It’s the final weekend of the summer season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, one of my favorite cultural haunts in the region. Finishing up the season is the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in the Ted Shawn Theater, and LeeSaar The Company on the Doris Duke Stage, both performing tonight through Sunday. I caught LeeSaar earlier this week, in an incredible performance full of stark and sexy scenarios, suggestive music, stunning lighting effects, and an overall effect of contemporary dance for the here-and-now. I don’t think it gets any better than this.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has purchased 37 miles of railroad line from Pittsfield to the Connecticut border. The state is calling it a major step toward establishing passenger rail service from western Massachusetts to New York City.
The summer cultural scene in the greater Berkshire region is in full flower, so whether it’s theater, dance, chamber music, classical, jazz, blues, rock, comedy, visual arts, or what have you – it’s happening. So go out and have fun this weekend. Here are a few ideas of things to do.
Well the big story in the Berkshire this weekend is undoubtedly the 9th annual Berkshire International Film Festival. The BIFF takes place primarily at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington, but also at the Mahaiwe, the Beacon in Pittsfield, and at the Mount in Lenox, through Sunday. This year, the festival boasts over seventy-five films, including many features of international origin and numerous documentaries.
As you’ve probably heard by now, MASS MoCA in North Adams will mark its 15th anniversary on Saturday, beginning at 4pm with a series of events culminating in a huge dance party featuring the Bhangra funk of Red Baraat. The hours leading up to the dance concert, which takes place at 8:30pm, will feature pop-up performances by the likes of Mark Mulcahy, Cynthia Hopkins, and Bang on a Can’s Mark Stewart, and an opening reception for As Above So Below, a series of dynamic and immersive new works by Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández.
The Berkshire Community Action Council was incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit human service organization was designated the anti-poverty Community Action Agency for Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
They are presenting their “Grown in the Berkshire Gala” 3rd Annual Fundraiser in collaboration with Northern Berkshire United Way on Tuesday May 6th - sponsored by The Orchards and their Executive Chef, Chris Bonnivier along with several other of Berkshire County’s finest chefs.
Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.
This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.
Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.
This weekend brings a Jamaican-born singer-guitarist who only comes with a D-String; a soul singer who finally caught the spotlight after 50 years in the trenches; and several art exhibitions, including one focusing on the art of the nude, and another on endangered species of animals.