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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 8-11, 2016

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, December 8-11, 2016

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 8-11, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including a soul-pop legend; a reading by four emerging writers; a gallery show by a half-dozen women artists, a jazz couple playing “Silly Love Songs”; and a whole lot more.       JOAN OSBORNE to BRING BLUESY POP-ROCK to…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, December 8-11, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a seminal grunge-rock trio; an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints; a rock star doing Xmas songs; a jazz couple playing “Silly Love Songs”; and a whole lot more.     PROTO-GRUNGE AVATARS DINOSAUR JR to PLAY at MASS…

Joan Osborne to Bring Bluesy Pop-Rock to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne brings her blues-inflected original pop-rock compositions to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 9, at 8pm. Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Osborne is widely known for…

Pizzarelli and Molaskey to Sing McCartney at Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – It may seem unnecessary to say that husband-and-wife jazz duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey will sing “Silly Love Songs” at the Mahaiwe on Sunday, December 11 at 7pm, since they always sing silly love songs, aka pop standards, but they literally will sing “Silly Love Songs” this time, in their…

Melissa Etheridge to Sing Xmas Hits at the Mahaiwe

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Rock singer-songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge brings her Holiday Trio to the Mahaiwe to perform fan favorites and Christmas classics, such as “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “O Night Divine,” on Friday, December 9 at 8pm. Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed eponymous debut…

Women Artists Featured in Mixed-Media Show at Carrie Haddad Gallery

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works by six female Hudson Valley artists working in a variety of media are featured in a new winter exhibition featuring a large-scale fabric installation and finely detailed drawings, painting, and collage at Carrie Haddad Gallery, opening Wednesday, December 7, with an artists’ reception on Saturday, December 10, from 5 to 7pm.…

Japanese Woodblock Prints at The Clark

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – More than a century of Japanese printing traditions, represented by seventy-three color woodblock prints, will be presented in the Clark Art Institute exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, opening Saturday, December 10. On Sunday, December 11, at 3 pm, an opening lecture by exhibition curator Jay A.…

Multimedia ‘Club Diamond’ Gets Work-in-Progress Showing at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – “Club Diamond,” a multimedia theater piece, will have a work-in-progress showing in Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Friday, December 9, at 8pm, as part of the annual Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the venue. “Club Diamond,” created and written by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino, paints the story of a…

Proto-Grunge Avatars Dinosaur Jr to Play at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Dinosaur Jr, the Amherst, Mass.-based rock trio that in the mid-1980s laid down the format that Pacific Northwest bands including Nirvana would popularize as “grunge-rock,” will drive one hour northwest from their home base to perform in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, December 10, at 8pm. The group’s…

Wynonna Judd, Wynton Marsalis Heading to Mahaiwe in 2017

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning country music star Wynonna Judd and Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis will undoubtedly draw crowds to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center when they perform next year, along with a variety of other acts drawn from roots music, bluegrass, and Chinese acrobatics. In addition, the Mahaiwe will continue to…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 1-4, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including an all-star acoustic music holiday concert; an interactive new-music holiday parade; a chamber music concert, and a whole lot more.       DAROL ANGER BRINGS TONY TRISCHKA and ALL-STAR ACOUSTIC LINEUP to HELSINKI HUDSON for ACOUSTIC ROOTS…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, Dec 1-4, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a chamber concert of music by Saint-Saens and Cesar Franck; a live multimedia documentary about life in a Mexican border town; a holiday-themed acoustic music concert; a photographic look at the lost Catskills resorts; and a whole lot…

Catskills Photographer Uncovers Forgotten World of Borscht Belt

  (AMHERST, Mass.) – Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld will speak about her years-long project documenting the ruins of the once vital resorts in the Catskill Mountains and sign copies of her new book, “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” (Cornell University Press) at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, April…

And the Kids Bring Indie-Rock to Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Indie rock band And The Kids, the Pioneer Valley’s answer to Arcade Fire, perform at the Garage at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, December 1, at 8pm. And The Kids channel existential crises into pop euphoria. With this sleight of hand, the quartet manages to conjure chunky indie rock, blissful new wave,…

Documentary Performance Work About Mexican Border Town at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Theater Mitu’s multimedia performance work “Juárez: A Documentary Mythology,” which explores the juxtaposition of neighboring border communities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas — one a hot zone of the drug cartel wars, the other the self-proclaimed “Safest Large City in America” – will be staged at MASS MoCA…