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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. click for more

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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... click for more

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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 —... click for more

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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. click for more

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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... click for more

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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. click for more

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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... click for more

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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. click for more

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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... click for more

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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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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmstands and Fairs

In this height of farmers' market season — stands full of local corn, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, zucchinis and so much more — farmers' market coupons for income-eligible seniors 60 and over are finally being distributed in Berkshire County starting this week.

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'Star Trek Beyond': Once More Into the Allegory

Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" has a built-in likability factor, just a few notches below Mom and apple pie. Therefore, in the never-ending quest for objectivity in film criticism, the question must be posed: If one had been in a coma since before Gene Roddenberry created the "Star Trek" phenomenon, and upon awakening were shown this latest venture to where no one has gone before, what would he or she think of it?

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DownStreet Art Partners With Marafanyi for...

The project is a creative response to Egyptian artist Alaa Awad’s mural, “Justice,” commissioned by DownStreet Art in 2014. The mural will serve as inspiration for this community art-making collaboration led by teaching and performing artists of Marafanyi Dance, Drum and Song - Lara Gonzalez, Yael Shacham and Lisa Gonzalez-Howell.

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on...

DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

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North Adams Council Endorses Cultural District...

The City Council on Tuesday endorsed the pursuit of a Cultural District designation for a large part of the downtown. The work on the application began some three years but languished during a change over in staffing. Now being spearheaded by Jennifer Crowell of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the city's Director of Community Events Suzy Helme, the unanimous approval of the resolution to the Massachusetts Cultural Council completes the application process.

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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith

As always, the place to be for great classical and stimulating new music is right here in our own intimate corner of the world - the Berkshires - a designated "cultural capital," where artistic boundaries are nonexistent.

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Circus Animal Ban Heads to Pittsfield City Council

The City Council will be asked to decide whether or not to ban non-domesticated animals from being used for entertainment. A animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals has proposed a ban, aimed mostly at circuses. While there hasn't been a circus in the city since 2008, the advocates hope to make sure one never returns. The group had previously pushed for a ban in Dalton, where a circus is held annually, but voters there rejected the ban.

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Local Theater Group Brings the Arctic to the...

In a news release, Kickball describes "Passage" as "a dark comedy exploring themes of a changing climate, love and loss (that) integrates sea otters on razor scooters, a guru of ultimate enlightenment, dead sailors, marketing executives and questions of hubris and faith to reveal the cyclical nature of human history."

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Jae's Asian Bistro Eyes Move to Pittsfield

Jae's Asian Bistro is moving to Pittsfield. Attorney Jeff Lynch told the Licensing Board on Monday that he expects to have a change in name and manager soon for the former 7 Winter Grille on Winter Street. The building is owned by Susan Chung, who with her husband Jae Chung owner multiple restaurants. The Chungs plan to close the Lenox location of Jae's Asian Bistro and reopen on Winter Street until the name Jae's Grille, according to Lynch.

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires

A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas. "A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

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Barrington Stage Names New Trustees

"I am thrilled to welcome three dynamic new board members to the Barrington Stage family. They will give our board and our organization a richer, deeper understanding of our Berkshire community and how we can serve it more effectively," said ​Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

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Pittsfield Celebrates 10 Years of Third Thursday

The city has had its ups and downs over the last decade but one thing has remained constant - Third Thursday. Put on by the city's Office of Cultural Development, the street fair is held monthly throughout the summer is still going strong. At July's event, the organizers celebrated the 10 year anniversary.

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'Ghostbusters': The Graces of Wraith

But while a sizable portion of the joy is also the sheer outlandishness of it all, it's the whimsical likeability factor of the main characters that ultimately puts it across. McCarthy, who has come into her own as a true original, is superb as the pushy entrepreneur of all gambles and ventures.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers...

This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP, with the lead sponsorship of Greylock Federal Credit Union, hosts the free annual Gather-In Festival in Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

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