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Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:16AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
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Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11.

As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

Great performers interpret iconic music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide. Read below for the details.

• The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a program entitled "Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'

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First Annual 'Mastheads' Writers Residency Kicks Off In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Wednesday, July 05, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Mastheads have launched.   Five writers will be spending the month of July working out of small studios placed throughout the city. The studios are all inspired by 19th-century authors as part of an art, history, and architectural project headed by Tessa Kelly and Christopher Parkinson.   The program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, is in its inaugural year and on Monday the architects, the authors, and the community launched the program at Hotel on North.   "Our project became a means to find common ground with other thinkers in the Berkshires, many of whom are here and who share an interest in exploring ways that the

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Artist Creates Explorative Sculpture Based on Hoosac Tunnel
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:51AM / Saturday, July 01, 2017
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The mountain peaks are made from connected triangles. Sambruce began assembling the pieces in April for the mid-June opening. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Wesley Sambruce brings his reflections on the Hoosac Tunnel to life in Kidspace with an interactive sculpture that asks children and adults alike to explore courage.   Lofted in Kidspace in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Sambruce built a portal into another world. Flipping back the tunnel's heavy veil opens to meandering pathways paved with poetry, crawlways dropping off into unexplored caverns and open vestibules with hanging tendrils — all inspired by the 4.75-mile Hoosac

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'Beatriz at Dinner': Manifesto Under Glass
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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There isn't any doubt what writer Mike White had in mind when he penned "Beatriz at Dinner."   His insightful parable, brought to life by Miguel Arteta's skillful direction and a superb cast starring Salma Hayek in the title role, takes place at the very crux of humanity's social ills.   Expect diagnosis, but alas, no cure. You see, beneath the dramatic layers, both disingenuously polite and blatantly hateful, it's about the money. As my rich big sister Ann says, "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money."   Oh, it wasn't much different before we invented the stuff. Back then, the love of

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'Live on the Lake' Lineup Starts 16th Season on July 5
03:58PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union and Live 95.9 WBEC FM will host their "Live on the Lake" community concert series for the 16th consecutive season on Wednesday evenings from July 5 through Aug. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield.

License to Groove opens this year’s concert series on July 5. Whiskey City follows on July 12, with The Bomb on July 19 and Shyne on July 16 rounding out July. In August, On Tap will perform Aug. 2, Wildcare on Aug. 9, Legal Tender on Aug. 16 and Hotshot Hillbillys on Aug. 23.

"Live on the Lake concerts are a Berkshire summer tradition and Greylock, in partnership with Live 95.9 WBEC FM, is

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Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox 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 imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance concerts that are sure to attract audiences. Here's a preview of

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NEA Chairman Sees, Hears About Pittsfield's Cultural Renaissance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:01PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The creative forces in Pittsfield didn't have to work hard to convince the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts that the arts can be a powerful force in community and economic restoration.    Jane Chu was, if anything, way ahead of them.    "We believe that there's something in the arts for everyone and there's something for everyone in the arts," she said, adding, "At the heart of why people want to be in a community is because they want to belong, and they want to find meaning, and they're looking for vitality that may be on the level of looking for things to do but also 'I want to contribute

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'The Mastheads' Inaugural Writers' Residency Launches in July
03:11PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Mastheads Writers' Residency Program is set to launch its inaugural monthlong residency on July 3 with a launch party at Hotel on North.

Five writers from around the country will converge on the city, each paired with a private studio for a month-long residency, complemented by city-wide public programming and events.
 
The brainchild of husband and wife architecture team Chris Parkinson and Tessa Kelly, The Mastheads project recognizes Pittsfield's legacy of writers of the American Renaissance, including Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Between the years of

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Review: 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage Company A Relevent, Beautiful Musical
By Nancy Salz, Special to iBerkshires
02:36PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We were downright perplexed as we entered the theater.

How can they possibly turn that nearly empty stage into turn-of-the-century America in all of its complexity? We're supposed to be seeing the great, big musical "Ragtime," but all that is in front of us is a hint of a set bathed in old-fashioned sepia tones. We seem to be in a Victorian house, but there are just a few wooden chairs here and there, an old upright piano off to the right. Perhaps more furniture is under the old canvas tarps draped at the sides of the empty, slightly-raised wooden floor.

Slowly a young boy, who we learn is from a wealthy, suburban white family, emerges

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'Cars 3': It Thinks it Can, It Thinks it Can
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:27PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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Point of disclosure: I am a lifelong, died-in-the-wool car enthusiast. As a child I spent endless hours on the floor pushing toy cars around, speeding under the kitchen table, through my mother's legs, around the linoleum perimeter, over the saddle leading to the foyer for the long straight to my bedroom. There, circling to the cheers of my other toys, I issued an acknowledging "zoom, zoom, rhoom, rhoom," then scooted back into the hallway and made a hairpin right into the carpeted living room, the off-road part of my imaginary Indy 500.   Thus I know and embrace firsthand the special, magical relationship some of us humans have with the spiritual successor to Old Dobbin,

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