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'Queen of Katwe': Commanding Performance
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:28PM / Thursday, October 06, 2016
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You should see director Mira Nair's "Queen of Katwe," especially if you want to feel miserable, sad, perhaps a little guilty, frustrated and angry on the way to becoming a better person.

It's the true story of how Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl, had her life changed after learning the game of chess. But that's just the movie's way to get us into Poorest Africa … to abash us with its divulgences of the Third World. Expect no really great surprises. What an absolute downer it would be if the impoverished Phiona had no talent to pull her from the muck and mire of squalor.

None of this is to say that folks with absolutely no social conscience won't find

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Home Movies to be Shown at Images Cinema
11:01AM / Wednesday, October 05, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As part of its ongoing celebration of its 100th anniversary, Images Cinema will participate in the 14th annual Home Movie Day, an international event coordinated by the Center for Home Movies, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

People can bring their films to Images Cinema on Oct. 15 or prior to the event. Working in collaboration with Emmy Award-winning archival researcher/archival producer Rich Remsberg, organizers will inspect the films and, if they are in acceptable condition, project them on the big screen.

Supported formats will include 16mm, 8mm and super 8. Afterwards, films will be returned to their owners or can be left with the theater, which will in

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Professional Musicians Provide Free Clinic To Mount Greylock Band Students
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Wednesday, October 05, 2016
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Alex Foster asked students to match the note he played with their voices.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Saturday Night Live saxophonist Alex Foster and New York City-based trumpet player Richard Boulger provided a free clinic to Mount Greylock band students.   Last week Foster, saxophonist in the SNL house band and Boulger, a North Adams native and recording artist, visited Berkshire County schools to give free clinics sponsored by New Jersey musical instrument manufacturer RS Berkeley.   "We are going to show them a few technical things and some exercises that will help them improve," Foster said just the lesson started. "Just stuff they can do if they

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Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed in a space in the former Waverly Mill down the street but because of financial constraints and incoming tenants the exhibit had to be moved.   The

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Eclipse Mill Quilt Exhibit Translates LeWitt Into Textiles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery proves artist Sol LeWitt could have been a quilter. Or more to the point, a pattern maker.

The late artist was a leader in the conceptual movement and believed art was as much about the idea as the execution, and therefore could be reproduced. That concept is behind the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' retrospective of 105 wall works, all produced on site from LeWitt's explicit instructions.

Those ideas also are on full display in "Sew'l eWitt: Quilts Inspired by Sol LeWitt," presented by the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.

"As a guild, we came to Mass MoCA about a year ago and

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'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:48PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

It's a rip-roaring homage to John Sturges' 1960 version, the one starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which, you'll recall, was actually a cowboy variation on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954). The gist of the morality play about emancipation from tyranny remains entertainingly intact.

Point of disclosure: In my case, seeing the movie with Hesh, my friend since childhood, arguably added about half a popcorn

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Friday, September 23, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying — or just viewing.

The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street.

Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco got to clip the ribbon before joining in on the Artists' Walk along Park Street, where many of the items for auction can be seen on display in store windows.

"This is a great event and I look forward to cutting the ribbon every year," Mazzucco said. "It's a great community event and a great

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