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'Battle of the Sexes': We've Come a Long Way, Baby
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:44PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
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Watching Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's "Battle of the Sexes," about the events leading up to the famous gender war/tennis match on Sept. 20, 1973, between woman's champion Billie Jean King and former great Bobby Riggs, I tried to remember what I thought at the time. I like to think I applauded the dispelling of prejudices and welcomed the renaissance it boded for the human race. Surely I didn't opt for the he-man stance, afraid what it might mean to my manhood if a female bested a male in something other than childbirth. Nah, I couldn't have.   It's mindboggling. While the more advanced, higher-educated segments of the world's populace have more

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Area artists rally to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center
11:43AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 area artists are joining their creative forces to make 100 hand-painted ceramic mugs in support of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The project, Vessels for Change, will culminate in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m.

For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center donors will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website.

Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at

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Jacob's Pillow Offers Year-Round Programming Through May
01:01PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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BECKET, Mass. — After celebrating its record-breaking 85th anniversary season, Jacob's Pillow announces new, expanded fall, winter and spring programming as a main component of Vision '22, a strategic approach to the Pillow's transformation into a year-round center for dance research and development and a civic partner in our region.

Highlights include the launch of the Pillow Lab and the In Process Series, a series of 12 customized artist residencies open to an intimate, invited audience; year-round events consisting of convenings, social dances, Pillow Pop-Up performances and community programming; and co-presentations with Berkshire County cultural partners including

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'Brad's Status': What's It All About, Alfie?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:31PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017
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In "Brad's Status," Brad Sloan nearly drives us crazy with his unremitting regret and self-doubt as he accompanies his son, Troy, played by Austin Abrams, to look at colleges in Boston. Oh, we all do it. That's how we keep score. It's just that Brad, portrayed by Ben Stiller, is especially effective in showing us how unattractive this practice seems if not kept in check. Still, we are compelled to commiserate, appreciating that Stiller's imaging of the neurotic, 21st century everyman adds an insightful chapter to the human comedy.   Written and directed by Mike White, Brad's travail is entertaining in that alternately painful and bittersweet way, when

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'Mother!': Oh, Brother!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:22PM / Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Fearing that I might be scarred for life after seeing Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" I am happy to relate that slowly but surely the grotesque concepts and visions of this postmodern horror film are dissipating from my fragile and offended psyche. I mean, I am safe, aren't I? Hopefully it's not part of a grander trick.    This is sinister stuff, intentionally as well as through the error of its haughty self-indulgence. Oh, dear reader be cautious. It starts out with intriguing eeriness ... even a bit Hitchcockian. No offense, Master. But that's just to suck you into its ugly movie Hell.   For sure there will be a cult following by virtue of its violent

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Clark Art Celebration Honors Contemporary Artist
03:23PM / Monday, September 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In celebration of the life and work of contemporary artist Helen Frankenthaler, the Clark Art Institute plans a weekend of special events, including musical performances and public lectures, on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept, 24.

The events coincide with the Clark's special exhibit "No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts" (on view through Sept. 24) and "As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings (on view through Oct. 9).

"No Rules" explores Frankenthaler’s inventive and groundbreaking approach to the woodcut. The artist began creating woodcuts after her previous experimentations with lithography, etching and screen

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'The Good Catholic': It's a Matter of Faith
By Michael S. Goldberger,
02:01PM / Friday, September 15, 2017
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Filmmaker Paul Shoulberg's "The Good Catholic" is a convenient, pocket-sized edition of ruminations just right for the soul in search of a quick philosophical challenge. While there's nothing new about this tale of temptation and the emotional tumult it sets in motion, the general quality of the human beings it brings to the fore proves most arresting.    There is a cathartic honesty in the story's perplexity ... an interesting look at faith as an improver of self and society.   Meet Zachary Spicer's Daniel, the nice young man who became a priest just in time to give his dying father last rites. Now serving in a small parish in Bloomington, Ind., his

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'Tulip Fever': When Speculation Was in Bloom
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:24PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
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A fascinating backdrop for an intricate if not convoluted, seriocomic love story that could have very well been written by Nöel Coward gives director Justin Chadwick's "Tulip Fever" an arthouse cachet. But while patience is a virtue, the esoteric appeal of this costumed affair set in 17th-century Holland may require more virtue than the general moviegoer wishes to expend. All the same, for those unfamiliar with the financial frenzy that speculation in tulip bulbs created during the era in question, its intrigue deserves a study even if you pass on seeing the film.   Viewed in a greater, historical perspective, not unlike the frantic rush by everyday Americans to play

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Clark Art Institute Appoints New Director for Research and Academic Program
02:42PM / Friday, September 08, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has appointed Lisa Saltzman to serve as the Starr director of its Research and Academic Program.

Saltzman is the chair of the Department of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College and is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities. She will lead the program's international agenda of intellectual events and collaborations and will oversee the Clark's residential Fellows program, all based on the Institute's 140-acre campus.

"Lisa Saltzman brings exceptional qualifications and tremendous energy to her new role as the leader of our Research and Academic Program, and I am confident that she will enhance

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Cultural Council Announces 'EBT Card to Culture'
04:35PM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The state's "EBT Card to Culture" will offer low-income families access to more than 100 nonprofit arts, history, and science venues across the state through free or discounted admission.    State officials and cultural leaders formally launched the new program on Wednesday at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which offers free admission to cardholders. Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Baker-Polito administration, the EBT Card to Culture is considered the most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation to open doors to arts and cultural experiences for low-income families.   "In our new strategic plan, the

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