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THEN & NOW: The Glendale Middle Road Bridge

It took four years to rebuild the span with a new concrete bridge when it collapsed in 1974. Locals complained about the lengthy repair time, but it seems that four to five years for bridge replacement is now commonplace in Massachusetts.

BITS & BYTES: Carrie Haddad at Olana; Pittsfield Public Schools and the Berkshire County NAACP present ‘Till’; Ice Yacht talk at the Stockbridge Library;...

Inspired by Frederic Church’s own relationship with the art market, this informal conversation will examine how art and commerce shape the way artists relate to their work and their environments.

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.

CONNECTIONS: A horse-drawn carriage and a trolley collide, leaving President Theodore Roosevelt thrust onto the pavement and a Secret Service agent dead

Roosevelt was the first president the United States Secret Service would guard, and Craig, the strapping Scotsman, was assigned the task.

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.

THEN & NOW: The filming location of the 1968 cult classic ‘Pretty Poison’

Released in 1968, "Pretty Poison" was panned by several critics, but praised by others. Now considered a cult classic, the film noir is an intense “smorgasbord” of psychological horror, romance, and dark comedy.

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.