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As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:39PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a wide range of both standard and unusual fare in varied genres: from Stravinsky, Mozart and Verdi, to Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and contemporary composer George Tsontakis (b. 1951).

Come late August, classical aficionados are saddened to acknowledge the waning Tanglewood season – a cornucopia of musical riches presented in an incomparably bucolic setting. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

There's no cause, though, for dismay. Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of

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Common Folk Arts & Music Festival Takes Place Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Friday, August 12, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first Common Folk Arts & Music Festival will take place this Saturday to benefit the new Roots Teen Center.   Common Folk, the North Adams-based artist collective, has rapidly gained momentum during its short existence, hosting galleries and concert events with local talent. Co-founder and creative director Jessica Sweeney said the group has built up a solid roster of bands and artists and thought the next logical step was to organize a full-on music festival.     "I think that we have always really enjoyed doing these larger projects, and … we really wanted to start something annually so that we could share our artists

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Jane Kaczmarek Returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
06:06PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek is not upset if people whistle in her dressing room or wish her good luck before a performance.  

"I'm a meat and potatoes gal," the Milwaukee born and bred actress says, explaining why she does not adhere to theater superstitions.
 
Kaczmarek is in Williamstown to play a lead role in the American premiere of "And No More Shall We Part," on the Nikos Stage from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Aug. 21.
 
The drama focuses on a married couple, Don (television and film star Alfred Molina) and Pam, portrayed by Kaczmarek, as they struggle with the most difficult decision in

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Berkshire Tidbits: Lobster Days, Sundae Highlights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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The : "Towards a Sustainable Future", is now in progress through Saturday, Aug. 13. This event brings together macrobiotic teachers and practitioners to share their experience and lifestyle interest in two weeks of lectures, workshops, cooking classes, eating and celebration, all day and into the night.   For the last few years, this conference takes place on the KI campus, 198 Leland Road, North Becket, 413-623-5741. Berkshire residents may attend the conference for a discounted price of $157 per day, which includes three meals and all the day's and evening's activities, from 7 a.m. to about 9ish at night. Saturday, Aug. 13 is the

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Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to be Missed
01:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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This week, Tanglewood continues its high energy 2016 classical programming season with a powerhouse, back-to-back pair of programs performed by the Boston Pops and guest artists the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The "heavy hitters" are John Williams' "Film Night" – always an audience favorite and a high point of each year's Tanglewood offerings, and a unique concert by a visiting ensemble of intrepid Australians that replicates a 1920s-era Weimar Republic quasi-pops cabaret experience. What a pair! This is not your staid classical programming. Be there or be square.

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking:

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Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one.   Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."   During a recent visit to Boston for a stand-up date, Eisenberg talked with iBerkshires.com about her Aug. 8 performance on the Main Stage at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance and the intersection of her different professional personae.   "I feel like they all

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Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last Dance'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:36AM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel.

But rather than writing pages of snail-mail love letters, Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross in "Save the Last Dance" re-establish bonds through the swift and instantaneous communication of emails and texts.

Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

"We went together up to 11th grade, and set a wedding date when we were 15," Grudin, a retired Williams College art history professor, recalled last week.  

But life

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'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
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The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version.

While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a storytelling art that elegantly synergizes styles from different eras of his career.

Of course the lead issue is love, with

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016
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With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.

 

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Due to illness, Marc-Andre Hamelin will replace pianist

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Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.   The region truly has it all ... almost.   Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.   "Absolutely, the Berkshires are the most culturally rich place in the country," Loy said recently. "For there not to be opera here is unfortunate and maybe even a problem.   "Opera is an art form that deserves to be heard and seen and supported. By bringing fully produced opera back, what

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