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Richard Thompson, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar Added to Tanglewood Lineup

(LENOX, Mass.) – English folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson, feminist folk-rock hero Melissa Etheridge, and 1980s pop-rocker Pat Benatar have been added to Tanglewood’s ever-growing Popular Artist Lineup for the summer 2019 season. Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will also appear at Tanglewood this summer, joining an already packed lineup including…

Seth Rogovoy to Offer Live Summer 2019 Berkshire Cultural Previews

Seth Rogovoy is offering live multimedia previews of the Summer 2019 Berkshire cultural scene, encompassing the region’s abundance of theater, classical and popular music, dance, and visual arts. Every summer, Berkshire cultural venues expand their programming, making it nearly impossible for any one individual to navigate the exciting maze of what is happening around the…

MYSTERY TRAIN: ‘Berkshire Flyer’ to Nowhere

MYSTERY TRAIN: Given what they are proposing, you have to wonder if any of those pushing the so-called Berkshire Flyer train connection between Pittsfield and New York City have ever made the trip itself – or if they even live in the Berkshires. The proposal, which will cost $614,000 and is supposedly nearing reality, is…

Seth Rogovoy to Produce Yiddish Concert at Carnegie Hall

(NEW YORK CITY) – Author and Yiddish music expert Seth Rogovoy is producing an evening of Yiddish music and culture for Carnegie Hall featuring top artists from the classical, Broadway, and Yiddish music worlds, including pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinist Gil Shaham, Tony Award-winning musical actress Katrina Lenk (“The Band’s Visit,” “Indecent”), and clarinetist David Krakauer.…

Berkshire Museum Names Floridian Jeff Rodgers to Top Post

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Jeff Rodgers has been named executive director of the Berkshire Museum effective April 1, 2019. Rodgers succeeds Van Shields — who left the museum amidst the turbulence surrounding the deaccession of the institution’s valuable art collection in favor of a now-defunct “new vision” — in the top post. Rodgers, who has never…

What I Read in 2018

By Seth Rogovoy I am both blessed and cursed in that my work determines to a large extent what I read. Since my work for the most part coincides with my interests, most of my “obligatory” reading or reading for research overlaps with what I might choose to read. On the other hand, my reading…

Matisyahu to Bring Spiritual Rock to Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

(TROY, N.Y.) – Matisyahu, the unique singer-songwriter who blends rapping and beatboxing with reggae rhythms, alternative rock, and folk-rock, brings his Jewish-themed and often personal songs to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30pm. Matisyahu – a dynamic performer skilled at connecting with his audience with or without a band…

#MeToo-themed Dance by Gina Bashour at TurnPark Art Space

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – New York City dancer-choreographer Gina Bashour returns home to the Berkshires this summer to premiere Unraveled, a site-specific dance work, at TurnPark Art Space on August 25 and 26, at noon and 3pm. With a strong ensemble of performers, the work weaves together themes and imagery from the fable of Rumpelstiltskin with…

Jon Hamm, Decemberists, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tune-Yards Head to MASS MoCA in Fall 2018

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame makes his North Adams debut in a work-in-progress performance at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 8, in collaboration with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and choreographer Danielle Agami. The piece, tentatively titled “Fishing,” is described as “a ravishing piece of multidisciplinary performance that explores the beautiful, simple…