Our creative venues overflow with shows, glorious August shows!
by Larry Murray
August is the month of bounty, when those tasty tomatoes begin to overflow the basket, and every stage in the Berkshires and beyond is filled with glorious live entertainment. All six of our major cultural organizations are in high gear: Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare & Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival all have sure-fire crowd pleasers on their stages, but so do lots of other, smaller groups.
So here are lots of suggestions of things to do – some from the familiar and popular organizations but this month we put the emphasis on the smaller and lesser known arts organizaions you should know about. Enjoy the Berkshire’s season of plenty – the leaves start dropping in less than ten weeks.
AUGUST 2014 – TOP PICKS
August 1-2 – “Glory Unending” with the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab
“Glory Unending” brings together Smith’s powerful series of relief sculptures with Ovid’s text performed by actor Charlie Tirrell and directed by BPL’s own Ann Garner. Performances are Friday August 1 and Saturday August 2, 8:30 PM at No. Six Depot St. Gallery and Event Space (in the old railroad station,) West Stockbridge.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.berkshireplaywrightslab.org
August 2 – Art opening and talk by Julie McCarthy at Chesterwood
At 5pm there will be a free talk by the photographer to go along with “An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy, Artist-in-Residence”. The exhibition focuses on the possessions and surroundings of Margaret “Peggy” French Cresson, the only child of famed sculptor Daniel Chester French. Margaret, born in 1889, was an author and accomplished portrait sculptor in her own right. She lived at Chesterwood in the summer months from the time she was a little girl until her death in 1973. For reservations, email email@example.com or call (413) 298-3579, x25210. Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Rd., off Rt. 183, in the Stockbridge hamlet of Glendale.
August 2 – Berkshire Comedy Festival at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington
The Berkshire Comedy Festival features top comedians from around the country. This is stand-up comedy as it was meant to be. Ninety minutes of high energy, non-stop laughter & hilarious fun. Paul Anthony, Tom Gilmore, Maria Walsh plus Isaacs and Baker will provide the laughs. 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA $25 advance/$35 day of. www.mahaiwe.org Box office: (413) 528-0100
August 2-3 Penderecki String Quartet, New Black Eagle Jazz Band at Music Mountain
The New Black Eagle Jazz Band returns to Falls Village, CT on Saturday, August 2nd (6:30PM) performing the best of 1930s New Orleans followed by the Penderecki String Quartet performing Mozart, Faure, and Schubert with guest artist Geoffrey Burleson, piano on Sunday, August 3rd (3PM). Visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
August 2-17 – The Berkshire Fringe Festival Opens with Retrospectacle in Pittsfield
Beginning at 6pm, and for the next two weeks it is the Berkshire Fringe. Join the opening elebration of its ten year history with RETROSPECTACLE! Featuring live performances by May V. Oskan (The Ape Woman, 2013), Under The Table and The Wardrobe Ensemble, live and silent auctions, dance party, beer & wine and a Pay Your Age ticket option. There’s a whole calendar of things to see and enjoy. You will find the full schedule here.
August 3 – Masters of the Baroque at the Clark Art Museum
Celebrated cellist Yehuda Hanani performs one of the incomparable unaccompanied Bach suites, displaying the composer’s depth, boldness and innovation and virtuoso pianist Lydia Artymiw dazzles with Scarlatti miniature keyboard gems. The two join forces in performances of Vivaldi and Boccherini sonatas and a new composition in neo-Baroque style by Williamstown composer Steven Dankner is to receive its world premiere. Tickets for “Masters of the Baroque” are $40 ($30 members). Visit clarkart.edu or call 413- 458-0524 for information or to order tickets.
August 3 – The Four Tops plus a local horn section at the Mahaiwe
The Four Tops will raise the roof on the Mahaiwe on Sunday, August 3 at 7:00pm. An all-star local horn section will back the Motown legends. “This promises to be one of those shows where the whole audience is on their feet dancing and singing along.” says boss lady Beryl Jolly. Tickets $35 – 95 with some $15 tix for those under 30. Go to www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
August 3 – Scenes from “The Hilltown Plays” at Williams College Summer Theatre
The acclaimed Hill Town Plays by Lucy Thurber chronicle the progression of a woman’s life in rural Western Massachusetts, ultimately seeking to explore “where we come from, what we dream of becoming, and who we are.” Sunday, August 3 at 7:00 PM and at the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA). Admission is FREE and open to the public.
