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Mass MoCA Summer Filled With Music, Photography ... and 'Top Gun'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's no secret that Wilco is bringing its Solid Sound Festival back to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer. 

But in a packed summer season announced Wednesday morning, Wilco is being bookended by other high-quality musical performances, including Brooklyn-country stars The Lone Bellow kicking off the summer on Memorial Day Weekend and FreshGrass, MoCA's annual festival of bluegrass and roots music, wrapping up the summer shortly after Labor Day.

In between all that live music, the galleries will be filled with exhibits that offer traditional and modern takes on the art of photography, and the museum's Kidspace family gallery is

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Williamstown Native Seeks Support for Film Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional High School graduate Matt Bosson has the cast, connections and determination to produce his first independent short film.

Now he just needs the money.

Bosson will return to Williamstown on Saturday, March 21, to screen a scene of his short film, "Desperate Manny," at Images Cinema. He also will speak about the process of making a film, the IndieGoGo funding page he has set up to fund this film's production, and where life has taken him since graduating from Mount Greylock in 1984. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

"Desperate Manny" is the story of a man who finds himself

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'Cinderella': A Shoo-In
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:07PM / Thursday, March 19, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Walt Disney Studios

A recurring thought that comes to mind whilst viewing "Cinderella," filmed under the auspices of Walt Disney Studios, is the caring conservancy with which the time-honored story is told. A testament to the folk tale's enduring validity, its roots can be traced as far back as an Egyptian fable in the first century B.C. While director Kenneth Branagh doesn't reach quite that deep, his joyously splendid retelling, based predominantly on French author Charles Perrault's version and the 1950 Disney animation, exemplifies the art of breathing new life into

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Conforti Retiring From Clark Art Institute
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01:44PM / Thursday, March 19, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Michael Conforti is retiring after 20 years in leading the internationally known museum.

"It's a moment in time, really it's time," Conforti said of Thursday's announcement. "We've established such a special foundation with the building program virutally done.

"I'm very confident that there will be another level for the next director."

Conforti, recently named the Felda and Dena Hardymon Director in recognition of the Hardymons' donation of $15 million to the museum, will continue with the museum for the next five months as a committee is empaneled to search for his successor.

The

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Berkshire Art Association Honors 12 College Student-Artists
02:54PM / Monday, March 16, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Association has awarded fellowships for 2015 to 12 Berkshire college students.

Works include oil and acrylic paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and installations. The show was juried by a panel of artists and art professors representing several disciplines.

The artist students were honored at a show and reception at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on Friday, March 6, part of the First Friday Artswalk. Some $5,000 in awards were presented. The show runs through March 28; the Lichtenstein is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 to 4.

The BAA College Fellowship is open to Berkshire County residents enrolled as art majors at any

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'Chappie': My Fair Robot
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:11PM / Friday, March 13, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Sony Pictures

Sci-fi fans, techno geeks, open-minded moralists, dabblers in sociology and gamers should all find common ground in director Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," a slightly rambling but nonetheless satisfying conjecture on the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Gritty but often sweet, and as explosive as any modern special effects-laden film when the plot arrives at the push comes to shove part, where it mostly excels is in the philosophical, gray areas of human and robotic ethics.

Begging the title character's pardon for any unintended gender implication,

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Clark Art Institute Receives $15 Million Gift
04:29PM / Thursday, March 12, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has received a $15 million gift from Felda and Dena Hardymon that is one of the largest donations in the Clark's history. 

The Hardymons, residents of Berkshire County and Cambridge, have watched the Clark's evolution over the last two decades. While the gift was made to support the Clark's campus expansion program and ongoing activities, the Institute's Board of Trustees recently voted to name the director's position in recognition of their generosity.

The newly established Felda and Dena Hardymon Director position is held by Michael Conforti.     

"It has been a joy to watch the growth of the

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'Focus': Deceptively Entertaining
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:15PM / Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros.

Nitpickers who pride themselves on finding the flaws in films needn't pat themselves on the back too heartily for citing the Swiss cheese plot that comprises "Focus," a glittery con caper that's lots of fun despite its rampant implausibility. There are enough leaps of faith in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's stylish flimflam flick to start its own religion. But its biggest deception is getting us to accept slick and snazzy for true beguilement. Like the kid who knows Gramps isn't really pulling quarters from his ears, we delight in the bamboozlement all

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Mount Greylock presents 'South Pacific'
05:41PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — War, romance, human frailty and some of the most memorable tunes in the American theater will be on display at Williams College's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Mount Greylock Regional School's spring musical, "South Pacific: In Concert," will be staged at the venue on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 7 p.m.   Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the ugliness of prejudice and the perils of war.   Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French plantation owner with a past, Emile de Becque. Nellie learns that the mother of

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'Still Alice': A Sadness to Remember
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:31PM / Friday, February 27, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
Sony Pictures Classics

Exiting from a screening of "Still Alice," the heart-wrenching tale of a renowned linguistics professor's valiant struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a fellow viewer bemoaning the fragility of life adamantly apprised her pal, "which is exactly why I'm going to Costa Rica!" I analogously thought "Ferrari" ... as if some consolation prize could possibly assuage any fears of the life-stealing horrors just witnessed. . Oh, the angst. There are movies that you see over and over, and then there is this type. Powerful,

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