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Architectural Digest
A weekend in Hudson, New York

The magazine chooses eight must-visit spots, including Wm. Farmer and Sons, Finch, 3FortySeven and Hawkins New York.

The Washington Post
The Hudson Valley Strikes a Picture-perfect Balance

Now is the perfect time to take in our region’s outstanding art, culture, history and food.

The Wall Street Journal
The Art of the Dealer: Gallerist Jack Shainman

The Williamstown, Mass. native shares how he chooses art for his NYC and Kinderhook, NY galleries.

The New York Times
A New Director for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Pamela Tatge from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts will be the new executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance.

The Wall Street Journal
Gregory Crewdson: When Photos Meet the Movies

The lauded photographer with local roots returned to Becket, Mass. to shoot his latest series, “Cathedral of the Pines,” which will be shown at Gagosian Gallery in NYC from Jan. 28—March 5.

The New York Times
What Nancy Fuller Ginsberg Loves

The “Farmhouse Rules” TV host shows off her Hudson, N.Y. home.

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New Antiques Center A Throwback To Hudson's Old Funky Vibe

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The Riverfront Antiques and Design Center, housed in a warehouse down by the river in Hudson, New York, might not look like much from the outside. Inside however, more than two dozen (and growing) vendors, artists and craftspeople have set up an eccentric bazar that exemplifies Hudson’s DIY artistic spirit. RI’s Jamie Larson wandered around the gigantic former furniture factory to introduce us to some of RADC’s shop owners and see why the venue is quietly becoming a destination for anyone in the know who's looking for a unique gift or to outfit an entire home. RADC isn’t an antiques mall — it’s an experience you’ll want to come back to again and again.

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BIFF 2016: More Than 70 Films (And All That Goes With Them)

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When Memorial Day Weekend comes and goes, it means two things: get those white pants back into rotation, and gear up for the Berkshire International Film Festival the following weekend. The 11th annual incarnation of the event will captivate film buffs and screen novices alike from June 2-5 at venues in Great Barrington and Pittsfield. With 70 films and plenty of parties, special events and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, it’s enough to leave you a little bleary-eyed…but in a good way. This is the one weekend when we say: bring on the rain. We’ll be sitting in dark, air-conditioned rooms, with a few hundred of our closest film friends.

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Although Broadway shows are their main gig, musical theater stars Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley have a successful second act going as scantily clad cabaret duo The Skivvies. The two friends strip down to their underwear to put a new spin on today’s pop tunes, using cello, ukulele, their voices and quick wit. Catch them at The Colonial in Pittsfield this weekend.

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You know how it goes: you find a new recipe, it knocks your socks off, and you proceed to eat it, with slight variations, every day for a week. The Sylvia Center’s Julie Cerny recently found such a dish in ricotta gnocchi. The gnocchi recipe stays the same, but you can add whichever vegetables are in season and, most importantly, she says, don’t forget the lemon zest.

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Our region has shown time and again that working together can achieves successes beyond our wildest hopes. And we're not resting on our laurels; in just one weekend, Sharon Playhouse raised money for its education programs, Berkshire United Way installed 50 book houses for children throughout the county, and VIM gathered to help the uninsured receive medical care.

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Yes, we are lucky enough to have theater available throughout the year, but it’s time to take stock of what’s on our regional stages this summer. Barrington Stage and Shakespeare & Co. have opened their seasons, and others will be launching theirs soon. (Bonus: Some fine actors from stage and screen will be gracing our theaters.)

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Three-season cottages, that is. Some of us don’t mind what winter brings us here in the Rural Intelligence region, but we can understand if you’d rather just take advantage of the more mild times of the year. So, these cottages are for you. While they vary in size, they all offer great porches and decks, waterfront living and the best of locations.

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The Hudson gallerist had originally planned to be a dancer, then studied acting, and modeled and shot TV commercials, before deciding to open her Warren Street gallery. This Saturday, The Carrie Haddad Gallery celebrates 25 years with a reception and an anniversary exhibit. [Photo by Zach Neven, 2016]

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Instant Intelligence

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, Kids, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com.

Now—May 30, Pittsfield The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill Memorial Day Tent Sale: Dash & Albert area rugs at up to 90-percent off retail pricing, plus steep discounts on quilts, duvet covers, bedskirts, coverlets, decorative pillows, loungewear & napkins. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

May 28, Lenox Rhubarb Festival Sample rhubarb chili from Lenox restaurants and vote for your favorite. Enjoy locally made rhubarb pies, crisp, cupcakes, cookies and other goodies, along with plants and other goods available for purchase. Rain or shine. Lenox Library, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 28, North Adams MASS MoCA Storied indie rock quartet Luna returns after a 10-year hiatus with its 1999-era lineup—Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Sean Eden and Lee Wall. 8:30 p.m.

May 28 & 29, Chatham Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail’s Wine & Food Festival Award-winning local wines, ciders, gourmet cheeses, baked goods, grass-fed meats and more. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 28 & 29, Great Barrington MASS Gathering Two-day music festival & races featuring Matisyahu, Gin Blossoms, Deer Tick, Wild Adriatic, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow & more. Races include a marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10K/5K, kids run, trail race & The Sicko. Ski Butternut.

May 28 & 29, Great Barrington Berkshire Pulse The dance and performing arts education center based in Housatonic will present its 11th annual Performance Celebration and Fundraiser at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday & at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock.

