A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.
(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Emily Mure brings her original folk-pop to the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on Saturday, March 3, at 8pm. Mure combines nakedly transparent vocals, classical training, a diverse musical background, and a gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting into a highly personal, alluring sound. New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, “Worth,” brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and her raw, confessional songwriting.
(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “30under30:2,” a multimedia exhibition featuring works by 30 young artists hailing from or currently living in or around the Berkshires, is on view at No. Six Depot Gallery now through April 20. Artists represented include Isabella Tobiason, Dana Piazza, Fiona McTeigue, Wes Elliot, Erin Potter, Fiona Wood, Olivia Wade, Lee Blackmer, Rebecca van der Meulen, Sam Backhaus, Ruslan Sprague, and Molly Ann Almeida. The exhibition is curated by Mika Mintz.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – “Underground Railroad Game,” winner of the 2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work and named one of the top 10 theater experiences of 2016 by the New York Times, is being staged at the ’62 Center at Williams College on Thu, Mar 1, at 8pm. The vivid, piercing piece of experimental performance from Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special toes the line between sketch comedy and excruciating American history lesson, excavating hidden and often ugly truths about race, identity, and historical memory.
(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.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Renowned landscape painter Stephen Hannock, who calls Northern Berkshire home, will take part in Colloquium 2018: Making Art, Making Artists: Mentoring from Cole and Church to Today in the Arts Center Theatre at Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) on Thursday, March 1, at 7pm. Hannock is an American painter known for his landscapes –– flooded rivers, waterfalls, and wide vistas among them. Some of his work is thought to be inspired by the Hudson River School; “The Oxbow of 2000,” for one, was inspired by artist Thomas Cole and currently hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. The discussion will be moderated by Yura Adams, an artist and art educator currently serving as an adjunct member of the fine arts faculty at C-GCC.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Blues Traveler, avatars of 1990s jam-band rock, bring their Grammy Award-winning sound to the Mahaiwe on Sat, Mar 3, at 8pm. Led by singer-mouth harpist John Popper, the group is best known for its improvisational live shows and tireless touring.
(RICHMOND, Mass.) – A recital of American music for trombone, featuring Ronald Barron, retired principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will take place at Richmond Congregational Church on Sunday, March 4, at 3pm. The concert, which will benefit the Richmond Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund, also includes pianist Larry Wallach, trumpeter Allan Dean, and organist Nancy King, performing a cross-section of American musical culture. The trombone section of the Eagles Band of Pittsfield will also be featured in an arrangement Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.”
The program also includes a reworking of the famous “Variations on America” by Charles Ives, with the trombone playing selected lines from the original organ composition, while the organ plays the balance of the piece. Rounding out the program are four shorter compositions: “Fireside Tango” by Steven Winteregg; “Folksong” by Bruce Broughton; “Reflective Mood” by Sammy Nestico; and “Fandango” by Joseph Turrin.
SHANNON McNALLY to BRING SOULFUL AMERICANA to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings her rootsy songs and soulful vocals to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 2, at 9pm. Born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape – one that includes a Grammy nomination and a place onstage with a who’s who of rock, country, and soul, including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, Levon Helm, Charlie Sexton, Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Luther and Cody Dickinson, and Derek Trucks, among others.