BerkshireWeekend

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

Berkshire Cultural Highlights, November 30, 2011- December 4, 2011

FIDDLER NATALIE MACMASTER PRESENTS CHRISTMAS IN CAPE BRETON AT THE COLONIAL (PITTSFIELD, Mass,) – Renowned fiddler and Celtic musician Natalie MacMaster performs Christmas in Cape Breton at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at 7:30 pm. MacMaster’s Cape Breton-style fiddling has resonated with world audiences through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures and…

Berkshire Cultural Highlights November 25-27, 2011

'Stream Golds' by John MacDonald

  BOBBY SWEET CONCERT TO BENEFIT CENTRAL BERKSHIRE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Bobby Sweet and the BSweet Band with special guest the Tommy Filiault Band will perform a concert to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St.…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Nov 16-18, 2011

A scene from Act II of 'Satyagraha' with Richard Croft (center) as Gandhi

SUPERSTARS of AFROBEAT and  FUNK PAY TRIBUTE to JAMES BROWN at the MAHAIWE (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) –  Former James Brown sidemen Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker team up with Afrobeat superstars Cheikh Lô and Vusi Mahlasela in Still Black, Still Proud, a musical exploration of the give-and-take between James Brown’s funk soul and African…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Nov 9-13, 2011

Work by Marti Bone

‘CURIOUS GEORGE’ EXHIBITION at ROCKWELL REVEALS CREATORS’ ESCAPE FROM NAZIS Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey, a traveling exhibition created by the Jewish Museum in New York City on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., from November 12, 2011 through February 5, 2012, reveals the little-known…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Nov 3-6, 2011

The Greencards

PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS by THE GREENCARDS and GRAM PARSONS TRIBUTE at CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON Austin-by-way-of-Nashville progressive bluegrass outfit the Greencards, Grammy Award nominees noted for touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 9 pm. The evening before, Helsinki presents Twenty Thousand Roads, a tribute to…

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…