BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 12-15, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a festival of new music; a sneak peek at cutting-edge performance art; a mini-festival of old and new plays; Moroccan trance grooves, the circus comes to town; and a whole lot more.         SHAKESPEARE &…

Club D’Elf and John Medeski Bring Moroccan Trance Grooves to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club D’Elf, featuring superstar keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood fame, return to Club Helsinki Hudson with their funky world-trance grooves on Saturday, January 14, at 9pm, to celebrate the long-awaited release of “Live at Club Helsinki,” an epic double album that showcases the band’s genre-leaping improvisational…

Bindlestiff Cirkus Brings Monthly Winter Cabaret to Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret kicking off at 9pm on Friday, January 13; continuing on Saturday, February 18; and again on Saturday, March 11;…

New Work by Richard Move Gets Sneak Peek at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Choreographer and multimedia performance artist Richard Move will stage a one-night-only work-in-progress showing of “XXYY” in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Friday, January 20 at 8pm. The new collaboration, exploring the multiplicities of the gender spectrum while deconstructing the conventional binaries of male and female, is conceived and directed…

Works by Reich, Zorn, Rzewski and Mingus on Tap at Williams New Music Festival

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Composers including minimalist pioneer Steve Reich, downtown lion John Zorn, avant-gardist Frederic Rzewski and jazz legend Charles Mingus will have their works performed as part of I/O Fest 2017, a four-day festival of new music at Williams College running Thursday, January 12, through Sunday, January 15, at various venues around Williamstown. The…

Shakespeare & Company Presents Winter Studio Festival of Plays

(LENOX, Mass.) – Plays by Sam Shepard, Sarah Ruhl, and Anton Chekhov will be featured in Shakespeare & Company’s annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays on Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15. The weekend of staged readings, featuring both emerging and established artists, also includes works by local playwrights Emily Devoti and Robert Sugarman.…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 29 2016 – Jan 1 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including chamber music; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a display of Saturday morning cartoon art; and a whole lot more.     BACH’S BRANDENBURG CONCERTI at MAHAIWE (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Berkshire Bach Ensemble will ring out the old…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 22-31

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including chamber music; vintage jazz; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a display of Saturday morning cartoon art; and a whole lot more.         BACH’S BRANDENBURG CONCERTI at MAHAIWE (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Berkshire Bach…

Hayes Carll to Bring Grammy-Nominated Roots-Folk to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll brings his roots-oriented original songs to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, December 29, at 8pm. Carll is equally known for his outspoken politically-infused rockers and his self-described “degenerate love songs.” His most recent album, “Lovers and Leavers,” came out earlier this year. Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer will…