Thursday, January 24, 2008

Intimate music, intimate settings

It's my birthday weekend -- and I'm being overwhelmed with entertainment opportunities in addition to the Steinway film and gallery talk I mentioned earlier. How about some fantastic live music?

Paco Peña Flamenco Music and Dance will appear at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Visit here for ticket information. This is GREAT music and I highly recommend visiting this wonderfully restored small theater. (And I'll remind everyone that Great Barrington is an easy drive from most of the Hudson Valley. It's a nice community to visit, in general.)

More information from Mahaiwe:

When Paco Peña decided to launch his now world famous company, he set out to bring onto the stage a true rendition of what the Art of Flamenco represents: a spontaneous collaboration between artists of different disciplines who inspire one-another to create a unique and unrepeatable experience that is new and surprising to themselves as much as it is to any audience present. Flamenco is not written down, but passed on from generation to generation. It holds an intense appeal that is timeless. Flamenco rhythms are vital; it is like a primal pulse, like the rhythm of the earth... and everyone must get to feel it!

Speaking of wonderfully restored small theaters: There's also the Blue Brothers film at the Bardavon theater in Poughkeepsie on Friday evening. Then there's the Bruce Springsteen Concert Film: Live in Barcelona at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, also on Friday evening. And the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday evening. You just can't be bored if you're living in the Hudson Valley!

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