Once upon a time, I lived in the Berkshires. Now, I happily visit on an annual basis. The combined draw of my friends who live there, and the cultural attractions scattered everywhere, are irresistible to say the least. On this most recent trip, I of course found my friends. Once we were assembled together, we found our way to both the Berkshire International Film Festival (where we saw films sitting not so neatly in a row on the spectrum of feminist interest), and to Mass MOCA where we saw works by Sanford Biggers, “Invisible Cities” & work by 62 Canadians just to reference a few of their most impressive current exhibits.
As for the films, I recommend “Come As You Are (which was up for an audience award),” “Saving Face,” & “Mondays At Racine” and I recommend them in that order. I recommend skipping “Bruna Surfistinha” unless you are on a date and want to hotly debate the sale of woman’s bodies (C’est la vie). To know before you go: http://www.massmoca.org/ & http://www.biffma.com/
Also, despite my fear that everyone and their mother will move to the Berkshires, check out this “Best Small Town” article that appeared in The Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-in-America.html#ixzz1sbv6ggHO