Northern Berkshires

Hiking the Hopper Trail up Mount Greylock

I’ve been wanting to do this since the first weekend I lived here in summer. June 1999, after my junior year, I shared a roomy apartment with college friends on the first floor of a big yellow house on Park Street. I wanted to pick strawberries, and someone told me they grow wide along the…

The Clean House comes to WTF

A woman with a spreading illness sits on a balcony, tasting apples by the sea. A younger friend sits with her, warm and afraid at the same time. The younger woman has recently lost her parents, and she remembers them alive and in love. “They laugh until laughing makes them kiss,” she once said. “They…

Where Storms Are Born in Williamstown

Two boys sit on a fire escape together, tracing the stars in the city sky. They are brothers, and they have lost their father. Now the older brother is a memory, and the younger brother and his mother are facing his loss, in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms Are Born, directed by…

Meleko Mokgosi — Lex and Love at WCMA

Cheetahs raise their hackles against an abstract background like blown sand. Two boys play with a sleek black dog in a spare, shaded room, in a bar of bright sun from the doorway. A well-dressed man in khaki leans back in a director’s chair in a room rich with thick carpet, masks and sculptures, while…

Northern Berkshire art overlaps

In 1999, the summer Mass MoCA opened, Robert Rauschenberg came several times to see his work installed in the football-field-sized gallery in building 5. The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece gathered images from athletes and animals to umbrellas and planets. In collage or silkscreened onto fabrics, aluminum and copper, they formed a massive record…