BerkshireWeekend

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

Chinese Painter Paired with Philly Ceramicist at IAP Gallery

Work by Lauren Mabry

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Atmospheric paintings by New York-based Chinese artist Shen Chen and abstract-painting-inspired ceramic sculptures by up-and-coming American artist Lauren Mabry will be on view at Independent Art Projects (IAP) on the MASS MoCA campus from Thursday, September 25, through Sunday, November 16, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September…

10,000 Maniacs to Play the Colonial

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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Folk-rock group 10,000 Maniacs – one of the original “indie-rock” groups – brings its vintage 1980s “college-rock” sound to the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, September 27 at 8pm. Founded in fall 1981 in Jamestown, N.Y., by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant, with Jerry Augustyniak joining in…

Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt and Roy Blount Jr. to Speak in Music & More Series

Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Authors Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt and Roy Blount Jr. – the three distinguished writers who inaugurated the program in 1994 – will bring this year’s Music & More series to a conclusion on at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 4:30pm. The event will be hosted by Mitchel Levitas of the…

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys Bring Neo-Rockabilly to Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys brings their swinging brand of neo-rockabilly to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, September 26, at 9pm. Led from the beginning by Robert Williams, aka Big Sandy, the group has expanded its musical scope over the last three decades from its…

Crooked Still Brings Alt-Bluegrass to Club Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Alternative bluegrass ensemble Crooked Still, back together again this autumn after a three-year hiatus, plays one of its first reunion gigs at Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, September 24, at 8pm. After a decade of constant activity, the members of Crooked Still decided to take a break from touring in 2011 in…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 18-21, 2014

Emmylou Harris

FRESHGRASS FESTIVAL at MASS MoCA to BRING ALL-STAR LINEUP of TRADITIONAL and PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS and ROOTS MUSIC (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Emmylou Harris, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O’Donovan, Sam Amidon, and the Infamous Stringdusters are just some of the bluegrass…

Weekend Celebration of John Cage Works at Bard

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(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – A rare performance of John Cage’s “The Ten Thousand Things” and a performance of Cage’s “We Are All Going in Different Directions” by S? Percussion will be featured as part of a weekend-long celebration of the avant-garde composer’s legacy at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday and Sunday, September 20…

Lydian String Quartet to Play Schubert, Ravel, Shostakovich at Music & More

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(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – The Lydian String Quartet will play works by Schubert, Ravel, and Shostakovich at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 4:30pm, as part of the Music & More series. Winners of the Naumburg Award for chamber music, the Lydian String Quartet is Daniel Stepner and Judith Eissenberg,…