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Gladys Knight, Roomful of Teeth, Gershwin Highlight Busy Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
08:14PM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

These may be the dog days of August, but pop and new music — and musical theater — abound throughout the Berkshires. Beginning with John Williams' music and Gladys Knight in separate concerts at Tanglewood, it's a full schedule as summer winds down.

Tanglewood

Regular concert-goers have a second chance (after "Star Wars”" last week) to enjoy the music of film score legend John Williams. The Shed hosts the Boston Pops at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. "John Williams' Film Night" is a treasured evening at Tanglewood every year. The conductor is David Newman, with Williams introducing the evening. No films, just Williams' wonderful Hollywood

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'EforAll' Touches Down in Berkshire County
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

EforAll's David Parker was impressed by how collaboratively local leaders worked together to bring in the program. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield and the larger Berkshire County community are welcoming the local launch of Entrepreneurship for All, a nonprofit aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs find success.   A group of local, community, and business leaders introduced the Berkshire chapter of EforAll at co-working space Framework on North Street on Monday morning.    "As we stand shoulder-to-shoulder as we are today we can be transformative and today we welcome EforAll to the city of Pittsfield and Berkshire County," Mayor Linda Tyer

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Inauguration 2016
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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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Pittsfield's Ward 6 Candidates Vow to Serve Constituents
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:08AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Only three of the four candidates for the preliminary showed for Monday's debate. Missing is Joseph Nichols.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The candidates seeking to represent Ward 6 on the City Council expressed how much they cared — sometimes passionately — about their neighborhood and its residents at Monday's debate.    Four names will be on the preliminary ballot but only three candidates showed for the debate held by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted at Berkshire Community College. The moderator was radio host Larry Kratka and Pittsfield Community Television aired the event.    Edward Carmel, Craig Gaetani and Dina Guiel Lampiasi took

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Pittsfield Community Development Approves Two Marijuana Cultivator Site Plans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board approved two site plans Tuesday for marijuana cultivation establishments.   The first site plan is from J-BAM LLC that wants to open an indoor cultivation facility at 71 Downing Parkway, the former Coca-Cola warehouse.   "Basically the marijuana will be cultivated in modules, which will be manufactured off-site and brought to the facility," Sarah Gapinksi of SK Design Group, said. "It will be a hydroponic grow operation."   Gapinksi said J-BAM only looks to use 16,000 square feet of the 20,000 square-foot structure. The current owner of the building will maintain 4,000 square feet for its own

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society
11:52AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that

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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Offer Concluding Concerts
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
10:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tanglewood concludes its 2019 classical programming this week, culminating with two "heavy hitters": John Williams' Film Night, performed by the Boston Pops on Saturday, Aug. 24, and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony ("Choral"), performed on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Shed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with stellar vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – all under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

For all that, the upcoming program at Concerts at Tannery Pond promises to be memorable: The phenomenal Miró String Quartet offers a program of

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Pittsfield Candidates Debate Needs of Ward 5
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Moderator Larry Kratka asks questions at BCC.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three candidates running to represent Ward 5 sought to differentiate themselves in the first debate of the 2019 election season on Monday night.    Jonathan Lothrop, Eugene Maselli, and Patrick Kavey — seated in the order their names will appear on the ballot — took questions in Room K-111 at Berkshire Community College. The debate, moderated by radio host Larry Kratka, was sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted by BCC; Pittsfield Community Television broadcast the debate live.    The three candidates are running at this point to earn one of two spots on the

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday
12:15PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.   The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.   On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.   Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last

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Review: 'Fall Springs' is a Musical With a Message
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:49AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Can a musical comedy convey a serious message?
 
"South Pacific" addresses race relations and WWII while also making us smile with "There's Nothing Like A Dame" and "Honey Bun."

Combining two approaches is the difficult goal of the promising new musical "Fall Springs," which is having its world premiere at the Barrington Stage. And they manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, but well enough to provide a very entertaining evening in the theater.

"Fall Springs" is best described as a serious farce – with the themes of fracking, science versus disbelief,  and age versus youth. Confused? Perhaps this description of the

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Marchetti Wants to Continue Providing 'Professional Leadership' to Council
By: Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Monday, August 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council President Peter Marchetti feels he's brought "professional leadership" to the city and he wants to continue doing so.   Marchetti is again seeking re-election to the council. which will be his ninth campaign for council and 10th for elected office in the last two decades. He's had what he calls a "political rollercoaster" when it campaigns — he's either one of the top voter-getters or he loses — since his first unsuccessful run for council in 1999.   "In 2001 I ran again and was top vote-getter. I kind of had a political roller-coaster career. In 2003, I lost. In 2005, I was 100 votes from the

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Moon Looks to Bring Diverse Views to Council in Re-election Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, August 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At a ward meeting, Helen Moon was elated to see a young woman in her 20s take a seat in the audience.   At ward meetings and at the polls, it is often the same group of people making their voices heard. But this woman wasn't someone Moon had heard much from in the past so it makes her happy to see more and more people involved.   "The way that city government works is we are making decisions for people who vote all the time instead of people who don't vote. I still think that the people who don't vote still need representation," Moon said.   The woman heard about the Ward 1 meeting through a bi-annual newsletter Moon sends out.

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