BerkshireWeekend

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

ICE Brings New Music to Williams College

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 23, 2017 – The innovative International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform works by five living composers in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College on Friday, April 7 at 8pm. The program offers a platform for exploring instrumental identities and asks a question: can a composer discover sounds that truly divorce the sound’s source…

Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’ at Spencertown Academy

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) — Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble will return to Spencertown Academy Arts Center with a celebration of music from Miles Davis’s classic “Kind of Blue” on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30pm. The group constitutes an all-star team of regional jazz talent, including leader-trumpeter Rob Fisch, saxophone wizard and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Tokarz, pianist John…

Reunited Miracle Legion and Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Newly reunited Miracle Legion and Lou Barlow, of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, and the Folk Implosion fame, revive the sounds of late-20th century indie-rock to Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 8, at 8pm. Miracle Legion’s sublime jangly guitar-rock made them college radio stalwarts from the mid 1980s to the…

Dancer Okwui Okpokwasili Premieres New Work Responding to Nick Cave’s ‘Until’ at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Dancer-choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili will premiere her new work, “Until… move,” a response to Nick Cave’s monumental exhibition, “Until,” taking place within Cave’s exhibition in Building 5 at MASS MoCA on Friday, April 7, at 8pm. Actor, dancer, choreographer, and writer Okwui Okpokwasili is praised for her kinesthetically powerful and “ruthlessly clean…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 30-Apr 2, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including comedy; Rockwell-inspired music; theater; photography; cartoon art; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.     PHOEBE ROBINSON HEADLINES TWO-DAY COMEDY FESTIVAL at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Phoebe Robinson, of cult-inspiring podcast 2 Dope…

Duo to Play Contemporary Works at Simon’s Rock

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Violist Stephanie Griffin and veteran new music pianist Cheryl Seltzer will play contemporary works by Wolpe, Mamlok, Babbitt, and a piece written especially for these performers by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra in the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Sunday, April 2, at 3pm. The concert, a presentation…

Phoebe Robinson Headlines Two-Day Comedy Festival at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Phoebe Robinson, of cult-inspiring podcast 2 Dope Queens, headlines the High Mud Comedy Festival, hosted by comic Dave Hill, in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. In addition to stand-up comedy, the festival includes comedy films; funny museum tours with performers; a…

WAM Theatre Remounts Drama About Voltaire’s Mistress

(LENOX, Mass.) – WAM Theatre stages a limited-run remount of the company’s very successful 2013 production of Lauren Gunderson’s “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,” directed by WAM artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven and featuring the entire original cast, at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday,…

Chuck Prophet Brings Original Roots-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Chuck Prophet, one of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters, brings his band the Mission Express to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 31, at 9pm. Famed alt-country group The Bottle Rockets will warm up the crowd for Prophet. With the aid of the Mission Express, his band of heartbreakers, Chuck Prophet embraces a…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 22-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a folk-gospel legend; modern bluegrass; indie-folk; political art; choral music; cartoon art; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.     MAVIS STAPLES to ROCK MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s…