On Saturday, December 8, Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting a Sweets Spectacular fundraiser before the opening performance of A Christmas Carol to support BTG PLAYS! Year-Round Education Program.

A Christmas Carol Sweets Spectacular will take place at 5:30pm in the third-floor lobby of The Colonial Theatre. There will be festive desserts and beverages to ring in the holiday season while live carolers sing classic holiday tunes.

Also included is an intermission VIP bar, a post-show backstage photo with A Christmas Carol performers and a gourmet cake cutting.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: $75 and Children: $50. Ticket price includes A Christmas Carol opening night ticket. All proceeds go the BTG Year-Round Education Program.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Veronica Bone, Fundraising Associate, at 413-448-8084 x50 or After you purchase your ticket, a representative from the Fundraising Office will call you and discuss your premium seat location.

BTG’s 13th annual production of A Christmas Carol will run at The Colonial Theatre December 8-22.

CRASHarts & Crossroads Presents present


Wednesday, November 28, 8pm

Paradise Rock Club

World Music/CRASHarts & Crossroads Presents present Coeur de Pirate on Wednesday, November 28, 8pm at Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of, general admission, standing room only, 18+. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at

Coeur de Pirate (French for pirate heart) is the stage name for award-winning French-Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Beatrice Martin. Her whimsical, magical pop songs blend cabaret music, French lyrics, and playful indie sensibilities. After releasing three albums to international acclaim, Coeur de Pirate returns for the first time since 2015 with a new recording.

Coeur de Pirate is touring in support of her LP released in June, 2018 titled En cas de tempete, ce jardin sera ferme by Mercury Records. It marks the follow-up to 2015's Roses, and as the Quebecois artist recently told Exclaim!, the album is the result of a rough few years. The first single, "Premonition," was driven by a pulsating electro beat, and now Martin has unveiled another album track with "Somnambule." The album was recorded in Paris with producer Tristan Salvati, and in addition to her own lived experiences, the city also provided much inspiration for the new songs.

Beatrice Martin has been playing piano and keyboards since she was only three years old. After a brief stint as keyboardist with the now defunct December Strikes First, Martin briefly joined the Montreal-based indie-pop band Bonjour Brumaire as a vocalist and pianist but left in 2008 to record her self-titled debut album. Coeur de Pirate was issued in September 2008 to immediate national and international acclaim. It was propelled by massive popularity via her MySpace page and an unexpected gift courtesy of famed Quebecois photographer Francis Vachon who used the song "Ensemble" as the soundtrack to a time-lapse video of his 9-month old son that went viral on YouTube. This immensely popular clip showcased Martin's music to millions of new fans, earning her praise from Good Morning America, The Globe and Mail and Perez Hilton, among many others. Stories ran in popular fashion magazines (Elle, Chatelaine) and on TV, and radio quickly followed, leading to a record deal in France. Coeur de Pirate has since gone platinum in Canada and Belgium, triple platinum in France and gold in Switzerland. The album has gone on to sell over 600,000 copies worldwide.

Martin then went into the studio to record a duet with Julien Dore and collaborated on the Coca-Cola theme song for the Vancouver Olympics, "Open Happiness," with Jay Malinowski and Kardinal Official. She also recorded the duet "Everyday Things" with David Usher. After previously singing exclusively in French, she appeared on Bedouin Soundclash's 2010 album, Light the Horizon, adding haunting English vocals to the standout track "Brutal Hearts." She further collaborated with singer Jay Malinowski on a five-track EP, entitled Armistice, released in February 2011. Martin also added her voiceover talents as the voice of Smurfette in the major motion picture The Smurfs in theaters across France.

She won two Felix Awards in 2009 and 2010, along with a 2010 Victoire de la Musique Award for Original Song of the Year. Coeur de Pirate has also been nominated for multiple Juno Awards and was long-listed for the Polaris Prize.

Coeur de Pirate's sophomore effort, Blonde, was co-produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Dears) and Beatrice Martin herself. Blonde topped the iTunes download charts for Canada and France after its release on November 8, 2011. She managed to break 13,000 digital copies in the first-week of sales.

In 2013, Coeur de Pirate recorded music for the fifth season of the Canadian drama series Trauma with a soundtrack album released on January 14, 2014. In 2014, she also composed the soundtrack for the Ubisoft Montreal's video game production Child of Light. This album included a song sung in English. In April 2015, she released the single "Carry On," in both English and French. Both versions of the song have appeared on her album, Roses, released on August 28, 2015 by Dare to Care Records.


Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute

Comes to the Colonial on 11/17

Berkshire Theatre Group welcomes Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute at The Colonial Theatre on Saturday, November 17 at 8pm. Tickets are $25.

The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the ground-breaking music of the Talking Heads, which includes over eight studio albums. They bring the Talking Heads live show, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, to audiences for a rockin', funkin', danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk from the ’80s!

Bernie Worrell, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and keyboardist for Talking Heads and Parliament-Funkadelic said, "This is an appropriate title -- Start Making Sense. This band makes plenty of sense to me, and is a great representation of Talking Heads' music. So, listen up and go check them out!"

The band consists of: Jon Braun (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Jon Fadem (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Ryan Berg (Percussion and Backing Vocals), Brad Murray (Keyboards), Michael Davidson (Bass), Jesse Braun (Drums), Jenny Founds (Backing Vocals) and Kathleen Weber (Backing Vocals)

Pre-show entertainment in The Garage (located in the lobby of The Colonial Theatre) will be available at 6:30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available at the Garage bar.

Tickets to Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute are $25 and to purchase tickets, contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Audition Call for

13th Annual Production of "A Christmas Carol”   

Berkshire Theatre Group seeks non-equity actors for its annual community production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis Daly, running December 8 through December 22 at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

Auditions will take place Tuesday, October 23 from 6pm–9pm at The Colonial Theatre (111 South St. Pittsfield, MA). Auditioners should prepare one short traditional Christmas carol to sing and will be asked to read from the play.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please call 413-448-8084 ext. 23 by October 22nd to schedule an appointment.

BTG is seeking children (ages 9 and up) and adults to fill the roles in the annual production. Please note there will be up to twenty children cast in this production.

Rehearsals for A Christmas Carol will begin on Sunday, November 11th and will be held after school, evenings and weekends. Rehearsals will be held in Stockbridge, MA.

Attending all rehearsals is required. The production runs December 8 through December 22 with two 10am student matinees planned. The performance schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm (Opening)
Sunday, December 9 at 2pm
Tuesday, December 11 at 10am (Student Matinee)/Snow Date
Thursday December 13 at 10am
Wednesday, December 12 at 6pm (Special Community and Sensory-Friendly Performance)
Thursday, December 13 at 7pm
Friday, December 14 at 7pm
Saturday, December 15 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 16 at 2pm
Tuesday, December 18 at 10am (Student Matinee)/Snow Date
Thursday December 20 at 10am
Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm
Thursday, December 20 at 7pm
Friday, December 21 at 7pm
Saturday, December 22 at 2pm and 7pm (Closing Performance)

All performances will take place at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts presents


Performing Boston premiere works

Fri., November 30, 8pm & Sat., December 1, 8pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

These are "moves you won't want to miss."

-Boston Magazine

World Music/CRASHarts presents Boston Dance Theater on Friday, November 30, 8pm, and Saturday, December 1, 8pm at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. Tickets are $36, $32 World Music/CRASHarts members, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at

Under the co-artistic direction of Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company committed to presenting relevant works by acclaimed choreographers. BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based dancers and will perform works by Itzik Galili, Sidra Bell, and Yin Yue, including one world premiere, two U.S. premieres, and one Boston premiere.

Jessie Jeanne Stinnett (BDT Co-Artistic Director) received a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain, Prometheus Dance, Anna Myer and Dancers, Rebecca Rice, The Boston Baroque Opera, and Bard College's SummerScape Festival. Stinnett's choreographic work has been described by Hannah Chanatry of WBUR as "conceptually driven performance that unpacks the complexities of being female, and pushes the academic boundaries of choreography." Her work has been sustained in part by grants from The Boston Foundation with support from The Barr Foundation, Live Arts Boston, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring, Boston Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Assets4Artists at MassMoCA, and Fidelity Charitable.

Itzik Galili (BDT Co-Artistic Director/ Choreographer) is an Israeli choreographer and Artistic Director of Curtain Up, Israel's "most prestigious and sought-after platform for independent Israeli choreographers," founded and supported by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport (The Jerusalem Post). Galili is the only choreographer in the world to have worked with all of the major contemporary dance companies based in Israel as a dancer, choreographer, and mentor. After having been member of the Batsheva Dance Company and Bat-Dor Dance Company, his credits include Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom, Pollack, and Yasmeen Godder Dance. He has built an oeuvre of more than 80 works and has created for and worked with international companies such as: Bale da Cidade de Sao Paulo, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Batsheva Dance Company, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Cisne Negro, Diversions Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet, Gulbenkian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Nederlands Dans Theater II, Norrdans, Royal Finnish Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Scapino Ballet, and the Stuttgart Ballet. Galili is currently focusing his efforts on building a bridge between his artistic networks in Israel and Boston through his newest venture with BDT.

