Regional Cultural Preview (January 21-27, 2022)

Regional Cultural Preview (Jan 13-19, 2022)

Eleanor Reissa Wrestles with Holocaust Legacy in New Memoir

Berkshire and Hudson Valley Cultural Preview (Jan 7-13, 2020)

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Regional Cultural Preview (January 21-27, 2022)

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include ballet, chamber music, jazz, comedy … plus a whole lot more.     THE LUCKY 5 BRINGS SWING-JAZZ to EGREMONT BARN On Saturday at 7:30pm, the Lucky 5 brings its hard-swinging jazz, drawing on the tradition of jazz from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, to the…

Regional Cultural Preview (Jan 13-19, 2022)

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include jazz, comedy, opera … plus a whole lot more.   MONOLOGUES at PS21 In early December, acclaimed playwright/director Pascal Rambert arrived at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y., from France for a weeklong residency with actors Jim Fletcher and Ismail ibn Conner, to rehearse and refine two of…

Eleanor Reissa Wrestles with Holocaust Legacy in New Memoir

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) — Eleanor Reissa’s new memoir, The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey, will be published on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, by Post Hill Press. A second-generation Holocaust memoir, Reissa’s new book reads like a mystery, recounting the compelling story of her discovery of a cache of letters written in the 1940s from her…

Berkshire and Hudson Valley Cultural Preview (Jan 7-13, 2020)

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Punjabi party music, Mozart, theater, memoir … plus a whole lot more.   SONNY SINGH at MASS MoCA   On Saturday at 8pm, Sonny Singh, the vocalist and trumpeter who fronts the bhangra brass band Red Baraat, brings his own band to perform boundary-defying Punjabi anthems…

Berkshire and Hudson Valley Regional Cultural Preview (Dec. 17-23, 2021)

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, who has established himself as a prime interpreter of the so-called Great American Songbook, will expand his musical palette when he performs at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday  at 8pm, playing new standards, with a repertoire that includes Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and The…

Berkshire and Hudson Valley Regional Cultural Preview, December 10-12, 2021

“32 Sounds,” an immersive “live cinema” documentary that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound, by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green, takes place on Saturday at 8pm at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The film weaves together 32 audio experiences, crafting a cinematic poem that is a meditation on the power of sound to bend time, cross…

Aston Magna to Play Works by Handel, Bach in Winter Solstice Concerts

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., and HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Aston Magna Chamber Players present a live holiday concert, “Handel & Bach: Music for a Winter Solstice,” featuring works by George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach, at Hudson Hall on Tuesday, December 21, at 7pm, and at St. James Place in Great Barrington on Wednesday, December 22,…

(Recording Review) Jessie Lee Montague snares listeners with ‘Unhooked’

Jessie Lee Montague, Unhooked Review by Seth Rogovoy Hudson Valley-based alt-rock singer-songwriter Jessie Lee Montague recorded several albums and performed widely around the region and in New York City in the late 1990s and early 2000s under the band name Jake. After a decade-plus hiatus from performing and recording, Montague is back with a terrific…

Columbia County Sheriff’s $57K Pay-to-Play Scheme Stinks of Corruption

(COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y.) – On October 25, 2021, Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett announced that an Alabama company, Black Creek Integrated Corporation, was selected as the new records management system for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). On August 18, 2021, the Board of Supervisors, on Bartlett’s urging, approved a $57,000 contract with the…

New Dai Ban Wall Sculptures Featured in Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery

(HUDSON, N.Y., October 25, 2021) – A new series of wall sculptures built from geometric planes of foam board, Venetian plaster, pigments, and beeswax by Berkshire-based artist Dai Ban are featured in Fragments of Time and Space, a multi-artist exhibition on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery now through Sunday, November 21.   The exhibit also…

Aston Magna Chamber Players to Perform ‘Masterpieces of the Late Baroque’

(HUDSON, N.Y., and GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — The Aston Magna Chamber Players will perform two September concerts of baroque music, live in-person, at Hudson Hall in Hudson, N.Y., on Saturday, September 25, at 7pm and at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Mass., on Sunday, September 26, at 3pm. Concertgoers must present proof of vaccine…

‘Savage Winter’ Brings Down Curtain on PS21’s Modern Opera Series

by Seth Rogovoy (CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Douglas J. Cuomo’s Savage Winter, a contemporary reimagining of Wilhelm Müller’s poetry cycle Winterreise, will bring down the curtain on PS21’s Modern Opera Fest on Thursday, September 9, at 7pm. In Savage Winter, composer Cuomo has created a thought-provoking opera that mirrors the complexity of modern life and relationships.…

Hudson Eye Festival 2021 Expands Diversity and Outreach

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – This year’s The Hudson Eye, an annual festival of arts and performance, features a diverse array of artists in free and ticketed events at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues throughout Hudson from Friday, August 27, to Monday, September 6.   Artists include Claudia Bruce, Pauline DeCarmo, Shelley Hirsch, Reginald Madison, Linda…

Maya Beiser to Premiere New Philip Glass Project at Hudson Hall

by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Renowned avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser will be joined by a group of all-star cellists to perform works from her new solo album, Maya Beiser x Philip Glass, at Hudson Hall on Saturday, July 24 at 7pm. The venue is most appropriate for the music’s world premiere, as the album…