MASS MoCA Roots Music Festival Bulks Up Lineup with Del McCoury, Vieux Farka Toure, Houndmouth and Others

In Stunning Coup, Tony Simotes Lands at Berkshire Theatre Group as Managing Director

MASS MoCA Buzzes with Visual and Performing Arts in Summer 2015

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 25-29, 2015

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MASS MoCA Roots Music Festival Bulks Up Lineup with Del McCoury, Vieux Farka Toure, Houndmouth and Others

Houndmouth

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Bluegrass legends the Del McCoury Band, Indiana alt-country rockers Houndmouth, Malian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vieux Farka Touré, Boston-based trio the Ballroom Thieves, and acoustic roots band Cat and The Moon are the second wave of acts to be added to an already stellar lineup for Freshgrass, the annual three-day bluegrass and…

MASS MoCA Buzzes with Visual and Performing Arts in Summer 2015

Bang on a Can Marathon

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – MASS MoCA will be swarming with activity in summer 2015, with rock and roots music festivals, one-off concerts, film and comedy, and new exhibitions and installations featuring cutting-edge art, sculpture and photography. Highlights include Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, FreshGrass, featuring the world’s top bluegrass and roots music artists, Bang on a…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 25-29, 2015

Carl Hancock Rux

SPOKEN WORD ARTIST CARL HANCOCK RUX BRINGS ‘WINTER SONG’ to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Spoken word artist Carl Hancock Rux returns to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 8pm, with his program, “Winter Song,” a unique blend of intimate songs and poetry set to live piano music that…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 25-29, 2015

A scene from Stephen Petronio Company 's 'Locomotor'

HONKY-TONK AMERICANA FESTIVAL at HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue, a mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins, returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 27, at 9pm, featuring the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson (of Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops), and other special guests. The house band…

Artists to Discuss ‘Abstraction’ at the Whitney Arts Center

Abstraction_Discussion_Image

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Artists Richard Britell, Julio Granda, and Geoffrey Moss will take place in the first of a projected series of Artists Discussions at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 5pm. The discussion topic will be “Abstraction,” and admission is free. Britell, Granda, and Moss have long, successful…

Meryl Wilen-Greenfield’s Paintings and Photos on View at Knox Gallery

Untitled, photograph   ©Meryl Wilen-Greenfield

(MONTEREY, Mass.) – SPACE-out-LINED, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Meryl Wilen-Greenfield, will open at Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library on Friday, March 27, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at which the artist will talk briefly about her influences, work, and process,…

Stephen Petronio Offers Preview of World Premiere at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli

A scene from Stephen Petronio Company 's 'Locomotor'

(TIVOLI, N.Y.) – The Stephen Petronio Company will perform its new two-part work, “Locomotor/Non Locomotor,” at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7:30 pm, one week before its official world premiere at New York City’s Joyce Theater. Last year’s dance, “Locomotor,” cast the virtuosic dancers careening forward and backward through time…

Author Reads from Memoir of Friendship and Loss at Oblong Books

Abigail Thomas

(RHINEBECK, N.Y.) – Woodstock author Abigail Thomas, the author of “What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir,” will read from her work and sign copies at Oblong Books & Music at 6422 Montgomery St. in Rhinebeck on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7pm. In “What Comes Next and How to Like It,”…

Moves & Countermoves Exhibition Opens at CCS Bard

View of José León Cerrillo, Kiria Koula, San Francisco, 2014. (Photo Johnna Arnold. Courtesy the artist and Kiria Koula, San Francisco)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Moves & Countermoves, eleven exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in the graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art in the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard), will be on view from Sunday, March 29, 2015, to May 3, 2015, with an opening reception taking place on…

Honky-Tonk Americana Festival Coming to Helsinki Hudson

Chops

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue, a mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins, returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 27, at 9pm, featuring the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson (of Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops), and other special guests. The house band for the evening will be Chops…

After 20-Year Reign, Clark Director Michael Conforti to Step Down

Clark director Michael Conforti (photo by Seth Rogovoy)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Michael Conforti, the Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute, has informed the Clark’s Board of Trustees that he will retire on August 31, 2015, after more than twenty years in the position. Conforti, who has served as director since November 1994, has been widely credited for his transformational…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, March 19-22, 2015

Zammuto

INDIE-ROCKERS ZAMMUTO and GOTYE to PLAY MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Zammuto, the nom de bande of the art-rock genius Nick Zammuto, performs in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 21, at 8pm, joined by special guest Gotye, the Belgian-Australian international music sensation who already has three Grammy Awards to his…

Massive Retrospective of Works by Jim Shaw at MASS MoCA

Jim Shaw 'Whistle While You Work'

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Entertaining Doubts, the largest exhibition of works by Jim Shaw in the United States, goes on view at MASS MoCA on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a series of large-scale paintings that Shaw began in 2004, utilizing old theatrical backdrops that he cuts apart, turning…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, March 19-22, 2015

Elisa Albert

CANADIAN COUNTRY-ROCKERS THE SADIES HEAD to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Canadian punk-country band the Sadies, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, brings its melodic, hard-rocking alt-country to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, March 20, at 9pm. The Sadies are the missing link between fellow Torontonians The Band and punk-country pioneers like the Mekons…

Nile Project Opens Spring Season at Sanctuary for Independent Media

The Nile Project (photo Peter Stanley)

(TROY, N.Y.) – The Nile Project – a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from throughout the Nile River basin in Africa – will be performing at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue) on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 7pm. The musicians – coming variously from Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda –…