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What looks like a Great Master-style painting peeks out from behind a cascade of drapery at an antiques store in Rome in a new collection of photos and musings about the Italian capital by photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron and writer Andre Aciman. Photo by Jeannette Montgomery Barron​

Truly a ‘Dream’ Vacation: Whiling Away the Hours in Rome

You don’t need to be reminded at this point that domestic travel is difficult (and becoming more difficult) and that foreign travel is, literally, impossible.

“Continuance” by Eric Forstmann is one of the works represented by Eckert Fine Art Gallery + Consulting, which will now be on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Photo courtesy Eckert Fine Art​

Eckert Moves Her Gallery From Kent, Conn., to the Berkshires

Jane Eckert and her Eckert Fine Art Gallery + Consulting represents some of the most famous artists of our time,  but here in the Tri-state area she is particularly known as the exclusive agent for Sharon, Conn., beloved painter Eric Forstmann. 


Annie Dorsen, an award-winning expert on artificial intelligence and experimental theater, will talk about the intersection of her specialties on Nov. 14. Photo submitted​

Is AI Our Friend, Enemy or Entertainment?

Annie Dorsen, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship,  will give a talk for the Cornwall Library on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. 

New Yorker writer and author Adam Gopnik is the Salisbury Forum speaker on Friday, Nov. 20. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe​

Adam Gopnik, Seeking Sanity, in A Forum Talk

Adam Gopnik, a veteran contributor to The New Yorker magazine, reprises his 2016 appearance at the Salisbury Forum in a Zoom webinar on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with a timely and critical look at liberal democracy, its strategies for survival, and its risks of extinction. 

Carl Chaiet’s new work, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom,” is being sold in a limited edition with a portion of funds benefiting The Lakeville Journal. Photo submitted

Have a Seat and Help Your Local Newspaper

Carl Chaiet of Sharon, Conn., is a sculptor and a painter and, in many ways, a comic. Those three artistic disciplines come together in his new work, a whimsical recreation of an iconic chair featured in Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “The Bedroom.”

Divide and Conquer (and Hire a Caterer) To Get More Joy from Your Holiday Meals

This is it, folks, the year when you actually have a legitimate excuse to stay home for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays and cook whatever you want. There is no pressure this year to include all the main and side dishes that your sister and your mother and your Aunt Suzanne consider an irreplaceable part of the season.

Brandee Younger’s graceful, gentle harp enhances and entices listeners into an appreciation of modern jazz music. She and her trio perform with the Hudson Jazz Festival on Nov. 14. Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien​

The Harp as a Portal to Complex Jazz

On Nov. 4, the Hudson Jazz Festival decided to postpone its online concerts until the spring of 2021.

The harp isn’t an instrument you normally associate with improvisational jazz, free jazz, avant garde jazz, bebop or … well, you get the idea. 


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