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SHEELA CLARY: Thoughts on my 52nd birthday

Of course I still have friends, and I will spend the evening celebrating with some special ones, but the gift of being 52, I am discovering, is to realize the pleasure to be had in doing nothing apart from standing still and looking at things.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas; ‘A Baroque Celebration’ at Saint James Place; culinary arts dinner; ‘Ay Mariposa’ at Mason Library; ‘The...

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas to capture small-town holiday spirit Stockbridge -- The Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration, which captures small-town Christmas spirit in...

Bits & Bytes: Lights for Liberty gatherings; Aston Magna on Rubens; ‘The Tricky Part’ at Ancram Opera House; Williams College at solar eclipse in...

Guest director Richard Savino will present the music that influenced the art of Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Art of Fugue’ at the Mahaiwe; Posh Picnic at Tanglewood; wild foods at Green Drinks; Ascher on Russian Jewish immigrants;...

Along with Elizabeth Orenstein, Rosemary Wessel will lead an interactive conversation and demonstration of how to use invasive plant species and common weeds as food.

Bits & Bytes: Lucien Aigner Day; Aston Magna opening; Orion editor to address graduates

The famed photojournalist Lucien Aigner called Great Barrington home for over 55 years. Aigner grew up in what is modern-day Slovakia.

PREVIEW: Aston Magna’s 46th season in the Berkshires

If you are one of those persnickety early-music aficionados who accept nothing less than perfection, then Aston Magna is your favorite band.

MUSIC: Audacious, contemplative Mozart by Aston Magna

Eric Hoeprich’s basset clarinet sung with exquisite clarity and depth in the Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. All through the piece, his perfectly calibrated, whizzing arpeggios and fluttering thirds resonated like mellow love-calls through the ensemble.

Aston Magna opens 45th season with ‘Music for Forbidden Dances’

The program blends the magic of tango, chacanas and sarabands – tracing the dance forms’ origins in Latin America from baroque times to the present -- with early music selections that are the hallmark of Aston Magna.

The resonance of Curtis Institute violinists to soar at St. James Place

The newly renovated Saint James Place, the cultural center situated at the southern entrance to Main Street, is proud to bring the Curtis Institute of Music to the Berkshires.

Aston Magna’s captivating performances of baroque ‘Love and Lamentation’

The Aston Magna players know what their performances should sound like before they play music that hasn’t been heard in hundreds of years.

St. James Place: Soon, a downtown cultural and civic center

What started as a heartfelt attempt to save the structure from possible destruction has morphed into a major cultural and civic center that will have activities seven days a week, all year long.

Bits & Bytes: Crescendo holiday concert; Star Wars marathon; Swing Dance Night

The Ramsdell Public Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic, Mass., will host a Star Wars movie marathon featuring the three original Star Wars films on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 30 and 31.

Bits & Bytes: Music & More; rare books; Great Barrington literary tour; Alford town history; Behold! New Lebanon; BerkCirque

The Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series will host an antiquarian book “road show” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.

Bits & Bytes: Flying Cloud science grants; Teen short story contest; workshop at Pleasant Valley; Marin Marais at Aston Magna

Over the past 15 years, Flying Cloud Institute has envisioned an equal playing field for girls and women in the STEM fields in Berkshire County.
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