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Free Summer Movies All Around the County
11:17AM / Friday, July 08, 2016
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Summer is the time to kick back on the grass and watch an outdoor film. Series in Pittsfield and Williamstown start this weekend, and the annual Movies Under the Stars in Adams starts on July 22.

In Pittsfield, “Movies at the Park” will be offered Friday evenings, from July 8 through July 29, beginning at dusk at Clapp Park on West Housatonic Street opening with "Minions." The rest of the movies to be shown are "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" on July 15, "Inside Out: on July 22 and "Hotel Transylvania 2" on July 29.

Rain dates are Aug. 5 and 12 only if one of the previous movies is cancelled due to weather. “Movies at the Park” are

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Berkshire Tidbits: Community Celebration, Co-Op Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires.com
10:28AM / Friday, July 08, 2016
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This Saturday, July 9, the towns of Becket and Washington will be holding a community fair, their , from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various locations around the center of North Becket Village in the elbow of Route 8.

All the towns' hidden treasures will show themselves for the benefit of the community.

There will be food samplings from Dream Away Lodge and cooking demonstrations by Kushi Institute. Jacob's Pillow will present a dance performance, fairy houses will appear and there will be a book sale. Becket Arts Center and Athenaeum will have a silent auction.

Bowie the Magic Clown will be there and Smokey Bear, as well. Artisans, crafters and other vendors will sell their wares.

All are

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Tanglewood, Manchester Music Festival Season Begin
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:42AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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Tanglewood opens its classical season this week this Friday, July 8, but there’s still diverse programming, with stimulating concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall.

As always, there’s music to suit every taste: from a brass extravaganza to early music from Africa and the New World; from the Boston Pops featuring writer/director/song stylist Seth MacFarlane to the superlative Emerson String Quartet performing classic Haydn and Berg quartets and much more.

Why go? Simply because the amazing range of great music can, and should, be enjoyed by all music lovers. Here are this week’s listings.

Tanglewood Music Center vocal students will perform music by women composers Lili

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CATA Artists on Exhibit at Clark Art Institute
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:57PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring plenty of exceptional works of art this summer.

Some of it is for sale.

Starting Monday, July 4, the South Street museum presents “I Am a Part of Art,” a collaboration with the Great Barrington-based nonprofit Community Access to the Arts.   "CATA at the Clark" is an expansion of the CATA’s annual summer art show celebrating the works of area artists with disabilities. Part of the show opened on Friday at Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The North County exhibition will be on display in the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill through Aug. 14.   Between the two

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'Inside My Battle' Exhibit Reflects Artist's Cancer Experience
By Judith Lerner, Community Submission
10:05AM / Sunday, July 03, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Art Gallery at Bagels Too, 166 North St., for the month of July, will be showing the most recent series of artworks by beloved and powerful Berkshire artist Anne Pasko of Lanesborough.

Last summer, Pasko was diagnosed with and told she had inoperable pancreatic cancer. After her immediate shock, disbelief and despair, her feelings drove her into her studio to experience, express, work through and, ultimately, emerge as herself with new depths from the life-altering digression she was now enmeshed in.

As her feelings surfaced, she created collages to make them visible, one by one, for herself, the people most closely surrounding her, others who have gone or are

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Berkshire Tidbits: Fire Company Breakfast, Farm Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:24PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016
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presents itsthis Friday. All are welcome.

Parish minister, the Rev. Kevin Smail said that the meal includes a pasta dish, salad, Italian or garlic bread and an assortment of mostly homemade desserts and beverages.

The purpose of the regular meals is to build community, he said.

Becket resident Arlene Adler said she tries to attend the dinner whenever she can. She said it does make her feel connected with her neighbors.

"And there is always a meat sauce and a vegetarian sauce. Some nice salad. It's always good. Homemade," she said."

The free dinner will be at the parish house of the Becket Federated Church, 413-623-5217, 3381 Main St. across from the Becket Washington

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Drury Band to March In D.C. for Fourth of July
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:38AM / Saturday, July 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Marching Band will head to Washington, D.C., this weekend to represent Massachusetts in the National Independence Day Parade on the Fourth of July.

And although the school year may be over, the band was hard at work marching laps around the track this past week.

“The band is prepared; this is just getting them back in shape. It is a parade, and it is going to be hot weather,” Band Director Christopher Caproni said. “We are going to play the song 25 times, so this is just getting them used to playing for that long again.”

More than 50 members of the marching band met at the track over the past week to practice turns,

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DownStreet Art Building Community, Business in 8th Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:49PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art opened for its eighth year on Thursday, ushering in a summer of exhibitions and events in the city's downtown and four monthly downtown openings.

As in the past, empty spaces are being filled with pop-up galleries and studios. But what's new is a targeted approach to help some of these initiatives endure beyond the summer and activities to bring the community and artists closer together.

"We're very excited for what's being planned," said Mayor Richard Alcombright at this year's kickoff. He sees opportunity in the "Meet Your Neighbors" theme of partnering artists and non-artists at community events like

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'Independence Day: Resurgence': Oh No, Not Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:52PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016
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In one scene of director/co-writer Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day: Resurgence," brainy scientist Julius Levinson, played by Judd Hirsch, berates his equally brainy scientist son, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), thusly: "So, it takes the end of the world for a son to visit his father?" It is but one of a long list of clichés the filmmaker surmises would attend a planet facing Armageddon at the hands of alien beings. Uh, well, more correctly, it's not at the hands of, but at the tentacles of, which of course is much scarier.

Skipping my usual diatribe and head-scratching inquiry as to why folks would want to see a film about our threatened

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Berkshire Art Museum Opens With CAC Retrospective
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Thursday, June 30, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before Mass MoCA, before DownStreet Art, the Contemporary Artists Center was a converging point for the creative.

The Beaver Mill center hosted a plethora of artists — from the established to the up-and-coming, from the home-grown to the international. Now selected works from nine of those artists will be on display at the Berkshire Art Museum in "Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999" as part of the DownStreet Art season that kicks off Thursday evening.

Eric Rudd, the center's founder with his wife, Barbara, and its original director, said the focus of the retrospective is on CAC artists with a strong connection

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