The weekend’s cultural highlights in our region include spaced-out funk, 20th century classical, dance, visual artists, show tunes …. plus a whole lot more
Prolific young Brooklyn musician and producer John Wolfe brings his band, Huck, and his spaced-out funk music outside under the stars in Courtyard D at MASS MoCA in North Adams for two shows on Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30pm. With Huck, Wolfe lays down wry, slightly woozy vocals over smooth funk and spaced-out beats.
Dancer and poet Ian Spencer Bell performs Banderole, a new solo, at The Mount in Lenox, Mass., today through Monday, August 31, at 5pm. Audience members are invited to view the live performance at a safe, social distance from the lawn and in the forecourt, where chairs are provided. The event is free, and a conversation with the artist follows.
Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Conor Hanick perform back-to-back solo concerts at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y., tonight and Saturday, both nights at 7pm, as part of the Modern Music Fest series. Miranda Cuckson will perform works by Bach, Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, and Pierre Boulez. Conor Hanick will perform Galina Ustvolskaya’s Six Piano Sonatas. All PS21 Modern Music Fest concerts are livestreamed from the PS21 Facebook LIVE Page at the time of the event.
Violinists Hannah Lynn Cohen and Jeremiah Blacklow will perform “The Evolution of the Violin Duo,” a program that will include violin duo selections from the Baroque era up to contemporary 20th-century duets, as part of Bobbie’s Summer Series at the Unicorn Theatre Patio on the Stockbridge campus of Berkshire Theatre Group on Saturday at 7pm. Berkshire native Hannah Lynn Cohen has been collaborating with and studying under master teachers on a national and global scale for over fifteen years. Jeremiah Blacklow grew up in Boston, where he began studying violin at age three. He was a student of Catherine Cho and Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School and has also studied with Itzhak Perlman.
It’s your last chance to catch The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring the most-beloved songs by songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, presented by Barrington Stage Company at the Tartell Family Outdoor Stage at the former Polish Community Club in downtown Pittsfield tonight at 6pm and Saturday at 3 and 6pm. The concert features songs from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
An exhibition of new works by Berkshire-born and bred Michael Zelehoski is on view at Bernay Fine Art in Great Barrington now through Monday, September 21. Zelehoski is an internationally renowned mixed media artist who has exhibited around the globe. His works are represented in major collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, most notably at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which acquired his monumental, 35 ft. piece Open House in the spring of 2015. Zelehoski uses a unique wooden inlay technique to create his work.
New ceramic works by Peter Pincus inspired by three of Sol LeWitts wall drawings on view in Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA, are on view at Ferrin Contemporary on the MASS MoCA campus now through Sunday, October 11, as part of the gallery’s Art in the Age of Influence series. Using color theory and formulaic design patterns as points of departure, Pincus creates brightly colored vessels and expansive tile murals inspired by Sol LeWitt’s distinctive style.
The Hudson Eye - Edition #2, an artist-driven, 10-day annual public program with a focus on dance, music, performance, film, visual art, and “Hot Topic” panel discussions covering topics of concern to the creative community of Hudson and beyond, begins today and runs through Monday, September 7, online and at physical locations throughout the city of Hudson. The 20-odd artists and performers taking part in this year’s festival include photographer and filmmaker Bibbe Hansen, also known as Beck’s mom, interdisciplinary artist Laetitia Hussain, visual artist Tschabalala Self, choreographer and performer Nathalie Jonas, visual artist and filmmaker Shikeith, musicians Vitaly Vatulya and Maria Nemtsova, and interdisciplinary artist Filiz Soyak, among many others.
An all-star cast pays tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ album online via the Bardavon on Sunday at 8pm, as part of the Bardavon’s free online series “Albums Revisited.” Musicians including Jack DeJohnette & John Medeski, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, John Sebastian, and a trio featuring Happy Traum, Cindy Cashdollar, and longtime Dylan band member Larry Campbell will pay tribute to Bob Dylan performing such career-defining hits as “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Desolation Row,” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” The concert will be streamed for free on the Bardavon’s YouTube channel
Seth Rogovoy is editor of the Rogovoy Report, available at rogovoyreport.com
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