(HUDSON, N.Y.) – One of Afropop’s living legends, Oliver Mtukudzi, bring his fusion of traditional Zimbabwean music and African funk along with his band, the Black Spirits to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 9pm. Mtukudzi is so renowned in his native land and throughout Southern Africa that his nickname, “Tuku,” has been applied to an entire genre of music.
FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERES at BASILICA HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – BasilicaScope, projected to be an annual film festival based at Basilica Hudson, premieres this weekend, Thursday, July 18, 2013, through Sunday, July 21, 2013. According to its founders, the festival “celebrates films that explore the furthest extremes – from remote landscapes, unconventional perspectives, fanatic personalities, radical examinations of film’s materiality, to the blood and emotion that create it.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Author and musician Michael Hearst will be at the Spotty Dog to celebrate his book Unusual Creatures on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 1pm. Hearts will give a Powerpoint lecture and perform songs related to his book on the Theremin.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Punk- noir duo Twin Guns and garage quartet the Living Kills will perform at the second installment of SmashCrashBash!!, a semi-regular, rock ’n’ roll-themed party, at the Half Moon in Hudson on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 9pm.
(AMHERST, Mass.) – The Klezmer Conservatory Band, one of the founding bands of the klezmer revival, will kick off the second annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Yiddish Book Center. The event runs through Sunday, July 21, and features performances by Golem; Brass Khazones: Steven Bernstein and Frank London Play Cantorial Music; Klezperanto; Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys; and the Wholesale Klezmer Band. The festival will conclude Sunday night with the Yidstock All-Stars, an unprecedented klezmer jam session led by Frank London featuring performers from throughout the weekend.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Emmy Award-winning actress Colleen Zenk portrays Tallulah Bankhead in Looped, a new play by Matthew Lombardo running at Stageworks/Hudson Wednesdays through Sundays through Sunday, July 28, 2013. Based on a true incident, Looped finds Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or “loop”) one line of dialogue for what, in the end, would be her last film – the thriller “Die, Die My Darling.” Given her inebriated state and inability to loop the line properly, what ensues is an uproarious showdown between an uptight film editor and the outsized legend.
OMI IMPROVISERS to BRING ‘GUERRILLA JAZZ’ to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso will lead the Omi Improvisers Orchestra, featuring a baker’s dozen musicians from around the globe, in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, July 21, at 8pm. Ensemble members hail from South Korea, Sweden, Russia, China and Italy, and are participants in the Music Omi International Musicians Residency Programs at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Melissa James Gibson’s This – a comedy about friends, marriage, and kids – will receive its upstate New York premiere in a staging by the Proprietors Theatre Company at Henry Hudson Studios from Thursday, July 18, 2013, through Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 8pm. The play will be given a distinctly Hudson gallery setting, with a locally sourced set comprised almost entirely of authentic Hudson products from antiques stores including the Collector’s Eye LLC, FINCH life curated, Carousel, and Neven and Neven Moderne.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – An original stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, widely recognized as one of the greatest and most beloved Russian novels of the 20th century, will enjoy its world premiere as part of the Bard SummerScape festival through Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Theater Two of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, on Bard’s Hudson Valley campus.
(HILLSDALE, N.Y.) –The Power of Place, an exhibition featuring oil paintings of contemporary regional scenes by Ken Young and Jeffrey L. Neumann, is on display at Neumann Fine Art through September 2. The show features two painters with different styles but a commonality in depicting scenes which evoke a strong sense of our region.