BerkshireWeekend

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

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 19-23, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a girl-group legend; a Southern soul legend; a festival of new music; a world-renowned cookbook author; abstract art at the Clark; and a whole lot more.   BOOKER T BRINGS SOUTHERN SOUL to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.)…

Ronnie Spector Bookends Region at Mahaiwe and Bardavon

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., and POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – Iconic “girl-group” vocalist Ronnie Spector performs with the Ronettes at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Friday, July 21, at 8pm, and at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday, July 22, at 8pm. Artists including Amy Winehouse, Macy Gray, Joan Jett, Patti Smith, and countless others are…

Bang on a Can Festival Takes Over MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – For the 16th summer in a row, new music collective Bang on a Can takes up residence at MASS MoCA for its summer music festival and institute, from Wednesday, July 19, through Saturday, August 5. Featuring public performances, recitals, and lectures, the festival will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers…

Joan Nathan to Speak at Jewish Book Festival at Hevreh

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Author Seth Rogovoy will interview world-renowned Jewish cookbook author Joan Nathan at the inaugural Jewish Festival of Books, at Hevreh of South Berkshire on Friday, July 21, at 11am. The book fair itself takes place from Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23. The festival will feature free and fee-based lectures,…

Simone Dinnerstein to Play Bach’s Goldberg Variations at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday, July 22, at 8pm. Dinnerstein’s globally acclaimed rendition of this iconic work is featured as PS21’s 12th annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert. Dinnerstein gained an international reputation with the success of…

Booker T Brings Southern Soul to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Keyboardist Booker T. Jones – best known as the frontman of Booker T. & the M.G.’s — will revive the classic sounds of Southern soul when he performs at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 22, at 8pm. If you ask me, the greatest R&B and soul music of the 1960s was not…

One-Man Jazz Play Runs at Ancram Opera House

(ANCRAM, N.Y.) – The critically acclaimed theater work “The Holler Sessions” – already scheduled for an August run at the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis – has a two-weekend run at the Ancram Opera House on Friday-Sundays, July 14-16 and July 20-23. The play, about one man’s burning obsession with American jazz, is written and…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 13-17, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including Israeli dance at Jacob’s Pillow; bebop at The Mount; politics and paranoia at Shaker Village; the world’s greatest klezmer fiddler; abstract art at the Clark; and a whole lot more.     ANDY STATMAN, ALICIA SVIGALS to MAKE YIDSTOCK…

Wooster Group Premieres New Work at Bard SummerScape

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Wooster Group, the critically acclaimed experimental theater company, stages a world premiere of A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE), an homage to the late visionary Polish artist and director Tadeusz Kantor, in the Fisher Center at Bard College as part of the Bard SummerScape Festival, from Thursday, July…

Experimental Photography by Jeff Robb at Sohn Fine Art Gallery

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  (LENOX, Mass.) – Experimental photography by English artist Jeff Robb is on view in “Liminal States” at Sohn Fine Art Gallery from Friday, July 14, through Sunday, October 1, with a reception on Saturday, August 5, from 4 to 6pm. Robb is best known for his lenticular photographic work focusing on the female nude…