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Berkshire Tidbits: Baby Animals, Say Cheese
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:59PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016
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A wintry week of wine tastings and dinners, cooking classes, an annual food conference and the last indoor winter farmers' market of the season in downtown Pittsfield — in May it will move back outdoors to the Pittsfield Common. And lots of other tidbits.     The menu for the for the week of April 4 will be:   Chicken parmesan served with spaghetti and sautéed spinach Shrimp and vegetable curry with basmati rice Balsamic glazed meatloaf served with mashed potatoes green beans and mushrooms   Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They

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'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice': The World is Too Much with Them
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:49PM / Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Remember when you were little and the kids on the block would argue who was greater, Batman or Superman? The ragamuffins on Dewey Street were evenly divided, pretty much the way they were between the Yankees and the Dodgers. Frankly, it was a no-brainer to me. The Yanks had The Mick, and, while Batman had all sorts of gadgetry, Superman had super powers. I know, I know, there's that Achilles heel thing, the accursed Kryptonite.

Still, Superman was my man. Besides, he and Batman would never fight. They were both good. So I didn't lose any sleep over it, and instead focused my contemplations on why in heaven someone would be a Dodger fan. I mean, they were "The Bums,"

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Berkshire Tidbits: Butcher's Workshop & Wellness Eating
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:04PM / Monday, March 28, 2016
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  Every Saturday afternoon between noon and 4, Spirited Wines, 444 Pittsfield Road/Route 7at the beginning of Holmes Road in Lenox, 413-448-2274, hosts a free wine and sometimes cheeses and other wine-friendly food tasting.   This week, Saturday, April 2, all the tastings are of local wines, beers, spirits and cheese. The producers will be Balderdash Cellars, a Pittsfield husband and wife winery; Graham Farmhouse Wines, another husband and wife winery, this one in West Stockbridge; Berkshire Mountain Distillers (spirits) and Big Elm Brewing (beer) both of Sheffield; Jack's Abby Brewing out of Framingham, a three-brother team that makes German-style lager

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'Miracles from Heaven': Friendly Persuasion
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Thursday, March 24, 2016
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I think it was St. Augustine, if I may paraphrase a saint, who stated that one cannot prove God's existence through logic, but rather, only through one's faith. It is in this theological vein, whether consciously referencing the early Christian thinker or not, that director Patricia Riggen weaves her tear-jerking, often compelling "Miracles from Heaven."

The film is based on the true-life travail of Anna Beam, a terribly sick little girl superbly portrayed by Kylie Rogers.

The open-minded as well as the ever curious will find much to chaw on here, whereas devout atheists may view this faith-based exercise in religious conviction with the same disapproval a vegetarian

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Berkshire Tidbits: Easter Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:15PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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Looking for a place to dine on Easter Sunday, March 27?

Here are some restaurants I know of that are serving special Easter brunches or dinners or are open for a festive meal, but there are still more. Some have given me more information than others. All the meals are plus tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

, 327 Stockbridge Road/Route 7 in Great Barrington, 413-528-4001, the traditional Greek restaurant, will be open their regular hours, 11 to 9, serving their regular menus with specials of lamb soup, ham and stuffed sole.

, 420 Stockbridge Road/Route 7 in the Jenifer House Commons in Great Barrington, 413-528-8282, will add three Easter specials to its menu all day: a glazed

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Berkshire Tidbits: Greek Pastry & Wine Dinners
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:21PM / Monday, March 21, 2016
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The menu for the for the week of March 21 will be as follows:

Herb roasted rack of lamb with couscous and roasted asparagus
Rosemary, lemon and balsamic marinated chicken with saffron rice and grilled zucchini
Grilled shrimp over spinach and scallion pancakes with lime butter

Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for 12 dinners. They can be any of the dinners.

Order by Wednesday, pick up at the bakery in Lenox on Friday. The staff suggests people can order for different meals and can choose among that week's options. Contact Haven at 413-637-8948 or havencafebakery@gmail.com, to

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'The Brothers Grimsby': Fraternally Filthy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:02PM / Friday, March 18, 2016
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I don't quite know yet if I've been scarred for life by Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Brothers Grimsby," an audacious exercise in bad taste that goes over the top and, like a playground swing gone wild, loops around a few times. It'd be easy to simply say it's tasteless, vulgar garbage that would push the envelope of even the most broadminded viewers and end the review right here.

But then that would only be 68 words and they pay me the big bucks to deliver 830, give or take a bon mot. Besides, I laughed here and there and it may be therapeutic to analyze why.

Telling the tale of Nobby Butcher (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Sebastian Graves (Mark Strong), brothers

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Berkshire Tidbits: Introductions to Cheese, Maple Dining
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:49PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Classes and cheese pairing seminars continue at Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers this month.

Owner and presenter Matthew Rubiner has, wisely, divided his popular — FREE — kids' cheese tasting and talking classes, ,"  by age group. He admits that they are now "improved by age segregation."

Rubiner invites 3- to 8-year-olds "to come, taste and discuss a range of cheeses, where cheese comes from, how it gets to be so darn delicious and other interesting facts," on Tuesday, March 22 between 4 and 5 p.m.

He has set Tuesday, March 29, from 4 and 5 p.m. for the older kids, between the ages of 9 and 15, to taste and discuss

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Berkshire Tidbits: Maple Syrup, Early St. Paddy's Day
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:43PM / Friday, March 11, 2016
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On Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 5 p. m., chef Julie Gale, owner of At the Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N. Y., will interpret the classic brunch as part of theseries, 31 Railroad St. in Great Barrington, 413-528-0135. She will be making homemade gravlax, eggs Benedict and bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

The cost is class is $60 per person for a single class, $150 for a series of three. Payment is required in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. The Chef's Shop offers students a 10-percent discount on purchases made on a class day. Call or Email@TheChefsShop.com, to reserve a place.

 

will serve his annualat First Baptist Church, 88 South St. in Pittsfield, on

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'Zootopia': It's a Jungle out There
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:42PM / Friday, March 11, 2016
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With "Zootopia," a gaggle of doubtlessly well-intentioned writers and directors fail to snare the brass ring of kiddie-flick making, the award accorded to those movies that prove entertaining to children and adults alike.

Granted, it's a beautifully animated, satiric parable ostensibly meant to be Brittany and Tyler's introduction to civics. But while intelligent, responsible and hyperpacked with political correctness, the satisfaction it engenders in Grandma won't necessarily be matched by the joyful enchantment we'd hope to see on Junior's face.

Nope. By the time today's hip kid hits the Bijou he is pretty aware of what ails and threatens civilization,

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