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.
(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Mythical, mystical dance diva Jomama Jones – a creation of performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones – headlines the March Party, a fundraiser for Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, at Joe’s Garage in Catskill on Saturday, March 18, at 6pm. The event includes food, drink, and dancing to the electro-funk sounds of Jomama Jones and her band.
(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 issues both local and national. Admission is free with a cash donation or nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
(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.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Inside the Box,” a solo exhibition of sculptural work by Hudson-based artist Chloe Zerwick, is on view at the Hudson Opera House until Sunday, March 26. The artist transforms everyday objects into enigmatic, three-dimensional statements framed inside boxes.
(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 Young. The New Yorker described him as having “Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds.”