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Norman Rockwell Museum to Present Workshops for...

Students of all skill levels are welcome, and will have the opportunity to advance their work and strengthen their portfolio. click for more

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Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County...

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes. click for more

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'Rules Don't Apply': The Politics of Entitlement

At worst this is a mostly harmless, self-deluding sort of identification, and not the far-flung type that props up autocrats. All of which makes us wonder about Beatty's goal. Aside from drolly showing that his acting chops are intact, the progressive humanism that has long been the hallmark of his... click for more

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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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'Moonlight': Illuminating

It is a subtlety among the ferocity, a nod to the human heart and that universal longing oft referred to as love. Framed in this context, it is at once frightening and romantic, yet all the same a positive paean to the commonality of our species. But you knew it was there all the time, shamefully... click for more

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Drury to Perform Manilow's 'Copacabana'

More than 65 students in the Drury arts wing will take their audience to where "music and passion were always the fashion" when they perform the musical based on Manilow's 1978 hit song this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. click for more

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Common Folk Host Play Examining Gun Violence

Common Folk will host the play "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence" followed by a conversation in hopes to disarm the difficult discussion about gun violence in schools. The local artist's collective production of the three-act play this week examines gun violence in the classroom, why it... click for more

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'Bleed for This': Middleweight Contender

Based on a true story, the travail that was "The Pazmanian Devil's" career should please boxing fans who know the history, and perhaps viewers in general who appreciate a good old struggle against overwhelming odds. Miles Teller is convincing as the pugnacious protagonist, a portrayal only enhanced... 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 sing is great," drama teacher Nicole Boyer said.

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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, but rather, encompasses the whole of their being. So it's quite intriguing when smart Dr. Banks, soon the team's tacit prom queen, starts getting hip to the Heptapods.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper.

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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 doubtlessly be pleased by the filmmaker's very imaginative rendition of what they hold so dear, those of us among the great unwashed needn't be afraid to dive in to this all-embracing, action-adventure.

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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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