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21 Events & Fireworks for the Fourth Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, art, theater, dance, comedy, film, fashion, magic, a bonfire, fireworks and more from February 12-22. Organized by the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 70 performances highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights, comedians and performers.

The 10X10 festival kicks off on Thursday (February 12) with the Ten Spot Art Show opening reception at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; a community art project at Shire City Sanctuary; and the first preview night of Barrington Stage’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

“The 10×10 Upstreet Holiday Festival is one of my favorite cultural events of the year because it brings affordable fun to the winter time,” noted Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi. “I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy everything from the winter fireworks display to new theater at Barrington Stage.” Shire City Sanctuary is a new addition this year featuring an evolving community demonstration and installation of a screen printed poster over the course of the 10-day festival. They will also host a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance party following Berkshire Historical Society’s 10x10x10x10 Undergarment Fashion Show featuring ten models wearing ten outfits from ten eras by ten designers, highlighting the winter exhibition at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.

Other new additions this year include: a free, community wide bonfire and fireworks extravaganza at the newly renovated Common on First Street; WAM Theatre’s return to Pittsfield with a one-night-only staged reading of their critically acclaimed 2013 production of “Emilie”; two family-friendly shows at the Colonial Theatre; 10 Decades of Jazz Piano with master pianist Bill Mays; 10 Shorts, a multi-disciplinary, multicultural work by Berkshire-based performing artists at the Whitney Center for the Arts; and the Berkshire International Film Festival hosting a closing night Academy Awards party at the Beacon.

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2015:
Bridge Jazz Fest @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall & College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Troy & Albany, 2/27&28/15
Country Con 2015 @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, 2/28 & 3/1/15
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/4-7/15
A Taste of Country Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/12-14/15
Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/26-28/15
FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/18-20/15

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Three Glorious Nights in February: WAM Takes Its Hit Show “Emilie” on Tour [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
There’s more to an enhanced “reading” than you might imagine.

There’s more to an enhanced “reading” than you might imagine.

By Gail M. Burns

WAM Theatre has been invited to present an enhanced staged reading of their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson at three different locations in Berkshire County and the Capital Region, beginning at 7:30pm tonight (Tuesday, February 10) at Williams College’s Adams Memorial Theatre in Williamstown.

Directed by WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, much of the acclaimed original cast returns. Kim Stauffer reprises the title role as Emilie and is joined by returning cast members Suzanne Ankrum, Brendan Cataldo and Joan Coombs as Soubrette, Gentleman and Madam, respectively, along with new cast member Timothy Carter (national tour of The Lion King, Adirondack Theatre Festival’s The Whale) as Voltaire.

This enhanced staged reading will feature some audio and visual elements from the original production, of which Berkshire On Stage and Screen said, “WAM’s brilliantly staged production of ‘Emilie’… is totally entertaining.” The Berkshire Eagle deemed the 2013 production “…highly imaginative…highly theatrical…” and Berkshire Fine Arts stated it was “an absorbing evening of theatre for a sold out audience.”

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Barrington Stage Reveals Plays, Musicals for Its 2015 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Julianne Boyd in front of the Boyd-Quinson MainStage.

Julianne Boyd in front of the Boyd-Quinson MainStage.

By Larry Murray

It is somehow fitting, noted Julianne Boyd, that the most familiar song from Man of La Mancha, “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” will mark the Mainstage opening of Barrington Stage Company’s tenth year in Pittsfield.

At a news conference Artistic Director Julianne Boyd announced the theatre’s 2015 season of musicals and plays that will take place in downtown Pittsfield in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, the St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre venues.

​“It’s a summer of contrasts at Barrington Stage. We’re presenting musicals as different as Man of La Mancha and Shrek, and plays that run the gamut from Shining City to His Girl Friday, but what they all have in common are superbly crafted stories that I think our audiences will love,” said Boyd.

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Exploring FX in the Berkshires: A New Series @ the Little Cinema [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 8th, 2014
We’ve all wondered “How do they do that!” at one time or another.

We’ve all wondered “How do they do that!” at one time or another.

FX creativity thrives in the Berkshires – and the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will celebrate some local contributions to the genre with screenings and fascinating talks with those who make cinematic magic. From Middle Earth to the Matrix, FX in the Berkshires will feature films accompanied by talks with area filmmakers who are active in the special and visual effects fields.

