Category: Arts & Entertainment

Window On Hudson Presents Jacob Graham Art Exhibition & Performance, August 2021

In partnership with The Hudson Eye, Window On Hudson presents its first performance based artist in “Jacob Graham’s Creatures of Yes in Suspended Animation.”  Graham will be presenting videos as well as live performance from August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.  

Viewers will find a variety of Graham’s short films being simultaneously projected in the storefront windows 24/7.  The exhibition continues indoors with additional videos amid a fully realized environment, transporting the visitor into the land occupied by the Creatures of Yes.    

When asked about his films, Graham says “‘The Creatures of Yes’ are short puppet films sort of like an educational television show from another dimension – somewhat magical and with subtle bits of humor throughout.  The main idea is that they’d be a time travel experiment, only using cameras and other equipment from the 1970s and earlier.  Most of the films I enjoy are old, so I wanted to make something old too.

In some ways the experiment worked. Many people have told me they’ve stumbled upon the films and actually thought they were from the ‘70s.  But my goal was never to trick people; it was just to point out that time, as we know it, is a human construct that could be played with.

This exhibit, ‘Suspended Animation,’ is the first time I’ve shown the components of these films: sets, props, and of course the puppets – in a lifeless state. I hope when people experience the exhibit that time will stand still, or… at least feel a little muddled.”

In explaining the live performances, he says “‘Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’ is a live, object puppetry performance piece.  It presents the fallen angel as ‘the light bearer’, electrifying the global celebration of man’s achievements and hinting at ominous consequences for that progress.  This piece plays with layers of time and considers it as subject matter, stylistic veneer, and audience perspective – the setting of the piece is 1893 Chicago, the performance style is mid-century New York City, and the audience perspective is the present (for now).”  

The short film “An Educational Program on Gender” was made a couple years ago with my frequent collaborator Stoph Scheer. It discusses gender identity and sexuality in a way that’s somewhat meandering and mischievous. It aims to demystify the topics but perhaps leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. I like to think of this film as a sort of reverse-time capsule: inserting a positive educational program about alternative gender expression into the 1970s.”

An Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, August 14th from 6-9pm in conjunction with the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  

DATES/TIMES: August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021

Three different live performances will take place throughout the month:

Saturday, August 14th, 6-9pm on the hour and half hour – “An Educational Program On Gender”

Saturday, August 21st, 6 and 7:30pm – “Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” 

Monday, September 6th, 1pm – The Hudson Eye Artist Talk and Closing Salon with “Mary Broomfellow reading visitors predictions of the future.”

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 and your health seriously.  It follows the most current federal, state and local guidelines for safety.  As the population of Hudson is diverse we ask that masks be worn indoors.  

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New Lebanon Music in the Park Series Returns w/ Community Picnic, Aug 1

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The town of New Lebanon’s “Music in the Park” series returns for the first program since 2019, on Sunday, August 1st.  The town’s Community Picnic will take place at the same time in a combined event to celebrate New Lebanon and our emergence from the restrictions of “COVID Year 2020”. 

As in the past, the Music in the Park bands will have links to our community.  First up at 1:00 PM, Linda Worster and David Grover, “honorary residents” of New Lebanon, will bring their magical mix of folk, soft rock and original music to our pavilion.

The second band, starting at 2:45 PM, will be New Lebanon’s The Echoes (Tistrya Houghtling, Judy Zimmer, and Doug Banker, with help from the Houghtling kids).  They will be playing many of your favorite folk, pop and rock tunes with ukuleles and guitars, with Julian on drums. Kids will have fun with giant lawn games and a bouncy house.

The Community Picnic is hosted by the New Lebanon Recreation Commission, which provides grilled burgers and hot dogs (donated by community businesses), donated soft drinks, condiments, sweet corn, etc.  People who attend are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish or dessert to share.

Craft beer by local Roaring 20’s Brewery will be available for purchase as well.  Community members may volunteer to assist with setup, cleaning of the pavilion tables, etc.  Also needed is someone to direct parking, primarily early in the event as people arrive.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 1, 2021 / 1pm

ADMISSION: Free

LOCATION: Shatford Park – Pavilion
14755 NY 22
New Lebanon, NY 12125

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Art Omi, Oh My! A Picnic Party in the Park, Jul 24

Art Omi is hosting an Evening of Celebration, Community, Creativity and all things Art at the Sculpture and Architecture Park on July 24th.

