BerkshireWeekend

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

Magnetic Fields, Dinosaur Jr, Benjamin Clementine, Artist Nick Cave Headline MASS MoCA Fall 2016 Season

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(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Art, music, and comedy fans will be well-served this fall season at MASS MoCA with a two-concert “50 Song Memoir” of new songs by Magnetic Fields, the return of 1990s power-grunge outfit Dinosaur Jr., Mercury Prize-winner Benjamin Clementine, and a massive, site-specific installation by artist Nick Cave in MASS MoCA’s football…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 22-25, 2016

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A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including chamber music; pottery shows; art exhibitions; and experimental indie-rock.       THE SEBASTIANS to PLAY BAROQUE in MUSIC & MORE SERIES (NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Early music ensemble The Sebastians will perform vocal and instrumental works by Alessandro…

Shanghai Quartet to Play Mozart, Grieg, Foote and Zhou Long in Chatham

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(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The internationally acclaimed Shanghai Quartet will be joined by flutist Eugenia Zukerman in a program entitled “From East to West,” at St. James Church on Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 pm, as part of the Leaf Peeper Concert Series presented by Clarion Concerts. The Shanghai Quartet’s elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern…

Third Annual Southern Berkshire Pottery Tour

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(SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES, Mass.) – Six leading potters of the Southern Berkshires will open their studios the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, for the third annual Berkshire Pottery Tour. Studios will be open from 10 to 5 each day. Admission is free and families are welcome. The self-guided motor tour takes art lovers through…

Trixie Whitley to Bring Original Indie-Rock to Club Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Indie-rock scion Trixie Whitley – the daughter of the late Texas experimental blues musician Chris Whitley – will bring her unique brand of moody, melodic indie-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 25, at 8pm. Experimental rocker Indigo Street warms up the crowd for Whitley. Trixie Whitley is one-of-a-kind. The 29-year-old…

Jewish World Music Ensemble to Perform at Simon’s Rock

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(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Hevreh Ensemble, an instrumental group dedicated to the performance of music that reflects or was inspired by Judaism and Jewish culture, will perform at Simon’s Rock College in the Kellogg Music Center on Sunday, September 25, at 3pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Hevreh Ensemble performances…

The Sebastians to Play Baroque in Music & More Series

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(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Early music ensemble The Sebastians will perform vocal and instrumental works by Alessandro Stradella, Handel, Buxtehude, Biber, and other baroque masters in “Over the Alps,” a program tracing the musical evolution of the Italian style as it migrated over the mountains to the Austro-German regions, as part of the Music &…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 15-18, 2016

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A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a huge bluegrass and roots-music festival; a solo piano recital; world music; guitar rock; political cartoons; and a whole lot more.       ROSANNE CASH, RICKY SKAGGS, OLD CROW, and GLEN HANSARD HEADLINE FRESHGRASS at MASS MoCA (NORTH…

Guitars, Artworks and Readings Featured at Basilica SoundScape

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Minimalist-metal duo Bell Witch, black-metal duo Wolves in the Throne Room, indie-folk rocker Angel Olsen, and Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky headline this year’s Basilica SoundScape festival, at Basilica Hudson on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. Artists featured include Cal Lane, Heather Benjamin, and Lisa Laratta. Spoken-word performers, reading…