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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.

Yankee Magazine
A Visit to Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Reporter Heather Marcus finds a lot to love—and photograph—at Hancock Shaker Village and Hotel On North.

The New York Times
Ruth Reichl Recharges in the Kitchen

The RI-area resident and former editor of the defunct Gourmet magazine is set to publish her first solo cookbook since 1971.

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'Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom' Is Staged In Hudson

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Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom is the powerful story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s childhood spent in the struggle for African-American voting rights in 1960s Alabama. Coming to Hudson February 13, Lowery’s story has been adapted into a performance by director Ally Sheedy and producer Miranda Berry, starring NYC high school student Damaras Obi. Lowery’s story and personage is inspiring and we are fortunate that she will be in attendance and speaking after the event. RI’s Jamie Larson caught up with Lowery from her home in Selma and introduces us to this legend of the civil rights movement.

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Road Trips: Salisbury's Jumpfest Celebrates 90 Years Of Fun

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So far, this mild Northeastern winter has put some snow-based activities on hold – building that four-man igloo, sledding down your favorite hill, trekking up the mountain on snowshoes – but one annual Litchfield County event is set to go off without a hitch. Salisbury, Connecticut’s Jumpfest will be celebrating its 90th year on Feb. 12 when the first skiers line up to take flight over Satre Hill. Come a day early, on Feb. 11, for sales, gallery openings and other community events; and stay until the 14th to enjoy everything from a human dogsled race and ice sculpture demos to bonfires and the annual Snow Ball Dance.

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You can always count on the Berkshire Botanical Garden to present a Big Name in the garden world at its annual winter lecture. This year, the garden royalty is, fittingly a Brit: Anna Pavord, author and garden columnist for The Guardian. Her topic: creating your garden style. Brian Cruey spoke to her from across the pond to get a taste of what the the lecture will hold on Feb. 13.

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With the opening of Bubby's Take Away Kitchen and Modern Taco, the village of Red Hook, N.Y. has become a destination for Mexican food. One place offers a street food vibe, while the other goes for a more fine dining experience, but according to our reviewer, it's worth finding time in your schedule to try both, or better yet, get Bubby’s for lunch and Modern Taco for dinner.

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Anybody you know in Pittsfield, Mass. is likely to be out and about from Feb. 11-21. Where to? Any of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival performances, art shows, films, concerts, fireworks, even a kids-run farmers market, in and around North Street. Now in its fifth year, the festival has gotten so popular with residents that organizations are clamoring to be part of it.

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Liz Neumark, founder of The Sylvia Center and Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y., is also the owner of Great Performances, one of New York City’s top catering companies. Put all those organizations together and that's a lot of great recipes to share. This one, she says, is an all-inclusive side dish that goes with many main courses.

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The homes featured this week offer privacy not only for you, but for your guests as well. Overnight visitors will enjoy their very own amenities in a separate cottage on your acreage. The guest houses come with full kitchens, fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, making many of them just as suitable for summer or year-round rentals.

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It’s not unusual for Americans to have an obsession for anything British. But Karl Mullen, who lives in Williamstown, is a Dublin native who has always been drawn to American culture. A painter and musician, he was a booking agent for 30 years and now organizes the BarN concerts and manages the Barntone record label.

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February 8, Poughkeepsie Vassar College An evening with Writer-in-Residence Teju Cole, author of the novel Open City, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and numerous other prizes, and the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. 6 p.m.

February 9, Poughkeepsie Vassar College The Krieger Lecture will be given by Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which chronicles the time she spent in Danbury’s Federal Correctional Institution. 8 p.m.

February 12, Stockbridge Citizens’ Hall IS183 Art School of the Berkshires presents Say it With Clay! Arts Night Out: celebrate the season of love by making a heart-shaped or a rectangular keepsake box. Stamp, carve & decorate your creation. 7 p.m.

February 12-14, Salisbury Jumpfest The 90th annual fest includes not only ski jumping, but ice sculpture demos, special sales, kids’ activities, food, the popular human dogsled race and much more. See the article above or the website for schedule of activities.

February 13, Great Barrington Koii Restaurant Chinese New Year Dinner & Lion Dance: all ages are invited to celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a traditional family-style dinner, Lion Dance & dance performance by Lena Tan and East Culture Arts. 2 p.m.

