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Stories and glimpses from around the Red Lion Inn
What’s Happening: Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22
Friday, June 20
Williams College Museum of Art *Mitchell, Benglis, Wilke
> Friday, June 20 (Daily until October 26) Three women artists approach abstraction from different angles. On view are a monumental oil on canvas painting, a floor piece of multi-colored industrial latex poured and congealed, and nine wall-mounted latex forms, folded and snapped into shape. Address, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA.
Williams College Museum of Art *Material Friction – Americana & American Art
> Friday, June 20 (Daily until December 14) Material culture from the dawn of the United States like samplers and blanket chests take up residence next to luminous paintings from the Hudson River School and works of high Modernism by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s Joseph Cornell in conversation with a Colonial cabinet maker and John Frederick Kensett talking with a limner from Connecticut. Address, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA.
The Berkshire Museum *Butterflies: 12.30 – 1.30 pm
>Friday, June 20 (Daily until September 1) “Butterflies” explores one of Earth’s most unique living creatures along with the fascination they inspire in humans across the globe. Experience the live Butterfly Pavilion, filled with vibrant native and exotic species of butterflies, discover the fascinating and complex life cycle of butterflies including their remarkable metamorphosis, and learn what we can do to protect their place in the natural environment. The inter-disciplinary exhibition will include works by contemporary artists, as well as historic and cultural artifacts from around the world.
Shakespeare & Company (Bernstein Theatre) *Shakespeare’s Will
>Friday, June 20 (Daily until August 24) Passion, humor, and mystery abound in this sensual and provocative tale by award-winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen. Filled with song, dance, and the poetry of language, Shakespeare’s Will, set in 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, explores the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway — Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife. The woman who spent 34 years married to a genius she rarely saw finally gets to tell us her tale. Address, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA.
Shakespeare & Company *The Servant of Two Masters
> Friday, June 20 (Daily until August 23) Resplendent with some of the wittiest knots and twists you’ll ever see, The Servant of Two Masters is a comical blend of the Italian classic Commedia dell’arte and contemporary performance styles that tells the story of the outrageous and wily servant, Truffaldino, who secretly signs on with two masters simultaneously. Rose Footprint Theatre. Address, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA
Barrington Stage Company *Kiss Me Kate!
>Friday, June 20 – July 12 Come watch the sparks fly! Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs, Kiss Me, Kate is musical comedy paradise. Main Stage. Tues/Wed at 7pm; Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 5pm, Wed/Fri matinees at 2pm (excluding June 13 & 18). Additional matinees Sat. 7/5 and 7/12 at 2pm. PLEASE NOTE: there will be a 2pm performance (no 8pm) on Fri., July 4th. Address, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield.
Barrington Stage Company *Working On a Special Day
>Friday, June 20 – July 6 Inspired by Ettore Scola’s Oscar-nominated story from stage and screen, Working on A Special Day is a new play about a life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on May 8, 1938 – the day Rome celebrates Hitler’s visit to Mussolini’s Italy. A bittersweet drama unfolds within the charged political landscape of rising fascism in Rome. Germain Stage. Tues-Sun 7:30pm; Thurs 4pm (excluding 6/19); Sat 4pm; Sun 3pm. 3pm performance (no 7:30pm) on Friday, July 4th. Address, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival *Carmen de Lavallade in As I Remember It
>Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22 This intimate portrait of dance icon and actress Carmen de Lavallade spans an unparalleled six-decade career working with luminaries Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Josephine Baker, Alvin Ailey, and many others. In the world premiere of this new solo show, poignant movement and storytelling weave an unforgettable memoir about Ms. de Lavallade’s venerable life on stage. Doris Duke Theatre, Friday & Saturday, 8:15pm; Sunday, 2:15pm. Address, 358 George Carter Road, Becket.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival *The Hong Kong Ballet
>Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22 Sleek elegance and exquisite technical precision open the Festival. The Hong Kong Ballet performs Polish choreographer Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s rich and celebratory “Goldberg Variations” and “Orchestral Suite in D Major No. 3.” The program also includes Nacho Duato’s commanding all-male work Castrati, which explores themes of masculinity and sacrifice, and a poetic trio A Room of Her Own by National Ballet of China resident choreographer Fei Bo. Ted Shawn Theatre, Wednesday – Saturday, 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. Address, 358 George Carter Road, Becket.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival *American Dance Guild: 6.15pm
>Friday, June 20 A sampling of contemporary choreography from the American Dance Guild’s 2013 Performance Festival, “Cross-Pollination,” which took place at the 92 St. Y in New York City. The American Dance Guild is committed to preserving the living history of modern dance, while promoting new works. Their Inside/Out program includes work by Sue Bernhard, Michael Cerwinski, YungLi Chen, Rebecca Rice, and Sasha Spielvogel. Free. Henry J. Leir Stage. Address, 358 George Carter Road, Becket.
