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Berkshire Cultural Highlights August 17-21, 2011

The cultural highlights of the Berkshire weekend include the long-awaited opening of this summer’s production by the Wharton Salon at The Mount in Lenox; a discussion of photographer Gregory Crewdson’s work at the Berkshire Museum; a concert by eclectic virtuoso guitarist Frank Vignola at the Mahaiwe; an experimental theater piece about divorce by the group…

Word X Word Kicks off with Words and Music

WORD X WORD FESTIVAL Pittsfield, Mass. Sunday, August 14, 2011 by Seth Rogovoy (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The first indoor event of this year’s Word X Word Festival took place on Sunday night in a raw space on the top floor of the Compuworks building, and featured two spoken-word performers – Taylor Mali and Iyeoka Ivie…

Mockumentary Lecture Portrays Split Between the Egremonts

Jeremy Goodwin at one of Egremont's historic sites

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) — It was a tea-time treat lauded not only for its delicious taste and distinct hint of citrus, but for its potential to launch an industry that could put a small community on the map. But the legendary “Egremont biscuit” instead became an enduring symbol of strife and lost opportunity. The little-understood episode…

(Dance Review) Trisha Brown Dance Company at Jacob’s Pillow

Laurel Jenkins Tentindo and Samuel Wentz of Trisha Brown Dance Company in 'Foray Forêt' (photo Karli Cadel)

Elena Demyanenko of Trisha Brown Dance Company in ‘Foray Forêt’ (photo Karli Cadel) JACOB’S PILLOW Trisha Brown Dance Company August 10-14, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., August 11, 2011) – For four decades, Trisha Brown Dance Company has held a place at the forefront of the modern dance world. Before starting her own ensemble,…

(Dance Review) Jodi Melnick and David Neumann at Jacob’s Pillow

David Neumann in Tough the Tough (redux) (photo by Cherylynn Tsushima)

JACOB’S PILLOW Jodi Melnick and David Neumann August 10-14, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., August 10, 2011) – Fanfare, choreographed and performed by Jodi Melnick with Dennis O’Connor, is a limpid, fluid work with an innovative set designed by Burt Barr. Barr places two chrome fans on pedestals several yards away from each…

Cousin Jerry: Soul Man

by Seth Rogovoy  I’ve been asking the questions of musicians over the course of my quarter-century career as a music journalist. But the question I’ve regularly been asked by musicians on the other end of the phone — as well as by fans, industry people, and music geeks — has been, “Are you by any…

(Dance Review) Jonah Bokaer at Jacob’s Pillow

Jonah Bokaer in 'Why Patterns' (photo Robert Benschop)

JACOB’S PILLOW Jonah Bokaer Doris Duke Theatre August 3, 2011 Review by Anna Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass.) – Jonah Bokaer possesses a syrupy yet precise movement quality and the sort of unaffected stage presence one might not have expected from such an arguably precocious individual — at 18, he was the youngest person ever to join…

For Trio con Brio Copenhagen, 2+2=3

Trio con Brio Copenhagen (photo by Soren Svendsen)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) — Trio con Brio Copenhagen, one of today’s most exciting young chamber ensembles, performs an eclectic program featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Frank Martin at The Clark on Tuesday, August 9 at 8 pm. Korean sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong and Danish pianist Jens Elvekjaer created the trio in Vienna in 1999…

Avant-Garde Pop Singer-Songwriter Lia Ices at Club Helsinki

Lia Ices

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The ethereal pop songstress Lia Ices brings her seductive melancholy to Club Helsinki on Friday, August 5, at 9. The Connecticut native, who heads to Chicago immediately after her Helsinki gig to perform at the Lollapalooza Festival and then back to New York City to play the Mercury Lounge, before opening a…