Rogovoy Report 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

The weekend highlights in our region include a multimedia work in progress, a violin concerto, a homecoming for a folk music icon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Indian music, Hudson Valley landscapes, and a whole lot more.

Acclaimed violinist Yevgeny Kutik will perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Berkshire Symphony in a free concert in Chapin Hall at Williams College tonight at 8pm. Kutik was born in Minsk in 1985, and settled with his family as Jewish refugees in the Berkshires in 1990. Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. The orchestra will also perform works by Honneger, Piston, and George Gershwin’s “American in Paris.”

Rising comedian Bernadette Pauley headlines a trifecta of stand-up comics at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn in South Egremont, Mass., tonight at 8pm. Also on the bill are Danny Cohen and the Barn’s own Jenny Rubin.

Australian choreographer Lee Serle presents a hands-on theater and sculpture work-in-progress exploring consumerism and individualism in America in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Sat at 8pm. Serle’s cutting-edge work is in collaboration with Colombian visual artist Mateo López and Lebanese theater director Maya Zbib. 

Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie brings “The Arlo Guthrie Family Show” to the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington Mass. – something of a hometown gig - on Saturday at 8pm. Arlo’s dad Woody Guthrie had hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. The Re:Generation Tour realizes Woody’s dream through the inspiring work of Arlo and his children, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse, best known for her three decades covering the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times, will discuss her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, as part of the Speaker Series at Stockbridge Library on Saturday at 4pm.

An exhibition of contemporary Hudson Valley Landscapes by artists including Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Leigh Palmer, and Harry Orlyk is on view at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, N.Y., now through the end of the year. An opening reception for the artists takes place on Saturday from 5 to 7pm. 

Americana music scion Justin Townes Earle - the son of Steve Earle - will bring his country-inflected brand of folk-rock to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday at 8pm. Nashville singer-songwriter Joshua Hedley warms up the crowd for Earle.

Fans of sitar and Indian classical music have two chances to catch the world-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shafaat Khan on his “East Meets West” tour, which stops at the Linda, WAMC’s performing arts space in Albany, on Saturday at 8pm, and again at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Sunday, at 2pm. The concert will include traditional music and contemporary fusion.

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

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