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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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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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Clark Curator Richard Rand Leaving For California Museum
10:04AM / Friday, February 27, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Richard Rand, the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Clark Art Institute, has accepted the position of associate director for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Rand, who has led the Clark’s curatorial team since 1997, will join the Getty’s staff in September 2015, succeeding Thomas Kren, who recently announced his retirement.

Rand has played a prominent role in enhancing every aspect of the Clark’s curatorial projects, including the three-year international tour of its French paintings collection, the growth of its special exhibition program, and the recent reinstallation of

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New Leaders Elected to Clark Board of Trustees
01:41PM / Friday, February 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — O. Andreas Halvorsen and Robert G. Scott were recently elected to lead the board of the Clark Art Institute. They succeed Peter S. Willmott, whose term ended on Dec. 31.

Halvorsen will serve as chair, while Scott will serve as vice chair.

Halvorsen is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Viking Global Investors LP, an investment management firm with offices in Greenwich, N.Y., Hong Kong, and London. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is involved in a variety of philanthropic activities and is a trustee of Williams College. Previously, he served on the

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Drury High Class Bringing Tony Winner to Perform at School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Friday, February 20, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management Class will bring in Grammy and Tony-winning artist Duncan Sheik to the high school this April.

Tucked away in the arts wing of Drury High School, you can find Jamie Choquette's Performing Arts Management (DPAM) class sitting around a table conference style and talk business.

At first glance, one would not think they were standing in a high school classroom as the students talk marketing, lighting specifics, ticket sales, and fog machines.

Many of these conversations are focused around Sheik, who rose to fame with his 1996 debut single "Barely Breathing" and continued his success on the Broadway stage with his

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'Fifty Shades of Grey': Black & Blue And in it For The Green
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:49PM / Thursday, February 19, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
 

The only film I ever walked out on was "In Cold Blood" (1967), about the gruesome murder of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, circa 1959. I was in college, had no readers to answer to, and, as testament to writer/director Richard Brooks' accurate adaptation of Truman Capote's book, the film seethed with unsettling depravity. Alas, I might as well have been tied down while viewing "Fifty Shades of Grey," a disingenuously marketed bore no matter how you color it. I was on the clock, and could only hope some great surprise awaited.

But

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Women Take Center Stage at Shakespeare & Company This Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:36PM / Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — In April, Shakespeare & Company will hosts a book signing for the release of founder Tina Packer's new book, "Women of Will."   This summer, the venue's season could be titled "Women and Will."   There will be Shakespeare aplenty, of course, on the company's Kemble Road campus and down the road at The Mount.   But of seven main and second-stage productions, four will be the work of contemporary playwrights: Lolita Chakrabarti, Jane Anderson, Yasmina Reza and Sarah Treem.   "The four non-Shakespeare plays are all plays by women, and that was very important to me," new Executive Eirector Rick Dildine said

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'Oscars in a Bottle': Gone to the Dogs
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:40PM / Thursday, February 12, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  

Dear readers, this attempt to apprise you of my picks for the 87th Academy Awards, to be broadcast Sunday night, Feb. 22, is a longshot, literally and figuratively. I can only hope my missive, sent telepathically from my current place or dimension — I'm really not sure which — reaches the news outlet you are now reading. I guess the great fault lies with my excessive viewing of science fiction films.

All that time spent in different universes, parallel realities, time continuum anomalies and ingeniously imagined, hypothetical existences, has taken its toll. Overthinking the Rubik

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Creative Business Marks One-Year Anniversary With Williamstown Storefront
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One year ago, two North County artists had an idea to spread creativity around the region by hosting parties that would offer novices simple instructions on how to paint a complete canvas.

Thus was born The Progressive Palette, and on the eve of its first birthday, the business has exceeded even the expectations of the two sisters — Kira Guidon and Sarah Holland — who founded it.

Over the last year, The Progressive Palette has hosted more than 200 public and private gatherings, hired a staff that includes another full-time employee besides the founding sisters as well as several part-time employees, and most recently moved into its very first

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Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald Highlight WTF Summer Lineup
09:37PM / Monday, February 09, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2015 Season, the 61st season for the Tony Award-winning theater company and first under Greenfield’s leadership.   

The season, which was announced Sunday Monday from the City Winery stage at WTF’s Annual Gala, runs from June 30-Aug. 23  with a Main Stage lineup that includes: a world premiere production of William Inge’s "Off the Main Road" (June 30-July 19), directed by Evan Cabnet and featuring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick in her WTF Debut; the world premiere of "Paradise Blue" (July 22-Aug.

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'A Most Violent Year': Risky Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:11PM / Friday, February 06, 2015
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by Michael S. Goldberger  
 

I take unusual pride in having very little business acumen, doubtless a result of my semi-hippy past and perhaps the reason this review of director J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" isn't being written on my yacht docked at some fairy tale atoll in the South Pacific.

But such is not the case with Abel Morales, a rising star in the highly competitive but very lucrative oil delivery business in New York City, circa 1981. If he can navigate through the many roadblocks being tossed his way by competitors, the DA and mysterious saboteurs, he just might become

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