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MCLA Stages Adaptation of 'Rhinoceros'
06:30PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third show of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts Department's theater program continues to emphasize this season's theme of "We the People" with its adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," which will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in MCLA's Venable Theater.     Guest artist David Lane, who directs the production, described "Rhinoceros" as an absurdist theater production that includes comedy and tragedy, as well as dark political tones.   "'We the People' is not a given, and democracy doesn't exist without a country of people to

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Norman Rockwell Museum Appoints Chief Philanthropy Officer
01:54PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Norman Rockwell Museum has appointed Ellen Spear, currently president and CEO of Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Mass., as the museum's new chief philanthropy officer.

Spear will officially join Norman Rockwell Museum over the summer, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the museum's development efforts at a pivotal time of growth. Spear succeeds chief advancement officer Michelle Clarkin, who joined the development staff of Fordham University in Manhattan.

Norman Rockwell Museum recently announced plans to assess the feasibility of adapting the Old Stockbridge Town Hall as a National Center for Illustration Education

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'The Art of the Oscar Picks': The Devil Is in The Details
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:04PM / Thursday, February 22, 2018
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On a recent gloomy night I pondered weak and weary, not because I was necessarily weak or weary, but because I like the expression and it was time to make my Oscar picks, an annual tradition I abhor with no small amount of dread and disdain. All the same, I was determined that this year's choices would be the likes of which the world has never before seen. Believe me.   They'd be so correct that people would be bored by them. I'm like a smart person. I went to the best schools. I make great deals. All I had to do was get a little help from the outside. It's all the rage, y'know?   Thus it was quite fortuitous that, after channeling the modus operandi of New

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'Peter Rabbit': Hop to It!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:25PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
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The kids whooped and hollered in gleeful approval of director Will Gluck's adaptation of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit." This even included the 10-to-12 contingent, usually too sophisticated to admit endorsement of an entertainment that might indict them of liking "baby stuff." And while the littler ones among the audience of fully engaged firstnighters whose space I recently invaded brought fingernails to lips whenever the title character risked cottontail and whiskers for ill-gotten vegetation, they, too, were otherwise charmed.      I was heartened by several insights, not the least of which was the erudition evinced by these young moviegoers

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'I, Tonya': Class Warfare on Skates
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:41PM / Friday, February 09, 2018
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I wasn't looking forward to seeing "I, Tonya," about provocative, world class ice skater Tonya Harding. The events surrounding her quest for Olympic greatness and fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan's ruthlessly broken kneecap seemed so yesterday, and anyway, I never learned to ice skate. A bunch of fancily clad skaters twirling about on slippery ice while a Rachmaninoff etude plays in the background seemed like an awful yawn. But alas, dear reader, it appears I'm not entirely bereft of the genteel gene required to appreciate such stuff.   Now don't get me wrong. I'm not going to move heaven and earth to make sure I don't miss the competitive figure

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IS183 Art School Names Executive Director
10:29PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School's Board of Directors has named Lucie Castaldo permanent executive director after four months serving in the interim position.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have an internal candidate of such high quality with such an extensive history serving the organization," said Andy Foster, chairman of the board. "Lucie cares so much about our programs, teachers and students and this engagement is infectious. She brings both continuity and – as we can already see a few months in – a raft of new ideas and approaches that will strengthen our service to the Berkshires. With a strong team in place surrounding her, IS183 is

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New Clark Art Exhibit Draws From Philanthropist's Collection
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Saturday, February 03, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jay Clarke, the Manton curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute, is going out with a bang.

Clarke, who is leaving the Clark after nine years to return to the Art Institute of Chicago in her hometown, has curated a show featuring one of the world's finest private collections of drawings: those assembled by New York art dealer and philanthropist Eugene V. Thaw.

Thaw donated his collection of more than 400 drawings to the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, which celebrated the gift with the September 2017 opening of "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection," an exhibit that has drawn

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'Hostiles': Requiem for the Horse Opera
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:08PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
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You know that lyric from "Home on the Range," where the cowpoke asserts that "seldom is heard a discouraging word?" Well, if you go by the realistic take on the Old West proffered in director/writer Scott Cooper's "Hostiles," the reason no one says anything discouraging is that they're either dead or fighting like crazy to keep from being dead.    While poet Joel Barlow hoped his "Vision of Columbus" (1787) would be our version of "The Iliad," he was premature. There would be 100 more years of conquering the natives before America's character would be formed.   This is a very studied work, contemplative, moody,

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Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to Play at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will bring the band Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to the high school this Thursday night.   Drury performing arts management teacher Jamie Choquette said this semester the DPAM class decided to contact the Western Mass band after seeing a video of them playing James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" on Taylor's official website.   "They loved it and immediately contacted them to book the band at Drury," he said.   The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters. They play a mixture of Americana, rock and roots-folk music.   The group

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WAM Announces Expansion of Theater Leadership
10:20AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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LEE, Mass. — WAM Theatre embarks on its ninth season with the announcement of two new members of the WAM Leadership Team and three new members of its board of directors.

Talya Kingston has been named associate artistic director and Max Galdos-Shapiro will join WAM as general manager. Together with Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and Philanthropy and Outreach Coordinator Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe, they comprise the leadership team at WAM Theatre.

Newly appointed to WAM's board of directors are Lynn Festa, Wendy Healey and Arwen Lowbridge.

"We are incredibly proud to have created two new leadership positions at WAM Theatre," van Ginhoven said. "As a growing

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