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The Boston Globe
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics celebrates its 20th anniversary

Jane Iredale’s Great Barrington-based company is two decades old and still growing.

The Boston Globe
Hoofing it on the Berkshires Meat Trail

The Globe gives a nod to our area’s fantastic nose-to-tail butchers with a run-down of where to find the meat you’re looking for.

Country Living Magazine
Joan Osofsky’s Quaint Connecticut Cottage

Find out how Hammertown’s owner downsized to a 1,000-square-foot cottage while still making room for her beloved antiques.

The New York Times
Green Acres, the Place to Be

‘Behold! New Lebanon’ Offers Rural Tourism

The Boston Globe
Whimsical Towers Get Top Billing at Berkshires Retreat

Architect Hugh Hardy’s towered Ashley Falls home is the newspaper’s home of the week.

edible Manhattan
Less Than a Three-Hour Drive From Manhattan, Berkshire Mountain Majesty

The Berkshire cultural migration has become culinary in flavor, as city dwellers move to the Berkshire to open eateries, breweries and butcher shops.

Architectural Digest
Concept Shop Privet Lives Opens with Textiles by Madeline Weinrib

New Preston’s Privet House launches a space for revolving collaborations with top designers.


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District Kitchen & Bar: Pittsfield’s Homage To The Gastro Pub

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The fiery sunsets (and sunrises) of late can only be autumn’s final, magnificent bow before you-know-what. So enjoy it, in every way possible. At least, that’s the mantra at District Kitchen & Bar, Pittsfield’s latest gastro pub that walks the line between fine seasonal dining and straight up comfort grub. The sister to North Adams’ PUBLIC, District offers food of all shapes and sizes, but as RI’s food maven Nichole Dupont discovers, each dish—seared duck breast, squash gratin, cider-glazed short ribs--and specialty cocktail (try the Leaf Peeper before it’s gone) is a shrine to the abundant season.

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Playwright Winter Miller's 'In Darfur' A Story That Must Be Told

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Rehearsal photo by Enrico Spada.

How does one go about penning a play about genocide, AIDS, the Holocaust, cancer or a myriad of other difficult and necessary topics? RI’s Jeremy D. Goodwin asked this question of Winter Miller, the playwright behind the highly praised In Darfur, who, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, visited this war-torn area of Western Sudan in 2004 to hear the stories of people displaced by genocide. Goodwin speaks to Miller about the trip and her reasons for writing the play as WAM Theatre prepares to bring her drama to Shakespeare & Company beginning October 30.

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Fitness: Jump High, Jump Low, Just Have Fun Bouncing Around

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When we heard about a new fitness center offering trampoline classes, we put our fitness tester, Paula Boyajian, right on it. After all, most of us probably haven’t climbed onto a trampoline in a while. But guess what? It’s still as fun as it was when you were a kid, but better, because fitness benefits come with the sheer joy of defying gravity. Paula took the Bounce! Class at Clublife Sports Zone in Valatie, which offers a 23,000 sq. foot indoor 3D trampoline park with separate areas dedicated to different activities. In 30 minutes, you get a fantastic cardio and toning workout. Says one Bouncer, “It doesn’t feel like a workout, it’s so much fun.”

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The Williamstown Film Festival is back for its 16th year with another fantastic selection of films and behind-the-scenes events. Writer/directors Tony Gilroy, Frank Whaley and Stephen Belber, actress Lili Taylor and author Nick Flynn will be in attendance, and a whole new film script game show will be added to this year’s festivities.

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It’s no secret that we love learning here at RI – the more people who love to read, the better! That’s why we’re happy to cover events like last weekend’s gala for the Literacy Network of South Berkshire and Berkshire Community College Foundation’s Orchid and Tropical Show, both of which raise funds for education in our area.

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Silka, of the Butcher and the Baker duo, has been hankering for ricotta, winter squash and sage, but it took some experimenting to find the perfect foundation that would allow the three flavors to stand out. The winning ingredient: a pasta base, which brings out the crunchy, creamy textures and autumnal flavor that fills the kitchen with a woodsy smell.

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Curl up by the fire with a loved one, a good book, or a hot toddy (or all three!) this winter in one of our region's majestically hearthed homes. Enjoy the warmth of a roaring fire in your kitchen, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in your two-story living room, or a romantic glow in your master bedroom.

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What would you call a day of tasting, cooking and competitions all devoted to chocolate? Some might call it heaven, but officially, it’s “Red Hook and the Chocolate Festival.” The merchants are going all out for the day, so bring your sweet tooth and maybe some milk. It’s just one of the many food happenings listed now in Dining Intelligence.

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Dana Cowin, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, has found a happy second home in Amenia, NY. This Saturday and Sunday, she’ll be at one of her favorite local shops, Hunter Bee in Millerton, where she’ll sign copies of her debut cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and over 100 Delicious Recipes.

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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

October 31—November 2, New Lebanon Behold! New Lebanon The final week of this living museum of contemporary rural American life includes a lantern walk and 10 other wide-ranging sessions on horses, cattle, animal tracking and more.

