Monthly Archives: June 2016

Edith Wharton in World War I

The tunnel cut into the hill was wholly dark except for “an occasional narrow slit screened by branches.” The gunners had screens behind them, to keep any betraying light from showing where they sat with guns between their knees. Coming out into a “gutted house among fruit trees,” a woman in her 50s looked over…

Looking ahead to July 1 to 4

In music, theater and dance the summer season is kicking into high gear. Mavis Staples and Bob Dylan are bringing folk’s glory days to Tanglewood. Che Malambo will move to the rhythms of South American gauchos and live percussion at Jacob’s Pillow. The new play “American Son” will inspire a community symposium at Barrington Stage. Summer is flying high!

Week ahead June 27 to July 3

The percussion of South American gauchos comes to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with Che Malambo; Tennessee Williams opens Williamstown Theatre Festival’s mainstage season; fireflies light the dusk over stone hill … Summer is officially here. In the photo above: Bereshit Dance Company from Seoul, Korea, will perform at Jacob’s Pillow this week. Photo by Park Sang-Yun, courtesy…

Glass art grows at Chesterwood

On one coast, young artists camped under massive pine trees while a furnace glowed under a wooden-beamed tent. On the other coast, a trim man and his daughter molded clay into the folds of a white shift. A fountain played behind his studio, and his sculpture in bronze and marble dignified monuments. This summer will…

Week ahead June 20 to 26

Monday June 20   About Town Clark Art Institute — Body and the Beat: Summer Solstice Gathering, 6 to 9 p.m., free, Williamstown.   Books and Writers Bennington College — Bennington MFA in writing: readings with students, faculty and visiting writers. Schedule bennington.edu/MFAWriting The Bookstore — Robert Sugarman reads from “Antibes 1950,” a novel, 7…

Fiorello! fights corruption — to music

He defended strikers and labor unions. He worked as a translator at Ellis Island in Italian, Yiddish and Croatian. He helped and represented newcomers in the city, and against the corrupt political machine of Tammany Hall they supported him when he ran for the House of Representatives — as a Republican. Times have changed since…

Like a marble in the sun — Glass art

Glass art gleams in the woods and gardens at Chesterwood, the historic house and studio of Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge. On a bright afternoon this week I got to walk around the show with executive director Donna Hassler and the show’s curator, Jim Schantz, owner and director of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Art in Stockbridge,  and talk about the young, experimental glass movement in the U.S. The show opens tomorrow, and you’ll see the story in the Eagle next week.