February 13, Hudson M. C. Smith Intermediate School A performance of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom will be followed by a discussion with the play’s subject, Lynda Blackmon-Lowery, and its director, actress Ally Sheedy. 3 p.m.

February 13, Chatham The Chatham Bookstore Husband and wife team Al Roker and Deborah Roberts will read from and discuss their new book, Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times. A conversation and Q & A will follow. 5 p.m.

February 13, West Stockbridge No. Six Depot Cafe The second annual Love Bomb Soiree will feature pop-up shops, a fashion show, libations, noshes and dancing. 5:30-10:30 p.m.

February 13, Goshen Miranda Vineyards Chocolate Lovers Dinner: this annual, sell-out event includes dinner, wine with each course and live music. See website for full menu. 6 p.m.

February 13, Hudson Spotty Dog Books & Ale The February installment of the Volume Reading & Music Series will feature authors Branda C. Maholtz, Shannekia McIntosh, Hallie Goodman & Dani Grammerstorf French, followed by a short set from DJ Dan Bunny. 7 p.m.

February 13, Windsor Notchview Valentine Eve Ski & Sweets: enjoy skiing and snowshoeing by half moonlight, then return to the warmth of the Visitor Center for a tasting of chocolate treats & warm drinks for all ages. Ski & snowshoe rentals available. Reservations encouraged. 7 p.m.

February 13, Pittsfield Shire City Sanctuary Fantastic February Frolic: an alternative dance party featuring electronic music duo Home Body and the Berkshires’ own DJ BFG. 8 p.m.

February 14, Williamstown Clark Art Reserve your seats now for a gourmet Valentine’s Day brunch at 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., a festive tea for all ages at 3 p.m., and gallery talks throughout the day.

February 14, Tivoli The Corner at Hotel Tivoli Valentine’s Day brunch with live bossa nova music from Carlos Valdez and his group, Clave Y Son. Reservations recommended. 12-3 p.m.

February 14, West Stockbridge Rouge Restaurant Candlelight Valentine’s Dinner with a twist. Enjoy a 5-course prix fixe menu designed to be eaten in the most sensual way…with your hands. See website for full menu. Doors open at 5 p.m. & reservations are required.

February 14, Sheffield Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Dewey Hall and Aglet Theatre Company will hold a joint fundraising event, including a food and drink reception, and a concert by The Joint Chiefs. 5:30-8 p.m.

February 14, Great Barrington The Meat Market Lonely Hearts Pig Roast: enjoy roasted pork with all the fixins’, plus a giant crepe with dulce de leche, red velvet cake & a champagne flute filled with Prosecco to toast (or curse) whomever or whatever moves your heart. 6 p.m.

February 17, New Marlborough The Old Inn on the Green Falesco Wine Dinner: each of five courses will be paired with a French wine by Falesco and expertly guided by Giuseppe Rosati, the winery’s USA brand ambassador. 6:30 p.m.

February 18, Pittsfield 10x10 Real Art Party As part of the city’s 10x10 Festival, the Berkshire Museum will host an art party, with a chance to win your choice of a 10"x10” piece by a local artist. 6 p.m.

February 18, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock The 20th annual W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., a civil rights movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and an authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change. 7 p.m.

February 20, Falls Village A Midwinter’s Night in the Village The Friends of The David M. Hunt Library will hold its winter fundraiser at the library. Warm up with tasty breads, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, music and poetry readings & the famous 16-ft long bread board. 5-8 p.m.

February 20, Norfolk Infinity Hall With seven Blues Music Awards, five Grammy nominations and tons of album sales to their credit, Roomful of Blues is, indeed, America’s quintessential Blues band. 8 p.m.

February 20, Poughkeepsie Canvas Big Gay Hudson Valley presents The Meet Market, a pop-up gay bar, this month featuring Match Game with Trixie Starr & noir nightclub ballads from Ophelia Nightly. 8 p.m. Read RI’s article about The Meet Market: “Get A Round: Scoring At The Meet Market.”

February 20 & 21, North Adams Winterfest: ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, chowder competition, face-painting, farmers and artisans market, warm drinks, a bonfire and other wintertime fun. See website for full schedule. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days.

February 21, Hudson Club Helsinki Back by popular demand, Helsinki on Broadway presents A Divine Evening with Charles Busch. Catch a special sneak preview of Busch’s new show, “The Lady at the Mic.” 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
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