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Parties & Openings

April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening

April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala

March 31 – Hudson
Lil' Deb's Commitment Ceremony

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Prescription for Winter Blues: Gotta Dance!

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsSure this winter doesn’t seem to know when to quit, but you’ll get no sympathy from us unless you try to dance. Herewith a couple of suggestions for kicking up your heels, regardless of age, and keeping the blues and the blahs at bay:

Grab your pardner for the hottest Honky Tonk Dance Party in New England on Saturday, February 7 at Mass MoCA’s Hoedown for Hipsters, featuring the bluegrass-rockabilly-Dixieland-and-punk hybrid band The Defibulators.  Being at a Defibulators show has been likened to watching Hee-Haw on mescaline.  As the New York Times notes, “No yee-haws or any other hoots or yawps were held back…like a hoedown band from a Warner Brothers cartoon.”

There will be full-beverage service, as well as dinner selections from Lickety Split. Dance instruction, arranged by no-less than Jacob’s Pillow (hello?! we don’t mess around with amateurs up here, do we?), will begin at 8 p.m. for those who need a crash course in two-step.

The Defibulators
The Hunter Center at Mass MoCA
87 Marshall Street, North Adams; 413.662.2111
February 7, 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
Galleries remain open until 7, so go early and see some art.

Rural Intelligence Parties and Openings  “Dance Intensity,” is two eight-week dance programs—hip hop and African dance—for kids on different days, so it’s conceivable that any dancing fool, 12 and up, who can get to Hudson by 3:30 on a weekday, could do both.  Bryant Andrews (aka: Drew, the Hip Hop Guru) and Elena Mosley of Kuumba Dance and Drum will present classes during February and March for beginners and intermediate students who want to learn some new moves, strengthen their technique, and maybe even audition for a new dance team.

Hip Hop
Mondays; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wear loose clothing and sneakers.
African Dance
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 noon
Wear sweats, shorts, bare feet or inside dance shoes. No jeans.
Participants must be available to attend each two-hour session.
Free; registration required.
Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.1438

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