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Venable Theater Renovations to be Completed for MCLA Student Return
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12:06PM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Venable Theater renovations at the Massachucetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) are slated to be completed before students return for the fall semester.   Students return in-person this fall and will be able to begin working immediately on the College's 2021-2022 Theatre Season.   "The changes to the theater will provide students with the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date lighting technology in the field," said Jeremy Winchester, chair of MCLA's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Since theatre is so reliant on entertainment technology, this will give our students a substantial competitive advantage as they

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Berkshire County Historical Society Annual Hike
07:46AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate Herman Melville's birthday Aug. 1 with a hike on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington at 9 am.    The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent.   The hike commemorates the Aug. 5, 1850, first meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. At the time, Melville was working on his greatest novel, Moby-Dick, while Hawthorne was a literary sensation having just published The Scarlett Letter. The

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Irish American Club Establishes Irish Dance School
11:53AM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Irish American Club of Berkshire County, led by President Kevin Cahill, announced the opening of their new Irish dance school, Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc, under the direction of Jennifer Darby.   Scoil Rince Bréifne Ó Ruairc (skoal RIN-ka BREF-nee o RORK) will offer Irish dance classes to children and adults in Pittsfield. Their mission is to provide high-quality traditional Irish dance instruction in a fun, supportive, and inclusive environment to anyone in Berkshire County.   Jennifer has achieved certification as a teacher of Irish dance with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an open platform Irish dance organization that is

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The Classical Beat: Visit Tanglewood For Classical Music Heaven
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
08:11AM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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Tanglewood is again open to the public at last, as the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) returns to concertizing with audiences in attendance. The BSO enters its second week, and the world-class summer music festival, though abbreviated, runs until ; the Popular Artist series continues for an additional week, from . The festival's outstanding events are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. Here's an overview of the highlights:   BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons leads six BSO concerts. Daniil Trifonov is the soloist in Brahms' First Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 15 onand duo-pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen will perform Mozart's Concerto in E-flat for two

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First Berkshire Busk! Festival in Great Barrington
04:43PM / Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The new,  summer event celebrates music and live performance each weekend from July 2 through Sept. 4 on the streets of Great Barrington.   Performers or "buskers" will be stationed at an array of locations from one end of town to the other through the 10-weekend summer music and arts festival that will be held throughout July and August.    In anticipation of opening its satellite office at 322 Main Street in Great Barrington, Berkshire Money Management (BMM) is a lead sponsor for Berkshire Busk! The $10,000 sponsorship is one of many Southern Berkshire initiatives underway as BMM prepares to open its new office

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright Explores Theme of Loss
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Saturday, July 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ngozi Anyanwu has been part of Berkshire County theater history before, and she returns this month to make some more.   In 2005, Anyanwu helped Barrington Stage Company make the transition from South County to the former Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield.   Sixteen years later, she is helping break in a new stage for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which this week kicked off its all outdoor 2021 season with a collection called "Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays."   It is the first time Anyanwu has worked in the region since '05, but she has fond memories of the experience.   "My first

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Lee Earns A Living
08:05AM / Friday, June 25, 2021
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LEE, Mass. — The Lee Historical Society will mount exhibit titled "Lee Earns A Living" throughout the month of July in the Scolforo Gallery in the Lee Library, 100 Main Street in Lee.     The exhibit will trace the development of the local business and professional community from the early days of 80-100 years of homespun living to today.    The arrival of peddlers, general stores, professional services and later specialty stores will be shown.    The exhibit will be liberally illustrated with photos, ads and business correspondence.  It will include complete business listings for 1860 (about 40), 1934 (about 100) and 2021 (about

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Bidwell House Museum Reopens
08:17AM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum announced the reopening of the Bidwell House Museum on July 17.    After keeping the house closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Museum will welcome visitors back to the 18th century manse for guided tours of the architecture and interior.    Originally built in the 1760's for the first Minister of Township #1, Adonijah Bidwell, the house remained in the Bidwell family for close to 100 years. It was then owned by other families until purchased in 1960 by two men, Jack Hargis and David Brush. These men worked for close to 25 years to restore the home and furnish it based on Reverend Bidwell's death

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Perform Benefit Show For Greenagers
12:46PM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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ERGEMONT, Mass. — Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will present a benefit concert for Greenagers, outdoors under a tent on July 7 at 6 p.m. outdoors under a tent at the April Hill Conservation Center.    An outdoor reception follows for top-tier ticket holders; tickets can be purchased at greenagers.org/tickets.   On learning of Greenagers' outdoor education and job programs for teens and young adults in the Berkshires, Ma and Ax offered to team up for this outdoor event. The evening includes a conversation with the musicians and Greenagers Executive Director, Will Conklin.   Ma and Ax, in a shared statement, commended Greenagers' commitment to

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Clark Art Announces Research And Academic Program Fellowships
10:26AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program (RAP) announces the appointment of its 2021–2022 class of fellows for the upcoming academic year.   The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Through RAP, the Clark hosts a residential fellowship program that welcomes top international scholars for periods ranging from two to nine months. To date, the community of Clark Fellows numbers more than 400 individuals hailing from thirty countries, forming a global network of scholars united through the shared

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