Clark Art Screens 'Adaptation'

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, April 4, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free screening of the 2002 film "Adaptation," the final installment in its five-part Williamstown Public Library 150th Anniversary Film Series. 
 
In celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Williamstown Library, this film series explores the transformative power of reading. The Clark shows the film at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
According to a press release:
 
Of the screenwriters of the early twenty-first century, Charlie Kaufman might have the most revealing love/hate relationship with books. In Adaptation, he writes himself into the film from the beginning. Charlie Kaufman, played by Nicolas Cage, is a confused Los Angeles screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (also played by Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre.
 
Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 549 0524.
 

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Williamstown Charter Proposal Sparks Concern over 'Separation of Powers'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board this week clashed over a proposal that would add to the town charter a mechanism to ensure compliance with the foundation of town government.
 
The Select Board on Monday night finalized the warrant for the annual town meeting.
 
Most of the 42 articles on the agenda for the Thursday, May 23, meeting were recommended by the Select Board for passage with little or no comment. The primary exception was Article 32, one of five articles to result from deliberations of the Charter Review Committee.
 
The review committee spent about a year and a half reviewing the 68-year-old charter, which has not received a major revision over the last seven decades.
 
In consultation with consultants from the Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and after reviewing best practices from municipalities around the commonwealth, the Charter Review Committee developed a number of recommendations to town meeting.
 
Most of the proposed revisions clarify existing charter language and bring the document in line with town practices that have evolved over the last half century (Article 30). Two of the articles resulting from the CRC are not actually charter changes at all but town bylaw proposals (Articles 33 and 34).
 
Two proposals would make substantive changes to the charter: adding a recall provision (Article 31) and creating a mechanism to enforce the charter (Article 32).
 
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