BerkshireWeekend

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

New MASS MoCA Installation Reimagines Whistler’s ‘Peacock Room’

Darren Waterston, Filthy Lucre, 2014

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – In his first major museum exhibition on the East Coast, painter Darren Waterston‘s installation Filthy Lucre – the centerpiece of his exhibition Uncertain Beauty – reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77). The exhibition, for which the artist has been in residency at…

Cowboy Junkies to Return to Mahaiwe

CowboyJunkies

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Canadian indie-rock group Cowboy Junkies return to the Mahaiwe with a new batch of their patented alternative country/blues/folk rock songs on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8pm. With its quiet, Velvet Underground-influenced drone-rock combined with a rootsy, country-folk approach, the Cowboy Junkies were one of the original bands to give birth…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, February 26-March 2, 2014

North Mississippi Allstars

COLORADO RIVER SALUTED in LIVE MUSIC VIDEO with GRAMMY-WINNING CHORAL GROUP at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Water Songs: Ha Tay G’am, a new live music and video project exploring the profound history of the Colorado River, featuring compositions by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Paola Prestini performed…

Reception for Artists Exhibiting at Old Train Station in West Stockbridge

Shaun O'Boyle

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – There will a reception for artists Shaun O’Boyle and Mariah Doren at No. 6 Depot Gallery on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 6pm, in honor of their exhibitions currently on display at the gallery, located at 6 Depot Street, in the Old Train Station in West Stockbridge. Shaun O’Boyle’s Housatonic River:…

Absurdist Play to Shed Light on Artist’s Process at MASS MoCA

Guillaume Leblon

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Interview, written by artist Guillaume Leblon with curator and critic Thomas Boutoux, will be given a staged reading in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 6pm. The short play takes the format of an interview, centering around Leblon’s desire to produce a non-traditional text on…

Regional Women Writers to Be Showcased at Dewey Memorial Hall

Michelle Gillett and Suzie Banks Baum (photo Christina Lane)

(SHEFFIELD, Mass.) – The third annual “Out of the Mouths of Babes” event, part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and featuring readings by a half-dozen female Berkshire writers, will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 7pm, at Dewey Memorial Hall. In addition to readings, the event will feature live music, video,…

Colorado River to Be Celebrated in Live Music Video with Grammy-Winning Choral Group at MASS MoCA

water songs image

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Water Songs: Ha Tay G’am, a new live music and video project exploring the profound history of the Colorado River, featuring compositions by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Paola Prestini performed by Grammy Award-winning choral group Roomful of Teeth, will receive a work-in-progress staging in…

The Big Takeover Celebrates New Ska-Reggae Release at Club Helsinki Hudson

Big Takeover

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Upstate New York’s own ska-reggae group, the Big Takeover, celebrates the release of its new recording, “Children of the Rhythm,” with a release party at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, March 1, at 9pm. The group’s third album, “Children of the Rhythm” boasts the band’s signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep,…

BerkshireWeekend, February 19-23, 2014

Emily Kunkel

PLAY SURREALIST GAMES with ROGER CLARK MILLER at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – In smoke-filled rooms along rue Pierre Fontaine in the 1920s, Andre Breton and his co-conspirators developed a corpus of mind-bending games to supplement their new philosophy of surrealism. Musician/performer Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra) brings these riotous, interactive…

Noam Pikelny to Lead Bluegrass Supergroup at Club Helsinki Hudson

Noam Pikelny

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Banjoist Noam Pikelny will lead an all-star bluegrass outfit at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 8pm, performing as Noam Pikelny & Friends featuring Brian Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales & Jesse Cobb. With each member being a front man in his own right, the band will present an…