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The New York Times
Très Chic: Shopping with Annie Selke

Berkshires-based textile designer Annie Selke (known for labels Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert and Fresh American), shops for trays in the city.

The New York Times
At Vassar College, Canvases So Big They Are Seldom Seen

The latest exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection, challenges you to take it all in.

The Boston Globe
Sci-fi pioneer Douglas Trumbull ready for new frontiers

Douglas Trumbull is improving the quality of filmmaking from his rural New Marlborough, Massachusetts studio.

The New York Times
When an Abstract Artist Falls in Love With Monet

Monet/Kelly at the Clark Art Institute is “a small, crystalline show.”

National Geographic
From Bali to the Berkshires: John Stanmeyer Comes Home

The National Geographic photographer shows and tells what he loves about Otis and West Stockbridge.

The New York Times
A European Show for Shaker Furniture

Furniture and objects from Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon will be on view at the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands for 10 days beginning on March 13, 2015.

Berkshire Health Systems

Warner Theater

Paul Rich & Sons Home Furnishings



Amber Chand Takes Us On 'A Heroine's Journey'

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Global entrepreneur and storyteller (and Great Barrington resident) Amber Chand has many stories to tell: about her Indian childhood in Uganda, her family’s expulsion by dictator Idi Amin, her time at a British boarding school, the rise and fall of her multi-million dollar company. But the biggest story to date is that this non-actress has become the star of a theatrical production about her own life. She wrote it and will perform a one-woman show, Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey, on Saturday, February 28 at Six Depot Café in West Stockbridge, RI’s Amy Krzanik spoke to Chand about the path that lead to this next chapter of her remarkable life.

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Dining: Swiss Raclette Sundays Aren't Just For Skiers

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Skiers will be lured in by Gedney Farm’s “après ski” Sunday night Swiss raclette, but you don’t have to have come straight from the slopes to appreciate the dining options at this New Marlboro, MA restaurant. A seat in front of the fireplace is open to powder enthusiasts and more relaxed diners alike. Sunday’s melted Alpine cheese pairs well with a baguette, charcuterie, imported and house-cured pickled vegetables and other sides. But there’s a lot more on the menu, literally, for guests any Thursday through Sunday night this winter. RI editor Lisa Green and her hubby work their way through the delicious options.

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If you’re a skier, you’d probably rather spend time on the slopes rather than getting to them. The properties this week put you within minutes of a ski area — some close enough so that you can either walk to the lift or get a trail report just by looking out your window.

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Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival supplied multiple party (and picture) opps. We vied for paintings at the Real Art Party at the Berkshire Museum, and red carpeted it at the Academy Awards party hosted by the Berkshire International Film Festival at the Beacon Cinema.

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“There will be a million more weeks of winter,” Alana Chernila tells her daughter. But there is a consolation prize: maple season. Alana uses the sweet stuff in many ways, including this maple vanilla pudding that’s creamy, comforting, and comes together quickly.

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Our green thumb, Brian Cruey, is back with a simple seed-planting primer for spring – yes, we said spring! His advice: easy does it. Begin with a small amount of seeds to give yourself enough time to tend to them and enough space to store them when they begin sprouting. Soon, you’ll have a mini indoor garden ready for planting.

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The sorry truth is that we’re still in the midst of winter. But look on the bright side: these days of enforced homesteading give you the opportunity to explore these ten options to help make winter less, well, dreary. A bear rug by the fire or a surprisingly captivating “how to build an igloo” video might be just what you need.

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Amy Wynn, the Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, is a New York City transplant who felt instantly at home when she moved to Falls Village. Her love of Litchfield County is apparent and contagious. She tells RI what led her to this area, and what roles she and the Arts Council play in the community.

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

February 27, Lakeville The Hotchkiss School The Hotchkiss Concert Series welcomes Peter Madsen’s CIA Trio. The Austria-based trio’s new album, Elvis Never Left the Building, has garnered wide praise, including a 4.5 star rating from Downbeat magazine. 7 p.m.

February 28, Adams Thunderfest The 80th anniversary Thunderbolt Ski Race begins on Mt. Greylock at 10 a.m., followed by an after-party at the Visitor’s Center featuring local food, craft beer, chowder cook-off, live music, a campfire and more starting at Noon.

February 28, Lenox The Mount Speak Up returns with a special salon show about life’s biggest moments. This intimate storytelling experience will feature four storytellers telling humorous and heartfelt stories about the road to happily ever after. 7:30 p.m.

March 1, Rhinebeck FarmOn Sunday Supper Reception at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy featuring photographs by Francesco Mastalia, tastings by Hillrock, silent auction & book signing from 2-4 p.m. Cocktails, a four-course dinner and live music at Terrapin Restaurant at 4 p.m.

March 1, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock As part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, author Dani Shapiro will give the lecture “The Permission to Write.” 7 p.m.

March 1, Norfolk Infinity Hall “My Brazil”—a performance by Paul Winter & Friends featuring renowned Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato and guitarist Paul Meyers. 7:30 p.m.

March 3, Williamstown Williams College When a Priest Marries a Witch: An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Paul Lazar. Equal parts performance art, artist talk and cultural history, the piece tells the story of a priest, an artist and a young girl in Pasadena, Texas. 6 p.m.

March 6, Williamstown Williams College Museum of Art Opening celebration for Warhol by the Book, the first US exhibition to focus on Warhol’s book work, featuring more than 400 objects including unique and unpublished materials and highlights WCMA’s important holdings. 6 p.m.

March 6—8, North Adams MASS MoCA Choreographer Lucinda Childs’s 1983 seminal work, Available Light, is reworked by its original creative team, including composer John Adams and set designer Frank Gehry.

March 7, Ghent Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School The Community Wellness Expo promotes alternative wellness remedies and activities. This hands-on event will cover spatial dynamics, acupuncture, stress management, body work, cooking, nutrition & more. 12-4 p.m.

March 7, Williamstown Clark Art Institute Dinner and the Show: a private gallery tour of Machine Age Modernism with exhibition curator Jay A. Clarke; a prix-fixe dinner in Café 7 created by Executive Chef Dan Hardy; and extended shopping hours in the Museum store. 6-9 p.m.

March 7, Pittsfield Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Local author Gabriel Squailia (a.k.a. DJ BFG) celebrates the release of his underworld adventure novel, Dead Boys, with a staged reading, book signing and dance party. 8 p.m.

March 7, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a sophisticated and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that have established them as New York’s premier international party band. 9 p.m.

March 10, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America Oblong Books & Music presents New York Times bestselling author and undisputed master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson for the launch of his new book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. 7 p.m.

March 12, Rhinecliff Morton Memorial Library Oblong Books & Music presents Richard Price in conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue, discussing his new novel, The Whites. Price is the author of 8 novels and an Edgar Award winner for his writing on the HBO series The Wire. 7 p.m.

March 13, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum The Berkshire Awards honor Lila Berle, Churchill Cotton and Mary Rentz—three honorees who have made significant contributions to creating, keeping and promoting artistic, historical and natural heritage in the Berkshires. 5:30 p.m.

March 13—15, Kent Kent Shop Hop Merchants put a twist on shopping by featuring fantastic sales, special events and fun promotions. Go from shop to shop and enter to win one of three gift baskets valued at over $150 each. See website for list of participating stores.

March 15, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Cirque Zíva is the new awe-inspiring cirque extravaganza from the internationally renowned touring troupe, the Golden Dragon Acrobats. 7 p.m.

March 15, Hudson Helsinki Hudson An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss, who will discuss his films and his work as an activist addressing the environment, substance abuse and education. The event is a benefit for Columbia Memorial Health. 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
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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