HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 5-8, 2016

Inaugural Show at North River Gallery Showcases Modernist Landscapes by Tony Thompson

Michael Ives and Ashley Mayne to Read at Opera House

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 5-8, 2016

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 5-8, 2016

Bob Schneider

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including quirky indie-pop from Bob Schneider at Helsinki Hudson; a reading at Hudson Opera House; a new gallery in Chatham; klezmer in Spencertown; and an artisans market at Basilica Hudson.     BOB SCHNEIDER BRINGS INDIE POP…

Michael Ives and Ashley Mayne to Read at Opera House

Ashley Mayne

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Poet and author Michael Ives and novelist Ashley Mayne will read from their works at Hudson Opera House on Sunday, May 8, at 3pm. Ives is an award-winning writer and musician living in the Hudson Valley. Mayne is the author of two recently published novels, “Tiger” and “Mankiller.” Admission is free. Michael…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 5-8, 2016

John Hiatt

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including an avant-jazz ensemble at MASS MoCA; a folk-rock legend at the Mahaiwe; an exhibition of new photography in Lenox; klezmer in Spencertown, N.Y.; and quirky indie-pop at Club Helsinki Hudson. ALLISON MILLER BRINGS JAZZ ALL-STARS to MASS MoCA (NORTH…

Juried Photography Exhibition at Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Rebecca Moseman, 'Brothers'

  (LENOX, Mass.) – A reception for the 5th Annual Juried Exhibition showcasing the photographic work of 22 finalists, takes place at Sohn Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, May 7, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Artists in the exhibition include April Aldighieri, Mark Bennington, Matthew Bialer, Debra Bilow, Steven Duede, Steven Edson, George Grubb , Erin…

Klezmer Quartet to Play Spencertown Academy

Clarinetist Paul Green

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) — Paul Green and Klezmer East will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary klezmer favorites at Spencertown Academy on Saturday, May 7, at 8pm. The concert will include Yiddish dance tunes and hits from the Yiddish theater. Led by clarinetist Paul Green, Klezmer East features Pete Sweeney (drums), Bruce Krasin (saxophone), and…

Bob Schneider Brings Indie Pop to Helsinki Hudson

Bob Schneider

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Austin-based artist Bob Schneider brings his singular brand of indie-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, May 6, at 9pm. Schneider stands out in Austin as not just another roots-music based artist, but as a kind of pop genius – a singer-songwriter who writes catchy, hook-laden melodies that connect the Beatles to…

John Hiatt to Bring Eclectic Folk-Rock to Mahaiwe

John Hiatt

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Critically lauded folk-rock singer-songwriter John Hiatt brings his rich, diverse catalog of songs and his quirky delivery to the Mahaiwe on Friday, May 6, at 8pm. While mass success has remained elusive over the course of his 40-plus-year career, Hiatt has hit the top of the charts via a veritable who’s…

Allison Miller Brings Jazz All-Stars to MASS MoCA

Allison Miller

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Bandleader Allison Miller brings her eclectic, funky jazz group Boom Tic Boom!, featuring a veritable all-star lineup of downtown jazz talent, to Club B10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 7. The band includes violinist Jenny Scheinman, pianist Myra Melford, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and cornetist Kirk Knuffke –…

Basilica Farm & Flea Springs Forth

Farm and Flea vendor Catskill Mill

  (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Basilica Farm & Flea, an artisans and farmers market at Basilica Hudson produced in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange, inaugurates its first Spring Market on Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 6, and Sunday, May 8, from 11 to 5. This year’s inaugural event incorporates the annual spring Ramp Fest. Basilica…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Apr 20-May 1, 2016

Carrie Rodriguez

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including new Tex-Mex music by Carrie Rodriguez, a 24-hour dronefest at Basilica Hudson, avant-jazz group Window Quartet, and the final concert of The Orchestra Now’s debut season at Bard College.     CARRIE RODRIGUEZ BRINGS NEW TEX-MEX SOUNDS…

Window Quartet to Bring Innovative Jazz to Hudson Opera House

Window Quartet

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Window Quartet, led by Czech-born composer-pianist Antonin Fajt, performs at Hudson Opera House on Saturday, April 30, at 7pm. In addition to Fajt, the members of Window Quartet are Carolyn Hietter, saxophone; Julian Lampert, bass; and Matt Norman, drums. The members of the avant-jazz quartet met during their studies at Bard…

The Orchestra Now Tackles Sibelius, Ives, Tchaikovsky at Bard College

Leon Botstein conducts The Orchestra Now (photo Jito Lee)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The Orchestra Now, under the direction of Leon Botstein, will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Ives, and two world premieres by Bard students Tamzin Elliott and Daniel Zlatkin in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday, April 23, at 8pm, and Sunday, April 24, at 3pm. The concerts conclude the Orchestra’s…

Second Annual 24-Hour Drone-Fest at Basilica Hudson

Lea Bertucci at 2015's 24-Hour Drone Fest (photo Jeff Economy)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The second annual 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music festival takes place at Basilica Hudson beginning Saturday, April 23, at 3pm and running through Sunday, April 24, at 3pm. The immersive event – featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone, which are sustained tones shaped by voice…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 20-May 1, 2016

Carrie Rodriguez

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshires region, including an avant-jazz ensemble at Williams College, led by an alumnus; a new Jack Kerouac-inspired dance program at MASS MoCA; a world-renowned string quartet playing for free at Williams College; and the queen of Tex-Mex at Club Helsinki Hudson.  …

Carrie Rodriguez Brings New Tex-Mex Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

Carrie Rodriguez

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Austin-based Americana singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez brings her new Tex-Mex sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 30, at 9pm. The acclaimed Austin-based roots-music artist recently released the album “Lola,” on which the Chicana singer/songwriter realizes her dream of presenting her deeply personal take on the Tex-Mex music of her ancestors. Rodriguez…

Chris Lightcap’s Jazz Ensemble Bigmouth to Play Williams College

Bigmouth

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Avant-jazz ensemble Bigmouth, led by bassist-composer Chris Lightcap (Williams ’93), performs a free concert in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm. Bigmouth’s music is characterized by the twin tenor saxophones of Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, Craig Taborn’s keyboards, Gerald Cleaver’s musical drums, and Lightcap’s…