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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 spending plan would create serious problems for the creative economy.

"The real travesty is this is actually taking money out of the pockets of people who are trying to keep food on their table while teaching kids," Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows said this week.

"[Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.] may not feel their personal connection with the arts, but their kids do. This is all part of that fabric. It's doing the next generation a disservice to yank that."

"That" would be the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the federal programs that would

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'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:55PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017
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While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Kong: Skull Island" asserts independence from the original, 1933 legend, as well as the 1976 and 2005 remakes, it is all the same, a throwback, a good old adventure yarn. To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience."

The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations. But despite some modernizations and nods to contemporary sensibilities integrated into the ethos of the tale, there is one heartening fact. Indeed, on this unchartered, South Pacific island where Charles Darwin would have enjoyed a veritable feast of evolutionary

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Poet Begins Six-Month Amy Clampitt Residency
12:42PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Poet Dora Malech has been named the 22nd recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency.

For 15 years, the Amy Clampitt residency has provided poets and literary scholars a paid six- or 12-month stay at Clampitt’s former residence near Lenox, Mass., where they can focus exclusively on their work. Residents are selected by a committee that includes prize-winning poet Mary Jo Salter; Clampitt’s editor at Knopf, Ann Close; and Massachusetts-based poets Karen Chase, of Lenox, and John Hennessy, a past residency recipient currently on the faculty at UMass Amherst.

This one-of-a-kind award was established through the generosity of Clampitt's late husband,

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'Logan': Makes Some Sharp Points
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:50PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
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Judged solely on its surface value, director James Mangold's "Logan," the third and reputedly final escapade of the Wolverine/Marvel Comics/superhero/X-Men series, rates a six on my excitement scale. However, bear in mind that loyal adherents of this franchise evaluate their cherished, alternate world of right, wrong and not so sure by their very own, entirely proprietary measure. They couldn't care less about what this fuddy-duddy thinks.

Well, good. There is much philosophical baloney and wisdom to be gleaned from the generation gap. Hence, knowing my place as the Brave New World thunders outside my slightly blemished ivory tower of pontification, kindly acknowledge

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Annual Thunderfest Features Chowder & Music
02:02PM / Friday, March 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Once again, Mother Nature has forced the cancellation of the Thunderbolt Ski Race. But the festivities will go on with the annual Thunderfest at noon on Saturday at the Adams Visitors Center.

The festival features live music by Jim Witherell and the headliner Misty Blues Band. Hot food, local beer and wine, a chowder contest, outdoor recreation and craft vendors are featured. A campfire and activities for kids will also be provided and admission to the Thunderbolt museum is free.

"With the addition of the new events this year, Adams is offering more than ever for lovers of outdoor winter recreation," said Ray Gargan, co-chair of ProAdams. "Even if

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'Fresh Fest' Runs This Weekend at Images
12:26PM / Friday, March 03, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema will present "Fresh Fest: A Farm and Food Film Festival" from Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5.

Fresh Fest is a collaborative effort to educate the public about farming, food production and sustainability. The opening night movie is locally produced documentary "Forgotten Farms" by David Simonds and Sarah Gardner. "Forgotten Farms" will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at The Log with cheese provided by Cabot and crackers provided by Wild Oats.

The festival will also present "A Small Good Thing" (set in the Berkshires) with producer Paula Kirk, to be screened Saturday, March 4,

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'Get Out': Guess Who's Coming to be Terrorized?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:03PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017
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It is an eerie, unsettling experience when your every instinct smells dangerous deceit and yet numerous people claiming authority discount your fears as just so much paranoia and curious distrust. Worse even yet is when such shifty characters then try to convince you, despite their most egregious actions, that they have only your best interests at heart. You know they're lying. It's called the "Gaslight" effect, named after the 1944 film by that title starring Charles Boyer as the creepy husband plying said treachery on his wife, played by Ingrid Bergman.

While this ugly contemplation may be misinterpreted as a reference to current affairs, that would be just too

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'Lion': A Prince of the Jungle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:33PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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Watching Garth Davis' "Lion," about a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets lost thousands of miles from his home, the innate humanitarian in you wonders just how many years of do-gooding it might take to put a dent in the horrific squalor the tale depicts. The poverty, the social equivalent of that stench-filled restaurant bathroom that has never left your psyche, is overwhelming. Shocked by the no-holds barred expose of how 80 percent of the world lives in destitution, you are humbled by your good fortune.

Granted, scripture reads that "The poor will always be with you," and there has never been any shortage of those wicked sorts who have seized that phrase as

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IS183 Art School of the Berkshires Adds Three to Board
12:32PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School's Board of Directors has announced the addition of Joyce Bernstein of New Marlborough, Rose Ellis of Williamstown and Robin (Schultz) Gerber of New Marlborough to the Board.

"We are thrilled to welcome Joyce, Rose and Robin to the Board of IS183," said Andy Foster, IS183 board chair. "The addition of their energy, expertise and enthusiasm will be of significant value to our community art school.  I, and the entire board, look forward to working with them closely in the years to come."

Bernstein's resourcefulness is resounding as an entrepreneurial and creative executive with experience in real estate

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$30 Million Expansion Project Planned for Tanglewood
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09:01PM / Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is planning to build a $30 million complex to enhance its offerings.   The orchestra announced the investment on Tuesday night. The four-building complex is being designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center and will be the focus point of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute.   The complex is expected to open in summer 2019 and is being designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which designed the Seiji Ozawa Hall. It will be the largest building project at the site since the 1994 construction of Ozawa Hall.   An official

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