Kickwheel Premieres “Passage” @ Shire City Sanctuary [Berkshire on Stage]

July 26th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara

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For more than a year, Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of The Berkshire Fringe) has been devising a new play that will premiere with a limited run of performances at Pittsfield’s Shire City Sanctuary from Wednesday-Sunday (July 27–31).

Merging original text, music, researched accounts and fantastical imagery, Passage weaves together two parallel storylines of survival: the tale of Sir John Franklin’s doomed 19th expedition to conquer the famed Northwest Passage and the story of a modern day couple on a luxury wellness cruise through the now melting arctic.

A dark comedy exploring themes of a changing climate, love and loss, Passage integrates sea otters on razor scooters, a guru of ultimate enlightenment, dead sailors, marketing executives and questions of hubris and faith to reveal the cyclical nature of human history.

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

April 13th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara

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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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