BerkshireWeekend

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

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview, Dec 28-31, 2011

  A BRANDENBURG NEW YEAR’S EVE with BERKSHIRE BACH (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Berkshire Bach Ensemble continues its tradition of over two decades on Saturday, December 31, 2011, by performing all six Brandenburg Concerti of Johann Sebastian Bach, directed by harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Bach’s colorful…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Dec 22-25, 2011

HOLIDELIC at CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Everett Bradley’s Holidelic comes to Club Helsinki on Thursday, December 22, 2011, at 8 p.m., for a ‘Holiday Freak’ concert. Holidelic blends the musical influences of 1970s and ‘80s funk and soul bands in original songs that celebrate diversity, mild familial seasonal dysfunction, individuality and holiday booty…

Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview Dec 14-18, 2011

LYLE LOVETT at the MAHAIWE (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett will perform at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center with his five-member acoustic group on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 8 pm. Finely wrought and full of wit, wisdom, and Texas-sized storytelling, his songs are rife with characters and concepts that loom…

Berkshire Cultural Preview, December 7-11, 2011

FAMED CELLIST, CHOREOGRAPHER TEAM UP for MULTIMEDIA OPERA at MASS MOCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Artists from the classical music and dance avant-garde will join forces when, after a 10-day residency, contemporary cellist Maya Beiser, the founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, teams with radical choreographer Karole Armitage to perform the psychological…

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…