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'Mission: Impossible-Fallout': It Takes All Kinds
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
12:57PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
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"Why do bad people have to be bad?"   Thus spake my great nephew-in-law, Nate, 4, after recently seeing his first movie in a theater, "Incredibles 2." His other inquiry was whether or not the lights would come back on when the film concluded.   Well Nate, in answer to your first question, we've been working on that since time immemorial, both in real life and in fiction, and we have some theories ... none conclusive. Some scientists believe it's bad mommies and daddies that make bad people. And then there's the bad seed concept: the matter of an aberrant gene causing one to think they have not only the right, but nay, the obligation to bully people

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Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
02:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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The first week in August brings great jazz and pop music to the Berkshires. Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The charming theater in the heart of Great Barrington will be alive with the jazz of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny on Thursday, Aug. 2. Metheny headlines a show that will also include his drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and keyboardist Gwilym Simcock.

Metheny does not just appeal to jazz purists. His music is wide-reaching enough to be enjoyed by even the most casual pops fan. This is a don't-miss. For more information, visit the Mahaiwe's

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:01PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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With the arrival of August, we are at the mid-point – the height of the classical music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer an enthralling mix of large-scale, powerful and melodic symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev, as well as beloved piano with orchestra works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. The week's highlight, on Aug. 7, will be the all-day "Tanglewood on Parade" events. Read below for the details.

Devotées of solo piano music should consider attending the brilliant pianist Lynelle James' solo recital, featuring works of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Nicolai Roslavets (1881-1944) on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Sevenars Academy in South Worthington,

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Review: 'Lempicka' Beautifully Painted at Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
01:20PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
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For the first few minutes of "Lempicka," the stunning world premiere musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the music level was so assaulting, I wanted to wave a white flag of surrender as happened – perhaps apocryphally – during an early performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. But very soon thereafter, either the music level was lowered, or I got used to it – and it was I who surrendered to this wonderful, beautifully realized musical. If you wear socks to "Lempicka," be prepared to have them knocked off.

The show is the story of a strong woman named Tamara de Lempicka (Eden Espinosa). She was an Art Deco painter who had two

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'Three Identical Strangers': Relatively Horrifying
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:18PM / Thursday, July 26, 2018
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You don't have to be Jewish to lament "Oy, yoy, yoy" after seeing director Tim Wardle's shocking documentary, "Three Identical Strangers." After being presented a series of outlandish and disturbing disclosures about the title triplets separated at birth, adopted by three separate families and who are reunited at age 19, you'll warm up for that final assessment by first issuing several "Holy Cows," a few "Yipes" and perhaps a couple good old-fashioned "Wows."   Unaware of, or having forgotten about, the celebrity that Eddy Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran enjoyed when they discovered each other in the early 1980s, I

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Singing! Dancing! Naked Singing and Dancing!
By Grace Lichtenstein, iBerkshires columnist
02:56PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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Musical theater thrives in the region this week — on stage and on film. It might require a drive, but you can hear country/western music, Bernstein and great stuff for children in the coming days ... or catch up with nudity that began 50 years ago and caused a sensation on Broadway.

 

Tanglewood

The most famous work by Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is being celebrated all summer worldwide, is, of course, "West Side Story." At the Shed on Saturday night at 8 p.m., Tanglewood presents the remastered movie of this iconic musical, on big screens.

But instead of canned music, the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Lenny's great score live, while the original

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Classical Music High Season is Ablaze
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:42PM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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During late July into early August, with concerts at Tanglewood and at other celebrated regional venues, the classical music festival high season lights up with sure-fire programming. Major orchestral offerings at Tanglewood this week include Mozart's groundbreaking Symphony No. 40 and Brahms' poignant Symphony No. 3, along with solo star turns by the world-renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the sublimely poetic violinist Gil Shaham.

Adventurous listeners take note: Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary Music from July 26-30 in Ozawa Hall, directed by composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès. The musical palette broadens to present a gallery of newly composed works,

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Barrington Stage Youth Theatre Presents 'James and the Giant Peach'
11:49AM / Wednesday, July 25, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Youth Theatre presents "James and the Giant Peach" from July 26 through Aug. 12 at Berkshire Museum.

"James and the Giant Peach," book by Timothy Allen MdDonald, based on the book "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl, is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

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BSO Appoints Director of New Tanglewood Learning Institute
10:23AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Sue Elliott as the inaugural Judith and Stewart Colton director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.

A new concept in cultural education that launches in summer 2019, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will bring together musicians, artists, academics and patrons, in person and through online technology and distance learning, to engage in compelling programming that relates to and deepens the experience of Tanglewood concerts and classical music.

Elliott's wide-ranging background — she has held high level creative, administrative and academic positions at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Seattle Opera

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'Leave No Trace': Makes Its Mark
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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It would be silly not to give a full, 4-popcorn rating to "Leave No Trace," Debra Granik's trenchant, contemporary drama about a PTSD sufferer who lives off the grid in the Portland, Ore., woods with his teenage daughter. However, when movies are this good, there is a tendency on the critic's part to judge them against other superb examples of the filmic art, and to cautiously rein-in the ebullience that can't help accompany the welcome rush of provocative truths. The personal tale is devastating, the larger implications, haunting.   So, when quibbling between a 3 or 3 1/2 and a 4, I invoke the Goldberger Rule of Cinematic Significance to tip the balance: Is the

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