Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 1-June 7th
Now-October 8: Berkshire writers exhibit opens
Don’t miss the Berkshire Historical Society’s new exhibit, Fertile Ground: Berkshire Authors and Writers. In years leading up to the Civil War, 1846-1861, the Berkshires became a gathering place for artists, writers, and the literati, from Hawthorne and Melville to Catharine Sedgewick’s and Fanny Kemble. Of the seven major American works written in the period, three were written in Berkshire County.
Now through October 8 | 10:30am-4pm/closed Thursdays | Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead | 780 Homes Road | 442-1793, ext.11
Click here to read the Berkshires Week feature on the show.
Friday-Thursday: Black Book at the Little Cinema
Black Book is the first Dutch film by famous director Paul Verhoeven in 20 years. In the final days of WWII in Holland, a Jewish singer named Rachel joins the resistance after her family is brutally slain. She takes up with a German general in order to feed information to her allies, only to develop feelings for him--and find herself in danger. Note: this film is rated R.
Friday-Thursday, June 1-7 | 8pm, Monday: 2 pm | Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 443-7171 | $7/ $5
Click here to visit Black Book's website and see a trailer of the movie.
Friday evening: Singer-songwriter Linda Worster
"Linda Worster sings with the radiance of the heart spirit" says Paul Winter. The singer-songwriter has opened for many well-known artists including Livingston Taylor, Harry Chapin, Leo Kotke, David Bromberg, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal. And in 1989, Linda co-wrote and recorded a duet with Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on her "Moment to Moment" album.
Friday, June 1 | 7pm | The Blue Iguana Room | 156 North Street | 464-0919 | $5
Click here to find out more about Linda Worster on MySpace and hear some of her songs.
Saturday morning: A musical tag sale!
Shop for gently used musical instruments, sheet music, and books at the Berkshire Music School’s outdoor tag sale on their beautiful lawn. Find some inspiration and support one of our community’s most beloved cultural institutions.
Saturday, June 2 | 10am-1pm | Berkshire Music School | 30 Wendell Ave | FREE
Saturday night: Showtime with the Storefront Artist Project
Saturday night join the Storefront Artist Project for a singular evening of art, alternative cabaret and dining and dancing at Spice. Jeb Colwell of Hector on Stilts and Dorothy Truth, elusive twin sister of artist Doug Truth, will be your hosts for an evening of strange and wonderful performances.
Saturday, June 2 | 7pm dinner/9pm cabaret & silent auction | 11pm-1am dance party | Spice | 297 North Sreet | 917-568-3712 | $25-$150
Click here to find out more about the event.
Saturday night: Larry Chernicoff at the Colonial
Larry Chernicoff’s Windhorse ensemble combines a jazz band with a classical chamber ensemble. The members of Windhorse have performed with Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, The Who, Don Cherry, Alan Ginsberg, Ornette Coleman, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others.
Saturday, June 2nd | 8pm | The Colonial Theatre | 111 South Street | 997-4444 | $16-$29
Click here to visit Larry Chernicoff's website.
Thursday afternoon: Holocaust Author to Read Aloud
Williams College Assistant Professor of History Alexandra Garbarini, a former fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, is the author of Numbered Days: Diaries and the Holocaust (Yale University Press). She will speak about why so many Jews wrote diaries under such perilous circumstances; who they were, and what they hoped to accomplish through their writings.
Thursday, June 7 | 1pm | Knesset Israel | 16 Colt Road | 442-4360, ext. 15 | FREE
Click here to read more about Numbered Days.
Thursday afternoon: Willard Ulmer art reception
A reception for painter Willard Ulmer, the featured artist at EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne throughout June, will be held on Thursday, June 7, at 4 p.m. A former Air Force photographer, Ulmer has been painting in Columbia County for the last 17 years. His landscapes are crafted mostly with transparent watercolors, but he also does more abstract work in acrylics, oils, crayons and woodwork.
Thursday, June 2 | 4pm | EPOCH | 140 Melbourne Road | 499-1992 | FREE
Thursday evening: Cello recital by Misha Quint
Next week the first annual Berkshires Interharmony International Music Festival opens on the sylvan campus of Miss Hall’s School with a cello recital by founder Misha Quint. A frequent guest with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, he has also played with the Metropolitan Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, National Irish Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Don’t miss this extraordinary musician in this very special performance, accompanied by piano.
Thursday, June 7 | 8pm | Miss Hall’s School | 492 Holmes Road | 443-6401 | $1/$10 students & seniors
Click here to read more about the festival, and others run by Quint in the Netherlands and Germany.
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