kind of like wassailing. Upon slaughtering the ceremonial
yule goat, hard-rock veterans Clutch love to come through
town right around the holidays to help us shift gears (see
what we did there?) from Christmas merriment to New Year’s
debauchery. For this we are thankful and gladly raise our
Along for the ride (groan) are two more party-hearty Southern
bands, eager to get a taste of real winter. Kylesa are a
sludgy female-fronted dual-drummer act who might just be
the dictionary definition of badass. And Righteous Fool
are stuck in 1976 for all the right reasons. And Clutch,
well, they’re still doing the thing that put them on the
road map (OK, we’ll stop). Their most recent, Strange
Cousins From the West, is testament.
Clutch will come to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park) on Tuesday (Dec. 28) at 8 PM. Tickets are $25. Call
371-0012 for more info.
spring, the Berkshires were fully steeped in Parisian flair—just
after the Clark wrapped their exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec
and Paris, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
opened Paris 1890—Unlaced! The one-woman play, commissioned
by Ventfort Hall in collaboration with Shakespeare &
Company, was hailed by Berkshire Living as “A tour-de-force
. . . wholesale triumph.”
one comical hour, actress Anne Undeland, veteran of the
one-actor form, creates six women (museum director, courtesan,
benefactor, milliner, American abroad and Montmartre nightclub
star), invokes the lively and risqué Paris of the Belle
Époque, and weaves a mystery that intertwines them all.
You may have missed your chance to see the acclaimed Toulouse-Lautrec
exhibit, but Paris 1890—Unlaced returns this week
for eight saucy performances. A perfect way to keep the
“Ooh La La” of Christmas alive a little longer.
1890—Unlaced! opens at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded
Age Museum (104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.) on Sunday (Dec.
26) at 4 PM and runs through Jan. 2, 2011. Tickets are $25,
$40 for the New Year’s Eve performance, which includes a
festive champagne reception with actress and playwright;
there will be a TalkBack with the same following the Dec.
28 performance. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call