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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.

W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival: Collaboration with Jacob’s Pillow

On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois' seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”

Business Briefs: Pillow Lab artist residencies; BTCF receives investment; new head of Darrow School; digital marketing seminar; designation for Bills

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation conducted community-based research into barriers to arts participation experienced by lower-income residents and communities of color, including immigrants.

A Native American consecration at Jacob’s Pillow: Into the stars with Red Sky Performance

Truly, this vast space was filled with love as well. Performers from New Zealand to Hawaii, from British Columbia to South Dakota to the Berkshires, thrilled us with a generous display of their indigenous song and dance traditions.

‘It isn’t a word thing, it’s a dance thing’: Mark Morris delights at Jacob’s Pillow

The essence of Mark Morris’s art is ineffable, most emphatically not based on formulas and established narrative tropes. Rather, its genius is its ability to draw us in.

ON DANCE: Two stages of Flamenco inspiration at Jacob’s Pillow

Compañía Irene Rodríguez is known for its integration of Flamenco with Spanish dance, Afro-Cuban rhythms, contemporary movement, and modern themes.

Bits & Bytes: W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award for Ochoa; Farm Film Fest; ‘Stranger in the Attic’ reading

Farm Film Fest will screen films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers and farming issues both local and national.

ON DANCE: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman at Jacob’s Pillow

This is an experience not to be missed. It is about this moment in time. It is why art and artists are perhaps more important than news reports.

Business Briefs: Record-breaking season for Jacob’s Pillow; Pungl launch event; ambulance services merger; new Tunnel City Coffee location; BTCF grant deadlines

Pungl connects donors with the charitable work that means the most to them, whether in their backyards or halfway across the world.

REVIEW: Compañía Irene Rodriquez steams at Jacob’s Pillow

Through the vehicle of dance, Jacob’s Pillow is expanding our understanding of peoples, cultures, perspectives and dance itself, and leading us to ask deeper questions about our own beliefs and preconceptions.

Observations/opinions: Dynamic choices begin the 85th Jacob’s Pillow season

Week five was thrilling. I have never seen anything like the piece offered by Faye Driscoll. Again, kudos to Tatge for having the guts to offer this challenging work.

Business Briefs: Vision ’22 at the Pillow; Korte returns to CHP; BCC hires community engagement dean; grant for Sandisfield book project; Salisbury Bank awards...

Vision ’22 is a strategic approach for Jacob's Pillow’s development and a blueprint for enabling the Pillow to become a year-round center for dance creation.

ON DANCE: An interview with Pamela Tatge, artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow

“We are initiating a program of commissioning works that draw attention to the environmental splendor of our Berkshire home, thereby illuminating our responsibility to steward this great landscape on behalf of future generations.” -- Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge

Bits & Bytes: Rx Round Up; Arbor Day Fest; Tatge to discuss Jacob’s Pillow; Jesse Harris in Egremont; winter clothing drive

The Pillow recently announced the receipt of a $100,000 grant to expand and create new programs engaging local Berkshire County residents, organizations, and businesses.

Bits & Bytes: VIM Berkshires patient screening; 1753 House carol sing; auditions at the Barn; IS183 winter classes; Jacob’s Pillow’s 85th season

For the past six months, Volunteers in Medicine has formalized and expanded a program called “Social Determinants of Health,” run in partnership with the Berkshire Community Action Council.

Bits & Bytes: Year-round dance studio at Jacob’s Pillow; Kinderland Arts & Activism Festival; the Boom Room; Leonard Quart on small business

The Perles Family Studio will be the new home for the School at Jacob’s Pillow and its pre-professional training programs.


I don't know who enjoyed the performance more – the performers or the audience.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.