HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 29-November 4, 2014

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra to Play Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Harold Farberman and Max Reger

Nat Baldwin and Ben Seretan Bring Unique Solo Approaches to Spotty Dog

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, October 29-November 4, 2014

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 29-November 4, 2014

Patricia Larsen

NAT BALDWIN and BEN SERETAN BRING UNIQUE SOLO APPROACHES to SPOTTY DOG (HUDSON, N.Y) – Bass-playing singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin and guitarist-composer Ben Seretan perform a double-bill at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Thursday, October 30, at 8pm. The two artists are united in how they tread the fine line between conventional song forms and…

Nat Baldwin and Ben Seretan Bring Unique Solo Approaches to Spotty Dog

Nat Baldwin

(HUDSON, N.Y) – Bass-playing singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin and guitarist-composer Ben Seretan perform a double-bill at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 8pm. The two artists are united in how they tread the fine line between conventional song forms and experimental music, although their approaches are quite different. After studying avant-garde…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, October 29-November 4, 2014

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‘IN DARFUR’ GETS NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE by WAM at SHAKESPEARE & CO. (LENOX, Mass.) – WAM Theatre will present the New England premiere of “In Darfur” by Winter Miller at Shakespeare & Company in the Berry Family Studio of the Elayne P. Bernstein Center from Thursday, October 30, through Sunday, November 16, 2014. Each performance…

Rasputina’s Melora Creager in November Residency at Helsinki Hudson

Melora Creager

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Melora Creager, best known as founder and leader of the historical cello-rock band Rasputina, will be in residence at Club Helsinki Hudson on Mondays in November, in a series called “Mondays with Melora,” featuring her band the Calico Indians plus special guests. The dates are November 3, 10, 17 and 24, at…

Exhibit of Sculptural Books and Prints by Brece Honeycutt Opens at Monterey Library

'Studio Wall' by Brece Honeycutt (photo Douglas Baz)

  (MONTEREY, Mass.) – “Brece Honeycutt: underfoot,” an installation of the Berkshire artist’s handmade sculptural books and prints, opens at Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library on Saturday, November 1, 2014, with an artist’s talk at 6pm and a reception immediately following. The exhibit/installation will be on view during library hours through November 29. Brece…

Railroad Street Youth Project to Serve Up Culinary Arts Celebration at Crissey Farm

RSYP at John Andrews

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) will hold its annual Culinary Arts Celebration at Crissey Farm (426 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington) on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 5:30pm. The evening is the culminating event for RSYP’s Culinary Apprenticeship Program, in which 14 young chefs learn food preparation and presentation for eight weeks…

Camille A. Brown & Dancers to Perform at Williams

Camille A. Brown

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Camille A. Brown & Dancers perform a new work about black female identity at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 8pm. Using Angela Davis’ book “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” as inspiration, the multimedia work, performed…

Police Commissioner Defends Scrutiny of Black Nightclub by Touting African-American Cousin Who Hangs There

Savoia

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – According to “Closing time for city bars under scrutiny,” an article in the local paper of record, the Register-Star, Gary Graziano, the police commissioner of Hudson, defended a meeting’s heavy emphasis on the Savoia, a club catering largely to a black clientele, on lower Warren Street, from charges of racism by mentioning he has an…

‘In Darfur’ to Get New England Premiere by WAM at Shakespeare & Co.

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(LENOX, Mass.) – WAM Theatre will present the New England premiere of “In Darfur” by Winter Miller at Shakespeare & Company in the Berry Family Studio of the Elayne P. Bernstein Center from Thursday, October 30, through Sunday, November 16, 2014. Each performance of the play is followed by a conversation with a noted expert…

Guitarist Alexander Turnquist Headlines Mini-Fest of Ambient Sounds at Helsinki Hudson

Julia Kent (photo Veronica Vracy Mariani)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson-based composer-guitarist Alexander Turnquist will be joined by Brooklyn piano trio Sontag Shogun and experimental cellist Julia Kent for a triple-bill of contemporary ambient music at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, November 23, at 8pm. The mini-festival promises an evening of peaceful, calm, quiet listening and shimmering beauty. Alexander Turnquist is a…

Chris Smither to Celebrate 50 Years of Blues-Folk at Helsinki Hudson

Chris Smither (photo Jeff Fasano)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Blues-folk singer-songwriter Chris Smither brings his band, the Motivators, and his 50th anniversary tour to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 14, at 9pm. Folk-rock singer-songwriter Milton opens the show. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter…

Seth Rogovoy to Speak at Habitat for Humanity Brunch

(photo Sabina Curti)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author, editor and cultural commentator Seth Rogovoy will be the featured speaker at the annual Columbia County Brunch for Habitat at Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 11:30am. Rogovoy, who has called the Berkshires and the Hudson Valley home for nearly four decades and whose professional life has in large part…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 22-28, 2014

Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'

FILMCOLUMBIA CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY with SCREENINGS, PANELS, EXPANSION to HUDSON (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The five-day FilmColumbia festival – running Wednesday, October 22 through Sunday, October 26 – celebrates its 15th anniversary with screenings of internationally award-winning films and film-related activities in both Chatham and Hudson. This year’s festival features an array of prize-winning films and…

The Big Takeover Brings Jamaican Riddims to Helsinki Hudson

Big Takeover

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Upstate New York’s ska-reggae outfit the Big Takeover brings its Jamaican riddims to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 24, at 9pm. The group’s third album, “Children of the Rhythm” boasts the band’s signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts. Born at SUNY-New Paltz…

Former Upstate New York Bands Bring Dream-Pop to Club Helsinki Hudson

Yassou Benedict

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Brooklyn-based quartet Lip Talk and San Francisco rockers Yassou Benedict bring their respective approaches to dream-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, October 25, at 9pm. Lip Talk was originally formed in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and were known as Railbird; Yassou Benedict were formed right here in Hudson, and resident rock star…