A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Gypsy-punk; an Americana art exhibit; an orchestral performance featuring Debussy; and a whole lot more.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Pioneer Valley-based Gypsy-punk ensemble Bella’s Bartok brings its fusion of Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, Bohemian punk and pop sensibilities to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, February 3, at 9pm.
Bella’s Bartok is a brassy, theatrical six-piece ensemble that melds Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, Bohemian punk with pop sensibilities. Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern and Central European music, blended with the sounds of vaudeville and the downtown avant-garde. The group will appeal to fans of Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Howard Fishman, and the Klezmatics.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “Americana,” a new exhibit that stages concrete and abstract symbols of American values in a striking selection of ballpoint pen drawings, wood and cardboard constructions, paintings, and photographs that recall contemporary “artifacts” relating to American history, culture, and tradition defined by previous centuries, is on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery through Sunday, March 12.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Orchestra Now, under the baton of Federico Cortese, performs works by Debussy, Barber, and Franck at the Fisher Center at Bard College on Saturday, February 4, at 8pm, and Sunday, February 5, at 2pm, in the Sosnoff Theater.
The Orchestra Now will perform an orchestral elegy, three symphonic sketches on the sea, and a full symphony. Works include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Debussy’s La mer, and Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson,” featuring works by three local photographers who find unconventional beauty beyond Hudson’s more well-trafficked main streets, is on view through February 19 at the Hudson Opera House. Exploring the parallel realities that exist in the city, “No Parking” features photographs dating back nearly two decades from local artists Lisa Durfee (exhibition organizer), William Hellermann, and Peter Spear.
(SHEFFIELD, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Amber Wolfe and artist-scientist Jarrod Fowler bring their unique fusion of folk and electronic music with field recordings gathered from nature to the Down County Social Club beneath the Stagecoach Tavern on Thursday, February 2, at 8pm.