A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Cuban movies at FilmColumbia; a benefit concert for Basilica Hudson by Rufus Wainwright; Baroque music; indie-blues; a 20th anniversary of a landmark folk-pop album; and a whole lot more.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright performs an intimate, solo concert at Basilica Hudson on Saturday, October 22, at 8pm. Wainwright is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters of his generation by his fellow musicians, critics, and audiences alike, and in addition to eight albums of his own songs and film soundtracks, he has written a classical opera and set Shakespearean sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson. Wainwright’s concert is a benefit for Basilica Hudson, which was cofounded by his childhood friend, Basilica director Melissa Auf der Maur.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – A focus on Cuban cinema and premieres of new films by Ken Loach, Pedro Almodovar, Paul Verhoeven and Columbia County’s Courtney Hunt are some of the highlights of FilmColumbia 2016, offering an extraordinary lineup of international feature, documentary, independent, short, and children’s films from Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, October 30, at venues in Chatham and Hudson, N.Y. The films will be shown at three venues: the historic Crandell Theatre, the anchor of the festival’s screenings, and the Morris Memorial community center, both in Chatham, and at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson.
AMY RIGBY CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY of CLASSIC ‘DIARY of a MOD HOUSEWIFE’ at SPOTTY DOG
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Folk-rock singer-songwriter Amy Rigby celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album, “Diary of a Mod Housewife,” which has become a modern classic, with a long-overdue vinyl release of the album and a concert at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, where Rigby can often be found working behind the bar and cash register, on Saturday, October 22, at 8pm. Joining Rigby are husband Eric Goulden aka Wreckless Eric on bass, original “Mod Housewife” drummer Doug Wygal, and guitar wizard Alex Turnquist.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and other composers of the Baroque era will be featured in “Basking in the Baroque,” an afternoon of Baroque arias and duets presented by Classics on Hudson at Hudson Opera House on Sunday, October 23 at 3pm. The program, under the direction of newly appointed Classics on Hudson artistic director Eugenia Zukerman, includes soprano Arianna Zukerman, baritone Gustavo Ahualli, pianist Justina Lee, and Eugenia Zukerman herself on flute.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Matt Lorenz, the Northampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter who performs under the name The Suitcase Junket, bring his box of creative tricks to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 21, at 9pm. The Dupont Brothers, a sibling indie-folk-Americana duo, will warm up the crowd for the Suitcase Junket.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author, editor, and critic Laurie Stone will read from and discuss her new book, “My Life as an Animal, Stories,” at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, October 22, at 5pm. The reading is free and will be followed by a reception and booksigning.
“My Life as an Animal” features a series of interconnected and comic stories that blur the lines between memoir, fiction, and cultural criticism. Through the book’s impressionistic style it builds a narrative via seemingly unrelated anecdotes and observations. Its tantalizing challenge to readers is that what is being read may be autobiographical but may also be fiction, or fictionalized autobiography. The book is simply called “stories” on the cover and title page. In the end, whether it is “real” or “imagined,” it is gripping, narrative prose.