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'The Grapes of Wrath': Bleed the Bitter Truth
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:51PM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Great Barrington Public Theater Will Stream New Full-Length Program
06:23PM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater will release an online video program on Monday, April 27, expressly created for theater lovers who are staying safe at home.

"Bear Tales: Six Feet Together" spotlights fresh work and stories from new and established voices. While primarily spotlighting the deep pool of talent residing in and around the Berkshires, it also includes a new one-woman play written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet, with the accomplished Rebecca Pidgeon taking the role of famed reporter, critic and bon vivant Dorothy Killgallen.   

"With stay-at-home social distancing the temporary new normal, a core group of

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'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House': Blueprint for a Comedy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:02PM / Friday, April 17, 2020
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Multiple Blandings houses were built around the country to promote the film. Here's a great story from the Toledo Blade about an Ohio one (and one apparently in 'Worchester, Mass.')

……………………………………………………………   "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) charmingly dramatizes why one of the great American pastimes, right up there with baseball, seeking out the best pizza and keeping up with the Joneses, is dreaming about finding or, better yet, building that dream house of your very

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Shakespeare & Company Postpones 2020 Summer Season
10:33AM / Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company is postponing its 2020 summer season to next summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Tuesday. 

This unanimous decision from the board of trustees, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis reflects the commitment to the health and safety of company patrons, artists, staff, students, volunteers, and extended community as the company's highest priority. 

The company intends to move as many of the productions planned between May and September 2020 as it can to 2021, including "King Lear" with Christopher Lloyd and the outdoor production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

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'Boom Town': Bet Your Bottom Dollar You'll Lose the Blues
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:04PM / Friday, April 10, 2020
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 ………………………………………………………………………………………………….   "Boom Town" (1940), a romantic adventure yarn about oil wildcatters starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr, passes with flying colors the GTWMOVF. In case you're unfamiliar with the designation, that's the Goldberger Test for Whether a Movie is One of your Very Favorites. It's foolproof. Just replace Goldberger with your own name.

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Boston Pops Cancels Spring Season; Tanglewood Decision Set for May
03:54PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Pops has canceled its spring season and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's return to its summer home at Tanglewood is yet unknown.    The Pops' spring season from mid-May to June was to have celebrated Keith Lockhart's 25th anniversary season has been postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   BSO officials say they are in daily conversations to assess the advisability of proceeding with upcoming programming over the next few months, including the 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and the 2020 Tanglewood season, in connection with the spread of COVID-19.    The cancellation of the upcoming season is the

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Jacob's Pillow Cancels Summer 2020 Season
03:26PM / Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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BECKET, Mass. — For the first time in its 88 year history, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has been canceled for the summer 2020 season.

The festival's board of trustees and executive leadership announced the decision on Tuesday. The festival had been scheduled for June 24-Aug. 30.

The Pillow, which has expanded to a year-round center over the past four years, already had cancelled all public events, artist residencies, and rentals from March 13 through April 25 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with state and federal mandates. 

"For the safety of our staff, artists, audiences and the larger Berkshire community, this is our only

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Real Eyes Gallery to Sell Elements of 'TP' Art for Food Project
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Friday, March 27, 2020
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Klein's 'Uber Waves' exhibit opened at Real Eyes Gallery March 7. ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Henry Klein never considered the everyday material he used in one of his art pieces would be in such high demand almost immediately.    Or that the wall of swooping rolls of tissue in the front window of Real Eyes Gallery would make passers-by stop in their tracks.   "I had no idea," Klein said in an exhibition talk the gallery live-streamed earlier this month. "I thought I was just being cute putting toilet paper on the wall."   The piece in the Park Street gallery comprises an entire 24-roll pack of toilet paper strung out to create waves.

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'One Touch of Venus': Love at First Sight
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
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……………………………………………………………………………………………………..   When asked to speak somewhere about what I think I know concerning this business of criticizing movies, the first inquiry of the Q&A period is inevitably, "What is your favorite movie?" Of course, I could play it safe by answering, "Citizen Kane" (1941) or "Casablanca" (1942) and head straight for the doughnuts. But it just wouldn't be true. So,

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'Emma': Coming Late to the Party
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:50PM / Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Point of disclosure: I find no movies more difficult to review than those I've bunched into the category I call: "Film Adaptations of 18th and 19th Century British and American Comedies of Manners, and those More Currently Written Paeans, like 'Downton Abbey,' Emulating said Bygone Style to Please Adults who Grew Up on the Stuff and Just can't get Enough of the Prim, Proper and Courtly."   In other words, stuff with which I never bothered.   It's not that I poohpooh the genre and all that it entails. Oh, that more of our population might attempt just a scantling of the civility so intelligently dissected by the likes of Jane Austen, whose

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