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Retiring Clark Art Director Leaves Lasting Impression
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Saturday, August 29, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For two decades, Michael Conforti has been the face of the Clark Art Institute that he has radically helped change.   Although the most obvious manifestation of that change is the major expansion of the Clark's physical campus, Conforti hastens to emphasize that "a building is only a building."   The building project largely completed last summer was driven by and serves a programming expansion that began shortly after Conforti took over as the Clark's director in 1994.   And Conforti notes that neither the programming nor the new campus were created or implemented by him alone.   "I think the accomplishment is a

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'Mile in Her Shoes Art Show' Seeks Participating Artists
12:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and Elizabeth Freeman Center are teaming up to call out to artists to participate in the inaugural Berkshire County “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Art Show.”

The art show is being held in conjunction with the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Men’s March against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, which is scheduled for Third Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The Walk a Mile Art Show presents artists and community members with an opportunity to create wearable art for a great cause.  Artists may enter one or more pair of shoes. The shoes must be new and never worn, and they should be

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The Classical Beat: Chamber Concerts Blossom Throughout Region
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music.

This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you’ll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood’s acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be heard to best advantage; a

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Berkshire Venues Participate in Last 'Free Fun Fridays' of Summer
11:45AM / Friday, August 21, 2015
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BOSTON — The Highland Street Foundation's seventh annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, includes several Berkshire County institutions in its last two weeks.

“The Highland Street Foundation’s ‘Free Fun Fridays’ provides access to the best  exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the Commonwealth have to offer,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I join the Highland Street Foundation in inviting residents from across Boston and around the state to take advantage of our rich cultural community by

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'Ricki and the Flash': No Flash in the Pan
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:02PM / Thursday, August 13, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  

Seeing Meryl Streep dissolve into rock musician Ricki Rendazzo in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash," it occurred to me how lucky I am. The simple facts of chronology precluded me from seeing baseball players like Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb ply their craft. But in that fickle, sometimes great equalizer of fate, I've had the opportunity to witness the Great Streep's career, right from the beginning. A few films in, I actually disliked her in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) because she gave my man Dustin the gate. I have since forgiven

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Is Wednesday
03:11AM / Monday, August 10, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's annual block party takes over Main Street this Wednesday.

The 19th annual Downtown Celebration runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Main, Eagle and Holden streets with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation.

More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected this year, offering refreshments, games, crafts, raffles and information.

Attendees can expect to see stilt walkers, magicians, games, and performances.

Quite a few organizations are offering activities for families to enjoy. First Baptist Church will host a children's activity area with bounce-houses and food near the L-Shaped Mall

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'Van Gogh's Ear' to be Presented in Great Barrington
02:36PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theatrical and musical group that combines fully staged dramas with live chamber and vocal music, has partnered with the Clark Art Institute to present “Van Gogh’s Ear” from Thursday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the American Institute for Economic Research, located at 250 Division St.

Tickets are $85 per performance or $99 for a package ticket that includes admission to the Clark’s Van Gogh and Nature exhibition, on view through Sept. 13. View showtimes or purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 413-458-0524.

Richard Kendall, the Clark’s curator at

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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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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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