The Mayor at the Bridge: Press Conference or Campaign Event?

On GMO labeling and Berkshire food markets

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 26-30, 2015

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 26-30, 2015

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The Mayor at the Bridge: Press Conference or Campaign Event?

Mayor Bill Hallenbeck's so-called Ferry Street Bridge press conference more resembled a campaign event (photo courtesy Carole Osterink/Gossips of Rivertown)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Last Friday, August 28, Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck Jr. had his office send out a press release announcing that he would be holding a press conference in front of the Ferry Street Bridge, which has been closed since August 2014, when it was deemed unsafe. The pre-release statement alluded to the presence…

On GMO labeling and Berkshire food markets

Non GMO Project logo

I sent this letter to the editor of the Berkshire Eagle on 8/24/15. They apparently have declined to publish it. So I am publishing it here: To the editor: Kudos on giving such prominent play to pending legislation in Boston that would require genetically modified foods (GMOs) to be labeled in Massachusetts (“GMO labeling bill…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 26-30, 2015

Ian Hunter

  MOTT THE HOOPLE’s IAN HUNTER to BRING VINTAGE GLAM-ROCK to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Mott the Hoople lead singer and pianist Ian Hunter brings his current group, the Rant Band, to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 29, at 9pm. As leader of 1970s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and a hugely…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 26-30, 2015

Parsons Dance (photo Lois Greenfield)

SOLOMON GEORGIO to BRING EDGY COMEDY to MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Solomon Georgio brings his pungent brand of indignant irreverence to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 29, at 8pm. Little known in the comedy world until his much-lauded debut on “Conan,” Georgio is making a name for himself with tongue-in-cheek humor that…

Solomon Georgio to Bring Edgy Comedy to MASS MoCA

Solomon Georgio

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Comedian Solomon Georgio brings his pungent brand of indignant irreverence to MASS MoCA on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 8pm. Little known in the comedy world until his much-lauded debut on “Conan,” Georgio is making a name for himself with tongue-in-cheek humor that takes on race, colonialism, and sexuality. The self-described…

Jacob’s Pillow Season Finale Pays Tribute to Ella Baff

Ella Baff (photo Christopher Duggan)

(BECKET, Mass.) – In honor of executive and artistic director Ella Baff’s final season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrates the close of its 83rd season with a Festival Finale event on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Tickets for the Festival Finale include a performance by the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company in the Ted Shawn Theatre…

Comic Actor Eddie Izzard and Broadway Star Idina Menzel Head to Tanglewood

Idina Menzel

(LENOX, Mass.) – English comic actor Eddie Izzard and Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel perform at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27, and Saturday, August 29, respectively, at 7 p.m. Izzard is known for bizarre, tangential, and absurd comic narratives rooted in creativity and wit. Menzel created the role of Maureen Johnson in “Rent” and is…

Parsons Dance Performs at PS21 as Part of Three-Week Residency

Parsons Dance (photo Lois Greenfield)

(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – As part of a three-week long residency at PS21, Parsons Dance Company will perform on Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, at 8pm. The residency marks the tenth season that Parsons Dance has been at PS21, where the ensemble is making use of PS21’s facilities to develop new dance works, teach dance classes,…

The Big Takeover Brings Jamaican Riddims to Helsinki Hudson

The Big Takeover

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Upstate New York’s ska-reggae outfit the Big Takeover brings its Jamaican riddims to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, August 22, at 9pm. The group’s third album, “Children of the Rhythm” boasts the band’s signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska, deep, funky reggae grooves, soulful melodies, and dub dropouts. Mad Satta will warm up the crowd for Big…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 20-23, 2015

Jane Pfitsch and Christopher Innvar in 'His Girl Friday' at BSC (photo Kevin Sprague)

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED’S NEW COMPANY MAKES PILLOW DEBUT (BECKET, Mass.) – L.A. Dance Project, an exuberant contemporary dance collective hailing from Los Angeles, makes a rare East Coast appearance in its Jacob’s Pillow debut at the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 to 22. Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer,…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Aug 20-23, 2015

KEIGWIN + Company

BRAZILIAN BOSSA NOVA HEATS UP ANIMALKIND BENEFIT at HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – A program of Brazilian pop-jazz music, featuring the international sounds of bossa nova and headlined by global music singers Cornelius Bates and Vanessa Falabella, will be the featured entertainment in a benefit concert for Animalkind, the cat rescue and adoption center in…

Automotive Procession and Broadcast to Memorialize Those Who Passed

Automotive Archive route

  (HUDSON, N.Y.) – A mobile sound installation in the form of an automotive procession, memorializing six residents of Hudson who passed away over the last few years, will take place throughout the city, beginning and ending at Basilica Hudson, on Sunday, August 23, from 1 to 4pm. “Automotive Archive: A Roving Memorial,” a program…

Program Explores Connection Between Van Gogh’s Art and Music

ERC musicians in 'Van Gogh;s Ear'

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Van Gogh’s Ear,” a theatrical concert performance by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) that explores the connection between the painter’s artistic vision and music of the time, will receive 12 performances at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) from Thursday, August 20, through Sunday, August 30, 2015. The…

Benjamin Millepied’s New Company Makes Pillow Debut

A scene from LA Dance Project's 'Murder Ballads'

(BECKET, Mass.) – L.A. Dance Project, an exuberant contemporary dance collective hailing from Los Angeles, makes a rare East Coast appearance in its Jacob’s Pillow debut at the Ted Shawn Theatre from Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 to 22. Benjamin Millepied, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, choreographer for the film “Black Swan,” current…

Indie-Punk Icon Ted Leo to Play at MASS MoCA

Ted Leo

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Indie-punk icon Ted Leo will perform a solo show outside on the Dré Pavilion at MASS MoCA on Friday, August 21, at 8pm. From his early adventures in the hardcore scene of 1980s New York City, to his much-beloved band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, to his recent duo project with…