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Clark Art Lecture On Native American Burial Mounds
08:00AM / Friday, May 03, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents "Putting The Mounds In Perspective," a lecture by Michael Gaudio (University of Minnesota/Clark Professor 2023–2024).   In it he explores a much-discussed feature of the nineteenth-century North American landscape: Native American burial mounds.    The talk takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   In 1899, the art historian Alois Riegl declared that the content of modern art, and of landscape painting in particular, was a scientific "mood" in

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Hancock Town Meeting Features Major Question on School Choice
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10AM / Friday, May 03, 2024
HANCOCK, Mass. — Town meeting voters will be asked Monday to approve a request to change state law in a way that will preserve education at Hancock Elementary School.   They also may be asked to take a stand on an addition to the town report that stirred some controversy in the town of 757.   Article 18 on the annual town meeting warrant is a home-rule petition to ask the Legislature to exempt the single-school district from a provision in state law that enables students enrolled under Massachusetts' School Choice program to continue their education at the same school as their classmates after sixth grade.   Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76, Section 12B,

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Clark Art Presents Constant Smiles and Ava Mirzadegan
08:37AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Music at the Manton Concert spring series concludes with a performance by Constant Smiles and Ava Mirzadegan on Sunday, May 5 at 5 pm.   The performance takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Constant Smiles began in 2009 in leader Ben Jones' home of Martha's Vineyard. Inspired by the island's now-defunct community record store Aboveground Records, the group made their live debut as a noise duo opening for Ralph White (Bad Livers). Fourteen indie-folk albums later, Constant Smiles returns to their electronic roots with their latest

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Williams College Students Start Encampment over Gaza
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several dozen student protesters Wednesday began an encampment at the heart of Williams College's campus to amplify their demands that the school divest from companies with ties to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.   The move follows months of protests on campus, at the Field Park rotary and in town hall from students and other residents concerned about indiscriminate bombing that has reportedly killed more than 30,000 Palestinians since Israel began its response to the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist group.   It also mimics similar encampments on college campuses around this country, most notably at places like New

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Adams Lions Club Golf Tourney Set for May 18
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04:57AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lions Club’s annual golf tournament will be Saturday, May 18, at Forest Park Country Club.   Teams of four will compete in a 9-hole scramble format with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.   Proceeds will support Lions initiatives, including scholarships for local high school graduates and community events, such as a Halloween parade for local children and lunch for senior citizens. In addition, the club assists residents who need help with vision and hearing loss-related needs and supports research to cure eye diseases and diabetes.   The entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and includes nine holes of golf, carts, longest drive and

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Williamstown Select Board Inks MOU on Mountain Bike Trail
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:11AM / Tuesday, April 30, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A planned mountain bike trail cleared a hurdle last week when the Select Board OK'd a memorandum of understanding with the New England Mountain Bike Association.   NEMBA Purple Valley Chapter representative Bill MacEwen was back before the board on April 22 to ask for its signoff to allow the club to continue developing a planned 20- to 40-mile network on the west side of town and into New York State.   That ambitious plan is still years down the road, MacEwen told the board.   "The first step is what we call the proof of concept," he said. "That is a very small loop. It might technically be a two-loop trail. It's a proof of

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Berkshire Student Film Festival at Images Cinema
04:10PM / Monday, April 29, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema presents the inaugural Berkshire Student Film Festival on Saturday, May 4.

There are two screenings of the same program, at 4:30 and 7:30pm. Jury Prize Winners will be announced at the end of the 4:30pm screening.

Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street.

The Berkshire Student Film Festival has been guided by Images Cinema's Student Engagement Committee, consisting of students from Bennington College, Buxton School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), and Williams College. A call for film submissions of 10 minutes or less for high school and college students was made in January 2024, with efforts to contact all the relevant

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Clark Art Presents Eddie Henderson
10:09AM / Monday, April 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Music at the Manton Concert series continues with a performance by the Eddie Henderson Quartet on Saturday, May 4 at 6 pm.    The performance takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Prodigious bandleader and composer Eddie Henderson, who received his first lesson from legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong at age nine, performs with drummer Mike Clark, who made history with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the 1970s. They are joined by bass player Gerald Cannon and pianist and Berklee College of Music professor Joe Mulholland in an

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Clark Art Final First Sunday Free of the Season
08:13AM / Monday, April 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute holds its final First Sunday Free of the season on Sunday, May 5 with "Giddy Up!"   Offering free admission from 10 am–5 pm, the Clark will feature a pop-up installation of prints and drawings of horses in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper from 11 am–1 pm, plus a series of horse-themed special activities from 1–4 pm.   According to a press release:   Did you know that Sterling Clark, one of the founders of the museum, was an art collector and horse breeder? Channel Sterling's love for both horses and art with a day of horse-inspired art and art-making. Follow an activity guide around

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Clark Art Screens 'Manhatta' and 'Rien Que Les Heures'
08:00AM / Friday, April 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, May 2, the Clark Art Institute screens the second entry in its film series exploring lyrical depictions of cities in films that resonate with the "Paper Cities exhibition."   The Clark shows the short film double bill "Manhatta" and "Rien que les heures" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   A "city symphony" directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, Manhatta is considered the first American avant-garde film. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Mannahatta," the film portrays life in New York City in

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Williamstown Fire Committee Talks Station Project Cuts, Truck Replacement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17AM / Friday, April 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Prudential Committee on Wednesday signed off on more than $1 million in cost cutting measures for the planned Main Street fire station.   Some of the "value engineering" changes are cosmetic, while at least one pushes off a planned expense into the future.   The committee, which oversees the Fire District, also made plans to hold meetings over the next two Wednesdays to finalize its fiscal year 2025 budget request and other warrant articles for the May 28 annual district meeting. One of those warrant articles could include a request for a new mini rescue truck.   The value engineering changes to the building project originated with

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Williamstown Charter Review Panel OKs Fix to Address 'Separation of Powers' Concern
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Thursday, April 25, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Charter Review Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to endorse an amended version of the compliance provision it drafted to be added to the Town Charter.   The committee accepted language designed to meet concerns raised by the Planning Board about separation of powers under the charter.   The committee's original compliance language — Article 32 on the annual town meeting warrant — would have made the Select Board responsible for determining a remedy if any other town board or committee violated the charter.   The Planning Board objected to that notion, pointing out that it would give one elected body in town some authority

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