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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking More Authority
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new Public Arts Commission is already seeking to expand its limited abilities.

The commission will ask the City Council to consider ordinance changes that will allow it to be more active in promoting public art in the city.

"We have a change to the ordinance that we have drafted to become a more active commission," said Chairwoman Erica Manville at a recent meeting. "Right now, we're sort of passively waiting to ask for people to put stuff up in public places.  

"The ordinance is kind of static and we'd like to actually look for people, have budget, perhaps have grants ... to become a more active part of the community

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'Queen of Katwe': Commanding Performance
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:28PM / Thursday, October 06, 2016
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You should see director Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe," especially if you want to feel miserable, sad, perhaps a little guilty, frustrated and angry on the way to becoming a better person.

It's the true story of how Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl, had her life changed after learning the game of chess. But that's just the movie's way to get us into Poorest Africa … to abash us with its divulgences of the Third World. Expect no really great surprises. What an absolute downer it would be if the impoverished Phiona had no talent to pull her from the muck and mire of squalor.

None of this is to say that folks with absolutely no social conscience won't find

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Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed in a space in the former Waverly Mill down the street but because of financial constraints and incoming tenants the exhibit had to be moved.   The

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Eclipse Mill Quilt Exhibit Translates LeWitt Into Textiles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery proves artist Sol LeWitt could have been a quilter. Or more to the point, a pattern maker.

The late artist was a leader in the conceptual movement and believed art was as much about the idea as the execution, and therefore could be reproduced. That concept is behind the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' retrospective of 105 wall works, all produced on site from LeWitt's explicit instructions.

Those ideas also are on full display in "Sew'l eWitt: Quilts Inspired by Sol LeWitt," presented by the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.

"As a guild, we came to Mass MoCA about a year ago and

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'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:48PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

It's a rip-roaring homage to John Sturges' 1960 version, the one starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which, you'll recall, was actually a cowboy variation on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954). The gist of the morality play about emancipation from tyranny remains entertainingly intact.

Point of disclosure: In my case, seeing the movie with Hesh, my friend since childhood, arguably added about half a popcorn

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Friday, September 23, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying — or just viewing.

The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street.

Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco got to clip the ribbon before joining in on the Artists' Walk along Park Street, where many of the items for auction can be seen on display in store windows.

"This is a great event and I look forward to cutting the ribbon every year," Mazzucco said. "It's a great community event and a great

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'Bridget Jones's Baby': Sweet, Cute and Crawls
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:25PM / Thursday, September 22, 2016
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While the average gestation period for human women is nine months (280 days to be specific), it sure seems to take a lot longer in the sweet, cute but oh-so-slow moving "Bridget Jones's Baby."

Folks who just absolutely love this franchise, featuring Renée Zellweger's intrepid single gal, perhaps won't mind the ultra-dawdling exposition, wherein she takes inventory of her unmarried life thus far. As iterated by her properly British, office-seeking Mum, while still (accent on the still) unwed, she has a great job as a TV news producer, and a nice flat. But then there's the truth.

Tsk, tsk. Maybe things will take a turn for the romantically brighter which,

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'Sully': Down to Earth Ace
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:04PM / Thursday, September 15, 2016
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Director Clint Eastwood's "Sully," detailing the little-told backstory of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson," is a competently dramatized paean to a very deserving hero, and much more entertaining than I had anticipated.

Sure, Tom Hanks is going to be as good as ever, and Eastwood will bring his journeyman skill to the work. But in capturing the idea of a human being functioning at his very best, Todd Komarnicki's swell adaptation of the book, "Highest Duty," by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, puts it all across.

As you may have surmised by now in your traipse on this mortal Earth, our species is capable of

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Growing Common Folk Collective Seeks Permanence
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Common Folk is ready to expand and bring a sustained creative energy downtown.    Jessica Sweeney, co-founder and creative director of the North Adams-based artist collective, has seen the group grow and fluctuate through its early beginnings as a small collection of creative people to a force capable of hosting music festivals.   She noted that although the group is much stronger, it still struggles with becoming financially stable and has yet to find a permanent home to support its mission.   "At the end of the day, we aren’t just a club and we aren’t a group of people. We are here for the community and we want to do things

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'Southside with You': A Sensible Romance
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:13PM / Thursday, September 08, 2016
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My Dad, a kindly stoic whose inner romanticism made a poignant appearance when the occasion stirred him, was fond of pointing out, if seeing, let us say, a very large woman and a very small man strolling down the street, "See, there's someone for everyone." All of which is my nostalgic, roundabout way of noting the kismet that writer-director Richard Tanne captures in "Southside with You," a chronicle of Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama's first date in 1989.

The thought here is that the odds of two such socially incisive and committed people finding one another is perhaps even greater than the serendipitous meeting of the big gal and the little guy. The given

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