The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Japanese classical fusion; a farm-related film fest; tributes to Beethoven, Glen Campbell, and Florence Foster Jenkins; and a whole lot more.
The five Massachusetts singer-songwriters of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow along with special guest Sarah Lee Guthrie and friends ring in St. Patrick’s Day weekend tonight with a celebration of brotherhood, spirits, and foot-stomping folk-rock in Club B10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., at 8pm.
Duo Yumeno, whose repertoire explores the dialogue between classical Japanese and Western music, performs at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., on Saturday at 3pm. Duo Yumeno musicians, who specialize in music from Asia, forge a connection between their music and the art in the Japanese Impressions exhibition at the Clark, with the aim of creating a singular sound — inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility, much like the artwork in the show.
Works spanning the illustrious career of composer Ludwig van Beethoven will be showcased in “Beethoven Journey — Early, Middle and Late” at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters with Music series. The program will feature works for strings and piano, including the early cello sonata No. 2 in G minor; a middle-period violin sonata No. 7 in C minor; and the “Archduke” Trio Opus 97.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb pays tribute to his longstanding collaboration with singer-songwriter Glen Campbell in “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years,” highlighting some of the 100-plus recordings from the Webb/Campbell songbook, at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday at 8pm. Together the two artists were responsible for such immortal hits as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston.”
“30under30,” a multimedia exhibition featuring works by 30 young artists – most of them still in their mid-20s and hailing from or currently living in or around the Berkshires - is on view at No. Six Depot Gallery in West Stockbridge Mass., now through Sunday, April 30. There’ll be an opening reception with many of the artists on hand – including exhibition curator Mika Mintz - this Sunday, March 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Berkshire playwright Joan Ackermann will be celebrated with a weekend of staged readings of her works at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., in “Joan Ackermann: One Playwright, One Weekend,” tonight through Sunday, March 19. Company actors and guest performers will explore the most beloved scripts of the prolific playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. All six readings will be directed by Ackermann and performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company.
Mythical, mystical dance diva Jomama Jones – a creation of performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones – headlines the March Party, a fundraiser for Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, at Joe’s Garage in Catskill, N.Y., on Saturday at 6pm. The event includes food, drink, and dancing to the electro-funk sounds of Jomama Jones and her band.
Also in Catskill, “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” a musical about history’s worst opera singer, runs this weekend and next at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, N.Y. Playgoers may be familiar with the story of Jenkins from last year’s film starring Meryl Streep.
Three farm-related films shot in Columbia County will be screened at Farm Film Fest 9, the 9th annual afternoon film festival devoted to farms and farming, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham, N.Y., on Sunday, from 1 to 4pm. The annual afternoon festival showcases films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues both local and national.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com