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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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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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Images Cinema Launches a 'LEGO Drive' to Benefit UNO Community Center
03:46PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema continues its family-friendly film series Bright Young Things with a documentary about one of the world’s most successful toys.

In August, Images will screen "A LEGO Brickumentary." Narrated by Jason Bateman, this kid-firendly documentary explores the LEGO universe of creativity and inspiration. The narrative will take us to art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduce us to Master Builders making movies, explore the world of LEGO therapy and bring us along to meet AFOLS (Adult Fans of LEGO), each with amazing stories to tell. A LEGO Brickumentary explores the essential nature of human creativity and the ways we seek to build

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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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'Trainwreck': What Raillery
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:05PM / Thursday, July 23, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Universal Pictures

Point of disclosure No. 593: My favorite film genre is the screwball comedy ... movies like Preston Sturges's "Sullivan's Travels" (1941), "The Great McGinty" (1940), "The Lady Eve" (1941), and George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), to name an iconic few.

While director Judd Apatow's very funny "Trainwreck," about a wayward career lass's search for love and truth, can't hold a candle to those romantic comedy classics, it's at least in the same movie house, just a different row. Evincing

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Bennington Museum Marks Year Filled with Acquisitions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:57AM / Thursday, July 23, 2015
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Bennington Museum offers some things old, some things new and, thanks to the considerable generosity of donors over the last year, a great many more things not borrowed.   The museum held a celebration on Tuesday evening to recognize the benefactors who have added a record-setting number of artifacts and artworks to its permanent collection over the last 12 months.   "This is something we've never done before because this has been a remarkable year for acquisitions," Executive Director Robert Wolterstorff told the crowd gathered for the after-hours event.   "I rely on [curator Jamie Franklin's] memory for this, and he tells

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The Classical Beat: Festivals Showcase Musical Innovation
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
11:24AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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During late-July, the classical music festival “high season,” anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include a celebration of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” by the phenomenal "The Knights" chamber orchestra, great symphonies by Mozart and Mahler and, for daring listeners, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is continuing its ongoing three-week Summer Music Festival of new music, curated by renowned Bang on a Can (BOAC) composers Michael

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'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': Growing Up, the Hard Way
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:36PM / Sunday, July 19, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Fox Searchlight Pictures

I hope that, per J.D. Salinger's lifelong dictum, there is never a movie adaptation of "The Catcher in The Rye." However, should such sacrilege come to pass, Thomas Mann, the contemporary epitome of teenaged angst and alienation in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," would be a perfect Holden Caulfield.

Likeable, aggravating, touching and emotionally informing, his Greg, who during senior year of high school forms a tender bond with the title girl, wins our empathy while sharing with us his seriocomic coming of age

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The Classical Beat: Berkshire Night, McDonald at Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:03PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be unforgettable.

Classic and Romantic composers Mozart and Schumann, featuring their chamber, vocal and orchestral music masterworks on two successive nights, start the ball rolling; even more Mozart follows on Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon.

Why go? Add to the above the appearance of Broadway actor/musical theater/singer superstar Audra McDonald and the superlative Emerson String Quartet and you have a week of future musical memories that define what Tanglewood is all about - the best of the best.

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your

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