BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 11-14, 2016

5th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival Opens at Barrington Stage

Richard Nonas Gets First Large-Scale East Coast Museum Exhibition Since 1985 at MASS MoCA

Georgia O’Keeffe Brought to Life in One-Woman Show at Rockwell Museum

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 11-14, 2016

Richard Nonas, Steel Drawing, 5 Plates: One Red, One Yellow, 1988.  Oil paint on steel.

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including Angelique Kidjo and Richard Nonas at MASS MoCA; the Wailers at the Colonial; jazz and 10-minute plays at 10X10 Festival; more jazz at Spencertown Academy; Georgia O’Keefe at Norman Rockwell Museum, and more…   ANGELIQUE KIDJO BRINGS JAZZY…

5th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival Opens at Barrington Stage

Director John Miller Stephany and actor Andrew May (photo Barrington Stage)

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The fifth annual 10X10 New Play Festival at Barrington Stage Company kicks off on Friday, February 11, and runs for three weekends through Sunday, February 28, as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. The new play festival features ten new 10-minute plays performed at  BSC’s St. Germain Stage  at 36 Linden…

Georgia O’Keeffe Brought to Life in One-Woman Show at Rockwell Museum

Colleen Webster as Georgia O’Keeffe (photo Jack T. Douglas)

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Actress Colleen Webster will portray Georgia O’Keeffe at Norman Rockwell Museum as part of its Meet the Artists performance series on Saturday, February 13, at 5:30pm. In “Georgia O’Keeffe: Portrait of the Artist,” Webster will bring to life the 20th-century painter known for her significant contributions to American Modernism. Projected paintings and…

The Wailers Bring Vintage Reggae to Colonial Theater

The Wailers

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The legendary reggae group The Wailers – led by founding bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett – bring their patented Jamaican riddims to the Colonial Theater on Sunday, February 14, at 8pm. Best known for their groundbreaking work with the late Bob Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts…

Angelique Kidjo Brings Jazzy Afropop to MASS MoCA

Angelique Kidjo

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Grammy Award-winning Afropop artist Angelique Kidjo brings her unique world music blend to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA for an intimate acoustic performance on Saturday, February 13, at 8pm. A native of the West African nation of Benin, Kidjo is noted for her eclectic style, blending traditional Beninese styles with jazz,…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Feb 4-9, 2016

A highly selective look at upcoming cultural events in the region, including Donna the Buffalo at Club Helsinki Hudson; live jazz and Charlie Chaplin films at Spotty Dog; Lincoln author Todd Brewster at Hudson Opera House; and “Orange Is the New Black” author Piper Kerman at Vassar College.   Donna The Buffalo to Bring Jam-Friendly…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 27-Feb 4, 2016

Chris Gethard

A highly selective weekly preview of what looks best in the coming days and weeks in visual and performing arts in the greater region.     ALT-PUNK COMIC CHRIS GERHARD to STAND UP at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Comedian Chris Gethard, familiar to audiences from appearances on The Office, Parks and Recreation, Broad City, and Louie, as well as…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview Jan 27-Feb 4, 2016

Rebekah Heller by Carrie Schneider h sleeping on oboe

A highly selective weekly preview of what looks best in the coming days and weeks in visual and performing arts in the greater region. DONNA THE BUFFALO to BRING JAM-FRIENDLY ROOTS-ROCK to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) –  Folk-rock quintet Donna the Buffalo helps Club Helsinki Hudson celebrate its 20th anniversary with a program of its original…

Guido’s Relaunches Customer Appreciation Days

Guidos Thank you Thursdays

(PITTSFIELD and GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Guido’s Fresh Marketplace will host the first of three monthly “Thank You Thursdays,” its annual winter/spring series of Customer Appreciation Days, on Thursday, January 28, from 9am to 7pm, in its Pittsfield and Great Barrington stores. The celebration includes deep deals, discounts, coupons, samples, and giveaways. This week’s event,…

Dan Tepfer and ICE Kick Off Catksill Jazz Series at Bard

Dan Tepfer (photo Vincent Soyez)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jazz pianist/composer Dan Tepfer and the International Contemporary Ensemble combine forces as Acoustic Informatics in a world premiere performance to kick off the Catskill Jazz series at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, January 29, at 8pm, in the LUMA Theater. Joining Tepfer for this program are ICE musicians Joshua…

Donna the Buffalo to Bring Jam-Friendly Roots-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Donna the Buffalo

(HUDSON, N.Y.) –  Folk-rock quintet Donna the Buffalo helps Club Helsinki Hudson celebrate its 20th anniversary with a program of its original folk-roots jams on Thursday, February 4, at 8pm.  When Donna the Buffalo began performing at folk and roots-music festivals in 1989, there wasn’t even a genre called “Americana.” The group’s easygoing, jam-friendly brand…

Bard College’s The Orchestra Now to Make Carnegie Hall Debut

Leon Botstein conducts The Orchestra Now (photo Jito Lee)

(ANNANDALE-on-the-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Orchestra Now, a year-old ensemble founded at Bard College by music director Leon Botstein, will make its highly anticipated Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 pm in “Beethoven’s ‘Likes’,” a program featuring works by Beethoven and Cherubini, the U.S. premiere Symphony No. 3 in F major by Anton…

Alt-Punk Comic Chris Gethard to Stand Up at MASS MoCA

Chris Gethard

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Comedian Chris Gethard, familiar to audiences from appearances on The Office, Parks and Recreation, Broad City, and Louie, as well as his eponymous gonzo cable access program – brings his blend of slightly nerdy, slightly angry, devilishly cerebral standup to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, January 30, at 8pm.…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 21-26, 2016

Birds of Chicago (photo Natalie Ginele Miller)

ROOTS MUSIC OUTFIT BIRDS OF CHICAGO SOARS INTO MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Birds of Chicago, the husband-and-wife roots-music collective that garnered many new fans with their compelling performance at last September’s FreshGrass Festival, return to Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, January 23, at 8pm, when they will offer a preview of…