BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Oct 12-15, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a performance by English pop sensation Benjamin Clementine; the opening of artist Nick Cave’s career-topping exhibition at MASS MoCA; a folk legend; Russian classical music; a one-woman show; political pottery; an American Idol; and a whole lot more.

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE BRINGS UNIQUE BALLADRY to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Benjamin Clementine — the uncategorizable London-based singer-poet, pianist, and composer who won England’s coveted Mercury Prize for his 2015 debut album, “At Least for Now,” gives a solo concert in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 15, at 8:30pm. The concert culminates activities surrounding the opening of artist Nick Cave’s exhibition, ““Until,” and Clementine is performing at the behest of Cave himself.

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT to BRING VINTAGE COUNTRY FOLK to MAHAIWE

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Folk legend and two-time Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – the missing link between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan – performs at the Mahaiwe on Friday, October 14 at 8pm.

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Nick Cave, 'Until' (detail) (photo Doug Mason)

Nick Cave, ‘Until’ (detail) (photo Doug Mason)

NICK CAVE’S SITE-SPECIFIC ‘UNTIL’ TAKES OVER MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Nick Cave, the artist known for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits, turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA in “Until,” a massive immersive installation opening on Saturday, October 15, with a reception from 5:30pm to 7pm. The opening reception features a performance in the exhibition space by Shreveport, La., musicians Brenda Wimberly and Sereca Henderson. Following the reception, Mercury Prize-winning singer-poet-pianist Benjamin Clementine performs in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA at 8:30pm.

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Russian String Orchestra (formerly Chamber Orchestra Kremlin)

Russian String Orchestra (formerly Chamber Orchestra Kremlin)

RUSSIAN STRING ORCHESTRA KREMLIN KICKS OFF CEWM’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON at MAHAIWE

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Russian String Orchestra, formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, will perform works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich to kick off the 25th anniversary season of the Close Encounters With Music Series at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, October 15, at 6pm. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, and Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, featuring CEWM founder, artistic director and cellist Yehuda Hanani.

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Karrin Allyson (photo Ingrid Hertfelder)

Karrin Allyson (photo Ingrid Hertfelder)

KARRIN ALLYSON HEADLINES PITTSFIELD CITYJAZZ FESTIVAL

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The Karrin Allyson Trio, the Scott Robinson Quartet, and the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors big band headline the 12th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. Allyson and the Jazz Ambassadors perform at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, October 15; Robinson and his quartet are at Flavours Restaurant on Friday, October 14.

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Linda Purl

Linda Purl

ONE-WOMAN SHOW BASED on JOAN DIDION MEMOIR at EGREMONT BARN 

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Actress Linda Purl performs “The Year of Magical Thinking,” a one-woman show adapted by Joan Didion for the stage based on her memoir of the same name, at the newly restored Egremont Barn, a part of the historic Egremont Village Inn, on Saturday, October 15, at 8pm, and Sunday, October 16, at 3pm.

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ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-bill-clinton-plateCERAMICS EXHIBITION LOOKS at LEADERSHIP and the SUPREME COURT

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Clay Politics, a conversation between artist Justin Rothshank and Elenor Wilson, editor of Studio Potter Journal, in conjunction with the exhibition Know Justice, a two-person show of work by Justin and Brooke Rothshank focusing on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history, takes place at Ferrin Contemporary Gallery on the campus of MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 15, at 4pm.

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Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox

AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST CRYSTAL BOWERSOX to PERFORM at HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program’s history to have one of her original songs played on the show, returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, October 16, at 8pm. Singer-songwriter Jono Manson, a songwriting partner of Crystal’s who produced her latest album, will warm up the crowd for Bowersox.

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