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A Vibrant Upstate New York Town, Set Against a Quaint Backdrop

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In the Hudson River Valley, a Family Legacy in Riverfront Mansions

A small group of wealthy homeowners — hotelier André Balazs and artist Brice Marden among them — have restored the estates of the Livingston clan.

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Simplicity, Artistry And Artisanship Sell At Sawkille Co.

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Sawkille Co., a small furniture company in Rhinebeck, considers itself part of the “rural American design” movement, and for that alone, we’re predisposed to love it. But once you’ve seen the company’s elegant, solid wood pieces, it wouldn’t matter what they call themselves. Simple, classic, hand made and built to improve with age, the pieces reflect the heritage and mindset of the Hudson Valley and the commitment of the craftspeople who make the collection. RI’s Andrea Pyros spoke with Jonah Meyer and Tara De Lisio — partners in life and work — who have found Rhinebeck to be a supportive community, allowing them to create the life they wanted to live. We — and our homes — are the beneficiaries.

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'Peter And The Farm' A Naked Examination Of A Solitary Farmer

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Filmmaker Tony Stone's latest film, “Peter and the Farm” examines the solitary and tormented life of a rural organic farmer. There’s a screening and director conversation with Stone coming up at the Millerton Moviehouse on Jan. 22 that would be worth paying for if it weren’t already free. Gleaming with beautiful scenery and shuddering with personal pain, the film is affecting and meaningful. RI’s Jamie Larson sat down with Stone to discuss the film and the man at its center.

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We may think we know Edith Wharton pretty well from her writing and her estate, but playwright Sara Farrington has penned an immersive theater experience that will give us even more insight into the personal life of The Mount’s mistress. “Leisure and Lust” will be performed at The Mount next week, along with a talkback and champagne reception.

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It’s not the size of a house that matters, it’s how much style you can pack into it. This week’s homes, ranging from 672 to just over 1,000 square feet, pack a big punch in a small package. Enjoy 90.5 acres and frontage on the Housatonic, a home on Stockbridge Bowl close to Tanglewood, or a pair of cottages once owned by veteran actor Walter Matthau.

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If you enjoy the classic French soup vichyssoise, but can do without the heavy cream the recipe entails, we’ve got great news. Lisa Fielding, a vichyssoise addict herself, has created this healthier version using cashews, cauliflower and a crispy buckwheat drizzle that keeps the original’s famous hearty flavors and elegant texture.

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Frigid temperatures didn’t dull the exuberance of the 1,500+ attendees of the inaugural Four Freedoms March and Rally in Pittsfield, Mass. Speakers at the non-partisan event inspired by FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech included Roosevelt’s grandson James, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Congressman Richard Neal and other inspiring voices.

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Smoothies provide a serious fast track to the nutrients that we need to survive illness, vitamin deficiencies, and even mental fog. RI’s fitness freak Nichole Dupont takes a deeper look into the liquid meal that many people swear by, and she's gathered some high-octane smoothie recipes from regional "experts" that you might want to try for yourself.

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Those who have seen the highly acclaimed documentary Girl Rising have seen the work of its producer, Christina Lowery. She also worked on “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World.” Now living in the Hudson Valley, she continues to work on projects with the goal of changing lives and policy.

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

Jan. 20, North Adams MASS MoCA The choreographer/dancer/director Richard Move will be in residence to develop XXYY, a collaboration with theater artist Alba Clemente, with an original score by Italian electronic music pioneer Martux_m. 8 p.m.

Jan. 21, Pittsfield Women’s March Solidarity Event Watch a live-stream of the Women’s March on Washington, plus food, a “Rock the Constitution” staged reading featuring local actors, an art project, a photo booth and more. The Colonial Theatre, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jan. 22, Millerton The Moviehouse A screening of the documentary Peter and the Farm, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s director, Tony Stone. 11 a.m.

Jan. 22, Hudson Club Helsinki Singer and pianist Nellie McKay presents “A Girl Named Bill: The Life & Times of Billy Tipton,” honoring the little-known midcentury jazz bandleader who was assumed to be a man but was discovered at his death to be a woman. 8 p.m.

Jan. 24, North Adams Creative Resources Conference 1Berkshire presents a day-long event that supports artists, creative entrepreneurs, arts administrators and non-profit cultural organizations. MASS MoCA. See website for list of speakers, panels and workshops.

Jan. 27 & 28, Lenox The Mount Sara Farrington’s play, Leisure & Lust, is inspired by Edith Wharton’s life, love affair, marriage and writing style. The opening night performance will be followed by a talkback and reception with the writer, director & actors.

Jan. 27 & 28, Great Barrington Radius Playwrights Festival Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a staged reading of six short plays written, directed and acted by all local talent, at the newly renovated Saint James Place.

Jan. 28, Spencertown Spencertown Revels Spencertown Academy Arts Center hosts its 29th annual fundraising party & movable feast. Start the evening at the Academy with cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinners in private homes in the area. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.

Jan. 28, Hudson Valley Variety Chinese New Year Demo & Dinner: Share in the centuries old celebration with this Beijing-style dinner prepared by Chef Ameila Telc. You’ll learn about the ingredients & cooking techniques behind the dishes of this 4-course feast. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 1, Poughkeepsie Vassar College A reading with writer-in-residence Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station; 10:04). Lerner has received a Guggenheim Fellowship & the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and is a regular contributor to Harper’s, the New Yorker & others. 6 p.m.

Feb. 3, Lenox Wheatleigh Nejaime’s Wine Cellars presents a Napa Valley Wine Dinner featuring Stewart Cellars and presented by owner and winemaker James Stewart. Wines will be paired with a four-course dinner. 6 p.m.

Feb. 3, Williamstown Williams College Baba Brinkman brings science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy. In “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos,” he breaks down the politics, economics & science of global warming. A Q&A session follows. ’62 Center, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America American Bounty Restaurant presents the 4th Annual Beefsteak. Enjoy food, beer and song in Farquharson Hall. 6 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
Save the Date Listings
Please submit your own event to listings@ruralintelligence.com