BerkshireWeekend

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

Fela Kuti’s Son Brings Father’s Afrobeat Legacy to Helsinki Hudson

Femi Kuti

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Four-time Grammy Award-nominee Femi Kuti, son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose name was nearly synonymous with “Afrobeat,” will carry on his father’s legacy, combining swirling African rhythms and gritty textures with horn-laced funk in songs laced with social and political messages performed by his band, Positive Force, at Club Helsinki…

Martin Sexton Brings His Original Folk-Soul-Jazz Blend to Helsinki Hudson

Martin Sexton

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, a longtime favorite of Club Helsinki audiences, returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, June 5, at 9pm, to perform his singular blend of folk, soul, jazz, gospel, and pop. His live performances are the stuff of legend, and as a festival headliner and solo performer he easily commands…

Electro-Folk Supergroup to Play Helsinki Hudson

Fredo Viola and Luis Mojica

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Platte Clove Nature Theater, a supergroup of Hudson Valley electro-folk talent, brings its unique and theatrical blend of electronic and organic sounds, complex compositions, looped and layered vocals, video projections, aerial movement and more to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, June 7, at 8pm. A musical collaboration among three visionary performers…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 28-31, 2015

The North Face Meru Expedition, 2011

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY with 80 FILMS (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries over the course of four days from Thursday, May 28, 2015, through Sunday, May 31, at…

Soft-Rock Legends America to Play the Colonial

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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, the surviving members of the folk-pop group America, whose string of hits in the early 1970s helped define that era’s soft-rock, peaceful easy feeling, perform at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm. In the early 1970s, America rose to the top of the pop…

Steve Forbert to Bring Distinctive Folk-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Steve Forbert

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Steve Forbert brings his distinctive folk-rock sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. Best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel,” Forbert was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon the scene in downtown New York in the mid-1970s.…

Garden Artworks Go on View at Spencertown Academy

Tall Cylinders, hand-built stoneware by Sue Browdy, Hillsdale, N.Y.

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – “Concrete & Clay: Works Inspired by the Garden,” a group exhibition featuring seven regional ceramicists and one concrete fabricator, opens at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, May 30, with an opening reception from 4pm to 6pm. The work will remain on display through June 21. Artists represented include Corinne Alexander, Sue…

Masha from Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’ Gets Her Own Show at BTG

masha seagull

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “Masha’s Seagull,” an exploration of the character of Masha from Anton Chekhov’s original play, “The Seagull,” gets a three-day run at the Unicorn Theatre from Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24, with performances at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. The one-woman show, written by…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 20-24, 2015

Cha Jong-Rye, Expose Exposed 101222, wood, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Madison Gallery.

AMERICANA TRIO LONE BELLOW and ARC IRIS to PLAY at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The folk-rock trio the Lone Bellow brings its rootsy take on Americana to MASS MoCA for the annual Memorial Day weekend kickoff concert on Saturday, May 23, at 8pm. The group’s recent album, “Then Came the Morning,” was produced…