HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, October 15-20, 2014

Bobby Previte at Helsinki Hudson (photo Seth Rogovoy)

Bobby Previte at Helsinki Hudson (photo Seth Rogovoy)

JOHN MEDESKI and SO PERCUSSION JOIN JAZZ LEGEND BOBBY PREVITE for RECORD RELEASE PARTY at HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Medeski Martin and Wood keyboardist John Medeski and new-music ensemble SO Percussion will be on hand to help celebrate the pre-release of composer/bandleader/drummer Bobby Previte‘s spectacular new recording, “TERMINALS,” at Club Helsinki Hudson on Monday, October 20, at 8pm.

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John WatersJOHN WATERS TO BRING ONE-MAN SHOW to BASILICA HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Visionary filmmaker John Waters (Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Female Trouble, and Hairspray) will perform his one-man show, “This Filthy World, Volume 2,” at Basilica Hudson on Saturday, October 18, at 8pm. Earlier that day, he will sign copies of his recent best-selling book, “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America,” at FINCH: life curated, at 613 Warren St., at 2pm.

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101 Two Letter Words book jacketSTEPHIN MERRITT to LAUNCH BOOK at SPOTTY DOG

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Stephin Merritt, best known as the frontman and visionary behind alternative pop-rock outfit the Magnetic Fields, celebrates the publication of his first book, “101 Two-Letter Words,” illustrated by Roz Chast of the New Yorker, with a reading and booksigning at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Wednesday, October 15, at 7 pm. The book and illustrations whimsically highlight 101 two-letter words that are admissible in the game of Scrabble in four-line verses with a twist, blending irreverent poetry and Chast’s color illustrations that surprise, entertain, and elucidate all at once.

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Roma Holocaust SurvivorsMOZART’S REQUIEM PAIRED with COLLOQUY on ROMA GENOCIDE at BARD

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) — The German genocide of Europe’s Gypsy population during World War II will be the focus of a multidisciplinary event, including a concert and panel discussion, at Bard College on Friday, October 17. A panel discussion titled “Remembering the Genocide of European Roma During World War II” at 4pm will be followed by a performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center at 6:30pm. Exploring issues of history and responsibility, the themed event was conceived of by acclaimed Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer, who will conduct the Requiem Mass. The panel discussion will be held in the La?szlo? Z. Bito? ’60 Conservatory Building. Tickets are free for both events and no reservations are necessary.

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Cedric Watson

Cedric Watson

LES AMIS CREOLES to BRING BAYOU SOUNDS to HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Les Amis Creoles: Cedric Watson, Desiree Champagne & Ed Poullard will bring their rootsy take on Louisiana bayou music to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, October 16, at 8pm. The trio’s frontman, Cedric Watson, is a four-time Grammy Award-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist and songwriter with a great command of Cajun, Creole and zydeco music. As always when the music harkens to his Louisiana homeland, Helsinki Hudson executive chef Hugh Horner will pull out all stops that evening with a special menu full of Creole specialties.

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In 2013, Denise Kumani Gantt (US, Theater/Poetry) gave a rousing reading of an excerpt from her collection of poetry, "conjuring the dead", which was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver.

In 2013, Denise Kumani Gantt (US, Theater/Poetry) gave a rousing reading of an excerpt from her collection of poetry, “conjuring the dead”, which was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver.

INTERNATIONAL WRITERS to READ at ART OMI

(GHENT, N.Y.) – A distinguished group of 10 writers currently in residence at Writers Omi at Ledig House, a retreat for writers and translators, will read and share their works with a public audience on Saturday, October 18, at 5pm at the Visitors Center at Art Omi, located at 1405 County Route 22 in Ghent. The reading is free and open to the public; guests are invited to an informal barbeque, for which donations are encouraged, following the reading.

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Jill Burton (photo Donny Posie)

Jill Burton (photo Donny Posie)

DUELING EXPERIMENTAL, IMPROVISATIONAL DUOS at SPOTTY DOG

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Experimental and improvisational duos Jill Burton & Jane Scarpantoni and David Grollman & Ryan Krause – who often perform under the ensemble name Lipchitz – will play back-to-back sets at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Friday, October 17, at 8pm.

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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

LARRY CAMPBELL and TERESA WILLIAMS to BRING AMERICANA SOUNDS to HELSINKI HUDSON

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will bring their award-winning Americana music and roots-rocking outfit featuring bassist Byron Isaacs and drummer Justin Guip to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 17, at 9pm. The Woodstock, N.Y.-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Campbell is a Grammy Award-winning producer and an Americana icon whose career has been inextricably intertwined with the likes of Judy Collins, Lucy Kaplansky, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Eric Andersen, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, Rosanne Cash, most notably, Levon Helm – for whom he served as musical director of the Midnight Rambles – and Bob Dylan, with whom he toured and recorded for eight years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as part of what is generally agreed to have been the strongest lineup of Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band.

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