August 5 – Tea and History at Ventfort Hall Mansion in Lenox
A. Cassandra Albinson, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, will present a Tea & Talk on “Edwardian Opulence: Your Day in ‘Court’ or How to Dress to Meet the Monarch” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Tuesday, August 5 at 4:00 pm, followed by a Victorian tea. The Edwardian decade (1901 – 1910) included glittering evening courts at Buckingham Palace was, and was, for many Englishwomen, an indispensable certificate of social acceptability. Court dress was an elaborate affair – the complexity of preparation could occupy several weeks) – from fans and flowers to fabrics and furs. Just how all of this came together will be the topic of Albinson’s talk. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of the event. Limited seating, reservations advised or at minimum a call to 413-637-3206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
August 3-4. DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATURALLY: Starring Alix Korey
After years of glowing reviews for her Broadway and cabaret performances nationwide, Alix Korey and Music Director Christopher Marlowe created a tribute to the great Ethel Merman: songs she made famous, songs you never knew she sang and stories you’ve never heard before. Tickets $30, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888. www.barringtonstageco.org.
August 7 – Darren Waterston gives an Artist Talk at Mass MoCA: “Filthy Lucre”
Darren Waterston reflects on his work, Whistler, and his sumptuous, decaying vision of the Peacock Room now on display at Mass MoCA. About his upcoming artist talk, Waterston says, “Whistler’s Peacock Room is such an immutable fixture in art history, wrought with so much to contemplate and interrogate. As the crux of my exhibition at MASS MoCA, Filthy Lucre was created during my eight-month residency at the museum, and I look forward to sharing the process of its creation and the history of the original Peacock Room with the public.” takes place in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Thursday, August 7, at 6pm. The event is free for members of MASS MoCA and The Mount and $7 for not-yet members. Call 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchase online at massmoca.org.
August 4 – BU Tanglewood Artists Concert at Ventfort Hall
Continuing a tradition of the last several years, eight Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists from the United States and Far East will perform a piano recital in the Great Hall at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Monday, August 4 at 7:30 pm. The Young Artists are Luka Vincent Marinkovic, 17, Sandy Springs, GA, who will perform Prelude in E flat Major, Op. 23 No. 6 by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Kevin Zhang, 17, Potomac, MD, Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28 by Sergei Prokofiev; Madeline Ming-Lei Wong, 15, Basking Ridge, NJ, Desperate Measures, Op. 48 (Paganini Variations) by Robert Muczynski; and Emma Toh, 16, New York, NY, Concert Etudes No. 3,S. 144/3, “Un Sospiro” by Franz Liszt; Also, Jessica Nicole Yeung, 14, Davis, CA, will play 8 Concert Etudes No. 3 in E minor, Op. 40 “Toccatina” by Nikolai Kapustin; Yangrui Cai, 14, Daliang ShunDe, China, Scherzo in D minor from F. Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Op. 61 by Rachmaninoff; Emilia Ethel Poma, 14, New York, NY, Klavierstucke, Op. 118 ll. Intermezzo by Johannes Brahms; and Taewoong Yoo, 15, Seoul, Korea, Apres une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata from Annees de pelerinage, S.161. Cost is a free will donation. For reservations and further information call 413-3206 or email@example.com. Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
August 7 – Moonshine Holler at Dream Away Lodge
Old-time music duet Moonshine Holler (Paula Bradley & Bill Dillof) bring their American roots ruckus to the Dream Away Lodge, 1342 County Rd., Becket MA on Thursday, AUG. 7, 8:30PM. For dinner reservations and information contact the Dream Away at 413-623-8725. No cover, donations suggested.
