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Two-Dozen Lenox Merchants Band Together

  (LENOX, Mass.) – A group of 25 like-minded business owners have formed the Lenox Merchants Group to promote shopping at independently owned stores in downtown Lenox. Among the businesses taking part in the group is Glad Rags, celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015. Lynne West, owner of Glad Rags, has earned a devoted clientele…

Railroad Street Youth Project to Serve Up Culinary Arts Celebration at Crissey Farm

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) will hold its annual Culinary Arts Celebration at Crissey Farm (426 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington) on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 5:30pm. The evening is the culminating event for RSYP’s Culinary Apprenticeship Program, in which 14 young chefs learn food preparation and presentation for eight weeks…

Suzanne Vega to Play Barrington Stage

  (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Suzanne Vega — one of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era – will perform on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8pm. Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter of rare poetic genius. Her profound insight on the human experience has…

Feedback on the Rogovoy Report’s Coverage of Hamas-Israel Battle

A note from Allissa Wickham, first run in The Rogovoy Report on Friday, July 11, 2014, commenting on my selection of stories reporting on the battle between Hamas and Israel – reprinted below – elicited several responses from other readers. They immediately follow Wickham’s original message:   I’m sure you’re going to get a lot…

Heritage Herb Festival Explores History and Current Use of Herbs

(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.)  – The third annual Mount Lebanon Heritage Herb Festival, celebrating the illustrious past of herbs in town history as well as the Native American and Shaker traditions in the heart of the Lebanon Valley of New York — the birthplace of the herbal pharmacy in the United States — takes place on…

(WSJ) Signs of a Suburban Comeback

Signs of a Suburban Comeback (WSJ) – In spite of Arcade Fire’s well-deserved Grammy Award for Album of the Year for its dystopic version of life in the suburbs in its album of that name, the long tug of war between big cities and suburbs is tilting ever so slightly back to the land of…

A Melting Pot or a Pot o’ Bleach?

When they first arrived on these shores, Jews, Irish and Italians were considered nonwhite. Hispanics are often described as driving up the nonwhite share of the population. But a new study of census forms finds that more Hispanics are identifying as white. Which raises the question — is the U.S. a melting pot, or a…

Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Brings New Duo to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Sonic Youth cofounder Kim Gordon brings her newest musical project, Body/Head — a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd-inspired improvisational duo – to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 8pm. Joining Gordon will be Northampton-based free-noise guitarist Bill Nace. Kim Gordon rose to prominence as co-founder, bassist,…