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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.

The Boston Globe
Ella Baff, looking back on a legacy at Jacob’s Pillow

The executive and artistic director looks back at her 17 years at the helm of the Becket, Mass. dance festival.

Architectural Digest
A Stylish New Hotel Opens in the Berkshires

The new Hotel on North in Pittsfield, Mass. mixes the local with the historical.

The Wall Street Journal
‘Van Gogh and Nature’ Review: A Stunning Connection

The show at Clark Art is “an extraordinary, surprisingly original and deftly handled exhibit.”

The New York Times
Karen Allen at Home in the Berkshires

The actress-turned-director invites RI’s co-founder, Dan Shaw, into her Monterey, Mass. home.

The Boston Globe
Tanglewood: The ultimate picnic-in-the-park destination

The Tanglewood Picnic by Berkshire County resident Gina Hyams covers a beloved local tradition.

The Boston Globe
Michael Conforti’s success directing the Clark Art Institute

The Clark’s director looks back on his tenure at the world-renown museum as he prepares to retire at the end of the summer.

The New York Times
Wilco Tinkers and Experiments at a Festival It’s Happy to Share

MASS MoCA hosted its largest Solid Sound Festival to date, but the warm spirit stayed the same.

The Boston Globe
Authors Jim and Karen Shepard share a study in their Williamstown home.

The Globe’s “New England Writers at Work” makes a trip to the light and book-filled study of the Berkshires couple.

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Filmmakers Create A New Gathering Space in New Milford

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Like so many of the towns and villages in the Rural Intelligence region, New Milford, New York is becoming a destination for emerging artists, artisans, makers and entrepreneurs. Sometimes, it’s the newest residents who rev up the process. That’s what filmmaker-photographer-activist couple Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson and Evan Abramson are attempting to do with their recently opened art center, the harts gallery. Initially, they meant to open a pop-up gallery, but that morphed into a permanent art space and non-profit gathering space, with plans to offer workshops, artist residencies, film screenings, live performances and more. RI’s Jacque Lynn Schiller visited the gallery and liked what she saw.

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It Looks Great At The Gallery, But What About At Home?

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Whether you’re an art collector or buying your first piece, it’s often hard to see how a painting hanging on a gallery’s white wall will translate to your colorful living room wall, next to that chair and that table. At Art in Residence, the latest show at The Hudson Mercantile in Hudson, New York, the paintings of Michael Quadland will be hung in context beside fine furnishings from the store’s collection. RI’s Jamie Larson toured the exhibit while it was still being hung to see how the approach benefits shopper and artist — which you can see for yourself at the opening reception on Friday, Oct. 9.

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An Aikido or “Way of Harmony” class at BCC in Pittsfield will teach you new ways to use your body and its weight to do things like: ward off attackers, develop coordination and awareness, and learn how to fall down without hurting yourself. As our fitness reporter finds out, Aikido is for everyone when taught by these two black belt instructors.

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Jake (the Butcher) only grudgingly gave out his family’s mustardy salad dressing recipe to Silka (the Baker) when they were courting, so there’s no way we’d expect to be handed that secret. But there’s his mother’s chicken in mustard sauce that Silka says is a simple "awesome" classic, and fortunately, she’s willing to share that one with us.

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We celebrated the love of learning as the Literacy Network of South Berkshire toasted Perri Petricca, whose Italian grandfather’s hopes for a better life in America echoed the dreams of LitNet’s hardworking students; and Berkshire Country Day School acknowledged its most generous donors with a lovely reception at The Mount.

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On one day — Oct. 10 — you have your pick of whatever rings your bell, musically and dance wise. There’s Dr. Dog (indie rock) at MASS MoCA; singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams at The Mahaiwe; classical music (orchestral, solo and chamber) at The Hotchkiss School, Hudson Opera House and Leaf Peeper concerts; jazz at Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. And more.

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Whether you’re buying a starter home or downsizing now that the kids are gone, a bungalow might be just the thing for this next phase of your life. This week’s properties encompassing this classic, easy-to-maintain style include original details in a Sears Arts and Crafts, a renovated master bedroom that takes up an entire attic, and the prototypical roomy rocking chair porch.

