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'Poms': Something to Cheer About
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:07PM / Thursday, May 16, 2019
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The philosophical gist of "Poms," a rootin'-tootin' homage to Baby Boomer relevance about a former cheerleader who forms a cheer leading squad at her retirement community, reminded me of an illuminating exchange I had with my wife, Joanne, about 20 years ago.    We were driving across the Neversink River in New York's Sullivan County on the way to our daughter's summer camp when The Rolling Stones's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" came on the radio. Funny how you remember where you were during epiphanic moments. Well, it occasioned me to opine, somewhat resignedly, "Could you imagine, we'll be in the old age home someday

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North Adams Council Accepts Library Gift, OKs Arts Commission Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:26PM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council accepted a bronze statue as a gift to the North Adams Public Library in memory of Judith Ann "Jody" LaFortune Gottwald.   MaryAnn Abuisi, Gottwald's sister and former city clerk, said she had been considering for some time how to give something back the city.    "I've given 28 years in my service, my dad was a firefighter from 1941 to 1969," she told the council. "And my sister had such an avid love for the public library."   Abuisi had already approached Library Director Mindy Hackner, who recently retired, and the library trustees, who have accepted the gift.    "My sister

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'Long Shot': Proves a Winning Bet
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:36PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
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I'm giving director Jonathan Levine's "Long Shot" a three, even though by most of my film-criticizing parameters (pace, creativity, screenplay, blah, blah, blah) it rates a 2.5. But hey, it's such a convivial and much needed feel-good movie that I'm figuring why be a piker? It's not like I have to pay Microsoft a vig depending on how many popcorns I allot the film in question, although that day may indeed be coming.   Pulling no punches in its hardly veiled muckrake of the current four-flushers down in Foggy Bottom, this delightfully quixotic confection, heir to the screwball comedies directors Frank Capra and Preston Sturges buoyed Depression Era

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North Adams Weekend Festival Features Music, Art and Wellness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, May 06, 2019
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Danielle Klebes is painting 'Outdoor Recreation' on the back of Tres Ninos.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The O-Positive Festival is set to kick off on Friday with two days of music, performance, art and health care.    "O-Positive is a cultural and wellness organization that supports the health of underinsured artists musicians," explained Ashley Strazzinski, artistic director, to the Public Arts Commission last week. "So artists will paint murals and host workshops, have different happenings and musicians will perform in exchange for wellness services at a clinic at Mass MoCA. There's going to be a health-care expo that's tied in with the

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WAM Announces Expansion of Theater Leadership
11:45AM / Friday, May 03, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre announces the addition of two new members to the WAM Leadership Team as a long-time team member Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe moves on.  

"All of us at WAM will miss Gwen dearly. Her contributions to WAM in her four years with us have been immense and she is adored by our WAMily,” Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven explained. “We wish her well on her new life chapter and are excited to have hired long-time WAM artist Lia Russell-Self as our new associate producing director and newcomer to WAM, Kristen Perlman, as our new philanthropy manager. We look forward to following Gwendolyn's new adventures and to welcoming Lia and

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'Avengers: Endgame': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:51AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
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Y'know how I'm always looking for metaphors and clues in movies that might lead the way to saving our republic from the current rash of misanthropic evildoers? Y'know, those who would replace our democracy with autocracy for their own profit and narcissistic obsession. Well, someday I'm going to just review a movie. But this isn't that someday.   Nah, "Avengers: Endgame," a surprisingly entertaining, jaunty ride to vicarious liberty is simply too rich with the stuff of the Four Freedoms to be treated as just another superhero movie. It celebrates and brims with the very idea of righteousness, replete with an utterly contemptible villain too hateful and too

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Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the middle of printed words and fingerprints.    "We were using ink and I actually got it on my fingers and I put it on my piece of paper

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Naumkeag Daffodil Festival Celebrates Spring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Saturday, April 27, 2019
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Director Brian Cruey says the 1885 estate is adding more events in the shoulder seasons to attract new visitors.  STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — As if by magic, the woodland trail at Naumkeag is bursting forth with yellow and white blooms that will continue over the next several weeks.    That magic is the result of more than 60,000 daffodil bulbs that were planted last fall in scattered groups along the trail and wooded hillside to mark the return of spring and to entice visitors the historic home during what had been the off-season.   The first annual Daffodil Festival that opened Thursday — and the hugely popular "Winterlights" last December —

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'Teen Spirit': Youth, Not Wasted on the Young
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:19PM / Thursday, April 25, 2019
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If it's true that everything has a purpose, that there are clues to our lives in all that passes before us, especially a movie like "Teen Spirit" that I'd never see if I weren't a film critic, then what's Max Minghella's tale about a young lady's angst and ambitions trying to tell me? 

I'm a long ways away from the joys and sufferings of my teen-aged years. Any meditations in that rearward direction are generally devoted to the vivacity that permeated my days of immortality, when wearing the right jacket at a specific time was less a health consideration than a statement of how cool I was. But indeed there were times during those fires of spring

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Mass MoCA Celebrates 20 Years With Parties, Music and More
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Annie Lennox will be featured at the May 25 birthday celebration; her installation is on exhibit now.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mass MoCA's holding holding a summerlong birthday celebration to mark its 20th year with performances, installations, and the return of the Solid Sound Festival.    Headlining the birthday bash on May 25 will be Annie Lennox and The Pretenders will make an appearance on July 26 for a benefit concert. The museum will also host a public block party that day and a week  free admission earlier May for Berkshire County residents.   Joseph Thompson, who's been director of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art since the

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