Rehearsal photo by Enrico Spada.
The Williamstown Film Festival is back for its 16th year with another fantastic selection of films and behind-the-scenes events. Writer/directors Tony Gilroy, Frank Whaley and Stephen Belber, actress Lili Taylor and author Nick Flynn will be in attendance, and a whole new film script game show will be added to this year’s festivities.
It’s no secret that we love learning here at RI – the more people who love to read, the better! That’s why we’re happy to cover events like last weekend’s gala for the Literacy Network of South Berkshire and Berkshire Community College Foundation’s Orchid and Tropical Show, both of which raise funds for education in our area.
Silka, of the Butcher and the Baker duo, has been hankering for ricotta, winter squash and sage, but it took some experimenting to find the perfect foundation that would allow the three flavors to stand out. The winning ingredient: a pasta base, which brings out the crunchy, creamy textures and autumnal flavor that fills the kitchen with a woodsy smell.
Curl up by the fire with a loved one, a good book, or a hot toddy (or all three!) this winter in one of our region's majestically hearthed homes. Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire in your kitchen, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in your two-story living room, or a romantic glow in your master bedroom.
What would you call a day of tasting, cooking and competitions all devoted to chocolate? Some might call it heaven, but officially, it’s “Red Hook and the Chocolate Festival.” The merchants are going all out for the day, so bring your sweet tooth and maybe some milk. It’s just one of the many food happenings listed now in Dining Intelligence.
Dana Cowin, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, has found a happy second home in Amenia, NY. This Saturday and Sunday, she’ll be at one of her favorite local shops, Hunter Bee in Millerton, where she’ll sign copies of her debut cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and over 100 Delicious Recipes.
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October 28, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex) will deliver the annual William Gifford Lecture in the Villard Room of Main Building, 6 p.m.
October 30, Rhinecliff The Rhinecliff Hotel The Night of The Witches Wedding: A Halloween dinner and murder mystery with scary hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and dinner and show at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required.
October 31—November 2, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon The final week of this living museum of contemporary rural American life includes a lantern walk and 10 other wide-ranging sessions on horses, cattle, animal tracking and more.
October 31, Millerton The Moviehouse Aglet Theatre Company presents Halloween Treats: A Festive Gathering with Eerie Readings. Three spooky tales will be told to the audience, who are encouraged to dress in costume. 5:30 p.m.
November 1, Millerton The Moviehouse Screening of The Paper Trail, a documentary about writers in the Digital Age produced by local filmmakers Kelly Carty and Jonathan Bee. 11 a.m. Pre-screening reception at 10 a.m.
November 1, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival Competitions, tastings, workshops, demos, art & performances based around chocolate. Brownies, cake & candy, plus new items like chocolate chili, chocolate bacon, chocolate-flavored beauty products & more. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 1, SharonTriArts Sharon Playhouse Haunted Halloween concert with Joe Iconis and his frightening Family of musical theater hobgoblins. Stage II at the Bok Gallery. Two shows: all ages show at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. show for ages 13 and up.
November 1, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America A Luxurious Taste of the World: Culinary event to benefit Astor Services for Children and Families. Cocktail reception and silent auction from 5–6 p.m.; five-course dinner from 6–9 p.m. At CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici.
November 1, Great Barrington Olga Dunn Dance Company “All Aboard!”—a train-themed celebration in the Company’s new space at the former train station. The evening will include three new dance pieces, an historical lecture, poem reading & art exhibit. 6:30 p.m.
November 1, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre The Masqueraded Un-Ball: Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual fall benefit event. 7 p.m.
November 1, Lenox The Mount Victorian Boudoir: A Halloween Masquerade. Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes and dancing ‘til dawn. 8 p.m.
November 2, Millerton Hunter Bee Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. 4 p.m.
November 5—9, Williamstown Williamstown Film Festival, featuring screenings, a benefit dinner and discussion with director Tony Gilroy, lunch with actress Lili Taylor and writer Nick Flynn, after-parties and more. See website for schedule and tickets.
November 6, Pittsfield Crowne Plaza Hotel Taste of the Berkshires: The Junior League of Berkshire County’s 7th annual array of fantastic dishes from some of the area’s best restaurants. 5 p.m.
November 6, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand will give the annual Elizabeth Bishop reading. Strand will read from his work and take questions from the audience. Taylor Hall, room 203 at 6 p.m.
November 7, North Adams Williamstown Film Festival Benefit Dinner Dinner at Gramercy Bistro, followed by a discussion with director Tony Gilroy on “The Art of Suspense” at MASS MoCA and an after-party in the Museum lobby. 5:30 p.m.
November 8, Copake Roe-Jan Library The Write Stuff: One-day writer’s festival featuring local authors leading workshops on fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short story and the creative process, a panel on Getting Published and a wine and cheese networking reception. 8:30 a.m.—6:15 p.m.
November 8, Rhinebeck Beekman Arms Sinterklaas Star Party: Last year’s “Keepers of the Light” will pass the Celestial Flame, plus the first appearance of the Honored Animal and the Illuminated Star. 5:30 p.m.
November 8, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Lincoln’s New World: Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Copland’s moving tribute, narrated by Oscar nominee David Strathairn. 8 p.m.
November 9, Rhinebeck Love It or Swap It Clothing swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Swap women’s clothes, accessories and shoes, plus small re-gift items like candles, soaps and perfume (unopened). Complimentary makeovers from Face Stockholm. 21 Platt Ave., 1-4 p.m.
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