August 7-17 – Seussical the Musical at the Colonial Theatre
It’s the Berkshire Theatre Group’s 9th Annual Children’s Theatre Production at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Dr. Seuss’ most-beloved stories all spring to life in one magical musical with all of his classic characters: Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, the Whos of Whoville, Gertrude McFuzz, Jojo and more featuring over 100 talent Berkshire County youth as young as six years old. Plans have this production literally leaping off the stage and into the audience as Cat in the Hat (Cody Lee Miller), Mayzie LaBird (Allie Seibold), Vlad Vladikoff (Noah Pott), and Jojo (Ali Bourzgui) are flown through the air. The characters interact with audience members in the aisles and throughout the house for a truly fun and highly interactive show. At intermission patrons are treated to a mini cabaret-style performance of tunes based on Seuss’ tales which includes songs penned by the musical’s lyric and book writer Lynn Ahrens. Performances are Thursday to Saturday evenings at 7 plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2. To purchase tickets, call (413) 997-4444 or go online to www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.
August 9 – A conversation with Fran Lebowitz hosted by WAMC’s Joe Donahue
Purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the “me decade,” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker, Lebowitz offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media, as well as her own pet peeves, including celebrity culture, tourists, and strollers. Joe Donahue is the host and producer of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable, a three-hour daily talk show. Tickets are $25 to $55. For more information go to www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
August 9 – Music from Salem “Quarts and Quints” at Hubbard Hall, Cambridge NY
August 10 – Program repeats in Bennington, VT
Hubbard Hall Projects will present Music from Salem’s concert “Celebrating Quarts and Quints”. This very unusual concert features not only two string quartets (by Mozart and Glazunov), but two piano quintets; the searching and sensuous late quintet by Fauré and a new quintet by Boston-based Thomas Oboe Lee, written especially for Music from Salem. Saturday, August 9 at 8pm. On Sunday, August 10 at 4pm the program repeats at Park-McCullough Carriage Barn in North Bennington, VT. Admission is pay what you can. ($20 suggested). Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 at www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.
August 9 – He Who Gets Slapped with Alloy Orchestra at Mass MoCA
Perennial MASS MoCA favorite Alloy Orchestra returns on Saturday, August 9, at 8:30pm, with a signature live score to the 1924 classic He Who Gets Slapped, the tragic tale of a brilliant scientist who loses his research – and his wife – to a dishonest man and becomes a circus clown with a very peculiar act. The only thing more outrageous than leading man Lon Chaney is Alloy Orchestra’s soulful, grinding soundtrack. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of, and $25 preferred seating. Call 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchase online at massmoca.org.
August 9-10 – St. Petersburg String Quartet and Spuyten Duyvil at Music Mountain
Coming up are the folk band Spuyten Duyvil in their first visit to Music Mountain on Saturday, August 9 (6:30PM) followed by the prestigious St. Petersburg String Quartet, with guest artist Ricardo Cavalcante de Oliveira, viola on Sunday, August 10 (3PM). In 1930. Oliveira will be performing Bartok: Romanian Dances, BB 68 – a Music Mountain premiere; plus Borodin: String Quartet # 2 in D Major; and Dvorak: Viola Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 97. Visit www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
August 9-September 27 – Karen Akers in New Marlborough
Music & More brings together an impressive lineup of performers including stage and cabaret star Karen Akers, leading American flutist Carol Wincenc performing with the Escher String Quartet, musicians from Aston Magna and the Lydian String Quartet. These internationally-acclaimed musicians, along with local performers well-known to Berkshire audiences, promise a season of great music, literary events, film and dance. The series concludes with “Award Winning Authors,” focusing on the prominent writers Paul Auster, Siri Hustved and Roy Blount. Jr. who inaugurated the program with host Mitchel Levitas 20 years ago.
The series will begin on August 9 with The Boston Duo: violinist Tatiana Dimitriades and pianist Jonathan Bass. August 23: Berkshire Pulse dancers and choreographer Tom Masters will present a unique program for all ages “From Satie to Gershwin: Music, Dance, and the Spoken Word.” August 30: Baroque gems performed by Musicians of Aston Magna(Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Frank Kelley, tenor Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Daniel Stepner, Baroque violin)
All concerts start at 4:30 pm. Free pre-concert talks at 3:30 pm will precede the events on August 30th and September 20th. For the complete schedule, event details, and ticket information call 413.229.2785 or visit www.newmarlborough.org.
