(Concert Review) Stephin Merritt, Club Helsinki Hudson, 7.25.14

(Concert Review) Simi Stone, Club Helsinki Hudson, 7.26.14

(Theater Review) 'Fool for Love,' Williamstown Theatre Festival, 7.24.14

(Concert Review) The Baseball Project, Helsinki Hudson, 7.23.14

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(Concert Review) Stephin Merritt, Club Helsinki Hudson, 7.25.14

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Stephin Merritt Club Helsink Hudson Hudson, N.Y. Friday, July 25, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy   (HUDSON, N.Y., July 27, 2014) – “This song is about a dead bird,” Stephin Merritt introduced one of his many three-minute masterpieces of wit, concision and melody on Friday night at Club Helsinki Hudson. And the room…

(Concert Review) Simi Stone, Club Helsinki Hudson, 7.26.14

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Simi Stone Club Helsinki Hudson Hudson, N.Y. July 26, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y., July 27, 2014) – I went to see Simi Stone again at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday night, just to see if what I observed last December was a fluke or if lightning could indeed strike twice.…

(Theater Review) ‘Fool for Love,’ Williamstown Theatre Festival, 7.24.14

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  Fool for Love Williamstown Theatre Festival Williamstown, Mass. July 24-August 2, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., July 24, 2014) – If nothing else – and there’s plenty else, believe me – the production of “Fool for Love” running through August 2 on the Nikos Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival reminds us why…

(Concert Review) The Baseball Project, Helsinki Hudson, 7.23.14

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The Baseball Project Club Helsinki Hudson Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – You didn’t have to know jack about baseball to enjoy last night’s easygoing concert by the Baseball Project at Club Helsinki Hudson, but I’m sure it helped. Especially if you were a fan – possibly a…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, July 23-29, 2014

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SIMI STONE BRINGS ‘MOUNTAIN MOTOWN,’ ALL-STAR BAND, to HELSINKI HUDSON (HUDSON, N.Y.) – If you only go to one concert this year, go see Woodstock-based soul-rock singer-songwriter Simi Stoneplay her signature brand of “Mountain Motown” music with her all-star band comprised of bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four at…

Actor’s Ensemble Bring Ripley Stories to Life at PS21

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 (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – The Actors’ Ensemble will perform dramatic retellings of Hamlin Garland’s wry and touching stories “Mrs. Ripley’s Trip” and “Uncle Ethan Ripley” at PS21 on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, 2014, at 8pm. Sheri Bauer Mayorga will provide musical interludes of American music of the period, and there will be a…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, July 23-28, 2014

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  SAM ROCKWELL and NINA ARIANDA STAR in SAM SHEPARD’S ‘FOOL FOR LOVE’ at WTF (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) –Tony Award-winner Nina Arianda and stage and screen actor Sam Rockwell star in Sam Shepard’s modern classic, “Fool for Love,” playing the Nikos Stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival from Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, August 2, 2014. READ…

Grammy-Winner Marc Cohn to Perform at Helsinki Hudson

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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for the hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” will perform an intimate gig at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 27, at 8pm. Singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth will warm up the crowd for Cohn. Cohn’s distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made…

Kyra Sedgwick Stars in John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Danish Widow’ at Vassar College

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(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – Kyra Sedgwick will lead the cast of Academy Award- and Tony Award-winner John Patrick Shanley’s new play, “The Danish Widow,” which will premiere July 16-27, 2014, at Hallie Flanagan-Davis Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College. Shanley also directs the cast, which includes multitalented Broadway vets Craig Bierko and Matt McGrath, as well as stage…

Patty Larkin Brings Urban Folk-Pop to Bradley Farm Series

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(LANESBOROUGH, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin, an avatar of the new-folk scene for over 25 years, performs at the new Seeds of Harmony Saturday Evening Concert Series at the Coop on Bradley Farm on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 6:30pm. Larkin is equally known for her incisive songwriting, her mellifluous voice, her affable stage presence,…

James Naughton Stars in New One-Man Comedy at BTF

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(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Two-time Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton stars in the world premiere of “Cedars,” a one-man comedy by Erik Tarloff, directed by Naughton’s daughter, Keira Naughton, at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Stockbridge campus. Opening Night is Saturday, July 26, at 8pm. Preview performances begin on Wednesday, July 23 at…

Bang on a Can ‘Plays Art’ at MASS MoCA

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(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — The 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA will feature Bang on a Can Plays Art, a week-long, new music extravaganza comprising 14 concerts in 8 days, from Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 2, 2014, with music that draws inspiration from the visual art on…

Tommy Tune Taps, Talks, and Sings at Barrington Stage

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(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune kicks off the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Barrington Stage Company (BSC), with his program, “Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales” on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 8pm. Tune is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his work on “Seesaw,” “A Day in Hollywood / A Night in…

Hilltown Potters Open Studios for Weekend

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(THE BERKSHIRES and PIONEER VALLEY) – A group of nationally recognized potters based in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts will open their studios for the annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour, a coordinated tour of their workshops, kilns, showrooms, and new work on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, 2014. The tour includes talks and…