(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – It will be a special homecoming when heartland rockers the BoDeans perform at the Colonial on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30pm, as the group is touring with Stockbridge native and local hero Kenny Aronoff – one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll drummers in history. Aronoff has played with the group on and off for over a decade, and is now considered an official member of the band, whose new album, “I Can’t Stop,” is due out the following week.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The New York Woodwind Quintet will play a diverse program including works by Renaissance composer Monteverdi, Beethoven, Anton Reicha, and Jean Francaix at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, April 18, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music chamber series. An ensemble-in-residence at the Juilliard School in New York City, the group includes flutist Carol Wincenc, oboist Stephen Taylor, clarinetist Charles Neidich, bassoonist Marc Goldberg, and French horn player William Purvis.
(LENOX, Mass.) – WAM Theatre’s second season of Fresh Takes Staged Readings kicks off with a reading of “Silence” by Moira Buffini, directed by Tod Randolph, at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge on Sunday, April 19. In “Silence,” a bride and groom forge a pact to keep a secret in this dark comedy where Shakespeare’s cross dressers meet Monty Python’s blithering knights.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Photographer Sally Eagle presents “Cuba at the Turning Point,” an illustrated talk on her recent trip to the Caribbean island much in the enws of late, at Berkshire Museum on Saturday, April 18, at 10:30 am. Eagle spent three weeks traveling around Cuba in December 2014, photographing the everyday lives of Cubans in cities like Havana and Santiago de Cuba and in smaller villages like Baracoa and Remedios. She will present a visual journey of the evolution of politics, architecture, culture and society in a fascinating country that is going through yet another historic transition, as relations with the United States warm to their greatest point in a half-century.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Emily Kalish will perform original works by five contemporary composers in a solo violin recital in the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Sunday, April 19 at 3pm as part of the Simon’s Rock Alumni Concert Series. In 2013, seeking the opportunity to work closely with composers on new music, Kalish commissioned new solo violin works from composers with whom she is personally connected. Kalish will perform works by Larry Wallach, James Bergin, Sato Matsui, Amy Reich and Gary Philo. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Ohio-based folk-Americana group Over the Rhine brings its glistening harmonies and wistful ballads to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 17, at 9pm. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist are the core of Over the Rhine, named after the Cincinnati neighborhood from which they hail. The group’s members were variously inspired by Van Morrison, Charles Bukowski, Buddy Holly, old gospel hymns, the “Great American Songbook,” and the Civil War. Over the Rhine especially appeals to fans of Cowboy Junkies, with whom they have toured as “adjunct” members.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Caroline Rose, named by NPR’s Bob Boilen as his favorite discovery at 2014’s Americana Music Festival, brings her unique style of postmodern blues to the Tavern at the Williams Inn on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30pm (doors open at 6pm), as part of the Barntone Sessions series. Described by Boilen as “punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way,” with lyrics that “tell some serious stories,” Boilen noted, if you “find [Caroline Rose] on tour, [it’s] a show definitely worth seeing.”
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Pressure Cooker,” a documentary about an inner-city high school culinary arts class that garnered the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Audience Award and Jury Prize Award for Best Documentary in 2009, will have an encore screening as part of BIFF’s 10th Anniversary Season on Sunday, April 19, at 11am, at the Triplex Cinema. Award-winning director Jennifer Grausman (“Art and Craft”) and director Mark Becker will be in attendance for a Q&A immediately following the film. The event is free and open to the public.