Berkshire Weekend Cultural Preview, Nov 14-18, 2012

RETRO-ROCKER EILEN JEWELL to PERFORM at CLUB HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Eilen Jewell, self-styled “queen of the minor key,” brings her blend of noirish rockabilly, surf-tinged country, retro-rock and jazzy folk to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 8pm. It is the battered cassette jammed in the tape deck of the getaway car, the music Ida Lupino cues up on the roadhouse jukebox as she counts the till after close. This is Queen of the Minor Key by Eilen Jewell, a smart cookie with a heart of burnished gold and enough stories to keep even the rowdiest crowd hanging on her every word. Though its long shadows and dark corners make her kingdom feel intimate, her sovereign domain stretches as far as the imagination. Its denizens seek refuge in padded rooms, abandoned automobiles… and strong spirits. They defend their territory by any means necessary: weird voodoo, sawed-off shotguns, broken bottles.

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ALASKAN DANCE WORK ABOUT SALMON SWIMS to MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – After a week-long dance residency, Alaskan choreographer Emily Johnson and her company, Catalyst, present a work-in-progress showing of her newest work, Niicugni (Listen), in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Friday, November 16, 2012, at 8 pm. Up to 40 participants from the local community will participate in this piece. Johnson will work extensively with several groups of people sharing a common interest – such as knitting, gardening, painting, or playing soccer – to create a complex gesture of movement that will be intricately woven through the piece. The community participants will join Johnson and the company of dancers onstage in performance after intimate workshops and rehearsals. Performed by Aretha Aoki and Johnson herself and with sound by James Everest and Bethany Lacktorin, Niicugni is an evocative movement installation that Dance Magazine calls “simultaneously vulnerable and commanding, mythical and wry.”

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ARLO GUTHRIE HONORS WOODY GUTHRIE’S 100TH BIRTHDAY at THE COLONIAL

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Arlo Guthrie will play the Colonial on Friday, November 16, 2012, at 8pm, to honor his father, Woody Guthrie, and his contributions to folk music. For this concert only, Arlo will be accompanied by his family, to celebrate Woody Guthrie’s life and music.  Arlo Guthrie has always honored his father in song as well as in life. With the centennial of Woody’s 100th birthday approaching, Arlo’s new tour is a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s immeasurable contributions to the landscape of American folk music. Best known for his song “This Land is Our Land,” Woody was a giant in the folk movement, inspiring a generation of new folk musicians, including Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

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THE CLARK OPENS EXHIBITION CREATED by 11-YEAR-OLD GUEST CURATOR

Guest curator Giselle Ciulla (photo T. Bair)

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – In what may well be a first for any museum of its kind in the world, The Clark opens a new exhibition created by its youngest curator ever, when Giselle’s Remix, an installation created by eleven-year-old guest curator Giselle Ciulla as part of The Clark’s interactive uCurate program, is unveiled this Saturday, November 17, 2012.  Giselle’s Remix, selected from over 1,000 amateur submissions, is a fresh look at some of The Clark’s most favored works, including those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Remington, Edgar Degas, and Giovanni Boldini, and will remain on view through January 20, 2013. Ciulla wrote all of the exhibition’s wall texts, participated in marketing decisions for the show, discussed her exhibition vision and choices with Clark educators, and recorded audioguide entries for the show.

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STRING TRIO PERFORMS CHAMBER WORKS by (MOSTLY) MODERN COMPOSERS at THE CLARK

(L-R) Jeewon Park, Edward Arron, Kyung Sun Lee

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – A string trio in residence at The Clark will perform chamber music works by Halvorsen, Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Schnittke, Schumann, Ravel, Arvo Pärt, and Piazzolla on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 3 pm. While in town, the musicians – Edward Arron, cello; Jeewon Park, piano; and Kyung Sun Lee, violin – will offer free master classes at Williams College open to the public.  Arron will offer a cello master class at Chapin Hall, Williams College, from 2 to 4pm on Saturday, November 17. Kyung Sun Lee will offer a violin master class at Brooks-Rodgers Auditorium, Williams College, from 2 to 4pm on Sunday, November 18.

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COMIC BOOK ARTIST ALEX ROSS GETS SHOWCASE at NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM

Alex Ross, Justice Vol. 1 , 2006, courtesy of the artist, ™ & © DC Comics. Used with permission.

(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) — Acclaimed comic book artist Alex Ross, whose work has appeared in print, on film, on album covers and in video games, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition opening at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, November 10, 2012, and running through February 24, 2013. The show, Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross, will present a comprehensive look at the career of the artist who has been called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world.” Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa., the exhibition features more than 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection.

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