It’s generally accepted that Mama Rose, the domineering stage mother in “Gypsy” is one of the greatest roles in the American musical theater canon. A production pretty much lives or dies by the caliber of the person who takes that role. Fortunately, says our reviewer Dan Shaw, Sharon Playhouse knocked it out of the park with Broadway’s Karen Ziemba's star turn.
Certain topics in our area loom large: declining population, our emphasis on supporting local businesses and, of course, the need for higher-paying professional jobs. The American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington offers a free Summer Speaker Series beginning next week. Find out more about the series and this highly respected institution.
The three organizations we celebrated with last week have been around for quite some time, yet the enthusiasm of their patrons, supporters and audiences never wanes. The Roe-Jan Library held a twinkling barn party, all in the name of books; Berkshire Playwrights Lab set a lively scene; and Jacob’s Pillow introduced its new director at a glorious gala.
We’ll be honest with you. We thought it would be fun to just go for it this week — eschew the weekly theme idea and feature properties that are similar only in their high price tags. Sometimes you just have to dream big. And for some fortunate people out there, these homes can be a reality.
Just because Julie Cerny, farm education director at The Sylvia Center, is teaching the teenagers to make this dish doesn’t mean we adults won’t like it, too. This tasty orzo salad makes use of the last harvests of spring veggies as we wait for the tomatoes to ripen, while being a perfect dish for a hot summer day.
Those dimples! That smile! The fabulous hair! They could only belong to veteran singer, actor and television host John Davidson, who now resides in the Berkshires. Fresh off a Broadway road show of “Wicked,” he’s performing weekly at The Gateways Inn in Lenox, Mass.
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July 1, Williamstown Clark Art Tapas on the Terrace: enjoy a glass of wine and some delicious food as you take in the view from the Clark Center’s Fernández Terrace. The summer tapas bar offers a variety of Spanish-inspired small plates for sale, accompanied by wine and beer. 3-7 p.m.
July 1—3, Great Barrington Berkshires Arts Festival Juried show of 200 artists & artisans featuring ceramics, paintings, jewelry, glass, wood, fashion, photography & more. Enjoy live music, workshops, demos & kids’ activities. Friday & Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-5. Ski Butternut.
July 1—3, Sharon Great Attic Classic Sharon Historical Society’s tag sale at 18 Main St. will feature rare treasures & deals on Fri. from 6-8 p.m. during an early buying party & silent auction. Early buying Sat. 9-10 a.m. Free admission Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 1—3, Red Hook Bard Summerscape Fantasque, a new ballet for all ages by choreographer John Heginbotham & puppeteer Amy Trompetter. Giant puppets & human dancers perform along with giant babies, angels, devils, rats & a restaurant full of tuxedo-wearing fish.
July 2, Great Barrington Michael Wainwright Outlet Store All Fired Up Again: 3rd annual free event featuring 20-50% off everything in the store; pieces to decorate & have fired in the kiln; local pizza, lemonade, ice cream & beer; and music from the Blue Ribbon Trio. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
July 2, Monterey Bidwell House Museum Township #1 Day: free community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history, featuring live music, crafts, games, face painting, a baking contest, nature walks, demonstrations and more. 1-4 p.m.
July 2, Hillsdale Leaf Peeper Concert Series Gala Benefit Clarion Concerts in Columbia County (The Leaf Peepers) will hold a concert featuring the Jacques Thibaud String Trio and Eugenia Zukerman on flute. 3 p.m.
July 2, Stockbridge Billy Miles’ 111th Birthday Celebration Join Berkshire Theatre Group for a performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by a private reception with the cast to celebrate former BTG artistic director William “Billy” Miles. Proceeds benefit the festival archives. 7 p.m.
July 2, Chatham PS21 The 11th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert will feature the award-winning fiddler and violinist Jeremy Kittel and his quartet. 7:30 p.m.
July 2 & 3, Great Barrington The Mahaiwe “VIVA MOMIX” features a collection of MOMIX company and audience favorites, creating a show that breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit all its own. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
July 3, Hillsdale HGS Home Chef Summer Cocktail Primer: Jake and Lauren of Red & Brown will show how to turn fresh fruit into ice cubes, create simple syrup infusions, and master classic summer cocktails that can be made for a pitcher or punch bowl. 3-5 p.m.
July 4, Lenox Shakespeare & Company Reading of The Declaration of Independence & Fourth of July Celebration: a free day of music, song, barbeque and a reading with Gov. Deval Patrick, State Senator Ben Downing, State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli & journalist Ted Koppel. 1:30-5 p.m.
July 4, Germantown Clermont An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: a day of 18th c. crafts, reenactors, music & entertainment. Then, enjoy live music, food and fireworks over the Hudson River from Saugerties. 2-10 p.m.
July 4, Litchfield Pet Parade & Turn-of-the-Century Fest The Litchfield Historical Society invites the community (with or without pets) to participate, and afterwards to enjoy ice cream and old-fashioned lawn games on the Green. 2:15 p.m.
July 7, Williamstown The Log As part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tom Fontana (writer/creator of Borgia, OZ) and the actress/comedian Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will perform a staged reading of Menage À Deux. 5:30 p.m.
July 9, Chatham Summerfest Food, sales and entertainment including artisan booths, food vendors & organizations. Free performances and events on the Arts Spotlight Stage will include dance, music, theater & more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 9, Washington Hollister House Garden Twilight in the Garden: enjoy the cool of the evening in the company of like-minded garden enthusiasts and friends. See the garden at its early summer peak while enjoying a selection of wine and hors-d’oeuvres. 6-8 p.m.
July 9, Claverack Claverack Library Get a peak inside the new library building when percussionist Bobby Previte conducts “15 Minutes of Fame,” a one-time-only benefit performance that will include participation from the audience. 5:30 p.m.
July 9 & 10, Ghent OMI Art Omi Weekend includes cocktails and dancing under the stars on Saturday from 8 p.m.-Midnight, followed by a country brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and open studios from 1-5 p.m.
July 10, North Adams Ferrin Contemporary Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give: a panel discussion with art experts followed by a Dish + Dine dinner. 3 p.m.
July 10, Hudson Basilica Hudson CATCH — the Brooklyn-based, multi-disciplinary series of performance events — returns for a second year with theater, dance, music, installation and more. 6 p.m.
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