Arts & Entertainment

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Suite 42

Friday, Dec 12 - Suite 42, Installment eight of Sonia Pilcer's 'The Last Hotel': "Henry sat down on a purple velvet armchair, leaning back comfortably. A midnight blue ostrich boa floated over him. He wrapped it around himself. 'So that’s what luxury feels like…' He sighed."

Gedney Underground: The new music series at Gedney Farm for local bands

Saturday, Dec 6 - "My goal in booking music is to be consistent in hiring local bands. Of course I will have bands from out of town coming in for events, but I don't ever want to stop being a destination to enjoy hearing the starving artists in our community." -- Tyler Stanton, of the Fallen Starlets, in charge of booking at Gedney Underground

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Suite 45

Friday, Dec 5 - This is installment seven of Sonia Pilcer's novel "The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites," in which we meet Monica Parker: "People said that she resembled Vivien Leigh. Her pale, white, never-exposed-to-the-sun skin, her dark shoulder-length hair, red lips and cheeks."

Poem: Two Queens

Thursday, Dec 4 - A poem by Ursula Pearson, a reflection upon a certain irony of circumstance occurring during her 80th reunion at Smith College.

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Suite 55

Friday, Nov 28 - Installment 6: For once in her life, Hana had been in the right place at the right time, after having been in so many wrong places at the right time and right places at the wrong time.

A Rock Show at an art gallery: The Whitney Center

Saturday, Nov 22 - Check out the band Polysonic Joy's new video, and read Simon Brown's view of the music scene in Pittsfield where there is "somewhat of a revival in local music, with the Pitts House Concert Series spearheading the movement (more on that series soon). I'm excited because I think the stars are starting to align."

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Sofa Club

Friday, Nov 21 - Installment 5: "Most hotels and boarding houses have a certain place where the habitués hang out, the professional tongue-waggers. Theirs was the turquoise vinyl couch near the elevator, chained to the wall so no one stole it."

Band profile: Quiet in the Head

Sunday, Nov 16 - Music is rarely described as “brave,” but Quiet in the Head is that. They’re one of those rare trios that doesn’t care about what you think; they defy categorization. The best a baffled listener can do is mutter something about “neoclassical unplugged fusion” – accurate, some of the time. Smooth, melodic violin and cello playing […]

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites’: Lobby

Friday, Nov 14 - Truth be told, Saul loved every moment of being Manager of the Last Hotel. He had escaped the bondage of a textile factory in Leonia, New Jersey, for the relative ease of a clean shirt job where he mostly sat on his tuches.

‘The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites,’ Suite 36

Friday, Nov 7 - Slowly, stealthily, they opened Pincus’ door, turning to look in each direction to make sure none of the neighbors saw them. They snuck from his place to hers, tiptoeing like teenagers out after their curfews.