Lion’s Den * Jeannie Laurin & John Sauer
>Friday, June 20 Vocals & piano. The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.
Saturday, June 21
Berkshire Botanical Garden
>Saturday, June 21 Join herbalist Dina Falconi and explore the plants of the gardens, meadows and woodland edges of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills, and discover how they are harvested and prepared to be used for food, medicine and pleasure. Members $30; Nonmembers $35. Address, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge.
Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center *Summer Solstice Hike in the Highlands: 9am – 1pm
> Saturday, June 21 Visit sacred springs, wells, streams of Windsor and Savoy. Come to the highlands to an area called “drowned lands”, a part of the Berkshire Plateau that serves as headwaters to the Westfield, Hoosac and Housatonic Rivers. On this 3-mile moderate hike, see water actually seeping from the ground in natural springs, 19th century wells that have withstood the test of time and streams winding down the mountain. Hear folklore about the importance of springs and wells as sacred sites in the Celtic and Native American traditions. The hike will conclude with a quick drive to a local “watering hole” – a natural spring where the “locals” fill up water bottles. Bring water/snack and wear long pants. Directions sent upon registration. Call 413-584-3009. Address , 1515 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor (MA).
Hilltop Orchards, Home of Furnace Brook Winery *Wine & Craft Beer Sunset Soiree: 5 – 9pm
> Saturday, June 21 Wine and dine on the hilltop with a farm-to-table inspired dinner including beef and chicken kebabs, delicious salads, homemade cornbread and fruit pie. Wine tasting of up to 10 wines, ciders and craft beers from Barrington and Chatham Breweries. The Concrete Beat band will perform outdoors. Souvenir wine glass. Be the first to taste the new Johnny Mash Dry Gold! $30 per person. Call or reserve tickets online. Address, 508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond, NY.
Arrowhead, Home of Herman Melville *Country Fair at Arrowhead: 10am – 4pm
> Saturday, June 21 Every third Saturday, June – September, visit the Country Fair at Arrowhead! Crafters, food, and music will abound on the South Lawn. Free and open to the public. Address, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.
Ventfort Hall, Museum of the Gilded Age (DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.) *Some Romantic Evening – Tango & Chocolate: 7 – 9pm
> Saturday, June 21 Come and join us at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum as Sculptor Andrew DeVries and Chocolatier Joshua Needleman host a benefit concert for Ventfort Hall featuring Hillary Herndon (viola) and Jennifer Muniz (piano). Andrew will be unveiling a new bronze work called appropriately “Tango!” and following the concert there will be a champagne reception with exquisite chocolates from the famed Chocolate Springs Cafe of Lenox. Tickets $25 per person. Address, 104 Walker Street, Lenox.
Shakespeare & Company *A Midsummer Night’s Dream
>Saturday, June 21 Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! Oberon, Titania and the ever-mischievous sprite Puck frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy. Address, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Inc. *ETHEL – Grace: 8pm
>Saturday, June 21 Since its founding in 1998, the string quartet ETHEL has been a musical pioneer using amplification and improvisation in its concerts of original music and works by contemporary composers. Address, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Daniel Arts Center) *Aston Magna Festival – C.P.E. Bach 300th Birthday Celebration, J.S. Bach’s A Musical Offering: 6pm
>Saturday, June 21 C.P.E. Bach’s Quartet for Flute, Viola and Keyboard; Fantasia for Harpsichord and Violin; Sonata for Bass Recorder, Viola, and Continuo, and J.S. Bach’s A Musical Offering. Daniel Stepner and Anne Black, violins and violas. Address: 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA.
Lion’s Den * Bev Rohler & John Colby
>Saturday, June 21 . New Orleans style; Cajun style. The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.
Sunday, June 22
Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, St. Germain Stage (Barrington Stage Company)*Songwriters Cabaret Feat. Will Aronson & Noel Carey: 8pm
> Sunday, June 22 Mr. Finn’s Cabaret presents: Composers Will Aronson and Noel Carey lend their remarkable talents to an evening featuring two new musicals in-the-making. Accompanied by a superb cast of singers, Carey will floor you with songs from Marjoe, based on the child evangelist who was the subject of a well-known documentary. Aronson will dazzle you with music, including a modern-day comedy based on a classic fairy tale. Be there at the beginning! Tickets: $20. Address, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Hilltop Orchards, Home of Furnace Brook Winery *5K Winery Runs (2K Youth): 10am – 12pm
> Sunday, June 22 The Capital Region Nordic Alliance (CRNA) and Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards will host two 5K runs (2K runs for youth) on Sunday June 22 & 29. Check-in begins at 9am and races start promptly at 10am. The course winds through Hilltop’s 3 mail trains; Riesling Run, Johnny Mash and Perry’s Peak. $20 adults, $10 youth. Address, 508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond, NY.
Lion’s Den * Oakes & Smith
>Sunday, June 22 . Soothing sounds of local songwriters. The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.