Williamstown Theatre Festival Cancels 2020 Season

(Quarantine Diary #5) A Day in the Life Under Quarantine

The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan's 'Murder Most Foul'

Berkshire Theatre Group Won’t Begin Summer 2020 Season Before August

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Cancels 2020 Season

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 7, 2020) – Williamstown Theatre Festival has cancelled its 2020 summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No plays will be mounted at its home in the ’62 Center for the Arts on the Williams College campus. The festival will, however, record the plays that were to be staged for the digital…

(Quarantine Diary #5) A Day in the Life Under Quarantine

by Seth Rogovoy   I wake up. Should I have tea or coffee? Can’t make up my mind. Should I have a shower first? Can’t make up my mind. Such are the existential dilemmas brought about by life in quarantine. I skip the shower and have tea.   Should I take a walk or do…

The Kabbalah of Bob Dylan’s ‘Murder Most Foul’

by Seth Rogovoy   Bob Dylan’s ‘Murder Most Foul‘, a newly released, 17-minute ballad about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is not only a work of epic genius – formally, structurally, and otherwise – but, like the Talmud itself, it veritably demands a close reading in order to comprehend fully what the Nobel…

Jacob’s Pillow Cancels 2020 Summer Festival

(BECKET, Mass., March 31, 2020) — Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival announced today that it is canceling the 2020 summer season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jacob’s Pillow is the first major performing arts organization in the Berkshires to announce the cancellation of its summer season. Presumably in the coming days and weeks other venues, like…

Film Review: ‘Blow the Man Down’

by Seth Rogovoy Blow the Man Down is a quirky, indie film that I’ve seen described variously as a black comedy and a regional noir. I like both those genres, and I suppose Blow the Man Down combines a bit of both, along with a hefty dose of feminism and New England gothic (think Stephen…

Book Review: ‘How to Be Bored’ by Eva Hoffman

by Seth Rogovoy   Don’t let the provocative title of Eva Hoffman’s How to Be Bored fool you. Hoffman’s book is not a how-to for being bored, but rather a how-to of how to be when one finds oneself being bored. Or, more precisely, a manifesto in favor of “boredom” as opposed to its opposite…

(Quarantine Diary #2) Morning Has Not Broken

by Seth Rogovoy   As soon as I awaken these days, before I am even fully conscious, I take stock of how I am feeling. In that twilight state between sleep and wakefulness, I automatically take inventory: Do I feel feverish? No. Do I have flu-like aches, or that all-around crappy feeling of being attacked…

(Quarantine Diary #1) My Visit to the Pharmacy

by Seth Rogovoy   (HUDSON, N.Y., March 25, 2020) – Today was the day I had long feared and dreaded – when I would have to break down and walk into a pharmacy to get my prescription for … anxiety. Here’s a case where the cure exacerbated the symptoms. I’ve known for the last few…

Your Entertainment Guide During the Pandemic

by Seth Rogovoy   Concerts are cancelled. Movie theaters are closed. Performing arts venues are shuttered. What’s a culture vulture to do? While nothing beats live performance or seeing movies on a big screen, we’re all learning to make do with the new normal: staying at home and consuming our culture via streaming on digital…

Soundtrack for the Apocalypse: A Playlist

by Seth Rogovoy   I’ve been working on a Spotify playlist I call “Soundtrack for the Apocalypse” over the last week or so. You can listen to it here. Please listen to it in shuffle mode.   As you will hear, the criteria are for both music and lyrics to somehow address an emergency, if…

(Quarantine Diary #3) On Schooling at Home During a Pandemic

By Seth Rogovoy In the past few days, since so many schools shut down for the foreseeable future, I have already seen and overheard many parents commenting in frustration on how difficult it is to “homeschool” their children. After half an hour alone with their kids, trying to jam into their brain some data points,…

TV Review: Hunting Nazis with Al Pacino in ‘Hunters’

by Seth Rogovoy   On paper it sounds like a car crash, a horrible disaster, or worse – a gross indecency that violates the memory of those who died in the Shoah. But in practice, Hunters, a new Prime Video 10-episode TV series starring Al Pacino leading a vigilante band of Nazi hunters and executioners,…

Regional Cultural Preview, March 9-15, 2020

“Beyond Flamenco,” a mini-festival of contemporary flamenco, kicks off the spring season at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y., on Sunday, March 15, at 6pm, with Proceso Eterno (Eternal Process), featuring dancer-choreographer Patricia Guerrero. flamenco guitarist and composer Dani de Moron, vocalist Sergio El Colorao, and percussionist Agustin Diassera. On Friday, March 20, at 7pm, Eduardo Guerrero,…

Flamenco Festival Kicks Off Season at PS21

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – “Beyond Flamenco,” a mini-festival of contemporary flamenco, kicks off the spring season at PS21 on Sunday, March 15, at 6pm, with Proceso Eterno (Eternal Process), featuring dancer-choreographer Patricia Guerrero. flamenco guitarist and composer Dani de Moron, vocalist Sergio El Colorao, and percussionist Agustin Diassera. On Friday, March 20, at 7pm, Eduardo Guerrero,…

Felice Brothers Bring Catskills Roots-Rock to C-GCC

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Hudson Valley-bred roots-rock band The Felice Brothers will bring their folk- and country-tinged sounds to the Arts Center Theatre at Columbia-Greene Community College on Saturday, April 11, at 7pm. The group is touring behind their latest album, Undress, which was recorded in nearby Germantown and nominated for Best International Album of…