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PETER MOST: Up in smoke

Two things are becoming increasingly clear. One, based on the facts and law, it is downright dopey for Great Barrington not to settle in its Community Impact Fees cases. Two, the town has persistently received bad counsel.

Theater in the time of COVID-19: How area theaters and theater artists are coping during the pandemic

I asked the directors of several area theaters how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their theaters and their staff in ways that might not be so evident to the lay public.

CONNECTIONS: Zooming Stockbridge town candidates

All in all, whatever Stockbridge has been doing for 300 years seems to be working.

THEATRE REVIEW: Great Barrington Public Theater’s ‘Bear Tales’ a welcome venture at a time when live theater is at a minimum

There is a sense of relevance to the pack of plays, a time-sensitive sensibility that gives even the least of them a reason to be heard and seen right now.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Acis y Galatea’; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; ‘The Spirit of Giving Illustrated’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Williams astronomer to observe...

xArtwork on view includes Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas Trio,” in which a bundled-up group of Dickensian carolers and musicians give the gift of music

THEATRE REVIEW: Barrington Public Theater makes terrific debut with ‘Breakwater’

The play is very good; the company's production of it is very good; the acting company is very, very good.

Bits & Bytes: Bach at New Year’s; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; Berkshire Art Association call for art

The 'Bach at New Year's' program celebrates friendship and Auld Lang Syne in the music of five Baroque masters who defined the style and created the rich heritage of Western music enjoyed today.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Whipping Man’ at Oldcastle Theatre Company is fast-moving, emotional

Covering three days and nights, the play needs to keep its audience off-balance, and the director and actors do that without artifice and it makes a lot of sense.

CONNECTIONS: Celebrating in film Mumbet’s yearning to be free — and equal

It was, in fact, the perfect introduction to the story of a woman who asked a simple question: Did the Sheffield Resolves, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts include her?

PREVIEW: Berkshire International Film Festival 2018 — 80 films from 27 countries in 4 days

I am still interested in the documentaries from war-torn areas of our globe and dramas of family strife, but there also needs to be some relief — some comic relief — and I think this festival successfully provides both.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Bach at New Year’s’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Camp Humane; GB resident to judge dog show; marionettes at Ventfort Hall

Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum for two marionette performances of the classic fairytale “The Emperor’s New Clothes."

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Colonial; RSYP culinary arts dinner; Ellen Lagemann at Roe Jan Library; disaster relief breakfast fundraiser; holiday art...

Chris Bonniver, executive chef of the Hermitage Inn in West Dover, Vermont, will be the special guest chef at its annual culinary arts celebration dinner, to be held Monday, Dec. 4.

REVIEW: Oldcastle’s ‘Broadway Bound,’ a fine tribute to Neil Simon

As a season-ender for Oldcastle, this is a winner production of an excellent play.

REVIEW: ‘Some Old Black Man’ is best original new play this season

SOME OLD BLACK MAN acknowledges the political past in a unique way, but never waivers from being a deeply moving, personal tale of father-son reconciliation. There should be more new plays as fine as this. 

Bits & Bytes: ‘NOCA in the Berkshires;’ Chuck Collins at Oblong Books; Posh Picnic at Tanglewood; household hazardous waste collection

Born into the 1 percent, Chuck Collins gave away his inheritance at the age of 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Bach at New Year’s;’ West Stockbridge Chamber Players winter concert; marionettes at Ventfort Hall

The concert marks Berkshire Bach Ensemble Music Director Kenneth Cooper’s final performance with the ensemble, as he will be stepping down after having led it for 26 years.
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