Posts Tagged ‘Hudson’

COMEDY: Unitard’s “House of Tards” @ Stageworks/Hudson on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 26th, 2015
The comedy trio Unitard (David Ilku, Mike Albo and Nora Burns) perform “House of Tards” (photo: Tom Ackerman)

The comedy trio Unitard (David Ilku, Mike Albo and Nora Burns) perform “House of Tards” (photo: Tom Ackerman)

It’s been described as “incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious,” and has recently played LA, SF and New York City’s legendary Stonewall Inn. The acclaimed show House of Tards by the comedy trio Unitard returns to Hudson’s Stageworks/Hudson for one night only on Saturday (June 27), directed by Paul Dobie (assistant director for Broadway productions of Cabaret, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Unitard – the NYC sketch comedy trio formed by Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku – is wildly twisted, outspoken and fabulous. For over 15 years, they have performed from coast to coast at such venues and festivals as We’re Funny That Way, the Aspen Comedy Festival, Toyota Comedy Festival, Joe’s Pub, HBO Workspace, PS122, Highways, Sketchfest, the Andy Warhol Museum, Theater Offensive and more. Some of their work has been featured on, CNN, Bravo, VH1, Logo TV and Comedy Central.

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LIVE: Ryley Walker @ the Half Moon, 5/16/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Review by Greg Haymes
Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

Ryler Walker has big ears and an open heart – which is to say that his daring music is a deftly blended amalgam of a multitude of musical genres and he isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line, emotionally speaking.

In support of his stunning, recently released sophomore album, Primrose Green, the 25-year-old Chicago-based acoustic guitar phenom made his Nippertown debut recently at the Half Moon in Hudson. It was a dazzling hour-long display of the American Primitivism guitar stylings pioneered by John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang and carried into the 21st century by such fretboard masters as Daniel Bachman, Steve Gunn and William Tyler – mind-boggling finger-picking rooted in traditional folk, but applied to more of an avant-garde, neo-classical aesthetic.

Accompanied by the sublimely understated electric guitar playing of Brian Sulpizio, Walker sat on a stool, bent over his guitar in concentration, often swiveling his whole body back and forth in a physical manifestation of the trance-like musical groove that they conjured up together. Following a seven-minute instrumental introduction, Walker slid gracefully into “On the Banks of the Old Kishawaukee,” which proved to be the most traditional sounding selection of his hour-long set. It was, however, hardly traditional.

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James Lecesne Brings “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” to Club Helsinki on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 10th, 2015

James Lecesne’s “Leonard Pelkey” is a masterpiece of storytelling

James Lecesne’s “Leonard Pelkey” is a masterpiece of storytelling


By Larry Murray

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is a one man show written and performed by James Lecesne. It has received rave reviews in New York City, so I was delighted to learn that it has been booked into Club Helsinki in Hudson for one night only on Sunday (April 12) at 8pm. Tickets are $40 reserved; $25 for limited bar seating. To secure tickets call 518.828.4800.

A show about the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy should not, logically speaking, leave you beaming with joy. And yet that’s the paradoxical effect of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” a superlative solo show at Dixon Place written and performed by James Lecesne, himself a pretty darn dazzling beacon of theatrical talent. When he disappeared, Leonard was wearing a pair of rainbow-colored platform sneakers that he’d made himself by gluing half a dozen flip-flops to the bottom of Converse high-tops.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times

It was some 40 years ago that a multi-talented Emerson College student James Lecesne and I worked together, he filling the role as stage manager for Boston’s Pocket Mime Theatre at the Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street. We would spend a lot of time talking about life in general and theatre in particular. Who knew then that he would one day create and star in this wonderful and challenging play, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, which ran last month at Dixon Place in Manhattan’s lower east side. I was the fundraiser and publicist for the little mime company with a candy box stage and no dressing rooms, an early force (along with the Boston Repertory Theatre and Cambridge Ensemble) that helped start the explosive growth of theater in Boston in recent decades. Back then, mime was no easy sell, and things have not changed much in the interim. Mime still gets very little respect and is a sure-fire laugh on tv shows like “Saturday Night Live.”

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Brick x Brick: Time + Space Limited’s Indiegogo Campaign

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Time + Space in Hudson

Time + Space Limited in Hudson

Hudson bills itself as “The Walkable City,” but city and state funding for its wide, fully-paved sidewalks is only available for the major streets in commercial areas that already see foot traffic.