The series opens with The Fellowship of the Ring at 6pm on Thursday (December 11), with a commentary by special effects expert John Nugent. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and is curated by Nannina Stearn.

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Little Cinema to Host “Women in Film” Series @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum’s innovative Little Cinema will host a new film series beginning on Thursday (November 6) and continuing into 2015, selected by curator Nannina Stearn. Behind the Camera: Women in Film opens with The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the earliest feature-length animated film, created by Lotte Reiniger in the 1920s. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.

About Behind the Camera: Women in Film

“The first narrative film was created in 1896; it was directed by a woman. The first person to win two Oscars for screenwriting (in 1930 and 1932) was a woman,” says Nannina Stearn. “The first person to make a feature length-animated film in 1926 was a woman. Back in the 1920s half of all films were written by women, and almost every film was edited by one. More than any other art form, cinema was developed equally by men and women, and yet today women struggle to find parity with their male counterparts. In 2013 only 16 percent of the top creative jobs in films were filled by women, and in the past 15 years that number has never risen above 19 percent.”

With Behind the Camera: Women in Film, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative want to shine a light on that 16 percent, with special screenings highlighting the contributions women today are making to film, and celebrating the rich history women have as innovators in the medium.

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Two Genders, Two Planets, One Insightful Evening with Peter Story [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Peter Story explains the inexplicable.

Peter Story explains the inexplicable.

It’s time to enter the ultimate mystery of the universe, the one that makes the mysterious rational: the relationships between men and women. It’s the multiverse that exceededith all human understanding. Until now.

Coming to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield for one night only on Thursday (Ocotber 30), Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story and based on The New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and will be playing to audiences around the United States and Canada throughout the year. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids.

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LIVE: Empire Jazz Orchestra with Claire Daly, Sharel Cassity & Ada Rovatti @ Colonial Theatre, 10/18/14

Monday, October 27th, 2014
The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

The Empire Jazz Orchestra with leader Bill Meckley

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

When I heard that the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival was celebrating its 10th anniversary, I suddenly remembered that I had covered the anchor concert for the inaugural Pittsfield CityJazz Festival in 2005. Dr. Billy Taylor was the headliner, and it will be a deathbed memory that I got to shake the iconic pianist/educator’s hand backstage and tell him, “Thank you for… well, for everything!” Fast-forward to today, where PCJazz has developed a very nice niche for itself: Bringing headlining acts to the area, while showcasing the musical and educational spirit of the community.

Let’s talk about that last bit first. A Wall Street Journal Online article recently discussed statistical evidence that music education can have a direct impact on scholastic achievement. If that’s the case, the Berkshires are going to turn out some smart, smart kids. The opening act(s) at the Colonial Theatre were billed under the umbrella name “Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble,” but in fact, they were two distinct groups: The Herberg Middle School Band (which is a feeder group for the Pittsfield H.S. band), and the Rock On Workshop Jazz Ensemble. Both groups performed admirably: Highlights included Herberg’s straight-down-Broadway take on Booker T. & the MGs’ “Green Onions,” and Rock On’s righteous work-up of Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay.” Guitarist Ethan Wesley’s amp failed him during Herberg’s two-song set, but his technical issues were resolved so he could tear it up during Rock On’s appearance, capping Ella Sears’ bluesy treatment of George Gershwin’s “Summertime” with the opening lick to “Stairway to Heaven.”

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Joy Behar to Talk It Up @ the Colonial Theatre on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Joy Behar

Comedian/talk show host Joy Behar brings her stand-up tour to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. With more than 30 years on stage and screen, Behar’s one-woman show takes us on a journey from her rollicking childhood in Brooklyn to center stage as one of America’s most notable talk show hosts and comedians. Behar comments, “It’s a good time to take stock of my shenanigans.”

Tickets to Joy Behar at 8pm on Friday (October 17) are on sale now for $35, $50 and $65. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Behar is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. She received an Emmy Award for her performance on The View, where she was a member of the cast for 16 years. She also hosted her own talk shows, The Joy Behar Show on HLN and Say Anything on Current TV.

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