BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview June 23-26, 2016

Jeremy Kittel Band

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a modern, jazzy take on Bach; contemporary dance; early music; classic Tennessee Williams; and punk-fueled string-band music, plus a whole lot more.       JEREMY KITTEL BAND OPENS PS21 SEASON with BACH (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – PS21: Performance Spaces…

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Kicks off Jacob’s Pillow Season

Scene from Alejandro Cerrudo’s 'Silent Ghost' by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (photo Rosalie O'Connor)

(BECKET, Mass.) – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet kicks off Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016 with a program of works by choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo, Fernando Melo, and Cayetano Soto in the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday, June 22, through Sunday, June 26. The program opens with Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Silent Ghost,” exhibiting Cerrudo’s haunting,…

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ Opens Mainstage Season at BTG

Michael Raymond-James

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” about a Southern family’s web of emotional deceit, opens the summer season at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group, running from Friday, June 22, through Saturday, July 16. The play will be directed by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize award-winning…

Joshua Redman Brings Jazz Quartet to Mahaiwe

Joshua Redman (photo Jay Blakesberg)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-nominated jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman will make his second appearance at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, June 26, at 7pm. The Joshua Redman Quartet, featuring Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), and Gregory Hutchinson (drums), performs new original music and jazz classics. After winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz…

Jeremy Kittel Band Kicks Off PS21 Season with Original Take on Bach

Jeremy Kittel Band

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century kicks off its summer 2016 performance series with the eleventh annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert, featuring award-winning American violinist, fiddler, and composer Jeremy Kittel and his band in The Tent at PS21 on Saturday, July 2, at 7:30pm. Fluent in multiple musical genres, Kittel…

Laney Jones Brings New Folk-Rock Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Laney Jones & the Spirits (photo Darin Back)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana outfit Laney Jones and the Spirits bring their rock-fueled string-band music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, June 23, at 8pm. Local heroes Chops and Sauerkraut, joined by steel guitar player Teddy Weber of the Wiyos, will warm up the crowd for Laney Jones.  With their melodic hooks and bashing rhythms…

One-Man Roots Band to Play MASS MoCA

Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The Pioneer Valley’s Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket brings his one-man roots-music band to MASS MoCA on Saturday, June 25, at 8pm. The concert is a sampler of the talent featured each year at MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass Festival, taking place this year September 16-18. Pulling his moniker from the luggage…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, June 15-21, 2016

Brushstrokes, 1967. Roy Lichenstein. Screenprint. Gift of Philip Johnson. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Photo Credit:  Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. Artwork © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including pop legends at Tanglewood; abstract expressionism at the Rockwell Museum; new plays; old musicals, and a whole lot more.   DOLLY PARTON, BRIAN WILSON, JACKSON BROWNE and EW&F KICK OFF TANGLEWOOD POP SEASON (LENOX, Mass.) – A grand slam…

‘Fiorello!’ Gets Revival at BTG’s Unicorn Theatre

Austin Lombard

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “Fiorello!,” the 1959 musical about New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who broke up the stranglehold so-called Tammany Hall had on New York City politics, is being revived by Berkshire Theatre Group at the Unicorn Theatre from Wednesday, June 15, through Saturday, July 23. The winner of three Tony Awards, the musical,…

Debra Jo Rupp, Tamara Tunie Take Leads at Barrington Stage

Tamara Tunie

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The summer theater season at Barrington Stage Company gets fully underway this weekend when Debra Jo Rupp opens in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Kimberly Akimbo” and Tamara Tunie of TV’s “Law and Order” creates the lead role in the world premiere of “American Son,” written by Christopher Demos-Brown and already winner of…