(Concert Review) Ani DiFranco, the Mahaiwe, 6.17.18

Berkshire International Film Festival to Honor Rachel Weisz

(Concert Review) The Orchestra Now with Peter Serkin, Carnegie Hall, NYC, 5.3.18

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(Concert Review) Ani DiFranco, the Mahaiwe, 6.17.18

Ani DiFranco With Haley Heynderickx Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington, Mass. June 17, 2018 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., June 18, 2018) – For nearly 30 years, Ani DiFranco has been firing off manifestos-in-song about politics as well as odes to love and heartbreak (and, more recently, reflections on motherhood).…

Berkshire International Film Festival to Honor Rachel Weisz

(GREAT BARRINGTON and PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The 13thannual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Rachel Weisz at its annual Tribute Night at the Mahaiwe on Friday, June 1, at 7pm. As part of the tribute, Weisz will be in conversation with David Edelstein, New York Magazine’s chief film critic, following…

On Rome

by Seth Rogovoy   (April 20, 2018) – ROME FELT LIKE DISNEYLAND, or at least what I imagine what Disneyland must feel like, never having been. More precisely, perhaps, Rome felt like one of those places my parents took me to when I was a child: Frontier Town in upstate New York, or Colonial Williamsburg…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.   REVELERS BRING LOUISIANA ‘SWAMP-POP’ to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy-nominated Louisiana supergroup The Revelers brings its mix of “Louisiana jukebox music” and “swamp-pop” to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, March 31, at 9pm. The group’s…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.   JESSICA KIRSON HEADLINES COMEDY NIGHT at THE BARN  (SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Comedian Jessica Kirson headlines a night of standup comedy at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on Saturday, March 31, at 8pm. Also appearing…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 21-25, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.     CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE to LEONARD BERNSTEIN at HUDSON HALL (HUDSON, N.Y.) – A vocal recital will pay tribute to composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, marking his centennial year, at Hudson Hall on Saturday, March 24, at…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 21 – 25, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.       CONTEMPORARY PAINTERS CONJURE the NIGHT in NEW EXHIBIT at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – “The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night,” a new exhibition featuring paintings — including new commissions —…

Norah Jones Songwriter Jesse Harris to Perform at the Barn

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jesse Harris – best known for penning Norah Jones’s breakthrough hit, “Don’t Know Why,” performs with his band at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn on Saturday, March 24, at 8pm. Originally from New York City, Jesse Harris is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of artists from…

Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night in New Exhibit at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – “The Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night,” a new exhibition featuring paintings — including new commissions — by a diverse group of over a dozen contemporary artists, is on view at MASS MoCA, with a members opening reception on Saturday, March 24, at 5:30pm. Artists represented in the…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 14-18, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.     DUNCAN HANNAH READING AND BOOK SIGNING at JEFF BAILEY GALLERY (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…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 14-18, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.       AUTHORS ELIF BATUMAN, BUZZY JACKSON, and KATE REED PETTY at THE MOUNT (LENOX, Mass.) – Authors Elif Batuman, Buzzy Jackson, and Kate Reed Petty, 2018 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, celebrate their time spent at The Mount…

Concert Review: David Byrne Burns Down the House at UPAC (3.10.18)

David Byrne Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) Kingston, N.Y. Saturday, March 10, 2018 Review and photo by Seth Rogovoy   (KINGSTON, N.Y., March 10, 2018) – Unlike most of his rock ‘n’ roll peers in their mid-60s or older, David Byrne showed no signs of waning creativity or imagination in his terrific, sold-out concert at…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, March 8-11, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.     ROCK VISIONARY DAVID BYRNE at UPAC (KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Visionary art-rocker and legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne brings his new, 12-piece band – featuring Hudson Valley soul singer Simi Stone – to UPAC on…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Mar 8-11, 2018

A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Berkshire region.     GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR BRINGS ECSTATIC POST-ROCK to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Godspeed You! Black Emperor brings its magnificent blend of classical minimalism and post-rock to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in a…

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Brings Ecstatic Post-Rock to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Godspeed You! Black Emperor brings its magnificent blend of classical minimalism and post-rock to the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in a multimedia concert on Saturday, March 10, at 8pm. Founded in Montreal in the early 1990s, Godspeed’s “Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven” is hailed as a modern…

Rogovoy to Explore Future of Local Journalism with Expert Panel

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Seth Rogovoy will be one of eight career journalists and educators who will explore “The Future of Local Journalism” in a panel discussion at Columbia-Greene Community College on Tuesday, March 20, at 7pm. Other panelists include David Scribner of the Berkshire Edge; Jimmy Buff of Radio Kingston; and Enid Futterman of imby.…