can’t think of too many things folkier than a “friendly,
informal Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ family folk festival,”
which is exactly what Gotta Get Gon is billed as. For 38
years, the festival has been bringing folkies together for
a weekend of concerts, workshops, dances, potluck dinners,
campfires, and community. And this year is no different.
three-day festival at Saratoga County Fairgrounds kicks
off on Friday with some “pick’n’ & sing’n’,” a potluck
dinner, and a “new generation of folk” concert featuring
Jean Rohe, Citizen Genet, and Hannah Rosen. Other featured
performers at the weekend festival include Marc Bernier,
Liza Comstable, and the Woods Tea Company (pictured).
Saturday and Sunday are packed with workshops, concerts,
informal music gatherings and social events. Saturday night
wraps up with a family country dance, featuring music by
the Notorious String Band. Sunday’s after-dark a capella
sing has become a Gotta Get Gon tradition.
The Saratoga County Fairground gates (Prospect Street, Ballston
Spa) open at 3 PM on Friday (May 23), and the fairgrounds
will remain open all weekend for campers who want to folk
out into the wee hours. Weekend passes, which include camping,
are $38, $19 for students ages 12-21, and free for children
under 12. Day passes are available for $20, $10 for students.
Evening-only passes are $5 per night. For more info, call
882-6809 or visit www.pickingandsinging.org.
folks at Shakespeare & Company, who, according to the
Boston Globe, “continue to be one of the best troupes
in Massachusetts,” kick off their 31st summer season of
“Conjuration and Mighty Magic” with a contemporary French
farce, The Ladies Man.
Loosely based on two works by prodigious 19th-century French
playwright George Feydeau, this 2007 adaptation of classic
bell epoch farce follows the bumbling adventures
of a physician who returns home through the parlor window
one morning, hoping his absence has gone unnoticed by his
young wife. To complicate the matter: Enter a too-persistent
suitor, her muscle-bound husband, a pestering patient, and
a fearsome mother-in-law. Add a flurry of slamming doors,
and a parade of unfortunate coincidences, and you have all
the makings of a rollicking farce.
to director Kevin Coleman, “Any farce requires a series
of doors, to enable unexpected coincidences and undesired
rendezvous. But it’s also about the complicated maze of
high society and expectations these characters have to weave
through to find happiness. I think all of us know that sometimes
your best plans get slammed right in your face.”
Ladies Man opens at Shakespeare & Company’s Founder’s
Theatre (70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.) on Friday (May 23)
at 8 PM. Tickets range from $30 to $60. For more information,
or to purchase tickets, call (413) 637-1199.
Encounters With Music
fireworks, passion, vertiginous speed, and laughter through
tears,” as expressed in works inspired by the music of the
Roma people of Eastern Europe, are what is promised for
the Mahaiwe stage this weekend. What is the occasion? Close
Encounters With Music is closing out this year’s season
in the Berkshires on Saturday evening, with the program
There will be music by Haydn, Ravel, Brahms and Vittorio
Monti, performed by cellist Yahuda Hanani, pianist Emma
Tahmiziàn, violinist Vadim Gluzman and violist Michael Klotz.
Mezzo-soprano (and ubiquitous local favorite) Lucille Beer
will join these players to sing the “Habañara” from Bizet’s
Gypsy! will be presented by CEWM on Saturday (May 24) at
6 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle St.,
Great Barrington). Tickets are $40. For more info, call
the box office at (413) 528-0100 or visit www.mahai we.org.