BerkshireWeekend

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Oct 2-6, 2014

Peoples Champs collage

PEOPLE’S CHAMPS to BRING GLOBAL FUSION DANCE RHYTHMS to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Brooklyn-based world dance outfit People’s Champs will lay down global rhythms for a dance party at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 4, at 8pm in Club B-10. Led by trombonist Alex Asher and fronted by vocalist Cole Williams, the Brooklyn-based…

Pablo Aslan Quintet Brings Jazz Tango to Williams

Pablo Aslan

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – The Pablo Aslan Quintet brings its jazz-infused tango to Williams College on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 8pm, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Aslan also holds a same-day master class featuring talented Williams music students at 4:15 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. The quintet features Pablo Aslan, an…

People’s Champs to Bring Global Fusion Dance Rhythms to MASS MoCA

Peoples Champs collage

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Brooklyn-based world dance outfit People’s Champs will lay down global rhythms for a dance party at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 8pm in Club B-10. Led by trombonist Alex Asher and fronted by vocalist Cole Williams, the Brooklyn-based People’s Champs mash 1980s electro-accordion riffs, neo-soul vocals, and gritty…

Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Audrey Niffenegger at Bard

Audrey Niffenegger

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – In the second in a regular series of conversations hosted by Bard professor Neil Gaiman, author and artist Audrey Niffenegger (“The Time Traveler’s Wife”) discusses time travel, Doctor Who, graveyards, taxidermy, graphic novels, pictures, books, and long-distance romance. The program takes place on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the…

‘POE’ to Premiere at BTG

David Adkins

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “POE,” a new play about the great American poet and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe and his mysterious disappearance for four days in Baltimore in 1849, will get its world premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge in a Berkshire Theatre Group production starring David Adkins in the title role, running…

Shemekia Copeland to Bring Modern Blues and R&B to Helsinki Hudson

Shemekia Copeland (photo Sandrine Lee)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland will bring her singular brand of modern blues, funk, soul and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 3, at 9pm. The daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has established her own primacy in the field, literally having been…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 24-27, 2014

bowl

CHINESE PAINTER PAIRED with PHILLY CERAMICIST at IAP GALLERY (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Atmospheric paintings by New York-based Chinese artist Shen Chen and abstract-painting-inspired ceramic sculptures by up-and-coming American artist Lauren Mabry will be on view at Independent Art Projects (IAP) on the MASS MoCA campus from Thursday, September 25, through Sunday, November 16. There…

Mirror Visions Ensemble Performs Food-Themed Concert at Williams

Mirror Ensemble (photo J Henry Fair)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Mirror Visions Ensemble brings its “Concert à la Carte” – featuring food-themed songs by the likes of Barber, Berg, Bernstein, Bolcom, Porter and Schwartz – to Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 8pm. This free event is open to the public. The first half…