Rogovoy Report 8/19/22
With so much going on culturally speaking in our region, this is my highly selective, curated snapshot of some of the most promising events happening this weekend …
Indie pop artist Ciarra Fragale, formerly of the Hudson Valley and currently based in North Adams, Mass., performs on the outdoor terrace at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., tonight at 6pm, in a new, free concert series featuring regional musicians. Fragale writes intimate, emotional portraits disguised as jaunty, new-wave numbers. You can also catch Fragale at Masonic Street Live in Northampton, Mass., on Saturday night, and at the Avalon Lounge in Catskill, N.Y., on Friday, September 9. Highly recommended if you like the Pretenders and Chrissie Hyde and French indie-pop group Phoenix. (Fri, Aug 19; also Aug 20 and Sep 9)
Hello, This Is Radio 477!, Ukraine’s first jazz musical, was written in 1929 by Yuliy Meitus as a musical portrait of the city of Kharkiv. Last year, Ukrainian theater artists and Serhiy Zhadan, a celebrated poet from Kharkiv, created a new theater piece out of the work, which was scheduled to debut in Kharkiv this past March. But then Russia invaded Ukraine. The new work will be staged at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y., tonight and Saturday night at 8pm. Legendary New York downtown pianist Anthony Coleman will lead a live orchestra in his revival and adaptation of Meitus’s original score. (Fri-Sat, Aug 19 and 20)
Berkshire Opera Festival’s 2022 season culminates with a new staging of Mozart’s comedy-tragedy masterpiece Don Giovanni at the Mahaiwe on Saturday at 1pm; Tuesday, August 23, at 7:30pm; and Friday, August 26, at 7:30pm. (Sat, Aug 20; Tues, Aug 23; Fri, Aug 26)
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot begins its run at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., tonight, as does Measure for Measure at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Also at Barrington Stage this weekend, Broadway singer and actress Grace McLean brings her original cabaret act on Sunday at 8pm. (Fri, Aug 19 and on; Sun, Aug 21)
Jazz composer and vibraphonist Bill Ware brings his original score to the 1926 silent film, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” to Olana in Hudson, N.Y., tonight at 7pm. Ware and his group will perform his evocative score to this animated fairy tale screening outdoors as part of Olana’s “Movie Under the Stars” series. (Fri, Aug 19)
Adventurous pianist Glenn Zaleski will play jazz standards alongside his own, compelling compositions and improvisations in a solo performance at the Garage at Chatham in Chatham, N.Y., on Saturday at 6pm. (Sat, Aug 20)
Seth Rogovoy is editor of the Rogovoy Report, available at rogovoyreport.com.
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