A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place over the next two weekends in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Laney Jones & the Spirits; Baroque violin music; documentary photography; and a moving portrait of Marina Abramovic.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Americana outfit Laney Jones and the Spirits bring their rock-fueled string-band music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, June 23, at 8pm. Local heroes Chops and Sauerkraut, joined by steel guitar player Teddy Weber of the Wiyos, will warm up the crowd for Laney Jones. With their melodic hooks and bashing rhythms and lyrics about getting drunk and having a good time – as well as those lead guitar lines snaking through the whole song – the group can sound like the Replacements led by a banjo-playing female.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Aston Magna artistic director Daniel Stepner, on baroque violin, leads “The Trio Sonata,” a collection of violin works by Handel, Corelli, Purcell and Leclair, and a newly commissioned work for period instruments by Alex Burtzos, at Bard College on Friday, June 24. Stepner is joined by Brazilian violinist Edson Scheid, with Aston Magna ensemble members Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Matthew Placek’s breathtaking work, “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramovic,” a 3D “moving portrait,” remains on view at the Second Ward Foundation through Sunday, June 26. The stunning “130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramovic” is artist Matthew Placek’s debut work in his series of 3D video portraits. The moving portraits extend Placek’s ongoing pursuit to immortalize his subjects’ past, present, and future in a single composition. Shot in one take and without dialogue, these short films offer rare, uninterrupted moments with artists as they interact with surroundings meaningful to each of them. The immersive, multi-layered and profoundly suggestive installation remains on view through June 26 at the former Charles Williams School building, now a multi-purpose arts center.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Lives Not Numbers,” an exhibition by documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack, opens in the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson with a reception on Saturday, June 24, at 5pm. In their first collaboration, documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack present a series of photographs to reveal the lives behind numbers reported in mass tragedies.