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Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange?

07/25/2014 05:43 PM EDT
Marvel reportedly will make Comic-Con announcement this weekend. Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch also were on the shortlist for the role. 
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'Sharknado 2': Will 'The Second One' have the same bite?
07/27/2014 05:12 PM EDT - The promotional hubub preceding the sequel, to air July 30, stands in stark contrast to the distinct lack of hype that accompanied the original. By director Anthony C. Ferrante hopes for another social media tidal wave.  Full Story

 
 
 
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Tanglewood: National Youth Orchestra of the USA a special event in Ozawa Hall

07/26/2014 12:11 AM EDT
LENOX -- It’s no surprise to followers of the Tanglewood Music Center and Boston University Tanglewood Institute orchestras that if you listen to a good youth orchestra with your eyes closed, you can think you’re hearing pros. 
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Barrington Stage Company's 'Breaking the Code': A powerful drama resonates
07/24/2014 07:22 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- One of the more revealing moments in director Joe Calarco's haunting production of British playwright Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" at Barrington Stage Company comes early in the first act. Full Story

Berkshires After Dark: Barcade is retro fun for adults
07/25/2014 12:23 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON -- The rumor mill delivered exciting news to my doorstep last year. Full Story

Self-publishing photography and art books lecture
07/24/2014 07:20 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO - A lecture by Stan Sherer and Abraham Ravett on how to self publish photography and art books will take place Sunday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m . Full Story

Music from Salem hosting cowboy-themed gala
07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Join Music from Salem for a cowboy-themed gala on July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Argyle, New York. Fantastic food, great music performed by Music from Salem musicians, dancing, silent auction featuring some great western-themed items (think: boots and saddles!), and more! Join us for a terrific fun-filled evening and support Music from Salem. Full Story

Local artist Renée Bouchard wins emerging artist contest
07/23/2014 09:52 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Artist Renée Bouchard has been selected as the winner of Down East Magazine’s Maine College of Art (MECA) Emerging Artist Contest. Bouchard’s winning art will be featured one of the interior commemorative covers for Down East Magazine’s 60th Anniversary issue in August. Full Story

Open mic tonight at UU Fellowship
07/23/2014 09:51 PM EDT - An open mic night featuring local musicians will be held tonight, Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St., Bennington. Coffee, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Full Story

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Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" was not an option. Full Story
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Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Full Story
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Batkid documentary in the works

A film about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old who stole the hearts of millions when he “saved Gotham” as part of a Make-a Wish Foundation event in San Francisco, is underway, but needs funds to be finished; a trailer has aired at Comic-Con.