Random Notes and Favorite Quotes from Bob Dylan’s New Q&A

Hudson Opera House Retreats on New Name … Partially; Opts for 'Hudson Hall'

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 23-26, 2017

Langhorne Slim Brings Alt-Country Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

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Random Notes and Favorite Quotes from Bob Dylan’s New Q&A

by Seth Rogovoy Among Bob Dylan’s many talents besides his widely-acclaimed, Nobel Prize-winning songwriting is doing interviews and, back in the 1960s when artists did them as a matter of course, holding press conferences. Dylan has always used the interview format as a means of personal expression in no less a creative and formalistic way…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 23-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Americana; color and contrast in abstract art; bluegrass; choral music; and a whole lot more.     NEW CARRIE HADDAD EXHIBIT EXPLORES ABSTRACT TENSIONS in PAINTING (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Interlock, an exhibit that explores the tensions of…

Langhorne Slim Brings Alt-Country Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Alt-country singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim brings his poignant, confessional lyrics and his melodic style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 26, at 8pm. Caroline Spence, a country-based singer-songwriter from Virginia, warms up the crowd for Slim. Langhorne Slim’s reedy alto and melodic tunes – sometimes featuring chunky guitar leads – recall Neil…

New Carrie Haddad Exhibit Explores Abstract Tensions in Painting

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Interlock, an exhibit that explores the tensions of color and contrast in minimal abstraction, featuring contemporary paintings by artists Donise English, Paul Katz, and Ralph Stout, as well as paintings on canvas and paper from the estates of Edward Avedisian and Stephen Brophy, will be on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 22-26, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a folk-gospel legend; modern bluegrass; indie-folk; political art; choral music; cartoon art; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.     MAVIS STAPLES to ROCK MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s…

Mavis Staples to Rock MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, N.Y.) – Mavis Staples, a scion of America’s first family of socially conscious soul-gospel music and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, brings her unique blend of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, and rock to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 25, at 8pm. Staples makes frequent…

Chamber Choir to Perform Bach, Brahms, Others at St. James Place

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — The Cantilena Chamber Choir will showcase the music of Bach, Brahms, and other composers at Saint James Place on Sunday, March 26, at 3pm. The concert will highlight the more famous works by these two composers, comparing Bach’s compositional technique and how it influenced the work of Brahms 100 years later.…

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds Bring Indie-Folk to Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Indie-folk outfit Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds performs at the Colonial in the On the Stage series on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30pm. The group includes Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of the Grammy Award-nominated band Trout Fishing in America. During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011 Dana…

Setsuko and Simon Winchester to Discuss ‘Yellow Bowl Project’ at Norman Rockwell Museum

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Artist Setsuko Sato Winchester will discuss “The Yellow Bowl Project,” her new conceptual work exploring freedom, at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, March 25, at 5:30pm. Ms. Winchester will be joined and interviewed during the evening by her husband, Simon Winchester, a noted author and journalist whose cogent observations on historical events…

Steep Canyon Rangers Bring Modern Bluegrass to Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Grammy Award-winning outfit Steep Canyon Rangers brings its distinctive brand of modern bluegrass to the Mahaiwe on Sunday, March 26 at 7pm. Joining them will be special guest banjoist Noam Pikelny Perhaps best known as Steve Martin’s backup band, the Steep Canyon Rangers on their own are at the top of…

Diana Ross, Melissa Etheridge Added to Tanglewood 2017 Lineup

  (LENOX, Mass.) – Motown icon Diana Ross and rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge have been added to the ever-growing 2017 Popular Artist Series at Tanglewood, with Ross  appearing in the Shed on Wednesday, August 30, at 7pm, and with Etheridge joining Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a season-closing performance on Sunday, September 3,…

Bob Dylan to Inaugurate New Kingston, N.Y., Venue in June

(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Bob Dylan, rock poet and Nobel Laureate, will perform with his band at the Hutton Brickyards, a new 3,500-seat riverfront concert venue, on Saturday, June 24, at 8pm (doors 6pm). The concert – a co-presentation of the Bardavon and the Brickyards – will inaugurate the venue at 200 North St., in Kingston. Tickets to the performance go…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview Mar 15-19, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Americana-inspired art; the return of a dance-funk diva; a musical about the world’s worst opera singer ever; and a whole lot more.       DANCE DIVA JOMAMA JONES HEADLINES LUMBERYARD FUNDRAISER (CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Mythical, mystical dance…

Langhorne Slim Brings Alt-Country Sounds to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Alt-country singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim brings his poignant, confessional lyrics and his melodic style to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, March 26, at 8pm. Caroline Spence, a country-based singer-songwriter from Virginia, warms up the crowd for Slim. Langhorne Slim’s reedy alto and melodic tunes – sometimes featuring chunky guitar leads – recall Neil…

Florence Foster Jenkins Musical at Bridge Street Theatre

(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” a musical about history’s worst opera singer, runs at Bridge Street Theatre from Thursday, March 16, through Sunday, March 26. Playgoers may be familiar with the story of Jenkins from last year’s film starring Meryl Streep. On October 25, 1944, wealthy (and…

Grazin’ Diner Doc at Farm Film Fest at Crandell Theatre

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Three farm-related films shot in Columbia County will be screened at Farm Film Fest 9, the 9th annual afternoon film festival devoted to farms and farming, at the Crandell Theatre on Sunday, March 19, at 1-4pm. The annual afternoon festival shows films that educate and entertain about farms, farming, farmers, and farming…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 15 – 19, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including more Beethoven; Japanese classical music; classic hits by Glen Campbell sung by their composer; music inspired by Norman Rockwell; 17th century Dutch painting; Japanese woodblock prints; new plays; new art; and a whole lot more.     A CLOSE ENCOUNTER…