Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview, Feb 7-10, 2013

 

Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1945. Photograph by Ansel Adams. ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1945. Photograph by Ansel Adams. ©2012 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

ANSEL ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHS at BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – An exhibition of photographs by Ansel Adams, perhaps the most popular, critically acclaimed and influential American photographer of all time, best known for his black-and-white nature photographs of the American West, comes to Berkshire Museum beginning Saturday, February 9, 2013, when an opening reception will be held at 5p.m. for Ansel Adams: Masterworks, which will be on view through June 2, 2013. The exhibition features 48 works by Adams (1902 – 1984), about two-thirds of a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of his life’s work.

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LeeSaar_500ISRAELI DANCE ENSEMBLE at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – LeeSaar The Company, an international dance-theatre ensemble founded in Israel and now based in New York City, performs grass and jackals, a new performance work which is alternately funny, scary, violent, disturbing, dreamy and intensely erotic, in MASS MoCA‘s Hunter Center on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. The piece emerged from four years of research exploring how to translate the extreme conditions of military life to the stage.

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Setting up the shot for "Untitled (Birth)". A scene from GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, a film by Ben Shapiro. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo: Cosi Theodoli-Braschi

Setting up the shot for “Untitled (Birth)”. A scene from GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, a film by Ben Shapiro. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo: Cosi Theodoli-Braschi

THE BIFF to SCREEN CREWDSON DOC in PITTSFIELD, GREAT BARRINGTON

(GREAT BARRINGTON and PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The award-winning documentary film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, which chronicles the longtime Berkshire-based art photographer’s creative process and evolution, following him as he drives around Berkshire side streets and avenues and creates film-like sets and scenarios in Lee and Pittsfield, will be screened on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, in a special presentation by the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF)’s Reel Friends Film Society. There will be a Q&A with Gregory Crewdson immediately following the screening on Saturday at the Beacon. The film, directed by Ben Shapiro, was the closing night presentation at last year’s BIFF and screened to a sold-out and enthusiastic audience at the Mahaiwe.

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Black Francis

Black Francis

BLACK FRANCIS, ROBERT RANDOLPH at CLUB HELSINKI THIS WEEKEND

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Black Francis aka Frank Black, the frontman of the Pixies, and sacred-steel guitarist  Robert Randolph perform back-to-back shows at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9, 2013, respectively. Both artists have headlined arena shows and large festivals, offering concertgoers a rare and intimate glimpse of performers of this stature in the comfortable confines of the Hudson Valley nightclub. Both shows are at 9 p.m. Randolph will be appearing with the Slide Brothers, a group of sacred-steel players, on the occasion of the release of the new album, Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers.

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band © 2010 Clint Maedgen

Preservation Hall Jazz Band © 2010 Clint Maedgen

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ LEGENDS to PERFORM at THE CLARK

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – New Orleans’s renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at The Clark just four days shy of Mardi Gras, on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 8 pm. The group is the house band at Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of the city’s French Quarter and founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide, spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz — a mission strengthened by the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2007.

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