Berkshire has always been at the center stage of cultural activities. The Berkshire summer is always great for star-watching and the sights are better than ever this season. The profusion in its artistic cultural heritage surfaces every now and then, soaring the spirits of thousands of its followers. Come summer and Berkshire dons the attire of Cultural Festivities. Moreover, the summer of 2010 is more so for various celebrities and organizations are crossing important milestone in their eventful existence. The flora and fauna in art and culture in the form of Music, Performing art and literary legends will here in full flow this summer.
Tanglewood is a persistent performer is outdoing itself by yards this summer. Beloved conductor Seji Ozawa returns to conduct the on and to celebrate Tanglewood Music Center’s on July 26. celebrates by performing two concerts on. with three concerts (the show) and this summer. celebrates, and celebrates with a concert on As if that were not cause enough to celebrate, will perform; Crosby, Stills, and Nash will be there on September 1; and, in just-announced news.
It celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new exhibition,” True & Honest Before the World,” which highlights objects from the collection chosen by “celebrity curators,” including Yo-Yo Ma, Al Roker, filmmaker Ken Burns, high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and architect/designer Michael Graves (along with explanations of the enduring influence of their selections).
60th anniversary of Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema, bringing the best of international independent film to the Berkshires, screened on a reel-to-reel projector for that conventional movie experience.
Little Cinema schedule might include a lot of classic mummy films, “Wrapped! Search for the Essential Mummy” which features the first father-and-son mummy reunion in U.S. history.(Synopsis: The Museum’s 2,300-year-old mummy, Pahat, will be reunited with Shep-en-Min, a mummy in the collection of Vassar College. Shep-en-Min was revealed to be the son of Pahat through extensive analysis by Dr. Jonathan Elias of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium). Wrapped! also includes 3-D animated “fly-throughs” of Pahat’s body, an in-depth look at the mummy trade and a tandem show of camel-inspired multimedia work by a pioneering female artist and Berkshire native -- “Nancy Graves: Journey to North Africa.”
The Clark’s summer show promises to be a blockbuster, even before it opened, “Picasso Looks at Degas” was selected by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as one of “2010’s Hot Exhibitions” and highlighted by the Boston Globe in its summer Arts Preview.
Just five minutes away, MASS MoCA has two new monumental sculpture shows “Material World: Sculpture to Environment,” and “Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge.”
But the biggest news at MoCA is in the performing arts. In addition, MoCA is hosting Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, a three-day extravaganza of music, comedy, film, art, puppetry and interactivity, organized by the members of the pop band Wilco and including the band members’ side projects and extra special guests, such as R&B icon Mavis Staples of the legendary Staples Singers.
Berkshire International Film Festival’s fifth anniversary was a star-studded affair, graced by Peter Riegert, Chris Noth, local celeb Karen Allen and tribute honoree Patricia Clarkson. Barrington Stage Company’s first production, “The Whipping Man,” by Matthew Lopez, is making waves every night thanks to insightful writing and powerful performances, including a searing turn by Clarke Peters (HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme.”)
Randy Harrison returns for his sixth season at Berkshire Theatre Festival in Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,”
Williamstown Theatre Festival, known for bringing acclaimed actors to the Berkshires, presents a star-studded production of “Our Town” including Dylan Baker and Campbell Scott.