BerkshireWeekend

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

Dvorak’s ‘Dimitrij’ Gets Rare Staging at Bard Summerscape

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The first fully staged American production of Antonin Dvorak’s 1882 grand opera Dimitrij opens at Bard SummerScape on Friday, July 28, and runs for two weekends, through August 6. The new production, performed in Czech with English supertitles, has been created expressly for SummerScape 2017 by Bard alumna Anne Bogart, co-founder of…

Rory Block, Cindy Cashdollar Headline Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Legendary slide guitarist Rory Block curates and headlines a three-day festival of blues and gospel music at PS21 and other venues in Chatham, where Block has long hung her own hat. Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend features Block with acclaimed lap-steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, performing as the Sisters of Slide,…

Photographer’s Work ‘Weathered to Perfection’ at Scott Barrow Gallery

(LENOX, Mass.) – “Weathered to Perfection,” a new exhibition of photographs by Scott Barrow, goes on view at Scott Barrow Photography Gallery on Friday, July 28, with an opening reception from 5 to 8pm. The exhibit remains on view through August 18. “Weathered to Perfection” reveals the efforts of time, with seasons of wind, rain,…

Andy Warhol’s Nephew to Speak at Norman Rockwell Museum

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – James Warhola will share family stories and discuss his own work as an award-winning illustrator at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Thursday, July 27, at 5:30pm, in conjunction with the new exhibition, James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories.  Warhola was influenced as a child by his artistic family — especially his…

AteNine Brings Israeli-Inspired Gaga Dance to Jacob’s Pillow

(BECKET, Mass.) – AteNine, the Los Angeles-based dance company led by Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami, is in residence in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow from Wednesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 30, in a program including a collaboration with percussionist-composer Glenn Kotche of Wilco. Agami, named “choreography’s ‘It’ girl” by the Los Angeles…

Roomful of Blues Headlines BluesFest at Butternut

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-nominated jump-blues outfit Roomful of Blues headlines Berkshire Blues Bash, a daylong blues-fest at Ski Butternut on Saturday, July 29, from 3 to 8pm, which also includes performances by swamp-blues vocalist/guitarist Walter Parks and Boston-based blues-rock quartet Grits and Groceries Orchestra. Roomful of Blues is known as one of the…

Western Centuries to Bring Country-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seattle-based country-rock outfit Western Centuries will bring its Americana sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 21, at 9pm. Seattle is best known for giving the world grunge-rock, but apparently some musicians there are equally influenced by American roots music, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen…

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…