stage at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater and Dance — into the expanse of the outdoors.

BERLIN (AP) — German-Australian author Walter Kaufmann, who survived the Nazi persecution of Jews and later played a prominent role in the literary scene of Communist East Germany, has died at the age of 97.

LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William.

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Music is important to the Berkshires, and organizers of the New England Musicians Relief Fund want to make sure the freelance professional musicians who bring it to audiences are still around long after this pandemic. A streaming benefit concert "Berkshire Sounds: A Bash to Bring Back Music to Western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley," will be held Sunday, April 18.

Spring is here (so we're told!) and so is outdoor dining in the Berkshires once again.

Last summer, area restaurants expanded patios, converted parking lots and set up bistro tables on sidewalks to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. In the past week, restaurants are begun to announce reopening outdoor spaces, dusting off sun umbrellas from their long winter hiatus. Of course, a few eateries may hold off seating outdoors in the next few days unless you've got a shovel and parka with your reservation — a rare mid-April snow storm could bring a few inches of snow Thursday night into Friday.

Chez Nous co-owner Rachel Portnoy shares her memories of the first time she visited her husband's family in France in the spring: "There was a dish of fresh local radishes on the table with a pile of salt next to them. I’d never seen this and happily crunched into a spicy, puckery, salty, long radish. But one was really enough for me. The strong, unmitigated flavor definitely packed a punch! I love the way that thinly-sliced radishes can give some needed punch and color to a salad, but to eat them on their own like that, I needed a schmear of another Breton delicacy: Sardine Butter."

We all have our weaknesses; those items that you can't resist ordering when you see them on a menu, or the seasonal treat you buy whenever it appears in the store.  For food columnist Elizabeth Baer, it's fresh figs. These easy, cheesy stuffed figs are the perfect way to celebrate the spring season. 

My last column featured some of my favorite kitchen hacks. I had many comments on the various ideas I mentioned, though, only Marilyn Gattuso, a native of North Adams and a former Pittsfield resident, now of Naples, Fla., offered her favorite.

"When you burn your hand/fingers while baking or cooking, immediately place your hand in a container of flour or cover the area with flour — sting and potential blister/scar will disappear."

GREAT BARRINGTON — Therapist Allyson Dinneen was sitting on her couch during this Berkshires pandemic winter, still stunned that people were interested in thoughts she had been refining about pain and the multitude of emotional sufferings.

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