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"Draft Day": It's a Coin Toss
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:04PM / Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Kevin Costner cogitates on who he'll pick for his fantasy football team in the insidery 'Draft Day.'

Director Ivan Reitman's "Draft Day" dramatically mirrors the changing, commercially charged face of sportsdom. Once upon a time, devotees were primarily concerned with their superstars' skill and determination. I've always added a few points for uniform design: i.e. — the serious majesty of the Yankees' NY, and those pinstripes; the colorful whimsy of two birds balancing at each end of a bat on the St. Louis Cardinals' jersey.

But if such pure,

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"Muppets Most Wanted": More or Less
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:27PM / Thursday, April 17, 2014
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It's not easy being green ... in a gulag. The latest Muppets movie has a some laughs but lacks spirit.

irector James Bobin, entrusted with bringing "Muppets Most Wanted" to the silver screen, dives into the toy box of things Muppets and dexterously assembles all the parts that comprise the famed franchise, except for one.

Missing from this eighth feature film, as Miss Piggy may be wont to emote in her best French, is the joie de vivre, the je ne sais quoi. Or, as Kermit might plainly croak, it just doesn’t fly off the fat end of the bat.

While entertaining via the inside

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Mass MoCA Extending Hours for Packed 15th Season
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts is cutting prices, extending hours and scheduling a summer full of music and exhibits designed to attract visitors — and keep them here longer.

Museum officials on Wednesday revealed a season that kicks off on Memorial Day with a 15th anniversary party and includes Beck performing on June 24 and the Fresh Grass music festival capping off the summer.

The packed schedule also includes Roomful of Teeth and regulars Bang on a Can, a pop color sculpture park by Franz West, Teresita Fernández"dramatically scaled" up "As Above So Below" and and 80 three-legged stools sporting Christopher

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Clark Art Receives $250,000 Grant For Expansion
11:43AM / Monday, April 14, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $250,000 grant to the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute.

The Clark is using grant funds to continue its campus expansion program, including work to renovate the existing museum building, which adds 2,200 square feet of new gallery space and provides upgraded safety, lighting, and HVAC systems for the building.

A 2012 study by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston anticipated that upon its completion, the full campus expansion project will enhance tourism growth in the Berkshires region; generate annual business sales in Berkshire County of $7 million; increase state tax

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"Captain America: The Winter Soldier": Leads the Blockbuster Brigade
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:28PM / Friday, April 11, 2014
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Captain American (Chris Evans) finds truth, justice and the American Way has changed since WWII as he and Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) find themselves at odds with the TPTB.

Much care is taken by directors Anthony and Joe Russo to make "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" everything fans of the Marvel Comics franchise might desire. Yet The Great Unwashed will be hard put to distinguish it from the mass of blockbuster adventure yarns splashing their special-effects laden agitations across the silver screen this time of year.

Folks who mistakenly wander into theaters showing

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Advocates Look To Make Arts Part of Governor's Race
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
02:27AM / Friday, April 11, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassCreative says it wants to do what it did in the Boston mayoral race on a more statewide level this fall, with a new "Create the Vote" campaign aimed at raising the prominence of the arts as an economic and social issue in the ramp up to the coming gubernatorial election.     "We have a great opportunity to influence this election," Executive Director Matt Wilson told representatives from about a dozen local cultural organizations at a strategy meeting at Barrington Stage Company's Blatt Center on Wednesday.   Wilson said the relatively new organization, which first presented itself in the Berkshires in late 2012,

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MCLA Theater Students Produce 'Angels in America'
MCLA Submission,
10:14AM / Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts department presents Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America."

The show debuts in Venable Theater on April 15-17 at 8 p.m., and continues on April 23-26, also at 8, with an 11:30 a.m. symposium prior to the matinee at 2 on April 26.

"Angels in America" is organized and performed by the Theatre Lab class and directed by assistant professor Laura Standley. She, along with her cast, who also serve as the technical crew and administrative team, put together the show from scratch, from envisioning the initial concept to rehearsing the final

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Mount Greylock Alum Jaffe Returns to Perform Benefit Concert
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:03AM / Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — They are words that many can relate to.

"I miss my friends, my old school friends/The ones that I've known all my life."

Ben Jaffe, a 2003 graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School, sings those lyrics in "Old School Friends" with his band honeyhoney.

This Friday, April 11, life might imitate art when Jaffe returns to his alma mater to perform a concert that he hopes will bring the community together to support the Mount Greylock arts program.

"I'm hoping this will be a little bit of reunion," Jaffe said in a phone interview from Los Angeles, where honeyhoney is recording its third album. Jaffe is in honeyhoney, which

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Strictly 1st Class
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
10:00PM / Monday, March 31, 2014
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Reading some incredible background on Stefan Zweig (1881-1942), the Viennese author credited with inspiring director Wes Anderson's creative, lunatical and intelligent "The Grand Budapest Hotel," I was for a second skeptical. Did Anderson slip this bio into Wikipedia?

You see, I had just been happily immersed in the auteur's wildly imaginative, multipronged satire, and wondered if I were still in the grips of his artistic spoofery.

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If you've become enamored of Anderson's works ("The Royal

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Tony Bennett Returns to Tanglewood in August
03:40PM / Monday, March 31, 2014
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LENOX, Mass. — Tony Bennett, the 17-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spans over six decades, will appear on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office. Shed prices for the concert range from $49.50 to $97.50 and lawn seats cost $25.

Bennett last appeared at Tanglewood on Sept. 3, 2005 with the Count Basie Orchestra.

His signature tunes, such as "Steppin' Out With My Baby" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," form part of the fabric of American music culture.

Bennett's

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