The 9th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival will spotlight 75 features, documentaries and short films, as well as parties, filmmaker Q&As, workshops and awards, from May 29th to June 1st in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, Mass.


  The Hudson Project is a new 3-day music festival from Michael Lang, the co-creator of the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. The festival will feature The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, a DJ set by Moby and so much more.

Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY will host four stages along with a 5th interactive performance area at the center of the site highlighting local musical acts and performance artists.

In addition to the musical talents, a wide range of interactive activities will keep attendees stimulated throughout the weekend filled with music, food, and camping.


  There is nothing like a good literary festival, especially when it takes over an entire municipality.

The 3rd Annual Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival will take place next weekend, April 11th and 12th, throughout the village. The festival is full of free events celebrating local authors and featuring the likes of James Romm, Valerie Martin and Gail Godwin.

We get a preview this morning from two of the organizers - Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music and Juliet Harrison of Red Hook Community Arts Network.

   The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2014, the Fourth Annual Festival will feature more than 150 women of all ages and from many backgrounds, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at 36 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.

    The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY is having their annual Ice Harvest Festival on February 1st from 10am to 4pm.

Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. Ice Festival attendees can take part in a traditional ice harvest! They’ll walk out on the frozen mill pond to help cut and maneuver blocks of ice using historic tools. The ice will be transported by sled and then packed in the Museum’s traditional ice house.

This year’s FilmColumbia Festival kicked-off last night with a screening of Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears.

Throughout the rest of this week and coming weekend, the 14th annual festival will show yet-to-be-released independent and foreign films, shorts, and some studio films in a lineup that includes the much buzzed about August: Osage County; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; and the new Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Here to tell us more about the line-up are Peter Biskind, Executive Director and Co-Programmer of the FilmColumbia Festival and Calliope Nicholas, Director of FilmColumbia.

    The 4th Annual O+ Festival is taking place in Kingston, NY this coming weekend.

The O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of music, arts and wellness. O+ participating artists exchange their contributions for health and wellness services from art-loving doctors, dentists, and other medical providers at the O+ Pop-up Clinic during the festival.

  Joe Concra is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the O+ Festival and he joins with more information about the festival and shares songs for performing bands.

Made in the Berkshires

Oct 9, 2013

Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.  

The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.

    The Rensselaerville Festival of Writers gets underway on Thursday, August 15 and runs through the 18th in several venues throughout the idyllic Helderberg hamlet of Rensselaerville, NY. Readings, workshops, and receptions feature local and regional writers as well as nationally known professionals including: Joan Walsh, Lizz Winstead, Peter Trachtenberg, Paul La Farge, David Rees, John Bowe, Sara J. Henry and Sarah Van Arsdale.

This summer marks the fourth Rensselaerville Festival of Writers. Festival proceeds benefit the historic Rensselaerville Library. Joining us are festival organizers: Marilyn Olivia and Janet Botaish.

Jazz in the Valley 2013

Aug 13, 2013

    Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie began as an afternoon of music when TRANSART received an individual artist commission from the New York State Council on the Arts to commission Ahmad Jamal to create an original composition for the organization. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area he created “Picture Perfect” and it was first heard in a concert in the summer of 2000.

It has grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians, fittingly complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop.

Jazz in the Valley has an intergenerational programming philosophy. Its programming allows living legends and younger voices to continue to expand the jazz idiom. TRANSART’s President Greer Smith joins us for a preview.