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Rogovoy Report for March 27, 2015

Cultural highlights this week include a spoken word artist, a movie star, art openings and art talks, and a festival of honky-tonk music.

Carl Hancock Rux is poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, essayist, Bessie Award and OBIE Award winning theater and spoken word artist.  His work has explored race, religion, politics, sexuality, isolation, and personal relationships. Rux is one of several poets (including Paul Beatty, Tracie Morris, Kevin Powell, Maggie Estep, Reg E. Gaines, Edwin Torres and Saul Williams) to have emerged from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, most of whom were included in the poetry anthology “Aloud, Voices From the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” winner of the 1994 American Book Award. Rux is also a recording artist, first featured on Reg E. Gaines CD “Sweeper Don't Clean My Streets.” As a musician, his work encompasses an eclectic mixture of blues, rock, vintage R&B, classical music, futuristic pop, soul, poetry, folk, psychedelic music and jazz. Rux returns to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8 p.m., with his program, “Winter Song,” a unique blend of intimate songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to LiliBoulanger. Rux will be accompanied on the piano by Lon Kaiser, a Brooklyn-based composer and pianist known for his genre-bending, improvisational style.

Actress and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway will discuss suicide, mental illness and the stigma attached to both in conjunction with a screening of the documentary film about the Hemingway family, “Running From Crazy,” at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, on Saturday, at 2 p.m., in a co-presentation by Austen Riggs and the Berkshire International Film Festival.

SPACE-out-LINED, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Meryl Wilen-Greenfield, goes on view today at Knox Gallery at the Monterey Library. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at which the artist will talk briefly about her influences, work, and process, at 6:45 p.m.

Artists Richard Britell, Julio Granda, and Geoffrey Moss will take part in the first of a projected series of Artists Discussions at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield on Saturday at 5 p.m. The discussion topic will be “Abstraction,” and admission is free.

Moves & Countermoves, eleven exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in the graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art in the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will go on view starting Sunday, with an opening reception taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibition explores exhibition-making as a game of establishing and breaking its own rules of engagement.

And finally, Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue, a mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins, returns to Club Helsinki Hudson tonight at 9 p.m., featuring the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson (of Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops), and other special guests. The house band for the evening will be Chops and Sauerkraut, featuring Seth Travins on guitar and Michael “Chops” Laconte on bass.

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