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Classical High Season Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:27PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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During late July into early August, the classical music festival high season, anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming.

Offerings at Tanglewood this week include Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Mahler's Ninth, concertos by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius, with solo star turns by world-renowned soloists, and much more.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is concluding its on-going three-week Summer Music Festival of new music - Bang on a Can (BOAC), curated by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.

Hungry for still more musical options?

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Local Theater Group Brings the Arctic to the Berkshires
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It might be nearly 90 degrees outside, but inside the Shire City Sanctuary this week, it's going to seem downright chilly.

That's because the Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of The Berkshire Fringe) is staging an original work called "Passage," which weaves together two parallel story lines of survival: the tale of Sir John Franklin's doomed 19th expedition to conquer the famed Northwest Passage and the story of a modern-day couple on a luxury wellness cruise through the now-melting Arctic.

In a news release, Kickball describes "Passage" as "a dark comedy exploring themes of a changing climate, love and

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
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NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing" began with questions and concerns about her own life. Despite doing exactly what she should have done, worked hard and found success, there was this nagging feeling that there

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'Ghostbusters': The Graces of Wraith
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016
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"Ghostbusters," the third film in the franchise originated by Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman in 1984, reboots the saga of paranormal booga booga with four funny ladies starring in what is essentially a séance gone wild. Asserting that anything the male Ghostbusters could do, they can do wackier, it is a movie of moments and ideas, most of them witty, some of them hilarious.

Unfortunately, the thinnest of refurbished plots is unable to meld the cerebral with the onslaught of special effects. It gets a bit out of hand.

Still, when isolated from the obligatory Sturm und Drang, the sketch comedy crafted by the endearingly enthusiastic Ghostbusters wins our affection. Each

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Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers Markets
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:06PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016
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This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the , with the lead sponsorship of , hosts the free annualin Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

Last year, the day was so hot and sunny. I even enjoyed getting my blood pressure taken by Berkshire Health Systems because I could go into a cool trailer for a few minutes. They gave me a nice, blue tote bag as a memento and to carry around my day's stuff in.

The weather is predicted to be in the mid-80s with sun and clouds for this afternoon of barbecue and other homemade foods, a basketball tournament, a stage with live music and vendors like Grampy's Dog House

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights abound. Performances of music by great Classical, Romantic and 20th Century composers, i.e. Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvorák and Vaughn Williams, take center stage, featuring outstanding examples of chamber and orchestral music by these iconic masters.

Why go? Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary music that contributes some modern-day spice to the mix and you have a week of future musical memories that define what Tanglewood is all about - the best of older and newly composed music.

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding

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'The Secret Life of Pets': Won't be Secret Fur Long
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
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While "The Secret Life of Pets" isn't quite "Lady and the Tramp" (1955), I've no problem mentioning the two kiddy flicks in the same sentence. Both are proof positive that you can learn a lot from the animals, especially the cartoon variety if they're as lovable as Max, a Jack Russell terrier voiced here by Louis C.K.

A contemporary variation of the iconic Tramp, who resisted domestication until romance curtailed his wanderlust, this Manhattanite is dedicated to hearth, condo and his master, Katie (Ellie Kemper).

When asked one morning by Gidget, the white Pomeranian next door who secretly loves him, if he had plans today, Max informs: "Yes, big, big

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Berkshire Tidbits: Corn Season
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Thewill hold its annualSaturday, July 16, from 5 to 11 p.m.

There's a choice of a steak dinner, $25, a lobster dinner, $25, or a steak and lobster dinner, $40. Dinners include a salad, corn-on-the-cob, a baked potato and dessert. Or, hot dogs and hamburgers may be purchased separately.

The cash bar is open at 5 and remains open throughout the evening. Dinner seating is from 6 to 8. After dinner there will be a live band with dancing, a raffle and more.

The event takes place at the Tolland Public Safety Complex, 206 West Granville Road/Route 57.

Call 413-258-2859 or 413-537-8886 for tickets.

 

Sculptor and photographerhad to cancel the talk she was to have had at the , 6 Harris

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Summer Music at its Best: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
11:51AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming, with inspiring and thought-provoking concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, diversity is the watchword: from an all-Mozart evening to Ives and Gershwin; from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to the cutting-edge orchestra “The Knights” performing arrangements of Cat Stevens, The Troggs and Bob Dylan. And, as always, there’s heartfelt chamber music: this week by Brahms and Alban Berg.

In New Lebanon, N.Y., at Tannery Pond, there’s a not-to-be-missed evening of solo piano music (Schubert, Franck, Liszt and Hough), to be performed by MacArthur (‘genius-award’) Fellow-virtuoso pianist/composer

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'The Legend of Tarzan': Doesn't Monkey Around
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:00PM / Saturday, July 09, 2016
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David Yates, director of several "Harry Potter" films, does a respectable job of both preserving and translating for contemporary tastes "The Legend of Tarzan." Although a tad methodical, its high-minded social conscience, solid acting performances and scintillating integration of special effects make up for its occasionally slow pace.

Alexander Skarsgard, handsome, built to rumble and adept at varying grimaces, is a fine King of the Jungle ... an extraordinary presence who can illustriously switch from human to ape mode whenever the survival instinct deems necessary.

This latest permutation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' literary hero can glide through the trees with

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