The Berkshires Cultural Roundup

There is nothing quite like summer in the Berkshires. From Tanglewood and Barrington Stage Company to scenic marathons and family fun days you’re sure to make the memories that you’ll love to tell your friends about for years to come. Here are just a couple of the must-see events happening in the Berkshires:

Kiss Me Kate! – June 11- July 12 | Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield

Come watch the sparks fly! Kiss Me, Kate recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs – including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate, co-sponsored by Cranwell Resort is musical comedy paradise.
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Butterflies – Through September 1 | Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Butterflies explores one of Earth’s most unique living creatures along with the fascination they inspire in humans across the globe. Experience the live Butterfly Pavilion, filled with vibrant native and exotic species of butterflies, discover the fascinating and complex life cycle of butterflies including their remarkable metamorphosis, and learn what we can do to protect their place in the natural environment.
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Third Thursday – Through October | Pittsfield

The streets and sidewalks of downtown Pittsfield will fill with live music, street performers, great shopping, outdoor dining, new art, and thousands of people as 3rd.Thursdays returns for its eighth year. The award-winning free monthly downtown after-hours event attracts as many as 15,000 people to downtown Pittsfield on the third Thursday of each month between May and October, from 5pm to 8pm and beyond.

The Clark – Reopening July 4 | Williamstown

The current  $145 million project, beginning with original master plan approved in 2001, renovates the original museum building and research center while adding a visitor center, opens this summer. Tadao Ando of Osaka, Japan, has been the architect of the new visitor center because of his ability to create buildings in nature.  The center is a long, horizontal pavilion, with a wall of windows offering a view of three new reflecting pools that step down the hill via small waterfalls.   The museum’s collections focus almost exclusively on European and American paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – June 21 –August 30 | Shakespeare & Company, Lenox

Magic and whimsy meet down in the Bayou where A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to life and the Jazz Era in America explodes! Oberon, Titania and the ever-mischievous sprite Puck frolic among the mangroves and Spanish moss in this enchanted and unforgettable treatment of Shakespeare’s classic, bawdy comedy.
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Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience – July 9 | Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

Children (age 4+) and their parents/caregivers are invited to explore the galleries together during this interactive art experience. A lively look at the works on view will inspire personal artworks created with a variety of materials and techniques.
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