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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': Graphic, Indeed
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:38PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Eva Green is graphically nihilistic in the violently uncomical comic world of 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.'

Whether you call it beautifully ugly or repulsively beautiful, there's no denying that Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is fanatically violent. That's doubtlessly the intent.

While some of the cutting-edge ideas and eye-popping visuals surely impress the gray matter, after a while enough is too much. I like to think I've evolved far and away from any distant ancestors' appetite for the random mayhem

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The Mom Review: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Tanglewood
By Rebecca Dravis,
10:58AM / Monday, August 25, 2014
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The first time I brought Noelle to Tanglewood, she was 18 months old. Needless to say, she doesn't remember the trip to see a family-friendly matinee orchestra concert with her cousins who were visiting from Oregon. 

Those cousins at the time were about the same age as Noelle is now, so it seemed appropriate to bring her back to Tanglewood this summer to experience a place I have loved since I was a kid growing up in Pittsfield.

Noelle plays the viola, so I knew she would enjoy an orchestra show, but I didn't think she had the patience to sit through a full-length "regular" concert. But when I saw that Tanglewood was hosting a screening of

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'Wait, Wait' Returns to Tanglewood
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57PM / Sunday, August 24, 2014
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LENOX, Mass. — Peter Sagal has made a career of speaking truth to power ... at least those who might be listening on Saturday morning when his wildly successful radio show, "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" airs on National Public Radio stations across the country.   The show is billed as "the NPR news quiz," and each week Sagal and a rotating panel of humorists break down the week's news and crack legions of fans. The topics range from front-page current events to anecdotes worthy of "Ripley's Believe It Or Not."   Sagal said that while much of the show's material is gleaned from minor news stories, Sagal's fans tell him that

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'The Giver': Once More Into the Apocalypse
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:49PM / Friday, August 22, 2014
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) learns about the joys and dangers inherent in humanity from his society's memory archive, Jeffrey Bridges, in 'The Giver.'

The good thing about the apocalypse, if you happen to survive it, is that the society that then evolves is so nice and orderly … everything in its place, y'know. No anger, competition, hunger, strife or pestilence. Boy, they sure learned their lesson. And gee, all the architecture is so neo-Guggenheim museum.

The bad thing is, it's a stultifying bore. Which is why Brenton Thwaites' Jonas, the starry-eyed

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'Magic in the Moonlight': Casts Its Spell
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:18PM / Thursday, August 14, 2014
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Colin Firth and Emma Stone plumb the mysteries and cheats of love in Woody Allen's latest tricky romance.

It is an annual cinema treat Woody Allen fans anticipate with gleeful curiosity. First rocking our funny bones with "Take the Money and Run" (1969), like Old Faithful the director has knocked them out like sausages.

Approaching octogenarian status, with "Magic in the Moonlight" he again sets us to categorizing. Is it full genius funny, whimsically philosophical, filled with metaphors alluding to his controversial relationships, or just generously witty and

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Cambridge Opera Company Back for Seventh Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Hubbard Hall Opera's artistic director knows audiences will flock to one of the company's August productions.   She hopes just as many people will discover the troupe's other offering.   Hubbard Hall Opera opens its seventh season on Wednesday evening with a pay-what-you-will performance of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."   Artistic Director Alexina Jones is confident the venue's patrons will be anxious to hear the operatic staple.   "We try to choose a classic and then a little bit of a lesser known work," Jones said of her programming choices for the 2014 season. "We did 'Cosi Fan Tutte'

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Moved to Thursday
12:11PM / Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The streak of Wednesday rainstorms this summer has caused the annual Downtown Celebration to be moved to Thursday night.

The street fair runs this Thursday from 6 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

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Tanglewood's Everyday Dining Offers Tasty Choices
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:50PM / Monday, August 11, 2014
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LENOX, Mass. — We go to Tanglewood for the best music of the summer. Many listeners come with picnics in tow but our dining expectations for the prepared food Tanglewood offers may not be so high.

Time was, a local baker or caterer would be contracted to bake giant chocolate chip cookies for that summer. Or, big chocolate brownies another summer. That was when we were lucky.

Times have changed.

In addition to fine dining for donors at Seranak, on the hill overlooking Tanglewood; and fine dining, newly for the public this summer, at Highwood mansion, concertgoers may pre-order picnics-to-go. They can wander around and pick up grab-and-go sandwiches or salads or SoCo ice cream or

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Clark Art Expanding Reach, International Collaborations
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
12:47AM / Monday, August 11, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's recent reopening brought its world-traveling collection back home.

But the Clark's international cred was firmly established long before that.

The Clark is one of the few art museums that serves as a leading international center for research and scholarships. The institution's research program and academic programs offer fellowships and conferences.

"In terms of art history and museum work, the Clark has been an international collaborator at least since the 1960s," said Assistant Deputy Director Thomas Loughman. "It has been central to our identity particularly for the past two decades."

And, in 2000,

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Kushi Summer Conference Features Healthy Food Truck
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:36AM / Sunday, August 10, 2014
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BECKET, Mass. — Food trucks are everywhere — even here in the Berkshires.

Following Saturday's mini food truckfest at the Pittsfield Farmer's Market, a macrobiotic food truck is being featured at the 2014 Kushi Institute Summer Conference on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Hearty Eats from Shelburne Falls and created by Andrea Beaudoin, a recent Kushi graduate, will be parked at the first-ever Kushi free local Berkshire food and vendor fair Sunday from noon to 4.

The Kushi Institute calls itself "the leading macrobiotic educational center in the world" and that is probably true. The Kushi Foundation, of which the institute is a division, was founded by the late Michio Kushi

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