Culture To Do


For many of us, live performances are among the things we have missed the most during the past year, and we've been waiting for the day when our local artists could return to the stage. It's therefore great news to see some venues now offering limited public events. We'll continue to provide information about programming, events and concerts that will bring you inspiration and diversion — either from your couch OR out and about.

Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 at 5 p.m.
33 Hawley Street Parking Lot, Northampton, MA

Pioneer Valley Symphony
Saturday, August 14 at 4 p.m.

Sing or play along to Brahms' German Requiem at Millside Park in Easthampton. This free, live, in-person outdoor concert will be led by Wayne Abercrombie, with the help of accompanist Larry Picard, soprano Mary Hubbell, baritone Tianhui Ng — and you! Rain date is Sunday, August 15.

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A.P.E.@Hawley, Northampton
Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 15 at2 p.m.

My Evil Twin is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler – as Jim and John Demler. Funny, poignant, and adventurous, My Evil Twin exposes tenderness and vulnerability beneath masculine bravado as the twins tell the story of their lives in words and song. It is a tribute to sibling love. With songs by Eric Sawyer, script by Harley Erdman (developed with the twins themselves), and director Ron Bashford.

Southampton Free Summer Concerts
Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

For the first few years of her playing career in New England fiddle contests, Sarah was known as the girl with the red hat. Eventually it was her playing that was being recognized. Combining the influences of classical, bluegrass, and Celtic music to create a unique style and sound Sarah's passion for music is evident. Catch her concert at the Conant Park Pavilion in Southampton.

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Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford
Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 8 at 4 p.m.

Enjoy a free outdoor performance at Cristoforo Colombo Park. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun.

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Collider Series in Florence
Saturday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

From his base in Tel Aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic, and jazz music. Anbessa Orchestra is a 7-piece band based in Brooklyn that draws its inspiration from the diverse musical culture of Ethiopia, combining these unique sounds with the more western sounds of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock.

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Outside on The Great Lawn at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
Saturday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Northampton Summer Park Series at Pulaski Park
Friday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Lenox, MA
Through Oct 13

The Mount — Edith Wharton’s home — offers the chance for a lovely summer outdoor excursion. Explore the legendary gardens and enjoy SculptureNow 2021, a new exhibition of 30 large-scale contemporary sculptures. You can download the OTOCAST SculptureNow audio tour which includes a sculpture map, sculpture photos, and recorded statements about the sculptures by the artists.

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Now Open

Because of his prolific, versatile, and technically dazzling prints, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) has long attracted all manner of imitators, copyists, and interpreters–some with honorable motives, others with clear intent to deceive. The Clark’s extensive Dürer and "after-Dürer" holdings offer a unique opportunity to assess his centuries-long artistic legacy.

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Springfield Museums

Curated specifically for display at the Springfield Museums, this new exhibit features selections from three decades of work created by internationally renowned artist and social activist Ai Weiwei (Chinese, born 1957). One of today’s most versatile creative minds and a vocal critic of the Chinese government, Ai creates work that addresses social justice while fostering a dialogue between traditional Chinese art and modern modes of expression.

Collider Picnic Series in Florence
Saturday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

Sotomayor draws from cumbia, merengue, dancehall, afrobeat, and other Afro-latinx rhythms to create an incredibly danceable, electro-percussive groove with lots of low end, tantalizing vocals, and satisfying electro-pop. C.A.M.P.O.S. is the one-man cumbia band led by Josh Camp that goes through jungles, outer space, and up the sides of ancient Mayan temples, all in a single set. C.A.M.P.O.S. stands for "Cumbia And More Psychedelic Original Sounds."

Susan Werner Friday, July 30
Michael Fabrizio Saturday, July 31

Susan Werner has been dubbed by NPR as “The Empress of the Unexpected” and has written and recorded twelve albums that cover the genres of folk, rock, Tin Pan Alley, gospel, country and chamber music. Michael Fabrizio is a Nashville-based recording artist, actor, singer/songwriter originally from Richmond, MA. He has spent the last 15 years writing and recording in Nashville and has toured the country performing his unique blend of eclectic original music.

Bang on a Can

Jul 25, 2021

LOUD Weekend 2021 at MASS MoCA
Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31

Part of the Free Sunday Concert Series at Stanley Park in Westfield
Sunday, July 25 at 6 p.m.

The most authentic tribute show to the Eagles on the road today comes to Westfield.  With a one-to-one lineup that reflects the Eagles during their heyday in the late 1970s, the members of “The Eagles Experience” each emulate their respective “Eagle”, playing the correct instrument and singing the songs as sung by their protégé.

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Music Worcester
Sunday, July 25 at 6 p.m.

Known for their rich harmonies and beautiful blends, expressive vocals and intricate arrangements of contemporary gospel, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds Of Zamar is one of the brightest and prolific groups on the gospel scene. Music Worcester hosts presents this performance at the Hanover Theater.

