A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Americana; folk-rock; symphonic music; gay cabaret; Miles Davis jazz; literary readings; and a whole lot more.
JAMES McMURTRY to BRING INCISIVE FOLK-ROCK to CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Award-winning Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 8, at 9pm. McMurtry writes literate, politically charged songs with country, folk, Americana, and Texas influences. Veteran Pioneer Valley pop-rock singer-songwriter Ray Mason warms up the crowd for McMurtry.
Son of famed novelist Larry McMurtry, James has a strong cult following, devoted to his smart lyrics, laconic vocals, and deft guitar playing. Last year McMurtry released “Complicated Game,” his first album in six years, which Texas Music Magazine called “a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.”
Melissa Febos (photo Deborah Feingold)
PAUL La FARGE and MELISSA FEBOS to READ at SPOTTY DOG in VOLUME SERIES
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Novelist Paul La Farge and author Melissa Febos will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, April 8, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by book-signing and a set by DJ Blake.
Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble
ROB FISCH’S INTENTIONAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE CELEBRATES MILES DAVIS’ ‘KIND OF BLUE’
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – When it comes to jazz, all I need to hear are two words – “Charlie Tokarz” – and I’m there. Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble will return to Spencertown Academy Arts Center with a celebration of music from Miles Davis’s classic “Kind of Blue” on Saturday April 8 at 7:30pm. The group constitutes an all-star team of regional jazz talent, including leader-trumpeter Rob Fisch, pianist John Esposito, bassist Rich Syracuse, drummer Jeff McRae, and saxophone wizard and multi-instrumental visionary Charlie Tokarz.
I-Jung Huang (photo Ting-Ru Lai)
HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC PLAYS TAN DUN, JOHN LUTHER ADAMS, & BRAHMS at BARDAVON
(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform works by John Luther Adams, the Brahms violin concerto featuring HVP String Competition Winner I-Jung Huang, and a multimedia piece by Tan Dun, in a program called “21st Century Giants” at the Bardavon on Saturday, April 8. at 8pm. The Tan Dun piece will include audience participation via cellphone app. The concert will be led by longtime HVP music director Randall Craig Fleischer.
Varla Jean Merman (photo Rex Bonomelli)
VARLA JEAN MERMAN to BRING GAY CABARET to CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Famed drag queen Varla Jean Merman brings his cabaret act to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 9, at 7pm. Varla Jean Merman is a character originated and portrayed by Jeffery Roberson, an American actor, singer, and drag performer. Varla’s fictitious pedigree boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother. This event is sponsored by GayHudson.com. Merman has been a star of stage, screen, TV, cabaret, and concert halls. Merman’s cabaret shows are a staple of summer entertainment in Provincetown, Mass.
Edward Avedisian, Untitled 033, c. 1980 68 x 84 inches, acrylic on canvas
NEW CARRIE HADDAD EXHIBIT EXPLORES ABSTRACT TENSIONS in PAINTING
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Interlock, an exhibit that explores the tensions of color and contrast in minimal abstraction, featuring contemporary paintings by artists Donise English, Paul Katz, and Ralph Stout, as well as paintings on canvas and paper from the estates of Edward Avedisian and Stephen Brophy, will be on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from Wednesday, March 22, through Sunday, April 30.