BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jul 28-31, 2016

Andris Nelsons Makes 2016 Tanglewood Debut; Chick Corea Brings Trio on Sunday

Comedian Rita Rudner to Bring Laughs to Colonial

BSC’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Is Summer’s Hit Show

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jul 28-31, 2016

Chick Corea

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including dance, new music, old music, a hit musical review, comedy, opera, and a whole lot more. WENDY WHELAN & BRIAN BROOKS DANCE with BROOKLYN RIDER at JACOB’S PILLOW (BECKET, Mass.) – Famed New York City Ballet dancer Wendy Whelan and…

Andris Nelsons Makes 2016 Tanglewood Debut; Chick Corea Brings Trio on Sunday

Andris Nelsons (photo Marco Borggreve)

(LENOX, Mass.) – Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons wields the baton at Tanglewood from Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, for his first of his two weekends of programs during the 2016 Tanglewood season, conducting works by Mozart, Mahler, Sibelius, Brahms, and John Corigliano. On Sunday evening in Ozawa Hall, the Chick Corea…

Comedian Rita Rudner to Bring Laughs to Colonial

Rita Rudner

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) –  Comedian Rita Rudner, who emerged in the comedy boom of the 1980s through appearances on HBO and late-night TV talk shows, after a career as a Broadway dancer, brings her standup act to the Colonial Theatre on Friday, July 29, at 8pm. After working on Broadway as a dancer (she appeared in…

BSC’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Is Summer’s Hit Show

scene from 'Pirates of Penzance' (photo Kevin Sprague)

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Rave reviews for Barrington Stage Company’s revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” are pouring in from major metropolitan media, including critics from the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Albany Times Union, in addition to the Berkshire Eagle. The musical, currently in a limited run at BSC’s…

Howard Fishman Quintet to Play Jazzy Americana at PS21

Howard Fishman (photo Carole Cohen)

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Howard Fishman Quintet brings its original blend of New Orleans, country, and gospel music and narrative-driven songs to PS21 on Saturday, July 30, at 8pm. The band combines the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller’s sense of drama, emotional depth, and play, and includes an all-star cast of musical…

Howard Fishman’s Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Howard Fishman (photo Carole Cohen)

by Seth Rogovoy (October 1, 2010) – For a guy who has won the praise of critics from the New York Times to the New Yorker, the Village Voice, and NPR’s Terry Gross, Howard Fishman has done a pretty good job of not becoming a household name. With a half-dozen albums to his credit, and…

Seth Rogovoy Honored by American Jewish Press Association

Seth Rogovoy (photo Richard Lovrich)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seth Rogovoy was honored by the American Jewish Press Association with a Simon Rockower Award for “Excellence in Arts and Criticism” for his portrait of musician Leonard Cohen published in Hadassah Magazine in its April/May 2015 issue. The article, “Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash,” traces the deep Jewish affinities in Cohen’s life and…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

Talise Trevigne as Iris (photo Todd Norwood)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, including a rarely staged opera; a Texas rock legend; an art exhibition; and the finale of Amanda Palmer’s duo tour with her dad.     AMANDA PALMER CONCLUDES DUO TOUR WITH DAD at BASILICA HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock star Amanda Palmer…

Amanda Palmer Concludes Duo Tour with Dad at Basilica Hudson

Amanda and Jack Palmer (holding grandson Ash)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock star Amanda Palmer brings her duo tour with her father, Jack Palmer, to a conclusion at Basilica Hudson on Saturday, July 23, at 7pm. The Palmers have recorded a duet album, “You Got Me Singing,” featuring the father-daughter power duo on a selection of traditional, modern, and contemporary folk songs, including…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

BoAC Peter Serling

  A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including two new-music festivals; cutting-edge dance; theatrical premieres; cabaret; comedy; plus a whole lot more.       BANG ON A CAN to PLAY ENO’S ‘AIRPORTS’ at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Bang on a Can All-Stars will…

Alejandro Escovedo Brings Distinctive Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Alejandro Escovedo

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo brings his band, the Sensitive Boys, and his distinctive catalog of original roots-rock songs to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 24, at 8pm. While widespread name recognition may have evaded Alejandro Escovedo over the years, he certainly has garnered the attention of a diverse array of…

Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway Team Up for Barrington Stage Cabaret

Ann Hampton Callaway

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – For one night only, cabaret megastars Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom will share the spotlight in “Divalicious” at Barrington Stage Company on Monday, July 25, at 8pm. In addition to being great vocalists, Callaway and McBroom are also acclaimed songwriters, and the pair will be accompanied by yet another great songwriter,…

Judd Hirsch Stars in World Premiere of ‘The Stone Witch’ at BTG

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass,) – Judd Hirsch stars in the world premiere staging of “The Stone Witch” by Shem Bitterman at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group, running from Thursday, July 21, through Saturday, August 20. In the play, Peter, an aspiring children’s book author is sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, a…