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Pulaski Park

The Northampton Arts Council, in its sixth year of presenting free concerts in Pulaski Park, continues a long-held musical tradition that dates back to the 1970’s.  Easthampton-based Editrix, and Northampton’s Thee Arcadians play Friday, July 23. On Tuesday, August 3, enjoy GRAMMY Award nominee Priya Darshini (pictured above) and Max ZT, lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of hammered dulcimer” by NPR. Concerts start at 5:30 p.m.

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The Wizard of Oz

Jul 25, 2021

Berkshire Theatre Group
Friday, July 23–Sunday, August 15

Join America’s original heroine Dorothy as she leads her friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow on a journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. Set in Kansas during the 20th century, this brand new, reimagined musical adventure is full of world travelers and spectacular sideshows for families outside under the Big Tent on the grounds of Berkshire Theatre’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Parker Quartet

Jul 25, 2021

Live at the Jorgensen Center in Storrs, CT
Livestreamed via the Jorgensen Digital Stage
Wednesday, July 21, Sunday, July 25, Thursday, July 29

Parker Quartet has appeared internationally at some of the world's most illustrious venues since the group's founding in 2002. Founded and based in Boston, the Quartet is currently on faculty at Harvard University as the Department of Music's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence, as well as in-residence at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Through Sunday, July 25

Brian Brooks has choreographed for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Wendy Whelan, and his own New York-based company. In The Moving Company’s first Pillow performance since 2013, they perform two world premieres and revisit Closing Distance which premiered just before the pandemic and hasn’t been performed since.

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Lenox, MA

King Lear
July 2—August 28

Featuring Christopher Lloyd. The once powerful King Lear chooses to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, and so begins one of Shakespeare’s most moving tragedies.

Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey
July 16—July 25, 2021

At The Clark through September 19

Plan a trip to The Clark in Williamstown to celebrate the innovative Norwegian painter, printmaker, and horticulturist Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928). The first retrospective of this artist’s work in North America, this exhibition examines Astrup’s remarkable life, the development of his distinctive style, and his keen interest in the landscape and folk traditions of western Norway.

Chamber Music in Putney, VT
Concerts July 9–August 7

Based in Putney, Vermont with a national agenda and a growing international presence, Yellow Barn draws young professional musicians from the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Seth Knopp, participants in Yellow Barn’s summer festival explore music spanning a wide range of eras and genres alongside faculty members who are among the most highly regarded performers and pedagogues of our time.

Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke through July 28 with Preregistration

This new exhibit from the Wistariahurst Textile Collection, features 15 wedding gowns — many made of silk produced in the former Skinner mills of Holyoke. The exhibit is staged on the first floor of the historic mansion at Wistariahurst. Once inside, visitors will have the opportunity to self-guide through the exhibit and the historic spaces of the old Skinner estate.

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'From Stream to Stage'
July 10–July 17

Join Worcester Chamber Music Society for the 2021 Summer Festival, which marks the ensemble's return to live performances in the beautiful and spacious Trinity Lutheran Church, the festival consists of three concerts — “Viola Power!” on July 10, “Of Purple Mountains' Majesty” on July 15, and “Dissidents and Dissonance” on July 17.

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Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m.

With vivid lyrics, a honeyed-wine voice, and timeless arrangements, Miko Marks’ music is a unifying blend of country, blues, gospel, roots, and Americana. “I took the limits off myself,” Marks explains to Rolling Stone, discussing her return to recording following a thirteen-year hiatus and referencing a Nashville industry that had simultaneously molded and marginalized the Black country singer-songwriter in the early aughts. But now she’s back soaring sky-high on twang-filled clouds.

Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Pilobolus, the world-renowned, Connecticut-based modern dance company, will be headlining the second Columns Dance Festival to be held at the Bushnell Park band shell in downtown Hartford. Joining them for an evening-long celebration of professional dance will be the innovative Sonia Plumb Dance Company, a 30-year veteran on the Connecticut dance scene, and a varied lineup of performers that will encompass ballet, belly dance, modern, and dance involving puppetry.

Collider Picnic Series Continues in Florence
Saturday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Next up in the Collider Picnic Series, the Mandingo Ambassadors come to Florence Congregational Church. The Mandingo Ambassadors were founded in New York City by griot-guitarist Mamady Kouyaté in 2005. As a veteran of the great orchestras of the golden age of Guinean dance bands, Mamady is a living library of musical science inherited from his ancestors and from a half-century of experience as an arranger, bandleader, accompanist, and soloist.

Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

Head to Pittsfield for an evening “Outside Under the Big Tent” at the Colonial Theatre. With her powerhouse voice and fun backstage stories, three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello has charmed and delighted audiences across the country. Singing from many of her 14 Broadway shows, classic composers and new voices, Carolee will thrill and entertain as she creates moments from her starring roles in everything from Mamma Mia! to Hello Dolly!