August 10 – Concert to Showcase American Songbook – Michael Feinstein Trio at Mahaiwe
Feinstein is an all-star force in American music. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating and preserving the art form. For this concert, Feinstein will be accompanied by his trio: Tedd Firth (musical director/piano), Bryan Carter (drums), and Sean Smith (bass). Tickets are $60 to $90. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
August 10 – Michelle McGregor – Bad at Life at the Garage in Pittsfield
Michelle McGregor will perform her stand-up show Bad at Life at The Garage (next to the Colonial Theatre) on Sunday, August 10 at 7pm. It’s a tour through one stand-up comic’s views on marriage, porn, anorexia, and sex offenders of all kinds. Not for the faint of heart, this recovering Yale graduate brings to the stage a surprising and sometimes disturbing blend of the pure and the profane. 413-997-4444 or go to www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.
August 11 – Kelli O’Hara Benefit for Williamstown Theatre Festival
The magnetic five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara returns to Williamstown to perform a special one-night-only benefit concert, An Enchanted Evening with Kelli O’Hara, on the Main Stage, Monday, August 11th at 7:30 PM. A limited number of tickets ($40 – $80) will be available online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-597-3400.
August 11 – Documentary film Citizen Koch at Images with Citizens United discussion to follow
Citizen Koch, about the impact of unlimited anonymous spending by corporations on the electoral process, is screened on Monday, August 11 at 7pm. The film will be followed by a live teleconference discussion with the audience and film’s co-director, Carl Deal, and two Williams College professors, Ralph Bradburd and Justin Crowe, moderated by future-of-media researcher Bill Densmore. Admission will be by suggested donation, $5-10, which will benefit Images Cinema to cover film exhibition expenses. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA.
August 11 – Song and Banter at the Mac-Haydn “Side by Side” with Gretzinger and Zahn
It’s not the Sondheim Side by Side, but the title gives you the idea. Jerry Gretzinger and Benita Zahn will present their two-person show “Side By Side” on Monday, August 11 at 8 p.m. The evening of songs and banter will include favorite standard numbers as well as newer hits, and their chatter between songs promises to lighten the spirits and add to the fun. A news anchor at WRGB Channel 6 for several years Gretzinger has been performing since he was a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz at age 5. Some favorite roles include Billy Flynn in “Chicago”, Sky Masterson in “Guys & Dolls”, Leo Bloom in “The Producers” and Smudge in “Forever Plaid”. WNYT Channel 13 news anchor and health reporter Benita Zahn majored in theatre, and has appeared most recently in “Gypsy” at Capital Rep and “Hands On A Hardbody” at Park Playhouse; she has also starred at Fort Salem Theatre in “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road” and “They’re Playing Our Song”. She has her own call-in show on WMHT and writes a column for the Times Union. $25.00. Call 518-392-9292 or visit machaydntheatre.org.
August 13-22 – Marriage of Figaro and Gianni Schicchi at Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre (HHOT)
Mozart’s classic comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s equally comic Gianni Schicchi combine colorful characters with glorious music for an evening of sung theatre and opera at Hubbard Hall, an historic opera house located at 25 E. Main St. in Cambridge, NY. If you like Puccini, you’ll adore Gianni Schicchi, in which money grabbing relatives squabble over a will, star-crossed lovers are united, and a roughneck father strives to do well by his daughter. Director is Kirk Jackson. The Marriage of Figaro will be directed by Patrick Hansen, who formerly directed the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera. For performance information and ticket information, visit their websiite at www.hubbardhall.org.
August 13-31 – “Tomorrow in the Battle” at Stageworks Hudson
Tomorrow in the Battle returns Wed – Sun through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York. The story finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own. For ticket information call 518-822-9667 or www.stageworkshudson.org.
