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A collaborative artist workspace recently celebrated its grand opening in downtown North Adams, a city intent on capitalizing on the creative economy.

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  Duncan Sheik will be performing in our region on April 10th at 7pm at the Drury Performing Arts Center at Drury High School in North Adams, MA. The concert was scheduled by students in the Performing Arts Management class at the school.

After breaking through in the late '90s with his Top 20 single "Barely Breathing", Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. His focus was on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, theatrical musicals like Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him 2 Tony awards and a Grammy.

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Demonstrations are planned in Berkshire County today to mark the one-year anniversary of the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital.

The North County Cares Coalition is seeking the return of a full-service hospital to the Northern Berkshires.

Protesters plan to gather outside North Adams City Hall at noon and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield at 2 p.m.

Since the closing of the North Adams Regional Hospital last year, Berkshire Health Systems purchased the campus and now operates a satellite emergency facility, but does not offer inpatient services.

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There’s new office space in downtown North Adams, an area some describe as not exactly booming with business. The new initiative is trying to break the mold of the traditional cubicle.

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Community efforts to revitalize a river in North Adams, Massachusetts are being rewarded by the state.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.

The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.

State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget approved by city councilors last week. The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.

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The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million budget for 2015, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.

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Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.

The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.

    

  This Saturday, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – MASS MoCA, will celebrate their 15th anniversary of operation in North Adams, MA with a huge blow-out party – and, of course, with an opening reception for a new exhibition, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below.

There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.

Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.

    The closure of North Adams Regional Hospital stunned the Berkshires.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he is working to re-open the shuttered hospital.

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