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'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires

A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards. But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just... click for more

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Images Cinema Kicks Off 100th Anniversary...

In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring St., making it one of the oldest continuously... click for more

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Magical 'Tempest' Arrives in Pittsfield this July

"The Tempest" takes place on a magical island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, castoffs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It is the story of the old man's revenge ... or forgiveness. click for more

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'The Boy': Best Seen by Mistake

It's the good old 'is it alive or not?' ploy, a theme that probably originated even before Abraham smashed the gods in his Dad's idol shop, perhaps for creeping him out. However, screenwriter Stacey Menear's slight variation on the theme isn't half bad and, had it been placed in more creative... click for more

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Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars

The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum are always cooking up something fun, in the downstairs auditorium behind the children's library at the Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. This Saturday, they're bringing in the charming and energetic Alana Chernilla to show everyone how to make that... click for more

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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum...

The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts. With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum... click for more

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Burns Suppers Celebrate Scotland's Favorite Poet &...

Monday, Jan. 25, will be the Scottish poet Robert Burns' 257th birthday. The poet and lyricist, collector of folk songs, farmer and liver-of-life-to-the-fullest, was so beloved that, only a few years after his early death at the age of 37, friends began the tradition of celebrating his birthday... click for more

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'Carol': Sings a Sad Song

It is 1953, all buttoned up and proper, especially around the suburban New Jersey neighborhood where the Aird manse sits in pristine glory. But scratch the surface just a touch beyond the stone Tudor opulence and therein resides some pretty unhappy people ... specifically, Harge and Carol Aird.... click for more

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Berkshire Tidbits: Church Suppers, Guido's...

Almost every Wednesday evening, from the end of summer until the next summer, church members, local service clubs, supermarkets and restaurants spend the afternoon in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Lee, 413 243-1033, 25 Park Place, making simple but tasty suppers for their... click for more

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'The Revenant': Will Haunt You

Director Alejandro González Inarritu's "The Revenant," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the ultimate survival tale, is the adult equivalent of those scary films when you were little that gave you nightmares for a week, causing Mom to decree, "That's it, no more watching those movies." Chronicling the mostly true travail of Hugh Glass, a trapper in what would become the Dakota Territory, circa 1823, DiCaprio's tour de force chillingly reminds that the real horrors of life are far more frightening

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Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshire Grown Market, Ramen...

The farmers' market will take place this Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 to 2 in Great Barrington. About two dozen farmers, food artisans and activists will be there with beets, carrots, garlic and onions, greens including kale, mushrooms, potatoes, winter squashes, turnips and other root vegetables. "We'll be selling lettuce heads, mesclun mix, mustard mix, braising mix, arugula, pac choi, and spinach, which we grow in an unheated greenhouse, along with vegetables grown in our field under low tun

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Jacob's Pillow Names New Executive Director

At Jacob’s Pillow, Tatge will set the artistic vision and strategic goals for all aspects of the organization, including Festival programming, education, preservation, audience engagement, residency programming and artist support, long-term planning, collaborative programming, fundraising, marketing, and more.

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Common Folk Find New Home in North Adams

At last, the roving artist's collective Common Folk may have found a permanent home at 18 Holden St. Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the collective has been in flux after losing its temporary Main Street location. The group had occupied the former McClelland's space at 85 Main as part of the summer's Downstreet Art. Even though they were still very active in the community, they missed having a headquarters.

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'The Hateful Eight': Guiltily Affable

You laugh in conflicted appreciation of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," a throwback Western contemporized with the director's signature nihilism. Yep, it's plenty violent, pardner ... permeated with it, you might even say. You can't watch this latest example of the filmmaker's brutality beyond the pale without contemplating the curious niche he has carved for himself, a strange world of ironic justice and topsy-turvy morality full of guilty thrills.

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North Adams Arts Commission Learning...

The newly established Public Arts Commission is feeling out its role as advocate and arbiter for public art displays. The commission held its first meeting recently to review its establishing language and consider its next steps. Erica Manville was ele

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North Adams Selected for Levitt Amp Music Series

Wilco may not be in the city this summer, but there will still be music in the downtown. A $25,000 grant from Levitt Pavilions, which will have to matched with another $20,000, will bring 10 free professional public concerts to Colegrove Park.

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Town Players Seeks Directors, Plays

Town Players is a nonprofit community theater celebrating its 95th year, making it the oldest theater in Berkshire County and one of the oldest, continually running, nonprofit theaters in the country.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Food Pantry Donations Sought,...

"We are focusing on nutritious food ... We do not want to offer empty calories." — Michelle Derr, CHP's director of family services

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Audio Artist Voisey Returns to North Adams for New...

"Music's always been a really important part of my brain." — Ven Voisey

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'The Big Short': Hifalutin' Finance

The thing is, the witty sarcasm that weaves its way through this tale of financial woe and deceit illustrates in no uncertain terms that, to add insult to injury, the game isn't being played fairly.

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Adams Community Bank Donates $5,000 to Ventfort...

The $5,000 gift will enable Ventfort Hall to receive additional matching funds to continue the ongoing restoration of the mansion.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Brunch for New Year's

Here are your choices if you feel festive on the morning of Jan. 1, this Friday.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': A Force to Be...

But to simply refer to it as a movie is like saying that Woodstock was a rock concert.

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Drury Arts Students Put on Full Concert for Winter...

"They are learning all of the intricacies of managing and producing a show." — Jamie Choquette

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Berkshire Tidbits: Christmas Goodies, Year's End...

"I really like what I do. I've been making fudge since I was 13. It's been nearly 30 years since I've been doing this." — Matthew Sinico

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Williamstown's Harrison Gallery Closing Wednesday

"I've had my dream job for 15 years." — Jo Ellen Harrison

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Clark Art's Loughman Leaving for Connecticut...

"The opportunity to lead America's oldest continuously-operating art museum during this pivotal moment is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I embrace wholeheartedly." — Tom Loughman

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'Trumbo': Write and Wrong

The learning process compelled by Trumbo's struggles reminds us that democracy is an experiment, albeit a noble one.

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North Adams Library May Open Doors to Common Folk

"I think they are good ideas that need to be explored, and I think we should basically think about them and the logistics." — Hulda Jowett

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