Today Abbott’s Limo wants to discuss some Berkshire culture, Pittsfield’s Colonial Theater, Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Lenox’s Shakespeare & Co.; these are just three of the dozens of world-class cultural venues providing year-round events and entertainment in The Berkshires. And while the summer months offer up the peak of activity and variety in the cultural calendar, the aforementioned three, and many others, keep the action going throughout the calendar year.
Abbott’s Limousine believes this year is no exception. In fact, the quality bar seems to be rising each year as Berkshire County becomes a more desirable venue for performers.
For example, Shakespeare & Co., in Lenox, began a 7-week run of the play “The Learned Ladies” on Friday, February 3rd. The classic tale by Moliere is being directed by Shakespeare & Company’s Founding Artistic Director, Tina Packer and features numerous Company veterans in the cast. Tickets for Shakespeare & Company’s Summer 2012 Season will be going on sale on Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit their web site at www.shakespeare.org.
At Pittsfield’s Colonial Theater, February and March are booked solid with scheduled performances highlighted by the Tarbox Ramblers on Saturday, February 18th, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Friday, February 24th, Travis Tritt on Saturday, March 10th , and jazz legend Ahmad Jamal on Sarturday, March 31st.
The upcoming lineup at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington is no less impressive with a month full of Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts in HD, punctuated by classic movie nights, scheduled for February, and a March docket capped by performances of Schumann and Brahms in the Close Encounters With Music series, and the Blind Boys of Alabama on the 24th and 25th respectively. The web site www.mahaiwe.org can provide you with all of the details.
Movies and music are also all the rage at some locations you might not first think of. MASS MoCA, in North Adams, more popularly known for it’s massive and unique gallery spaces which house, among other things, the world-renowned Sol Lewitt installation, is hosting the Synth Funk Dance Party on Saturday, February 11th, and will be screening “The Loving Story” on Thursday, February 16th in their Cinema Lounge.
Keep an eye out for our next blog post to learn more about some high-profile live music performances coming to MASS Moca in March and April.
Next door, in Williamstown, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, or, simply, The Clark, continues it’s fine tradition of mixing its extensive permanent collection of masterpieces with an eclectic calendar of visiting exhibitions.
There are several, more intimate, settings in The Berkshires where one can take in great musical entertainment while enjoying an excellent meal. The Red Lion Inn’s Lion’s Den, which has the fireside weekend getaway atmosphere of the famous movie “Holiday Inn”, features traditional pub fare and varying live local entertainers offering “acoustic folk to R&B, and reggae to the blues”. The more open-air environs of the Castle Street Café in Great Barrington provide award-winning American-French bistro style cuisine with stylish jazz in a decidedly urbane setting.
Space does not permit a more thorough scouring of all the happenings going on in The Berkshires but suffice it to say that you are guaranteed not to be bored during your visit. From Sheffield to North Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts- The Berkshires- provides a regional cultural experience on a manageable scale that is unmatched anywhere else in the U.S. Come and see for yourself.