(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A program of Brazilian pop-jazz music, featuring the international sounds of bossa nova and headlined by global music singers Cornelius Bates and Vanessa Falabella, will be the featured entertainment in a benefit concert for Animalkind, the cat rescue and adoption center in Hudson, at Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, August 21, at 8pm. “Diversao! A Brazilian and American Celebration of Timeless Music” features one of New York City’s top bossa nova outfits.
(LINLITHGO, N.Y.) – “Rockin’ the Shtetl,” a multimedia presentation by Seth Rogovoy, based on a novel-in-progress of the same title exploring the affinities between 19th-century Eastern European Yiddish songwriters and musicians and 20th century American Jewish folk-rock poets and protest singers, will have a work-in-progress showing at CR10 Arts on Sunday, August 23, at 4pm. Joining Rogovoy for the performance will be multimedia artist and musician Ryder Cooley.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret star Joey Arias will headline “After Louie Takes Hudson,” an awareness and fund-raising event for “After Louie” – a feature to be filmed in Hudson in spring 2016 – at the Second Ward Foundation (the former Charles Williams School on N. 3rd Street) on Sunday, August 23, from 6pm to midnight. The event will also include a dance party featuring music by DJ Tedd Patterson. “After Louie,” a film about a former AIDS activist coming to terms with his own aging and a changing gay world, is the feature film debut of the visual artist and former member of ACT UP and Gran Fury Vincent Wm. Gagliostro. While the film takes place predominantly in New York City, the production will shoot crucial scenes taking advantage of Hudson’s vibrant culture and natural beauty. The film will feature performances by drag artist Arias.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Contemporary dance-theater ensemble Keigwin + Company performs a program of its state-of-the-art, high-energy movement at PS21 on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, at 8pm. Named the “Cool Kids of Modern Dance” by Dance Magazine, the troupe will dance to music of Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Nina Simone, and Jonathan Pratt.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A mobile sound installation in the form of an automotive procession, memorializing six residents of Hudson who passed away over the last few years, will take place throughout the city, beginning and ending at Basilica Hudson, on Sunday, August 23, from 1 to 4pm. “Automotive Archive: A Roving Memorial,” a program of the Oral History Summer School, will feature the words and voices of Pam Badila (speaking about Elombe Badila), Lynn Carr, Harold Hanson, Christina Malisoff, Frankie Martino, and Mary Potts, broadcast through car radios via WGXC 90.7-FM. The narrators will speak about the Hudson they knew and loved through the audio archive they left behind.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-winning Cajun outfit BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will bring its mix of Cajun, Creole and zydeco sounds to Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, August 20, at 8pm. For over 40 years, BeauSoleil have blended the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana with elements of zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, country and blues to become the most esteemed Cajun group in music. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Grammy award winner (1998 & 2010), BeauSoleil were the first Cajun Band ever to win a Grammy and have released 25 albums. Perhaps no single band is more responsible for popularizing the unique Cajun sounds of the Louisiana bayou than BeauSoleil.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – There will be a reception for Janet Surrey and Samuel Shem, authors of the new book, “The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together,” at Spotty Dogs Books & Ale on Friday, August 21, at 6pm, followed by an authors’ presentation and book signing at Bodhi Holistic Spa and Yoga at 7pm. Books will be available for purchase at both locations. Shem, the pen name of Dr. Stephen Bergman, is a Hudson native and author of the novel “The Spirit of the Place,” set in a fictionalized version of Hudson.