Rogovoy Report for September 26, 2014

Sep 26, 2014

This week’s highlights include several chamber music concerts, a visit from a classic folk-rock group from the late 1980s, a star-studded literary event, some old-fashioned rockabilly, a few new art shows and a salute to an avant-garde film pioneer.

Rogovoy Report for September 19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014

There’s no question about it – the big cultural event of the weekend in our region in Freshgrass, a three-day festival of roots and bluegrass music at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The lineup is stunning, really a who’s who of traditional and progressive bluegrass as well as country and roots music. At the top of the list is the unparalleled Emmylou Harris, who was born to sing bluegrass and country music, given her voice’s innate high lonesome sound. Also on the bill are the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, David Grisman Sextet, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Valerie June, Rodney Crowell, Aoife O’Donovan, Sam Amidon, and the Infamous Stringdusters. Other performers include Sam Bush, the Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Michael Cleveland, Claire Lynch, Darol Anger, and Martha Redbone Roots Project. All told, the event promises to be a kind of all-star festival of American country and roots music. That’s Freshgrass at MASS MoCA – today through Sunday.

Rogovoy Report for September 12, 2014

Sep 12, 2014

It’s going to be a real autumn weekend in our region, and nothing says autumn to me more than singers, poets, and artists – especially those that embrace alternative spaces, including the great outdoors.

Rogovoy Report for August 22, 2014

Aug 22, 2014

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.

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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.

Rogovoy Report for July 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

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.

Rogovoy Report for June 20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

It’s a big weekend in the greater Berkshire region for the performing arts, with a panoply of chamber music, folk-rock, dance and musical theater, just for starters.

Rogovoy Report for May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

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.

Rogovoy Report for May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

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.