HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

Amanda Palmer Concludes Duo Tour with Dad at Basilica Hudson

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

Alejandro Escovedo Brings Distinctive Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

Talise Trevigne as Iris (photo Todd Norwood)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, including a rarely staged opera; a Texas rock legend; an art exhibition; and the finale of Amanda Palmer’s duo tour with her dad.     AMANDA PALMER CONCLUDES DUO TOUR WITH DAD at BASILICA HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock star Amanda Palmer…

Amanda Palmer Concludes Duo Tour with Dad at Basilica Hudson

Amanda and Jack Palmer (holding grandson Ash)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock star Amanda Palmer brings her duo tour with her father, Jack Palmer, to a conclusion at Basilica Hudson on Saturday, July 23, at 7pm. The Palmers have recorded a duet album, “You Got Me Singing,” featuring the father-daughter power duo on a selection of traditional, modern, and contemporary folk songs, including…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 20-25, 2016

BoAC Peter Serling

  A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including two new-music festivals; cutting-edge dance; theatrical premieres; cabaret; comedy; plus a whole lot more.       BANG ON A CAN to PLAY ENO’S ‘AIRPORTS’ at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Bang on a Can All-Stars will…

Alejandro Escovedo Brings Distinctive Soul-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Alejandro Escovedo

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo brings his band, the Sensitive Boys, and his distinctive catalog of original roots-rock songs to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 24, at 8pm. While widespread name recognition may have evaded Alejandro Escovedo over the years, he certainly has garnered the attention of a diverse array of…

Amanda McBroom and Ann Hampton Callaway Team Up for Barrington Stage Cabaret

Ann Hampton Callaway

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – For one night only, cabaret megastars Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom will share the spotlight in “Divalicious” at Barrington Stage Company on Monday, July 25, at 8pm. In addition to being great vocalists, Callaway and McBroom are also acclaimed songwriters, and the pair will be accompanied by yet another great songwriter,…

Judd Hirsch Stars in World Premiere of ‘The Stone Witch’ at BTG

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass,) – Judd Hirsch stars in the world premiere staging of “The Stone Witch” by Shem Bitterman at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group, running from Thursday, July 21, through Saturday, August 20. In the play, Peter, an aspiring children’s book author is sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, a…

Israeli Play ‘Oh God’ Comes to Chester Theatre Company

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in 'Oh God'

  (CHESTER, Mass.) – “Oh God,” by the acclaimed and beloved late Israeli playwright Anat Gov, gets its regional premiere at Chester Theatre Company (CTC) in a limited run from July 14 through Sunday, July 24. “Oh God” centers around a therapy session between a very depressed God and Ella, a therapist and single mother…

Comic Lynne Koplitz to Bring Stand-Up to Egremont Barn

Lynne Koplitz

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Comedian and actress Lynne Koplitz, a star of Comedy Central, will bring her raucous, live stand-up to the Barn at Egremont Inn on Friday, July 22, for two shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Joining Koplitz are rising star Will Garré and show host Justin Leveille, a comic and comedy filmmaker. Koplitz works…

Rare Staging of Mascagni’s ‘Iris’ at Bard SummerScape

Talise Trevigne as Iris (photo Todd Norwood)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON) – A new, fully staged production of the rarely produced opera “Iris” (1898), a darkly expressionistic forerunner of “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini’s close contemporary Pietro Mascagni, will have five performances in the Fisher Center at Bard College as part of Bard SummerScape from Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 31. Conceived expressly for SummerScape 2016, Bard’s…

ZviDance Brings Painting-Inspired Work to Jacob’s Pillow

ZviDance

  (BECKET, Mass.) – ZviDance performs its new, evening-length work, “Escher/Bacon/Rothko,” in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow from Wednesday, July 20, through Sunday, July 24. This riveting, mixed-medium program draws inspiration from distinguished visual artists of the 20th century to question notions of modernity. “Escher/Bacon/Rothko” provides an intelligent visual experience for audiences as…

Bang on a Can to Play Eno’s ‘Airports’ at MASS MoCA

Bang on a Can All-Stars (photo Peter Serling)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform Brian Eno’s pioneering ambient work, “Music for Airports,” in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 23, at 8pm, as part of the program for the 15th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. The groundbreaking work will be given…

The Skivvies Strip Down for Animalkind Benefit at Helsinki Hudson

The Skivvies

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Skivvies, an adult-rated musical comedy duo performing stripped-down mashups of pop songs and show tunes almost in the raw, will bare their considerable abs and more in a concert to benefit Animalkind, the cat rescue and adoption center in Hudson, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 15, at 8pm. (For…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 7-10, 2016

Chelsea & Magda

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, including a new-music ensemble; a bevy of NYC-based performance artists; a triple-threat reading; a 100-year-old Futurist puppet show; and the finale of an early music concert series.   SO PERCUSSION BRINGS CONTEMPORARY RHYTHM & PULSE to PS21 (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Brooklyn-based…

CATCH Performance Series Visits Basilica

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The CATCH performance series brings ten cutting-edge acts in a variety of genres to Basilica Hudson for the second summer in a row on Sunday, July 10, at 6pm. Most of the performers are based in New York City and the Hudson Valley, and include innovative creators in theater, dance, music, and…

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Opens at the Colonial

Wonu Ogunfowora

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The rock-horror musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors,” with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, opens at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday, July 6, and runs through Saturday, July 23. The production features Broadway actress Bryonha Parham voicing the role of Audrey II – the infamous plant…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 6-10, 2016

So Percussion (photo Janette Beckman)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including an award-winning new music ensemble; the proper kickoff to Tanglewood’s classical music season; a hot young comedian; a new pop music series; plus a whole lot more.     SO PERCUSSION BRINGS CONTEMPORARY RHYTHM & PULSE to PS21 (CHATHAM,…