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June 25

What’s Happening?

Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29

There are so many things to do, it’s impossible to list them all!  For even MORE activities, events, and attractions, visit on your smartphone or tablet…Red Lion Inn has free wifi!

Friday, June 27

Williams College Museum of Art

Friday, June 27 (Daily until October 26) *Mitchell, Benglis, Wilke: Three women artists approach abstraction from different angles.

Friday, June 27 (Daily until December 14) *Material Friction – Americana & American Art: Material culture from the dawn of the United States like samplers and blanket chests take up residence next to luminous paintings from the Hudson RiverSchool 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: Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA

The Berkshire Museum

Friday, June 27 (Daily until September 1) *Butterflies: 12.30 – 1.30 pm: “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.

Address: 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Shakespeare & Company

Friday, June 27 (Daily until August 24) *Shakespeare’s Will: 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.

Friday, June 27 (Daily until August 23)*The Servant of Two Masters: 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.

Friday, June 27 (Daily until August 30)*A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 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. 

Friday, June 27 (Daily until August 30) *Julius Caesar: The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder.

Address: 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA

Barrington Stage Company

Friday, June 27 (Daily until July 12)*Kiss Me Kate!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.

Friday, June 27 – July 6*Working On a Special DayInspired 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, MA

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29 *Trey McIntyre Project: Trey McInytre’s dances overflow with fresh intelligence, unabashed physicality, and irresistible spirit. His unique dance language blends the grace and tension of classical ballet with unorthodox twists and turns and keen musicality. Final farewell performance. Wednesday – Saturday, 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm.

Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29*Unreal Hip Hop: Hip-hop’s supernovas astound and delight in this exclusive show, only at the Pillow. The all-female crew Decadancetheatre performing “4,″ their hip-hop interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. B-girl extraordinaire Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie in a variety of jaw-dropping solos including one to James Brown’s signature “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”. Boston-based The Wondertwins, kings of freestyle and rapid-fire pop ‘n’ lock who have performed in hip-hop festivals and competitions around the globe. Street dancer turned international star Storyboard P, who has worked with Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Marina Abramovic, and was recently profiled in The New YorkerWednesday – Saturday, 8:15pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2:15pm.

Friday, June 27*Buglisi Dance Theatre: 6.15 pm: Artistic Director and former Martha Graham Dance Company member Jacqulyn Buglisi creates theatrical, emotional contemporary dances with multidisciplinary inspirations, saying: “using images, literature, poetry, heroic archetypes and a consuming physicality, I craft dances that explore human relationships revealing the bold visceral strengths, humor, and exquisite vulnerabilities of the individual.”  Free. Henry J. Leir Stage.

Address: 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA

Berkshire Theatre Group

Friday, June 27 (Daily until July 19)*The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this campy comedy which tells the pell-mell tale of Lady Enid and Lord Edgar who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Tues, Thur, Fri, 8pm; Wed, 7pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm.

Address: 111 South Street, Pittsfield


Friday, June 27*Kenny Barron Trio: 8pm: The Los Angeles Times calls Kenny Barron one of the top jazz pianists in the world. The NEA Jazz Master and living legend leads his renowned Trio. Ozawa Hall.

Friday, June 27*Tanglewood Family Fun Fest: 1pm – 6pm: Families are invited to enjoy the beauty of the Tanglewood campus while taking part in an educational scavenger hunt and partaking in other fun family activities including an Instrument Playground, Kids’ Corner, and craft activities. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended, 413.637.5393.

Address: 297 West Street, Lenox

Guthrie Center

Friday, June 27*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Joe Crookston: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm) Joe Crookston: “With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good … and Joe does.” Sing Out Magazine. Members $15.00/Non-members $20.00.

Address2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington

Lion’s Den 

Friday, June 27*Moonshine Holler: Folk & oldtime Americana, locally based

Address: 30 Main Street, Stockbridge (Red Lion Inn!)

Saturday, June 28

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Saturday, June 28*Tap Program, The School at Jacob’s Pillow: 6.15pm: Dancers from the Tap Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow present variations coached by program director Michelle Dorrance. Free. Henry J. Leir Stage.

Address: 358 George Carter Road, Becket


Saturday, June 28*A Prairie Home Companion: 5.45pm: Live Broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Address: 297 West Street, Lenox

Guthrie Center

Saturday, June 28*Guthrie Center Troubadour Series – Meg Hutchinson: 8pm (Doors open at 6pm): Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning singer songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. Members $20.00/Non-members $25.00.

Address: 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington

Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Daniel Arts Center)

Saturday, June 28*Winds of Romanticism: 6pm: Crusell’s Divertimento for Oboe and Strings; Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13; and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet.

 Address: 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington

Good Purpose Gallery & Spectrum Playhouse

Saturday, June 28*Bobby Sweet & Annie Guthrie: 8pm: The two will be sharing the stage in an intimate and informal “in the round” style.  Annie Guthrie is a prolific songwriter and versatile musician, playing acoustic guitar, bass, and autoharp. Her songs are a pure reflection of her life – as Woody says, “You can only write what you see,” and she has taken that to heart, writing songs that tell it like it is. Tickets $10.

Address: 40 Main Street, Lee

DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.

Saturday, June 28 *The Crucible Series – The Mystery of Bronze Revealed: 2.30 – 3.30pm: Andrew will talk about where his inspirations come from to create his beautiful bronze sculptures.

 Address: 62 Church Street, Lenox

Lions Den

Saturday, June 28 BOB the Band: Blues-based rock, local band

Address: 30 Main Street, Stockbridge (Red Lion Inn!)

Sunday, June 29

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Sunday, June 29*Community Garden Party: 11am – 4pm: Tour the house, explore the gardens and trails, and enjoy the surroundings. There will be activities throughout the day. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Culture Council, its local affiliates, and WGBY. Free.

Address: 2 Plunkett Street,  Lenox

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday, June 29*Canoe Trip to Upper & Lower Goose Ponds: 8am – 12pm: Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life along the Appalachian Trail. We will walk one mile on the AT before paddling back. Due to possible windy conditions, previous canoe experience is required. Bring food, drink, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Registration is required. Members $25/Nonmembers $30.

Address472 West Mountain Road,  Lenox

Hilltop Orchards, Home of Furnace Brook Winery

Sunday, June 29 *5K Winery Runs (2K Youth): 10am – 12pm: 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. 

 Address508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond

Barrington Stage Company

Sunday, June 29 (Daily until June 30)*Fyvush Finkel: 8pm: Mr. Finn’s Cabaret presents: Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel celebrates the great songs and humor of show business. Accompanied by his two sons – Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist, and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire – 91- year-old Fyvush offers a first-hand account of his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom. Tickets: $45.

Address30 Union Street, Pittsfield

Lion’s Den

Sunday, June 29Jeffrey Folmer: Old & new classic folk

Address: 30 Main Street, Stockbridge (Red Lion Inn!)

30 Main Street  Stockbridge, MA 01262
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