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A Review of Falls Village Inn Restaurant in Connecticut

Christopher Brooks finds things to love in both the Inn’s taproom and in its more formal dining room.

The New York Times
The Wassaic Project: A Festival, a ‘Beautiful’ Flood and Now Art

The small town of Wassaic, NY is home to a magical artists’ community.

The New York Times
Hotel Review: White Hart Inn in the Berkshires

Salisbury’s beloved inn gets high marks all around, with a special nod to its restaurant, the Tap Room.

The New York Times
Très Chic: Shopping with Annie Selke

Berkshires-based textile designer Annie Selke (known for labels Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert and Fresh American), shops for trays in the city.

The New York Times
At Vassar College, Canvases So Big They Are Seldom Seen

The latest exhibit at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, XL: Large-Scale Paintings From the Permanent Collection, challenges you to take it all in.


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Don't Miss This: RI’s 2015 Season Preview Is Here

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Although Tanglewood’s annual James Taylor concerts are sold out, there are plenty of high-caliber RI-region performances that you can snag tickets to now, before they do sell out. RI’s Jeremy Goodwin preps us for the swinging summer season with a list of can’t-miss dance, music and theater shows you’ll want to plan your garden parties around. In addition to MASS MoCA’s Solid Sound Festival and the jam-packed theater season, Audra McDonald does a double feature at Tanglewood in July and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August; living legends Art Garfunkel, Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga) and Graham Nash tour the region; and top-tier dance companies from around the world make stops at Kaatsbaan, Jacob’s Pillow and Bard’s Fisher Center. We can’t wait.

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Lakeville Filmmaker Tackles A Tough Subject With Love

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What do you do if your dear friend — funny, vivacious, the life of the party — starts to disappear inside herself? And is subsequently diagnosed with early onset Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)? If you’re an award-winning producer and director, you let the camera loose to chronicle the disease’s devastating effects. RI’s Nichole Dupont speaks with Pamela Hogan, the documentarian (and part-time Lakeville resident), who hopes “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury” will raise awareness about FTD. A sensitive portrait of her friend’s experience — and that of those who loved her —the film will be screened on Friday, April 24 at the Scoville Memorial Library, followed by a talk-back with the producers.

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For gardeners, the spring thaw means it’s time to begin planning the seasonal landscaping. Not so fast, says Brian Cruey of the BBG. At this juncture, the soil is delicate, and new plants need time and tender loving care to flourish. He suggests beginning by cleaning up winter damage to your yard, assessing your supplies and tackling the pruning.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock encourages artistic collaboration in its classrooms, and it’s no different in the school’s on-campus Hillman-Jackson Gallery. In Animalia, the space’s newest exhibit, artist Michael Caines and designer Sean Naftel work together to create a tongue-in-cheek take on 17th century portraiture that pleases the eye and amuses the onlooker.

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Alana Chernila’s breakfast crisp is a more seedy and nutty, less sweet version of its dessert cousin. Served with maple yogurt, it becomes a fancy and nourishing morning treat that will sustain you through until lunchtime. Plus it’s a great way to use the apples and pears that you’ve been meaning to eat for lunch, but haven’t quite gotten around to snacking on yet.

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Nothing scares away a potential homeowner more than a sub-par bathroom. But that’s not an issue for these properties, whose bathrooms are more like spa retreats than washrooms. Soaker tubs, glass showers with a view, multiple sinks and chandeliers — these bathrooms are spaces that promise peace, quiet and comfort.

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Welcome to Pittsfield’s latest open-til-late hometown tavern (albeit a chic version) that inspires a convivial atmosphere and offers an imaginative tapas menu and a full bar with surprise concoctions. Owner Yuki Cohen is going for a communal vibe, which is receiving a warm reception on North Street.

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On Friday, Literary Death Match makes its triumphant return to The Mount with an evening of fierce yet friendly competition featuring authors Paul La Farge, Jedediah Berry, Courtney Maum and others. On Saturday, Tina Packer launches her new book, Women of Will, at the company she helped found, Shakespeare & Company.

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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

April 24, Lenox Table Six Restaurant Off-the-Beaten-Path Flavors of Spain Wine Dinner: co-hosted by NeJaime’s Wine Cellar, the four-course dinner will feature Ole Imports’ wine ambassador Mike Smith presenting unique gems discovered in Spain and Portugal. 6:30 p.m.

