From top: Sunlight
in an Empty Room
(Passing Cloud for
by Spencer Finch;
Tree Logic exhibition
at MASS MoCA.
Over the years, the biggest stars of American
dance have performed at “The Pillow,” including
Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Merce Cun-ningham and Martha Graham. Today, the first and
longest-running dance festival is also the only one to
be named a National Historic Landmark. The 2007
season begins June 16.
Opt for a matinee performance at Jacob’s Pillow so you can have an evening free for dinner at
Truc Orient Express ( 3 Harris St.; 413-232-4204), a
charming Vietnamese restaurant tucked away on
a side street in West Stockbridge. The same family
has been serving authentic Vietnamese dishes like
papaya salad and shaking beef for over 25 years.
SOMETHING FOR THE EYES
When we first started visiting the Berkshires in the
early 1990s, there was little to recommend North
Adams, a depressed mill town 28 miles north of
the charming, manicured village of Lenox. That
all changed in 1999 with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on the
site of a former textile factory. MASS MoCA, as it’s
commonly known, takes a holistic approach to art
by staging exhibitions that are too large or complex
for traditional museums, or by marrying both visual
and performing arts in the same installation.
In July, the museum hosts the Bang on a Can
Festival, which features leading contemporary musicians blending every style and genre imaginable into
a wild, daylong marathon concert form.
Also at the northern end of the Berkshires is the
Williamstown Theatre Festival, which transforms
this college town into a mecca for top actors and directors every summer. The winner of the 2002 Tony
July 11–Aug. 26
What Tickets: $9-$99
June 16–Aug. 25
June 14–Aug. 26
ART (MASS MOCA)