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Review: Musician's Sixth Thriller A Joy to Read
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:10PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Violinist/author Gerald Elias, associate concertmaster with the Utah Symphony and Boston Symphony violinist "in residence" at Tanglewood as a BSO violinist, is also a novelist. A graduate of Yale University, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and music director of the "Vivaldi By Candlelight" concert series, Elias is a busy man.

For all this, he finds the time and passion to dedicate himself to a completely different art form – and to, over the years, excel equally at that "secondary" activity.

Elias is a master storyteller/novelist, who has published six thrillers – all combining

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'Menashe': The Child is Father of the Man
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:04PM / Friday, August 18, 2017
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While director Joshua Z. Weinstein's "Menashe" is on first blush a touching look into a child custody battle being waged by Menashe, a Hasidic grocery clerk in Borough Park, Brooklyn, further reflection reveals a much larger, equal opportunity meditation about the human condition.   Therefore, just as with the much underrated documentary, "Deli Man" (2014), the slogan "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's real Jewish rye bread" also applies to this Yiddish-spoken film with English subtitles. The sociologically curious of every stripe can find value here.   Still, like the response from the grandma who is asked if chicken soup, oft

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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "I'll Drink to That" is a veritable wonderland of handcrafted vessels: delicate celadons, chunky tankards, prim porcelains, bowls with heft and inventive shapes.   The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.     "I think it's really cool when you have an exhibit of something that's as simple as a cup and then you get to see so many interpretations of what a drinking vessel is,  is just amazing," said Stephanie Boyd of Williamstown, who

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'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:15PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and vocal music by Bach, Dvořák, Schubert and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the

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Tanglewood, Sevenars Showcase Great Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:41PM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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Tanglewood this week will be very rewarding and diverse, with spectacular musical riches across the centuries, representing the progressive continuum of styles: music that's both ancient and new, and everything in-between.

Tanglewood continues its classical programming into mid-August, featuring powerful symphonic works – all audience favorites - performed by the Boston Symphony. The "heavy hitters" are: Stravinsky (the primordial "Rite of Spring"), Beethoven's exultant/tragic Seventh Symphony, Brahms (the magisterial Double Concerto for violin and cello and the Violin Concerto, and Schubert's C Major Symphony No. 9 ("Great"), among

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Adams' Dancecapade 20 Years Strong
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, August 07, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — After 20 years, Dancecapade School of Dance is still educating students from throughout North County.   "It's been an interesting road and I don't know if I ever imagined it would be this successful," school owner Jaclyn Grabicki said. "I love it and it is so rewarding to teach these kids something so important to me."   Bookended in the Midtown Plaza on Spring Street, Dancecapade School of Dance has taught thousands of students since its opening in 1997.    Grabicki said she started dancing at the age of 6 and soon after knew her future would somehow be tightly wound around the craft.   "I just started

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
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Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:05PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the classical music festival season. Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. The prodigious pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week in store: He will perform Chopin's two piano concertos on successive evenings, and will offer a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin on Tuesday evening in Ozawa Hall. Added to this, programs 4 and 5 in the special series "Schubert's Summer Journey," featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Ohlsson, will surely be not-to-be-missed musical high points.

Enhancing the offerings above, be sure to

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Downstreet Art July Event Features Performances, Exhibits, Bike Ride
02:42AM / Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Like Riding a Bicycle Library, photo by Brett Hunter. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art returns on Thursday for its July events.    A program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, the arts fest will feature a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, and a community bike ride.   Thread Ensemble of Boston is the convergence of three musicians: Abigale Reisman and Rachel Panitch on violins, and Andria Nicodemou on vibraphone and percussion. Thread formed via an Ensemble Fellowship at New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships Department in 2012. They will perform original,

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