|Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon|
|By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com|
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016
With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.
Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.
Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the
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|'The Nice Guys': The Case of the Dueling Detectives|
|By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic|
08:54PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
First of all, you should know that most of the people who meet their untimely and often gruesome demise in director Shane Black's wacky combination of comedy and murder are bad.
Still, it takes a little getting used to the seesaw temperament in this throwback buddy movie dialed up to today's cynicism. But thanks to Black's smart tempo and the fine chemistry Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling conjure as nuttily contrasting private eyes, it works.
Debating if it's OK to laugh as the body count rises, you ultimately decide in favor of mirth. Set in that "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Chinatown" (1974) kind of West Coast, film noir nihilism, things in "The
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|Berkshire Tidbits: Rhubarb Festival Returns|
|By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires|
05:40PM / Wednesday, May 25, 2016
This week is the hoped-for time for thein Great Barrington under its new owners, partners Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub in Lenox and Ben Downing — not the state senator but a 32-year-old Great Barrington native.
Downing, with longtime good relationships in town, will manage the pub.
"We see ourselves as bringing back an icon," he said of the work he and Laura are doing on the restaurant previously known as 20 Railroad Street. "But we don't want to undo what's worked."
He said they will emphasize craft cocktails, craft beers and a wine list and, in January, when it will be quieter, they plan to add a wood fired pizza oven.
Their meats will all be hormone
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