BerkshireWeekend

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

Original Cast Member Karen Allen Directs ‘Extremities’ at BTG

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Actress Karen Allen, who played the lead role of Marjorie in the original 1983 off-Broadway production, will direct William Mastrosimone’s Extremities running through Sunday, July 27, 2013, at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre. In William Mastrosimone’s psychological thriller, a young woman is violently attacked in her own home by a would-be rapist.…

Gabriel Kahane’s Chamber-Pop Showcased at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Chamber-pop singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, whose songs betray his parallel life as a classical music composer, will be joined by Rob Moose of Bon Iver for a duo concert at MASS MoCA‘s multi-colored Pavilion, an outdoor sculpture of overlapping canopies located at the center of the museum’s renovated 19th-century factory campus, on…

Companies Dance in Honor of OUT Weekend at Jacob’s Pillow

    (BECKET, Mass.) – Contemporary ballet company Ballet BC from Vancouver and post-modern group Tere O’Connor Dance of New York City are at Jacob’s Pillow Dance from Wednesday, July 17, 2013, through Sunday, July 21, 2013. Led by artistic director Emily Molnar, Ballet BC performs three U.S. premieres: A.U.R.A. (Anarchist Unit Related to Art)…

Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’ Gets WTF Staging

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – George Bernard Shaw’s timeless and incredibly influential play Pygmalion – which has influenced dozens of works of art since its 1912 debut, including Werner Herzog’s film Kaspar Hauser, Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man (as well as the subsequent David Lynch film version), and the Three Stooges’ 1935 slapstick comedy, Hoi Polloi…

Alt-Theatre Festival Joins the Berkshire Ranks

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass,) – The already crowded summer theater season gets just a bit more crowded this week when Mass Live Arts, a festival presenting three New York City-based alt-theater companies, takes a bow at Simon’s Rock College. Radiohole, New York City Players, and Half Straddle will be performing from Thursday, July 18, 2013, through…

MASS MoCA Opening New Wing Devoted to Anselm Kiefer Works

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Sol LeWitt, move over, and make room for Anselm Kiefer. In a major new collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, MASS MoCA will expand its constellation of visual arts offerings with a quasi-permanent installation devoted to the sculpture and paintings of contemporary German artist Anselm Kiefer. Kiefer’s works are often realized…

Civil War Homecoming to Be Staged in Egremont

(EGREMONT, Mass.) – The townsfolk of Egremont will stage a Civil War homecoming and picnic basket celebration on the Egremont Village Inn lawn on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at noon. Many of the townspeople will be adopting real biographies of Egremont Civil War soldiers, their wives and families for the event, and are bringing picnic…

(Dance Review) Brian Brooks Moving Company, Jacob’s Pillow, 7.10.13

Brian Brooks Moving Company Jacob’s Pillow Dance July 10-14, 2013 Review by Seth Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., July 10, 2013) – In a funny way, this weekend’s program in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance featuring the Brian Brooks Moving Company is almost like a rejoinder to a dance seen on the Ted Shawn stage…

Chris Smither to Perform at Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither performs at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 9pm. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, Smither continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 10-14, 2013

  BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY at JACOB’S PILLOW  (BECKET, Mass.) – The dynamic contemporary dance ensemble Brian Brooks Moving Company presents a daring program featuring larger-than-life stage design, bold costuming, and full-out movement in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance from Wednesday, July 10 to Sunday, July 14, 2013. Led by choreographer and…