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Shakespeare & Company is currently presenting Obie Award-winning playwright Taylor Mac's dark comedy “HIR,” directed by Alice Reagan through October 7.

The play begins with Isaac, who has returned from the war in Afghanistan, only to discover a household in revolt.

The insurgent: his mom.

Liberated from an oppressive marriage with a now ailing husband, and with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, we learn that annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

Mac has said “Hir” was inspired and influenced by Sam Shephard’s “Buried Child” and by his own miserable hometown experience in Stockton, California.

We are joined by actors Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden, and Jack Doyle.

SculptureNow’s 2018 outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculpture at The Mount in Lenox, MA is on view through October 31. SculptureNow offers free guided tours to the general public, students, and vision-impaired visitors and their exhibitions provide opportunities for sculptors to develop their careers.

This year SculptureNow celebrates its 20th year as a non-profit arts and education organization. There are 30 works on display in and around Edith Wharton’s historic home and gardens. There are two more artist guided tours of the exhibition before it ends at the end of October – this Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, October 14.

Ann Jon and Michael Thomas join us. Ann is the Executive Director or SculptureNow; Michael Thomas has work in the show.

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George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s, were a remarkable couple at the leading edge of the national and international art scene. Collectors and intellectuals, they created a Berkshire home that reflected their aesthetic worlds.

Upon her death in 1988, Suzy Frelinghuysen left instructions that the House & Studio and art collection be used for an educational purpose. The House & Studio opened for visitation in 1998.

Visitors can walk through the House with all of its original furnishings and view not only the works of Morris and Frelinghuysen on the walls, but walk right up to the works of some of their more famous colleagues and contemporaries including Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris.

Kinney Frelinghuysen is the Director of the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio in Lenox, Mass.

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"Slipper" by Hester Velmans
"Fruit of the Drunken Tree" by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
"The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis"
"The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England" by Graham Robb
"A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety" by Donald Hall
"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
"Third Thoughts" by Steven Weinberg

Event: "Charley's Horse" by Judith Shaw - August 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through August 31.

The CapSteps latest album is “Make America Grin Again.” We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

Aaron Thier’s new novel, "The World is a Narrow Bridge," is a darkly comic road novel about a millennial couple facing the ultimate question: how to live and love in an age of catastrophe.

Here’s the setup:  Young Miami couple Murphy and Eva have almost decided to have a baby when Yahweh, the Old Testament God, appears to Eva and makes an unwelcome demand: He wants her to be his prophet. He also wants her to manage his social media presence.

Equal parts hilarious and poignant, "The World Is a Narrow Bridge" asks: What kind of hope can we pass on to the next generation in a frightening but beautiful world? Thier’s previous novels include "Mr. Eternity" and "The Ghost Apple."

He will be at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA for a joint launch party with Sarah Trudgeon ("The Plot Against the Baby") at 5:30 tonight.

 

Today's special edition of Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:

“On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein” by Charlie Harmon

“Famous Father Girl” by Jamie Bernstein

A few by the maestro (Bernstein) himself:

“Joy of Music”

“Infinite Varieties of Music”

“Unanswered Question”

AND:

Peggy Daniels’ “Tanglewood: A Group Memoir”

2018 Summer At The Mount

Jul 5, 2018

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton.

Interpretive exhibits throughout the house explore Wharton and her servants’ lives, as well as her humanitarian efforts and literary legacy.

The Mount also presents lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, outdoor sculptures, films, and literary panels.

Susan Wissler is the Executive Director of The Mount and she joins us with a preview of this summer’s offerings.

Set over the course of one week in June of 1939, the new novel The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews is a story about siblings, the joys of music, love (mutual and unrequited), and the meaning of home.

It is a New York novel, but also one of the world, of big dreams and big love and what it means to be willing to pay any price for your family. 

This episode was recorded at The Mount in Lenox, Massachusettes. 

This season, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusettes will be exploring themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire. The season includes three Shakespeare plays: “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” and “Love's Labor's Lost;” plus the New England Premiere of “Morning After Grace” by Carey Crim; “Creditors” by August Strindberg adapted by David Greig; “Heisenberg” by Laurence Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens; “Mothers and Sons” by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally; and “HIR” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac.

