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Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County Student Passport Program
02:51PM / Monday, December 12, 2016
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum has begun the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes.

Supported by the contributions of friends of Norman Rockwell Museum, the Passport Program was created for students and families in

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Wilco's 2017 Solid Sound Festival Tickets Now on Sale
02:00PM / Friday, December 09, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three-day tickets for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, which returns to Mass MoCA from June 23-25, 2017, are now on sale through solidsoundfestival.com, massmoca.org and the Mass MoCA box office.

For a limited time, tickets will be offered at a reduced early-bird rate of $134. Children's three-day tickets (ages 6-10) will be available for $50, and children under 6 are free. Friday also marks the opening of campsite reservations for the official festival campground Solid Ground. Campsite reservations can be made only by calling the Mass MoCA box office at 413-662-2111.

Conceived by Wilco and inaugurated in 2010, Solid Sound will again present Wilco as hosts

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'Rules Don't Apply': The Politics of Entitlement
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:23AM / Friday, December 09, 2016
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Maybe it's because I've recently had my fill of bragging billionaires that I was slow to build interest in director-writer-actor Warren Beatty's "Rules Don't Apply." The partially fantasized biographical sketch about the much mythologized Howard Hughes also starts off sluggishly and is a mite jagged. It isn't until about the midpoint, when Beatty's eccentric caricature begins to gel, that the mélange of loony and philosophical almost compensates for what then, alas, devolves into a run-of-the-mill romance.

In the opening scene we are welcomed into the opulently celebrated tarnish that is Hollywood just before the death knell sounds on the studio

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'Moonlight': Illuminating
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, December 01, 2016
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The DNA of everything that is wrong, sad and perplexing about race relations in the U.S. is poetically discerned and illuminated in filmmaker Barry Jenkins' Oscar-worthy "Moonlight." Jenkins ingeniously utilizes the low-budget, art house look of his sociologically profound film about a young black man's journey in ghettoized America to personalize the tale without the least bit of affectation. It is storytelling in our best, lyrical tradition, ripping open barely sealed wounds in its engrossing proof that there's nothing like the real truth to get your attention.

In the slums of Miami, in an indeterminate near-past that implies the infinite stagnancy of such

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Drury to Perform Manilow's 'Copacabana'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Performing Arts Center will bring Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" to the Drury auditorium this week.   More than 65 students in the Drury arts wing will take their audience to where "music and passion were always the fashion" when they perform the musical based on Manilow's 1978 hit song this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   "No one around here has really done 'Copacabana.' It is unique and is one of the first jukebox musicals," Technical Director Jamie Choquette said. "Also, it fits well with the groups of students that we have … we could visualize the parts right

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Common Folk Host Play Examining Gun Violence
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Common Folk will host the play "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence" followed by a conversation in hopes to disarm the difficult discussion about gun violence in schools.   The local artist's collective production of the three-act play this week examines gun violence in the classroom, why it occurs and how it can be prevented.    "This is really an attempt to dig a little bit deeper and have a healthy and safe conversation around a very unsafe topic but also involve art," Common Folk Creative Director Jessica Sweeney said.   Sweeney said the first act, "A Child's Game," written by Benjamin M.

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'Bleed for This': Middleweight Contender
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:08PM / Saturday, November 26, 2016
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To accent boxer Vinny Pazienza's close-knit family in director-writer Ben Younger's "Bleed for This," turning points in the pugilist's remarkable saga are inevitably marked by the clan crowded around the dinner table eating, with hardly room for a bread stick among them. There is a basic, anthropological purity in the devotion, an incontrovertible given, as each member, whether laughing, chiding or worrying out loud, plays out his or her supportive role in the dynamic. The conceptualization is as engaging as the accompanying tale of fisticuffs.

Based on a true story, the travail that was "The Pazmanian Devil's" career should please boxing fans who know

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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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