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Norman Rockwell Museum Welcomes New Board of...

Robert Babcock, Peter Blum, Terry Burman, Marian Raser, and David Schwartz were elected as new trustees, starting this fall. New members for the National Council are Elizabeth Bender and William Zavarello, Douglas Clark and Ruth Ann McNeese, and Tucker Reed. click for more

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WCMA, Ghana ThinkTank Turn the Tables to Confront...

The collaboration applies an innovative process that the collective has developed through projects across the globe. Ghana ThinkTank collects problems in communities throughout the United States and Europe and sends them to citizen think tanks they've created in "developing" countries like Ghana,... click for more

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Growing Common Folk Collective Seeks Permanence

Common Folk is ready to expand and bring a permanent creative energy downtown. Jessica Sweeney, co-founder and creative director of the North Adams-based artist collective, has seen the group grow and fluctuate through its early beginnings as a small collection of creative people to a force... click for more

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'Southside with You': A Sensible Romance

The given is that both principals in Tanne's decidedly friendly treatment are altruists dedicated to "making a difference" in this world. Thus, those who don't agree that the viciously intransigent political atmosphere during President Obama's terms in office frittered away America's opportunity... click for more

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Shakespeare & Company Names New Artistic Director

Burrows, an Eliot Norton Award Winner, is a graduate of Boston University. He has performed in film, television, Off-Broadway and regionally, and has served as company member, artistic associate and board member at Shakespeare & Company. He has been the artistic director of Actors’ Shakespeare... click for more

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Berkshire Tibits: Fermentation Festival

For the month of September, Rachel Alves, the registered dietitian and nutritionist for Guido's Fresh Marketplace, 760 South Main St./Route 7 in Great Barrington and 1020 South St./Routes 7 and 20 in Pittsfield, will be offering the following tasting demos at both stores on the remaining Thursdays... click for more

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Adams' Art on the Trail Initiative Unveils First...

Walkers and bikers along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail have a view of the first of what's hoped to be many art installations along its several miles. click for more

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Pittsfield Writers Residency Project Mixes Art,...

The pieces are all coming together for an art and architecture project which will bring writers to the city to work in mobile studios inspired by five major historical authors. Architects Chris Parkinson and Tessa Kelly are launching an exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center in September to show... click for more

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'Playing With Fire' Merges Music, Mystery With...

Elias is also a master storyteller/novelist, who has published five thrillers – all combining his love of music with a fabulously crafted fiction style to create an unusual, original and gripping series of mysteries. Each is centered on a wonderfully complex central character – a blind classical... click for more

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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy

A cast of terrifically voiced groceries live a charmed life at Shopwell's supermarket, flirting, exchanging store gossip and kibitzing with the glib abandon of food with a far off "use by" date. From soup to nuts, their joviality is promoted by the knowledge that The Great Beyond awaits.

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The Mount’s Writers-in-Residence Program...

New this year, The Mount will be offering residency for up to three women writers. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1,000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency.

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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be heard to best advantage; 300 seats – or even smaller - is better.

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Future of WTBR-FM Remains Uncertain

The radio station "Brave FM," stationed at Taconic High School, was once under threat of being silenced because of budget and interest. It is now facing the challenge of the new high school project's impacts on the tower location.

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'Indignation': A Fine Sadness

If you need a very literate affirmation that life can sometimes be brutal, sad, mocking, unfair and heartrending, then director/screenwriter James Schamus' diligent adaptation of Philip Roth's "Indignation" awaits you at the Bijou.

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Clark Art Institute Acquires Emile Bernard...

The painting was once owned by noted collector Samuel Josefowitz, who was among the most important 20th-century collectors of the works of Paul Gauguin and of the wider Pont-Aven School.

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As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the...

There's no cause, though, for dismay. Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the horizon – mostly chamber music - at Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., into September, and at South Mountain Concerts, in Pittsfield, in September and continuing into October.

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Common Folk Arts & Music Festival Takes Place...

The first Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place this Saturday to benefit the new Roots Teen Center. The festival will run from 2 to 10. It was originally planned as an outdoors concert in the plaza at Western Gateway Heritage State Park but the prospect of inclement weather — thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend — has move it inside. The new venue is the Elks Lodge on Eagle Street.

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Jane Kaczmarek Returns to Williamstown Theatre...

Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek is not upset if people whistle in her dressing room or wish her good luck before a performance. "I'm a meat and potatoes gal," the Milwaukee born and bred actress says, explaining why she does not adhere to theater superstitions.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Lobster Days, Sundae Highlights

Berkshire Highlanders will be filling the air around Bascom Lodge, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams, with their incomparable bagpipe music in a free outdoor concert in front of the Lodge at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10. What is there to say about a Highlanders' performance. The perfect place for it. Evening events at Mount Greylock are always followed with a 7 p.m. prix fixe 3-course dinner by reservation with main course choices in the $34-$36 price range. This evening's entrée choices

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Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to...

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking: Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky ("The Rite of Spring") performed by the Boston Symphony and the youthfully invigorated Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra will also be performed.

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Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to...

The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one. Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."

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Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last...

A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel. Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

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New York Style Italian Eatery Opens in Downtown...

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu. When he moved to the Berkshire a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. Last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street which provides lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.

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'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style

The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version. While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a st

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Berkshire Music School Board of Trustees Elects...

New trustees are Brenda Burdick, Lynn Festa, Paul Houston and Jean Stackhouse. Trustees continuing in their current three-year terms are Gina Coleman, Michael Hinkley, Marianna Poutasse and Ingrid Richardson.

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Starlight Stage Presents 'Hitchhiker's Guide to...

This new stage adaptation was created for Starlight by Gail M. Burns, from Adams' 1978 radio scripts.

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and...

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.

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Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August

Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary. The region truly has it all ... almost. Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.

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