BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 28-31, 2015

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 28-31, 2015

Berkshire International Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary with 80 Films

Double Bill of Daddy Long Legs’ Blues-Punk and Schoemer Formation’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Poetry Headed to Half Moon

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BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 28-31, 2015

The North Face Meru Expedition, 2011

BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY with 80 FILMS (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The 10th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will showcase nearly 80 new independent feature, documentary, short and family films from a record 23 countries over the course of four days from Thursday, May 28, 2015, through Sunday, May 31, at…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 28-31, 2015

Mamalama

STEVE FORBERT to BRING DISTINCTIVE FOLK-ROCK to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Steve Forbert brings his distinctive folk-rock sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. Best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel,” Forbert was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon…

Soft-Rock Legends America to Play the Colonial

america_graphic

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, the surviving members of the folk-pop group America, whose string of hits in the early 1970s helped define that era’s soft-rock, peaceful easy feeling, perform at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm. In the early 1970s, America rose to the top of the pop…

Steve Forbert to Bring Distinctive Folk-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

Steve Forbert

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Steve Forbert brings his distinctive folk-rock sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, May 28, at 8pm. Best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel,” Forbert was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon the scene in downtown New York in the mid-1970s.…

Jonah Parzen-Johnson Brings Experimental Folk Music for Sax and Synth to Spotty Dog

Jonah Parzen-Johnson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson performs his unique style of electro-acoustic lo-fi “folk” music at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 8pm. The triple-bill also features Destroyer of Worlds and the Chrisman / McLaughlin Duo. Jonah Parzen-Johnson’s carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic…

Garden Artworks Go on View at Spencertown Academy

Tall Cylinders, hand-built stoneware by Sue Browdy, Hillsdale, N.Y.

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – “Concrete & Clay: Works Inspired by the Garden,” a group exhibition featuring seven regional ceramicists and one concrete fabricator, opens at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, May 30, with an opening reception from 4pm to 6pm. The work will remain on display through June 21. Artists represented include Corinne Alexander, Sue…

Mamalama Plus Fredo & Luis with Melora Creager and Ryder Cooley in Double Bill of Ethereal Chamber-Folk at HVSS Music Night

Mamalama

(GLENFORD, N.Y.) – The chamber-folk ensemble Mamalama and the experimental vocal duo of Fredo Viola and Luis Mojica plus special guests including singer/cellist Melora Creager of Rasputina and singer/multi-instrumentalist Ryder Cooley will perform in the HVSS Music Night series at Hudson Valley Sudbury School (210 Old Route 28, 203-592-0537) on Friday, May 29, at 7pm.…

Masha from Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’ Gets Her Own Show at BTG

masha seagull

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – “Masha’s Seagull,” an exploration of the character of Masha from Anton Chekhov’s original play, “The Seagull,” gets a three-day run at the Unicorn Theatre from Friday, May 22, through Sunday, May 24, with performances at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. The one-woman show, written by…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 20-24, 2015

Cha Jong-Rye, Expose Exposed 101222, wood, 2010. Courtesy the artist and Madison Gallery.

AMERICANA TRIO LONE BELLOW and ARC IRIS to PLAY at MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The folk-rock trio the Lone Bellow brings its rootsy take on Americana to MASS MoCA for the annual Memorial Day weekend kickoff concert on Saturday, May 23, at 8pm. The group’s recent album, “Then Came the Morning,” was produced…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 20-24, 2015

Linda Draper

WORLD-BEAT DANCE MUSIC from SOUTH ASIA and BALKANS at BSP (KINGSTON, N.Y.) – New York City’s Raya Brass Band and Lahore/Brooklyn collaboration Sandaraa will perform a double-bill of danceable world-beat music at BSP on Wednesday, May 20, at 8pm. Raya Brass Band plays Balkan brass band music infused with punk-rock energy and featuring jazzy soloing,…

Indigo Girls Headline Pop Music Festival at Tanglewood

Indigo Girls (photo Jeremy Cowart)

(LENOX, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning folk duo Indigo Girls will perform on Saturday, May 23, 2015, as part of the SummerSound Live weekend of music on the grounds of Tanglewood. The two-day festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, takes place at a parking lot outside of Tanglewood’s main gates, and includes…

Americana Trio Lone Bellow to Play at MASS MoCA

The Lone Bellow

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – The folk-rock trio the Lone Bellow brings its rootsy take on Americana to MASS MoCA for the annual Memorial Day weekend kickoff concert on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 8pm. The group’s recent album, “Then Came the Morning,” was produced by Bryce Dessner of the National, and introduced a more contemporary…

String Trios by Schubert and Mozart at Hudson Opera House

Helena Baillie

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated artists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Peter Wiley will perform works by Schubert and Mozart in a program of String Trios with Helena Baillie at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 7pm, as part of the Classics on Hudson series. The trio will play Schubert’s sublime B-flat Trio,…

Downtown Studios and Gallery Open Doors to Public

Central Park by Martha Peskin

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – After significant updating to the sprawling gallery and artist studios, the NUarts Studios and Gallery will be reopening its doors on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 4-7pm. New works by the artists will be on display in the gallery, and many of them will open their studios for this first event of…

Exhibit by Two Dozen Boston Sculptors Opens at Chesterwood

Big Red by Murray Dewart (photo Paul Rocheleau)

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015, an exhibition featuring site-specific contemporary sculptures by 24 Boston-area artists, opens at Chesterwood on Saturday, May 23, 2015, and remains on view through October 12. The new works by two-dozen members and alumni of Boston Sculptors Gallery, based in Boston’s South End, represent a diverse range…

Lens on Contemporary Photography at MASS MoCA

Liz Deschenes, Gallery 7, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2014 (Installation view), Courtesy the artist, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (Photo: Gene Pittman)

	 

	Long caption:

	Liz Deschenes, Gallery 7, 2014

	Installation of 9 silver toned black-and-white photograms mounted to aluminum and 4 pigment prints on acrylic in artist's frames, inset aluminum picture hanging rails

	11 parts, each: 60 11/16 x 36 5/8 x 1/4 inches (154.1 x 93 x .6 cm)

	Framed Dimensions: 62 x 38 x 8 inches (157.5 x 96.5 x 20.3 cm)

	
		Courtesy the artist, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
	
		Photo: Gene Pittman

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Three new exhibitions of contemporary photography open at MASS MoCA with a reception on Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 5 to 6:30pm. The exhibits include Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined; Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1; and Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography. The opening reception is free for members and…