Berkshire Weekend Cultural Highlights Nov 3-6, 2011

PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS by THE GREENCARDS and GRAM PARSONS TRIBUTE at CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON

The Greencards

The Greencards

Austin-by-way-of-Nashville progressive bluegrass outfit the Greencards, Grammy Award nominees noted for touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, perform at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 9 pm. The evening before, Helsinki presents Twenty Thousand Roads, a tribute to Americana pioneer Gram Parsons and celebration of what would be his 65th birthday, with vocalist/guitarist Johnny Irion, bassist Matt Downing, pedal steel player Pete Adams, and drummer Otto Hauser  (Thurs, Nov 3, 8 pm).

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SALSA REVIVALISTS LA EXCELENCIA PERFORM at MASS MOCA

La Excelencia

La Excelencia

MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center becomes the site of a Latin explosion on Saturday, November 5, 2011, as La Excelencia brings its young outlook to the energizing sound of Salsa Dura. This self-proclaimed “New Generation of Salsa Dura” rehashes classic salsa from the 1970s, maintaining the genre’s traditions while expanding upon its sound. They arrive with a history of spotlight performances, including Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series and a concert at Barbican Hall in London for a BBC Latin Music USA television program.

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KLEZMER GROUP PAYS TRIBUTE TO CLARINET LEGEND DAVE TARRAS AT YIDDISH BOOK CENTER

Klezmer violinist Yale Strom

Klezmer violinist Yale Strom

Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi pay tribute to Dave Tarras, the immigrant-era clarinetist who came to be known as “the King of Klezmer,” in a concert at the Yiddish Book Center on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. Hailed as “the Jewish Benny Goodman,” Tarras is considered the most influential klezmer musician of the 20th century. Yale Strom is the author of the newly released Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer, the first biography authorized by the Tarras family. Hot Pstromi blends a unique fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, Hasidic, world beat, and Balkan music.

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CLARK CONFERENCE EXPLORES ART HISTORY GONE GLOBAL

Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, 2009 (Detail). 27 clocks, high glass aluminium with LED lights, four flat screen monitors, video and audio looped. Dimensions variable. (Courtesy The Clark)

Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, 2009 (Detail). 27 clocks, high glass aluminium with LED lights, four flat screen monitors, video and audio looped. Dimensions variable. (Courtesy The Clark)

Noted U.S. and international scholars will gather at The Clark in Williamstown, Mass., on November 4 and 5 for the 2011 Clark Conference, In the Wake of the Global Turn: Propositions for an “Exploded” Art History without Borders. This scholarly conference draws together scholars to investigate what a shift towards a broader geographical expanse in art historical inquiry has meant – and could mean – for the discipline of art history.

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