Clark Art Presents 'Lawrence of Arabia'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Clark Art Institute continues its series of British films honoring the birthplace of Sir Edwin Manton during its Manton Research Center building's fiftieth anniversary. 
 
The Clark shows "Lawrence of Arabia" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
According to a press release:
 
A colossal epic about the World War I Arab revolt, Lawrence of Arabia centers on a strange and fascinating performance from then-unknown Peter O'Toole as British officer and archaeologist T.E. Lawrence. One stunning set piece follows another: the entrance of Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) through a mirage, then the capture of the town of Aqaba and the attack on a Turkish train. Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson's script asks searching questions about identity and loyalty. The ultimately grim view of British intervention in Arab affairs remains all too relevant. (Run time: 3 hours, 42 minutes)
 
Free. 

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Williamstown Decides to Clear Out Water Street Lot

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A long-time de facto parking lot on Water Street will be closed to vehicles as of March 1, the town has announced.
 
The 1.27-acre dirt lot that was most recently the site of the town garage has been used to park cars for decades. But the town has never formally considered it a parking lot, and it is not paved, lined or regulated in any way.
 
The town manager Thursday said that concerns about liability at the site led to a decision to place barriers around the lot to block cars this winter and for the foreseeable future.
 
"Over the fall, we kept an eye on it, and what we were seeing was upward of 160 or 170 cars on any given day," Bob Menicocci said. "It got to the point where, because of its unregulated nature, the Police Department was getting calls for service saying, ‘I'm blocked in. Can you tow this car?' that kind of thing.
 
"It was becoming an untenable situation."
 
The town's observation of the lot found a high percentage of the cars belonged to people connected to Williams College, mainly students who used it for overnight parking. That conclusion is borne out by the way the lot tends to be a lot emptier during college breaks.
 
In the fall, the school's student newspaper ran an article describing the lot as, "a perfectly legal spot to stash a car, and thus, [where] it seems that College students have lucked into a free, convenient parking lot."
 
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