BerkshireWeekend

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

The Big Takeover Brings Jamaican Riddims to Helsinki Hudson

Big Takeover

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Upstate New York’s ska-reggae outfit the Big Takeover brings its Jamaican riddims to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 24, 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. Born at SUNY-New Paltz…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Oct 22-26, 2014

Allen Toussaint and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

NEW ORLEANS LEGEND ALLEN TOUSSAINT LEADS PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who between them encapsulate a century of New Orleans music, perform in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Thursday, October 23, at 8pm. While names like Dr. John and…

‘Secret Science Club’ to Unveil Mysteries of Universe at MASS MoCA

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(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Secret Science Club, a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations, makes its MASS MoCA debut in Club B-10 on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8pm, with a screening of “Particle Fever,” a “dazzling, dizzying documentary” that follows six high-energy scientists as…

American Symphony to Play Schubert and Chopin at Bard

Marina Kysla

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y. ) – Works by Schubert and Chopin are on tap for the opening concert for the 2014–15 season of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8 p.m. The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in…

FilmColumbia Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Screenings, Panels, Expansion to Hudson

Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The five-day FilmColumbia festival – running Wednesday, October 22, 2014 through Sunday, October 26, 2014 – celebrates its 15th anniversary with screenings of internationally award-winning films and film-related activities in both Chatham and Hudson. This year’s festival features an array of prize-winning films and audience favorites from prestigious international film festivals including…

CEWM Chamber Series Opens Season with All-Mozart Program at Mahaiwe

flutist Tara Helen O'Connor Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Close Encounters With Music opens its 2014-15 season of chamber music concerts with an all-Mozart program at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 6pm. The program includes Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, Flute Quartet in D, the Piano Quartet in E-Flat, the Rondo in A minor for solo piano,…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, October 15-19, 2014

Dianne Reeves (photo Jerris Madison)

CHOREOGRAPHER KYLE ABRAHAM to UNVEIL NEW WORK at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham and his ensemble, Abraham.In.Motion, will unveil “The Watershed,” a new, evening-length work in Abraham’s signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention, and urban influences in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 18, at 8pm, and…

Mozart’s Requiem Paired with Colloquy on Roma Genocide at Bard

Roma Holocaust Survivors

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The German genocide of Europe’s Gypsy population during World War II will be the focus of a multidisciplinary event, including a concert and panel discussion, at Bard College on Friday, October 17, 2014. A panel discussion titled “Remembering the Genocide of European Roma During World War II” at 4pm will be followed…