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Barrington Stage Company Names Director of...

Pirsig joins the Barrington Stage Company team having previously served as the director of development at Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, N.C.) and assistant director of development for Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk. click for more

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Norman Rockwell Museum Announces New Director of...

During his tenure at the Museum he has secured funding for art conservation, art storage and facilities needs, overseen a 1,600 percent growth in collections and curated or co-curated a number of contemporary exhibitions such as "Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure" and "Litgraphic: The World of... click for more

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New Hoosac Valley Theatre Department Performs...

In the past, Hoosac Valley has only done musicals. Boyer said many students are very interested in theater and wanted more options. "They are very excited and they are really happy to do something different because we have only done musicals here so to have a real play for kids who don't like to... click for more

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'Arrival': Quite a Trip

Now, don't be in a hurry once she gets to the tent-town army compound in Montana where the aliens' ovoid spaceship has decided to levitate about thirty feet off the ground. This isn't going to be easy. You see, as the philologist soon learns, the aliens' communication transcends mere conversation,... click for more

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Second Concert Series Grant Sought for North Adams...

Voting ends on Nov. 21 for a 2017 music series. The public is invited to support this effort to fund a second round of concerts in Colegrove Park next year. Voters can sign up to vote online. In addition, the public can help spread the word by tagging their social media posts with #LevittAMPNA. click for more

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Festival of Trees Opens at Berkshire Museum

Widely regarded as the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season in the Berkshires, the annual event will feature more than 100 dazzling decorated trees, bedecked in film world finery, reflecting this year's movie theme. click for more

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MCLA's 'Henry V' Features All-Female Cast

According to the play's director, Laura Standley, an associate professor of theater at MCLA, the adaptation highlights some of the conflicts in our society today. click for more

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Clark Art Institute to Reopen Manton Center

The 1970s era Manton Center will open to the public for the first time on Saturday with the lecture by Selldorf, who helmed the renovation, a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and the opening of two galleries: the Manton Gallery for British Art and the Eugene V.... click for more

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'Doctor Strange': Physician, Heal Thyself...

In director Scott Derrickson's highly entertaining film based on the famed Marvel Comics character of the same name, we learn how the gifted neurosurgeon, superbly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, earns his place among the pantheon of comic book superheroes. While fans of this universe should... click for more

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Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

The performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus. General admission is $6, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Call 413-443-6401 for tickets and reservations.

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'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury

Director Mick Jackson's "Denial" is a solid, responsible dramatization of historian Deborah Lipstadt's defense in the English court of a libel suit brought against her and Penguin Books by Holocaust denier David Irving. While it is well written, acted and directed, and treats the subject matter with proper reverence, we can't help but feel there's something missing in this otherwise important, studiously informative chronicle ... something else we want to know. It's a bit hazy at first, this mis

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Clark Art Receives Gift of Allan Sekula's Private...

An international artist, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Sekula was recognized as a public intellectual, art critic, and theorist, as well as for the social commentary, criticism, and activism that informed his life and work. He was a member of the Photography and Media Program faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. Collected over decades, the library reflects Sekula’s personal and professional interests.

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'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab...

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

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Chris Trapper to Perform at Drury High School

The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring singer-songwriter Chris Trapper to the Drury auditorium this Saturday. Boston-based Trapper is former front man for the late-'90s alternative rock band The Push Stars and his music has been featured on televisions shows and movies including "Malcolm in the Middle" and "There’s Something About Mary."

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12th Annual FODfest Set for Saturday

FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl - the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.

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New Mural Unveiled on Adams Wastewater Treatment...

The Adams Arts Advisory Board unveiled a new piece of public art on the wastewater treatment plant during a ride on the Berkshire Scenic Rail. On the train ride Friday afternoon, artist Bill Riley said he was proud to be able to display his piece "Mountain Pool" in Adams.

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'The Accountant': Adds Up Smartly

While the hands of our Brave New World's protagonist are indeed sullied enough to cause us consternation, he's usually been driven to it by environmental forces beyond his control. But the tie-breaker is our perception of what lies within the antihero's soul. Unlike those malevolent forces he'll wind up taking on before the closing credits roll, at least he's not inherently evil. Plus, he's usually better looking, too.

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New Berkshire Theatre Awards Program Names Winners

There were tie votes in both the male and female Outstanding Support Performance categories, and many of the votes were extremely close.

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Major Gift Provides Support for Clark's New Works...

The Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper is named in honor of the noted art dealer, collector, scholar and author. The gallery, located on the ground floor of the Manton Research Center, is the Clark’s first gallery dedicated exclusively to the display of works on paper.

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Norman Rockwell Museum Eyes Expansion

The need for expansion derives from numerous factors. Primary among these is the museum's broadened mission, which now includes the collection, study and exhibition of illustration art not only by Rockwell, but by the full range of American illustrators. Other areas of major growth include educational programming, scholarship and outreach to global audiences. It is hoped that additional space will bring all of these activities together, while also providing room for curatorial and collection-bas

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'The Birth of a Nation': A Painful Truth

Many scenes will have you cringing from the sheer inhumanity. Expect a random crushing of skulls, families separated, unthinkable, sadistic punishment and, almost as disturbing as the physical violence, there's the utterly disdainful obscenity of believing another person is your rightful chattel. And, because the slave owners possess an ever-increasing fear that the era of free labor might be ringing its death knell, add the resultant aura of seething hatred.

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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking More Authority

The new Public Arts Commission is already seeking to expand its limited abilities. The commission will ask the City Council to consider ordinance changes that will allow it to be more active in promoting public art in the city.

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'Queen of Katwe': Commanding Performance

The plot cannily establishes a great contrast in pressing its humanistic message. Mixing chess, once a hifalutin' game of the nobility, with an almost unbearable portrait of bare subsistence, illustrates that the lines drawn between people are ridiculously artificial, and hence destined to be crossed.

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Home Movies to be Shown at Images Cinema

People can bring their films to Images Cinema on Oct. 15 or prior to the event. Working in collaboration with Emmy Award-winning archival researcher/archival producer Rich Remsberg, organizers will inspect the films and, if they are in acceptable condition, project them on the big screen.

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Professional Musicians Provide Free Clinic To...

Saturday Night Live saxophonist Alex Foster and New York City-based trumpet player Richard Boulger provided a free clinic to Mount Greylock band students. Last week Foster, saxophonist in the SNL house band and Boulger, a North Adams native and recording artist, visited Berkshire County schools to give free clinics sponsored by New Jersey musical instrument manufacturer RS Berkeley.

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Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in...

The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill. This weekend will be a soft opening with hours tentatively set from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and the entrance is on Hoosac Street.

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Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New...

Elizabeth "Buzz" Hayes McGraw is taking the reins as president; she has been a trustee since 2008 and has served as vice-president since 2013. William “Bill” Hines Jr. will resume his role as a trustee after serving as president for five years; he joined the board in 2007.

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Eclipse Mill Quilt Exhibit Translates LeWitt Into...

A new exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery proves artist Sol LeWitt could have been a quilter. Or more to the point, a pattern maker.

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'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again

Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

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