Ira Glass, Benjamin Millepied, Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon, Martha Graham Dance, NDT2, and LINES at Jacob’s Pillow Summer 2015

HudsonValleyWeekend, Dec 17-21, 2014

The Bang Group Performs ‘Nut/Cracked’ at Bard College

New Photography Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features 12 Artists

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Ira Glass, Benjamin Millepied, Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon, Martha Graham Dance, NDT2, and LINES at Jacob’s Pillow Summer 2015

Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez in 'Monchichi' (photo Nika Kramer)

(BECKET, Mass.) – Highlights of summer 2015 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival include “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,” a special dance and radio stage production starring public radio’s Ira Glass with Monica Bill Barnes; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2); Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon; and the…

HudsonValleyWeekend, Dec 17-21, 2014

'Seventh and Warren,' Ken Young

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT at CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY FEATURES 12 ARTISTS (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works by a dozen photography artists comprise Photography 2015, a new exhibition on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery starting Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and running through Sunday, January 25, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, December…

The Bang Group Performs ‘Nut/Cracked’ at Bard College

A scene from the Bang Group's 'Nut/Cracked'

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Nut/Cracked, the Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker, will be staged in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 21, at 2pm. Showcasing choreography by David Parker ’81 with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nut/Cracked takes its inspiration from all corners…

New Photography Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features 12 Artists

Work by Newbold Bohemia

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works by a dozen photography artists comprise Photography 2015, a new exhibition on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery starting Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and running through Sunday, January 25, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition features new…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 17-21, 2014

Scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' at Shakespeare & Co. (photo Kevin Sprague)

RADIO PLAY VERSION of ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ at SHAKESPEARE & CO. (LENOX, Mass.) – “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” inspired by the classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart, returns to Shakespeare & Company for a limited run through December 28, 2014. Adapted by Joe Landry from the original…

Colonial Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Features 30 Berkshire Youth Actors

Scene from 'A Christmas Carol' at the Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Berkshire Theatre Group’s annual community production of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” this year featuring 30 talented young Berkshire county actors many of whom are returning to the Colonial Theatre and some who are performing for the first time, runs through December 22 at the Colonial Theatre. This year’s production includes 44…

Live Radio Play Version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Shakespeare & Co.

Scene from 'It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' at Shakespeare & Co. (photo Kevin Sprague)

(LENOX, Mass.) – “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” inspired by the classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart, returns to Shakespeare & Company for a limited run through December 28, 2014. Adapted by Joe Landry from the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Joe Swerling, “It’s…

HudsonValleyWeekend, Dec 10-14, 2014

Robert Randolph

ROBERT RANDOLPH BRINGS GOSPEL-LACED SOUL-ROCK to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Robert Randolph and the Family Band bring their unique blend of gospel-influenced soul-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 12, at 9pm. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and…

Ken Young’s Warren Street Paintings at Valley Variety

'Seventh and Warren,' Ken Young

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Warren Street, a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Ken Young that captureS life along the main commercial corridor of Hudson, goes on display at Valley Variety on Saturday, December 13, 2014, and remain on view through February 1, 2015. Young’s work as a landscape and portrait painter is grounded in realism.…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 10-14, 2014

Hari Kondabolu

HARI KONDABOLU to BRING SOCIOPOLITICAL COMEDY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu brings his incisive, sociopolitical commentary to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 13, at 8pm. The son of Indian immigrants, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., with a first-hand look at what it means to feel…

Robert Randolph Brings Gospel-Laced Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Robert Randolph

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Robert Randolph and the Family Band bring their unique blend of gospel-influenced soul-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 12, at 9pm. Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as…

Hari Kondabolu to Bring Sociopolitical Comedy to MASS MoCA

Hari Kondabolu

  (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu brings his incisive, sociopolitical commentary to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 13, at 8pm. The son of Indian immigrants, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., with a first-hand look at what it means to feel like an outsider in contemporary America, an experience…

Two-Dozen Lenox Merchants Band Together

Concepts of Art, VW Bus Menorah

  (LENOX, Mass.) – A group of 25 like-minded business owners have formed the Lenox Merchants Group to promote shopping at independently owned stores in downtown Lenox. Among the businesses taking part in the group is Glad Rags, celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015. Lynne West, owner of Glad Rags, has earned a devoted clientele…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 3-7, 2014

Simi Stone

SIMI STONE BRINGS ‘MOUNTAIN MOTOWN,’ ALL-STAR BAND, to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Woodstock soul-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone brings her signature brand of “Mountain Motown” music and her all-star band comprised of bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four when she returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, December 6,…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 3-6, 2014

'Jewish Cowboy,' Paul Graubard

ARTIST PAUL GRAUBARD GETS RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBIT at CITY MUSEUM (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Self-taught artist Paul Graubard is the subject of a retrospective exhibition of his paintings at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in December 2014. The show opens Friday, December 5 and runs through December 27. There will be a reception with the artist…

Canadian Folk-Pop Duo Dala Offers Holiday Show at MCLA

Dala

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Canadian acoustic folk-pop duo Dala will perform an intimate evening of holiday classics and original music in the Eleanor Furst Auditorium at the MCLA Church Street Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 7:30pm. This will be the third time the Juno Award nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk…

Simi Stone Brings ‘Mountain Motown,’ All-Star Band, to Helsinki Hudson

Simi Stone

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Woodstock soul-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stone brings her signature brand of “Mountain Motown” music and her all-star band comprised of bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four when she returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, December 6, at 9pm, capping off Hudson’s annual “Winterwalk” event. Stone’s band…