Amanda Palmer to Perform at Basilica Hudson with Her Dad

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 25-30, 2016

Deradoorian and Emily Ritz Bring Indie-Pop to Helsinki Hudson

Political Comedy ‘The Taming’ Opens at Shakespeare & Co.

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Amanda Palmer to Perform at Basilica Hudson with Her Dad

Amanda Palmer and her dad, Jack Palmer

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Pop-rock singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer is bringing the Jack & Amanda Palmer tour, featuring duets with her father from their new release, “You Got Me Singing,” to Basilica Hudson on Saturday, July 23. Percussive polymath Thor Harris and his group Thor & Friends will warm up the crowd for the Palmers. Doors open at…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 25-30, 2016

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including indie-rock legends; Quebecois folk; a new political comedy; two indie-pop vocalists; and a star of Broadway cabaret. INDIE-ROCK AVATARS LUNA to PLAY MASS MoCA (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Newly reunited 1990s indie-rock legends Luna brings its whispery vocals,…

Deradoorian and Emily Ritz Bring Indie-Pop to Helsinki Hudson

Deradoorian

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Deradoorian and Emily Ritz bring a double-bill of female indie-pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, May 28, at 9pm. Angel Deradoorian is best known as a former member of Dirty Projectors. Emily Ritz, a former fixture on the Bay Area music scene, now calls Hudson home. Listeners are already familiar with…

Political Comedy ‘The Taming’ Opens at Shakespeare & Co.

A scene from 'The Taming' (photo Enrico Spada)

(LENOX, Mass.) – “The Taming,” a politically charged comedy written by award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson, gets its regional premiere at Shakespeare & Company beginning Friday, May 27, and running through July 30, 2016. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, the 90-minute play, inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” exposes America’s overheated political rhetoric through the passions…

Le Vent du Nord Brings Quebecois Folk to Colonial

Le Vent du Nord

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) — Quebec folk music quartet Le Vent du Nord performs at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 26, at 8pm, as part of the On the Stage Series. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec…

Broadway’s Leslie Kritzer Brings Cabaret Act to BSC

Leslie Kritzer

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Broadway veteran and award-winning actress Leslie Kritzer brings her cabaret act, “Leslie’s Back!,” to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company on Sunday, May 29, at 9pm, and Monday, May 30, at 8pm. Kritzer’s show includes stories of her life on and off Broadway and show tunes accompanied by her husband, BSC…

Indie-Rock Avatars Luna to Play MASS MoCA

Luna (photo Stefano Giovannini)

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Newly reunited 1990s indie-rock legends Luna brings its whispery vocals, pop melodies, weaving electric guitar riffs, and chugging bass lines to MASS MoCA on Saturday, May 28, at 8pm, ushering in the summer season at the sprawling cultural laboratory. Described by Rolling Stone as “the best band you’ve never heard of,”…

THE TOP 10: Berkshire Summer 2016 Cultural Preview

Christina Courtin

by Seth Rogovoy Every summer, performing arts organizations in the Berkshires offer an embarrassing wealth of riches in theater, music, dance, and other arts. This isn’t news. The greatest obstacle for audience members is figuring out where to be and when. I’ve even seen people walking around with spreadsheets they prepare in advance of the…

HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 19-23, 2016

Simi Stone

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including guitar-rock at Helsinki Hudson; an all-star variety show at BSP Kingston; four solo exhibitions at The School in Kinderhook, N.Y.; and an early-music salute to Shakespeare.     THE FIGGS & UPPER CRUST BRING GUITAR ROCK to…

‘Modern Vaudeville’ Show at BSP Kingston Features All-Star Cast

Amy Helm (photo Clark Gayton)

(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – “Modern Vaudeville,” a variety show based on the James Hurst story “The Scarlet Ibis” and featuring an all-star cast pulled together by Diggy (Elijah) Lessard, a graduating senior at Woodstock Day School, takes place at BSP Kingston on Sunday, May 22, at 7pm. Among those performing are bassist Stefan Lessard of the…

The School Marks 2nd Anniversary with Four Solo Exhibitions

Four Solo Exhibition - The School - Kahraman Dorion Mosse Puett

(KINDERHOOK, N.Y.) – Jack Shainman’s gallery The School marks its second anniversary with “A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions,” featuring painting, photography, and sculpture by Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse, and Garnett Puett, opening with a reception on Sunday, May 22, from 2 to 6pm. Work by the four artists converges in themes…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, May 19-23, 2016

Jenni Barber

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a Broadway star; an early music group; a guitar-rock double-bill; and a new musical. DONNA McKECHNIE KICKS off BARRINGTON STAGE CABARET SERIES with TRIBUTE to 1970s NYC (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie kicks off the 2016…

Early Music Group Plays Elizabethan Madrigals And Motets

Arcadia Viols

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., and LAKEVILLE, Conn.) – Early music organization Crescendo presents “Elizabethan Music and The Sounds of Hamlet,” a concert featuring madrigals and motets plus a world premiere by composer Juan Mesa, based on three quotes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, at Great Barrington’s First Congregational Church on Saturday, May 21, at 6pm, and again in…

Engineer to Demonstrate State-of-the-Art Sound System

Edgar Choueiri

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Acoustic engineer Edgar Choueiri will discuss his binaural audio set-up, which he claims can fool listeners into believing they are experiencing a live performance when they are actually hearing a recording, in a presentation entitled “Making Waves — Sounds of the Future” at the Hudson Opera House on Sunday, May 22, at…

The Figgs and Upper Crust Bring Guitar Rock to Helsinki Hudson

The Figgs

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Long-running upstate power-pop trio The Figgs and satirical hard-rockers The Upper Crust bring their catchy guitar-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, May 20, at 9pm. Since the Figg’s inception in 1987, the trio has spent the better part of nearly 30 years touring, recording, and working on a variety of acclaimed…

(Concert Review) Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom!, MASS MoCA, 5.7.16

Allison Miller (photo Seth Rogovoy)

Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom! MASS MoCA Club B-10 Saturday, May 7, 2016   Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Successfully straddling the fine line where the avant-garde meets the accessible is nothing short of a magic trick, unless your name is Allison Miller and your band is her all-star…