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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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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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