BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 31-Sept 5, 2016

The B-52s Bring New Wave Back to Tanglewood

Parsons Dance Brings Down Curtain on PS21 Summer Season

Celebration of Books Returns to Spencertown Academy

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 31-Sept 5, 2016

Eric Umble (photo Tayla Nebesky)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including new wave avatars the B-52s; modern dance; a reggae legend; a book fair; chamber music; political satire; and a whole lot more.     PARSONS DANCE BRINGS DOWN CURTAIN on PS21 SUMMER SEASON (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Parsons Dance brings…

The B-52s Bring New Wave Back to Tanglewood

The B-52s (l-r) Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson (photo Pieter M Van Hattem)

(LENOX, Mass.) – The summerlong party continues at Tanglewood on Friday, September 2, at 8pm, when new-wave avatars the B-52s are joined by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a trip back to the early 1980s, when the then-Athens, Ga.-based band ruled MTV with their creative videos for their danceable, space-rock hits including…

Parsons Dance Brings Down Curtain on PS21 Summer Season

Ahmad Simmons, Elena d’Amario, Eoghan Dillon, Geena Pacareu, Ian Spring, Omar Roman De Jesus, Sarah Braverman, Zoey Anderson / Parsons Dance (photo  Lois Greenfield)

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Parsons Dance brings down the curtain on the third annual Chatham Dance Festival and the performing arts summer season at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century with its 11th consecutive appearance at PS21 on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3, at 8pm. Internationally renowned for creating and performing accessible and…

Celebration of Books Returns to Spencertown Academy

Russell Shorto  (photo Keke Keukelaar)

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Spencertown Academy’s 11th annual Festival of Books, featuring a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program, takes place over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 3, through Monday, September 5.  Featured authors this year include Christopher Breiseth, Elizabeth Brundage, Michelle Hoover, Courtney…

Chamber Concert Features Works by Ives, Carter, Dvorak at the Clark

Eric Umble (photo Tayla Nebesky)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Leading players of The Orchestra Now and the Juilliard School will perform works by Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, and Antonin Dvorak on the Spencer Terrace of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, September 3, at 3 pm. The chamber music repertoire in this free concert…

Dave and Phil Alvin Bring Roots-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Dave and Phil Alvin (photo Jeff Fasano)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Dave and Phil Alvin, who cofounded seminal early LA punk-roots band The Blasters in 1979, bring their brotherly reunion tour to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 3, at 9pm. Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones continue to make up for lost time, which also happens to be the name…

Works by Melissa Matsuki Lillie Go on View at Berkshire Museum

Melissa Matsuki Lillie

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Works by Melissa Matsuki Lillie will be featured in the BerkshireNow gallery space at Berkshire Museum from Friday, September 2, through Sunday, November 20, 2016. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 8pm, in conjunction with Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk, when the museum’s BerkshireNow gallery is…

Everton Blender’s Jamaican Rhythms Bring Curtain Down on Summer at MASS MoCA

Everton Blender

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Reggae legend Everton Blender brings his signature fusion of classic roots and dancehall rhythms to Courtyard C at MASS MoCA on Saturday, September 3, at 8pm. Blender’s spiritually uplifting themes infuse deeply rooted cultural pride into his music, making him a powerful presence in the world of Jamaican culture. Blender’s brand…

Capitol Steps Wraps Up Election Year Summer Residency at Cranwell

capitol steps poster

(LENOX, Mass.) – There are a couple more chances to laugh off some election-year stress this weekend as the award-winning musical satire group The Capitol Steps completes its summer residency at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in two final shows on Thursday, Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 2, at 8pm each night. The Capitol Steps are always…

One-Time Berkshire Poets Team Up for NYC Reading

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – Former Berkshire resident Taylor Mali and Amy Clampitt Fellow Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will be holding a reading together on Thursday, October 6, at 8 pm (doors 7:30) at The Sheen Center, at 18 Bleecker St., in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, as part of its “2: The Art of the Duo” series. The reading will take…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 24-28, 2016

Dance Heginbotham Easy Win photo by AMBER STAR MERKENS

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, includes a concert by a Grammy Award-winning Cajun outfit; a cutting-edge dance concert; an exhibition of landscape photography; and a classic-rock band out of Queens, N.Y.       PS21 DANCE FEST CONTINUES with DANCE HEGINBOTHAM (CHATHAM, N.Y.) –…

Hollis Brown to Bring Classic Rock Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Hollis Brown

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hollis Brown brings its classic rock sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 27, at 9pm. The group should appeal to fans of the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), Hollis Brown, from Queens, N.Y., has achieved a significant amount of…

Landscapes by Photographer Jerry Freedner Go on View at Chatham Bookstore

Jerry Freedner, 'Grazing Sheep'

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – “The Farmer’s Art,” an exhibition of landscapes by photographer Jerry Freedner goes on view at the Chatham Bookstore with an opening reception on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show remains on view through September 6, 2016. A landscape photographer, Jerry Freedner is currently focusing his energy on the…

Why the Rogovoy Report Needs Your Ongoing Support

Seth Rogovoy (photo Richard Lovrich

The Rogovoy Report always has been and always will be free and open to anyone to visit, and the e-newsletters I produce under the Rogovoy Report banner are free to anyone who signs up. I am committed to this online publishing model, even though so many others are moving toward a paid subscription model. For…

Music & More Season Boasts Simon Shaheen, Nicholson Baker, Sarah Aroeste, Others

Simone Dinnerstein

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – As always, this year’s late-summer Music & More at the Meeting House series boasts an outstanding array chamber music, cabaret, and literary events with preeminent musicians, performers and writers, this year including musician Simon Shaheen, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and novelist Nicholson Baker, among others.           The series,…

Jacob’s Pillow Season Concludes with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Souleymane Badolo

Angelica Generosa of Pacific Northwest Ballet  (photo Angela Sterling)

(BECKET, Mass.) – Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of America’s premier ballet companies, concludes the mainstage season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Ted Shawn Theatre, Wednesday, August 24, to Sunday, August 28, in a program showcasing three works by a range of esteemed choreographers – “3 Movements” by Benjamin Millepied; “Sum Stravinsky” by Kiyon…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 24-28, 2016

Rubblebucket

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a Grammy Award-winning Cajun ensemble; a curtain-closing rouser at Tanglewood; cutting-edge dance-pop at MASS MoCA; a young, bestselling author at the Mount; and a whole lot more.       RUBBLEBUCKET BRINGS PSYCHEDELIC DANCE POP to MASS MoCA…