Regional Cultural Preview, July 20-26, 2020

by Seth Rogovoy


Brooklyn Rider (photo Erin Baiano)

Brooklyn Rider Live from Tanglewood

(LENOX, Mass.) – Cutting-edge string quartet Brooklyn Rider are featured in a live recording from Studio E at Tanglewood available for streaming beginning Wednesday, July 22, at 8pm, through Wednesday, July 29, as part of Tanglewood’s Recitals from the World Stage series.

Hosted by Karen Allen, the program will include a special post-concert Q&A with the artists on July 22 only, available exclusively to patrons purchasing this individual event (or the Recitals from the World Stage series).

The program includes Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 132; Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s Schisma; Matana Roberts’s borderlands; and Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 3, Mishima.






Billy Keane

Billy Keane of Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to Perform at Hancock Shaker Village

(HANCOCK, Mass.) – Folk-rocker Billy Keane, one of the founding members of the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, will perform on the lawn at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 pm.

Keane, called “defiant and driven” by Rolling Stone magazine, will perform beautiful old favorites and dreamy new songs, including the breathtaking “Never Give Up,” a rock ballad of hope and community. Segueing from folk to rock to blues, Keane will play from the laid-back porch of the Laundry & Machine Shop, the oldest Shaker structure in the Village with elements dating to 1795.

Food and snacks will be available, and drinks will be served by tray service. Concertgoers are required to wear a mask, and each person or group will be spaced at least six feet apart. Bring a blanket or chair.





Calidore String Quartet (photo Marco Borggreve)

Calidore String Quartet to Perform Beethoven at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Calidore String Quartet will perform works by Ludwig von Beethoven at PS21 on Friday, July 24, at 6pm and 8pm.

The internationally acclaimed, award-winning Calidore String Quartet will celebrate their own 10th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth at PS21 in the quartet’s first concert in PS21’s open-air pavilion theater.

Works will include Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, together with “Grosse Fugue” Op. 133, at 6pm. In their second program, at 8pm, the group will pair the composer’s String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135, and the Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5.






When Will You Recognize Us by Regina East

WAM Theatre Unveils ‘The Suffrage Project’ Online Exhibition

(LENOX, Mass.) – “The Suffrage Project,” an online exhibition of original art centered around the theme of suffrage and citizenship by WAM Theatre’s Elder Ensemble and People of Color Ensemble, will be showcased in a free online gallery on the WAM website throughout July and August 2020. In celebration and culmination of the four-month collaboration, WAM will host a special opening reception for “The Suffrage Project” (held on Zoom) on Sunday, July 26, at 3pm.

The individual pieces in the online exhibit include visual art, songs, monologues, poetry, dramatic scenes, dance and photography. The gallery includes reflections on the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in combination with powerful statements about marginalized groups in this country who are still fighting for full and unwavering citizenship.





Basilica Hudson to Screen ‘Women in Blue’ Doc at Greenville Drive-In

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Basilica Hudson is going ahead with its annual Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series by moving it outdoors to the Greenville Drive-In. The series will premiere with a free screening of “Women in Blue” on Thursday, July 23, at 7:30pm.

The film will be introduced by director Deirdre Fishel and producer Beth Levison. The event is being co-presented with the Berkshire International Film Festival.

Women in Blue” offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department, chronicling a department — and a community — grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May 2020.




Still from ‘Olympia’

BIFF Joins with Shakespeare & Company to Present the Berkshire Drive-In Summer Film Series

(LENOX, Mass.) – Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple’s new film “Desert One” will kick off the Berkshire Drive-In – a new a “Pop-up Drive-in” summer film series presented by the Berkshire International Film Festival on the campus of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox – on Thursday, July 23, at 8:30pm.

Films will be screened Thursday through Sunday evenings beginning Thursday, July 23, and continuing through September 13, 2020. The series will present nearly 40 curated films including a unique variety of documentaries, narrative features, Sundance hits, Shakespeare-themed films, family films, and award-winning animated films curated by Palm Springs International Animation Festival.

The documentary “Olympia” about legendary actress Olympia Dukakis will be screened in partnership with the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Friday, July 24. “Women in Blue” will be screened on Saturday, July 25, followed by an award-winning Animated Shorts Collection, in partnership with the Palm Springs International Animated Festival, on Sunday, July 26.





The Naughton Family in concert at The Colonial in Pittsfield, July 24-25




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