Saturday, June 15, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Monica Bliss

written articles

BITS & BYTES: ‘Mississippi Masala’ and ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ at Hudson Hall; BIFF presents ‘Lady Bird’; Triplex and GBPT ‘Freud’s Last Session’ fundraiser; ‘Out of Exile’...

Winner of Best Screenplay and Audience Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, director Mira Nair’s “Mississippi Masala” is a luminous look at the complexities of love in the melting pot of the Deep South.

BITS & BYTES: BIFF presents ‘Common Ground’; Institute for American Indian Studies culture experience; Q-MoB housing solutions forum; WordXWord at Dottie’s; Joshua Jelly-Schapiro at...

By fusing journalistic exposé with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the sustainable food movement, “Common Ground” unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Bennington College prison accreditation; MOLARI new staff and promotion; Milne Public Library new director; Morris Elementary’s Principal nominated; BCC students win national...

“I really want to contribute something intellectually, spiritually, morally, back to my community. It’s life changing. There’s nothing more productive in here for a man than that college education.”

BITS & BYTES: Lady Moon & The Eclipse at Hudson Hall; Pulso Be Barro at Race Brook Lodge; BAAMS presents Alex Foster; Adam Phillips...

Lady Moon & The Eclipse blend soaring vocal textures with R&B/afrobeat-influenced rhythms to create inspirational music with an emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity.

BITS & BYTES: ‘Kegs & Eggs’ at Dottie’s; Irish music and dancers at The Store at Five Corners; Close Encounters with Music presents Baroque...

The four-course brunch menu features Irish soda bread scones with maple butter; Guinness pie, bangers and mash, and gold creme brûlée; with live music by Christine Bilé.

BITS & BYTES: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Chatham High; Samantha Fish at The Mahaiwe; Olalekan Jeyifous at Art Omi; GBPT ‘Conversation With’ series;...

“Last year, audiences left the theater dancing and humming ABBA tunes after our production of Mamma Mia, and this year I guarantee audiences will leave being more than suspicious of their house plants’ intentions.”

BITS & BYTES: Lexi Weege and JJ Slater Band at Hot Plate; System Exclusive at The Foundry; Jennifer Coates and David Humphrey at RA;...

Weege and Slater both sing with unique, recognizable voices; Weege marries smoky 50’s jazz with wild, arena-ready 70’s rock, while Slater overlays a smooth, melodic croon with laconic delivery and blue-collar beat poetry.

Dorothy’s Estaminet is the best restaurant in Pittsfield, a restaurant review

Dorothy’s Estaminet, which has newly opened in the space previously occupied by Mission, is absolutely phenomenal and has just become my new favorite restaurant in Pittsfield.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Berkshire Roots apparel line; Blackshires Leadership Accelerator Program; Lenox High School students graduate CNA program; 1Berkshire NYC campaign; Independent Connections expands; MassHire...

Berkshire Roots' unique apparel collection is designed to empower women to express their love for cannabis freely, breaking down the stigmas they face, particularly around motherhood.

From the kitchen of Monica Bliss

A recipe for coconut-curry chili.

BITS & BYTES: Samantha Anderson and Rimi Chakraborty at OLLI; ‘Art and Auschwitz’ at OLLI; Jennifer Browdy at OLLI; Williamstown’s Public Library 150 years;...

The book integrates positive psychology with ancient wisdom to help women decode signs of being overwhelmed to restore well-being and purpose. 

BITS & BYTES: ‘Expo Fidjrossé’ at Mad Rose Gallery; WAM opens 15th Anniversary Season; Berkshire Agricultural Ventures farming workshop; North Berkshire Community Dance; Lee...

The works reflect the extraordinary energy of Benin, along with historical references and recognition of the particular problems and obstacles that are present currently on the African continent, all expressed with an underlying optimism.

BITS & BYTES: Rock-noir musical at Spencertown Academy; Illustrated talk at Chatham Public Library; ‘The Boys Who Said No!’ at Mason Library; Maureen Stapleton...

Created and performed by Shayfer James and Kate Douglas, this rock-noir musical is a reimagining of the epic poem “Beowulf” that explores the intricacies of humankind’s relationship with power and violence.

BITS & BYTES: Garth Stevenson at Race Brook Lodge; ‘La Forza Del Destino’ at The Mahaiwe and The Clark; Fantastick Patrick at BCC; Ntangou...

Stevenson’s three full-length solo albums, Alpine, Flying, and Voyage, are informed by his experiences carrying his 150-year-old double bass to the woods, beach, desert, and other remote locations including Antarctica and Tuva.
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