BerkshireWeekend

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

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…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview, July 29-31, 2011

Pianist Peter Serkin (by Kathy Chapman)

This week’s cultural highlights include a dual art opening at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield that includes photography by the great Gregory Crewdson, whom the Berkshires can lay claim to both residentially and artistically, as much of his work is staged and shot here; experimental Latin pop by Helado Negro at Club Helsinki Hudson; the kickoff…

Berkshire Cultural Weekend Preview July 22-24

Zoe Scofield (photo zoe | juniper)

With the summer season in full force, the choices for theater, dance, and music lovers are abundant this weekend, ranging from New Orleans legend Dr. John at the Mahaiwe to the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA to the BSO at Tanglewood to bluesman Eric Bibb at Club Helsinki to zoe…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview July 14-18

Louise Lecavalier in 'Children' (photo by Andre Cornellier)

This weekend’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires include the opening of one of William Shakespeare’s greatest hits, Romeo and Juliet, at Shakespeare & Company; an innovative dance production by Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier that makes use of the intense proto-punk music of Iggy Pop at Jacob’s Pillow; the annual Berkshire Playwrights Lab Festival of…

Berkshire Cultural Weekend Preview July 7-10

Lewis Black

From avant-garde dance to African-American poetry, from Greek myth to Jewish film, from slide guitar to klezmer to Broadway show tunes, the Berkshires has it all and more this weekend. Here are just a few highlights of what’s coming:   KIDD PIVOT PERFORMS DANCE THRILLER at JACOB’s PILLOW Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM (Kidd Pivot), the…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview June 26-July 3

Don Byron (photo by Cori Wells Braun)

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is filled with a diverse of array of entertainment choices in the greater Berkshire region. Of course the holiday is practically synonymous in recent years with James Taylor at Tanglewood, but if you don’t already have tickets to his performances you are pretty much shut out. Fortunately there is…

Berkshire Culture Preview June 23-29

Angelique Kidjo

In addition to numerous play openings at the region’s theaters (which we will be reporting on in coming days and weeks), this weekend features a diverse array of cultural events, including Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass.; the Boston Early Music Festival at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass.; a…

Berkshire Cultural Preview June 15-20

This coming week and weekend features a host of season openings, including Jacob’s Pillow, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, and PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, as well as a Latin cabaret performance by household name Lucie Arnaz at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., and a CD release concert by top regional artist Bobby Sweet…