Posts Tagged ‘Pittsfield’

Le Vent du Nord Blows into the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air, as they blow into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday (May 26).

Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.

Both the Quebec folk music quartet and its audience, will share the Colonial stage Thursday, May 26 at 8pm, as part of the theatre’s “On the Stage” Series.

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3rd Thursdays Kicks Off This Week in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns for its 10th season on Thursday (May 19), and this month’s theme is Youth. The event celebrates young performers, dancers, musicians, artists and more. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the 10th season with the return of some favorite 3rd Thursday features and the introduction of some new things including the unveiling of the Pittsfield Paintbox Project,” says Jen Glockner, director of cultural development for the city of Pittsfield.

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The Lucky 5 Jazz Up the Swing Dance Scene [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
The Lucky Five

The Lucky Five

The Shire City Sanctuary – formerly the Notre Dame church – in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District is hosting the ongoing Shire City Rhythm Club with the Lucky 5 on Friday (May 20). A night of swing dancing from 8-11pm, with a free swing dance lesson from 7-8pm.

The Shire City Rhythm Club will offer a one-hour lesson (7-8pm) prior to the dance that will teach beginners and advanced students alike dance steps to incorporate into the evening’s partner-style dance. The lesson is included in the ticket price. All ages are welcome; beer, wine and pizza will be available at a separate cost. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and Shire City Sanctuary members will receive a 25% discount.

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It’s “Presto Change-O” as Barrington Stage Begins 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Presto Change-O stars (clockwise from bottom) Lenny Wolpe, Barbara Walsh, Michael Rupert, Bob Walton, Jenni Barber and Jarrod Spector.

“Presto Change-O” stars (clockwise from bottom) Lenny Wolpe, Barbara Walsh, Michael Rupert, Bob Walton, Jenni Barber and Jarrod Spector.

By Larry Murray

For 2016, things are going to be different at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. They are ratcheting up their productions.

Usually their season opens with a simple show with one or two characters, followed by bigger and bigger productions as the summer tourist season takes over the Berkshires.

But Julianne Boyd (artistic director) and Tristan Wilson (managing director) have decided to begin instead with the Musical Theatre Lab world premiere new musical, Presto Change-O, which runs from Wednesday (May 18) through Saturday, June 11. The company’s press release describes this intriguing new musical as one that “tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family.”

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Comedian Kevin Meaney Brings the Laughs Tonight @ The Garage [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Meaney – who steps into the spotlight at The Garage in Pittsfield tonight (Wednesday, May 11) – had known since he was a teen that he was gay, but like so many in that era, had been afraid he might be shunned or worse if he came out. As reported by Nick A. Zaino III in the Boston Globe, it was in the ’80s, that Meaney felt he might finally be ready, but then the AIDS crisis hit. It wasn’t until he got to Broadway in 2002 that he started to feel safe.

“That turned me around,” he says. “I got a job doing the gayest musical of all time, ‘Hairspray,’ and everybody in the cast and everybody in the crew and everybody in the audience, they were all gay. So it just gave me the courage. People say, ‘Does Broadway make you gay?’ Yes, it does. OK? It does. Even going to see a show, you can become gay. So you’ve got to be careful.”

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Swing Dancing with the Lucky 5 in Pittsfield on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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The former Notre Dame church in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, now known as the Shire City Sanctuary, is hosting the Shire City Rhythm Club’s evening of swing dancing with the Lucky 5 on Friday (April 15), featuring dancing from 8-11pm and free swing dance lessons from 7-8pm.

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and Gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The Lucky 5 performs both original compositions, as well as putting a new spin on old jazz standards.

The band is comprised of highly seasoned touring musicians, having been part of the Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & the Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with such diverse artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale, just to name a few.

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Mr. Finn Introduces Ridiculously Talented Songwriters [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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The Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has announced the return of Tony Award-winner William Finn’s popular Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should… on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at 8pm on Friday & Saturday, June 10 & 11. As usual Mr. Finn will at as emcee.

The slate of cabaret performers was also announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

Kicking off BSC’s Mainstage season will be two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist William Finn and the next generation of talented musical theater writers in Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should. This brilliant group of young writers will share some of their newest songs with the help of four extraordinary singers, ridiculous talented in their own right. Mr. Finn walks us through what makes these songs and songwriters stand out! A funny, charming and insightful evening! Directed by Stephanie Yankwitt. Tickets to Songs by the Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists you Probably Don’t Know, But Should… are $30-$40.

Barrington Stage Company also announced the 2016 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

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ArtBeat: Paintings by Joe Goodwin @ Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

Vesica Piscis by Joe Goodwin,

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will present one of the best known Berkshire-based artists from the LGBTQ community, Joe Goodwin, in a solo show titled Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings in the Museum’s Ellen Crane Memorial Room from Saturday (April 2) through Sunday, June 19. An opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10; $5 children; FREE members. Please RSVP to 413.443.7171 ext. 313.

Goodwin’s abstract paintings appear ethereal, enigmatic and reflective, in atmospheric images that reference natural phenomena. Goodwin works in acrylic paint that he mixes from dry pigments and polymer emulsions, applied in an innovative layered process that involves additives such as marble dust and silica. The meticulous layering of paint and texture produces a distinctive sense of depth in the paintings.

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