ARTS & CULTURE

The old town hall in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

With so many old buildings in New England, it’s not unusual to see old mills or even churches transform into retail space or condominiums. But what about town halls taking on a new purpose?

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Now that it has permission from the Massachusetts high court, the Berkshire Museum says it will start auctioning off part of its art collection next month.

Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

A group opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum calls a judge's decision on Thursday that the museum could proceed "terribly disappointing" and says most of it could end up out of public view.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received approval from state's highest court Thursday for an agreement allowing it to sell up to 40 artworks. The decision clears the way for a contentious sale that will include some pieces by Norman Rockwell.

One of Sonya Clark's previous flag unraveling performances.
Taylor Dabney / Courtesy of Sonya Clark

A performance artist at Amherst College on Thursday uses the threads of a confederate flag to draw attention to the United States' history of racism.

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

If you were to get to every game of the Hartford Yard Goats this season -- which starts this week -- and arrive before the first pitch, you'd hear 70 different renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Singer songwriter Abe Loomis plays his guitar in a sound isolating recording booth in a studio in Conway, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Abe Loomis of Conway, Massachusetts, says he feels deeply connected to western Massachusetts and to the Berkshires. 

In an episode of "Star Trek: Discovery," from left, Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), and First Officer Saru (Doug Jones).
CBS

Frustratingly, I’ve not yet watched "Star Trek: Discovery," because to do so, unlike with the older series, I'd have to shell out $6 a month to CBS.

Khalif Neville performs with Branford Marsalis at an event honoring Charles Neville.
Julian Parker-Burns / Laudable Productions

Pianist Khalif Neville is heir to one of the most prominent musical families to come out of New Orleans. Khalif is the son of Charles Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers, who have been performing together since the late 1970s.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

Residents opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum, in a final attempt, asked the state Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday to stop the transaction, or at the very least appoint a museum management expert to oversee the process.

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