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'Exodus: Gods and Kings': And Frogs, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:51PM / Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Filmgoers expecting some world-changing revelation from Ridley Scott's retelling of how Moses led the Israelites out of bondage will probably be disappointed by "Exodus: Gods and Kings."

Save for the usual dabs of poetic license that no iconic saga can escape when given the epic movie treatment, it is apparent that the director's chief impetuses are tradition and responsibility. As such, combined with the best special effects we mortals can conjure some 34 centuries after the real miracles were to have taken place, he is largely

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Clark Art to Charge Admission Starting Jan. 1
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute on Tuesday officially posted its new admission policy, ending a long-standing practice of free admission November through May.   Beginning Jan. 1, adult admission to the galleries will be $20, according to the museum's website.   Admission will continue to be free for members, children under 18 and students with valid identification.   "We are also very happy to announce that we are instituting a new program of free admission on the first Sunday of each month from October through May," Clark Director of Communications Victoria Saltzman said in an email on Tuesday.   "In addition, we will continue to

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Clark Library to Close Over Holiday Break; Museum Bustling With Activities
11:23AM / Monday, December 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Clark Art Institute’s library will be closed from Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015, in order to accommodate construction activity in the library’s public spaces.

The timing of the closure has been coordinated to minimize disruption to the collection and to ensure that the library is fully operational when students and scholars return from holiday breaks.

The museum itself is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but will be closed in observance of Christmas Day on December 25 and New Year’s Day on January 1.

During school vacation week, the Clark hosts a free film festival and a series of free intergenerational yoga classes.

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Clark Art Receives Never-Exhibited Winslow Homer Painting
02:05PM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute recently received the gift of a significant, rare commissioned portrait by Winslow Homer.

"Charles Prentice Howland (1878)," an oil painting that has never been publicly exhibited, was donated to the Clark by the sitter's granddaughter, Susan Montgomery Howell. The painting, which had remained with the family since 1878, will be on view at the Clark beginning Dec. 12.

"We are grateful to Susan Montgomery Howell and her family for giving the Clark this important, little-known painting, which will now be enjoyed by the public. I have long known Charles Prentice Howland's namesake, C.P. Howland, so it is a true

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'The Pyramid': Pointless Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:56PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
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I have seen my share of horror movies, some gruesome, some absolutely terrifying, others jump- out-of-your-seat shocking and many just plain dumb. But when it comes to simply making its principal characters torturously and unceasingly miserable, director Grégory Levasseur's "The Pyramid" takes Miss Havisham's cake. This is typical B-movie horror, structurally unchanged since the subgenre took form in the 1950s. All that's missing is the forgivable innocence of nascency and the hokey effects that, in retrospect, made such films laughably campy.

There is a

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Night of Comedy Planned to Support North Adams Youth
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wayne Soares will bring an evening of comedy to the American Legion this weekend to support local youth.

Wayne Soares actor, comedian, entertainer, and professional emcee will perform at Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 on Saturday evening to raise money for children and youth programs of the American Legion and the State Street Neighborhood Kids.

"I am going to come in and do my act and make some people laugh," Soares said. "I think it's the perfect time because it is around the holiday, people are in a good mood with Christmas cheer and the whole nine yards, and most importantly it is for a good cause."

Soares has been a regular

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Mass MoCA Goes Big With Upcoming Renovation, Season
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts has some big things in store — both literally and figuratively.

After Executive Director Joseph Thompson and his staff announced a packed winter and spring season on Wednesday, Thompson led a tour of  "Building 6," which is slated to be renovated into usable gallery space.

The renovation, which will nearly double the exhibit space, is happening thanks to a $25.4 million state grant announced in November and private donations that MoCA hopes will total $30 million.

Right now, Building 6 is a large, cluttered and cold storage space in a strangely fashioned triangular building that is shaped as it

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Begins Recruitment for 2015 Season
01:29PM / Monday, December 08, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Theatre Festival, under the direction of Mandy Greenfield, artistic director, is now accepting applications for its prestigious training programs for the 2015 season, which give invaluable on-the-job learning opportunities for performers, directors, writers, designers, technicians and administrators.

Although the Tony Award-winning theater is perhaps best known for its acclaimed productions and top-notch talent, the Williamstown Theatre Festival also offers one of the nation’s top training programs for theater artists.  Each summer roughly 250 aspiring theater professionals are given a hands-on, fully immersive introduction to the world

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MCLA Receives Additional 'Improving Teacher Quality' Grant
12:47PM / Monday, December 08, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) program, has received additional funding for the 2014-15 academic year from the commonwealth’s Department of Higher Education.

In addition to MCLA, the Berkshire Early Learning Lab ITQ program – a United States Department of Education-funded formula grant, also known as Title II Part A – includes the North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Regional and Northern Berkshire School Union school districts, Child Care of the Berkshires, Berkshire Head Start, the Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass

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'The Theory of Everything': Just a Matter of Time
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:20PM / Friday, December 05, 2014
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Director James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything," a touching and informative film about the work and romantic life of physicist Stephen Hawking, will have you wishing a cup of tea. A nice throwback to a time-honored genre, it is oh so properly British.

Detailing the famed theoretician's life both before and after he is struck with motor neuron disease, it's all quite stiff upper lip and all that, old man. As such, it is an uplifting paean to the human condition as well as an endearing love story, enlightening by way of its

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