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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.    At worst, it is relatively harmless, your understanding of this outer space Western not dependent on a cognizance of the jargon and minutiae of George Lucas' cultural phenomenon. Plus, former Hippies who coordinate the viewing with a flashback might enjoy the light show.   At the end of the day, after marveling at its vaunted, $250 million price tag, the immensity of the thing, and trying to wrap your

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New Adams Art Gallery Opens on Park Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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Bill and Francie AnneRiley have wanted to open a gallery for some time.  ADAMS, Mass. — William "Bill" Riley has spent most of his career creating visually arresting scenery for theater productions.    Now his backdrop is a spare white space, the better to accentuate his own works of art and those of other local artists.   "I started studying art kind of seriously when I was 16," Riley said during the buzz of conversation at Saturday's opening reception for Real Eyes Gallery. "Eventually, in order to make a living, I became a scenic artist in the theater industry."   But Riley said he wanted to do more than express other

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Local Authors Extend Their Boulder Hunt From Massachusetts To New England
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — With their new book "Erratic Wandering," local authors Christy and Jan Butler expand their boulder hiking guide from Massachusetts to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.   "We are all living in New England and we all go to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine," Butler said. "They are close and are destinations for people who like the outdoors…and there are some big rocks out there."   Butler, a Cheshire resident and visual artist, published two waterfall guidebooks with co-author Russell Dunn, a licensed hiking guide.    In 2016, the two came together to publish their first boulder book "Rockachusetts" that

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'Concerts at the Lake' Return to Windsor Lake
01:08PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's "Concerts at the Lake" season kicks off on Wednesday, June 6, with local blues favorite Misty Blues. The series, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, runs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 29, excluding Aug. 15 for the Downtown Celebration).

The weekly concerts combine great music, community vibes and the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Guests should bring blankets or chairs and feel free to let the kids run wild on the brand new playground. Some concessions are available at the Snack Attack (provided by BFAIR), but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is always free at this time.

In addition,

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Neal Announces $348K in NEA Funding for Local Cultural Programs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Victoria Beaupre tells how her experience with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare changed her personally.  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli remembers when Lenox residents couldn't wait for the Tanglewood crowd to finally go home at the end of summer.    That was back when General Electric in Pittsfield employed 12,000 to 13,000 and the cultural attractions were more a matter of pride than the economy.    "Then General Electric and the papers mills started to cut back and go away," he said Thursday morning at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. "We transformed ourselves, we pulled in

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Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season
09:35AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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A record 100 cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 10th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, archives and treasured collections.
 
Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.
 
Over the course of the past decade, the Newton-based Highland Street

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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
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The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, May 21, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — More than a dozen pianos are being transformed into singular artworks to evoke the county's musical and artistic heritage.    Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.    Sue MacVeety of Sheffield had come prepared with primer, covering her selection with its first base coat of white. Keith Bona of North Adams picked a large upright and was planning out a celestial concept and figuring how he might use the frame-like back.   "This would be cool if we did it with a galaxy motif and do

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'Life of the Party': Celebrates the Joys of Mediocrity
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:43PM / Friday, May 18, 2018
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If you redo in black and white director Ben Falcone's "Life of the Party," wherein suddenly divorced Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) returns to college after dropping out 20 years ago, you've epitomized any number of escapist comedies that populated theaters during the Great Depression.    Light, frothy confections that specialized in proving that one can indeed turn lemons into lemonade, they featured silly but likeable characters who, through some unseen benevolent power or just sheer luck, were able to navigate a series of farcical and convoluted perplexions.   Even the villains in such fare are rather lighthearted foils as opposed to full-bodied miscreants,

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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