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Williams Men's Basketball Opens DIII Tournament with Win
11:28PM / Friday, March 01, 2024
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Williams College's Nate Karren scored 11 points, including the 1,000th of his college career, in a 77-51 win over DeSales on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.   Cole Prowitt-Smith led Williams in points, with 14, and rebounds, with nine. And Alex Lee scored 13.   Williams (22-6) moves on to face host Oswego State on Saturday evening in the second round.

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Clark Art Screens Live Production of La Forza Del Destino
11:59AM / Friday, March 01, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast of "La Forza del Destino" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, March 9 at 11:55 am in the latest installment of The Met: Live in HD.    The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Verdi's grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendetta, and family strife. Stellar soprano Lise Davidsen makes her role debut as

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Clark Art Presents Scottish Dance Tunes Concert
08:00AM / Friday, March 01, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, March 8 at 7 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents the musical ensemble Ruckus and their concert The Edinburgh Rollick: Music from the Niel Gow Collections, featuring Keir GoGwilt on violin.    The concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Ruckus, a shapeshifting group with a playful approach to classical music, explores the legacy of Niel Gow, eighteenth-century Scotland's most celebrated fiddler. His son Nathaniel further combined traditional and original dance tunes under the Gow name in six collections of strathspeys and reels. Ruckus and

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Williamstown Select Board Talks Utilization, Potential Transfer of Spruces Park
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:52AM / Friday, March 01, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Spruces Park was a major topic of conversation for the Select Board at its Monday meeting, where board members heard from constituents who want to continue running their dogs off leash in the park and heard a proposal to transfer control of the property away from the board.   For the second straight meeting, dog owners came to the meeting room to advocate for continued unleashed use of the 114-acre park on Main Street (Route 2).   This time, the conversation was framed by a proposal to designate up to 80 acres of the property for access by unleashed dogs with the remaining 34 acres (about 30 percent) requiring dogs to be on a leash.   Select

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Clark Art Screens the 'Neverending Story'
10:56AM / Thursday, February 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, March 7, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free screening of the 1984 film "The NeverEnding Story" as part of the Williamstown Public Library 150th Anniversary Film Series.    The Clark shows the film at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Wolfgang Peterson's classic film celebrates the way that books allow you to build worlds around yourself. When Bastian ducks into a book to avoid school bullies, he finds himself saddled with a great responsibility. As he imagines himself the hero of the story, reading becomes an engine for maturation and growth.   In

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Clark Art Presents Lecture on Anonymous 18th Century Black Portrait
08:04AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program hosts a lecture by Erica Moiah James (University of Miami / Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow) in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.    According to a press release:   In this free talk James provides a study of the anonymous eighteenth-century work "Portrait of a Young Woman" using the material archive provided by the sitter's dress, jewelry, and cotton head-tie to establish her as a Black, Caribbean, creole woman. It seeks to render a "problem space" between historical Black representation and

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Williamstown Fin Comm Begins Review of FY25 Spending Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is looking at a 2.8 percent increase in its property tax levy for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, and members of the Finance Committee last week talked about finding a way to whittle that number down.   Town Manager Robert Menicocci presented the Fin Comm with a preliminary budget of $24.8 million for FY25, up 4 percent from the $23.9 million spending plan for the current fiscal year.   Factoring out other sources of income for the town, that leaves a local property tax burden of $20.9 million, up from $20.3 million in the current fiscal year, a rise of about $600,000 or 2.8 percent.   "I'd like to throw down a goal here

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Gaza Resolution Proponents Again Make Their Case to Williamstown Select Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About a dozen people Monday pleaded with the Select Board to take a stand on behalf of the town in favor of an immediate cease fire in Gaza.   Several of the same activists who first brought a resolution to the board two weeks ago were back, filling the meeting room to capacity and sharing impassioned appeals to break with the board's practice of not voting on matters not directly under the board's purview.   "We, as members of Berkshire County, are committing this genocide," said a Lee resident who made the trip north to address the board. "We are funding it, and we have the power to stop funding it."   Most of

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Williams College Art Museum Debuts Emancipation Exhibit
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Monday, February 26, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art amplifies the voices of contemporary Black artists and their experiences of "freedom" 160 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

"One thing that people in the museum world think about about Williams is the incredible impact on arts leadership around the world and museums leadership around the world that Williams has had, and that is very much embodied in this exhibition," Director Pamela Franks said.

Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation debuted at the museum on Friday and will be on display through July 14.  The show, which includes works from seven

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Clark Art Lecture on the Importance of Prints in Visual Art
08:00AM / Monday, February 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free lecture by art critic Susan Tallman titled "Without Prints You Don't Understand the Culture of the World."    This lecture is presented in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Looked at narrowly, prints may be a niche topic in art history, but for more than 500 years they have also been the lifeblood of the circulatory system of visual art. The title of Tallman's lecture comes from the late art historian Leo Steinberg's observations about a seventeenth-century Mughal painting based on an

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Mount Greylock Regional School Presents 'Kiss Me, Kate'
08:00AM / Monday, February 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School will present the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 29, March 1, and March 2, 2024, at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown.    Accordding to a press release:   In this hilarious play within a play, sparks fly as a divorced couple find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Bella and Sam Spewack wrote the book, with music and lyrics by the legendary Cole Porter. The show won the very first Tony Award for best musical in 1949 for beloved classics like

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Williams Men's Basketball Falls in League Title Game
05:29PM / Sunday, February 25, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Trinity men's basketball team Sunday outscored Williams by 15 points in the second half to earn a 59-52 win in the championship game of the NESCSAC tournament.   Henry Vetter led the Bantams with 19 points.   Alex Stoddard scored 18 to lead Williams (21-6).   Photos from this game here.

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