The Kabbalah of Ringo Starr

The Mount Receives $300K NEH Grant  

In Praise of Mixed Nuts

Seth Rogovoy to Give Virtual Presentation on Bob Dylan

The Kabbalah of Ringo Starr

by Seth Rogovoy Ringo Starr isn’t Jewish, but that didn’t stop a group of Canadian separatists from issuing a death…

In Praise of Mixed Nuts

by Seth Rogovoy   I like mixed nuts. I don’t know how they do it, but someone has figured out…

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The Kabbalah of Ringo Starr

by Seth Rogovoy Ringo Starr isn’t Jewish, but that didn’t stop a group of Canadian separatists from issuing a death threat against Starr for “being Jewish” in September 1964, before the Beatles were scheduled to perform in Montreal. Starr reportedly wound up playing the concert with an armed bodyguard seated beside him, with his ride…

The Mount Receives $300K NEH Grant  

(LENOX, Mass.) — The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund humanities-related programs and staff positions through December 2020. The award allows The Mount to expand its roster of online literary conversations and move forward with reopening as a historic house…

In Praise of Mixed Nuts

by Seth Rogovoy   I like mixed nuts. I don’t know how they do it, but someone has figured out the perfect ratio of different kinds of nuts – the best-tasting proportion of Brazil nuts to filberts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts (technically not a tree nut but a legume). I love blindly reaching…

Seth Rogovoy to Give Virtual Presentation on Bob Dylan

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author Seth Rogovoy will deliver a virtual multimedia presentation called “The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan” on Thursday, June 18, at 7pm, as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s ongoing series of Virtual Public Programs. In the talk, which includes narration, song clips, and video, Rogovoy will review Bob Dylan’s life and career…

The End of Travel

by Seth Rogovoy   You hear it all the time from natives, expats, experts, know-it-alls, and blowhards: that such-and-such a city that you’re thinking of visiting isn’t what it used to be. It’s a mere shell of its former self. While it was once the coolest, hippest place to visit, where everything was a bargain…

Am I Really Cut Out to Be a Writer?

by Seth Rogovoy   I stumbled upon a Medium post by Jill Reid the other day entitled “The Top 10 Signs You’re Really Cut Out to Be a Writer.” It caught my eye and I thought, sure, why not? So what if I’ve been at this thing for 40 years or so, depending upon how…

HDC Gives Another $3,000 to Six Artists

(HUDSON, N.Y., May 27, 2020) – Six creative workers will share a total of $3,000 in stipends in a third round of funding from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project run by the Hudson Development Corporation, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.…

German Film About Palestinian/Israeli Youth Orchestra Has Berkshire Ties

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Crescendo, a German film about a Palestinian/Israeli youth orchestra put together by a German conductor to play at a peace conference, is screening online via the Triplex in Great Barrington, Mass. Well-known Berkshirite Stephen Glantz is one of the film’s co-writers.   Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, award-winning…

(Quarantine Diary #7) Redefining Our Lives After COVID

by Seth Rogovoy   There is an emerging consensus that life after the COVID-19 pandemic – if there ever will be such a thing – will not look exactly like life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor should it. And I’m not only referring to changes that will be made in direct response to the spreading…

Phoebe Legere Headlines Lower East Side Virtual Festival

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – The multitalented visual and performing artist Phoebe Legere headlines an all-star list of Lower East Side performers and arts professionals from the Theater for the New City celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 23, at 8pm online at Theater for the New City. Other performers include Austin Pendelton, F. Murray…

$8,000 Awarded to 16 Hudson Artists in 2nd Round of Emergency Funding

( HUDSON, N.Y., May 12, 2020) – Sixteen creative workers will share a total of $8,000 in stipends in a second round of funding from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The first round of funding…

In Huge Blow to Berkshires, Tanglewood 2020 Season Canceled

by Seth Rogovoy   (LENOX, Mass., May 15, 2020) – There will be no unofficial kickoff to the Berkshire summer cultural season by Sweet Baby James. Tanglewood’s summer 2020 season has been cancelled, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a huge blow to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and to the Berkshire economy, heavily reliant…

What Albert Camus Teaches Us About Coronavirus

by Seth Rogovoy   There are two kinds of people during a pandemic: Those who read “The Plague” by Albert Camus, and those who don’t. I, like thousands if not millions of others, am in the first category. I’ve always been a fan of Camus, but I had never read “The Plague,” which, for those…

Seth Rogovoy to Give Virtual Presentation on Klezmer

(AMHERST, Mass.) – Author Seth Rogovoy will deliver a virtual multimedia presentation called “The Essential Klezmer” on Thursday, May 14, at 7pm, as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s ongoing series of Virtual Public Programs. In the talk, which includes narration, song clips, and video, Rogovoy will recount the evolution of klezmer from Old World…

Hudson Artists Receive $500 Stipends in 1st Round of Emergency Funding

(HUDSON, N.Y., May 4, 2020) – Cat Tyc, Spencer Bambrick, Sam Meyerson and Timothy McDowell are the first creative workers to receive funding in the form of $500 stipends from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.…