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Mass MoCA Hosts Community Day with Free Admission on Saturday
03:52PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mass MoCA will host its annual Community Day, with free admission for all, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. End the day by dancing along to M.A.K.U. Soundsystem’s mash of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and Caribbean grooves, up in Club B10 at 8 p.m.

The annual community celebration is brimming with art-making, gallery tours, live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, a free screening of "Museum Town" directed by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, and tons more to inspire and explore.

Also, Kidspace turns 20 this year, and everyone is invited to join the festivities to celebrate two decades of bringing engaging exhibitions and a vibrant

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'Dolittle': Physician, Heal Thy Self
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:51PM / Thursday, January 23, 2020
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It was early in director Stephan Gaghan's "Dolittle," the umpteenth permutation derived of Hugh Lofting's 1920 novel, "The Story of Doctor Dolittle," when I began to bemoan my choice of occupation. Little on the screen could dissuade me from the self-pity. So, I resorted to fantasizing. What would have been so terrible about being a podiatrist?   "Madge, anyone left out there?"   "Yes, Dr. Goldberger, Mrs. Berkowitz, your 5:30, is your last."   "Send her in. How are you, Mrs. Berkowitz? Corns still bothering you?"   "Oy, don't ask, Dr. Goldberger. And I think it's worse from the walking around at the

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10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Returns in February
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, January 17, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The expanded 9th annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to cure those winter blues this February with a new emphasis on outdoor recreation.   Mayor Linda Tyer announced this year's festival events Thursday at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary along side Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath, Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner, and Becky Cushing of Mass Audubon as a way to recommit to the city's efforts to capitalize on its recreational economy.    "The art festival has amazing events and programs that give us something to look forward to in the winter months," Tyer said. "This year's

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'1917': Mistaken Destiny
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Anyone with half a brain knows that there's no such thing as a war movie … that there are only antiwar movies, of which director-writer Sam Mendes' "1917" is an iconic example. They also know that this harrowing, R-deserving delve into the bowels of humankind destroying each other with whatever new, technological device available to them, is a symptom of a species not yet civilized.   So of course, exiting the theater after receiving this booster shot of a reminder that thou shalt not kill, a cynically overwhelming shadow took center stage of my thoughts. Doubtless, all through this country, in hollows from hinterland to urban ghetto, and all through the

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'Little Women': The Halberstadter Excuse
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:27PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
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The seventh film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," exquisitely chiseled to fully expected, classic standards by director-writer Greta Gerwig, jogged my memory. I specifically remember the exact day in Dr. Halberstadter's class at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College when the good professor warned us that upon occasion even the best of us would have our objectivity challenged.    Wearing the Mr. Chips-like tweed suit I was certain I'd one day emulate should I follow his path into academia, the doc wrote "In Cold Blood" on the blackboard and launched into his diatribe: "I hate this recently released movie based on Truman Capote's

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Berkshire Museum Names New Chief Engagement Officer
11:16AM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum welcomes Hilary Dunne Ferrone as chief engagement officer.

Ferrone has 25 years of experience in nonprofit strategic planning, philanthropy, program development, and management for arts, higher education and government organizations, most recently as the interim director of Institutional Advancement for Bard College at Simon's Rock.

As chief engagement officer, Ferrone will be a key member of the museum leadership team, responsible for all aspects of community engagement, including fundraising, membership, foundation grants, corporate and community partnerships, special events, new program development, and communications.

"Joining

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Images Cinema Presents 20th Century Women in Film Series
01:57PM / Tuesday, January 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women's activism and advocacy from then until today.

From January through May, Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers. Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

"I was inspired to put this series together by the confluence of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and all

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'Uncut Gems': Frenetic: [fruh-net-ik] Filled With Excitement, Activity, or Confusion: Wild or Frantic
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires columnist
05:14PM / Friday, January 03, 2020
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Adam Sandler's partially tour de force and indubitably frenetic portrayal of New York Diamond District jeweler/gambler Howard Ratner in "Uncut Gems" is a wildly disturbing adventure yarn, the purpose of which I'm still trying to figure out. Neither a comprehensive character study of its anxiety-ridden, addictive personality nor a scientific delve into the protagonist's torturing affliction, Howard's pillar-to-post rampage in quest of that ultimate score courtesy of a raw, Ethiopian opal will leave you shockingly exhausted.   Nonetheless, when I recently issued that quasi-deterring cautionary to an acquaintance, she seemed even more anxious than before to

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Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year
02:25AM / Friday, January 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Downtown North Adams is glammed up for the new year, thanks to an artistic collaboration among the city of North Adams and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and Fine and Performing Arts Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street. Visitors who wish to read more about the artists and obtain a walking map can isit MCLA Gallery 51 at 51 Main St. in North Adams.

"We wanted to ignite Main Street in a way that reflects the rich and eclectic arts community that works here, studies here,

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Ventfort Hall Plans Trip to See Sargent Charcoals
03:41PM / Friday, December 27, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is offering a day trip to New York for an exclusive viewing of the exhibit titled "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal" at the Morgan Library & Museum slated for Wednesday, Jan. 8.

This is a rare opportunity to view with an art specialist 53 charcoal portraits by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), America's greatest portrait painter of his time. These drawn works of art represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice – they number more than 750 in total - and demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological insight and mastery of light and shade that animate

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