Drawing on Galili's cultural roots, BDT's vision is to become a springboard for exchange between communities in Israel and Boston - an incubator for cutting edge work that transcends interpersonal and cultural barriers. Israel is currently a global epicenter for contemporary dance innovation, and it is BDT's vision to expose this wealth within the city of Boston. Rather than accomplish this through one artistic voice, BDT aims to build a wide-ranging international repertoire. The backbone of BDT is a strong belief in peaceful global cooperation and the power of the arts to unite people toward the goal of overcoming pressing global issues. These values are reflected by the artistic directors' choice of programming, themes within the art work, and artistic collaborators.

BDT will present the Boston premiere of Chameleon (1998) and the world premiere of Man of the Hour (excerpt) (2018), by the award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. Chameleon is a suggestive exercise in the revelation of the feminine, in which female dancers are challenged to show their versatility through a continuous metamorphosis. The nuances of the music by John Cage are gently emphasized by the choreography. Conceived in 2015 as a co-production between the Israeli Opera and Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance, Man of the Hour is an evening length work for 8 men accompanied by a live operatic score by Henry Purcell. The BDT commission marks the first and only time that Man of the Hour (excerpt)has been set on a cast comprised exclusively of women, smashing socially accepted notions of physicality and igniting raw individuality at the brink of exhaustion in service of group power. This world premiere excerpt has been generously supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts and The Boston Foundation in partnership with The Barr Foundation.

BDT will perform the U.S. premiere of choreographer Yin Yue's Today For Now (2018). Set to the music of iconic singer and songwriter Janis Joplin, Today for Now explores a meeting of inner sensitivity and outward wildness. Vigorously physical and unapologetically loud, the work unveils a tribe of dancers tasked with driving one another forward as they join forces to celebrate an unbroken lineage of upstanding women.

Choreographed by New York-based Sidra Bell, Deeper Inscription (2018) will also be a U.S. premiere. The work intertwines nuanced phrase work, supple spines, and movement research in service of collaborative language building. Lauded as thought provoking, identity focused, and exploding with creativity by the Pittsburgh Examiner, Bell creates space for the generation of shared vocabulary, utilizing structural systems that build work capable of both looking forward and referencing itself. Deeper Inscription has been sustained in part by The Boston Foundation in partnership with The Barr Foundation 

Free preperformance talks with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA Common Room.

Free postperformance Q&A with the artists Friday, November 30.


Jazz Clubs Around New England


Acton Jazz Cafe, 452 Great Road, 978 263-6161


Glory, 19 Essex Street, 978 475-4811


Stone's Public House, 179 Main Street, 508 881-1778


J.P. O'Hanlon's, 9 Main Street, 978 772-9282


Barnstable Tavern Sunday Brunch, 3176 Main Street
508 362-2355


Black Moon Music Lounge, 37 State Street, 413 323-0013


Savinos Grill, 449 Common St., 617 484-3499


Bella Notte Ristorante, 71 Northfield Road, 866 640-2796


Chianti Jazz Lounge, 285 Cabot Street, 978 921-2233


House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, 888 693-2583

Les Zygomates Wine Bar, 129 South Street, 617 542-5108

Lucky's Lounge, 355 Congress Street, 617 357-LUCK

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, 617 562-4111

Café 939, 939 Boylston Street, 617 747-6040

L'Espalier, 774 Boylston Street, 617 262-3023

Ticos, 222 Berkley Street, 617 351-0400

Tiki Hideaway, Howard Johnson Hotel, 1271 Boylston Street
617 267-8300

Top of the Hub Restaurant & Skywalk, Prudential Tower, 52nd Floor, 617 536-1775

Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, 617 423-0069

Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue, 617 536-0966

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Avenue
617 536-1100

Encore Lounge, 275 Tremont Street, 617 728-2162

Petit Robert Bistro, 480 Columbus Avenue, 617 596-6614

Wally's, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 424-1408


Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street, 617 975.1900

Matt Murphy's, 14 Harvard Street, 617 232-0188

Vernissage, 1627 Beacon Street, 617 566-3340


Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge Street, 617-864-2792

Café Luna, 403 Mass Ave, 617 576-3400

Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 354-2685

Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, 617 876-606

Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, 617 547-0759

Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Sq.

Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, 617 576-0032

Regattabar at Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, 617 395-7757

Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street, 617 876-9330

Upstairs at the Square, 19 Winthrop Street, 617 864-4625

Western Front, 343 Western Avenue, 617 492-7772


Upstairs at Christians, 443 Main Street, 508 945-3362

Wequassett Resort, Pleasant Bay, 800 225-7125


Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, 978 369-9200


Michael Patrick's Publick House, 435 Main St, 508 398-1620

Ocean House, Depot Street, 508 394-0700

East Falmouth

Oyster's Too, 876 Route 28, 508 548 9191

East Sandwich

Amari's Restaurant, 674 Rt. 6A, 508 375-0011


Liam Maguire's Pub, 273 Main Street, 508 548-0285

Nimrod Restaurant & Jazz Lounge, 100 Dillingham Avenue
508 540-4132


Elliot's at the Blackburn, 2 Main Street, 978 282-1919

Great Barrington

Castle Street Café, 10 Castle Street, 413 528-5244

Club Helsinki, 284 Main Street, 413 528-3394

Mahaiwe Theatre, 14 Castle Street, 413 528-0100

Napa Wine Bar & Restaurant, 293 Main Street, 413 528-4311


Carmelina's at the Common, Hadley, 413 584-8000


Chit Chat Lounge, 103 Washington St, 978 374-9710


Delaney House, 3 Country Club Rd, Rt. 5, 413 532-1800


Chloe American bistro, 23 Main Street, 978 568-1500


Alberto's Restaurant, 360 Main street, 508 778-1770

Black Cat Restaurant, 165 Ocean Street, 508 778-1233

Grand Cru (at the Cape Codder Resort), 1225 Iyanough Road (Rt 132), 508 771 3000

Harry's Blues Bar, 700 Main Street, 508 778-4188

Island Merchant, 302 Main Street, 508 771-1337

Pain D'Avignon Café- Boulangerie, 15 Hinckley Road
508 778-8588

Roadhouse, 488 South Street, 508 775-2386

Jamaica Plain

Alchemist Lounge, 435-439 South Huntington Ave
617 477-5741


Morgan House Inn, 33 Main Street, 413 243-3661


Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue
781 674-2400


Athenian Corner Restaurant & Lounge, 207 Market Street
978 458-7052

Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club, 15 Kearney Square
978 455-4418

LaBoniche, 143 Merrimack Street, 978 458-9473

Village Smoke House, 98 Middle Street, 978 441-2278


Café Italia, 10 School Street, 781 631-5700


Allora Restaurant, 139 Lakeside Avenue Route 20
508 485-4300


Bleu Restaurant, 10 Market Street Mashpee Commons
508 539-7907


Sahara Club, 34 Bates Street, 978 683-9200


88 Wharf Riverfront Grill, 88 Wharf Street, 857 598-4826


Chicken Box, 6 Dave Street, 508 228-9717

North Chatham

Campari's Bistro, 323 Orleans Road, 508 945-9123


Iron Horse, 20 Center Street, 413 586-8686


Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North Street

The Lantern Bar & Grill, 455 North Street, 413 448-2717


Firefly’s, 516 Adams Street, 617 471-0011

My House Lounge, 609 Washington St, 3A, 617-302-4285


Gulu-Gulu Café, Essex Street, 978 740-8882247

In a Pig's Eye, 148 Derby Street, 978 741-4436

Rockafellas of Salem, 231 Essex Street, 978 745-2411


Belfri Inn, 8 Jarves Street, 508 888 8550

Shelburne Falls

Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar, 10 Bridge Street
413 625-8133


Sherborn Inn, 33 North Main Street, 800 552-9742


Bull Run Restaurant, Rt. 2A, 978 425-4311


Johnny D's, 17 Holland Street, 617 776-2004

South Yarmouth

Riverway Lobster House, 1338 Route 28, 508 398-2172


Bulfinch's, 730 Boston Post Road, 978 443-4094


Blue Heron Restaurant, 112 North Main Street, 413 665-2102


Mad Raven, 841 Main Street, 781 894-8188


Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main Street, 617 924-9475


Chan's, 276 Main Street, 401 765-1900


Union Blues, Union Station, 508 767-2587

Yarmouth Port

Anthony's Cummaquid Inn, 2 Rt. 6A, 508-362-4501

Howes Cottage Restaurant, 134 Rt. 6A, 508 362-9866

Oliver's & Planck's Tavern, 6 Bray Farm Road, 508.362.6062


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