BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 21-26, 2015

Lenox Celebrates Edith Wharton’s Birthday

New Exhibit at Berkshire Museum Encourages Creative Interaction

Helado Negro Previews New Work at MASS MoCA

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 21-26, 2015

Clayton Cubitt, Still from Hysterica  Literature: Session One:  Stoya,  2012, 		Courtesy the artist

MASS MoCA EXHIBIT ‘BIBLIOTHECAPHILIA’ EXPLORES LOVE of LIBRARIES (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bibliothecaphilia, an exhibition exploring the medium and ethos of libraries and featuring the work of six artists, goes on view at MASS MoCA beginning Saturday, January 24, 2015. Participating artists include Clayton Cubitt, Jonathan Gitelson, Susan Hefuna, Meg Hitchcock, Dan Peterman, and Jena…

Lenox Celebrates Edith Wharton’s Birthday

Edith Wharton

(LENOX, Mass.) – On Saturday, January 24, 2015, The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, joins with Lenox businesses and organizations in hosting a day of literary appreciation on Wharton’s 153rd birthday. The festivities will include dramatic readings, raffles, and refreshments at three of Lenox’s leading literary hubs: The Mount, the Lenox Library, and The…

New Exhibit at Berkshire Museum Encourages Creative Interaction

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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The new exhibition If/Then – an interactive installation exploring the senses, rule-breaking, and creativity, opens at the Berkshire Museum on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and will remain on view through Sunday, May 3. An opening celebration for If/Then will be held Friday, January 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors to If/Then…

Helado Negro Previews New Work at MASS MoCA

Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, concludes a weeklong residency at MASS MoCA with several all-star collaborators in tow, including Mikael Jorgensen, the lead pianist for the museum’s rock band, Wilco, with a work-in-progress showing of the made-at-MASS MoCA Island Universe Story in the Hunter Center on Saturday, January 24, 2015,…

MASS MoCA Exhibit ‘Bibliothecaphilia’ Explores Love of Libraries

Clayton Cubitt, Still from Hysterical Literature: Session Three: Danielle, 2012, Digital video,	Courtesy the artist

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bibliothecaphilia, an exhibition exploring the medium and ethos of libraries and featuring the work of six artists, goes on view at MASS MoCA beginning Saturday, January 24, 2015. Participating artists include Clayton Cubitt, Jonathan Gitelson, Susan Hefuna, Meg Hitchcock, Dan Peterman, and Jena Priebe. For centuries, libraries have exerted a quiet…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 21-26, 2015

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BINDLESTIFF CIRKUS BRINGS MONTHLY WINTER CABARET to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off…

Norman Rush to Read at Bard College

Norman Rush

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Norman Rush, a National Book Award-winner and author of “Whites,” “Mating,” “Mortals,” and “Subtle Bodies,” reads from his work in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College on Monday, January 26, 2015, at 6pm. Rush will be introduced by author Mona Simpson. The reading is free and open…

Richard Ford, Bruce Springsteen, and Me

'Wild, Innocent and the E Street Shuffle' era Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

by Seth Rogovoy One day back in 1978, I was talking to my English 101 professor, Richard Ford (yes, that Richard Ford), about Bruce Springsteen. Ford, to my surprise, wasn’t familiar with the Boss. I knew he would like his music, so I invited Ford over to my dorm room to listen to some of…

Annual Juried Sculpture Show Opens at CCCA Gallery

Artworks shown: 'Get Tough' by RJ Rosegarten, 'Escaping Sage' by Daniel Region, 'Rolling Freely on the Ground' by Ellen Jouret-Epstein. Illustration and design by Arlene Boehm.

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “On & Off the Wall,” the annual juried sculpture show by CCCA Gallery, opens with a reception on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 5 to 7pm, and remains on view through March 21, 2015. The exhibit was curated by Chatham, N.Y., sculptor John Cooley. Artists whose works were selected by Cooley include…

Art Collector Sam Wagstaff’s Biographer to Read at Hudson Opera House

Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Wagstaff, Arles, France, 1981 (photo Teresa Engle)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, best known as a champion of the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, is the subject of a reading by his biographer, Philip Gefter, author of “Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe,” at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 5pm.  …

Noche Flamenca Presents ‘Antigona’ at Mahaiwe

Antigona Soledad

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Noche Flamenca, one of the most authentic flamenco companies in the world today, will present “Antigona” at the Mahaiwe on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 8pm. This new evening-length work based on Sophocles’ ancient Greek heroine combines live music, song, and dance, bringing the fiery, expressive nature of flamenco to one…

Bindlestiff Cirkus Brings Monthly Winter Cabaret to Club Helsinki Hudson

Bindlestiff's Stephanie Monseu aka Philomena

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015; continuing on…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 14-17, 2015

Trio Appassionata

TRIO to PERFORM WORKS by BEETHOVEN, IVES and RAVEL at SIMON’S ROCK (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The award-winning Trio Appassionata will perform works Beethoven, Ives and Ravel at the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Saturday, January 17, at 7pm. The members of the trio are violinist Lydia Chernicoff, originally from Great Barrington;…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Jan 14-17, 2015

Arleigh Kincheloe

SISTER SPARROW & DIRTY BIRDS to BRING SOUL-FUNK DANCE PARTY to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will bring their old-school, horn-inflected soul and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, January 16, at 9pm. The Brooklyn-based sextet, fronted by Catskill Mountains native Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow, and featuring…

Paul Park to Speak on Writing Fiction at Lenox Library

Paul Park

(LENOX, Mass.) – Author Paul Park will speak on “Writing Fiction: Different Rules for Different Games” at the Lenox Library on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 4pm. Park has been writing literary science fiction and fantasy since 1987, and is the author of over a dozen novels and additional short story collections. His latest novel,…

Trio to Perform Works by Beethoven, Ives and Ravel at Simon’s Rock

Trio Appassionata

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The award-winning Trio Appassionata will perform works Beethoven, Ives and Ravel at the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 7pm. The members of the trio are violinist Lydia Chernicoff, originally from Great Barrington; Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim; and Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios. The group…