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Review: Do Not Leave at Intermission of 'Into the Woods'
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
10:47AM / Friday, June 28, 2019
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The story of Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods" only appears to be over at end of the first act of this farcical and entertaining mash-up made from four Brothers Grimm fairy tales. While everyone is about to live happily ever after, Act I is really a foreshadowing of the pay-back set forth Act II.

Bring your mind as well as your sense of humor to Barrington Stage's fine production of this musical theater classic.

As the show begins, The Baker (Jonathan Raviv) and his Wife (Mara Davi) are on a quest. They desperately want a child but are unable to conceive. The Witch (Mykal Kilgore) has cursed them, and to undo it, she demands four items: a cow as white as milk from

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'The Dead Don't Die': Having Fun With the Oxymoron
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:36PM / Thursday, June 27, 2019
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I'd be impressed if I learned that a history prof in some U.S. university was showing his class director Jim Jarmusch's zombie/horror/comedy "The Dead Don't Die" as an instructive metaphor for the zombies down in Foggy Bottom. It might be a stretch, but then again, c'mon.   Possessed of no morality and dedicated only to their perverse survival, the sudden infestation of the undead in previously peaceful, Centerville, Pennsylvania, is fraught with tidbits of parodic wit, the satire there for all who are willing to recognize the real horror that threatens us.   In his latest example of off-the-hook, avant-garde filmmaking, wherein he pays tongue-in-cheek

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A Deeper, Darker Exhibit Debuts at Berkshire Art Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, June 27, 2019
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Dan Wolf manipulated negatives to create creepy to horrific artworks. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Museum opens its sixth season by dipping into dark matter — art that's slightly twisted, disturbing, tortured, sorrowful, disastrous and, well, dark.    That's the theme running through "Not Just Another Pretty Picture," a group exhibit that opens on Thursday at 6 p.m. during the first DownStreet Art of the season.     "I like to do shows that I can relate to and also I feel that maybe are a little bit underrepresented in galleries," said museum founder Eric Rudd. "Gallery dealers will tell you what sells are

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DownStreet Art Kicks Off 12th Summer of Art on Thursday
03:55PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season of gallery openings, exhibits and performances this Thursday.    The annual summer event is a prelude this year to the Solid Sound Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that opens on Friday. But while Wilco and the gang have the weekend, DownStreet Art continues with monthly events through the summer.    Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center coordinates the summer art

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Tanglewood's Learning Institute Opens This Week
12:03PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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The summer concert season has arrived, and how fortunate are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires or Southern Vermont, at what can only be described as "music and cultural central." It's clear that this will be an especially exciting and brilliant festival season.

Here are my recommended picks of the week for the upcoming concerts and related events to be experienced in venues at three of our most noteworthy regional music festivals.

Tanglewood

One of the most anticipated events of Tanglewood's 2019 music season - the official opening weekend of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and Tanglewood Learning Institute programs - will take place June

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Gearing Up for Old and New Pop Idols
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:32AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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Alan Freed. Queen. Earth, Wind & Fire. Southside Johnny. These are among the treats awaiting Berkshire pop and dance enthusiasts in the week before July 4.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Older folks surely remember the pioneering DJ Alan Freed, who practically invented rock 'n' roll radio (for white listeners) back in the day. The music was considered dangerous in the beginning and Freed was a pied piper leading teenagers astray. Now, at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Caiola Productions presents a new musical, "Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," starting Thursday June 27. The show runs through July 21.

Even those who don't

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'Late Night': Funny Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:17PM / Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Somewhere between my wild youth and the acquiescence to middle-class mediocrity if not respectability, there was my bachelor pad era. The Cohens, a childless couple who had no designs on a single-family home until they inherited one, had relinquished their pink apartment on Pingry Place. And thus, after a bribe, unbeknownst to me, from my Mom to the super, the digs were mine.    I later learned that said financial inducement was followed by regular sub-rosa gratuities in return for information on yours truly's comings and goings. In Mom's defense, I think she had a FISA warrant. And yes, this indulgent preamble has everything to do with director Nisha Ganatra's smartly

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Tanglewood's New Learning Institute Is A Bold New Chapter
by Stephen Dankner,
11:36AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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For many music lovers, Tanglewood, on the Lenox/Stockbridge border, virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into the exciting, imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony’s website, tanglewood.org, to easily access the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

The exciting news from the Boston Symphony is the opening at the Tanglewood campus of the Linde Center for Music and Learning and the new programs of the constituent Tanglewood Learning Institute. This bold initiative

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Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing: There's Both This Week on Local Stages
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:12AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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Downtown Pittsfield Third Thursdays — TL Collective

Each third Thursday of the month, streets are closed in downtown Pittsfield and all kinds of music rocks the city. Featured June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dance Zone at the north end of the street festival is TL Collective, the athletic, family-friendly contemporary and hip-hop moves of Micaela Taylor's company. The group performs an evening length work "Drift." The aim, according to organizers, is to "demonstrate an individual's ever-changing relationship to self while exposing a personal season of self-growth."

You can find the dance zone near the corner of Bradford and North Streets in front of St.

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'The Spy Behind Home Plate': Glove, Mask, Cloak-and-Dagger
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:05PM / Friday, June 14, 2019
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"Get your scorecards. Get your scorecards. Can't tell the spies from the conspirators without a scorecard."   Such was just one of my thoughts after seeing filmmaker Aviva Kempner's fascinating, incredible and rather mind-blowing documentary about Morris "Moe" Berg, Major League catcher, Princeton (B.A.) and Columbia (LL.D.) graduate, speaker of 12 languages who studied Sanskrit at the Sorbonne and, oh, almost forgot, spy for the OSS.    Psst ... He was assigned to help undermine the Nazi atomic bomb program during WWII.    But what drives you crazy as you partake of Kempner's scholarly and entertaining treasure trough of the superbly

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