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The Troy native had an illustrious 30-year career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he retired as the head of Museum Design for Exhibits and Capital Projects. Now living in Ancramdale, he stays active in the business as a museum consultant as well as serving as board chair of the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon where, ironically, he began his career.

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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 9—11, Salisbury & Lakeville Fall Festival Enjoy crafts, a quilt show, sales, food including a pancake breakfast and the Brew Ski Fest, live music and tons of activities for the kids.

October 9—11, Washington Washington CT Antiques & Design Show A fundraiser for Gunn Memorial Library includes 18 dealers of furniture, artwork, jewelry & decorative accessories. Washington Primary School. Preview party: Friday from 6:30—9 p.m. 

October 9—12, Gaylordsville Merwinsville Hotel Arts & Fine Crafts Show: photography, crafts, jewelry & glassware from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday—Monday. On Friday enjoy a gala preview with the artists, featuring hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages, live music. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 10, Salisbury Ragamont House Second Annual Tent Sale: featuring treasures from Finds & Designs, Anita Tiburzi-Johnson, Rebecca Hathaway, Nicholas Pentecost, Nest, Passports and Pete Hathaway. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 10, Valatie HandMade In America | Artisans Along Main Street 40+ regional artisans sell homemade foods, ceramics, soaps, fabrics & textiles, jewelry & more. Plus live music & book signings. 11 a.m.—5 p.m.

October 10, Hudson Chili, Cheese & Cider Fest Hudson Valley Bounty presents the region’s best tastings, plus a chili contest, beer & cider by Gaskins, live music, kids’ entertainment, CCCA artist marketplace & a pop-up farmers market. Henry Hudson Waterfront Park, 12—4 p.m.

October 10, Lenox Shakespeare & Company a staged reading of Richard III starring stage and screen actors Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe will be performed as a special benefit for the theater company. Tina Packer Playhouse, 2 p.m.

October 10, Sharon Hotchkiss Library Fall Gala Auction The library’s annual fall gala auction will feature a variety of silent and live auction items such as vacation homes, art and experience packages. Sharon Country Club, 6-8 p.m.

October 10, Hudson Spotty Dog Books & Ale The launch of the Volume Reading & Music Series will feature readings by authors Melissa Febos, Mark Allen and Christopher Funkhouser, followed by a short DJ set. 7 p.m.

October 10, North Adams MASS MoCA Dr. Dog is one of today’s great ambassadors of psychedelic music, incorporating 60’s pop & guitar-led indie rock. They visit the museum fresh off the release of Live at the Flamingo Hotel. 8 p.m.

October 10, Great Barrington Mahaiwe Three-time Grammy winner and legendary singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams blends rock, country, blues and Americana. 8 p.m.

October 10 & 11, Stockbridge Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival: live entertainment, 100+ food & craft vendors, farmers’ market, silent auction, giant tag sale, plant sale, haunted house, hay jump, pumpkin toss, workshops and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October 10 & 11, Hudson The Warehouse Arts Walk Literary presents two days of readings and book signings with local and nationally recognized authors. See website for schedule. 12-5 p.m. each day.

October 11, Ghent Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival A free event featuring activities for all ages, including hay mazes, rides, apple cider pressing, farm animals, a scarecrow making contests, pumpkin carving, organic local foods, vendors and live music. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 11, Austerlitz Autumn in Austerlitz Festival Volunteers dressed in early 1830s costumes, antiques, live music and entertainment for children, many different vendors and a variety of hot and cold foods. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 11, Poughkeepsie Bardavon Three-time Grammy winner and legendary singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams blends rock, country, blues and Americana. 7 p.m.

October 11, Great Barrington An Intimate Evening with Audra McDonald As a benefit for the Mahaiwe’s year-round arts and educational programs, the singer and actress will perform in the theater. Special gala packages include a pre-show dinner. 8 p.m.

