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Gift Sculpture Installed in Williams' Restored Reading Room
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The sculpture gracing the renovated reading room in the new Stetson-Sawyer Library was created by one of China's leading contemporary artists today: Zhan Wang.

"Artificial Rock No. 77," a modern-day take on the traditional Chinese "scholar's rock," was installed in its permanent home on Sept. 17, approximately two years after Susan Adler donated it in honor of the Williams College Faculty of Art and in memory of her late husband, Herbert S. Adler.

Herbert Adler was a chairman of the Williams College Museum of Art's visiting committee and the Williams Parents Committee, and a director of the Williamstown Art Conservation

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Town Players of Pittsfield Staging Williamstown Native's Play
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Saturday, September 27, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — New York City playwright Robin Rice Lichtig's family had a lot of firsts during her childhood years in Williamstown in the 1950s.

Lichtig herself was the first girl to attend Williams College, taking classes there while still in high school, well before the college went co-ed in the 1970s. One of her sisters was in the first class to graduate from the high school after it became the regional school it is today in the early 1960s. And Lichtig was one of the first interns at the newly formed Williamstown Theatre Festival.

This weekend, Lichtig will celebrate another first: the first time one of her plays is presented in the Berkshires.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the

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On-demand Publisher Shares Secret at WCMA
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, September 25, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Among the hundreds of titles available on the Publication Studio website is a tounge-in-cheek non-fiction offering titled "How to shoplift books."   Among the tips offered by author David Horvitz: "Put the book in your friend's bag when they are not looking."   You can find this out by reading the book — in its entirety — through the publicationstudios.biz website. But even though most of the Portland, Ore.-based, business' titles are available online, free of charge, Publication Studio's founder does not think that availability is cutting into its ability to sell books.   "Book sales have increased

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The Classical Beat: Concert at the Clark Realization of Dream
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Correspondent
11:48AM / Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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When most people think of classical music, several assumptions are made: this music is anachronistic, not of our day and age; it’s old, written by dead composers; and the focus is on the performers, especially if the piece is difficult to play.

I am that anachronistic entity – a living composer who writes music that can still be called “classical.” I take pride, in fact, in being part of a centuries-old tradition that (for me and a select minority of music lovers) still has meaning and a sense of timeless beauty.

Why do performers receive the lion’s share of attention over the composer? Because it’s easy to understand what they do

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'Autumn Fields' Opens Sept. 25 in Williamstown
10:55AM / Monday, September 22, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — "Autumn Fields," a new series by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey, will be on view from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31 at the Barbara Prey Gallery in Williamstown.

The exhibit features a new series of never-before-exhibited “plein air” paintings, many of the Berkshires. At once stylistically innovative as well as cognizant of tradition, Prey’s work is celebrated for her use of strong colors and emotive, transcendent explorations of the contemporary landscape.

As one of the key figures of 21st century landscape painting, Prey was appointed by the president of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the

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Clark Offers Special Free Hours for Magna Carta Exhibit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
04:56PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Freedom isn't free.

But thanks to the Clark Art Institute, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the founding documents of our freedom will be free -- if you have a child.   In response to overwhelming interest to the Clark's special exhibit, "Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution," the museum is offering free admission to adults accompanied by a child on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 26.   "We have had a lot of success with the Magna Carta show, especially with school groups," Clark Director of Communications Vicki Saltzman said this week. "We are actually at full capacity in terms of our

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'The Drop': Tells a Low-Down Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
 

Seething is the word that comes to mind as writer Dennis Lehane's "The Drop," about very bad doings in the underbelly of contemporary Brooklyn, unfolds. It seethes with ill will.

But what makes it even more disquieting is that, lounging at Cousin Marv's neighborhood bar, you mightn't know at first blush what illicit things happen here. You wonder, perhaps having an innocent pint or two, how often you've unwittingly sat amongst those involved in the most perfidious of pursuits.

Cousin Marv's, you see, run by James Gandolfini's Marv, is a drop

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Clark Art Receives $118,000 to Digitize Book Collection
01:11PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has been awarded a $118,737 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize significant volumes from the Julius S. Held Collection of Rare Books in the Clark library.

These materials will be made available through the library's digital collections interface; the Internet Archive; the Getty Research Portal; the Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth; and the Digital Public Library of America.

Museums for America grants help museums address their key needs or challenges, enabling them to provide better service to their communities. The Clark will digitize 185 of the collection's 283 volumes and

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10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Seeks Submissions
12:45PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the city of Pittsfield, the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is seeking submissions for the fourth annual festival, which will be held throughout the city's Upstreet Cultural District from Feb. 12-22, 2015.

Last winter's expanded 10X10 festival creatively enlivened downtown Pittsfield for 11 days from Feb. 13-23, 2014. The dynamic mix of art, dance, film, music, theatre, comedy and more drew over 4500 patrons to downtown Pittsfield to experience more than 75 performances, events and art exhibits. In 2014, more than 480 artists participated or had work featured and over 300 new works were created specifically for

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Williamstown Orchestra Focused on Community, Performance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School freshman Niku Darafshi knows about playing in orchestras with people of varying age groups.   When she was a kindergartener at Williamstown Elementary School, her mother lobbied to have the budding violinist be allowed to participate in school orchestra, previously an activity reserved for pupils in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.   "I was playing with all these sixth graders, and I was in kindergarten," she recalls. "I got to learn from them because I was so young. ... Now, there are kids in the orchestra from kindergarten all the way up to sixth grade. I'm happy about that."   And she was

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