A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Wilco and Beck headlining Mountain Jam; Southern-fried soul at Club Helsinki Hudson; regional art exhibitions; and an international film festival.
(HUNTER, N.Y.) – Beck, Wilco, the Avett Brothers and Gov’t Mule headline the 12th annual Mountain Jam, which takes place at Hunter Mountain from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5. With an increasing emphasis on indie-rock and Americana, the four-day festival will also include appearances by Umphrey’s McGee, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Courtney Barnett, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Lettuce, among many others.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Nashville-based singer Ruby Amanfu brings her unique blend of country-tinged soul and pop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, June 5, at 8pm. On her recent album, “Standing Still,” Amanfu’s songs range from the noirish jazz of “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is,” with a hint of Patsy Cline by way of Norah Jones, to a funky, steamy version of “Where You Going” by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, given a “Wrecking Ball”-era Emmylou Harris treatment. Amanfu has also been named one of “Nashville’s 25 Most Beautiful People” by Nashville Lifestyles and one of the “50 Best-Dressed Southerners” by Southern Living.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Carrie Haddad Gallery celebrates the anniversary of its opening on Warren Street a quarter century ago with a 25th Anniversary Exhibition featuring works by Leigh Palmer, Dale Goffigon, Ginny Fox, and Leon Smith. The show remains on view through July 10.
(OLD CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Works by Marguerite Bride and Karen S. Jacobs are featured in “Berkshire Visions: Two Artists, Two Mediums,” at the Old Chatham Country Store & Café from Friday, June 3, to Wednesday, July 27. An opening reception takes place on Sunday, June 5, from 3 to 5pm. The exhibition features representational watercolors by Bride and abstract oil paintings by Jacobs.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Douglas Trumbull, Noah Baumbach, Gregory Crewdson, Jake Paltrow and Kent Jones will be on hand for the 11th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), taking place at venues including the Triplex Cinema and the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington and the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield, Mass., from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5.
The BIFF will showcase 70 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films from some 26 countries. The festival brings films, filmmakers, industry professionals, and film fans together for a four-day celebration of independent film featuring 26 documentaries, 26 narrative features and 17 short films. The international span of the festival includes films from Germany, Afghanistan, Brazil, Australia, Iran, England, India, France, China, Italy, Israel, Austria, Norway, Hungary, Argentina, Iceland, and others.