image description
Blondie comes to Mass MoCA on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires

By Grace LichtensteinGuest Column
Print Story | Email Story

Pat Metheny will perform at the Mahaiwe.

The first week in August brings great jazz and pop music to the Berkshires. Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The charming theater in the heart of Great Barrington will be alive with the jazz of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny on Thursday, Aug. 2. Metheny headlines a show that will also include his drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and keyboardist Gwilym Simcock.

Metheny does not just appeal to jazz purists. His music is wide-reaching enough to be enjoyed by even the most casual pops fan. This is a don't-miss. For more information, visit the Mahaiwe's website.


Mass MoCA

For the lovers of the movie "American Gigolo" with Richard Gere, the hit song "Call Me" in 1980 by the band Blondie is synonymous. Led by singer Debbie Harry, Blondie actually hit the charts earlier with the disco-inflected "Heart of Glass" and the rocker "One Way or Another." She's gonna getcha getcha getcha again in their performance at Mass MoCA on Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

If that seems kind of early for a group that appeared regularly in the 1980s late night at CBGB in New York, well ... the sooner the better. Do I sound like a Blondie buff? Information can be found online.


Barrington Stage Company

If you loved the movie-with-live orchestration performance of "West Side Story" at Tanglewood last week, as I certainly did, or didn't make it and want to see the whole thing in a staged version, mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 3 That’s when it opens at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in downtown Pittsfield, presented by the Barrington Stage Company through Sept.1.  

This version includes original choreography "reproduced by Robert La Fosse." La Fosse is apparently no relation to the late Bob Fosse, and in any event the indelible original dancing for "WSS" was created by Jerome Robbins. However, Robert La Fosse was a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet and he knows his Robbins. As far as "West Side Story" itself, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, it is a classic that begs to be seen live.

At the theater company's cabaret Mr. Finn's, Brandon Uranowitz performers the songs of William Finn on Sunday and Monday, Aug 5 and 6. You might recognize his name: Uranowitz was recently acclaimed as Mendel in the Broadway revival of "Falsettos" (a William Finn musical). Check out Barrington Stage's website for info.


Tam Paxton and the DonJuans will appear Friday and Saturday in Great Barrington and Sunday at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Head over to nearby Hillsdale, N.Y., for the latest iteration of this three-day folkie delight that includes music, crafts, food and dancing. This is the 30th year for this fun family event. It's at Dodds Farm on County Road 7D from Friday through Sunday, through Aug 3-5.

The organization sells three-day passes as well as individual day passes, with discounts for students and seniors. For more information, check out the website.



And there's more

Tom Paxton and the DonJuans, who are scheduled to appear Sunday at the Falcon Ridge festival, with also be appearing Friday and Saturday, Aug 3 and 4, at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington. The venerable folk and protest singer and songwriter is still political at 80. Go to the Guthrie Center's website for details.

There's light jazz and pops just about every night in Stockbridge at the Lion's Den, the cabaret at the Red Lion Inn. There's music late night in Williamstown at Goodrich Hall on Main Street, featuring pop band BETTY, fronted by Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff on Friday Aug. 2.

Finally, Sam Glaser is set to appear with his band Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School with a show called "The Power of the Jewish Soul." It’s a contemporary take on Jewish music, with proceeds to benefit the Jewish Agency's Fund for Victims of Terror. Details can be found online.

or tips on upcoming popular and jazz music contact Grace Lichtenstein by email.

0 Comments welcomes critical, respectful dialogue; please keep comments focused on the issues and not on personalities. Profanity, obscenity, racist language and harassment are not allowed. iBerkshires reserves the right to ban commenters or remove commenting on any article at any time. Concerns may be sent to

North Adams School Officials Give Superintendent High Marks

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Principal Amy Meehan, left, thanks members of the Dowling family. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday gave high marks to the superintendent as she completes her third year leading the North Adams Public Schools. 
In their evaluation, committee members gave Barbara Malkas marks of proficient in all but one standard, where they gave her an "exemplary" rating.
The annual evaluation is given through a standardized rubric focusing on instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement and professional culture. Each standard had subcategories that were marked as unsatisfactory, needs improvement, proficient or exemplary. 
Malkas provided the documentation to show what she had been doing to reach the goals she set out last year and on what she was being evaluated. She was offered comments and explanations throughout the hourlong evaluation.
View Full Story

More North Adams Stories