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Rogovoy Report For March 11, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a two-day comedy festival, dueling lectures by New Yorker writers, an environmental film festival, a roots-rock trio, a recital of trombone music, a fusion of Mexican-American folk-rock and folk dance, and a whole lot more…

TigNotaro headlines the inaugural High Mud Comedy Festival today and tomorrow at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Hosted by NPR’s OphiraEisenberg and featuring comedians Sean Patton and Dave Hill, the festival, curated by Jay Tarses, the TV comedy writer and executive producer of “The Bob Newhart Show”, will also feature a Berkshire-based comedy slate organized by and including Pittsfield’s Thomas Attila Lewis, North Adams-based humorist Seth Brown, and Adams-based Mark Jagiello.

Simultaneous lectures by New Yorker writers Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sixth Extinction” and “Field Notes from a Catastrophe,” and music critic par excellence Alex Ross, pose a dilemma for those wanting to hear both at Williams College today at 4:15pm. Both talks are free and open to the public. And someone at Williams needs to get a better calendar.

Project Native will host its 6th annual Environmental Film Festival at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will showcase 25 feature and short films on a range of current environmental topics. Admission is free and open to the public.

Works by Andrew Zdziarski are featured in the exhibition “Reworded: Paintings by Andrew Zdziarski,” at Knox Gallery in the Monterey, Mass., Library, today through April 23. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Saturday from 6 to 7:30 pm.

A recital of American music for trombone, featuring Ronald Barron, retired principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will take place at Richmond Congregational Church on Sunday at 3pm. The concert, which will benefit the Richmond Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund, also includes pianist Larry Wallach, cornetist Allan Dean, violinist Ron Gorevic, and Greg Spirodopoulos conducting the University of Massachusetts Trombone Choir, performing a cross-section of American musical culture. Three of the composers of music played at the concert will be in attendance to speak about their compositions.

Tarbox Ramblers brings its patented blend of raw roots and blues music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday at 9pm. Longtime favorites of Helsinki audiences going back to the club’s roots in Great Barrington, the Tarbox Ramblers are left-field traditionalists whose rough-hewn, direct sound has drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered, the New Yorker, and many more.  

Authors and poets including Cara Benson, Andrea Kleine, Jim McDermott, and Rebecca Keith will read from their works at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, N.Y., on Saturday at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by a set by DJ Salinger.

And finally, multiple Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American rock band Los Lobos combines forces with Ballet FolkloricoMexicano at UPAC in Kingston, N.Y., on Saturday, at 8pm, for the Fiesta Mexicano Tour, celebrating the Mexican-American experience through song, dance, music, and film, highlighting the many notable achievements and contributions of Mexican-Americans throughout U.S. history, in this new multimedia production.

Seth Rogovoy is editor of Berkishire Daily and the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com