Tibetan art and tacos in the snow — #Berkshireweekend

It must be March. One day I’m braving the wind on North Street for tacos from Placita Latina, and the next I’m walking across a hayfield in the snow.

In this ragged half-winter half-spring, they can both help to get the blood moving. The carnitas are warm and generous with pork and green sauce — on a half-blustery day in the slush, they’re the essence of comfort food.

One morning ice is coating the trees, and the next I’m walking around North Adams in the sun, contemplating hot chocolate at the new tea shop on Eagle Street, and a deep orange wool sweater at Savvy Hive.

This time of year it can be hard to know what’s open until you get there. I’m thinking maybe we should start a collection of ways to keep warm on odd Tuesday mornings.

And then on the phone with a choreographer in South Africa. Thulani Chauke is telling me about his new work coming to Mass MoCA, and he says at home people say when you want to dance and you’re looking for music, you can move to the rhythm of your own heartbeat. …

Marie-Dolma Chophel's abstract painting Inner Dialog pulses with elemental color in blues and greens, amber and dun. Press photo courtesy of WCMA, taken by Kate Abbott
Marie-Dolma Chophel

Marie-Dolma Chophel's abstract painting Inner Dialog pulses with elemental color in blues and greens, amber and dun. Press photo courtesy of WCMA, taken by Kate Abbott


Marie-Dolma Chophel’s ‘Inner Dialog’ holds me still as I navigate Across Shared Waters, the new show of contemporary and traditional Tibetan paintings, photographs, sculpture and collage at the Williams College Museum of Art. … Now that the show is open, I can give you some of my impressions up close.

Steve (in hat) and his father Bill Robinson pose for a portrait at Sunny Banks Ranch in Becket.
Photo by Caroline Bonnivier Snyder

Steve (in hat) and his father Bill Robinson pose for a portrait at Sunny Banks Ranch in Becket. Press photo courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle

Roberta McCulloch-Dews talks with Bill Robinson and his son, Steve, at their 200-acre ranch in Becket. Clad in thick rubber boots, jeans and a plaid shirt, Steve was outside working near the stables and looked every bit the part of a cowboy …

Events coming up …

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

Abbie Chambers joins an exhibition of The Art in Gathering, as Paradise City asks artists to explore ideas of community. Press photo courtesy of Paradise City Arts Festival
May 27 2024 @ 10:00 am
More than 220 selectively curated artists and makers come to Northampton for the annual three-day celebration of art, live music and local food.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 27 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
A Baltimore Oriole looks out from a slender branch. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
May 28 2024 @ 8:00 am
Mass Audubon will explore Edith Wharton's historic home, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows, to find birds by sight and sound.

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