(Dance Review) LeeSaar The Company, Jacob's Pillow, 8.20.14

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, August 20-24, 2014

Whale of an Exhibit Opens at Basilica Hudson

 ‘Playful’ at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features Fresco-Secco Paintings, Wall Sculptures, and Play-Doh Constructions

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(Dance Review) LeeSaar The Company, Jacob’s Pillow, 8.20.14

Candice Schnurr of LeeSaar The Company in 'Grass and Jackals' (photo Jamie Kraus)

  LeeSaar The Company Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Becket, Mass. Wednesday-Sunday, August 20-24, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy (BECKET, Mass., Thursday, August 21, 2014) – They apparently saved the best for last this season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as LeeSaar The Company dazzled in its evening length production of “Grass and Jackals” in the…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, August 20-24, 2014

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  TAJ MAHAL to BRING BLUES and GLOBAL ROOTS MUSIC to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal - one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music – brings his virtuosic global-roots style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, August 20, at 8pm. The singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar,…

Whale of an Exhibit Opens at Basilica Hudson

BUMP  (courtesy of Dan and Frank DenDanto, on view at ICA Maine)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The interactive whale exhibit BUMP, created by brothers Frank DenDanto and Dan DenDanto, opens at Basilica Hudson with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 23, from 5 to 7pm, and will run through Labor Day on Monday, September 1, 2014. The installation includes bones from three different whales, suspended at…

 ‘Playful’ at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features Fresco-Secco Paintings, Wall Sculptures, and Play-Doh Constructions

Carbon Sunset by Fernando Orellana (Play-Doh and archival polyurethane on panel )

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Playful,” a new exhibit featuring new fresco secco art by Phyllis Palmer, Play-Doh constructions by new media artist Fernando Orellana, and wooden wall sculpture by Stephen Walling, will be on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, September 21, 2014, with a public reception for the artists on…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 20-24, 2014

LeeSaar the Company (photo Christopher Duggan)

ASPEN SANTA FE, LEESAAR and MORE to BRING DOWN CURTAIN at JACOB’S PILLOW (BECKET, Mass.) – While Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and LeeSaar The Company both perform from Wednesday, August 20, through Sunday, August 24 – in the Ted Shawn Theatre and the Doris Duke Theatre, respectively – the curtain officially comes down on the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow…

Singer-Songwriter Ryan Montbleau Brings Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Ryan Montbleau

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New England-based singer-songwriter Ryan Montbleau brings his bluesy, soulful folk-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 23, at 9pm. Like his friend and sometime collaborator, Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau is an adept of the more soulful side of folk and rock. The winner of a Boston Music Award, Montbleau sounds equally…

Aspen Santa Fe, LeeSaar and More to Bring Down Curtain at Jacob’s Pillow

LeeSaar the Company (photo Denise Cerniglia)

(BECKET, Mass.) – While Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and LeeSaar The Company both perform from Wednesday, August 20, through Sunday, August 24, 2014 – in the Ted Shawn Theatre and the Doris Duke Theatre, respectively – the curtain officially comes down on the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with a Festival Finale event on Saturday,…

Trio Virado to Bring Jazzy Chamber Style to Tannery Pond

Trio Virado

(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) –  The Trio Virado will perform a program in the Tannery Pond Concert Series at the Darrow School on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8pm. Flutist Amy Porter, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and guitarist João Luiz have been together for a little over a year performing a new and unique blend of jazzy…

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel to Bring Gypsy Swing to MASS MoCA

Stephane Wrembel Quartet

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Virtuosic Gypsy swing guitarist Stephane Wrembel performs with his quartet in the Dré Wapenaar Pavilion at MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8pm. Wrembel has been called the second coming of Django Reinhardt – a fretboard wizard who embellishes the hot jazz of the 1930s with flourishes of world…

Taj Mahal to Bring Blues and Global Roots Music to Helsinki Hudson

Taj Mahal

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal - one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music – brings his virtuosic global-roots style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Wednesday, August 20, at 8pm. The singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments) blends American blues with music…

Marsha Norman and Sarah LaDuke to Co-Host WAM Theatre Event

Marsha Norman (photo Susan Johann)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer Sarah LaDuke will co-host Change Makers, WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration and benefit at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 7 pm. The multifaceted event includes a panel discussion with award-winning artist/activists working to effect positive change; a…

The Wiyos Bring Old-Timey Music to Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Old-timey trio the Wiyos bring their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel, and swing, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 22, at 9pm. Beloved for their unique blend of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues…

(Concert Review) Amanda Palmer, Bard Spiegeltent, 8.15.14

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Amanda Palmer Bard Spiegeltent Bard Summerscape Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Friday, August 15, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Rock singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer is very much a cabaret artist at heart – literally and figuratively – and thus it was magical to see her perform in the intimate, casual cabaret setting…

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Have I Been Plagiarized by Marc Gronich? You Decide.

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A few days ago, I stumbled upon an article on the web that caught my eye – “Paul McCartney: The Jew-ish Beatle?” – not only because it’s a topic that interests me, but also because I actually wrote an article that was published in a national weekly newspaper on the very same topic in November…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, August 13-18, 2014

Colony of Light

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATING ‘BEETHOVEN’S SUCCESSOR’ SCHUBERT CONCLUDES (ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The second and final weekend of the Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its Silver Jubilee with an exploration of “Schubert and His World,” opens on Friday, August 15, featuring several programs including “Beethoven’s Successor?” – an historic recreation of the sole public program that Schubert devoted…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, August 13-18, 2014

Jason Isbell

COUNTRY-FLAVORED SINGER-SONGWRITER JASON ISBELL BRINGS ARTISTRY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, former member of Southern-rock sensations Drive-By Truckers, performs at MASS MoCA on Friday, August 15, at 8pm. Isbell is riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on…