(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Berkshire Museum is offering a fresh look at its diverse collection of fine artworks, historical artifacts and natural science specimens in Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection, a major new exhibition of some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the museum’s holdings. The exhibition draws from the over 50,000 objects in the museum’s possession, including its Asian art collection, twentieth-century abstract paintings, ancient Greek and Roman jewelry and glass, marble sculptures, its Egyptian mummy, and even the suit of furs worn by Matthew Henson on Admiral Richard Peary’s expedition to the North Pole. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will be free and open to the public. The exhibition is part of the year-long celebration of the museum’s 110th anniversary.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – While widespread name recognition may have evaded Alejandro Escovedo over the years, he certainly has garnered the attention of a diverse array of fellow musicians with whom in one way or another he has crossed paths. These include producing pals such as Stephen Bruton, John Cale (Velvet Underground), Chris Stamey (the dBs) and, most recently, Tony Visconti (David Bowie’s longtime producer), and songwriting fellows such as Chuck Prophet. Escovedo, who has recorded with Ryan Adams and Jon Dee Graham, is both a critic’s darling (No Depression magazine, the bible of alt-country, called him Artist of the Decade in the 1990s) and a musician’s musician (Rock historian and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye contributed the biographical tribute to Escovedo on the latter’s website). Escovedo brings his band, the Sensitive Boys, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 8pm for an acoustic concert.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Legendary Canadian DJ King Khan will spin a mash-up of vintage soul, classic R+B, and wicked funk in a dance party in the Hunter Center that caps off MASS MoCA’s 3-2-1! A Gala Celebration on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:30pm. It will be a worthy send-off celebration of the largest assemblage of Canadian artwork ever exhibited outside of the country. Oh, Canada is also the largest collection of art MASS MoCA has ever exhibited.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold the third annual Sekou Sundiata Evening of Spoken Word and Poetry on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 7pm as part of its MCLA Presents! performance series. The event will be dedicated to the life and work of the late, great poet and performer, Sekou Sundiata, an African American activist internationally known for his poetry, performance, music and theater. The night will reflect Sundiata’s life work by with videos of his performance, followed by MCLA and Williams College students reading their own poetry in dedication to the influential spoken word artist.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Project Native presents a free, day-long environmental film festival at the Triplex Cinema in downtown Great Barrington on Sunday, April 7, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. The third annual Project Native Film Festival showcases documentary films on a variety of topics, including 90-minute features and a series of short films for children, that illuminate global issues and actions affecting our shared future. The ward-winning documentary films include Bidder 70, Bitter Seeds, The Carbon Rush, People of a Feather, and YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip.