BerkshireWeekend

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

Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider Team for World Premiere at Jacob’s Pillow

Dance Heginbotham (photo Janelle Jones)

(BECKET, Mass.) – The evening-length world premiere of “Chalk and Soot” presented by Dance Heginbotham takes place at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Doris Duke Theatre from Wednesday, July 30, 2014, through Sunday, August 3, 2014. Also at the Pillow this week through Sunday is Australian contemporary circus arts ensemble Circa, performing “S” in…

Actor’s Ensemble Bring Ripley Stories to Life at PS21

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 (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Actors’ Ensemble will perform dramatic retellings of Hamlin Garland’s wry and touching stories “Mrs. Ripley’s Trip” and “Uncle Ethan Ripley” at PS21 on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014, at 8pm. Sheri Bauer Mayorga will provide musical interludes of American music of the period, and there will be a…

Grammy-Winner Marc Cohn to Perform at Helsinki Hudson

Marc Cohn

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for the hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” will perform an intimate gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 27, at 8pm. Singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth will warm up the crowd for Cohn. Cohn’s distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made…

Patty Larkin Brings Urban Folk-Pop to Bradley Farm Series

Patty Larkin

(LANESBOROUGH, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin, an avatar of the new-folk scene for over 25 years, performs at the new Seeds of Harmony Saturday Evening Concert Series at the Coop on Bradley Farm on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 6:30pm. Larkin is equally known for her incisive songwriting, her mellifluous voice, her affable stage presence,…

James Naughton Stars in New One-Man Comedy at BTF

James Naughton

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Two-time Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton stars in the world premiere of “Cedars,” a one-man comedy by Erik Tarloff, directed by Naughton’s daughter, Keira Naughton, at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Stockbridge campus. Opening Night is Saturday, July 26, at 8pm. Preview performances begin on Wednesday, July 23 at…

Bang on a Can ‘Plays Art’ at MASS MoCA

Bang on a Can Marathon (photo Stephanie Berger)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA will feature Bang on a Can Plays Art, a week-long, new music extravaganza comprising 14 concerts in 8 days, from Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 2, 2014, with music that draws inspiration from the visual art on…

Tommy Tune Taps, Talks, and Sings at Barrington Stage

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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune kicks off the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Barrington Stage Company (BSC), with his program, “Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales” on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 8pm. Tune is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his work on “Seesaw,” “A Day in Hollywood / A Night in…

Hilltown Potters Open Studios for Weekend

Works by Robbie Heidinger

(THE BERKSHIRES and PIONEER VALLEY) – A group of nationally recognized potters based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts will open their studios for the annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour, a coordinated tour of their workshops, kilns, showrooms, and new work on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 2014. The tour includes talks and…