A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.
(NORTH ADAMS, MASS.) – Sinkane brings his electrifying, socially conscious, world-funk sextet to Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 24, at 8pm. The London-born, Sudan- and Ohio-raised Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane incorporates a wealth of musical influences in his unique, horn-laced soul fusion, reflecting his global background, with bits of Afro-pop, alt-rock, soul, blues, reggae, disco, electronica, free-jazz, and funk.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a 2017 Met Opera Audition winner, will make his Berkshire debut performing English song from Dowland, Purcell, and Handel in “Voice of the Baroque — A Close EnCountertenor,” at St. James Place on Saturday, February 24, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music Series. The concert will also include cellist and series artistic director Yehuda Hanani performing Bach’s Gamba Sonatas. Pianist for the evening is Michele Levin.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Barrington Stage Company presents its seventh annual 10X10 New Play Festival – featuring 10-minute plays as part of the 2018 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield – from Thursday, February 15, through Sunday, March 4, at BSC’s Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center. Playwrights represented include Patrick Gabridge, Eric Wade Fritzius, Brad Systma, Christine Foster, Tom Coash, Steven Korbar, James McLindon, Cathy Tempelsman, Jamie Roach, Eugenie Carabatsos; performers include Lucky Gretzinger, Matt Neely, Dina Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson, Keri Safran, and Robert Zukerman; directors include Julianne Boyd and Michael Penn.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Clarinetist Paul Green, mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix, and pianist David Anderegg join forces to perform “A Big Romance,” featuring works by Mozart, Ludwig Spohr, and others in a free concert at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Wednesday, February 21, at 7pm.
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – “The Global Impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,” an afternoon of film and music about the great composer, features a screening of “Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony” — including a Q&A with co-producer Greg Mitchell — and a Beethoven sonata performed by pianist Lincoln Mayorga, at Spencertown Academy on Saturday, February 24, at 4pm.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – “Women and Power,” an exhibition of works by ceramic artist Mary Anne Davis inspired by the manifesto of the same name by Mary Beard, opens at the Chatham Bookstore with a reception on Friday, February 23, from 5 to 7pm. The exhibit runs through April 6. The exhibit features a group of women Davis represents in decorated porcelain. Each of the women articulated in these whimsical representations held a certain kind of power. Many were trailblazers, such as Katherine Graham, Brooke Astor, and Dorothy Draper.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Author Allison Guertin Marchese discusses her new book, “Hudson Valley Curiosities: The Sinking of the Steamship Swallow, the Poughkeepsie Seer, the UFOs of the Celtic Stone Chambers and More” at the Chatham Bookstore on Saturday, February 24, at 5pm. A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A will follow a brief reading. The Malden Bridge author’s second history book features many of the stories she discovered while researching “The Hidden History of Columbia County, N.Y.” It contains some of the Hudson Valley’s most suspenseful, curious stories and features some of the most famous and infamous people to step foot in the region.
(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Gloria Stoll Karn is best known for her work in the pulp fiction industry during the 1940s, one of very few female artists working in the field creating illustrations and covers for popular romance and dime store magazines. Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance, an exhibition of works by Stoll Karn at Norman Rockwell Museum, explores the artist’s short but prolific career and her unexpected journey in a world previously assigned to male artists. From 1941 to 1949, Stoll Karn’s art appeared on the covers and pages of many Popular Publication magazines, including Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, New Detective, All-Story Love, New Love, Love Book, Love Short Stories, Love Novels, Romance, and Thrilling Love, as well Argosy. The artist, now in her 90s, continues to create art for her own enjoyment, exploring a range of themes and styles. (On view through Sunday, June 10)