The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include new museum shows, chamber music, literary readings, rock and roll, plus a whole lot more.
A new exhibition called "Extreme Nature!" opens at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., on Saturday, and runs through February 3. “Extreme Nature” examines how nature’s extremes permeated artistic imagery throughout the 19th century. More than 35 prints, drawings, photographs, and books included in the exhibit explore how artists absorbed and responded to emerging research to probe nature — from volatile weather patterns and celestial activity to the earth’s cavernous depths.
Over at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, a new exhibition opening tomorrow focuses on the work of Golden Age illustrator Frank E. Schoonover. With more than 80 original works, American Visions traces the creative journey and eventful life of Schoonover, whose vivid, dynamic work was deeply informed by his own numerous wilderness voyages, undertaken to fulfill his belief that artists should live what they paint. The show includes major oil paintings, historical book illustrations, and dramatically staged adventure paintings created for such classic stories as Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, and Ivanhoe.
Fans of chamber music are in luck this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Crescendo presents THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET: Celebrating Life in England and New England,
its fall choral program featuring 17th century composer Henry Purcell and 20th century composer Sir John Tavener. The music of the prize-winning Connecticut-born composer Scott Perkins commemorates New England life, and includes music composed to poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Concerts are Saturday at 6pm at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Mass., and Sunday at 4pm at Trinity Church in Lakeville, Conn.
And in Kinderhook, N.Y, Concerts in the Village presents over 80 regional musicians of the Broad Street Chorale and Broad Street Orchestra performing works by Mozart at Kinderhook Reformed Church on Sunday at 3pm. The concert includes Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin, viola and orchestra, and his famous Requiem in D minor.
And for the literary types among you, it’s time once again for the monthly free reading series Volume, which comes around every second Saturday of the month at 7pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. Saturday’s lineup includes author Madelaine Lucas and poets Sadie Dupuis and Jessica Hornik.
Rock ‘n’ rollers take heart, we’ve got something for you this weekend. In fact, we have a rock ‘n’ roll doubleheader for you on Saturday night at Club Helsinki Hudson featuring Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys bringing their swinging brand of neo-rockabilly, and Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles bringing her rootsy, twangy blend of country, blues, R&B, and cowpunk.
And over at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians reunite with “Rocket,” their first new music in a dozen years, a full 30 years after they grabbed your attention with their debut Top Ten hit, “What I Am.” That’s Saturday night at 8 at the Bardavon.
Seth Rogovoy is editor of the Rogovoy Report, available online at rogovoyreport.com