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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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RI Launches Three New Apps Just In Time For Summer Fun

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Since most things in our region are a short drive (as opposed to a quick walk) away from each other, it’s nice to be able to take advantage of numerous shops and activities, a museum and perhaps a new restaurant all during one excursion. RI wants to make this easy for you to do, whether you’re visiting this area for the first time or are a seasoned local looking to explore more of your surroundings. That’s why we’ve added three new apps – our guides to Dutchess, Litchfield and Columbia counties – to our already successful Berkshires and Beyond version. Not only are they free (so you can download all four), but they link directly to maps and RI’s event listings, so it’s easy to keep on top of the best of everything our region has to offer.

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Road Trips: Stay With Friends At Olde Rhinebeck Inn

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A lot of relationships begin at work, be they friendships or romantic partnerships, but the story behind the Olde Rhinebeck Inn puts a new spin on this age-old occurrence. When Jonna Paolella opened her inn 18 years ago, she gave up her love of travel to stay in Dutchess County and take care of guests to her circa 1730s home. But when she met Cindy Curnan, another experienced innkeeper, the two became friends and now run the Old Rhinebeck Inn together. RI editor Lisa Green visits the charming B&B to find out the benefits of running a business with your BFF.

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Privet House in New Preston, Conn. was created as a concept space for brands, designers and artisans you don’t normally find in our neck of the woods. Last week, the shop introduced its latest partnership with David Pirrotta Brands, 12 hair, skin, makeup and beard-grooming luxury brands under the beauty guru’s umbrella.

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Tales of wealth, glory and decrepitude abound right here in the RI region. Our blogger Carey Maloney relays a story that takes in all of that. Robert Chanler, one of the Astor descendants, is now being celebrated for the brilliant artist he was. Read on for descriptions of his fanciful work detailed in a gorgeous new book.

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Office hours can be anytime when you work from home, and you won’t mind staying late when you see this week’s digs. Book-lined, steeped in 1700’s history, complete with a toasty fireplace or boasting walls of windows, these unique workspaces set the scene for both creativity and commerce. You can't beat the commute, and you can eat lunch at home.

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The Kent Historical Society’s 19th Century Musicale and Spirited Tea Party had guests stepping into the 1800s with a presentation on period customs and a performance on authentic instruments, all to raise funds for the society’s ongoing restoration projects, while the forward-thinking MASS MoCA opened two exceptional new exhibits by contemporary artists.

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The Sylvia Center’s Julie Cerny calls this recipe, one of her favorites, “perfect for a fast, tasty weeknight dinner," and who's not looking for that? Plus, it combines a bevy of flavors that play off of each other perfectly: tart lime, bright cilantro, creamy radish and cabbage slaw. You can even top it with a bit of salsa, which is what the kids at The Sylvia Center like to do.

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There are many sides to Rich Volo, but they all contribute to the vitality of Hudson, NY. He runs a home bakery, an Airbnb, manages and supports a compliance website, and — oh yes — he’s Trixie Starr, the drag queen. He runs and also spearheaded a new group, Out Hudson, which will organize an LGBTQ Parade and a weekend of events in June.

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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

May 5, Norfolk Infinity Hall Peter Wolf, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the J. Geils Band, brings his larger-than-life on-stage persona to the stage. 8 p.m.

May 6, Litchfield Bourbon and Bluegrass Kick off the Kentucky Derby with a benefit for the NWCT Arts Council. Enjoy live bluegrass from the Zolla Boys, handcrafted spirits, gourmet sliders, bourbon-inspired desserts, tours, a raffle & a silent auction. Litchfield Distillery, 7-9 p.m.

May 6 & 7, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Plants & Answers (Be-a-better-gardener) Plant Sale. Thousands of hand-picked & grown plants, plus a garden items tag sale & a silent auction of specialty plants & green services. See website for list of plants and sale times.

May 6—8, Dalton BerkChique! The premier annual benefit resale clothing & accessories event. On Friday from 5:30-8 p.m., enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar & goodie bags while you get first dibs at the preview party. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Stationery Factory.

May 7, Hudson Hudson Children’s Book Festival Meet over 75 authors and illustrators, get your books signed, and enjoy live readings and interactive performances all day long. Junior/Senior High School, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 7, Pittsfield Shire City Sanctuary “Living the Change” Sustainability Fair & Food Truck Rodeo: activities, presentations, dialogue sessions, youth art & activities, music, vendor and non-profit booths, a screening of This Changes Everything & a dance party. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

May 7, Lenox Ventfort Hall Celebrate Mother’s Day with a presentation by fine jewelers Walter McTeigue and Tim McClelland, which will be followed by a Victorian tea. 3:30 p.m.

May 7, Red Hook Equis Art Gallery 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party: watch the race with fellow fans, enjoy Mint Juleps and nibbles, and view the racing themed oil paintings of artist Alecia Barry Underhill. 4-7 p.m.

May 7 & 8, Hudson Basilica Farm & Flea The inaugural spring market will feature a diverse group of local vendors alongside fresh, locally sourced food. Shop vintage objects for home & garden, spring dresses, wild edibles & Mother’s Day treats. Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 11-5.

May 8, Hudson Hudson Area Library Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea: vintage fashions modeled by mothers and daughters (and one son), plus homemade cakes and cookies, tea from Verdigris and styling tips from the make-up experts at FACE Stockholm. 2-4 p.m.

May 14, Ghent Omi Arts Center Writers Omi Spring Reading & BBQ: join distinguished international writers, translators and poets in residence for a night of readings, followed by a barbecue and reception. 5 p.m.

May 14, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Close Encounters With Music presents The Arts of the String Quartet, dubbed by The New Yorker as “the young American string quartet of the moment,” performing works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Alban Berg. 6 p.m.

May 14, Norfolk Infinity Hall Martin Sexton’s music blends soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B. He is known for his wide vocal range, ability to improvise, and for beatboxing and scat-singing guitar solos. 8 p.m.

May 14, Pittsfield Colonial Theatre Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide since forming in Pittsburgh in the early ‘90s. Their 1994 album, When I Woke, featured the hit songs “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy” and “Martyr.” 8 p.m.

May 14, Hudson Club Helsinki Rosanne Cash, who has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded 15 albums and has charted 21 “top 40” country singles, will perform with John Leventhal. 9 p.m.

May 14 & 15, Sharon Trade Secrets The fundraiser for Women’s Support Services of NW CT will include a rare plant & garden antiques sale, and a book signing, at Lion Rock Farm on Sat. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Early buying from 8-10 a.m. A garden tour will be held Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

May 14 & 15, Lenox Wallflowers Gala & Performances CATA’s annual performances and gala celebrating the artistry of people with disabilities includes a Sat. gala with cocktails, a performance, dinner & dancing. 5 p.m. Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. Shakespeare & Company.

May 15, Rhinebeck Love It or Swap It Bring women’s clothes (all seasons), accessories, jewelry, handbags & shoes, candles, soaps, perfume (unopened), etc. to participate in this Sinterklaas fundraiser. Primrose Hill School, 12-4 p.m.

May 16, Great Barrington MayFest Construct’s annual fundraiser will include tastings from 26 area restaurants and wine vendors, and live music by The Lucky Five. This year’s honorees are Bob and Mary Ann Norris, and honorary chair Paul Moritz. Crissey Farm, 5:30 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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