(SCHENECTADY, N.Y.) – Folk music legends Pete and Peggy Seeger, Tom Rush, and Dougie MacLean bring the curtain down on the season at the Eighth Step at Proctors this weekend, helping to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the folk music series. Singer-songwriter Tom Rush performs in the GE Theatre on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m; Pete and Peggy Seeger perform on the Mainstage at Proctors on Sunday, May 12, at 7pm; and Scottish storyteller-songwriter-guitarist Dougie MacLean is in the GE Theater on Tuesday, May 14, at 7p.m. For four and a half decades the Eighth Step has brought to upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, the Hudson Valley and lower Vermont — and often way beyond — a steady stream of incredible acoustic music: folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and world music. The performer roster comprises a folk “Who’s Who” that includes Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Paxton, banjo wizard Tony Trischka, Odetta, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Arlo Guthrie, David Grier, Bucky Pizzarelli, Holly Near, Dave Van Ronk, Ronnie Gilbert, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Martha Redbone, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen.
SHANNON MCNALLY to SHINE LIGHT on BOBBY CHARLES at CLUB HELSINKI
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – While Bobby Charles is hardly a household name, the late songwriter is known by many through songs he wrote including “See You Later Alligator,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “But I Do.” Fans of The Band, with whom Charles collaborated, know him through his performance of “Down South in New Orleans” at the Last Waltz, and Band bassist-singer Rick Danko recorded Charles’s “Small Town Talk” on the former’s solo album, the song that singer-songwriter Shannon McNally made the title track of her new tribute album to Charles, recorded with Dr. John. McNally will perform many of these tunes as well as her own popular favorites at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 9pm.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Les Demoiselles d’Asheville, an exhibition of works by six artists from Asheville, N.C., opens at the Curatorium in Hudson, N.Y., on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 6p.m. Artists chosen for the exhibit by guest curator Connie Bostic include Alice Sebrell, Linda Larsen, Porge Buck, Bridget Elmer, Amanda Wiles and Nicole McConville. The work in Les Demoiselles d’Asheville includes photography, prints, assemblage, book art, sculpture, and found objects. Bostic selected individual works from these artists, transported it to Hudson, and will spend one week in Curatorium’s space reassembling certain pieces into an overall installation.
A.T. MANN READS from NEW BOOK on TREES at SPOTTY DOG
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author A.T. Mann will read from and sign copies of his latest book, The Sacred Language of Trees, at the Spotty Dog on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 4 pm. This insightful and exquisite book explains how our primal relationship with trees — a central theme in religion, myth, and culture — continues to evolve in an age of environmental fragility. Mann explores the properties of trees, and our complicated relationship with them. Stunning arboreal art and photographs celebrate the mystery of trees, enhanced by quotes from poetry, literature, and spiritual texts. Investigating the tree in varying guises, from Jungian symbolism to Indian fertility worship, Mann shows us new ways to appreciate them in our conscious and unconscious lives. The Sacred Language of Trees makes us aware of trees’ importance to the future of humanity and Earth itself.
PHOTOGRAPHS of ABANDONED MENTAL INSTITUTION on DISPLAY at HOTCHKISS SCHOOL
(LAKEVILLE, Conn.) – On any train trip or car drive north through New York’s Harlem Valley, it is impossible to ignore the abandoned, imposing campus of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, N.Y. Avery Danziger was the last photographer authorized to enter the site and will exhibit his photographs at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery from May 14, 2013, through June 16, 2013. There will be an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. The images contained in Avery Danziger – The Judicious Palette of Time: New Work from the Harlem Valley/Wingdale Project convey an environment in extreme decay, with its own bizarre grandeur and beauty. Danziger was the last photographer authorized to enter the buildings of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, N.Y., which closed in 1994. The resulting images are investigations into the cycle of time, chaos, order, entropy, and renewal. Through Danziger’s perspective, an unexpected and paradoxical beauty emerges from these strange and toxic ruins.