A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen at Spotty Dog, Bindlestiff Cirkus and Jackie Green at Helsinki Hudson, and new photography at Carrie Haddad Gallery.
LYDIA LUNCH and BIBBE HANSEN (aka BECK’S MOM) to READ at SPOTTY DOG
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Famed rocker and poet Lydia Lunch and performance artist Bibbe Hansen read in Beautifully Twisted Takes: A Spoken Word Performance at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Friday, February 19, at 8pm. Lydia Lunch is often called “Queen of No Wave.” A writer, musician, poet, spoken-word artist and photographer, she has released numerous musical projects, has toured for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books, and “simply refuses to just shut up.” A performance artist, musician, and actress, Bibbe Hansen is the middle of three generations of alternative artists. Her parents were bohemian poet Audrey Ostlin Hansen and Fluxus artist Al Hansen, a participant in the Andy Warhol Factory. Her children are Beck Hansen, Channing Hansen, and Rain Whittaker, a musician, artist, and poet respectively. Bibbe Hansen appeared in Andy Warhol films; danced with the Velvet Underground, recorded an album with Jan Kerouac, son of Jack Kerouac, is now an artist represented by Gracie Mansion Gallery in NYC, is writing her memoirs, and lectures frequently on art and the creative process.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, February 20, at 9pm. The February show features Peter Bufano, musical maestro for the evening, who has composed and performed for Ringling Brothers, Big Apple Circus, Circus Smirkus, as well as his own project, Cirkestra; the Ivory Fox — Pinup of the Pole, doing acrobatic twists and turns on the stationary pole; Cowboy AJ Silver with trick roping, bullwhip artistry and physical comedy; Carla Rhodes, the world’s foremost (and only) rock ‘n’ roll ventriloquist, who has been throwing her voice since age 9; and Trixie Little, the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s reigning Queen of Burlesque; as well as Bindlestiff cofounders Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Paintings by Mark Beard, David Dew Bruner, Joseph Maresca, Harry Orlyk, and Lionel Gilbert will be featured in the Winter Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery, on view now through Sunday, April 3. There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, February 28, from 2 to 4pm. Each work in the exhibition catalogs careful study of the land, the human body, or the work of their predecessors before them. All of the artists in the exhibition boast Hudson Valley ties, which are reflected one way or the other in their work.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Roots-rock singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, perhaps best known for his work as guitarist for Black Crowes and Phil Lesh & Friends, helps Club Helsinki Hudson celebrate its 20th anniversary with an encore performance on Thursday, February 18, at 8pm. Roots-rock outfit Hollis Brown warms up the crowd for Greene.