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The New Jacob’s Pillow Performing Arts Studio Is a Study in Cutting-Edge Design

At the New England HQ of a world-famous dance festival, a gorgeous high-tech building works hard to blend in.

Artnet News
Jasper Johns Plans to Turn His CT Home and Studio Into Artists’ Retreat

Up to two dozen artists will get live-work spaces where they can devote themselves to their work.

The New York Times
Restoring Eleanor Roosevelt’s Childhood Home on the Hudson

New owner Van Lamprou plans to use the space to encourage civic engagement.

Atlas Obscura
Santarella: A Storybook Estate in Lee, Massachusetts

Plan your event at this Southern Berkshire estate featuring Sir Henry Hudson Kitson’s “Gingerbread House.”

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Two Eateries, Perfectly Positioned, Open In Red Hook

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As if you needed more reasons to love Red Hook, New York, the town has recently added two eateries to its business district that are as delicious as they are different. Annabelle’s Village Bake Shop opened a few months ago, offering expertly made breads, flaky pastries and decadent desserts. Then, just weeks ago, Ulster County-born Asian-fusion restaurant Yum Yum Noodle opened its third location in an equally handsome building across the main village intersection. While their offerings couldn’t be more disparate, what they have in common is quality and warmly designed open spaces for locals and visitors to gather and enjoy something blessedly warm.

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The RuraList: 6 Ways To Fight The Chilly And The Cold

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How do you combat cold noses, freezing toes and a house that’s perhaps a little chillier than you’d prefer? RI’s Amy Krzanik has a few suggestions for you. If you’re going out, a cashmere poncho will supply an extra layer of quite fashionable warmth. Indoors, some slippers, lounge pants and bathrobes let you make friends with the thermostat. And if you’re under the weather, she’s got some items that’ll make you feel all better — and help boost your immune system until spring. Here’s where to find those must-haves (bonus: they’re all in the Rural Intelligence region).

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There’s something to be said for making New Year’s resolutions. There’s also something to be said for putting them off, which is what Lisa Fielding did when she found something for which she’s been searching a long, long time — the perfect French fry.

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There’s a new theater in town, and we were excited to attend its winter soiree last week. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company and audience members toasted the group’s new production of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at the Barn at The Egremont Village Inn.

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Or maybe not sell it. Once you add a little TLC to one of these properties, you might not want to give it up. The listings this week range from a multi-family investment opportunity (in an historic district, no less) to a rare stone cottage and a statuesque Victorian, all waiting for some love.

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Let your ears take you on a tour of the world this weekend, when the award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv visits Dewey Hall in Sheffield, the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville welcomes back Spanish pianist Leonel Morales, and Race Brook Lodge hosts a double bill of Turkish music.

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The tiny, walk-up coffee shops in Rhinebeck and at the Walkway Over the Hudson are owner Samantha Sapienza's way of spreading a little sunshine (i.e., really good coffee) in the most convenient manner possible. Find out why ALL THAT JAVA is know for its stellar coffee and happy vibe.

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The photographer, videographer and ecopsychologist, who lives in Goshen, Conn., draws from her diverse background to lead Nature as Healer workshops. Experience one for yourself when Shami conducts a Mindful Eating Meditation and Nature Ramble at the White Memorial Conservation Center on Feb. 10.

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For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

Jan. 21, Salisbury Noble Horizons U.S. District Court Judge William F. Kuntz and former 17-year ACLU president, author and law professor Nadine Strossen will discuss Strossen’s new book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. 2 p.m.

Jan. 23, Pittsfield Whitney Center for the Arts Puerto Rico Fundraiser with Puerto Rican food, raffle prizes, a sing-along with Sarah Lee Guthrie & The Hoping Machine, samba music from Berkshire Bateria, book reading and signing with Jana Laiz, and more. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 24, Lenox Kimball Farms CATA’s Art on Tour gallery series presents an opening reception and poetry reading by writer/actor Rachel Siegel. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Registration required. Call Sharon Lazerson (Kimball Farms) at (413) 637-7043 to reserve your seat.

Jan. 26, Hudson Stair Galleries The Modern Interior Auction will include a variety of Modern lighting, furniture, decorations and fine art aimed at every price point. See website for preview dates and times. 6 p.m. 

Jan. 26 & 27, Great Barrington 2nd Annual Radius Playwrights Festival Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a staged reading of six short plays written, directed and acted by all local talent. Saint James Place.

Jan. 27, Spencertown Spencertown Revels Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s annual fundraising party and movable feast will begin at the festively decorated Academy for conversation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and then move on to intimate dinners in private homes. 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 27, Red Hook Historic Elmendorph Inn Soup Night: Enjoy homemade soup and music by Duality (Jay Trapp & Jack DiPietro) who will perform classics from the American Pop Songbook and their own compositions. 6-8 p.m.

Jan. 27, Wassaic The Wassaic Project Mill Warming Party: opening reception for What We Don’t Realize When We See Things, open studios and an artist talk with Ace Lehner, followed by live music by Los Cumpleanos at The Lantern. 4-10 p.m.

Feb. 1, Williamstown Williams College A conversation with writer, TV host and advocate Janet Mock, whose memoir, Redefining Realness, was the first biography written from the perspective of a trans girl. 7 p.m.

Feb. 2, Lee Chez Nous Moldovan Wine Dinner: Enjoy a five-course meal paired with wine from Moldova courtesy of Spirited and Vin Distributors. See website for full menu. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 3, Chatham Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse Climate Change and You: Fred Margulies presents a talk from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, summarizing where we are in the climate change era & addressing aspects of climate change around the globe. Potluck at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 & 4, Ancram Ancram Opera House Barbara Wiechmann’s play, Aunt Leaf/Tia Hoja, is inspired by American & Mexican folklore and a haunting Mary Oliver poem, and features acclaimed Mexican artist Indira Pensado as Storyteller. 4 p.m.

Feb. 4, Litchfield Forman School The Litchfield Historical Society presents a screening of Regina Mason’s award-winning documentary, Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes, followed by a discussion & reception with Mason and director Sean Durant. 12 p.m.

Feb. 10, Norfolk Infinity Hall Mary Lambert, whose voice helped to make Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” one of the decade’s biggest hits, follows up her debut album, Heart on My Sleeve, with the Everybody Is a Babe tour. 8 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Save the Date Listings
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