Seth Rogovoy to Speak at Habitat for Humanity Brunch

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 22-28, 2014

The Big Takeover Brings Jamaican Riddims to Helsinki Hudson

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

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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…

The Schoemer Formation to Play Half Moon

The Schoemer Formation (photo Karen Crumley Keats)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Schoemer Formation, an all-star trio featuring spoken word performer Karen Schoemer on lead vocals, “Wreckless” Eric Goulden on fuzz bass, and Amy Rigby on guitars and keyboards, will perform at the Half Moon on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 9pm. Also on the bill are the Jam Messengers from New York…

Helsinki Hudson to Host Fashion Show/Auction to Benefit Animalkind

ANIMALKIND SIGN

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Over 20 local artists and designers are creating unique collections for Haute Cature, the annual fashion show and auction to benefit AnimalKind, Hudson’s cat rescue center, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, October 26, at 6pm. (Doors open at 5pm.) Steve Hartman from CBS News’s “On the Road” will be master of…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Oct 22-26, 2014

Allen Toussaint and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

NEW ORLEANS LEGEND ALLEN TOUSSAINT LEADS PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who between them encapsulate a century of New Orleans music, perform in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Thursday, October 23, at 8pm. While names like Dr. John and…

‘Secret Science Club’ to Unveil Mysteries of Universe at MASS MoCA

secret science club image

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Secret Science Club, a regular gathering in New York City featuring mind-bending lectures, volatile experiments, and thematic chemical libations, makes its MASS MoCA debut in Club B-10 on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8pm, with a screening of “Particle Fever,” a “dazzling, dizzying documentary” that follows six high-energy scientists as…

American Symphony to Play Schubert and Chopin at Bard

Marina Kysla

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y. ) – Works by Schubert and Chopin are on tap for the opening concert for the 2014–15 season of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8 p.m. The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in…

FilmColumbia Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Screenings, Panels, Expansion to Hudson

Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The five-day FilmColumbia festival – running Wednesday, October 22, 2014 through Sunday, October 26, 2014 – 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 audience favorites from prestigious international film festivals including…

CEWM Chamber Series Opens Season with All-Mozart Program at Mahaiwe

flutist Tara Helen O'Connor Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Close Encounters With Music opens its 2014-15 season of chamber music concerts with an all-Mozart program at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 6pm. The program includes Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F, Flute Quartet in D, the Piano Quartet in E-Flat, the Rondo in A minor for solo piano,…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 15-20, 2014

Cedric Watson

JOHN MEDESKI and SO PERCUSSION JOIN JAZZ LEGEND BOBBY PREVITE for RECORD RELEASE PARTY at HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Medeski Martin and Wood keyboardist John Medeski and new-music ensemble SO Percussion will be on hand to help celebrate the pre-release of composer/bandleader/drummer Bobby Previte‘s spectacular new recording, “TERMINALS,” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Monday,…

International Writers to Read at Art Omi

In 2013, Denise Kumani Gantt (US, Theater/Poetry) gave a rousing reading of an excerpt from her collection of poetry, "conjuring the dead", which was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver.

(GHENT, N.Y.) – A distinguished group of 10 writers currently in residence at Writers Omi at Ledig House, a retreat for writers and translators, will read and share their works with a public audience on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 5pm at the Visitors Center at Art Omi, located at 1405 County Route 22 in…

Dueling Experimental, Improvisational Duos at Spotty Dog

Jill Burton (photo Donny Posie)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Experimental and improvisational duos Jill Burton & Jane Scarpantoni and David Grollman & Ryan Krause – who often perform under the ensemble name Lipchitz – will play back-to-back sets at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 8pm. Born in 1952, extended vocalist/holistic/sound/movement/performance artist Jill Burton was a…