BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 1-4, 2016

And The Kids

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a chamber concert of music by Saint-Saens and Cesar Franck; a live multimedia documentary about life in a Mexican border town; a holiday-themed acoustic music concert; a photographic look at the lost Catskills resorts; and a whole lot…

Catskills Photographer Uncovers Forgotten World of Borscht Belt

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  (AMHERST, Mass.) – Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld will speak about her years-long project documenting the ruins of the once vital resorts in the Catskill Mountains and sign copies of her new book, “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” (Cornell University Press) at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, April…

And the Kids Bring Indie-Rock to Colonial

And The Kids

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Indie rock band And The Kids, the Pioneer Valley’s answer to Arcade Fire, perform at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, December 1, at 8pm. And The Kids channel existential crises into pop euphoria. With this sleight of hand, the quartet manages to conjure chunky indie rock, blissful new wave,…

Documentary Performance Work About Mexican Border Town at MASS MoCA

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(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Theater Mitu’s multimedia performance work “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology,” which explores the juxtaposition of neighboring border communities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas — one a hot zone of the drug cartel wars, the other the self-proclaimed “Safest Large City in America” – will be staged at MASS MoCA…

Darol Anger Brings Tony Trischka and All-Star Acoustic Lineup to Helsinki Hudson for Acoustic Roots Holiday Show

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Violinist and acoustic music legend Darol Anger brings his annual holiday-music program – this year featuring banjo genius Tony Trischka and rising singer-songwriter Emy Phelps – to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, December 4, at 8pm. The concert will feature an all-star cast of string musicians in a multigenerational musical experience focusing…

Works by Saint-Saëns and César Franck Featured in Chamber Concert at Mahaiwe

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(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Works by Saint-Saëns and César Franck and the object of their mutual love, Augusta Holmès, are on tap in “L’Amour Toujours,” a chamber concert at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, December 3, at 6pm, part of the Close Encounters With Music series. Featured musicians are pianist Roman Rabinovich, violinists Diana Cohen, Sarah…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Nov 24-28, 2016

Simi Stone

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a concert by soul-rock monster Simi Stone; a ‘Messiah’ sing-along; Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones; a new musical work inspired by Norman Rockwell; art exhibitions; and a whole lot more.     SIMI STONE BRINGS ‘MOUNTAIN MOTOWN’ to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON,…

Norah Jones Brings ‘Day Breaks’ Tour to UPAC

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(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones brings her “Day Breaks” tour, featuring music from her jazzy, recently released sixth album by that name, to UPAC on Monday, November 28, at 8pm. After several albums that saw Jones mining Americana, pop, and electronic music, on “Day Breaks” she returns to the sort of piano-based…

Lucky 5 Swing-Jazz Group Entertains at Egremont Barn

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(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – The Lucky 5, a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and Gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers, entertains at The Barn at The Egremont Village Inn on Friday, November 25, at 8pm. The Lucky 5 performs original compositions…

New Choral-Jazz Work Inspired by Illustrator Gets Preview at Norman Rockwell Museum

Crescendo Vocal Ensemble

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Crescendo Vocal Ensemble and members of the Berkshire Children’s Chorus, accompanied by a small ensemble of instrumentalists, will perform excerpts from “Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell,” a new multimedia collaboration by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Crescendo, and composer John Myers, will have a work-in-progress preview at the Norman Rockwell…