(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – New York-based contemporary dance artists Katie Workum and Kimberly Bartosik are featured in an evening of cutting-edge movement in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 8pm. Workum brings her new work. “Black Lakes,” full of improvisation, risk, and humor, while Bartosik performs “Ecsteriority4 (Part 2),” which constructs a landscape of power and desire to explore violence in American culture today.
(CHATHAM and HUDSON, N.Y.) – FilmColumbia brings prize-winning films, including recent work by masters of modern cinema, to Columbia County for seven days from Monday, October 19, through Sunday, October 25. FilmColumbia will screen narrative and documentary features, animated and live-action short films and contenders by regional filmmakers at venues in both Chatham and Hudson. Highlights include “Heart of a Dog,” a unique experimental essay on film by musician/performance artist/painter Laurie Anderson; “Truth,” starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as CBS producer and Peabody Award winner Mary Mapes, in a film based on the 2004 investigative reporting scandal that cost Rather his job at CBS; “Brooklyn,” based on the bestselling novel by Colm Toibin; “45 Years, “about a couple on the eve their 45th wedding anniversary who receive startling news that threatens the foundation of their marriage and starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who both won Best Acting Silver Bears this year at the Berlin Film Festival for their roles; and “The Lady in the Van,” based on Alan Bennett’s short story and hit play of the same name, starring Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd, a bag lady who lived out of her van parked in Bennett’s driveway for 15 years.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Pianist Walter Ponce will be sitting in the hot seat in the inaugural concert of this season’s Close Encounters With Music chamber series, in a program of epic piano quartets by Brahms and Dvorak at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, October 24, at 6pm. Joining Ponce are violinist Ara Gregorian, violinist/violist Xiao-Dong Wang, and CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani on cello.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Chuck Prophet, one of contemporary rock’s greatest songwriters, plays a rare, intimate solo show at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 23, at 9pm. Boston-based twang-rocker Sarah Borges warms up the crowd for Prophet. Chuck Prophet writes and sings wry, trenchant rock songs that connect the dots, musical and otherwise, between Tom Petty and Warren Zevon. Stylistically, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock, and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. Longtime Helsinki favorite Sarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock.
(PITTSFIELD and STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The Made in the Berkshires Festival, featuring cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance, all by Berkshire artists, takes place at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Mass., on Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25.