BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 26-30, 2015

Parsons Dance (photo Lois Greenfield)

SOLOMON GEORGIO to BRING EDGY COMEDY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Solomon Georgio brings his pungent brand of indignant irreverence to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 29, at 8pm. Little known in the comedy world until his much-lauded debut on “Conan,” Georgio is making a name for himself with tongue-in-cheek humor that…

Solomon Georgio to Bring Edgy Comedy to MASS MoCA

Solomon Georgio

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Solomon Georgio brings his pungent brand of indignant irreverence to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 8pm. Little known in the comedy world until his much-lauded debut on “Conan,” Georgio is making a name for himself with tongue-in-cheek humor that takes on race, colonialism, and sexuality. The self-described…

Jacob’s Pillow Season Finale Pays Tribute to Ella Baff

Ella Baff (photo Christopher Duggan)

(BECKET, Mass.) – In honor of executive and artistic director Ella Baff’s final season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrates the close of its 83rd season with a Festival Finale event on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Tickets for the Festival Finale include a performance by the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company in the Ted Shawn Theatre…

Comic Actor Eddie Izzard and Broadway Star Idina Menzel Head to Tanglewood

Idina Menzel

(LENOX, Mass.) – English comic actor Eddie Izzard and Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel perform at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27, and Saturday, August 29, respectively, at 7 p.m. Izzard is known for bizarre, tangential, and absurd comic narratives rooted in creativity and wit. Menzel created the role of Maureen Johnson in “Rent” and is…

Parsons Dance Performs at PS21 as Part of Three-Week Residency

Parsons Dance (photo Lois Greenfield)

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – As part of a three-week long residency at PS21, Parsons Dance Company will perform on Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, at 8pm. The residency marks the tenth season that Parsons Dance has been at PS21, where the ensemble is making use of PS21’s facilities to develop new dance works, teach dance classes,…

The Big Takeover Brings Jamaican Riddims to Helsinki Hudson

The Big Takeover

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Upstate New York’s ska-reggae outfit the Big Takeover brings its Jamaican riddims to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 22, at 9pm. The group’s third album, “Children of the Rhythm” boasts the band’s signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts. Mad Satta will warm up the crowd for Big…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 20-23, 2015

Jane Pfitsch and Christopher Innvar in 'His Girl Friday' at BSC (photo Kevin Sprague)

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED’S NEW COMPANY MAKES PILLOW DEBUT (BECKET, Mass.) – L.A. Dance Project, an exuberant contemporary dance collective hailing from Los Angeles, makes a rare East Coast appearance in its Jacob’s Pillow debut at the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 to 22. Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer,…

Program Explores Connection Between Van Gogh’s Art and Music

ERC musicians in 'Van Gogh;s Ear'

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Van Gogh’s Ear,” a theatrical concert performance by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) that explores the connection between the painter’s artistic vision and music of the time, will receive 12 performances at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) from Thursday, August 20, through Sunday, August 30, 2015. The…