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'Arrival': Quite a Trip
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:08PM / Thursday, November 17, 2016
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You know how sometimes between sleep and consciousness you can tell the future? Well, good for you if you can; it doesn't happen to me, not anymore. I've been stuck in this reality mode since the 1960s ended. But, just in case you tune in, Dr. Leary, there's a fascinating variant of that "Twilight Zone"-like mind trip in director Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival," a tale of alien visitation with a tricky twist. It's the surprise answer to the brainteaser it never asks.

Otherwise, this rather solemn adventure, astutely crafted with the scientific method if not the élan that was evinced in "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), is your typical

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Second Concert Series Grant Sought for North Adams in 2017
02:29PM / Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public's help is being sought to bring the Levitt AMP music series to downtown North Adams to further expand access to high-quality, family-friendly music in the community.

Voting ends on Nov. 21 for a 2017 music series. The public is invited to support this effort to fund a second round of concerts in Colegrove Park next year. Voters can sign up to vote online. In addition, the public can help spread the word by tagging their social media posts with #LevittAMPNA.

The series, which would be funded through a Levitt AMP North Adams Grant, would bring 10 consecutive weeks of music to downtown North Adams in August, September and October 2017.

To date,

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Festival of Trees Opens at Berkshire Museum
11:53AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Walk the red carpet like a movie star when "Now Playing: Festival of Trees 2016" opens at the Berkshire Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, with a festive premiere party.

Widely regarded as the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season in the Berkshires, the annual event will feature more than 100 dazzling decorated trees, bedecked in film world finery, reflecting this year's movie theme. The creative holiday trees are sponsored by businesses, schools, and community organizations in a true celebration of cinema, from film noir and sci-fi to action-adventure, Westerns, and animation.

The family-friendly premiere party runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.

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MCLA's 'Henry V' Features All-Female Cast
11:17AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present its second show of the season, an adaptation of "Henry V" produced with an entirely female cast.

The play opens tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Venable Theater on the MCLA campus and runs through Nov. 19, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19.

According to the play's director, Laura Standley, an associate professor of theater at MCLA, the adaptation highlights some of the conflicts in our society today.           

"This season is about allowing women the opportunities in

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'Doctor Strange': Physician, Heal Thyself
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:39PM / Thursday, November 10, 2016
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Back in the day, when I was a weekend Hippie hanging out at a friend's home I deemed the clearing house of all things late 1960s, travelers of all stripe would pop in, flop into a beanbag chair and regale us with tales of their adventures. The chronicle might begin with, "Been going through some really heavy changes, man," often followed by a description of some strange, exotic place where one might foreseeably learn the secret of life. I imagined it to look somewhat like Kamar-Taj, where the title character of "Doctor Strange" goes to seek healing.

In director Scott Derrickson's highly entertaining film based on the famed Marvel Comics character of the same

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Miss Hall's Presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
02:43PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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PITTSFIELD — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will take to the high seas this fall, pursuing the story of how Peter Pan became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" and performing the award-winning play "Peter and the Starcatcher." Shows will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; and in a matinee at 2 on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Based on the best-selling novel "Peter and the Starcatchers," by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. It opens with a young orphan and his two companions shipping out aboard the Neverland from Victorian England to a distant island. Also on board is a trunk of

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'Denial': Adding Insult to Injury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:26PM / Friday, November 04, 2016
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Point of disclosure: That was the number on the inside of my mother's arm ... my personal proof that there was a Holocaust. The A denoted Auschwitz. The numbers added up to 13. She said it was her lucky number. I don't think she'd mind me telling you. While there were times when Dorothy Goldberger (R.I.P.) absolutely drove me out of my mind, I can't remember her ever lying to me.

She didn't talk about it at first, nor did any of the other survivors who visited our home shortly after WWII. Or at least I didn't hear it ... only snippets, the name Hitler used interchangeably with the still not popularized term, Holocaust. All were firsthand witnesses. Later,

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'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:35PM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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It is what it is.

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

In this second film based on the character developed by novelist Lee Child, the ex-military police major-turned-vigilante once again fights for truth, justice and the American way — in his very own way. Expect the usual

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Chris Trapper to Perform at Drury High School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring singer-songwriter Chris Trapper to the Drury auditorium this Saturday.

Boston-based Trapper is former front man for the late-'90s alternative rock band The Push Stars and his music has been featured on televisions shows and movies including "Malcolm in the Middle" and "There’s Something About Mary."

He will play at the Drury After Dark concert series this weekend.

"He is really great and he has some really great music, and I think it is going to appeal to a lot of the community and school community as well," DPAM student and senior Alex Bernard said.

Bernard said the

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12th Annual FODfest Set for Saturday
10:34AM / Monday, October 24, 2016
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Sheffield-based nonprofit Music in Common will present its flagship concert event, FODfest (Friends of Danny Festival), at Dewey Hall, located at 91 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 29.

FODfest celebrates the life of Daniel Pearl — the slain Wall Street Journal reporter who began his career at the North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle. The concert will feature more than a dozen local musicians in a unique format that is part jam session, part song-swap and part concert.

The concert begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. Also included in the evening is a screening of the new documentary short about Music in Common, "From Madness

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