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WCMA Names New Director
12:02PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pamela Franks has been appointed as the Class of 1956 director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Franks is currently the senior deputy director and Seymour H. Knox Jr. curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and previously worked at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Franks, who will begin her appointment in mid-September, comes to WCMA with a passionate commitment to the role of the museum in higher education and the inspiration art can bring to all audiences. After earning her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Franks started her career as a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at YUAG and

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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
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The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had

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Music & Art Come Together This Summer With Painted Pianos
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Monday, May 21, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — More than a dozen pianos are being transformed into singular artworks to evoke the county's musical and artistic heritage.    Dirty, dusty and out of tune, these castoffs found new partners as local artists tramped through the empty Memorial School last Tuesday to select the perfect piano for their endeavors.    Sue MacVeety of Sheffield had come prepared with primer, covering her selection with its first base coat of white. Keith Bona of North Adams picked a large upright and was planning out a celestial concept and figuring how he might use the frame-like back.   "This would be cool if we did it with a galaxy motif and do

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'Life of the Party': Celebrates the Joys of Mediocrity
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:43PM / Friday, May 18, 2018
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If you redo in black and white director Ben Falcone's "Life of the Party," wherein suddenly divorced Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) returns to college after dropping out 20 years ago, you've epitomized any number of escapist comedies that populated theaters during the Great Depression.    Light, frothy confections that specialized in proving that one can indeed turn lemons into lemonade, they featured silly but likeable characters who, through some unseen benevolent power or just sheer luck, were able to navigate a series of farcical and convoluted perplexions.   Even the villains in such fare are rather lighthearted foils as opposed to full-bodied miscreants,

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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'Tully': The Helping Hand that Rocks the Cradle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
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There is a surprise twist in director Jason Reitman's "Tully," about a mom whose domestic struggles increase exponentially when she adds a third child to her already challenging brood.   Ordinarily, this wouldn't be big news. Lots of movies toss us an O. Henry in the ninth inning, some preceded by clues, others with no justification other than that they had no other way to end the thing. Y'know, when in doubt, drop the deus ex machina on 'em. But here, everything — the plot, the message, the who, what where and when — hangs on that curveball.   If nothing else, the story construction alone deserves kudos. Not because it is nifty, but because

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'Avengers: Infinity War': Goldberger's Complaint
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:24PM / Friday, May 04, 2018
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President Re: "Avengers: Infinity War" Marvel Studios 500 S. Buena Vista Street Burbank, CA   Dear Sir or Madame,   I have a bone to pick. Well, actually, many bones. While I certainly appreciate the obvious effort your studio has put into the here referenced "Avengers: Infinity Wars," I cannot help but feel that your megamillion-dollar, superhero extravaganza is discriminatory against filmgoers not inculcated in the Marvel Comics Universe. Admittedly, being of a certain age, my comic hero fealty lies with "Superman" and, to a lesser degree, "Batman."    Oh, there was that time in my early teens when I had a dalliance with

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'I Feel Pretty': And So Will You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:40PM / Thursday, April 26, 2018
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It has long been said by altruistic philosophers, and famously iterated in 1966 by no less authority than David Ruffin and The Temptations, that "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep."    But alas, anyone who has spent any time on this planet chock full of monuments to physical splendor, and who has perhaps had the lesson harshly impressed in middle school, knows that all that well-meaning claptrap goes out the window when one is confronted with a comely face or a well-turned ankle.  There is no expression, "The great personality that launched a thousand ships."    Thus, even we really good looking people must commiserate with Amy Schumer's Renee Bennett

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ArtCountry Enters Second Year With Incentives to Keep Visitors Around
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Thursday, April 26, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — North County's premier art institutions are doubling down on efforts to keep visitors entranced and entertained — and staying longer.   The pillars of "ArtCountry" are partnering on multivenue passes designed to extend their reach and second-day options that offer tourists a chance to linger and contemplate the art.    "The thinking behind that is there's a lot to see," said Joseph Thompson, director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams on Wednesday morning. "We would like people to slow down and enjoy these exhibitions and this offers a better way to do

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ArtWeek to Launch Across Massachusetts
02:39PM / Monday, April 23, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek will present its largest season lineup ever.

The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 500 events from April 27-May 6 — more than double the size of the 2017 festival. For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the commonwealth, with a presence in 155 neighborhoods and towns across all six regions of the state.

The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free. Visit the website to view the full calendar of

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