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Harry Connick Jr.'s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.

The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of 5 and he will bring his New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration Tour to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Saturday, June 23.

NPR's oddly informative weekly hour-long news quiz program, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!" returns to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusettes on June, 21.

The Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week's news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with judge and score-keeper Bill Kurtis.

Bill Kurtis joins us.

This morning we learn about The Artful Mind Gallery in Lenox, Massachusettes which opened last month and showcases an enthusiastic and fine-tuned professional and passionate group of seventeen artists. The curator at large, Harryet Puritzman, is also the publisher of the well-known 26-year old magazine for the arts, The Artful Mind.

She now wants to give a gift back to artists whose work she’s admired and has been inspired by over the years.

The gallery includes the world of oils, acrylic, mixed media, photography, and sculpture - on view in the front window, throughout the interior space and in the back garden. Harryet Puritzman and Janet Pumphrey join us.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, will hold its annual town meeting tonight.

Known on both sides of the Atlantic as the English American, Alison Larkin is a comedian, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of "The English American," a novel. Her autobiographical one woman show about an adopted English women who finds her birth parents in the U.S. was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

As an actress she has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Larkin’s new one woman show "Alison Larkin LIVE!" will premiere at the Elayne Bernstein theater in Lenox, MA as part of WAM Theatre’s 9th season on May 4 and 5.

Alison Larkin joined us along with Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM.

    Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
“The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers
“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories” by Denis Johnson
“The Art of the Wasted Day” by Patricia Hampl
“Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer” by Barbara Ehrenreich
Assorted works of Russell Hoban
“The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Caire
“Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts” by Patrick Syme,‎ illustrated by Abraham Gottlob Werner

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The Select Board in Lee, Massachusetts voted this week to continue sharing a town administrator with Lenox for another year. 

     Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"The Mouse and His Child" by Russell Hoban
"Devotions" by Patti Smith
"Spy of the First Person" by Sam Shepard
"Good Things Happen Slowly" by Fred Hersch
"Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters"
"Women and Power" by Mary Beard
"Silence In the Age of Noise" by Erling Kagge

Taxes Are Going Up Slightly In Lenox

Dec 7, 2017
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Lenox, Massachusetts has approved a lower tax rate for next year. But taxes are still going up.

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A state hearing in Lenox this week focused on water quality across Massachusetts. 

150 Acres In Lenox Are Being Conserved

Oct 26, 2017
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150 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and open space in Lenox, Massachusetts are being conserved. 

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A settlement has been reached in Berkshire Superior Court that will allow for the development of a residential recovery center for women with eating disorders in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

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The opioid crisis has required involvement from educators, parents, law enforcement and young people, with addiction touching people from all walks of life. And now, many religious congregations find themselves responding in Berkshire County.  Clergy are being trained on how to use Naloxone.

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Voters will decide in November whether to put the Town of Lenox, Massachusetts in charge of the historic library on Main Street. 

Lenox Approves Affordable Housing Plan

Sep 7, 2017
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Lenox, Massachusetts lawmakers have approved an affordable housing plan. 

Lenox Sees Uptick In School Enrollment

Sep 5, 2017
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Early in the new school year, officials in Lenox, Massachusetts are noticing an uptick in enrollment. 

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Lenox, Massachusetts voters will have the chance to scrap the local school nickname in May. 

Annie Selke Opens Inn, Retail Store In Lenox

Aug 25, 2017
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Annie Selke launched a retail store and bed-and-breakfast in downtown Lenox, Massachusetts Tuesday. WAMC and the global, Pittsfield-based textiles company founder and CEO toured her new inn.

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Massachusetts isn’t holding a sales tax-free weekend this year, but that’s not stopping retailers in Lenox from trying to lure back-to-school shoppers. 

   Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs
The Noise of Time: A Novel by Julian Barnes
Edith Wharton's Lenox by Cornelia Brooke Gilder
The Violins of Saint-Jacques: A Tale of the Antilles by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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