Chance to Dance
BECKET -- "A Chance to Dance," a new original TV series, filmed in part at Jacob’s Pillow, will premiere on the Ovation network at 10 p.m. on Aug. 17. Produced by Nigel and Simon Lythgoe, the same fellows who produce "So, You Think You Can Dance," the new TV series features contemporary dancers and choreographers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt in their quest to create a new dance company in just 28 days. The series was partly filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a National Historic Landmark and National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America’s longest-running dance festival. Ovation is the only multi-platform network dedicated to art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling. The 7-part series, "A Chance to Dance" follows Nunn and Trevitt, two of the U.K.’s most prominent contemporary dancers and choreographers, as they travel across the country and audition dancers.
Ice cream social
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The All Saints Youth Ministry of All Saints Church will host an Ice Cream Social at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 29 at All Saints Church. The community is invited to come out for an evening of ice cream and lawn games. Youth Ministry Leaders will be on hand to answer questions about fall programs. More info: 518-867-2062 or allsaintshoosick.org.
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WILLIAMSTOWN -- Bring a bag lunch to the last free summer concert at 12 noon on Mon., Aug., 27, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 45 Park St. The program will feature baritone Avery Griffin, accompanied by pianist Scott Bailey, who will perform the Five Mystical Songs of Vaughan-Williams, as well as works by Menotti and Bernstein. Admission is free; voluntary contributions to defray costs are welcome. St. John’s provides beverages and cookies. More info: saintjohnswilliamstown.org or 781-910-3636. The church is wheelchair accessible.
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - Berkshire musician Rick Leab will perform a number of works for mandocello, guitar, and rhumba box tonight at the New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This performance is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated. Info: 518-794-8844.
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The talented 16-year-old pianist, Mackenzie Melemed from Boston, counts his several performances at the White House and his participation in the PBS television show, "From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall" as highlights of an already impressive career. Melemed performed at The Bennington in 2011 and he’s back for an encore performance at 8 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 25, when he will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Lutoslawski and Dorman. Since 2000, he has performed over 600 concerts, including five consecutive performances of traditional holiday music at the White House Holiday Open House. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. More info: 802-442-7158 or visit TheBennington.org.
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Free screening of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. Best Feature Documentary at the Moondance Film Festival and Best of Festival Audience Award at the 2010 Berkshire International Film Festival, at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 23 at the Mason Library, 231 Main St. More info: 413-528-2403.
Cellist and guitar at library
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - Renowned cellist Paul de Jong will perform at the New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, at 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 24. The program will include classical, traditional and original works accompanied by a video collage. Berkshire musician Rick Leab will perform a number of works for mandocello, guitar, and rhumba box at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 30. Berkshire Singer/songwriter Linda Worster will perform at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Worster has opened for many well-known artists including Livingston Taylor, Harry Chapin, Paul Stookey, Leo Kotke, David Bromberg, Bill Staines, Dave Mallett, Jonathan Edwards, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal. All concerts are free and open to the public, although donations for the performers are appreciated. More info: 518-794-8844.
Jazz with Charles Neville
EAST OTIS - Charles Neville, second oldest of the famous Neville Brothers, closes out the Knox Trail Inn concert series at 8 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 25. The concert and buffet dinner is $35 for adults and $20 for children age 10 and under. The buffet opens at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Concert tickets only are $15 at the door. More info: 413-269-4400.
PITTSFIELD -- The screen classic Vertigo will play at The Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema, 39 South St. (Route 7) at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 1. All tickets are $5. Named Sight & Sound magazine’s "greatest movie of all time," the 1958 classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock recently surpassed Citizen Kane after five decades as the number-one film of all time, according to a 2012 poll of 846 film critics and experts from around the world. Vertigo’s dizzying story of mistaken identity, passion, and murder stars an acrophobic detective, played by James Stewart, who rescues a mysterious blonde, Kim Novak, from the bay. The movie runs 2 hrs and 10 mins, and is rated PG. More info: 413-443-7171, or berkshiremuseum.org.