October 14, Pittsfield Hotel On North Celebrate and support at its launch party fundraiser. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a food-themed silent auction and a talk & book signing with Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day. 6-8 p.m.

October 15—17, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College On Friday, OBIE Award-winning playwright, novelist and poet Carl Hancock Rux reads from his new work, The Exalted. A preview performance of the play will be performed on Saturday and Sunday. 7:30 p.m. each night.

October 15, Hudson Club Helsinki Rasputina is led by singer-songwriter, cellist and Hudson resident Melora Creager, whose original songs connect the dots between Renaissance madrigals and Nirvana-like grunge-rock. 8 p.m.

October 15-18, Williamstown & North Adams Wind-Up Fest A festival exploring nonfiction in many forms—from documentaries & short films to radio podcasts & live variety shows. Events feature talks with filmmakers, after-parties with live bands & a gala dinner on Friday night.

October 17, Great Barrington Great Barrington Fairgrounds Berkshire Fermentation Festival: enjoy cultured food vendors sampling & selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, presentations, live music, culture swap and more. A free, family-friendly event. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October 17, Great Barrington Berkshire South Community Center Craft Brew Festival, a benefit for Berkshire South featuring tastings by Big Elm, Wandering Star, Jack’s Abby, Lefty’s & Peak Organic brewing companies, plus live music, games, raffles and food. 1-5 p.m.

October 17, Salisbury Habitat Harvest—You Sip, We Hammer! Habitat for Humanity of NW CT’s biennial wine & beer tasting fundraiser, featuring Italian wines, craft beers, fine teas and culinary delights. The Green Barn, Stillwaters Farm. 3:30-6:30 p.m.

October 17, Great Barrington Lauren Clark Fine Art Pie tasting with Scott Clark of Clark’s PieWORKS. Made by hand in Housatonic, these pies, hand-pies and galettes are a local favorite. Taste 8 or so of the many varieties, with accoutrements and beverages. 4-6 p.m.

October 17, Hudson Movable Feast The evening begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres at Hudson Opera House at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at area homes, and then dessert, coffee and a raffle drawing back at the HOH at 9:30 p.m.

October 17 & 18, Rhinebeck NYS Sheep & Wool Festival Animals, workshops, contests, shearing demos, authors, wine, food and shopping at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 18, Litchfield & Berkshires Benefit Estates & Exotic Autos Tour View four multi-million dollar homes & exotic autos, with gourmet bites at each house. Be chauffeured from Lime Rock Park to each property and back for a reception & silent auction. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October 18, Great Barrington BerkshireSPEAKS Talks by local trendsetters: author Ty Allan Jackson, Berkshire Fringe’s Sarah Katzoff, Lymphedivas’ Howard Levin, Mezze’s Nancy Thomas, Eleanore Velez of BCC’s Multicultural Center & author Simon Winchester. Hevreh, 1:30 p.m.

October 18, Rhinebeck bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy Meet legendary chef and author Alice Waters as she signs copies of her new book, My Pantry. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

October 18, Washington The Hickory Stick Bookshop Bestselling novelist, editor and television producer Janice Kaplan will discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life. 2 p.m.

October 18, West Stockbridge No. Six Depot Cafe Join RI contributor Alana Chernila as she celebrates the launch of her new cookbook, The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure. Enjoy donuts & cider, make art and get exciting free things. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

October 18, Copake Empire Farms Alice Waters will host a Sunday Supper to benefit The Edible Schoolyard Project, in collaboration with The FarmOn! Foundation, Rainbow Room NYC, Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions, Mazzone Hospitality & bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy. 5 p.m.

October 18, Hudson Haute CATure Fashion Show Models will again stride the runway at AnimalKind’s annual fashion show and auction fundraiser. Club Helsinki, 6 p.m.

October 20, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College Novelist Bradford Morrow and musician Alex Skolnick present a live collaborative performance of Morrow’s lyrical prose pieces about animals real and imaginary. Weis Cinema, 7:30 p.m. 

October 20, Williamstown Williams College Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and other bestselling books, will speak, answer audience questions and sign books. ‘62 Center, 8 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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