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'Beatriz at Dinner': Manifesto Under Glass
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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There isn't any doubt what writer Mike White had in mind when he penned "Beatriz at Dinner."   His insightful parable, brought to life by Miguel Arteta's skillful direction and a superb cast starring Salma Hayek in the title role, takes place at the very crux of humanity's social ills.   Expect diagnosis, but alas, no cure. You see, beneath the dramatic layers, both disingenuously polite and blatantly hateful, it's about the money. As my rich big sister Ann says, "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money."   Oh, it wasn't much different before we invented the stuff. Back then, the love of

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‘Party in the Park’ Returns to North Adams
10:26PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union and co-sponsors Bedard Brothers Auto Sales and South Side Sales & Service join radio stations WUPE FM and WNAW 1230AM in sponsoring the North Adams Party in the Park each Thursday from July 6 to Aug. 24. 

Free concerts will entertain the public from 6 to 8 p.m. at Noel Field behind the Steeplecats' baseball diamond. The series kicks off with Five Gun Draw performing on July 6 and continues with  Hotshot Hillbillies on July 13, Snake House on July 20, Critical Mass on July 27, Whiskey City on Aug. 3, Shyne on Aug. 10, The Brave Brothers Band on Aug. 17 and Mismatched on Aug. 24.

People are encouraged to bring and

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Berkshire Art Museum Kicks Off Season With 'Volume'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Museum enters its fourth summer season by taking up selective space.

The multidisciplinary "Volume" brings together pieces from 30 artists, ranging from spare stainless steel to light to interactive works that bring to mind Rube Golberg and penny arcades. An artists' reception is set Thursday, during Downstreet Art's summer launch, and includes a performance by the Berkshire Hills Chorus in the sanctuary of the former church at 7 p.m.

"For the last three years, we had a couple minor sculptures but most of the work we had shown was hanging on the wall," said BAM's founder and artist Eric Rudd. "I like

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Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance concerts that are sure to attract audiences. Here's a preview of

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SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has announced the winners of the SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest. Awards were presented before a crowd of 100 attendees at an SVMC Orthopedics Open House the evening of June 22.

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

Samantha Vosburgh from North Bennington, Vt., won first place

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DownStreet Art Ready to Kick Off Its 10th Season
01:47PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art will kick off its 10th season on Thursday, June 29, with a celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring performances by Nimble Arts Circus and BOOM Music Stage, as well as new art exhibit openings.

"On this milestone anniversary of DownStreet Art, we are excited to bring some really remarkable projects to the North Adams community. The success of DownStreet Art over the past nine seasons has confirmed that arts and culture are an important vehicle for economic development and community pride, and we are excited to be joined by new ventures like the North Adams Exchange (NAX) in the evolving cultural offerings that take place every summer in

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More Drury Student Art Added to Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Art teacher Phoebe Pepper poses with one of her student artists at the Cascade building in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The masterpiece painting collaboration between Drury High School and Cascade School Supplies has turned a corner.

Literally.

After five years of large artwork being displayed on the street side of the old Brown Street factory building, two years' worth of slightly smaller but still colorful paintings now hang on the south side of the building along Grimes Street, near Cascade's front entrance.

The second row of another 20 paintings was unveiled with a small ceremony on Thursday, marking the seventh year the students of Drury art teacher Phoebe Pepper

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'Cars 3': It Thinks it Can, It Thinks it Can
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:27PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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Point of disclosure: I am a lifelong, died-in-the-wool car enthusiast. As a child I spent endless hours on the floor pushing toy cars around, speeding under the kitchen table, through my mother's legs, around the linoleum perimeter, over the saddle leading to the foyer for the long straight to my bedroom. There, circling to the cheers of my other toys, I issued an acknowledging "zoom, zoom, rhoom, rhoom," then scooted back into the hallway and made a hairpin right into the carpeted living room, the off-road part of my imaginary Indy 500.   Thus I know and embrace firsthand the special, magical relationship some of us humans have with the spiritual successor to Old Dobbin,

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Artists Coming Together For '100 Hours in the Woodshed' Event
01:57PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center will hold the sixth "100 Hours in the Woodshed" event from Thursday, June 22, through Monday, June 26, in the MCLA Design Lab at 49 Main St.

A selection of collage works that result from the efforts of 15 participating artists will be on display in Design Lab beginning on Thursday, June 29, the kickoff to the 2017 DownStreet Art season.

"100 Hours in the Woodshed" brings together collage artists from around the Berkshires and the country to work together in an intensely creative 100-hour period. The original concept was created in 1988 by local artist Danny O and

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

Scanning the upcoming

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