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Berkshire Museum Names New Executive Director
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has named Jeff Rodgers as its new executive director, effective April 1.

Rodgers brings more than 20 years of museum experience to the Berkshire Museum's top job. Rodgers is currently the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.

"The Berkshire Museum is, and must continue to be, an integral part of the Berkshire community. The museum creates experiences that spark new thinking and new connections bridging art and history and the natural world," Rodgers said in a statement announcing his hiring. "Over the past few months, I've met with leaders from across the community and came

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Drury Students Producing Comedy Show
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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Drury students set up for Thursday's performance.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will host "Comedy Coffee House" with Moody McCarthy this Thursday.    The New York City comedian is being brought to the high school by Drury Performing Arts Management program as part of the Drury After Dark Series.   "He is hysterical, and he is very witty," DPAM student Yvonne Koperek said. "It is definitely a clean show and it is very inclusive. He has been on many nighttime shows."   McCarthy has performed on "Conan," "Late Show with David Letterman," "Jimmy Kimmel

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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 33rd Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show
02:53PM / Monday, January 28, 2019
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In celebration of Norman Rockwell's 125th birthday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the 33rd annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the young artists and at 2:30 p.m. hear a lecture from acclaimed illustrator Gregory Manchess, whose work is also currently on view at the museum.

In the tradition of Norman Rockwell, who began his professional career as a teenager, the High School Art Show celebrates the creative talent found in Berkshire County's local high schools. Original works in all media — from painting and

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'Stan & Ollie': 'Old Fat & Skinny'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
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"Stan & Ollie," director Jon S. Baird's lovingly responsible biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, convivially invites you to bask in its embracing notions of love, friendship, loyalty and sense of duty.    The passion is such that, feeling protective of the boys, I couldn't help fantasize that if I should become king I'd make it a law that, once the talent in question was universally adored by the public, the enthusiasm was not to diminish, unless of course said entertainer either colluded with the Russians, repeatedly lied to the American public or was disgustingly narcissistic.   Of course, Stan and

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'Green Book': Because Look Out Old Macky's Back
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Friday, January 18, 2019
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There it was, the perfect opportunity I thought I wanted — staring me right in the face. A quadruple bypass procured the day after Thanksgiving 2018 can have that effect on a film critic.   What more reason could I conjure to call it a career, to be done with this movie reviewing stuff and finally retire to that long-fabled cabin on the lake in Vermont where I would idyllically pen those 36 essays and short stories with which I had been threatening the world of belles-lettres lo these many years?   But then the words of professor Halberstadter, my mentor back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, slowly interceded.    "Always remember the oath you took,

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North Adams Artist Publishes Children's Book
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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'The Bag Family' is a product of two college friends who were inspired to return to their efforts 35 years after they started.  ADAMS, Mass. — Dawn Nelson had a book rolled up in the back of her closet for 35 years.   On Saturday, she was finally able to debut "The Bag Family" that she wrote and illustrated with her college friend, Karen Zander.    The short children's book is the story of the bags used by a family every day. A diaper bag arrives with the new baby and is soon learning about the roles that each of the bags — including a pocketbook, a backpack and a briefcase with self-esteem issues — play in the

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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Common Folk Open Up Pop-Up Shop
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, December 01, 2018
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Some of the odds and endds that can be found at Common Folk's shop. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Common Folk Pop Up Shop is now open at the former Makers Mill space at 73 Main St.   Common Folk co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the artists' collective opened Phase 1 of their new headquarters on Small Business Saturday but have so much more planned for the new space.   "Phase 1 is complete and we are ready to open with retail, but we are really looking to do a lot more," she said.    Common Folk has been jumping around from location to location throughout its existence, which Sweeney said really did fit their nomadic nature.

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Drury High Hosting Folk Artist Tracy Grammer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, November 29, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will host folk artist Tracy Grammer on Friday.   Students in the high school's performing arts management program will produce the concert that not only will showcase Grammer but five Drury High students.   "The Boston Globe wrote 'One of the finest pure musicians anywhere in folkdom,' " teacher Jamie Choquette said. "We think the audience will agree. We also hope community members will support the great work these students are doing as musicians, artists, and producers."   Grammer, a singer, guitar player, violinist, and storyteller, has recorded with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin

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Berkshire Museum Trustees Vote to End Art Sales, Begin Building Repairs
04:06PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum officials have voted to suspend further sales of the museum's art collection and to begin repairs on the century-old building.    A total of 22 works were sold in two tranchments, raising $53.25 million through public bidding and private sales.    "We are moving forward having secured the future of this museum for generations to come," said Elizabeth McGraw, president of the Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees. "Our work ahead is focused on making this museum ever more interesting, inspiring and engaging to the broad community in the region it serves and consistent with our unchanged mission."   The

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