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Berkshire, Bennington Cultural Institutions Create 'Art Country'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joseph Thompson's been talking for years about creating a destination in North County that will keep tourists longer than a day.

The director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is convinced that trading up day-trippers for overnights, weekends or longer will cause a seismic shift in not only the way Northern Berkshire is perceived but exponentially increase the cultural economic impact on the region.

On Wednesday morning, Thompson was joined by the directors of four other major cultural institutions in launching ArtCountry.org, a collaborative designed to go beyond a simple "cultural corridor" and to think regionally.

"Our goal

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Wahconah's Apollonian Players Present '42nd Street'
11:47AM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Apollonian Players of Wahconah Regional High School will present the Broadway musical extravaganza "42nd Street" on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 1 and 7 p.m.  

The play is under the direction of Pamela Fortlage-Gold, assisted by Liz Daniels, with musical direction by Ann-Marie Desautelle and choreography by Vickie Hornstein.

One of showbusiness’s most classic and beloved tales, "42nd Street" tells the story of Peggy Sawyer ((Aleksandra Tsangarides), a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 31-April 6
11:55AM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     March 31 - April 6,

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'Life': No Bowl of Cherries
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
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I'm tempted to give away the ending of director Daniel Espinosa's "Life," an extremely tense but run-of-the-mill outer space adventure that was heading for an only so-so rating even before its curiously misanthropic finish. I'd be doing you a favor.

Sure to be shocked, the viewer is left wondering why Espinosa, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would paint such a depressing conclusion. You mean that's it? That's where we're headed? Well then, let me kill myself now. Even Schopenhauer, the granddaddy of pessimism, would be depressed.

Unable to recall another film that imploded so devastatingly in the last two minutes, canceling out

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'Beauty and the Beast': The Fairy Tale as Civics Lesson
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:12PM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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"Beauty and the Beast" is much more than "escapist entertainment," a term I rail at. I couldn't slip into a theater for a few thrills, spills and worse yet, laughter, when I know outside Rome is burning. That's just the kind of hairpin I am. I believe society should be fashioned in a manner so enlightened that there is nothing from which to escape. OK, this is pie-in-the-sky stuff. I like to say it to irk the cynics who not only deride my view as unfeasible but who, I suspect, would prefer the current Sturm und Drang to peace and harmony. Why else would they have invited it?

That paints a rather grim picture, and so here's where the latest Disney

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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 spending plan would create serious problems for the creative economy.

"The real travesty is this is actually taking money out of the pockets of people who are trying to keep food on their table while teaching kids," Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows said this week.

"[Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.] may not feel their personal connection with the arts, but their kids do. This is all part of that fabric. It's doing the next generation a disservice to yank that."

"That" would be the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the federal programs that would

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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural.   The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art currently and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the future.   "The goal is to basically get public art and expression on the street," said TDI Fellow Amewusika "Sika"

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'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:55PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017
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While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Kong: Skull Island" asserts independence from the original, 1933 legend, as well as the 1976 and 2005 remakes, it is all the same, a throwback, a good old adventure yarn. To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience."

The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations. But despite some modernizations and nods to contemporary sensibilities integrated into the ethos of the tale, there is one heartening fact. Indeed, on this unchartered, South Pacific island where Charles Darwin would have enjoyed a veritable feast of evolutionary

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Pittsfield Shakespeare Presents 'Twelfth Night'
02:15PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, announced that its fourth annual free outdoor production will be "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's delightful comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities.

Directed by Artistic Director Enrico Spada, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community, including many favorites from past Pittsfield Shakespeare productions.

One of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck, a countess surprised by her capacity for love, a servant who oversteps his place

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Barrington Stage Company Names New Managing Director
12:31PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has announced that Michele Weathers will assume the role of managing director of Barrington Stage Company beginning March 13.

Current Managing Director Tristan Wilson departs the company in May after the completion of the renovation of the theatre's new home at the Wolfson Center, 122 North St.

Weathers comes to Barrington Stage Company from PlayMakers Repertory Company, having recently served as the theatre's interim managing director under the leadership of Joseph Haj and Vivienne Benesch. In New York, she was the assistant general manager for the Off-Broadway production of "In The Heights" and also served on the

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