October 31, Millerton The Moviehouse Aglet Theatre Company presents Halloween Treats: A Festive Gathering with Eerie Readings. Three spooky tales will be told to the audience, who are encouraged to dress in costume. 5:30 p.m.

November 1, Millerton The Moviehouse Screening of The Paper Trail, a documentary about writers in the Digital Age produced by local filmmakers Kelly Carty and Jonathan Bee. 11 a.m. Pre-screening reception at 10 a.m.

November 1, Red Hook Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival Competitions, tastings, workshops, demos, art & performances based around chocolate. Brownies, cake & candy, plus new items like chocolate chili, chocolate bacon, chocolate-flavored beauty products & more. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 1, SharonTriArts Sharon Playhouse Haunted Halloween concert with Joe Iconis and his frightening Family of musical theater hobgoblins. Stage II at the Bok Gallery. Two shows: all ages show at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. show for ages 13 and up.

November 1, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America A Luxurious Taste of the World: Culinary event to benefit Astor Services for Children and Families. Cocktail reception and silent auction from 5–6 p.m.; five-course dinner from 6–9 p.m. At CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici.

November 1, Great Barrington Olga Dunn Dance Company “All Aboard!”—a train-themed celebration in the Company’s new space at the former train station. The evening will include three new dance pieces, an historical lecture, poem reading & art exhibit. 6:30 p.m.

November 1, Pittsfield The Colonial Theatre The Masqueraded Un-Ball: Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual fall benefit event. 7 p.m.

November 1, Lenox The Mount Victorian Boudoir: A Halloween Masquerade. Party like it’s 1899 at The Mount’s first ever masquerade ball. Berkshire Shenanigans presents an evening of sinister good fun featuring DJ BFG, Victorian costumes and dancing ‘til dawn. 8 p.m.

November 2, Millerton Hunter Bee Dana Cowin, longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes. 4 p.m.

November 5—9, Williamstown Williamstown Film Festival, featuring screenings, a benefit dinner and discussion with director Tony Gilroy, lunch with actress Lili Taylor and writer Nick Flynn, after-parties and more. See website for schedule and tickets.

November 6, Pittsfield Crowne Plaza Hotel Taste of the Berkshires: The Junior League of Berkshire County’s 7th annual array of fantastic dishes from some of the area’s best restaurants. 5 p.m.

November 6, Poughkeepsie Vassar College Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand will give the annual Elizabeth Bishop reading. Strand will read from his work and take questions from the audience. Taylor Hall, room 203 at 6 p.m.

November 6-9, Tivoli NEWvember New Plays Festival Tangent Theatre Company presents the performances/rehearsed readings of six brand-new plays at their Carpenter Shop Theater. See website for plays, dates and times.

November 7, North Adams Williamstown Film Festival Benefit Dinner Dinner at Gramercy Bistro, followed by a discussion with director Tony Gilroy on “The Art of Suspense” at MASS MoCA and an after-party in the Museum lobby. 5:30 p.m.

November 8, Copake Roe-Jan Library The Write Stuff: One-day writer’s festival featuring local authors leading workshops on fiction, non-fiction, memoir, short story and the creative process, a panel on Getting Published and a wine and cheese networking reception. 8:30 a.m.—6:15 p.m.

November 8, Rhinebeck Beekman Arms Sinterklaas Star Party: Last year’s “Keepers of the Light” will pass the Celestial Flame, plus the first appearance of the Honored Animal and the Illuminated Star. 5:30 p.m.

November 8, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Lincoln’s New World: Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in Copland’s moving tribute, narrated by Oscar nominee David Strathairn. 8 p.m.

November 9, Rhinebeck Love It or Swap It Clothing swap to benefit Sinterklaas. Swap women’s clothes, accessories and shoes, plus small re-gift items like candles, soaps and perfume (unopened). Complimentary makeovers from Face Stockholm. 21 Platt Ave., 1-4 p.m.

November 13, Poughkeepsie Art and Soul Reception A benefit for the Vassar Haiti Project that will feature Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and cuisine from Twisted Soul. Vassar College Alumnae House, 5:30—8 p.m.

November 14, Pittsfield Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees 2014—“On Safari”—kicks off with a cocktail reception. Guests also will be able to view the new exhibit Lions & Tigers & Bears. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

November 15, Tivoli Kaatsbaan Dance Center Starburst of Dance Gala: Champagne reception, performance & dinner followed by a cabaret performance. Meet Wendy Whelan & Jared Angle of NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s Hee Seo & other dancers. 5:30 p.m.

November 16, Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum Opening event with Mort Künstler to celebrate his exhibit of paintings, The Art of Adventure. 6 p.m.

November 16, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Arlo Guthrie honors Woody Guthrie’s centennial in a spirited musical tribute by a son for his father. Known for comical tangents during the delivery of some of his best-loved works, Arlo carries on the Guthrie family legacy. 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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