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Tanglewood Wraps Up Classical Season; Shanghai String Quartet at Music Mountain
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
04:46PM / Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Tanglewood's classical programming winds up this week to make way for a series of popular artists, such as Diana Ross and Sting.

This week, Tanglewood concludes its 2017 classical programming, culminating with the always-anticipated traditional final concert, on Sunday, Aug. 27, featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony, preceded by Charles Ives' "The Housatonic at Stockbridge," from his three-movement orchestral suite, ‘Three Places in New England' – a magical, transformative and inspiring hymn to nature.

Before the Ninth, and the "Popular Artists Series," there are three exceptional programs you should consider

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Mass MoCA Announces Fall Season Works, Performances
04:34PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Nick Cave's 'Until' closes on Sept. 4 after nearly a year in Building 5. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art heads into the fall with the 7th annual FreshGrass Festival on Sept. 15-17, a weekend devoted to bluegrass and progressive roots music and wraps up the season in mid-December when Sundance Theatre Lab returns for its annual residency program.    In between, Gabriel Kahane is back with new music based on his recent two-week cross-country Amtrak journey; The Weepies take the stage for an unplugged performance; exhibiting artist Lonnie Holley dives into music; Sam Green & Kronos Quartet team up

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Review: Musician's Sixth Thriller A Joy to Read
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:10PM / Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Violinist/author Gerald Elias, associate concertmaster with the Utah Symphony and Boston Symphony violinist "in residence" at Tanglewood as a BSO violinist, is also a novelist. A graduate of Yale University, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet, and music director of the "Vivaldi By Candlelight" concert series, Elias is a busy man.

For all this, he finds the time and passion to dedicate himself to a completely different art form – and to, over the years, excel equally at that "secondary" activity.

Elias is a master storyteller/novelist, who has published six thrillers – all combining

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'Menashe': The Child is Father of the Man
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:04PM / Friday, August 18, 2017
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While director Joshua Z. Weinstein's "Menashe" is on first blush a touching look into a child custody battle being waged by Menashe, a Hasidic grocery clerk in Borough Park, Brooklyn, further reflection reveals a much larger, equal opportunity meditation about the human condition.   Therefore, just as with the much underrated documentary, "Deli Man" (2014), the slogan "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's real Jewish rye bread" also applies to this Yiddish-spoken film with English subtitles. The sociologically curious of every stripe can find value here.   Still, like the response from the grandma who is asked if chicken soup, oft

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Eclipse Mill Pottery Exhibit Offers Art You Can Hold In Your Hand
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "I'll Drink to That" is a veritable wonderland of handcrafted vessels: delicate celadons, chunky tankards, prim porcelains, bowls with heft and inventive shapes.   The group exhibition at the Eclipse Mill curated by potters Gail and Phil Sellers and Arthur De Bow, gallery manager at MCLA Gallery 51, features more than two dozen artists who sculpt functional art out of clay.     "I think it's really cool when you have an exhibit of something that's as simple as a cup and then you get to see so many interpretations of what a drinking vessel is,  is just amazing," said Stephanie Boyd of Williamstown, who

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'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will

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Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:15PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and vocal music by Bach, Dvořák, Schubert and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of area classical offerings on the

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Review: 'Company' Hits A Home Run at Barringston Stage
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
11:48AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hugh Jackman has it. The young Robert Redford had it – that preternatural ability to exude charisma and magnetic sexiness even when standing stone still. Aaron Tveit has it, too, in addition to his impressive singing, dancing and acting skills.

Tveit is the star of Barrington Stage's "Company," one of Stephen Sondheim's biggest hits, and he is just the tip of the talent iceberg in this simply fantastic production. "Company" premiered in April of 1970, and while it's not quite as relevant today as it was back then – when marriage was more de rigueur – it still resonates with its humor and irony. Practically the

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Wrestling Company In Time Crunch to Get Permits to Use Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Truly Independent Wrestling is having trouble settling into its new home.   The fairly recently formed company is planning to hold monthly wrestling shows and workshops teaching sports entertainment. The independent promoters formed last year and held shows in Pittsfield and recently signed a lease at the Berkshire Mall, utilizing space in the former Old Navy store.   But the building inspector has concerns and wants more documentation filed before the next show on Aug. 26. The wrestling promoters say they did what he asked. Both claim the other hasn't been responsive to requests.    The organization moved to the mall and scheduled its

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Citizens Group Protests Berkshire Museum's Planned Art Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Saturday, August 12, 2017
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The group of citizens are hoping to put a halt on the sale of the artwork and engage in a larger conversation about how to fix the museum's financial woes. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Save the art, pause the sale. Save the art, pause the sale.   That's what was chanted outside of the Berkshire Museum on Saturday morning by close to 50 community members who want to halt the museum's plans to sell some 40 pieces of artwork in an effort to straighten its finances.   The Berkshire Museum has averaged a $1.1 million annual deficit over the past decade and has crafted plans to completely revamp the museum.   That, however, includes auctioning off some $50 million

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