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'The No-Collusion Oscar Picks 2019'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:23PM / Saturday, February 16, 2019
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The phone rang, as it usually does whenever I'm sitting in the third-floor witch's hat of my haunted Victorian home in some gothic-like, small New England town with a dark past, anguishing over my Oscar picks. The voice at the other end sounded like Alec Baldwin at first.   "Want to get all your picks right this year, Iceberger?" the caller asked.   "The name's Goldberger."   "Iceberger, Goldberger, what's the difference? You want to get them all right? Want to get them so right that you'll be tired of winning?"   "Well, sure, but who are you and what's in it for you, and how do I know you know who will

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Packer Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Shakespeare Theatre Association
01:00PM / Friday, February 15, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company's founding artistic director, Tina Packer, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Shakespeare Theatre Association.

She received the Douglas N. Cook Lifetime Achievement Award while attending the 2019 STA Conference in Prague. The award honors STA members who have made and are still making significant contributions to the field of Shakespeare Theatre.

"It was one of the greatest pleasures of my life to introduce Tina for the presentation of the Cook Award at the Lobkowicz Palace at the STA annual banquet in Prague," said STA Executive Director Patrick Flick. "The first sentence of my introduction was,

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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Celebrates Eighth Anniversary
08:41PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District presents the eighth annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, featuring an array of music, art, theater, dance, film, play, fireworks and more from Feb. 14-24.

Organized by the City of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 62 events in 14 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.

The 10X10 festival kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 14 with these events: the opening reception for the 10 Spot Photography exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, featuring regional photographers; 10x10 Intersection

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Barrington Stage Celebrates 25th Season With Four Premieres
01:01PM / Saturday, February 09, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The award-winning Barrington Stage Company marks its 25th anniversary season this year with four world premieres: A new musical from BSC's Musical Theatre Lab, "Fall Springs" by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro" by Stacey Rose; "American Underground" by Brent Askari; and Ragtag Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel," commissioned by BSC.    "For our 25th season we are celebrating some of the brilliant undiscovered playwrights whose work is on the pulse of what's happening in America today," said Artistic Director

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'They Shall Not Grow Old': When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
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"They Shall Not Grow Old," a haunting documentary commissioned by Britain's Imperial War Museum to commemorate the centennial of the conclusion of World War I is a brilliant homage, an artistic accomplishment and a must-see for film students, history buffs and cineastes alike.   While director Peter Jackson's numerous "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fantasies have long established him as a box office juggernaut, this 99-minute paean to all who found themselves engulfed, devastated, changed forever or killed in the war that was supposed to end all wars compellingly adds "groundbreaking" to the adjectives describing his filmmaking

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Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
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A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with

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WAM Theatre Announces Appointment of Four New Board Members
01:20PM / Friday, February 01, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre has appointed four new members to its board of directors.

Carolyn Butler, Margaret Fluhr, Ellen Ring, and Diane Scott join newly elected board President Wendy Healey, Vice President Arwen Lowbridge, Secretary Lynn Festa, and WAM Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, to lead the Berkshire-based company into its second decade.

"As we head into our second decade we have immense gratitude as we reflect on the service of all our past board members. All of them, especially our three past board presidents, Tammy Valicenti, Ashley Berridge, and Nicholas Webb, have been instrumental in the impact and success of WAM in our first decade,"

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Barrington Stage Names Winner of New Play Award
12:19PM / Friday, February 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has named Stacey Rose as the inaugural winner of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at BSC. 

Rose will be awarded $25,000 and her play, "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro," will receive a world premiere production at BSC. 

"There are few words for how honored I am to be the inaugural recipient of the Bonnie & Terry Burman New Play Award," Rose said. "Having the play produced, as well, meets and exceeds my wildest dreams for the world premiere of this play."

Set in the not too distant future, "America v.

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'Serenity': It's all Just a Big
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:52PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Viewing director Steven Knight's "Serenity, a film consumed with the notion that things aren't what they appear to be, I was uncomfortably reminded that I don't like to figure things out. I don't do puzzles, don't fancy mystery yarns unless they're old classics or approach the inventiveness of "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and if you ask me when train B will pass Train A if both leave their original locations at so and so time, I'll excuse myself, lie that I'll be right back, and head for the veranda for something less complicated, like a cocktail and maybe a few of those little hot dog hors d' oeuvres.   So, if you're looking for

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Berkshire Museum Names New Executive Director
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has named Jeff Rodgers as its new executive director, effective April 1.

Rodgers brings more than 20 years of museum experience to the Berkshire Museum's top job. Rodgers is currently the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.

"The Berkshire Museum is, and must continue to be, an integral part of the Berkshire community. The museum creates experiences that spark new thinking and new connections bridging art and history and the natural world," Rodgers said in a statement announcing his hiring. "Over the past few months, I've met with leaders from across the community and came

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