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Last Updated: 01/03/2022 12:59 pm
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Photography Exhibit in Garrison | through January 9

Photographer Andrea B. Swenson’s The Laughing Mermaid is the colorful cover image of this month’s issue of Chronogram. It, along with more examples of her work and pictures by several other creative photographers, are on view through January 9 at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison as part of its “PHOTOcentric 2021” exhibition. The juried show is curated by fine art photographer, author, and educator Jill Enfield (Parsons New School for Design, Fashion Institute for Photography, NYU). See website for gallery hours.

Teri Roiger Trio in Bearsville | January 6

Teri Roiger and her husband John Menegon are invaluable advocates of the local jazz scene, bringing some of the music’s topmost artists to the area for performances under the Jazzstock promotions banner since 2011. And as individuals each is also a fine, creative musician in their own right; Roiger as a deeply artful vocalist and pianist and Menegon as an in-demand bassist (the couple recently colaunched the quintet Sharp 5, whose debut album is titled Shine a Bright Light). On January 6 at 6pm at the Bearsville Theater, Roiger and her trio, which includes Menegon on bass and Matt Garrity on drums, will be joined by special guest guitarist Matt Munisteri. Tickets are $10.

Sarah Perrotta Live at the Falcon | January 6

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“In Kingston singer-songwriter/keyboardist Sarah Perrotta’s imagination, strange worlds converge, doors open to rooms that are not there, people come and go in circles and waves,” writes Chronogram’s Seth Rogovoy in his review this month of the artist’s newest album, Blue to Gold. “Perrotta’s overriding subject is the liminal space between nature and passion, reason and mysticism, explored in nine gorgeous songs on her new album that, while harking back to the heyday of the Lilith Fair aesthetic, conjures a very contemporary fever dream.” Sarah Perrotta will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro on January 6 at 7pm. Sandrine will open and perform with her. Donation requested.

“The Elephant in the Room” in Lenox | January 7-28

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Described as “the tale of a nice Jewish girl who goes on a psychedelic odyssey though Pentecostal churches, psych wards, the Ivy League and 12-step meetings that finally brings her closer to God, herself, and a resolution of intergenerational trauma,” the musical comedy “The Elephant in the Room” is the winner of the award for Best Comedy at the 2021 United Solo Festival. The play will be staged on Fridays at the Apple Tree Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, from January 7 through January 28 from 8 to 10pm. Tickets are $25.

Wickham Falls Album Release Show | January 7

Steadily rising Hudson Valley indie rock quartet Wickham Falls will celebrate the release of their new self-titled debut album with a special evening at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf on January 7 at 6pm. In addition to the live music, the free event promises complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers and the chance to win an Apple watch.

Kelli Rae Adams Art at Mass MoCA | January 8

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Opening at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on January 8 is Forever in Your Debt, a new installation by artist Kelli Rae Adams that “converts the abstract burden of student loan debt—totaling over $1.7 trillion borne by more than 44 million Americans—into a tangible volume.” For the work, Adams created 900 vessels, each of them sized to hold about $40 in mixed coins individually for a combined total of $37,000—the average individual student debt. Viewers are invited to engage with the exhibition by filling a bowl, for which they will receive one of the vessels in exchange at the conclusion of the project. See website for advance ticket pricing and museum hours.

Wine Talk and Tasting in Stockbridge | January 8

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On January 8 at 2pm, author, grape grower, and winemaker, J. Stephen Casscles will visit Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to talk about the many wonderful grape varieties that were developed in New England. For the appearance, Casscles will present information and slides on New England grape hybridizers such as E.S. Rogers of Salem, Massachusetts; E. Bull and Jacob Moore of Concord, Massachusetts; and several others. As attendees learn about the heritage grape varieties, wines made from them will be presented for tasting. Admission is $35 (for members: $25).

The Last Laugh Screens in Rosendale | January 9

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  • A still image from The Last Laugh (1924).
Although he’ll forever be best known for his iconic 1922 German Expressionist horror masterpiece Nosferatu, trailblazing film director F. W. Murnau (1888-1931) also created other classics of early film—several of which, quite tragically, have not survived. One that fortunately has, however, is 1924’s The Last Laugh, a prime example of the cinematic style called Kammerspielfilm (“chamber drama”), a silent-era German genre that portrays middle-class life. A major commercial hit in its day, the film was included in critic Roger Ebert’s 2000 “Great Movies” list. The classic will screen at the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale on January 9 at 2pm. The showing will feature live musical accompaniment by pianist Martha Waterman. Tickets are $6.
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