Here's what's playing at area movie theaters and streaming on the virtual screens offered by non-profit, year-round, independent cinemas in the Berkshires and environs — OCT. 23-29. Where films have been reviewed, the capsules include the name of film critic and the day the full review was p…

A painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence that has not been seen in public for 60 years has been found and is taking its designated place in a 30-piece exhibit of Lawrence's work, officials at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts said Thursday.

Books

“In the Woods” by Tana French. This is the first of French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, adapted into a television series by BBC One and Starz. “In the Woods” isn’t my favorite French so far, (that would be “The Likeness”) but it is one of the eeriest, and the book that started it all. Detec…

Laura van den Berg’s most recent collection of short stories, “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears,” which was published in July, was named a “best summer read” by The New York Times, Time Magazine, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Entertainment Weekly. But if you’re expecting to catch the Florida native …

Poets from the Pioneer Valley will meet at the historic Stockbridge home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln memorial, to share work that feels relevant to them today, in this time and in that place. 

Food

Made by slow cooking apples mixed with autumn-favorite spices like cinnamon and allspice, apple butter is a highly concentrated jam-like spread filled to the brim with apple flavors. It’s essentially fall in a jar, and incredibly easy to make. All you need is some basic spices, a slow-cooker…

If it’s one thing I’ve learned in the past eight years since losing my husband, it’s how hard it is to cook for just one person. For the year after his death, our son lived at home, so it wasn’t that bad. And then he moved to the eastern part of the state and I found myself in the position o…