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'Maggie's Plan': Has a Comic Twist

Because it is very New York, sophisticated, intelligent, witty, provocative and well written, I think Woody Allen would like director Rebecca Miller's "Maggie's Plan," just in case he's reading. It is of course about love among the scholarly and introspective, the whys and wherefores therein,... click for more

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Find an Abundance of Concerts Across the Region

Whether you’re a classical initiate or a casual music lover looking for an unexpected, unique listening experience, you’ll find it in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. click for more

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Clark Art Institute Names New Director

Meslay, an accomplished museum professional and noted scholar, will become the Clark’s fifth director when he assumes his new role on Aug. 22. click for more

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Clark Welcomes Masterpieces from the Prado

In 16th and 17th century Spain, many of the masterworks of Titian and Reubens were available only to the privileged few. Starting Saturday, visitors to the Clark Art Institute have the privilege of seeing several of their important works, on loan for the summer from the Museo Nacional del Prado... click for more

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MCLA to Offer Violin Repair Workshops

The workshops will include “Introduction to Proper Violin Set-Up” June 6-10, “Tonal Improvements” June 13-17, “Fitting New Upper and Lower Block June 20-24, and “Crack Repair and Crack Reinforcements” June 27-July 1. click for more

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WES Sixth-Graders Present 'Lion King Jr.'

The show is the annual sixth-grade musical performance and features dozens of the school's graduating sixth-graders as well as some of their younger siblings. click for more

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Berkshire Tidbits: Hawaiian Dining, Italian...

For the first time, this Saturday, June 11, starting at noon, the James A. Modolo Post 8348 Great Barrington VFW, 800 South Main St., 413-528-9701, will be holding a clambake and barbecue benefit, on their fields by advance sale ticket only. No walk-ins. VFW bartenders have the tickets. click for more

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The Classical 'High Season' Bursts On The Scene

Here’s a listing of three of the best-known series in the region and what to expect to hear, so you can make plans to experience the great music soon to be resounding within our resplendent hills and dales. click for more

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Happy 100th Anniversary to Images Cinema

Images Cinema at 50 Spring St. is dressed up for the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Crimson and blue bunting is draped on the marquee and bunting across the facade of the Walden building, Images' home, is embellished with a golden yellow "1916." Doug Jones, Images' executive director... click for more

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Happy 100th Anniversary to Images Cinema

Images Cinema at 50 Spring St. is dressed up for the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Crimson and blue bunting is draped on the marquee and bunting across the facade of the Walden building, Images' home, is embellished with a golden yellow "1916." Doug Jones, Images' executive director and board members Ann McCallum and Diana Walczak were present May 27 when the Images' appearance was transformed from everyday to celebratory.

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'Love & Friendship': A Comedy of Manners & Manors

I think it was because I was a sleepy little kid in grammar school who didn't appreciate the advantage of a good education that I didn't fully enjoy writer-director Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship." I also blame that era, wherein I spent most of my classroom time drawing sketches of cars and baseball stadiums, for not really learning the times table past 8. Only the pocket calculator has saved me from financial ruin.

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Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing venues to visit and performances to attend. Each week there will be “something to suit every taste,” as the saying goes, but I will try, from June through October, to highlight exceptional offerings that may pique your interest. Some performances will be offbeat or rare; others promise to be exceptional. I will provide the backstory in advance ("why go?") to inspire you to attend these concerts.

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Student Art to Hang in Berkshire Family and...

For those needing to go to Probate and Family Court, it can be a traumatic time. But local students are able to provide a little bit of comfort. For the better part of the year, 15 pieces of student art will hang throughout the halls and in the courtrooms at Berkshire Probate and Family Court.

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'The Nice Guys': The Case of the Dueling...

