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Kim Gordon’s Body/Head plays BSP in Kingston

Kim Gordon’s Body/Head plays BSP in Kingston

Friday, July 20: With her first consistent post-Sonic Youth project, Kim Gordon certainly did not make a beeline toward pop and the big payday. Body/Head – her somewhat unsettling collaboration with guitarist Bob Nace – is, if anything, more abstract and less congenial than most anything Sonic Youth ever recorded. 

Mercury rising: Artists on climate change at Storm King Art Center

Mercury rising: Artists on climate change at Storm King Art Center

On view now: Allison Janae Hamilton’s The peo-ple cried mer-cy in the storm is made up of a towering stack of tambourines on an island in one of Storm King’s ponds. The installation was inspired by the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, and accounts of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, referenced in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Both storms devastated the state of Florida, the latter killing thousands of black migrant workers who were buried in unmarked mass graves.

Joyce Carol Oates to read her new short stories in Woodstock

Joyce Carol Oates to read her new short stories in Woodstock

Tuesday, July 24: Multi-prizewinning novelist Joyce Carol Oates has just published a new short-story collection that’s generating plenty of buzz in literary circles: Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense. The title story is her homage to the eldritch horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft; the volume of six new works also includes Eleven A.M., 1926, Oates’ contribution to a writing challenge to imagine the backstories behind iconic paintings by Edward Hopper. 

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill

Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22: It’s barely a stretch to say that all the giants of bluegrass, newgrass and old-timey country music still living since its 1984 founding have graced its stages. Fans come back year after year after year, as much to camp out and engage in informal picking sessions as to listen to the headline talents.

Talk on photographer Art Kane

Talk on photographer Art Kane

Saturday, July 21: Kane’s son gives an illustrated talk about the great 20th-century photographer and former Margaretville resident who shot the famous photograph “Harlem, 1958,” as well as other iconic photographs of the Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.