James Taylor to Return to Tanglewood on Fourth of July

The Kabbalah of Dr Dolittle: Robert Downey Jr to the Rescue

Regional Cultural Preview, Jan 13-19, 2020

Regional Cultural Preview, Jan 6-11, 2020

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James Taylor to Return to Tanglewood on Fourth of July

(LENOX, Mass.) – James Taylor returns to Tanglewood with his All-Star Band for a performance on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The July 4 concert will be followed by a fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Proceeds from this concert will…

The Kabbalah of Dr Dolittle: Robert Downey Jr to the Rescue

by Seth Rogovoy Robert Downey Jr. presumably had a better time making the new movie “Dolittle,” based on Hugh Lofting’s “Doctor Dolittle” stories and opening in theaters on Friday, January 17, 2020, than did his fellow Jew, Anthony Newley, who had a miserable experience on the set of the original 1967 “Doctor Dolittle” film version,…

Regional Cultural Preview, Jan 13-19, 2020

Hong Kong native Ian Chang, who now calls New York City home, has been on the cutting edge of experimental electronic music for the past decade. A member of Son Lux and Landlady, Chang has also performed with Joan As Policewoman, Dave Douglas, and Rubblebucket. The composer-drummer collaborates with visual duo Endless Endless to create…

Regional Cultural Preview, Jan 6-11, 2020

Observational comedian Katie Hannigan brings her pop-culture-laced standup to the Comedy Garage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Thursday, Jan 9, at 7:30pm. Based in New York City, Hannigan – who is also an actor and writer — has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central, the Travel Channel, Oxygen…

Regional Cultural Preview, Dec 30, 2019-Jan 18, 2020

The Hudson Valley’s own Felice Brothers, our leading Americana outfit in the style of the pioneering group The Band, ring out the old and ring in the new on New Year’s Eve at Club Helsinki Hudson, helped along by that fair city’s favorite son, the one and only Tommy Stinson, formerly of the Replacements, Soul…

Regional Cultural Preview Dec 26, 2019-Jan 18, 2020

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire and Hudson Valley region. The Suitcase Junket and the brilliant, witty and provocative indie singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton perform a double bill at Club Helsinki Hudson, on Saturday, December 28, at 9pm. The Hudson Valley’s own Felice Brothers, our leading…

Books I Read in 2019

by Seth Rogovoy   I failed in my book-reading goals for 2019. Not necessarily by not reading a total of 50 books, which I had set out to accomplish, but in not keeping better track of what I read nor taking better notes about what I read. Suffice to say that I hope to begin…

Democrats Need to Unite for Victory Now

by Seth Rogovoy The Democratic candidates for president need to stop running against each other and unite in one single task: to defeat Donald Trump. This should be the sine qua non of their campaigns. When they run against each other, they make themselves look small and ineffectual, like Lilliputians turned against each other rather…

Natalia Zukerman and Anne Heaton Bring Songs, Stories, and Images to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter and visual artist Natalia Zukerman and singer-songwriter and storyteller Anne Heaton will bring songs, stories, and pictures to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, December 5, at 8pm. Zukerman will perform excerpts from her one-woman show, “The Women Who Rode Away,” which had its work-in-progress debut at Club Helsinki Hudson two years…

Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ Stays True to Itself

by Seth Rogovoy (NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., October 24, 2019) – Seeing the revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal currently on Broadway (at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by Jamie Lloyd, running through December 8), reminds a theatergoer of the pleasures to be found in pure drama. By that I mean drama that isn’t about…

The Kabbalah of Buster Keaton

by Seth Rogovoy Had it not been for Erik Weisz, the Hungarian-born, Wisconsin-raised son of a rabbi, one of the most influential film artists of all time may have been just an ordinary Joe rather than the extraordinary Buster Keaton, the renowned comic actor, director, and stunt performer widely regarded as one of the greatest…

Dream Away Lodge Adds Handmade Pizza to Menu in August

(BECKET, Mass.) – For the month of August, Hilltown Hot Pies, a pizza pop-up restaurant, has landed at Dream Away Lodge, serving up handmade, Neapolitan-inspired sourdough pizza. Rafi Bildner, a trained pizzaiolo who has honed his pizza-making skills under some of the best pizza chefs in the world, has returned home to the Berkshires for…

(Concert Review) Pretenders, MASS MoCA, 7.26.19

Pretenders MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. Friday, July 26, 2019 Review by Seth Rogovoy NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Forty-one years ago, after several false starts, Akron, Ohio-native Chrissie Hynde — having long since moved to London — finally succeeded in forming a band that could realize onstage and in the recording studio the sounds she…