BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 23-27

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a striking juxtaposition of illustrator and choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow; Shakespeare outdoors; opera; swing, and a whole lot more.     MAIRA KALMAN and JOHN HEGINBOTHAM JOIN FORCES at JACOB’S PILLOW (BECKET, Mass.) – “The Principles of Uncertainty,”…

John S. Hall to Bring Punk-Poetry and Unusual Squirrel to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Punk-poet John S. Hall, best known as founder/leader of avant-rock group King Missile, brings his new group, Unusual Squirrel, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 10, at 7pm, as part of the monthly Rogovoy Salon series curated and hosted by music journalist Seth Rogovoy. Hall’s witty lyrics and spoken-word poems tell…

Music Inn to Be Celebrated at The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) –  The Music Inn will be remembered at “The Life and Times of Music Inn,” a multimedia celebration at The Mount on Friday, August 25, at 3pm, as part of the year-long Lenox 250th Celebration. The event will feature stories, video, audio tracks, memorabilia, and other Music Inn memories. From 1950 to 1979,…

Royal Jelly Jive Brings Brassy Gypsy-Soul to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – San Francisco-based Royal Jelly Jive brings its soulful, brassy party music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 25, at 9pm. Fronted by the streetwise, soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, Royal Jelly Jive plays a fusion of the jumpin’ jive of the 1940s, brass band music of the 1950s and ‘60s, and…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 16-20, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a legend of postmodern dance; Shakespeare outdoors; Frances McDormand and Suzzy Roche get early Shaker spiritual; abstract art at the Clark, and a whole lot more.     TRISHA BROWN DANCE PAYS TRIBUTE to FOUNDER at JACOB’S PILLOW…

Maira Kalman and John Heginbotham Join Forces at Jacob’s Pillow

(BECKET, Mass.) – “The Principles of Uncertainty,” a unique collaboration between choreographer John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator and author Maira Kalman, runs in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow from Wednesday, August 23, through Sunday, August 27. The evening-length dance-theatre work, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, is set to a score composed,…

Nona Hendryx Brings Art-Funk to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Nona Hendryx, a founding member of 1970s trio Labelle and backup vocalist on hits by Peter Gabriel, Prince, Yoko Ono, and Talking Heads, brings her distinctive art-funk and her Dream Opera – The Sound of Dreaming to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 19, for a two-part performance collaboration with Nick Cave:…

Ephrat Asherie Dance Brings Cutting-Edge Street Dance to PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Ephrat Asherie Dance brings its blend of street and social dance to PS21 on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26, at 8pm, as part the Chatham Dance Festival. The  company’s work straddles the genres of dance and theater, and is inspired by the New York City club scene of the late-1990s…

Squirrel Nut Zippers Headline Swing Bash at Butternut

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Neo-swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers headline the Hot Summer Swing Bash at Ski Butternut on Saturday, August 26. The daylong event features performances by the Lucky 5, Blue Light Trio, and others, running from 3 to 8pm. Squirrel Nut Zippers play a high-energy fusion of Delta blues, Gypsy jazz, 1930s-era swing,…

Berkshire Opera Festival Stages Strauss’s ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ at Colonial

  (PITTSFIELD, Mass.)  – Berkshire Opera Festival stages a new production of Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, August 26; Tuesday, August 29; and Friday, September 1 at 7:30pm. What happens when high art and lowbrow comedy collide? This hilarious “behind-the-scenes” opera answers the question when a wealthy patron who…