August 14-16 – Williams Theatre Open Lab weekend in Williamstown
The Williams College Summer Theatre Lab concludes its 10th anniversary with a three-day festival of showcases and performances to be held in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA). Admission to all performances is FREE and open to the public. On tap: Go That Way by Amanda Keating at 8pm on Aug. 14 and 15 with panel to follow on 15th; A showcase of original works is slated for 2pm on Aug. 15, along with many other activities. For reservations and tickets, go to http://tinyurl.com/labtickets2014 or call (413) 597-4839.
August 15 – Moonshine Holler at Starving Artist Cafe in Lee
One of my personal favorites, Appalachian Roots Music duo Moonshine Holler will perform 6-8pm at the Starving Artist Cafe & Creperie, 40 Main St., downtown Lee, MA. Info: 413-394-5046 or www.starvingartistcreperie.com.
August 15-31 – My Fair Lady at Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, VT
Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and will be directed by Frank Latson with Musical Direction by Tim Howard, featuring Scott McGowan as the pompus Henry Higgins, Richard Howe as the loveable Alfred P. Doolittle, and Peter Langstaff as the nurturing Colonel Pickering. Emma Ritchie makes her Oldcastle debut as Eliza Doolittle. Trudi Posey plays the head of Mr. Higgins’ Household, Mrs Pearce. The musical is filled with classic songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On The Street Where You Live”. My Fair Lady runs August 15-31. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays at 2PM except Sunday August 17th is at 3PM. Theatre is at 331 Main Street Bennington, VT 05201. Box Office: (802)-447-0564. OldcastleTheatre.Org.
August 16 – Elysian Fields at MASS MoCA in North Adams
Composers Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are MASS MoCA veterans and NYC indie music stalwarts, weaving together dream pop and noir landscapes for fifteen years and nine records. They perform as the Brooklyn-based duo Elysian Fields. Part of MASS MoCA’s summer concert series, this event takes place outside under the Dré Wapenaar Pavilion (or inside Club B-10 if it rains) on Saturday, August 16, at 8pm. Fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and tasty burritos – as well as thematic dinner specials – are available from Lickety Split before and during the show. Tickets are $20 reserved seating, $12 advance, and $16 day of. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA box office, by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org.
August 16-17 – St. Petersburg String Quartet & Galvanized Jazz Band at Music Mountain
Great music in Falls Village, CT this weekend as the dynamic Galvanized Jazz Band whoops it up on Saturday, August 16 (6:30PM) performing an energetic evening of Dixieland, blues, jazz, and more followed by an encore appearance by the St. Petersburg String Quartet with guest artists Michelle LaCourse, viola, and Rhonda Rider, cello on Sunday, August 17 (3PM). More info at www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
Other quartets scheduled to perform include Blair String Quartet with Melvin Chen, piano (August 24); Shanghai String Quartet with Haochen Zhang, piano (August 30 & 31); and Dover String Quartet with Roberto Diaz, viola (September 7); Cassatt String Quartet with Ursula Oppens, piano (September 14). The Saturday Evening Twilight Series will continue with Baroque Italian Opera Arias and Duets (August 23); Michael Berkeley presents “No Tune Like A Show Tune” (September 6) and Tater Patch (September 13).
August 16-17 – 2ND ANNUAL 10 MINUTE MUSICALS: Starring BSC’s Musical Theatre Apprentices
If you love our 10×10 New Play Festival, you’ll adore our 10-Minute Musicals, written by a group of young and very talented songwriters and performed by our equally talented Musical Theatre Apprentices. August 16 at 10 pm and August 17 at 7pm. Tickets $10, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888. www.barringtonstageco.org.
August 17-23 – WordXWord Festival
An exhilarating blend of poetry, spoken word and storytelling with visiting poets, marshaled by Omar Holmon, include Robbie Q Telfer, Franny Choi, Thomas Fucaloro, Falu and Jive Poetic. Admission to all WordXWord events is free and open to all. Most venues/events have limited audience capacity. Admission and seating is on a first-come basis. Parents of younger children are advised that the content of the work presented is unfiltered and some may find it more appropriate for mature audiences.
