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'Eddie the Eagle': Doesn't Soar
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:33PM / Friday, March 04, 2016
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I didn't mind too terribly the obviousness and predictability of director Dexter Fletcher's "Eddie the Eagle," a biopic about the underdog (and lone) British ski jumper who charmed everyone at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Rather, I let its goodwill and well-meaning parable about determination in the face of overwhelming odds wash over me, giving the movie points for its unpretentious, Disney-like sincerity. Such basic, filmic oases far from the cynicism of cutting edge this, hi-tech that and metaphor-loaded obscurities are nature's way of rebooting our brains.

You get what you see, and nothing much more: a pleasant ride through the sweet and polite, Golden

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Arrowhead Opens Baseball Exhibit on Friday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Friday, March 04, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie of the Year

"What's interesting is Jeff Bagwell is labeled a singles hitter who all of a sudden started to show power, and what did they think? That he was taking something," said Larry Moore, one of the curators of "Baseball and the Berkshires," which opens on Friday at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.

What is more interesting

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Berkshire Tidbits: Leaping Into Spring
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:34PM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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Maple trees are waking up all around the Berkshire area. At this point, this changeable but pretty warm winter, everybody is already tapping in the sugarbushes. Sap is running intermittently and being boiled into gallons of syrup.

Most producers have syrup to sell. Some producers have already made hundreds of gallons.

This is past weekend all the sugarhouses that serve sit-down meals opened up to serve their fresh syrup. Most of them like to have visitors come watch the syrup being made in the sugarhouse, too.

Here's who's open for you to eat homemade pancakes and waffles and "anything you can put maple syrup on!" as Tom McCrumm of South Face Farm at the

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'Race': Takes the Silver
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:04PM / Friday, February 26, 2016
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If only we were as proficient at correcting our social sins as we are at chronicling them. My case in point is director Stephen Hopkins' "Race," a dutiful but dramatically average telling of the heroic odyssey that made Jesse Owens a worldwide sports legend. We, in the more enlightened nooks and hollers, are properly abashed at the stumbling blocks  Owens had to hurdle on his way to glory in the 1936 Berlin Olympiad.

Yet, beneath our conceit, we shiver in the knowledge that there are still cave dwellers in those intolerant areas loath to celebrate humanity's égalité. So we watch respectfully, basking in this one victory, a steppingstone that etched

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Mass MoCA Hosts Multimedia Project 'The Aging Magician'
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
02:21AM / Friday, February 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Coming to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for a residency and premiere of "The Aging Magician," composer Paola Prestini says multimedia productions are necessarily intimate and lengthy collaborations, children of multiple-parentage that reflect their genes seamlessly.

"I've been working on it with the same team for many, many years," she said. "Believe it or not, is really, really a collaboration where all the elements, we couldn't do one without the other."

The idea for the show began with Prestini hoping to reimagine the classic tale of Charon crossing the River Styx, in her version a journey to Coney Island that

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Berkshire Tidbits: Winter Comfort Food
By Judith Lerner,
10:55AM / Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Well, winter is ensconced, even if it is not as dreadful as the last one. Coziness, comfort, heartiness and abundance are all welcome in our food right now.

Soup. Stew. Burbling baked and potted meals. Lavish sauces and drinks are what we want.


Let's start with upcoming cooking classes, the first of which is a cheese and wine pairing seminar aton Saturday, Feb. 20 from 3 to 5 p. m. for $75. Call 413-528-0488 to register. Owner/cheesemonger Matt Rubiner also gives private classes and seminars.

This week's first hands-on cooking class is actually titled .

Chef Julie Gale, owner of At the Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N. Y., will present her winter comfort foods class —

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'Goldberger in Oscarland': Digging Deep for the Winners
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Columnist
04:00PM / Thursday, February 18, 2016
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I peered out my window. It was Oscar picking time. But no help seemed forthcoming. Over the years I've depended on the kindness of strangers to help make my selections. Last year the politically innocent squirrels who call my backyard home (a fat bunch since named The Goldberger Squirrels) made the treacherous journey across an angrily blockaded George Washington Bridge to deliver a packet containing the "winners" names.

Previous years saw me kidnapped by aliens and spirited away to their planet where, Elvis, alive and in exile, supplied the cherished picks, graciously served up with a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

However, with no such succor made available this

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'Hail, Caesar!': I Come to Criticize, and Praise a Little, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:51PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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While love has been a major theme of motion pictures since the medium's inception, Hollywood hath no greater love than that of itself. Thus it was only a matter of time before the filmmakers Coen, les frères Ethan and Joel, would sing a paean to the industry where they've so consummately plied their artistry. Set in the 1950s, the last, so-called glory days of the studio system, the deliciously parodic "Hail, Caesar!" starring Josh Brolin as fixer Eddie Mannix, is both adoring homage and acerbic satire.

Movie buffs will have a field day identifying the characters both scandalous and heroically upright, even if the Coens themselves claim no direct allusions, but

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Berkshire Tidbits: Valentine's Delights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:52PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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This week's Tidbits has to start with the first Throwback Thursday social media postings on Feb. 11 to begin 20th anniversary, 413-458-0123, 777 Cold Spring Road/Route 7 in Williamstown. Friday evening, Feb. 12, will feature a 1996 throwback dance party and celebration after dinner at 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, Valentine's Day weekend dining and drinking plays right into the celebratory atmosphere.

Since the summer of 2010, Mezze has been in the renovated lovely building and grounds that still housed the county-popular, longtime Le Jardin traditional French restaurant when owner — originally chef/owner — Nancy Thomas first opened Mezze as a small

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Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery.

The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient.

Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

"We hit it off, we both had the same vision of what we wanted," said Matt Tatro last week in the newly furnished dining room of Grazie on Marshall Street. "We're both hard working guys, family oriented."

Moresi said it was the right partnership, with each

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