A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.
LEE SERLE, MAYA ZBIB, and MATEO LOPEZ COMBINE FORCES in MULTIMEDIA PROGRAM at MASS MoCA
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Australian choreographer Lee Serle presents a hands-on theater and sculpture work-in-progress exploring consumerism and individualism in America in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Sat, Nov 18, at 8pm. In collaboration with Colombian visual artist Mateo López and Lebanese theater director Maya Zbib, this exploration exemplifies Serle’s dedication to creating work in varied context and forms.
Yevgeny Kutik (photo Corey Hayes)
YEVGENY KUTIK to PLAY SAMUEL BARBER with BERKSHIRE SYMPHONY at WILLIAMS COLLEGE
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Acclaimed violinist Yevgeny Kutik will perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Berkshire Symphony in a free concert in Chapin Hall at Williams College on Fri, Nov 17 at 8pm. Kutik – who was born in Minsk in 1985 and who settled with his family as Jewish refugees in the Berkshires in 1990 — has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. The orchestra will also perform works by Honneger, Piston, and George Gershwin’s “American in Paris.”
ARLO GUTHRIE and FAMILY at MAHAIWE
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie brings “The Arlo Guthrie Family Show” to the Mahaiwe on Sat, Nov 18 at 8pm. Arlo’s dad Woody Guthrie had hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. The Re:Generation Tour realizes Woody’s dream through the inspiring work of Arlo and his children, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice.
COMEDIAN ROJO PEREZ at THE COLONIAL
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Comedian Rojo Perez, of Comedy Central and MTV’s “Decoded,” brings his wry, understated humor to the Comedy Garage Series at the Colonial on Thu, Nov 16, at 7:30pm.
LINDA GREENHOUSE to DISCUSS JOURNALISM at STOCKBRIDGE LIBRARY
(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse, best known for her three decades covering the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times, will discuss her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, as part of the Speaker Series at Stockbridge Library on Sat, Nov 18, at 4pm.
MEG WOLITZER and HEIDI PITLOR DISCUSS ART of the SHORT STORY at THE MOUNT
(LENOX, Mass.) – Novelist Meg Wolitzer, who edited the 2017 volume of “The Best American Short Stories,” will discuss the art of the short story with series editor Heidi Pitlor at The Mount on Sun, Nov 19, at 4pm.
COMIC BERNADETTE PAULEY at THE BARN
(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Rising comedian Bernadette Pauley headlines a trifecta of stand-up comics at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on Fri, Nov 17, at 8pm. Also on the bill are Danny Cohen and the Barn’s own Jenny Rubin.
Justin Townes Earle (photo Joshua Black Wilkins)
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE to BRING ORIGINAL FOLK-ROCK to CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana music scion Justin Townes Earle – the son of Steve Earle – will bring his country-inflected brand of folk-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sun, Nov 19, at 8pm. Nashville singer-songwriter Joshua Hedley warms up the crowd for Earle.