Posts Tagged ‘Hudson’

Queer & Campy Whodunit: “Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy. Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

“Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy.” Photo by John Goddard via The Broadway

By Larry Murray

Not to be missed on Sunday (April 17) at Club Helsinki in Hudson is Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels which is a “queer and campy whodunit” written and produced by Chris Harder parodying the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries beloved by baby-boomers. This co-production of GayHudson.com and BigGayHudsonValley.com features some of New York City’s hottest names in burlesque, drag and circus performers. The show will also play ar Canvas in Poughkeepsie at 9:30pm tonight (Friday, April 15) and 9:30pm on Saturday (April 16) at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale with a final Greater Nippertown performance at 7pm on Sunday (April 17) at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

It does seem a shame that a Berkshire venue like Mr. Finn’s Cabaret run by Barrington Stage, or the Garage Club at the Colonial run by the Berkshire Theatre Group couldn’t join this consortium of venues for affordable entertainment directed at the LGBT community.

Sporadically on view at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theater off and on through Sunday, May 15, this live theatrical parody of teen detective novels of a bygone era co-stars two of burlesque’s hottest performers, Chris Harder and Nasty Canasta, in an evening that blends comedy, mystery, drag and stripping. The cast and crew makes their way to neighboring Hudson, delighting the region’s lovers of unconventional theater, not to mention the LGBT community.

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Charles Busch in Catskill & Hudson Before Opening in “Cleopatra” in NYC [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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By Larry Murray

Following in the footsteps of Sarah Bernhardt, Tallulah Bankhead, Claudette Colbert, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Busch will soon give the world his own original, outrageous and majestic take on the fabled Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. History will never be the same. In his newest show, directed by longtime collaborator Carl Andress, the performer will take to the stage at the Theater for a New City in NYC with his unique interpretation of the fabled Egyptian queen in “Charles Busch’s Cleopatra,” running from March 25-April 17.

Prior to that, the tireless Busch will return to Greater Nippertown for performances at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill at 6pm on Saturday (February 20) and at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 7pm on Sunday (February 21). For this visit, Busch will present a special sneak preview of another new show, The Lady at the Mic, which will have its official world premiere in late February as part of the acclaimed Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series. In this show, Busch – a two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award – pays tribute in song and word to four cabaret legends (Julie Wilson, Mary Cleere Haran, Elaine Stritch and Polly Bergen) plus Joan Rivers, all of whom were close friends. For this special event Busch will be backed by a trio of musicians led by long-time musical director Tom Judson.

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ArtBeat: “Photography” @ Carrie Haddad… and Other Hudson Galleries [Get Visual]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Kahn & Selesnick, Oak-Man Falls 2015, archival inkjet print

Kahn & Selesnick, Oak-Man Falls 2015, archival inkjet print

Review by David Brickman

I drove over to Hudson last Sunday to meet a friend for a pizza at Baba Louie’s (it was delicious) and check out the Photography show at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Haddad typically focuses on painting, but her gallery (the longest-standing in Hudson at 25 years old) has always shown photography as well, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy a contemporary showcase for the medium.

We were not disappointed, as the exhibition featured a wide array of traditional and postmodern styles, ranging from Jerry Freedner’s bucolic Catskills landscapes to Newbold Bohemia’s tacky domestic dramas and Gail Peachin’s clever, tiny cutouts.

The show includes 12 artists but gives the lion’s share of space to the duo Kahn & Selesnick, whose elaborately detailed fantasies have evolved from neo-antique sepia prints to richly colored inkjets. Just a few of K&S’s new works are monochrome, and those work very well, but here we see mostly color among the 20 images presented and, frankly, it is a bit distracting. That’s because the pictures still evoke timelessness, yet the coloration in most of the prints is noticeably 21st-century.

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Queer Music Before World War II: Sarah Kilborne @ Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

At 8pm tonight (Friday, January 22), modern cabaret performer and Hudson Valley resident Sarah Kilborne will perform The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II at Club Helsinki in Hudson. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Kilborne’s Lavender Blues has been praised as “a fantastic way to tell history” and “the best kept secret that needs to be public.” The Lavender Blues is a showcase of pre-war queer music. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women’s history. It is entertainment. It is life.

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Hedda Lettuce’s “Lettuce Rejoice” @ Club Helsinki on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Hedda Lettuce

Hedda Lettuce

Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!,” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music, to Club Helsinki in Hudson on Sunday (December 13) at 8pm.

Hedda’s holiday cabaret includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” about a mean tyrant that ruins Xmas; the classic song, “Sleigh Ride,” turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and “Do You Hear What I Hear” rendered as “Do You Think That He’s Queer,” about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.

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Spencer Day Previews New Album in Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Stageworks/Hudson presents Spencer Day in concert, a special one-night-only event with the acclaimed singer-songwriter whose performance will include a sneak preview of new music from his upcoming album, Angel City. The concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday (October 10), and tickets are $20. A reception follows the performance with complimentary wine and chocolates from local chocolatiers.

Fusing jazz, pop and soul, Day is a crooner with a fiercely impassioned and intelligent hybrid vibe. Day’s emergence on the Billboard jazz charts with his 2009 Concord Records debut, Vagabond, reflects the widening interpretation of the genre. For 10 years, Day has wooed audiences around the world at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, and on national television on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” His number one hit, “Till You Come to Me,” remained on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 47 weeks.

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Charles Busch Brings “That Boy/That Girl” to Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Charles Busch on stage. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Charles Busch on stage. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

After three sold-out engagements, Tony Award nominee Charles Busch – the author of the hit Broadway play, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” and legendary drag star of such films as “Die, Mommie, Die!” and “Psycho Beach Party” – returns for his annual Labor Day weekend engagement at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (September 6) as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Be sure to also read this article that Busch wrote for Berkshire on Stage on how he devised the perfect costume for his appearance.

His all new show “That Girl/That Boy” features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem…

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Linda Lavin Returns to Club Helsinki on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Linda Lavin with her musicians.

Linda Lavin with her musicians

Her last appearance in our area was SRO, and now Club Helsinki in Hudson is welcoming back for a third time two-time Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin backed up by her five-piece band and musical director/pianist, the famed Billy Stritch.

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