There’s a veritable explosion of performing and visual arts in our region this weekend. Here’s only a sampling of what’s out there.
While the Miami City Ballet occupies the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Mass., for the long weekend, contemporary dance aficionados won’t want to miss the program in the Doris Duke Theatre, where visionary choreographer Jonah Bokaer stages his newest work, Rules of the Game, set to an original score by 10-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop/R&B artist Pharrell Williams. The program, tonight through Sunday, also includes Bokaer’s gripping Occupant, a trio work based on Edward Albee’s play about sculptor Louise Nevelson.
The Grammy Award-winning Boston Early Music Festival brings a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera by Pergolesi to the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday, at 3pm. Soprano Amanda Forsythe heads the cast of four dynamic singers. The soloists appear alongside a 13-member Chamber Ensemble and five members of the BEMF Dance Company.
Jazz pianist Joey Alexander, a three-time Grammy Award-nominee at the ripe old age of 13, makes his Tanglewood debut in Ozawa Hall tonight at 8pm, with his trio. The Bali-born prodigy has seen one of the fastest career rises in jazz since the release of his chart-topping debut CD, “My Favorite Things,” in 2015.
Indie-rock avatars Wilco will be joined by seminal punk-art rockers Television, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, plus dozens of other performers, comedians, and speakers at the fifth Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., tonight through Sunday. One note: If you’re seeking a quiet, intimate, one-on-one experience with the fabulous art exhibitions at MASS MoCA, this weekend might not be the best one to choose….
Veteran singer-songwriter and humorist Don White brings his deft guitar, his catalog of rootsy songs, his gift of gab, and his irrepressible wit to the Guthrie Center in Great Barringon, Mass., tonight at 8pm, as part of the Troubadour Series.
Aston Magna Music Festival presents “Late, Great Mozart,” showcasing historical clarinet master Eric Hoeprich, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., tonight at 8pm, and at Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Saturday at 6pm. The concert includes Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
The Calidore String Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Hindemith in the third and final concert of this summer’s Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series in Olin Hall at Bard College on Saturday at 8pm. Works on the program include Dvořák’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American”; Hindemith’s String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22; and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581.
John Paul White, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo the Civil Wars, brings his country-flavored neo-folk music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday at 9pm. Rock singer-songwriter Lera Lynn, of TV’s “True Detective” fame, will warm up the crowd for White.
And Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls – fronted by the fabulous Sabina Sciubba - bring their singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday at 8pm.
Nobel Prize-winning rock poet Bob Dylan and His Band will perform at the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, N.Y., tonight and Saturday night at 8pm. The shows will be Dylan’s first-ever in Kingston and will mark the inaugural concerts of that city’s new riverfront concert venue.
Paintings by Mark Beard and Corinne Robbins and works on paper by Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, David Seiler, and the duo Kahn & Selesnick, are on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y. now through Sunday, August 6. A reception for the artists takes place on Saturday from 5 to 7pm.
The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness opens at Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School in Kinderhook, N.Y., with a reception on Saturday from 2 to 6pm. The opening will feature a special performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB, as well as drinks, music, and local fare.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com