April 24, Lenox The Mount Literary Death Match returns, with readers Jedediah Berry, Ron Currie Jr., Courtney Maum, Jenny Zigrino and other writer-readers. 8 p.m.

April 25 & 26, Hudson Basilica Hudson 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music. Musicians from the region and beyond experiment in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours. Begins at 3 p.m.

April 25, Simsbury Litchfield Jazz Benefit Dinner & Auction Enjoy fine food and wine at Metro Bis and help send students in need to Litchfield Jazz Camp this summer. A night of music, food and fabulous silent auction items. 6 p.m.

April 25, Sharon Annual Spring Poetry Dinner Celebrate National Poetry Month with Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who will read from his collections of poems. Please RSVP to or 6 p.m.

April 25, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Tina Packer, actor, writer and Shakespeare & Co.’s founding artistic director, launches her new book, Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays. 7:30 p.m.

May 1 - 3, Lenox Eastover Estate and Retreat Hunt for Wild Foods: “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a series of wild food tours, talks and gourmet vegan cooking workshops.

May 2, Red Hook Montgomery Place Historic Estate Hudson Valley Garden Association presents the Hudson Valley Garden Fair, featuring 30+ local and specialty garden vendors and organizations, a “Growing Beautiful Food” lecture and educational demons. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 2, Rhinebeck The Roosevelts Screening, Talk & Luncheon Co-writer and historian Geoffrey Ward discusses highlights from this recent Ken Burns PBS documentary series. At Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, followed by lunch at the Beekman Arms. 11 a.m.

May 2, Williamstown Sheep Hill Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation hosts the Sheep to Shawl Festival, featuring sheep shearing and herding, weaving and spinning, artisans and farmers all in celebration of spring and New England cultural heritage. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 2, Hudson Basilica Hudson Fifth Annual Ramp Fest: sample the ramp as interpreted by talented New York City and Hudson Valley chefs. See website for participating chefs and restaurants. 12-4 p.m.

May 2, Great Barrington Alison Larkin LIVE! The internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author will perform a sneak preview of her brand -new show to benefit The Montessori School of the Berkshires. The Mahaiwe, 7 p.m.

May 2 & 3, Hudson and Catskill River Crossings Opening Receptions Olana and the Thomas Cole Historic Sites celebrate their new co-exhibit with a members-only preview and reception on Saturday from 4–7 p.m. and an opening for everyone on Sunday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

May 3, Williamstown Clark Art Machine Age Family Day: Get inspired by a variety of printmaking techniques, view an artist demonstration and experiment with your own printmaking methods. Live music. Free admission. 1-4 p.m.

May 5, Falls Village CultureMIX A region-wide, free networking event co-hosted by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Learn about upcoming projects and current services, and mingle with others from the cultural community. Center on Main, 5:30 p.m.

May 8, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College The Aaron Diehl Trio and Grammy-nominated vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant perform a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday. Fisher Center, 8 p.m.

May 8 & 9, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden 38th Annual Plant Sale: Thousands of hand-picked and grown plant selections and new varieties, plus a garden item tag sale and silent auction of specialty plants, wall gardens and green services.

May 9, Lenox Tulipalooza Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School hosts its first-ever spring gala fundraiser, featuring a night of live and DJ music, dancing, culinary delights from around the world and auctions to benefit the school’s programs. Stonover Farm, 6 p.m.

May 9, Hudson Hudson Opera House Sex & Death: Short Play Festival is an evening of staged readings (both comic and serious) written and produced by the playwrights, actors and directors of Plays in Progress. 7 p.m.

May 9, Great Barrington Mahaiwe The Best of Rufus Wainwright: the singer whom Elton John called “the greatest songwriter on the planet” performs his biggest and boldest songs. 8 p.m.

May 9, North Adams MASS MoCA On-the-rise LA-based comedian Cameron Esposito — who haunts late-night TV, hosts two podcasts and authors a column for The Onion’s AV Club — delves into her personal tales. 8 p.m.

May 9, Hudson Helsinki Hudson Helsinki on Broadway presents John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey in an evening of new songs and classic standards. 9 p.m.

May 10, Norfolk Infinity Hall Musician, singer, songwriter and rock Renaissance man Todd Rundgren will perform as part of his Global Tour 2015. 7:30 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
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