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Students Display Artwork at SVMC Through June 7

The exhibit will remain on display through June 7. The Corridor Gallery is open to the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. click for more

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Berkshires Jazz Announces Student Art Contest...

The judges were charged with the difficult task of determining three winners, and five honorable mentions, and one special "judge's choice" award, which calls attention to work that – while not taking a prize - is especially deserving of recognition. click for more

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'The Circle': The Shape of Things to Come?

Thus, while "The Circle" isn't enjoyable in the usually accepted definition of the term, the not so blurry mirror it holds up proves the cinema version of the horrific traffic accident from which we can't divert our eyes. It's too close to reality. click for more

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Red Lion Reopens Dining Room With $1M Renovated...

The Red Lion Inn bakes more than 6,000 muffins and some 1,300 of its famous apple pies every year. So when bakeshop in the multiroom kitchen showed signs of structural distress, inn management decided if it was time to revamp this very important area, why not do the whole kitchen over? click for more

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'Born in China': Animal Magnetism

One of the key joys of seeing "Born in China," a splendidly picturesque documentary about snow leopard Dawa and her two cubs; Tao Tao, a young snub-nosed monkey; and a giant panda click for more

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Norman Rockwell Museum Receives Donation from...

The family returned their claims payment to Chubb in exchange for the Rockwell painting. And in an emotional and dramatic press conference on Friday, March 31, in Philadelphia, the FBI and Chubb presented the stolen painting to its rightful owners. The museum's director of Curatorial Operations... click for more

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of...

A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places. Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in... click for more

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'Gifted': The Long and Short of It

Mckenna Grace's superb, empathic depiction of the wunderkind, a modern, younger variation of the reflective, knowledge-hungry Francie portrayed by Peggy Ann Garner in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), is delightfully hopeful. click for more

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Bidwell House Museum Taps New Executive Director

Effective May 1, Kowalski will take over the director position from Barbara Palmer, who has served the museum as executive director for the past seven and a half years. click for more

Berkshire Movie Times
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'Ghost in the Shell': Machine Politics

They have been duped into thinking that things will be better for them in their demagogue's phony world, and enthusiastically bear false witness to obfuscate the quest for honesty. Such is what is sown out of fear and in search of pie-in-the-sky solutions. It is much easier to believe in ideology than to face the hard facts of reality. It's not for nothing that the great philosopher assured that truth is beauty.

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Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program Names...

Balint's mission is to enhance the relevance and reputation of HAHS member sites in their communities so as to contribute to a national conversation on the arts in American public life.

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Three Dog Night Concert Being Planned For Wahconah...

Three Dog Night could be bringing joy to Wahconah Park this summer. The Parks Commission on Thursday approved a request from Berkshire Radio Group Vice President Peter Barry to use the park on Saturday, August 26 for the concert. Barry is in the "exploratory phase" of possibly putting on the concert and needed to secure the city's permission to use the field before booking them.

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Berkshire, Bennington Cultural Institutions Create...

The five institutions are using the ArtCountry collaboration to advertise North Berkshire and the west corner of Southern Vermont as a singular destination of cultural attractions and natural resources. It recently ran a full-page ad in the New York Times and developed a website with museum and theater information, directions, other happenings, and hotel sponsors the Porches Inn, the Williams Inn and Tourists, the new name for the Redwood Motel.

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Wahconah's Apollonian Players Present '42nd...

The play is under the direction of Pamela Fortlage-Gold, assisted by Liz Daniels, with musical direction by Ann-Marie Desautelle and choreography by Vickie Hornstein.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Given to Choreographer

Established in 2007, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award’s previous recipients include the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham; MacArthur Fellows Michelle Dorrance and Kyle Abraham; and choreographer, performer, and artistic director Camille A. Brown, among others.

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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries

Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would paint such a depressing conclusion. You mean that's it? That's where we're headed? Well then, let me kill myself now. Even Schopenhauer, the granddaddy of pessimism, would be depressed.

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Mass MoCA Looking to Orient Visitors, Send Them...

Thousands of visitors are headed for the city this summer and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts is hoping to push as many as it can into the downtown. The museum opens its $65 million renovation of the massive Building 6 that will double its gallery and events space and welcome back the Solid Sound Festival and Freshgrass.

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'Beauty and the Beast': The Fairy Tale as Civics...

Folkloric treatises like "Beauty and the Beast," our pre-constitutional primers in fairness, are among the very earliest of a child's civics lessons. Too bad ardent followup has lost favor in our homes and schools.

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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House...

Federal spending on the arts and the sciences each would take a hit in the White House's proposal. And that would have ramifications locally, whether it's federally funded research at institutions of higher learning or arts programs at museums and theater companies that are the backbone of the region's tourist trade.

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Grants to Support 'Served' Project at Williams...

Served is a creative collaboration between Williams and Forklift Danceworks, an Austin, Texas-based modern dance company best known for its community-based dance projects that involve people from all backgrounds. One of its best-known projects, featured in the documentary film "Trash Dance," involved a dance choreographed with Austin sanitation workers and their trucks.

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DownStreet Art Looking for Artists for 2017 Season

To mark the 10th anniversary of the DownStreet Art program, BCRC will embark on an ambitious goal to commission 10 new projects, which will range from performances and murals to pop-up parks and community art projects.

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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler...

The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural. The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art, and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the futur

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'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business

To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience." The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations.

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Hoosac Valley To Perform 'Anything Goes'

Hoosac Valley Middle and High School brings the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" to the stage this weekend. Stage director Nicole Boyer and Instrumental music director Jacob Keplinger wanted to bring something big to Hoosac Valley this year but also something classic.

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Pittsfield Shakespeare Presents 'Twelfth Night'

One of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck, a countess surprised by her capacity for love, a servant who oversteps his place and mischievous pranks carried to the extreme. Featuring live music and slapstick comedy, it is the perfect complement to a beautiful Berkshire summer evening under the stars.

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North County Fifth Graders Create Art To Inspire

With the help of Sally Taylor, Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock fifth graders tapped into their inner artist and created paintings that will act as the first dispatch in a multi-medium game of telephone. Kidspace, located in the upper levels of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, was alive with creation Friday morning as Taylor, artist, musician and daughter of singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, asked students to simply react to the words fear, joy and freedom.

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Poet Begins Six-Month Amy Clampitt Residency

This one-of-a-kind award was established through the generosity of Clampitt's late husband, Harold Korn, who made provisions for it in his will before his death in 2001.

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Barrington Stage Company Names New Managing...

Weathers comes to Barrington Stage Company from PlayMakers Repertory Company, having recently served as the theatre's interim managing director under the leadership of Joseph Haj and Vivienne Benesch. In New York, she was the assistant general manager for the Off-Broadway production of "In The Heights" and also served on the management teams at Barrow Street Theatre for its production of Austin Pendleton's "Orson's Shadow" and at Stuart Thompson Productions on Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter."

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