What does it take to surprise you with pleasure? (#this weekend)

An accordion player started to play Quebeçois reels, the kind of music I learned to play at fiddle jams 15 years ago, the kind of music I can play even when I can’t tell you the name of a tune.

Bees were humming in the tall purple spindrift of salvia. I was holding on to a few minutes on a work day, to come to Caretaker Farm on the first afternoon of their summer CSA, and the pollinator garden was in full blow, even before the herb garden has really gotten rooted.

I was sitting in the wooden swing chair surrounded by flowers, at the top of the hill. It’s early in the growing year, and the young greens are starting to come up in the fields. Amber chickens were ranging around the coop. The wooden slatted seat back was high enough to lean my head against it.

And then music … someone picked up a squeezebox and sat down in the barn door and simply started playing. It’s a high lirruping tune — this kind of music feels humorous to me, inviting like someone on the dance floor coming over, blown and breathless, to offer a hand to someone sitting along the wall.

Sometimes the world gives you something, even in a small way, even on a day when you’re overwhemed and scared for people you love, when summer’s coming in.

This weekend …

This week has kept on surprising me with colors. Here are glimpses of the bright cloth in Amy Yoes’ Hot Corners at Mass MoCA, the sculpture on the hill at PS21 at dusk, and the Quaker meetinghouse at the Maple Street Cemetery in Adams …

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

Acclaimed flamenco artist Nélida Tirado performs.
Jun 25 2022 @ 2:00 pm
An array of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists including Warwick Gombey Troupe, Mythili Prakash, Nelida Tirado and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards reflect on dance, heritage, tradition and belonging.
Allison Blackwell sings Gershwin at Barrington Stage with Alan H. Green. Press photo courtesy of the theater
Jun 25 2022 @ 2:00 pm
Barrington Stage presents the Tony awardwinning musical tribute to American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer and comedian Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller.
Nima Rakshanifar and Henry Stram appear in 'Andy Warhol In Iran' at Barrington Stage Company. Press photo courtesy of BSC
Jun 25 2022 @ 3:00 pm
Barrington Stage presents a world premiere play by Brent Askari — in 1976, Andy Warhol travels to Tehran to take Polaroids of the Shah’s wife ...

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