BerkshireWeekend

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

Guitar in Spotlight in Berkshire Museum Exhibit

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World, a fully immersive exhibition exploring all aspects of one of the most enduring musical icons of the last 200 years, opens at the Berkshire Museum on Saturday, May 20, and will be on view through Monday, September 4. A debut party for GUITAR: The Instrument…

Sean Rowe Brings Gritty Rock Poetry to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sean Rowe, a Troy, N.Y. native and lifelong naturalist, brings his gritty style of singer-songwriter folk-rock back to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, May 18, at 8pm. A throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 11-14, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including the grand opening of a new arts park; a solo show by a jam-band legend; Portuguese jazz; Bob Dylan; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.       NEW ARTS PARK OPENS with IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE ‘HAPPENING’…

Mary Ann McSweeney Brings ‘Urban Fado’ Jazz to Whitney Center

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The Mary Ann McSweeney Quartet, led by the renowned jazz bassist and bandleader, brings its “Urban Fado” program of jazz interpretations of Portuguese music themes to the Whitney Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 13, at 8pm, presented by Berkshires Jazz, Inc. McSweeney’s ensemble includes Jason Ennis on guitar, Todd Reynolds…

Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron to Bring Solo Show to The Barn

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Chris Barron, best known as lead singer of Spin Doctors, brings his acoustic guitar and witty original pop-rock tunes to the Egremont Barn on Friday, May 12, at 8pm. Long before he was that goofy guy in the hat on MTV, Chris Barron was an even goofier kid with an acoustic…

Linda Hirshman Speaks on ‘Feminine Mystique’ at The Mount

(LENOX, Mass.) – Lawyer, best-selling author, and cultural historian Linda Hirshman will speak on “The Feminine Mystique” at The Mount on Sunday, May 13, at 3pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music “Conversations With…” series. Hirshman will analyze the 14th and 19th amendments to the U.S. Constitution in tandem as two paths to…

New Arts Park Opens with Immersive Performance ‘Happening’

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Turn Park Art Space, a new 16-acre cultural and recreational park, celebrates its grand opening on Sunday, May 14, with a five-hour “Happening” – an immersive music and theater production — from 11am to 4pm. Participants include Floating Tower and an international cast of performers including the German-Romanian singing sensation…

Shannon McNally to Bring Soulful Americana to Club Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings her rootsy songs and soulful vocals to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, May 13, at 9pm. With a time-stopping voice, born in New York but simultaneously roughed up and refined by New Orleans and Mississippi, Shannon McNally has cut a singular path through the musical landscape –…