Monthly Archives: September 2008

Guido's Celebrity Sighting

I heard about some ungracious backstage behavior when he performed here earlier this summer and thus gather he may not really be the nicest person…yet my heart skipped a beat this afternoon when I saw D.H. in line for the butcher at Guido’s. I was tempted to sidle up to him and strike up a conversation about turducken, but contained myself, as this is the Berkshires where we let our celebrities buy their grass-fed beef in peace.

Dar Williams to Perform at the Mahaiwe

Dar Williams will perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on October 3. I’ve been immersing myself in her music this afternoon to prepare questions for a blog e-interview with her. Stay tuned…

Video interview with Dar Williams about the making of her new album, Promised Land.

Three Cheers for the Splatto Festival Chorus

There was some seriously inspired and mysterious free jazz juju emanating live from the WBCR studio in Great Barrington yesterday. For more photos and a link to a recording of the broadcast, click here.

The Players:
Dave Barrett (saxophones)
Michael Bisio (bass)
Ed Mann (vibes, percussion, electronics)
Todd Reynolds (violin and laptop)

The Visionary:
Paul Rapp

Jane Iredale Makeup Makeover Magic and Your Charming Future Horse Farm Home


Yesterday my Shelley Memorial Movie Club friend, Jamie Puntin, who works as a sales representative for Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, volunteered to do the makeup for my new website author photo. I sat on a stool in her sunny kitchen while she worked her makeover magic.

The after shot above is more Barbie than I wish to project professionally, but thumbs up to the dewy glow of the makeup. I wore my glasses for the official portrait session conducted in a photobooth at the Berkshire Museum.

Jamie’s extraordinary home, by the way, is for sale. One of you Californians should trade your insanely over-priced two-bedroom bungalow for her horse farm located just up the road from pristine Lake Garfield in Monterey.

Best Applesauce Ever

Paige lent me her food mill to make applesauce with our bounty of Macintosh apples. It couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious. Core and half a bunch of apples, cook them down for a couple of hours with a little water and a few cinnamon sticks, mill the mush, and add a little sugar. Voila.

Dave Blows His Horns

My husband, Dave Barrett (right), with the Splatter Trio.

After a too-long hiatus, Dave is dipping his toe back into free jazz musical mayhem. He will improvise with Michael Bisio – bass (Charles Gayle, Joe McPhee), Ed Mann – percussion (Frank Zappa), and Todd Reynolds – violin (Ethel, Bang on a Can All Stars, Silk Road Ensemble) this Friday, September 19th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm Eastern. The concert will be streamed live on WBCR-LP. Seeing the line-up of incredible players, his old friend Gino wrote, “That’s not dipping your toe in — that’s diving off a cliff.”

Me & JT

Photo by Bess Hochstein

Hats off to the staff of the Red Lion Inn for so beautifully hosting today’s Good Morning America live broadcast. It was an epic undertaking. Click here for more photos of the concert.

JT & Yo-Yo to Perform on Red Lion Inn Porch

Next Monday, September 15th, James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma will perform live on the porch of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge as part of Good Morning America’s “50 States in 50 Days” whistle-stop tour. See Rural Intelligence for more details about the broadcast.

American Prayer (Barack Obama Music Video)

Goose at Goose Pond

Laundry and freelance writer world domination can wait ’til tomorrow. Goose and I spent my first day of freedom in Tyringham, picking blackberries and wandering down to Goose Pond with Bess and her Corgies, Hobbs and Duffy.

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