HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, May 11-15, 2016

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including an exhibition of paintings by Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler; a reading by three authors at Spotty Dog; a jazz quartet at Spotty Dog; a Texas singer-songwriter at Helsinki Hudson; and a dual exhibition at LABspace in Hillsdale.

 

Sam Baker (photo C Lawrence)

Sam Baker (photo C Lawrence)

SAM BAKER BRINGS SONGS of TRAGEDY and HOPE to HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – It’s tempting to overemphasize Sam Baker’s backstory over his music, because his story is one of the nightmares of living in the modern world. As a survivor of a deadly terrorist attack, Baker has a unique perspective, one that inevitably finds its way into his music, but one that doesn’t overwhelm the music, but rather informs it, and, to my ears, gives it a singular, direct quality and import –  a conviction borne of rare experience. The Austin-based singer-songwriter brings his music of grace born out of tragedy to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, May 12, at 8pm. Red House recording artist Carrie Elkin will warm up the crowd for Baker, as well as accompany him during his set.

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smallconversation by Richard Butler

smallconversation by Richard Butler

NEW PAINTINGS by RICHARD BUTLER of P-FURS at BCB ART

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Quietus, an exhibition of new paintings by Richard Butler, goes on view at BCB Art on Saturday, May 14, with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8pm. The exhibit, featuring expressionistic portraits, remains on view through Sunday, July 3. With his daughter as his muse, Richard Butler depicts lush expressionistic portraits of a pensive female, who serves as a cipher for himself.

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Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman

ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN, JODI PALONI and ALEX GILVARRY to READ at SPOTTY DOG

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Authors and poets including Alexandra Kleeman, Jodi Paloni and Alex Gilvarry will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Saturday, May 14, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by a set by DJ Eliel Mamousette.

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Stuart Quimby

Stuart Quimby

HUDSON’S OWN ‘MODERN JAZZ QUARTET’ to PLAY SPOTTY DOG

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Quartet, a collective of Hudson’s top jazz talents, plays an intimate gig at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Friday, May 13, at 8pm. The group features keyboardist Tony Kieraldo, flutist Stuart Quimby, bassist Terence Murren, and drummer Otto Hauser.

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'The Lonely Surfer' by Jeff Starr

‘The Lonely Surfer’ by Jeff Starr

SUSAN MEYER and JEFF STARR in DUAL EXHIBITION at LABspace

(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) – “The Lonely Surfer,” a two-person show by artists Susan Meyer and Jeff Starr, goes on view at LABspace on Saturday, May 14, with a reception for the artists from 5 to 7pm. The exhibit runs through Saturday, June 4. Susan Meyer and Jeff Starr, an artist-couple, share an interest in visual accumulation and vernacular imagery, with somewhat obsessive results. They will install their work at LABspace as you might find it in their overlapping studios, with an inevitable commingling of ideas and imagery.

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