Superb timing on the part of both actors, smartly melded with time-honored cues from the genre their performances astutely explore, quickly ingratiates them to us. Gosling's March is the educated one, a bit polished, a single parent and living with the memory of a tragedy that, by its very nature, can never be fully mitigated. Crowe's Healy, on the other hand, is the rough and tumble sort, proud of his meat-and- potatoes approach and flaunting a rough around the edges demeanor to advertise it. B

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Berkshire Tidbits: Rhubarb Festival Returns

The week is the hoped-for time for the reopening of 20 Railroad Street in Great Barrington under its new owners, partners Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub in Lenox and Ben Downing — not the state senator but a 32-year-old Great Barrington native. Downing, with longtime good relationships in town, will manage the pub.

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'The Meddler': Mommy Nosiest

Starring Susan Sarandon as Marnie Minervini, the loving helicopter mom who just can't keep out of her thirty-something daughter's business, it is a sweet cupcake of a movie, drizzled with just enough sour strife to make it satisfyingly real. We all know these characters. Some of them are us, and happy to indulgently play out our anxieties.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang! This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

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Williams College Awarded $500K Mellon Grant for...

With this grant the museum will inspire new ideas and practices in how campus museums in particular leverage their digital collections.

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Pittsfield To Consider Extending Beacon Cinema's...

The City Council is being asked to extend tax breaks for the Beacon Cinema. The Cinema was granted a tax increment financing agreement when it was built in 2006. That agreement spanned for nine years, concluding this June. For the first seven of those, the theater had 100 percent of the tax on increases in value each year abated - so the owner Richard Stanley paid both personal property and real estate taxes on the set value of $609,100. For the final two years, the company paid 25 percen

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Clark Curator Explores 'Enigmatic' Artist in New...

Lara Yeager-Crasselt's enthusiasm was palpable as she gestured to an image of a painting in her newly published book "Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome and Brussels."

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'Captain America: Civil War': This Isn't Your...

It wasn't just because "Captain America: Civil War" was unnecessarily convoluted that I grew despondent as I sat through its 147 minutes of confusion. Later I would also be miffed by the lack of clues leading to the surprise conclusion. But I am beside the point. With nary a Smartphone a-texting, the kids around me seemed to love it, totally welcoming the cacophony and esoteric story details. Such is what Father Time wreaks.

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MAC Treasures Aims to Re-Open in North Adams

MAC Treasures is a donation-based tag sale that helps support the Minerva Arts Center, which provides performing arts opportunities to students in Northern Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Tibits: Israeli Holiday, Cooking Demos

This Tuesday evening, May 10, from 7:30 to 10, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day with Tastes of Israel at the Gateways Inn

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North County Cultural Institutions Offer Peek at...

The Clark Art Institute gave a sneak peek — pun intended — of its summer show titled "Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" on Wednesday evening during an event hosted by the North Adams Chamber of Commerce that invited several North County cultural institutions to share their upcoming seasons.

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'Keanu': Puss & Galoots

More misses than hits in director Peter Atencio's "Keanu," a rambunctious action-comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, suggest that the effort might best be enjoyed by fans of the duo's Comedy Central sketch series, "Key & Peele." Oddly, though, while unaware of the pair's cable TV fame and thus essentially a representative of the Great Unwashed, this admittedly easy chortler laughed much more than the supposed target audience with whom I viewed the movie.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Mother's Day

Even though this week is staying chilly, cloudy and showery, this Saturday, May 7, is the day a number of farmers' markets open or move outside for the season. The year-round Amenia, N. Y., market, Saturdays 10 to 2, is already outdoors. The Bennington, Vt., market, Saturdays, 10 to 1, will open. The Great Barrington farmers' market on Church St. will open, Saturdays 9 to 1, and will accept SNAP/EBT/food stamp cards. Otis farmer's market will be open Saturdays, 9 to 1.

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North Adams Seeking Public Input on Cultural...

The city of North Adams and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, part of Massachusetts College Liberal Arts, will be hosting two public meetings regarding the application to designate the North Adams downtown area as a Cultural District.

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MCLA Gallery 51 Seeks Camera Phone Photo Show...

A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, “Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51.

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