Happening this Week
Weekly Events in the Berkshires, NEW HORIZON, RORY BLOCK GOSPEL AND BLUES FESTIVAL, DOROTHY VOGEL, BERKSHIRE COMEDY FESTIVAL, WAM INTER-GENERATIONAL THEATRE ENSEMBLE
NEW HORIZON: THE FUTURE OF CULTURE
July 25th, Thursday, 6 - 10PM
Imagine a 100-foot-tall mirrored hot air balloon floating over our inspiring landscapes reflecting and illuminating the world in new and unexpected ways. Imagine it arriving in the Berkshires at sunset, reflecting the stunning landscape and stark contrast to the raw and natural settings. From the mind of artist Doug Aitken comes a once-in-a-lifetime wonder called New Horizon, a moving artwork installation that creates dynamic flashpoint wherever it lands for conversation, music and assembly. This dialogue will be inspired by the live music performance of bands Destroyer and No Age and the conversation between Doug Aitken and these musical artists. $25 Members, $40 Nonmember, $25 Students, Free for ages 6 & under.
Field Farm. Williamstown MA. 617.542.7696 x1896.
RORY BLOCK GOSPEL AND BLUES FESTIVAL
July 26th - 28th, Friday - Sunday, Times vary
The Rory Block Gospel and Blues Festival celebrates the legendary Rory Block—about whom the The New York Times declared “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldy.” Block has committed her life and career to preserving the Delta Blues tradition and brining it to life for the 21st century. She will be performing on Saturday night, followed by Shemekia Copeland—about whom Rolling Stone declared “Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong.” On Friday night the one and only Duke Robillard—a two-time Grammy nominee who has performed with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits—will be taking the stage, bringing his talent and signature sound to swing standards, ballads, rockabilly hits and Chicago gutbucket blues. Sunday morning’s event is the Gospel Gathering at ChurchLive, with rousing performances from the southern soul-style gospel group, The Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers and The Macedonia Men’s Choir. $10 - $50.
PS21 Chatham. 2980 Route 66. Chatham NY. 518.392.6121
ChurchLive at the Old Methodist Church. 8 Church Lane. Chatham Center NY.
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DOROTHY VOGEL: A COLLECTOR’S COLLECTOR
July 27th, Saturday, 5 - 6PM Reception and 6PM Discussion
Renowned art collector Dorothy Vogel and her husband, Herb Vogel, have amassed millions of dollars worth of art on a limited budget. The couple opted to live on her salary alone and, spending his modest salary on art, they assembled one of the most prolific collections of post-1960 art, most of which they gifted to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Ms. Vogel will be offering insight into why, and exactly how, she and her husband were able to do so. She will be joined for a panel discussion by Jane Coats Eckert of Jane Eckert Fine Art and Judith McElhone, Executive Director of the Five Points Gallery. $50 VIP Reception. Free for discussion.
Five Points Gallery. 33 Main Street. Torrington CT. 860.618.7222.
BERKSHIRE COMEDY FESTIVAL: LAUGH OUT LOUD
July 27th, Saturday, 8PM
The Berkshire Comedy Festival returns for its 5th year featuring a line-up of top comedians from New York, New England and all across the country. With host Paul Anthony of the Long Island Comedy Festival and new 50+ Comedy and Joe DeVito from Last Comic Standing, it’s sure to be a night of non-stop laughs and hilarious fun. $35 - 40.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington MA. 413.528.0100
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WAM INTER-GENERATIONAL THEATRE ENSEMBLE: JOURNEY THROUGH DREAMS
July 28th, Sunday, 3 - 4PM
Join WAM Theatre’s 2019 inter-generational ensemble on a multi-faceted journey through their dreams. This new work is the culmination of two weeks of intensive creation by teens and elders across the Berkshires. The original performance was created using devised theatre methods—a collaborative process that includes writing, improvisation, games, movement, brainstorming and more. $10 Members, $15 General.
The Mount. 2 Plunkett Street. Lenox MA. 413.551.5110
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