BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 18-21, 2014

Emmylou Harris

FRESHGRASS FESTIVAL at MASS MoCA to BRING ALL-STAR LINEUP of TRADITIONAL and PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS and ROOTS MUSIC (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Emmylou Harris, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O’Donovan, Sam Amidon, and the Infamous Stringdusters are just some of the bluegrass…

Weekend Celebration of John Cage Works at Bard

So Percussion

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – A rare performance of John Cage’s “The Ten Thousand Things” and a performance of Cage’s “We Are All Going in Different Directions” by S? Percussion will be featured as part of a weekend-long celebration of the avant-garde composer’s legacy at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday and Sunday, September 20…

Lydian String Quartet to Play Schubert, Ravel, Shostakovich at Music & More

Lydian String Quartet h

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – The Lydian String Quartet will play works by Schubert, Ravel, and Shostakovich at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 4:30pm, as part of the Music & More series. Winners of the Naumburg Award for chamber music, the Lydian String Quartet is Daniel Stepner and Judith Eissenberg,…

One-Man Show at BSC Celebrates Broadway Musicals

Jim Brochu in 'Character Man'

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu brings his new show, “Character Man” — a salute to the memorable character actors of Broadway – to Barrington Stage Company from Thursday, September 18, through Sunday, September 28, 2014. A musical valentine celebrating the golden age of the American musical, “Character Man” is filled with hilarious…

Madame Tussaud Play Gets WAM Reading

Susannah Melone

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “Waxworks,” a new play by Trina Davies about Madame Tussaud, will have one of its first public readings as part of WAM Theatre’s Fresh Takes Play Reading Series at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café on Sunday, September 21 at 3pm. “Waxworks” tells the story of Madame Tussaud, an extraordinary artist…

Buffalo Stack Brings Bluesy Roots-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Buffalo Stack

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Having just released their eponymous debut album, Hudson’s own Buffalo Stack brings its bluesy brand of roots-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, September 19, at 9pm. With slide blues guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, Buffalo Stack can’t help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band. In fact,…

Poet Sharon Olds to Read at The Mount

Sharon Olds

(LENOX, Mass.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds will read from her work at The Mount on Friday, September 12, at 7 pm. The reading — the Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading — will be free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow. Born in San Francisco, Sharon Olds studied at…

Karen Akers to Sing Standards and Pop in Music & More Series

Karen Akers

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Cabaret star Karen Akers performs her “Time Flies” program, featuring an updated version of the so-called Great American Songbook at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 4:30pm, as part of the Music & More series. In addition to songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weil, and…

Piano-Cello Duo Bring Down Curtain on Field Farm Concert Series

Dan Kennedy

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Dan Kennedy & Stephen Katz of Northampton will offer a mesmerizing evening with sophisticated and eclectic compositions on piano and cello, concluding the Second Sundays concert series at Field Farm presented by The Trustees of Reservations, on September 14, 2014, at 4:30pm. Free guided nature walks of Field Farm precede each Second…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 11-14, 2014

Suzanne Vega

SUZANNE VEGA to PLAY BARRINGTON STAGE (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Suzanne Vega — one of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era – will perform on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8pm. READ MORE…       KAREN AKERS to SING STANDARDS and POP TUNES…