lovely Hudson Valley: Patrick Milbourne’s Blue Waters.
We love our Hudson River School artists around these parts,
so we are passing on this notice related to the father of
the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole. For the benefit of the
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill’s M
Gallery (located at 350 Main St. in Catskill) is hosting
American Landscape Painting: A Tribute to the Catskill
Region, a selection of new paintings by award-winning
artist Patrick Milbourn. There is an opening reception
on May 12 from 6 to 9 PM, but you can preview—and purchase—the
paintings to be featured in the show at www.thomas cole.org/preview.
(A couple of the paintings have already been sold.) Part of
the proceeds will go to benefit Cedar Grove, Cole’s home.
Call the gallery at 943-0380 for more info.
ROLL FILM: The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum
is awaking from a long winter’s nap beginning May 5 with the
Academy Award-winning South African film Tsotsi. The
cinema, you may recall, is open from May through October,
with nightly screenings at 8 PM and matinees on Mondays at
2 PM. (Tickets are a reasonable $7 for nonmembers, $5 for
members.) It’s also another example of Pittsfield’s continuing
commitment to transforming itself from a PCB-contaminated
relic of the formerly industrial Northeast to a vibrant cultural
Mecca for the entire Berkshire region. Other films coming
up include the World War I drama Joyeux Noel (May 12-18),
the spelling bee family film Akeelah and the Bee (May
19-25) and the English comedy-drama On a Clear Day
(May 26-June 1). For more info, call the museum at (413) 443-7272
or visit www.berkshiremuseum.org.
DRAMATIC SPACE: Another of our favorite venues, Troy’s Gasholder
Building, is “opening” for the season on Saturday night
(April 29) at 8 PM with a “performance pilgrimage full of
humor and surprises” by means of “improvised sound and video
pro jection.” (This is Troy, y’all.) The designers-videographers-musicians-electronic
lords behind the performance include Diva Devi, Caterina
De Re, Surajit Sarkar, Michael Pestel, André
O’Neil, Brandon Seekins and half a dozen more.
Take our word for it—you may be confused, but you won’t be
bored. And then there’s the Gasholder Building itself, a wonderful,
acoustically freakish, round 19th-century industrial structure
that formerly housed a gasworks; it’s located at the intersection
of 5th Avenue and Jefferson Street in South Troy. It’s also
a demanding venue: You have to bring your own chair, and the
dry dirt floor can lead to hellish dust clouds if folks can’t
keep their feet still. So, please, no standing at this
show. Honestly, you’ll be grateful you made the effort, both
for the acoustics and the ghostly atmosphere. The suggested
donation is $5. Oh, and don’t forget to dress warm—it’s unheated.
THEY LIKE IT HERE: In January 2005, PearsonWidrig Dance
Theater were in residence for a couple of weeks at Skidmore
College, where they worked on—and sneak- previewed—Thaw,
a dance which explored winter turning into spring, and which
they officially debuted on Broadway. Thaw also, by
the way, landed on Metroland critic Mae G. Banner’s
list of the top 10 dance performances of the year. Well, the
artistic directors of the company are back, in a three-week
residency at Troy’s Emma Willard School which ends May 6.
They are working on a new piece, Katrina, Katrina: Love
Letters to New Orleans, which will be a “full evening
dance/theater/video performance project.” Emma Willard
Dance Company members will be taking part in the performance
of this work on May 6 at the Kaastbaan International Dance
Center in Tivoli. For more info on the performance, call
the center at (845) 757-5106.