A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Celebrated painter Duncan Hannah will read from his brand-new memoir, “Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies” (Knopf), at Jeff Bailey Gallery on Sat, Mar 17, at 3pm. Hannah’s memoir is a rollicking and vividly immediate account of his life in 1970s New York, where Hannah, a Bard College alum, crossed paths with Patti Smith, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, and dozens of other cultural figures.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus concludes its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sat, Mar 17, at 9pm, with a typical adults-only show, and again on Sun, Mar 18, at 3pm, with a special program suitable for all ages.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Orchestra Now (T?N) will perform a free concert at Hudson Hall on Sun, Mar 18, at 3pm, featuring Virgil Thomson’s “The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite,” Arvo Pärt’s mesmerizing Fratres, and Georges Bizet’s romantic Symphony in C, written in 1855, the same year Hudson Hall was erected. Thomson’s “The Mother of Us All” was performed at Hudson Hall last November. Conducted by Hudson-based James Bagwell.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The “Music & Words” concert series curated by Damien Sneed at the Fisher Center at Bard College continues on Saturday, March 17, at 7:30pm, with The Golden Age of Song, with an ensemble joined by special guest multiple Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold (Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill), an eclectic artist who has been featured on nearly 100 albums. Harrold recently starred as the trumpet sound of Miles Davis for the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of the 2016 biopic “Miles Ahead.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The world-renowned Merlin and Polina Shepherd Klezmer Duo brings its innovative blend of world music, jazz, classical, Islamic, Russian, Yiddish, and klezmer sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 8, at 7pm, as part of the Rogovoy Salon, the music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy.
This concert by the UK-based, international virtuosos caps a day-long celebration of a milestone in host Seth Rogovoy’s life and will likely include appearances by surprise special-guest artists. Come out and help celebrate with Seth and the assembled crowd of family, friends, and music lovers.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Pecular Rarities,” a new and different sort of exhibition featuring media from porcelain to Play-Doh and subject matter ranging from icebergs, Victorian steampunk characters, conniving housewives, to Judy Garland is on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery from Wed, Mar 7 to Sun, Apr 22. Artists featured include David Halliday, Donise English, Juan Garcia Nunez, Russell DeYoung, Nick Simpson, Newbold Bohemia, Leon Smith, Paul Katz, Andrea Moreau, Fernando Orellana, Carl Grauer, David Dew Bruner, Robert Gulley, and Frank Litto.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The BlkQueer Romantics, an exhibition curated by the Hudson-based creative team behind The Tenth, a biannual publication documenting the history, culture, ideas and aesthetics of the black LGBTQ community, is on view at Hudson Hall through March 18. The exhibition showcases the artists who have contributed to The Tenth’s fifth edition: an homage to the natural landscape and the architectural structures of the Hudson River Valley, from Hudson’s Dr. Oliver Bronson House and a quaint guest house in the Catskills to the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, places to which many African-American artists and entertainers escaped at the turn of the 19th century.
Taking its name from a W.E.B DuBois essay titled “The Talented Tenth”, The Tenth champions black LGTBQ voices via photographic essays, in-depth interviews, prose, and events. Since the magazine’s first edition was released in 2015, it has received widespread acclaim for its presentation of counternarratives of black gay and bisexual lives and for its ability to push boundaries and offer stunning visual imagery of and by black LGBTQ artists. The Tenth has curated launch events, exhibitions and symposium with notable partners such as MoMA PS1, the Ace Hotel, and the Provincetown Film Festival, where they partnered with HBO to present UNTAGGED, a photography exhibition that explored the relationship between perceived and projected identity and to celebrate the premiere of HBO’s new documentary, Suited.
The BlkQueer Romantics edition and exhibition showcases photography shot in and around the Hudson Valley, including the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables in Hudson. Photographed by Erik Carter, the cover features world-famous Beyoncé impersonator, artist, and transgender advocate Michell’e Michaels. Known on social media as Miss_Shalae, Michaels made headlines in 2016 with “Lemonade Served Bitter Sweet,” a transgender version of Beyoncé’s latest Grammy Award-winning album.
NPR on The Tenth.