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'Hail, Caesar!': I Come to Criticize, and Praise a Little, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:51PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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While love has been a major theme of motion pictures since the medium's inception, Hollywood hath no greater love than that of itself. Thus it was only a matter of time before the filmmakers Coen, les frères Ethan and Joel, would sing a paean to the industry where they've so consummately plied their artistry. Set in the 1950s, the last, so-called glory days of the studio system, the deliciously parodic "Hail, Caesar!" starring Josh Brolin as fixer Eddie Mannix, is both adoring homage and acerbic satire.

Movie buffs will have a field day identifying the characters both scandalous and heroically upright, even if the Coens themselves claim no direct allusions, but

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Berkshire Tidbits: Valentine's Delights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:52PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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This week's Tidbits has to start with the first Throwback Thursday social media postings on Feb. 11 to begin 20th anniversary, 413-458-0123, 777 Cold Spring Road/Route 7 in Williamstown. Friday evening, Feb. 12, will feature a 1996 throwback dance party and celebration after dinner at 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, Valentine's Day weekend dining and drinking plays right into the celebratory atmosphere.

Since the summer of 2010, Mezze has been in the renovated lovely building and grounds that still housed the county-popular, longtime Le Jardin traditional French restaurant when owner — originally chef/owner — Nancy Thomas first opened Mezze as a small

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Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery.

The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient.

Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

"We hit it off, we both had the same vision of what we wanted," said Matt Tatro last week in the newly furnished dining room of Grazie on Marshall Street. "We're both hard working guys, family oriented."

Moresi said it was the right partnership, with each

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Berkshire Tidbits: Chinese New Year Banquet, Food Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
07:51PM / Monday, February 08, 2016
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It's midwinter and full of food delights! Events, holidays and special deals on delicious foods.


For football fans, Sunday is Super Bowl in more ways than running through a stadium field with a pointy-ended ball. It's super bowls and bowls and platters and pans of gooey and rich, crunchy and spicy, salty, smoky, savory and sweet everything comfort foods. I'll go into local wings later.

Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House in Lenox on Chinese New Year's Eve.

We

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'Jane Got a Gun': Misfires
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:35PM / Thursday, February 04, 2016
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A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.

But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into American big business.

Alas, this latest example trenchantly reminds that there's no going back to the idealistic cowboy yarn. Nope, life is tough, and

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Images Cinema Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration
12:33PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema celebrates 100 years as a continuously operating theater this year. To mark this momentous occasion, Images will host a number of special events and screenings throughout the year, culminating with a special cinematic celebration at the theater on Nov. 30, 2016 — 100 years to the day that the first film screened in Williamstown.

In November 1916, Hiram C. Walden converted a former Williams College fraternity house into a movie theater, promising to screen only “high class” fare with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years later, movies are still screening at 50 Spring St., making it one of the oldest continuously operating

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'The Boy': Best Seen by Mistake
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
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There is only one reason or excuse to see director William Brent Bell's mediocre horror film, "The Boy." Luckily, such circumstances and the manner in which your humble auditor viewed the movie in question serendipitously ameliorated what would have otherwise proved a night at the Bijou, ruined. To follow my prescription, first you and a good friend must be closed out of the movie you originally intended to see because of a projector snafu. Then, with the clock ticking and après-theater dinner plans hinging, you pick a film, any film, with start and end times that fit.

Call it the "Sometimes you Get Shot out of a Cannon Method of Movie Selection." While not

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Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:38PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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  At Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! this Thursday, Chez Nous baker/co-owner Rachel Portnoy says she and her husband, chef and co-owner Franck Tessier will be, "diving into an exciting new cookbook by one of our favorite local cookbook writers, Darra Goldstein: Fire & Ice, Classic Nordic Cooking. All of the menu and recipes will be inspired by this gorgeous new book."   She said, "The menu will be inspired by the sea." Franck will be making and demonstrating how to make "brined ice cellar salmon, followed by crispy fried fish with a Nordic winter salad,"   And for dessert, Portnoy will bake a Swedish almond cake, a wild blueberry and cranberry

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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At

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Burns Suppers Celebrate Scotland's Favorite Poet & Haggis
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:18AM / Friday, January 22, 2016
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Monday, Jan. 25, will be the Scottish poet Robert Burns' 257th birthday.

The poet and lyricist, collector of folk songs, farmer and liver-of-life-to-the-fullest, was so beloved that, only a few years after his early death at the age of 37, friends began the tradition of celebrating his birthday with merriment, music, feasting, dancing and drinking which persists into the present.

Scots and fans of the poet all over the world still celebrate his birthday with bagpipes, readings, singing, feasting and drinking — eating haggis and other, more elegant fare; drinking stout, ale, beer and scotch. Burns Night Suppers now happen all over the globe, pretty much in the same manner whether

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