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New York Style Italian Eatery Opens in Downtown Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:41AM / Saturday, August 06, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu.    When he moved to the Berkshires a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. So last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street serving lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.   Brooklyn's Best intends to be exactly what the name the suggests — bringing the best Italian food from the New York City that Savino remembers as a child and that same vibe from those small

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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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Berkshire Music School Board of Trustees Elects New Officers, Trustees
01:01PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Music School Board of Trustees held its annual meeting on June 21, at which time new officers were elected in addition to four new trustees.

Several trustees have completed their terms and were recognized for their years of support. Outgoing trustees include Lyndon Moors, Vickie Hornstein, Sarah Kohrs, Paul Sundberg, Roger Suters and James Wojtaszek.

New officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year are Kate Barton, president; Jeffry Bradway,vice president; Marianne Hall, secretary; and Laura Rosenthal, treasurer. New trustees are Brenda Burdick, Lynn Festa, Paul Houston and Jean Stackhouse. Trustees continuing in their current three-year terms are Gina

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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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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmstands and Fairs
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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In this height of farmers' market season — stands full of local corn, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, zucchinis and so much more — 60 and over are finally being distributed in Berkshire County starting this week.

The coupons are also available for disabled people under 60 who live in congregate housing that has a meal site such as Crossway Tower in Lee, Providence Court in Pittsfield and Heaton Court in Stockbridge.

The income level for farmers' market coupon eligibility is 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Participants in the federal supplemental food program for Women, Infants and Children/WIC also "receive these nutrition benefits in the summer

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'Star Trek Beyond': Once More Into the Allegory
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:09PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" has a built-in likability factor, just a few notches below Mom and apple pie. Therefore, in the never-ending quest for objectivity in film criticism, the question must be posed: If one had been in a coma since before Gene Roddenberry created the "Star Trek" phenomenon, and upon awakening were shown this latest venture to where no one has gone before, what would he or she think of it?

Don't dwell on the inherent sadness of how young our viewer must have been when lapsing into a coma. It's hypothetical. But his name is Billy.

The contention here is that, more than likely, while dining on the requisite graham crackers and

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Galleries, Music Set for DownStreet Art on Thursday
03:53PM / Thursday, July 28, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its second session on Thursday night with the openings of four new visual art exhibits, live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances, and a night market that features local food and craft vendors.

"This year's 'Meet Your Neighbors' theme spotlights not only the amazing institutional resources available to us, but also the talented artists living and working alongside us here in North Adams and the surrounding community," said Jennifer Crowell, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The center, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, coordinates the summerlong event.

Part of that

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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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Circus Animal Ban Heads to Pittsfield City Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Dan McGinnis refuted the claims that the animals are being treated poorly. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council will be asked to decide whether to ban elephants and other non-domesticated animals from being used for entertainment.   Animal advocacy group Berkshire Voters for Animals has proposed the ban, aimed primarily at circuses. While there hasn't been a circus in the city since 2008, the advocates hope to make sure one never returns.   The group had previously pushed for a ban in Dalton, where a circus is held annually, but voters there rejected the ban.   "While Pittsfield does not have an annual circus event, the city has hosted circus events in

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