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Art Briefs: Music, Performances on Tap for August
04:16PM / Monday, August 02, 2021
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Barrington Stage Company, as part of its Black Voices Matter initiative, is sponsoring "Celebration of Black Voices," a free five-day festival on Pittsfield's West Side, with free events celebrating the local Black community through artistic engagement.    The festival will take place in an outdoor pavilion at the Polish Community Club, Linden and Center streets, from Wednesday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made here.    Community involvement is a key element to this weeklong event, and there are ample opportunities for everyone to participate — from talent show to

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Schedule and Policy Changes at the Berkshire Museum
04:27PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Special hours will be in effect next week as the Berkshire Museum prepares for the Aug. 6 grand reopening of its fully-renovated second floor.    The museum will close early at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, and will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2 through 5. The Berkshire Museum reopens Friday, Aug. 6, with an all-new second floor complete with five new exhibitions.   Beginning with Member Preview Days on Aug. 2, all Berkshire Museum visitors ages two and older will once again be required to wear protective face coverings throughout their visit and will not be permitted inside the building without a mask or other suitable face

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Clark Art, Images Present Norwegian Film Series
12:13PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Throughout August, the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema present four Norwegian films in conjunction with the exhibition "Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway."    This virtual film series is free, and each film can be viewed online for a week.    The series kicks off with "Catching the Flame" (Astrup: Flammen Over Jølster) (2019), directed by Pål Øie. The film tells the life story of Nikolai Astrup, one of Norway's greatest and most original painters. Growing up in a strict religious community, Astrup broke with his father, a Lutheran priest, at a young age and escaped to the continent to immerse

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County Cultural, Entertainment Venues Get $9M in SBA Grants
02:33PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
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The @SBAgov's SVOG program was a major piece of the #AmericanRescuePlan designed to help economic drivers bounce back. The @Hoophall was one of 33 agencies in CD-1 that received this funding which totaled over $20million. More here: https://t.co/LaWXNVEmBp pic.twitter.com/0yfjyrK560

— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) July 26, 2021 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County cultural venues were awarded more than $9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration funding to alleviate the impacts of having to close during the pandemic.   Grants ranged from $2.7 million for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and $1.5 million for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in

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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Williamstown's Summer Sundays Return with Focus on Arts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Bob Lafond does not mind people bothering him when he works.   "Earlier this year, I was painting for a while on the streets of North Adams," Lafond said this week. "People became familiar with me, and they would wave or say, 'I love your stuff' and things like that. Eventually they would have the courage to come up and ask a question.   "I just keep painting away."   And on Sunday, Lafond will be painting on Spring Street as part of the Williamstown Cultural District's first Summer Sundays event of 2021.   He is one of three artists who will be creating work on the street -- and welcoming questions

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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Images Fundraiser To Preview New Show
12:31PM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — Images Cinema will host a "sneak preview" of the first episode of "Hudson Falls," a new comedy/drama/mystery series, on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30 PM.    This special event will be a fundraiser for the nonprofit theater and will include an onstage conversation with the cast and the creator/producer of the show, independent TV/movie producer Elias Plagianos of Clarkstown, NY.   "Hudson Falls" boasts a cast of stage and screen actors, who are planning to celebrate the development of this series at the Images Theatre special event, which will begin with a wine and cheese reception. They include: JESSICA HECHT —

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The Classical Beat: Visit Tanglewood For Classical Music Heaven
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:11AM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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Tanglewood is again open to the public at last, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) returns to concertizing with audiences in attendance. The BSO enters its second week, and the world-class summer music festival, though abbreviated, runs until ; the Popular Artist series continues for an additional week, from . The festival's outstanding events are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's an overview of the highlights:   BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads six BSO concerts. Daniil Trifonov is the soloist in Brahms' First Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 15 onand duo-pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen will perform Mozart's Concerto in E-flat for two

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright Explores Theme of Loss
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Saturday, July 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ngozi Anyanwu has been part of Berkshire County theater history before, and she returns this month to make some more.   In 2005, Anyanwu helped Barrington Stage Company make the transition from South County to the former Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield.   Sixteen years later, she is helping break in a new stage for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which this week kicked off its all outdoor 2021 season with a collection called "Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays."   It is the first time Anyanwu has worked in the region since '05, but she has fond memories of the experience.   "My first

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