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Berkshire History Theatre to Present 'I Am Pittsfield' at Arrowhead
03:56PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire History Theatre, in collaboration with Berkshire Historical Society, will present a new “Historic Pittsfield” play, “I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century” from Aug. 13-29 in The Red Barn Theatre at Melville’s Arrowhead on Holmes Road.

Based on actual historical incidents culled from both written and oral history sources, “I Am Pittsfield: The Immigrant Century” explores the struggles and triumphs of successive waves of ethnic immigrants – Irish, African-American, French-Canadian, Polish and Italian – who arrived and settled in Pittsfield during the period 1840-1940.

Written and directed by

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'Irrational Man': Crime & Academics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  

Each new Woody Allen film is inevitably judged against his body of work. Although generally unfair, it's deserved in the case of "Irrational Man," a dark and brooding meditation on crime, punishment and whatever else the auteur happens to have on his mind. He's good at that ... taking a plot and, in a cinema version of doodling abstractions on a notepad, filling the scenario with all sorts of stuff concerning the human condition.

While this tale about a fabled scalawag of a college philosophy professor doesn't blow us away, it's still time spent with a pretty smart

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The Classical Beat: Thrilling Music at Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
09:33PM / Tuesday, August 04, 2015
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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 chamber music by Brahms featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax; violin concerti by Sibelius and Glazunov; 20th century and contemporary vocal music; ballet music of Stravinsky; Schubert’s immortal song cycle “Winterreise,” and much more.

 

At Tanglewood this week

• Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The three timeless piano trios (violin, cello and piano) of Brahms comprise this program. The stellar ensemble showcases the impeccable matching of three supreme talents: cellist Yo-Yo Ma,

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'Southpaw': Winner by a Split Decision
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:02PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Weinstein Co.

The stark realism of director Antoine Fuqua's emotionally charged "Southpaw" belies the fact that you've seen this classic boxing saga at least a couple dozen times before, if not more. Oh, they get changed up a little bit, depending on the era from whence they emerge, but the plot is inevitably familiar.

The protagonist, usually of little intelligence and bereft of an upbringing that might have prepared him for a more traditional occupation, grapples his way to varying measures of success the only way he knows: with his fists. And it appears to be going along

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Joan of Archetype: Playwright Explores Timeless Theme With Classic Story
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13PM / Thursday, July 30, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company audiences come to venue year round to see historical dramas and new works.   This summer, they get both rolled into one.   Thursday marks the world premiere of Jane Anderson's "Mother of the Maid," which tells the story of Joan of Arc through the eyes of her mother, played by the company's founding artistic director Tina Packer.   Like the Shakespeare histories that are a staple at the Kemble Street venue, "Mother of the Maid" uses the famous and the infamous to explore timeless themes and makes the events of yesteryear relevant to a contemporary audience.   "Jane has taken a classical story

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The Classical Beat: Don't Miss Tanglewood, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:51PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Tanglewood in Lenox is the place to be this week for brilliant and unforgettable performances. Why go? To experience the symphonic masterworks of Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich, while fabulous guest artists such as the masterful pianist Garrick Ohlsson, phenomenal singers Dawn Upshaw and Matthias Goerne, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will take center stage in the Shed.

Add to this the all-day spectacular audience favorite "Tanglewood on Parade," and you can expect another week of large-scale, not-to-be-missed stellar performances.

For something uniquely different but just as eagerly anticipated, consider attending Tannery Pond Concerts in New Lebanon for a

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Local Author Publishes Book On Northern Berkshire Trains
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:25AM / Monday, July 27, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local writer Kristen Demeo is releasing her latest book, "The Rails of Northern Berkshire," about how the trains changed the region.

The St. Stanislaus Kostka School teacher said she hopes this book will both educate and reconnect people with the past.

"It's a book that celebrates trains and the kinds or the emotions people might associate with it and through that I share my own story and how the trains came into my life," Demeo said. "In doing that, I hope to have people recollect how trains fit into their lives."

She said the book delves into the history of the railways of the Northern Berkshires and their establishment in

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