BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 22-26, 2017

Mavis Staples to Rock MASS MoCA

Chamber Choir to Perform Bach, Brahms, Others at St. James Place

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds Bring Indie-Folk to Colonial

Mavis Staples to Rock MASS MoCA

Mavis Staples (NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s first family of socially conscious soul-gospel music and…

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 22-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a folk-gospel legend; modern bluegrass; indie-folk; political art; choral music; cartoon art; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.     MAVIS STAPLES to ROCK MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s…

Mavis Staples to Rock MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s first family of socially conscious soul-gospel music and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, brings her unique blend of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, and rock to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 25, at 8pm. Staples makes frequent…

Chamber Choir to Perform Bach, Brahms, Others at St. James Place

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will showcase the music of Bach, Brahms, and other composers at Saint James Place on Sunday, March 26, at 3pm. The concert will highlight the more famous works by these two composers, comparing Bach’s compositional technique and how it influenced the work of Brahms 100 years later.…

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds Bring Indie-Folk to Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Indie-folk outfit Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds performs at the Colonial in the On the Stage series on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm. The group includes Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of the Grammy Award-nominated band Trout Fishing in America. During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011 Dana…

Setsuko and Simon Winchester to Discuss ‘Yellow Bowl Project’ at Norman Rockwell Museum

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Artist Setsuko Sato Winchester will discuss “The Yellow Bowl Project,” her new conceptual work exploring freedom, at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 25, at 5:30pm. Ms. Winchester will be joined and interviewed during the evening by her husband, Simon Winchester, a noted author and journalist whose cogent observations on historical events…

Steep Canyon Rangers Bring Modern Bluegrass to Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Grammy Award-winning outfit Steep Canyon Rangers brings its distinctive brand of modern bluegrass to the Mahaiwe on Sunday, March 26 at 7pm. Joining them will be special guest banjoist Noam Pikelny Perhaps best known as Steve Martin’s backup band, the Steep Canyon Rangers on their own are at the top of…

Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge Added to Tanglewood 2017 Lineup

  (LENOX, Mass.) – Motown icon Diana Ross and rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge have been added to the ever-growing 2017 Popular Artist Series at Tanglewood, with Ross  appearing in the Shed on Wednesday, August 30, at 7pm, and with Etheridge joining Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a season-closing performance on Sunday, September 3,…

Bob Dylan to Inaugurate New Kingston, N.Y., Venue in June

(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Bob Dylan, rock poet and Nobel Laureate, will perform with his band at the Hutton Brickyards, a new 3,500-seat riverfront concert venue, on Saturday, June 24, at 8pm (doors 6pm). The concert – a co-presentation of the Bardavon and the Brickyards – will inaugurate the venue at 200 North St., in Kingston. Tickets to the performance go…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview Mar 15-19, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Americana-inspired art; the return of a dance-funk diva; a musical about the world’s worst opera singer ever; and a whole lot more.       DANCE DIVA JOMAMA JONES HEADLINES LUMBERYARD FUNDRAISER (CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Mythical, mystical dance…

Langhorne Slim Brings Alt-Country Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Alt-country singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim brings his poignant, confessional lyrics and his melodic style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 26, at 8pm. Caroline Spence, a country-based singer-songwriter from Virginia, warms up the crowd for Slim. Langhorne Slim’s reedy alto and melodic tunes – sometimes featuring chunky guitar leads – recall Neil…

Florence Foster Jenkins Musical at Bridge Street Theatre

(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” a musical about history’s worst opera singer, runs at Bridge Street Theatre from Thursday, March 16, through Sunday, March 26. Playgoers may be familiar with the story of Jenkins from last year’s film starring Meryl Streep. On October 25, 1944, wealthy (and…

Grazin’ Diner Doc at Farm Film Fest at Crandell Theatre

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Three farm-related films shot in Columbia County will be screened at Farm Film Fest 9, the 9th annual afternoon film festival devoted to farms and farming, at the Crandell Theatre on Sunday, March 19, at 1-4pm. The annual afternoon festival shows films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers, and farming…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 15 – 19, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including more Beethoven; Japanese classical music; classic hits by Glen Campbell sung by their composer; music inspired by Norman Rockwell; 17th century Dutch painting; Japanese woodblock prints; new plays; new art; and a whole lot more.     A CLOSE ENCOUNTER…

Play About Female Friendship Gets Reading at No. Six Depot

(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “The Flora and Fauna” by Alyson Mead, winner of the Arizona-based Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre New Work Contest, will kick off the WAM Theatre 2017 Fresh Takes Readings Series at No. 6 Depot Roastery and Café on Sunday, March 19, at 3:30pm. The play chronicles the celebrations and challenges of…

Weekend of Readings Celebrates Playwright Joan Ackermann at Shakespeare & Co.

(LENOX, Mass.) –  Berkshire playwright Joan Ackermann will be feted with a weekend of staged readings of her works at Shakespeare & Company in “Joan Ackermann: One Playwright, One Weekend,” from Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19. Company actors and guest performers will explore the most beloved scripts of the prolific playwright, journalist, and…

Renovations Complete, Opera House to Reopen as Henry Hudson Hall

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The site of New York State’s oldest surviving theater, the Hudson Opera House, has completed the final phase of a major restoration project begun in April of 2016 and will reopen under the name Henry Hudson Hall. The 2017 season opens with The Proprietors Ball on Saturday, April 22, followed by a…

Sold-Out Screenings Benefit Clinton Church Restoration

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., March 12, 2017) — Last Friday’s two, sold-out screening of the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” at the Triplex Cinema raised more than $2,200 for Clinton Church Restoration (CCR), a local nonprofit working to purchase, restore and repurpose the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington. After…