The 10 Books That Have Most Influenced Me

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Poet Sharon Olds to Read at The Mount

Karen Akers to Sing Standards and Pop in Music & More Series

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The 10 Books That Have Most Influenced Me

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People have been posting lists of the 10 books that have been most influential on their lives all over the Interwebs and on social media. I’ve listed mine below, with the reminder that these are the books I deem most influential – on my thought, on my life – and not necessarily my favorite books…

Poet Sharon Olds to Read at The Mount

Sharon Olds

(LENOX, Mass.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds will read from her work at The Mount on Friday, September 12, at 7 pm. The reading — the Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading — will be free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow. Born in San Francisco, Sharon Olds studied at…

Karen Akers to Sing Standards and Pop in Music & More Series

Karen Akers

(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) – Cabaret star Karen Akers performs her “Time Flies” program, featuring an updated version of the so-called Great American Songbook at the New Marlborough Meeting House on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 4:30pm, as part of the Music & More series. In addition to songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weil, and…

Piano-Cello Duo Bring Down Curtain on Field Farm Concert Series

Dan Kennedy

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Dan Kennedy & Stephen Katz of Northampton will offer a mesmerizing evening with sophisticated and eclectic compositions on piano and cello, concluding the Second Sundays concert series at Field Farm presented by The Trustees of Reservations, on September 14, 2014, at 4:30pm. Free guided nature walks of Field Farm precede each Second…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 11-14, 2014

Suzanne Vega

SUZANNE VEGA to PLAY BARRINGTON STAGE (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Suzanne Vega — one of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era – will perform on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8pm. READ MORE…       KAREN AKERS to SING STANDARDS and POP TUNES…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, September 11-14, 2014

Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire

3RD ANNUAL BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE FESTIVAL FEATURES DREAMPOP, BLACK METAL, BALINESE GAMELAN, THE SWANS, RICHARD REED PARRY of ARCADE FIRE, and MORE (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie, No Wave avatars the Swans; Balinese Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara, and black metal group Deafheaven are just some of the artists presenting at the…

New Paintings, Sculpture and Photography on View at John Davis Gallery

Photography by Paul Hamann

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New works by sculptor Leonid Lerman, painters Tine Lundsfyrd, Linnea Paskow, and Chuck Bowdish, and photographer Paul Hamann go on display at John Davis Gallery on Thursday, September 11, 2014, and will remain on view through October 5, 2014. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 13, from 6 to…

Olana to Host Site-Specific Installations and Performances

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Over a dozen installations and performances will be featured in Groundswell, an award-winning exhibition event at Olana State Historic Site on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 2 to 6pm. Hundreds are expected to converge at Olana for site-specific performance and works in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will…

3rd Annual Basilica SoundScape Festival Features Dreampop, Black Metal, Balinese Gamelan, the Swans, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and More

Meredith Graves

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie, No Wave avatars the Swans; Balinese Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara, and black metal group Deafheaven are just some of the artists presenting at the third annual Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated three-day program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims…

Hudson Mayor May Have Plagiarized ‘Anti-Bullying’ Statement

Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr.

(HUDSON, N.Y., September 3, 2014) – Reading between the lines of an article in today’s Register-Star (“Mayor endorses Anti-Bullying Awareness Month”), it appears that Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. plagiarized extensively an “anti-bullying” proclamation from one that New York State Assembly members adopted last June. According to the Register-Star article, both the state assembly’s resolution and…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Sept 3-9, 2014

Lizz Wright

  LIZZ WRIGHT to BRING SOUL-GOSPEL FUSION to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Critically acclaimed soul-gospel vocalist Lizz Wright, whose music spans jazz, gospel, and R&B, will perform an intimate gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 9pm. Wright can sing a loty spiritual like “Amazing Grace,” and then turn on…

Fela Kuti’s Son Brings Father’s Afrobeat Legacy to Helsinki Hudson

Seun Kuti (photo Johann Sauty)

  (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seun Kuti, son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose name was nearly synonymous with “Afrobeat,” will carry on his father’s legacy, combining swirling African rhythms and gritty textures with horn-laced funk in songs laced with social and political messages performed by his 15-piece band, Egypt 80, the combo formerly fronted…

Suzanne Vega to Play Barrington Stage

Suzanne Vega at Club Helsinki Hudson 6.22.13 (by Seth Rogovoy)

  (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Suzanne Vega — one of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era – will perform on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8pm. Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter of rare poetic genius. Her profound insight on the human experience has…

Fall Features Storytelling Events at The Mount

Janelle Codianni

(LENOX, Mass.) – Old-fashioned storytelling in new-fashioned dress will return to The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., with three storytelling events this fall, kicking off on Friday, September 5, at 8pm, with seven award-winning storytellers — H.R. Britton, Jannelle Codianni, Norah Dooley, Liz Martin, Theresa Okokon, Brendyn Schneider, and Darlene White…

Lizz Wright to Bring Soul-Gospel Fusion to Helsinki Hudson

Lizz Wright

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Critically acclaimed soul-gospel vocalist Lizz Wright, whose music spans jazz, gospel, and R&B, will perform an intimate gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 9pm. Wright can sing a loty spiritual like “Amazing Grace,” and then turn on a dime and render a steamy rendition of “(I’ve Got…