Bring your own Fabulous Fantasy Picnic blanket (or let Bartlett House provide), basket and elegant dinner to celebrate your creative flair.

Support Art Omi by buying tickets for only $100 per person! You’ll receive:

– Specialty Cocktail 

– Entry in the Creative Hat Contest and a chance to be featured on Art Omi’s Instagram

– Entry in a raffle for a $100 gift card from the Punctilious Mr. P’s Placecard Company

– Your song added to our Spotify Picnic Playlist, specially curated by Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Art Omi: Music 

– World Premier of a Sunset Performance by Renowned Sound Artist, Phil Kline 

– A fabulous time!!!

Unable to join in person? Support Omi from the comfort of your own home, by being a community sponsor and providing free tickets to members of our community! You can still participate by sending in a photo or video of your extravegant picnic hat before the event to enter the hat contest. You’ll be entered into the raffle, and you can add music to the Picnic Playlist! 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 24, 2021 / 5pm – 8:30pm

LOCATIONOmi International Arts Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075

COST: $100 per person
Available online here

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests Caleb Teicher & Company at PS21, Jul 24

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, presents Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests Caleb Teicher & Company, on July 24th.

Orpheus’ 34 member musicians work together as a collective and rotate leadership roles for all works performed, giving flight to unconventional interpretations. This democratic structure also extends to organizational functions including programming and governance: the orchestra elects three members to Artistic Director positions and three to the Board of Trustees.

Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Teicher began their career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance (The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group), Lindy Hop (Syncopated City Dance Company), and musical theater (West Side Story International Tour and London).

As a solo performer and collaborator, Teicher is known for choreographic collaborations with diverse musical talents: world-champion beatboxer Chris Celiz, composer/pianist Conrad Tao; the National Symphony Orchestra, and indie rock legends Ben Folds and Regina Spektor.

In 2015, Caleb shifted their creative focus towards Caleb Teicher & Company, a creative home for incubating new concert dance works from Teicher’s unique perspective.

Toronto-based percussionist Britton-René Collins finds passion in the art of contemporary percussion performance. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Britton-René has dedicated her artistry to shaping a more inclusive community for all musicians to thrive in equally. She was awarded the Ambassador Prize for exceptional musicianship and demonstrating an active commitment to creating social change through her music. She recently launched a blog where she discusses her experiences in facing various challenges as a minority musician.

Britton-René actively expands her knowledge and skills in a vast pool of contrasting genres, which she believes enhances her musicianship and performance techniques. Her experience includes studies of classical, contemporary, global, and new music.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 24, 2021 / 8:30pm

TICKETS: $100 – $200
Available Online

LOCATION: PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY 12037

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Colonial Theatre’s Outside Under the Tent: The Wizard of Oz

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Colonial Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz, running from July 23rd through August 15th.

The Berkshire Theatre Group’s extensive education program is now serving 11,000 school children and this year the well-loved community production is back! Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Join America’s original heroine Dorothy as she leads her friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow on a journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. Set in Kansas during the 20th century, this brand new, reimagined musical adventure is full of world travelers, festive carnival’s and spectacular sideshows for families outside under the Big Tent on the grounds of Berkshire Theatre’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Featuring the classic songs, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  

By Frank L. Baum with music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background music by Herbert Stothart
Book adaptation by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

Directed by E. Gray Simons III
Music direction by Jacob Kerzner
Choreography by Isadora Wolfe

The Colonial Theatre’s ‘Outside Under the Tent’ productions are held under an open-air tent in The Colonial Theatre parking lot. Seating is General Admission and based on party size and social distancing protocols.

DATE/TIMEFriday, July 23 – Sunday, August 15, 2021 / 2pm Matinees & 7pm Evening
Click here for full schedule

TICKETSAdult: $50, Child (16 and Under): $25
Some shows are already running low on tickets. 
To purchase, visit www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

LOCATIONThe Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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