A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y. region, including a season-ending dance performance; a reunion of Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters; art openings; a celebration of books and writers; and a whole lot more.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Parsons Dance brings down the curtain on the third annual Chatham Dance Festival and the performing arts summer season at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century with its 11th consecutive appearance at PS21 on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3, at 8pm.
Internationally renowned for creating and performing accessible and enriching dance of extraordinary artistry, the modern dance ensemble will present new work by choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowksa, as well as works by artistic director David Parsons.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Dave and Phil Alvin, who cofounded seminal early LA punk-roots band The Blasters in 1979, bring their brotherly reunion tour to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 3, at 9pm. Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones continue to make up for lost time, which also happens to be the name of their most recent album, “Lost Time.” Helsinki Hudson’s favorite goddess of twang-rock, Sarah Borges, will warm up the crowd for this celebration of the power of brotherly love.
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Spencertown Academy’s 11th annual Festival of Books, featuring a giant used book sale, two days of discussions with and readings by esteemed authors, and a children’s program, takes place over Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 3, through Monday, September 5. Featured authors this year include Christopher Breiseth, Elizabeth Brundage, Michelle Hoover, Courtney Maum, David Pietrusza, Ruth Reichl, Russell Shorto, Will Swift, Mark Wunderlich, and Steve Yarbrough.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Abstraction,” featuring new painting, sculpture, and collage by Robert C. Morgan, Jack Walls, Bruce Murphy, Gabriel de la Portilla, and Joe Wheaton, celebrates with an artist’s reception at Carrie Haddad Gallery on Saturday, September 3, from 5 to 7pm and remains on view through October 16. Also on view is “Nude Men,” a group photography exhibit, in the upstairs gallery.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Sorrow in Sunlight,” an exhibition of new works by Marc Swanson, remains on view at the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. In this new body of work, Swanson examines the experience and emotions of moving from New York City to the Upper Hudson Valley through installation, sculpture, abstraction and metaphor. The exhibition is co-presented by Jeff Bailey Gallery.