May 29, Sharon Raptors & Riesling Audubon Sharon celebrates 40 years of bird and wildlife rehabilitation with wine, hors d’oeuvres and gentle music on the banks of Ford Pond. Sharon Audubon Center, 5-7 p.m.

June 2—5, Great Barrington & Pittsfield Berkshire International Film Festival The latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films, plus panel discussions with filmmakers and actors, and opening night parties.

June 3, Goshen Toast To The Market An evening of live music, freshly prepared local cuisine, hand-crafted wine & more. Help raise money for the Goshen Farmers Market while mingling with friends, neighbors, local farmers and board members. Miranda Vineyard, 6-9 p.m.

June 3, Pittsfield Dance Party & Cabaret Celebrate GLBTQ Pride Month at BTG’s first-annual event. Walk the pink carpet, enjoy live music & appearances by Boxxa Vine, Philly Pino and others. Dance the night away with two DJs & entertainment on every stage. Colonial Theatre, 8 p.m.

June 3, Poughkeepsie Pride Along the Hudson Kickoff Party Enjoy cocktails, great views and live cabaret entertainment from some of the hottest names in NYC nightlife: Broody Valentino, Alberto Denis and Fan Cy Feast. Shadows on the Hudson, 8:30 p.m.

June 3-5, Rhinebeck Country Living Fair Shopping, seminars and demonstrations, delicious food, live music and a chance to meet the editors of Country Living Magazine. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

June 4, Columbia County The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Tour six private gardens. In addition, Pondside Nursery will be at the Garden of Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King in Claverack; and Broken Arrow Nursery will be at the garden of Margaret Roach in Copake Falls.

June 4, Lenox Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Family Fun Day: indoor & outdoor activities, kids’ crafts, nature walks, live turtles and birds of prey, puppet shows and more. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June 4, Hudson Hudson Valley Cider & Cheese Tasting Market Hard cider producers & cheese makers from across the Valley will kick off the annual Hudson Valley Cider Week. Sample 50+ ciders & 20+ artisanal cheeses. Basilica Hudson. 1-4 p.m. Preview hour: 12-1 p.m.

June 4, Wassaic Community Day The Wassaic Project’s summer programming kicks off with a parade, block party and open studios at 2 p.m., followed by games, and a benefit dinner and live music at The Lantern.

June 4, Millbrook The Taste of Millbrook The Millbrook Educational Foundation’s major annual fundraiser will feature wines from Millbrook Vineyard, food showcases from area restaurants & caterers, plus a silent auction & live music. Millbrook Vineyards, 6-9 p.m.

June 6 & 7, Pittsfield Women and Their Olive Trees An exhibit of 25 oil paintings by 40 Israeli women from diverse backgrounds who, through art, have created an environment of tolerance, friendship & sharing. Berkshire Museum. Opening Reception: June 6, 5-7 p.m.

June 10, Pittsfield Raven’s Ball In conjunction with the exhibit Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast, the Berkshire Museum presents cocktails, a seasonal menu by Brian Alberg, live entertainment, a dance party with DJ BFG, and a live & silent auction. 6-10 p.m.

June 10, Pittsfield Whitney Center for the Arts Marty Willson-Piper (formerly of The Church and All About Eve) performs with his band, Acres of Space, along with the “neo-folk world rock” band HuDost. 8 p.m.

June 10, Norfolk Infinity Hall Tennessee-born singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Valerie June has a unique style steeped in equal parts blues, gospel and country, and which she calls “organic moonshine roots.” 8 p.m.

June 11, Millerton Spring For Sound An all-day, family-friendly NECC benefit event featuring independent music of all genres—bluegrass, pop, rock, reggae, rap, dance & more—plus food trucks, a hula hoop party & other events. 10 a.m.—12 am.

June 11, Pittsfield Berkshire Craft Beer Festival This year’s festival will be bigger than ever. See the website for updates on breweries, food and other vendors, and live music appearing on The Common. 12-5 p.m.

June 11, Wassaic Wassaic Project 2016 summer exhibition preview and benefit party from 5-8 p.m. Preview Appetite for Destruction, enjoy food and specialty cocktails, and enter a raffle of 50 art prizes. After-party from 8-10 p.m.

June 11, Kinderhook First Columbians 100th Birthday Gala Columbia County Historical Society celebrates its 100th anniversary with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner & a silent auction, on the lawn of the Vanderpoel House of History. 5-11 p.m.

June 11, Great Barrington GB Historical Society Fundraiser Enjoy cocktails & tour the American Institute for Economic Research mansion and grounds. Paula Uruburu will discuss her book, American Eve, the story of Evelyn Nesbit, the first mega-celebrity of the 20th C. 5:30 p.m.

June 11, Millbrook Thorndale A preview of the Bard Music Festival: Puccini and His World. Reception in the barn at 5:30 p.m. Program to follow from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

June 11, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Close Encounters with Music presents “Music That Shook the World!” which brings together music that shook the establishment & scandalized audiences: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Debussy’s Impressionism, Latin American vernacular & more. 6 p.m.

June 11, North Adams MASS MoCA The National performs as a benefit for the museum and the Hawthorne Valley Association, which is committed to social & cultural renewal through education, agriculture and the arts. Yassou opens. 7 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com