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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

FILM REVIEW: Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ gently satirizing Hollywood

The Coens provide seamless direction, richly recreating the old film genres and Hollywood without indulging in crude caricature.

Bits & Bytes: Fifth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival; Chinese New Year celebration; Ramsdell Library Sundays; Williams diversity series; EP from Oakes and Smith

Week Five of winter Sunday afternoons at Ramsdell Public Library, the focus will be on the suffragette movement in the United States and Great Britain.

Business Briefs: Protection against hacking; veteran parking at Carr Hardware; 3-D fee dropped at Beacon Cinema

Smaller businesses, as well as local governments and boards, are being actively targeted for hacking.

Bits & Bytes: Schumacher lectures; 10×10 submissions; virtual reality at Williams; spirit medium at Ventfort Hall; new Director of Development at Hillcrest

Both Savory and Smith have developed agricultural models based on natural systems which offer methods for farming with the potential to fix carbon, clean waters, and produce food more abundantly.

FILM REVIEW: ‘Trainwreck,’ a fabulous debut for comedienne Amy Schumer

Please, more movies from Amy Schumer. This was a bold first movie which holds great promise from our favorite comedienne of the moment.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Summer Strings; free summer movies 
in Pittsfield

The inspiration of director Erika Ludwig, Berkshire Summer Strings is a unique opportunity for local music students to learn from instructors active in the performance and composition of traditional styles of music.

AT THE CINEMA: ‘Love and Mercy’

If you weren’t a Beach Boys fan when you walked into this movie, you may have a new appreciation for them when you leave.

Berkshire International Film Festival: Final Day

This is what I love about film festivals -- actually learning about the making of the film and backgrounds of the filmmakers.

World Cup fever mounts in the Berkshires

It is a soccer extravaganza with an estimated worldwide viewing population of 3.2 billion humans, long anticipated and riddled with controversy. Yet soccer itself is the everyman’s game, ferociously beloved by both rich and poor, and everyone in between.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.