We may think we know Edith Wharton pretty well from her writing and her estate, but playwright Sara Farrington has penned an immersive theater experience that will give us even more insight into the personal life of The Mount’s mistress. “Leisure and Lust” will be performed at The Mount next week, along with a talkback and champagne reception.
It’s not the size of a house that matters, it’s how much style you can pack into it. This week’s homes, ranging from 672 to just over 1,000 square feet, pack a big punch in a small package. Enjoy 90.5 acres and frontage on the Housatonic, a home on Stockbridge Bowl close to Tanglewood, or a pair of cottages once owned by veteran actor Walter Matthau.
If you enjoy the classic French soup vichyssoise, but can do without the heavy cream the recipe entails, we’ve got great news. Lisa Fielding, a vichyssoise addict herself, has created this healthier version using cashews, cauliflower and a crispy buckwheat drizzle that keeps the original’s famous hearty flavors and elegant texture.
Frigid temperatures didn’t dull the exuberance of the 1,500+ attendees of the inaugural Four Freedoms March and Rally in Pittsfield, Mass. Speakers at the non-partisan event inspired by FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech included Roosevelt’s grandson James, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal and other inspiring voices.
Smoothies provide a serious fast track to the nutrients that we need to survive illness, vitamin deficiencies, and even mental fog. RI’s fitness freak Nichole Dupont takes a deeper look into the liquid meal that many people swear by, and she's gathered some high-octane smoothie recipes from regional "experts" that you might want to try for yourself.
Those who have seen the highly acclaimed documentary Girl Rising have seen the work of its producer, Christina Lowery. She also worked on “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World.” Now living in the Hudson Valley, she continues to work on projects with the goal of changing lives and policy.
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Jan. 20, North Adams MASS MoCA The choreographer/dancer/director Richard Move will be in residence to develop XXYY, a collaboration with theater artist Alba Clemente, with an original score by Italian electronic music pioneer Martux_m. 8 p.m.
Jan. 21, Pittsfield Women’s March Solidarity Event Watch a live-stream of the Women’s March on Washington, plus food, a “Rock the Constitution” staged reading featuring local actors, an art project, a photo booth and more. The Colonial Theatre, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jan. 22, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of the documentary Peter and the Farm, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s director, Tony Stone. 11 a.m.
Jan. 22, Hudson Club Helsinki Singer and pianist Nellie McKay presents “A Girl Named Bill: The Life & Times of Billy Tipton,” honoring the little-known midcentury jazz bandleader who was assumed to be a man but was discovered at his death to be a woman. 8 p.m.
Jan. 24, North Adams Creative Resources Conference 1Berkshire presents a day-long event that supports artists, creative entrepreneurs, arts administrators and non-profit cultural organizations. MASS MoCA. See website for list of speakers, panels and workshops.
Jan. 27 & 28, Lenox The Mount Sara Farrington’s play, Leisure & Lust, is inspired by Edith Wharton’s life, love affair, marriage and writing style. The opening night performance will be followed by a talkback and reception with the writer, director & actors.
Jan. 27 & 28, Great Barrington Radius Playwrights Festival Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a staged reading of six short plays written, directed and acted by all local talent, at the newly renovated Saint James Place.
Jan. 28, Spencertown Spencertown Revels Spencertown Academy Arts Center hosts its 29th annual fundraising party & movable feast. Start the evening at the Academy with cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinners in private homes in the area. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.
Jan. 28, Hudson Valley Variety Chinese New Year Demo & Dinner: Share in the centuries old celebration with this Beijing-style dinner prepared by Chef Ameila Telc. You’ll learn about the ingredients & cooking techniques behind the dishes of this 4-course feast. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Feb. 1, Poughkeepsie Vassar College A reading with writer-in-residence Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station; 10:04). Lerner has received a Guggenheim Fellowship & the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and is a regular contributor to Harper’s, the New Yorker & others. 6 p.m.
Feb. 3, Lenox Wheatleigh Nejaime’s Wine Cellars presents a Napa Valley Wine Dinner featuring Stewart Cellars and presented by owner and winemaker James Stewart. Wines will be paired with a four-course dinner. 6 p.m.
Feb. 3, Williamstown Williams College Baba Brinkman brings science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy. In “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos,” he breaks down the politics, economics & science of global warming. A Q&A session follows. ’62 Center, 8 p.m.
Feb. 4, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America American Bounty Restaurant presents the 4th Annual Beefsteak. Enjoy food, beer and song in Farquharson Hall. 6 p.m.
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