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In the 1800s, public mourning rather than private grieving was a way of life. Victorian social etiquette laid down strict social rules for mourning, from the clothing worn to the length of time individuals observed mourning customs. An exhibit, "Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires" by the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead, examines mourning practices in the Berkshires.

When "SeaChange" went on the air in Australia in 1998, it became an overnight sensation and rode that crest for three seasons, all the while remaining under the radar for the rest of the world. The rest of us got our chance to check it out in 2019 when a fourth season was produced after 20 years and AcornTV picked up the entire charming run. I'm appreciative, since the show now ranks as one of my favorites ever.

Patrick Brennan’s setting for Regge Life’s crisp, incisive, penetrating production of debbie tucker green’s “hang” at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse is a generic, generally featureless meeting room in some quasi-governmental office building.

Kathleen Carey is back at the Theater Barn, in director Phil Rice’s generally admirable production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s remarkably written “Good People,” a bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of economically challenged people living in South Boston’s Lower End who do the best they can to look after themselves, protect what’s theirs, make do and survive while causing as little damage as possible.

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Doerr, Richard Powers and Lauren Groff are among this years nominees on the National Book Awards' fiction longlist, which also includes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' epic debut novel “The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” already an Oprah Winfrey selection and finalist for …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” has died. She was 92.

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards.

More Arts and Culture

ArtWeek Berkshires, countywide event, running Sept. 16 to 26, will celebrate creativity — art, music, dance, theater, craf, writing, film, ceramics and more — with open studios, special events and art shows. 

"There are over 100 events to date, so it should be a jam packed 10 days in the Berkshires," Lindsey Schmid, vice president of tourism and marketing for 1Berkshire, said in an email. "Come on out and discover that #creativityliveshere. This is a great opportunity to spend time on one or more of our many towns that you may not have visited in awhile."

Truth be told, our grill is in such a place that we use it in all seasons — although not during heavy rains or blizzards — so this recipe is feasible at other times of the year, even if the tomatoes are not as good. It’s definitely worth making while juicy heirloom varieties are still available.

Dorinda Medley may have risen to Bravo TV fame for her quotable zingers as a cast member for six seasons on "The Real Housewives of New York City," but she really wants you to know her as the daughter of John and Diane Cinkala, of Great Barrington. The proud self-proclaimed "Berkshirite" has a new book out Aug. 17 about how a young girl growing up in Great Barrington became a reality TV star and the journey she took to get there. 

From 1877 to 1911, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan was a lonely voice on the nation’s highest court arguing for disenfranchised African Americans and the economically disadvantaged. His victories came posthumously through the impact on future courts of his fiery and courageous dissents. Politico's Peter S. Canellos, a part-time Great Barrington resident, chronicles Harlan's high court career in his new book, “The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.” 

Recently, Robert McMaster, of Williamsburg, a retired biology professor at Holyoke Community College published "All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock," a biography that traces Hitchcock's rise from poverty in Deerfield, where he was born in 1793, through the end of his life, much of which was spent trying to reconcile his faith with science.

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