BerkshireWeekend

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

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview Oct 26-30, 2011

A still from the Jacob's Pillow documentary, "Never Stand Still"

  MOZART’S ‘DON GIOVANNI’ SCREENED LIVE IN HD FROM THE MET ACROSS REGION Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts a new production of Don Giovanni, Mozart’s classic opera of lust, heartbreak, and revenge, with Mariusz Kwiecien in his first Met performances of the iconic title role. The 4-hour opera, hosted by Renée Fleming, will…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview Oct 19-23

WILLIAMSTOWN FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF LUCKY 13TH YEAR THIS WEEKEND The thirteenth annual Williamstown Film Festival kicks off on Friday, October 21, 2011, and continues over two weekends with an exciting roster of narrative features, feature-length documentaries, special events, and two provocative programs of short films. The festival continues to innovate while staying true to…

Berkshire Cultural Weekend Preview Oct 13-16, 2011

Richard Thompson

ALL THAT DOWNTOWN JAZZ Grace Kelly, Phil Woods, Armen Donelian, Gregory Caputo, and the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble will be among the performers at the 2011 Pittsfield CityJazz Festival this weekend. Now in its seventh year, the festival comprises some two dozen concerts and events throughout downtown Pittsfield. In addition to headline concerts on Oct.…

Berkshire Cultural Highlights Oct 5-9, 2011

Deva Premal

  CONTEMPORARY SANSKRIT CHANT DUO at the MAHAIWE Internationally renowned Sanskrit chant duo Deva Premal and Miten perform The Yoga of Sacred Song and Chant at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., on Sunday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. The duo will be joined by Nepalese flute maestro Manose for the event,…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Sept 29-Oct 3

Kris Delmhorst (photo by Jon Strymish)

This weekend’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires include a double-bill of singer-songwriters at Club Helsinki Hudson featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Williams College alumna Kris Delmhorst, who has just released a fabulous recording reinterpreting the music of new-wave group The Cars; The Love Show, a blues, soul and politics revue at MASS MoCA; the final Downstreet…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights, Sept 15-19

This week’s cultural highlights include a restaging of Orson Welles’s landmark radio broadcast based on H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds at Shakespeare & Company; chamber concerts at Music & More and Tannery Pond; new age saxophonist Paul Winter at Hancock Shaker Village; and world renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals in Albany, N.Y.   ‘WAR…

Berkshire Cultural Weekend Preview Sept 9-11, 2011

Flight 5 by Cassandra Sohn

This week’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires include a concert by long-running indie-rockers They Might Be Giants; a jazz-fueled chamber concert featuring the music of Kurt Weill; a reception for an exhibition of gorgeous and technically virtuosic photography of birds in flight by Cassandra Sohn; a free lecture by Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for the…

Berkshire Cultural Highlights August 31-Sept 5

Vocalist Robin McKelle

The highlights of the weekend’s entertainment include the ever-popular Parsons Dance, returning to PS21 in Chatham, N.Y., the extended run of The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show about Emily Dickinson, at Triple Shadow in East Otis, Mass.; the annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival at Tanglewood featuring an abundance of female talent this year;…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Highlights Aug 12-14, 2011

Mia Dyson

The weekend’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires includes a residency by the Trisha Brown Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow marking the company’s 40th anniversary; an all-star lineup of virtuoso talent at Tanglewood including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, and vocalist Stephanie Blythe; the innovative piano improvisations of Ben Model applied to silent film; an…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Highlights Aug 4-9, 2011

Lia Ices

The week’s cultural higlights offer eclecticism and diversity, ranging from new avant-garde classical music at Tanglewood as part of the Contemporary Music Festival to avant-garde dance with ping-pong balls at Jacob’s Pillow to avant-pop vocals by Lia Ices at Club Helsinki Hudson to luminous landscapes at Harrison Gallery to neo-Victorianism at Norman Rockwell Museum to…