With her beloved Berkshire International Film Festival for which Annie has been a board member for several years now) having just wrapped its ninth season over the weekend, Annie’s looking ahead to a full slate of cultural awesomeness here in the Berkshires. There are dozens of shows and events she’s love to attend, but here are her top picks for theater, dance, music, art, and more for summer 2014.
Summer at MASS MoCA
Complex, literate, and laugh-out-loud funny, Chiappa is a Conceptualist who enjoys thumbing his nose at a variety of art forms. In this exhibition—coming to the standout Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—the artist will show more than 80 paintings on stools . . . yes, stools, as in, things you sit on.
June 20–22 at Jacob’s Pillow
Difficult as it is to believe, de Lavallade—legendary principal dancer with a variety of companies, most famously Alvin Ailey, and later choreographer—has been working in the dance world for an unprecedented six (!) decades. In this solo show, de Lavallade narrates, through voice and movement, her incredible journey.
July 5 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Despite 30 years in the music biz, Merchant has never seemed more relevant than she does now. Her trademark political and social commentary combine with her mesmerizing voice—and the stunning interior of the Mahaiwe, one of the oldest theaters in the United States—for an unforgettable evening.
July 30–August 16 at Berkshire Theatre Group
Coward’s play, written in 1932, was considered scandalous in its day, thanks to its him-her-him central relationship. These days it’s not nearly so risqué, but its trio of quick-witted artists is still a hoot.
August 28 at Tanglewood
If you’re going to be addicted to something, you may as well choose something healthy. That’s what we tell ourselves as we press the Play button on this news-quiz comedy show, which we stockpile on our smartphones and listen to every time we get in the car, clean the house, or board a plane. The show, hosted by droll-comedy genius Peter Sagal, is coming to Tanglewood, one of our favorite outdoor performances venues, and you can bet we’ll be first in line for tickets.