(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Love in the Wars, a theatrical adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s romantic drama Penthesilea by Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville, receives its world premiere at Bard SummerScape 2014 in two previews and eight performances between Thursday, July 10, and Sunday, July 20, in Theater Two of the Fisher Center at Bard College.
LONE BELLOW BRINGS AMERICANA-SOUL to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Brooklyn-based folk-rock trio The Lone Bellow, whose name is often uttered in the same sentence as Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, brings its self-described “country soul” to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 13, at 8pm. The New York Times called the group’s performances “visceral” and “gut-wrenching.” Known for combining bluegrass-style three-way harmonies with rock dynamics, the Lone Bellow was called “one of the next big things” by Billboard magazine.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader Dafnis Prieto and his globally inspired Si o Si Quartet will perform their singular mix of Afro-Cuban jazz at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Centuryon Saturday, July 12, at 8pm.
(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) – The Philadelphia-based Jasper String Quartetwill perform works by Haydn, Dvorak, and Shostakovich in the series of Concerts at Tannery Pond at the Darrow School on Saturday, July 12, at 8pm. The Jasper will play the Haydn Quartet in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 and Dvo?ák’s String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — Hudson Valley-born, two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright returns to the Bard SummerScape festival’s Spiegeltent on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 8:30pm with a program of pared-down folk-rock showcasing a voice that blends honey and grit. The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister of Rufus Wainwright, she “roughs up life’s smooth spots, then digs her fingertips into the cracks that form” (NPR).
NEW EXHIBIT TAKES THEME FROM ‘BASEMENT TAPES’ SONG
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Odds & Ends, Take One, a group exhibition named for a song from The Basement Tapes, recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band in the basement at “Big Pink” — the West Saugerties, N.Y., house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson of the Band – opens at Valley Variety with an artists’ reception on Saturday, July 12, at 6pm and runs through September 7, 2014. Artists represented in the show – which “riffs on the idea of Upstate as a state of mind, a refuge, an escape—illusory or not” – include Peter Acheson, Susan Meyer, Jill Shoffiett, and Jeff Starr.
SOLO EXHIBITION of WORKS by ERIKA DEVRIES at HUDSON OPERA HOUSE
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Linda Earle, executive director of the New York Arts Program, moderates a talk with artist Erika deVries — whose work is enjoying a solo exhibition, whathaslighttodowithdarkness, at the Hudson Opera House now through September 7, 2014 — on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 5pm. Opening the summer season at the Hudson Opera House, whathaslighttodowithdarkness is “a wondrous exploration of the artist’s sense of presence and absence in multiple mediums.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Fiddles, banjos, acoustic guitars, mandolins, kazoos, and hand percussion will abound when Club Helsinki Hudson features a mini-festival of old-time American roots music featuring a triple-bill of 13 Strings and a Two Dollar Bill, Intuitive Compass, and the Lost Dog Street Band, on Friday, July 11, at 9pm. Among the three groups, attendees are likely to hear a variety of early 20th century sounds and styles, including ragtime, jug band, hot jazz, old-timey, high lonesome, cowboy songs, and country blues.