(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The award-winning Trio Appassionata will perform works Beethoven, Ives and Ravel at the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Saturday, January 17, at 7pm. The members of the trio are violinist Lydia Chernicoff, originally from Great Barrington; Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim; and Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios.
(LENOX, Mass.) – Author Paul Park will speak on “Writing Fiction: Different Rules for Different Games” at the Lenox Library on Sunday, January 18, at 4pm. Park has been writing literary science fiction and fantasy since 1987, and is the author of over a dozen novels and additional short story collections.
(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – There will be an artist’s reception for Winter Nova, an eclectic group exhibition featuring work by the eight artists represented by Neumann Fine Art, at the gallery on Saturday, January 17, at 5:30pm. The work by artists including Ron Goldfinger, Ken Young, Margot Trout, Joel Griffith, H.M. Saffer II, Joel Mark, Cal Thompson, and Jeffrey L. Neumann is on view through February.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will bring their old-school, horn-inflected soul and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, January 16, at 9pm. The Brooklyn-based sextet, fronted by Catskill Mountains native Arleigh Kincheloe aka Sister Sparrow, and featuring her brother Jackson Kincheloe on harmonica, plays a gritty, Southern style of soul that’s been garnering raves for its live appearances at festivals including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Gathering of the Vibes, moe.down, and the Voodoo Experience, as well as shared appearances with Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Counting Crows, Avett Brothers, Govt’ Mule, Rebirth Brass Band and Donald Fagen.
(AMHERST, Mass.) – “Jewish Luck,” a 1925 silent film made in the USSR and based on Sholem Aleichem’s series of stories featuring the character Menakhem Mendl (played by the famous actor Solomon Mikhoels), will be screened with live musical accompaniment on piano by Robert Humphreville at the Yiddish Book Center on Sunday, January 18, at 2pm.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Alt-country icon and political singer-songwriter Steve Earle will make a return engagement in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, February 7, at 8pm. Earle, who will be performing solo on the eve of the release of “Terraplane,” his new album of swampy, southern-stomp blues, is a multiple Grammy Award-winner.
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Monet | Kelly, the first exhibition to consider the influence of Impressionist painter Claude Monet on the works of leading contemporary American artist Ellsworth Kelly, is on view at the Clark Art Institute. The works in the exhibition were selected by Kelly and include two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by the artist, together with nine paintings by Monet from his Belle-Île series and of his garden in Giverny. The exhibition examines how both Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have shaped Kelly’s approach to his work. Monet | Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Eclipse, a site-specific installation at MASS MoCA on view through September 1, 2015, evolved from a series of conversations between New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and artist duo Sayler/Morris (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris). The exhibition examines species extinction through the passenger pigeon, whose once-massive population disappeared 100 years ago. Eclipse combines video, sound, and text to create an immersive and contemplative exhibition in a newly conceived exhibition space – a dramatic lightwell at the center of the MASS MoCA campus. The exhibition marks the centenary of the death of the last known passenger pigeon, Martha. With extinction rates now “higher than they’ve been at any point since the dinosaurs disappeared sixty-six million years ago,” Elizabeth Kolbert asserts that we are at a watershed moment in the history of our planet.