Sunday, August 17 at 6pm Story Slam Semi Finals at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North StreetWith Omar Holmon & Franny Choi as hosts, storytellers compete for a spot in the Story Slam Finals.
Monday, August 18 at 7pmm Poetry sCrawl starts at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North Street; Ends at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave.
Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm – Feature Night at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave featuring Omar Holmon, Thomas Fucaloro, Robbie Q Telfer, Franny Choi, Jive Poetic & Falu.
Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm – WordXTeens atLichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave with Robbie Q Telfer & Omar Holmon as hosts, young poets from throughout the Berkshires perform spoken word and slam-style.
Thursday, August 21 at 8pm Poetry Slam Semi Finals at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North Street
Friday, August 22 at 6pm – Story Slam Finals at Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street. After prelims and semi-finals, storytellers spin their stories for a shot at the title. and then at 8pm The Encyclopedia Show With Robbie Q Telfer, Omar Holmon, Thomas Fucaloro, Jive Poetic & Falu. Both events at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Saturday, August 23 at 6pm – Poetry Slam Finals and at 8pm Whose Slam Is It Anyway? Spoken word as you’ve never experienced it! With Omar Holmon, Thomas Fucaloro, Robbie Q Telfer, Jive Poetic, Falu and a host of local favorites. Both at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield.
August 18 – ONE WOMAN SHOW: Starring Shakina.
Shakina returns for one night only, recounting in song and story the exploits and misadventures that led to her gender transition, a story of surviving the 90s and creating a new life in a new millennium. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. August 18 at 8pm. Tickets: $20, reserved seating. (413) 236-8888. www.barringtonstageco.org.
August 21 – The Irish Rovers (Farewell Tour) at the Colonial Theatre
With wit, a wink, a smile The Irish Rovers return to the US in 2014 and will perform The Farewell Tour at The Colonial Theatre on August 21 at 8pm. For more than four decades, The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world with their exciting stage shows.
Tickets to The Farewell Tour are on sale now for $30-$50. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.
August 24 – Jayne Atkinson hosts WAM Theatre Benefit at the Mahaiwe
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre will celebrate its fifth season on Sunday, August 24, with Change Makers, an exciting and relevant evening hosted by acclaimed actress Jayne Atkinson. The celebration is centered on a dynamic panel discussion moderated by WAM Theatre artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven featuring artists whose work catalyzes positive social change. They are Atkinson, Jessica Blank, WinterMiller, Jason Stanmeyer and Cynthia Woods. At the Mahaiwe there will also be a sneak peek of WAM Theatre’s fall production and the announcement of the beneficiary of this year’s philanthropic donation.
Tickets to Change Makers, a panel discussion and celebration of WAM Theatre’s fifth season, can be purchased in person or by calling the Mahaiwe box office at 413.528.0100 or at www.mahaiwe.org
August 24 – ELI’S ALL-STARS: CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC JAZZ
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong. Banjo virtuoso Bo Winiker, vocalist Jimmy Mazzy, and the brilliant Boston Pops pianist Bob Winter join four other dynamite jazzmen to form this All-Star band. They’ll bring to life delicious Armstrong rarities, side by side with the greatest jazz and pop hits, from “Black and Blue” to “Hello Dolly” and “It’s a Wonderful World August 24 at 8pm. Tickets: $35, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888. www.barringtonstageco.org.
August 25 – Eli’s All-Stars: George Gershwin’s Romantic Jazz
George Gershwin, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, raised popular music theatre to a new level of sophistication. Hear the swirling of “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” and the glorious “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” as well as songs that spoke to every yearning heart in “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Tickets: $35, reserved seating. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888. www.barringtonstageco.org.
August 31 – Charles Busch at Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY
After two sold out engagements at Club Helsinki Hudson, Charles Busch, Tony Award nominee for his hit Broadway play, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and legendary drag star of such films as Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party, returns for a third engagement to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, August 31 at 8PM as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.
His all new show Pretty in Pink features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem! As an author his plays include The Lady in Question, Red Scare at Sunset and the long running Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. or reservations in The Restaurant or in The Club, call 518.828.4800. For the most up-to-date concert information, visit helsinkihudson.com.