The longtime grassroots arts organization Time + Space Limited is located on Columbia Street, a major truck route through the city, and its rubble and pothold-strewn sidewalks have been decimated by years of heavy commercial traffic. Linda Mussmann and Claudia Bruce, TSL’s co-founders and co-directors, lobbied New York State and City of Hudson organizations for months to replace the sidewalks, to no avail.

Last fall, in a quest to make their neighborhood more accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians, they decided to take on the project themselves, leaving them with a $30,000 bill — a hefty price for a not-for-profit arts organization that runs on a shoestring budget.

Now TSL is hoping to raise $35,000 through its current Indiegogo campaign, which runs through Tuesday (March 31), to cover the cost of the sidewalk along with fees and rewards. All donations are tax deductible, and rewards will include TSL memberships and invitations to an exclusive event for “sidewalk sponsors.”

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LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Club Helsinki, 1/16/15

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

A chilly mid-January night in Hudson did not have a ghost of a chance of preventing a full house from throwing it down with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Club Helsinki.

It was a Friday night of perpetual wow moments – grooves and solos so sneaky they could untie your shoe laces; and vocals so sultry that heatstroke was imminent. As for the songs, they ranged from deep soul and funk to holla-to-your-mama blues and hip-hop with a dash of reggae and New Orleans second line strut thrown in for good measure.

Based out of Brooklyn, the seven-piece band led by singer extraordinaire Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe hit it and didn’t quit for over two hours. Opening with “Crawdaddies” was a masterstroke, setting a tone that the party would not wait. Phil Rodriguez (trumpet) and Brian Graham (baritone sax) opened the tune, Jackson Kincheloe cranked up the blues harp, and Sister Sparrow was in full got-ya mode, dancing and singing with gusto. The place went nuts. Shifting gears to a slow, bluesy cadence, the band dug into “Don’t Be Jealous (Just Me and the Fellas)”, and the soul testifying had the crowd singing along. Three new songs from the forthcoming album – “Sugar,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “We Need a Love” – brought a dash of disco, some slide guitar-meets-harmonica blues, and Ann Peebles-styled soul testifying respectively.

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LIVE: Lee Fields & the Expressions @ Club Helsinki, 12/31/14

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Photographs by FlyerSquad

It’s sooooooouuul time!

Old-school soul, baby. Lee Fields recorded his first single back in 1969, and he’s still got the stuff. Tearing it up with his band, the Expressions, Fields rang in the new year with a howling, sweat-soaked performance at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

If you missed him, well, never fear. The folks at Helsinki promise that they’ll be bringing him back soon…

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LIVE: The Bruce Katz Band @ Club Helsinki, 12/27/14

Friday, January 16th, 2015
The Bruce Katz Band

The Bruce Katz Band

Review and photographs by Wanda Callagy

During the past year, I had seen keyboardist Bruce Katz and guitarist Chris Vitarello at one of Club Helsinki’s regular Pro Jams, and after reading that they had been nominated for a prestigious Blues Music Award, I decided to attend their CD release party for their new album, Homecoming. I wanted to see and hear why they will be attending the awards show at Memphis’ Cook Convention Center and why they are part of this 36th annual event which hands out the highest accolades afforded to blues musicians.

Aside from the great attributes of Club Helsinki itself – which promotes a great atmosphere with a varied menu to enjoy the best of lighting and sound – I was very happy I ventured there.

These thoughts come from a music lover who, in all honesty, has always thought of keyboard players (piano and/or organ) as “filler” – part of the backing band for a talented guitarist. I admit it.

Recently, a few musicians have changed my mind, including the Bruce Katz Band. In fact, their music amazed me that December night, and I did not want their second set to end.

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Home Bass 2: Tommy Stinson Headlines Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki, 4/10/12

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Tommy Stinson – founding member of legendary rock band the Replacements and a touring member of stadium-rockers Guns n’ Roses – will headline Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends, a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Saturday, January 3.

Stinson has tapped Happiness (featuring three of the five members of indie-rock group Deer Tick) to back him up for a set that will draw from his solo work, as well the repertoire of his former bands Bash & Pop and Perfect, and other projects.

Stinson is also curating the evening’s entertainment, which will feature performances by Rhett Miller, Elvis Perkins, Jesse Malin, Dust Bowl Faeries, Ruby Stinson and other surprise guests.

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