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Arts & Culture

Rogovoy Report For March 4, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic cinema, gothic chamber-folk, a former poet laureate, a classic opera, a modern opera, a string trio, and a whole lot more…

Hudson’s own Dust Bowl Faeries, a gothic chamber-folk outfit led by Ryder Cooley, celebrates the release of its eponymous debut album at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday at 8pm. The band will be joined by a handful of guest musicians, including Rasputina’sMeloraCreager and the Replacements Tommy Stinson, who appear on the album, which was recorded in and around Hudson and, in the interests of full disclosure, which was produced by yours truly.

Alloy Orchestra mastermind Ken Winokur brings his new film and live music project Psychedelic Cinema, which revitalizes cult filmmaker Ken Brown’s Super 8 films from the late 1960s, to Club B10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, at 8pm. Winokur and his accomplices overlay his signature junk percussion, melodic clarinets and keyboards, and recorded speeches and audio artifacts over the video projections - once used as light shows for Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and Sly and the Family Stone - to dazzling effect.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the 2007 National Book Award for poetry, will give a reading of his work at Williams College on Monday, at 7pm, in the '62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theater. Hass is the author of six poetry collections, including “Time and Materials,” which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and 2007 National Book Award; “Praise,” winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; and “Field Guide,” selected by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Younger Poets series.

Also at Williams, violinist JoanaGenova and pianist VassilyPrimakov are featured guests in a weekend of free concerts. Primakov plays the Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, by Mozart, with the Berkshire Symphony in Chapin Hall tonight at 8pm, in a concert also featuring Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Mussorgsky’s monumental “Pictures at an Exhibition.” JoanaGenova joins violinist Heather Braun and pianist Michael Brown in a trio concert featuring works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich on Saturday, on Saturday at 4pm in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, in a concert also featuring the world premiere of “Fantasy for Two Violins” by Williamstown composer Stephen Dankner.

An innovative exhibition of the work of Berkshire architect Stephen Dietemann, along with that of three photographers who have documented his work, goes on view in the BerkshireNow gallery space at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on Saturday, and will remain on display through Sunday, May 22.

A double-bill of fully staged operas including “HiggletyPigglety Pop!” by Oliver Knussen, with libretto by Maurice Sendak, based on his book of the same name, and “The Magic Flute, Redux” by Mozart, will be performed by the Graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College tonight at 7pm, and again on Sunday, at 2pm.

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