(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sonic Youth offshoot band Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, featuring Sonic Youth members Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, will perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 8pm, simultaneous with the release of their new album, “Last Night on Earth,” that same day. The album’s first single, “Lecce, Leaving,” is a melodic rock song with jangly guitars that sounds as much like R.E.M. as it does like Sonic Youth, although the song climaxes in a Sonic Youth-like frenzy of guitar noise.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Lydia Davis, a master of the short short story and the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize awarded for “an achievement in fiction on the world stage,” is one of more than a dozen authors who will be featured in the annual CCCA ArtsWalk Literary Festival to be held Friday through Sunday, October 4-6, 2013. The festival will present back-to-back readings by more than a dozen nationally known and local writers. The authors are part of the annual Columbia County Council of the Arts ArtsWalk.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Where the Sky Opens, an exhibition of large scale mixed media paintings, works on paper and site specific installation by Tim Ebneth exploring and investigating Columbia County’s towns, villages, hamlets and overall landscape of beauty, opens in the Museum Room at the Pocketbook Factory on the corner of North 6th Street and Prospect Street on Friday, October 4, 2013, and runs through Sunday, October 13, 2013. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 12 from 6 to 8pm.
ILLUSTRATOR ZOHAR LAZAR SHOWCASED AT HUDSON OPERA HOUSE
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – An exhibition of drawings by illustrator Zohar Lazar, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and numerous other publications, goes on display in the Center Hall Gallery at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, October 5, 2013, and will remain through December 7. An opening reception takes place on Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 8 pm.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — No Child…, written and performed by Nilaja Sun based on her experiences as a teaching artist in New York City public schools, will be performed at Bard College at the Fisher Center’s Theater Two on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Actress and writer Nilaja Sun was a teaching artist at a high school in the Bronx for many years, where every day she witnessed the huge challenges students face in simply coming to school. She directed them in a play, and their trials and triumphs form the basis of No Child… . In this remarkable solo performance, Sun herself takes all the parts, transforming into the students, teachers, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our public schools and shape the future of America.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Kill Me Now, a comic drama by Canadian playwright Brad Fraser, is having its U.S. premiere at the new Cross Street Theater Center, located at Stageworks/Hudson and providing theater companies and performing artists an affordable venue to produce their work. The play, produced by Kaliyuga Arts of Catskill, N.Y., runs Thursdays through Sundays, October 3, 2013 until October 13, 2013.