Sunday, Dec. 16: John Anderson’s film celebrates the lasting musical and cultural legacy of the legendary blues harmonica player and longtime Woodstock resident Paul Butterfield. Butterfield learned the art from none other than Muddy Waters.
The guitarist will host his 19th Solstice Concert for the Guild, at 8 p.m. Saturday December 15 at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Friday, December 7: Book signing/discussion at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck: I’d “left fashion out of my own quest for a sustainable lifestyle. I’d been thinking a lot about food and housing, but not so much about clothing.” Katrina Rodabaugh went on a “fashion fast,” pledging not to purchase any new clothing for a year, focusing instead on making simple garments, buying secondhand and mending what she already owned.
Opening Saturday, December 8: The show includes 90 antique irons. Their flat bottoms have been collaged with pages from More’s book, variously scorched, cut, woven and layered with textiles, thread, lace, fur, tacks and sandpaper. “It’s very inspiring to see how dedicated these women were in their convictions. They had very strong voices, despite all the obstacles of their times.”
Saturday, Dec. 8: The television performer will bring her sassy and swinging interpretations of holiday classics to the Fisher Center stage with her all-female jazz trio.
Friday, Dec. 14 at Towne Crier Café in Beacon; Sunday, Dec. 16 at Ashokan Center in Olivebridge: Tim Eriksen is known for teaching the musicians for the film Cold Mountain to sing the eerie pentatonic scales of the Sacred Harp tradition. It’s a style of performance that evolved out of the use by circuit-riding ministers in the 19th century of a hymnal for illiterates that taught tunes using “shape notes,” and hearing it is guaranteed to capture your interest.
Saturday, Dec. 15: Though George Frideric Handel wrote his most famous oratorio in 1741 with the intent that it be performed with “modest” instrumentation, including a harpsichord, and only a few dozen voices, Messiah’s subsequent growth in both popularity and orchestral/choral scale is a juggernaut scarcely to be resisted.
“The core of what I’m writing about,” said Weber, “is what the art colony was about: community and friendships between artists, and their relationships with people in the town.”
Robbie Dupree & Friends make their first appearance at the Bearsville Theater in several years with a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 8, featuring longtime cohorts Peter Bunetta on drums and Rick Chudacoff on bass, along with guitarist Tony Pulizzi, keyboardist Bette Sussman and Manuel Qunitana on percussion.
Sunday, Dec. 2: He was a self-taught guitarist, fiddler, square dance caller, amateur historian and songwriter who made up tall tales about the Catskills and set them to music – among them “The Legend of Slide Mountain.”