Cultural Affairs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Each fall and spring, Hudson Valley Community College offers quality cultural programming for the campus community and the general public.

Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. All events are free for Hudson Valley students.

For more information about any of these events, call (518) 629-8071.


Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy
Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

“Blood Wedding” (1981, 71 min) – 11 a.m.
“Carmen” (1983, 101 min) – 12:30 p.m.
“El Amor Brujo” (1986, 103 min) – 2:30 p.m.
Carlos Saura’s “Flamenco Trilogy” showcases the great film director’s passion for dance and music, and his ongoing exploration of Spanish national identity. All three films star and were choreographed by legendary dancer Antonio Gades, and feature thrilling physicality and electrifying cinematography and editing.

 

“Tangled Up in” Worms
Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Through his companies BioSoil Farm and VermaGro Products, local entrepreneur Chad Currin invents and manufactures organic fertilizers from garbage that would otherwise go to the landfill. Currin brings some of the farm workers—worms—to share their amazing story. Additionally, he will share how the worm farm led to an accident that uncovered the key to recycling Styrofoam. Through funny stories, interesting anecdotes, amazing creatures and a few surprises, Currin describes how he turns trash into cash with help from his worms.

 

Babs Owen – Vivid Forms: Cut Paper and Installations Artist Talk
Thursday, October 26, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

On exhibit: Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Babs Owen’s exhibition of wall installations is composed entirely of hand-painted and cut paper. Owen, a trained sculptor who has been painting for several years, presents cut paper works that blur the line between painting and sculpture. The Rhode Island-based artist’s compositions recall lace or crochet work yet are free of recognizable or repeating patterns, and invite the viewer to examine the subtle boundary between flat work and the third dimension.

 

Babs Owen – Vivid Forms: Cut Paper and Installations Opening Reception
Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building

On exhibit: Thursday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Babs Owen’s exhibition of wall installations is composed entirely of hand-painted and cut paper. Owen, a trained sculptor who has been painting for several years, presents cut paper works that blur the line between painting and sculpture. The Rhode Island-based artist’s compositions recall lace or crochet work yet are free of recognizable or repeating patterns, and invite the viewer to examine the subtle boundary between flat work and the third dimension.

 

Velan Studios: Building Games at the Tip of the Spear
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Velan Studios is the latest business venture by the brothers Guha and Karthik Bala. Their newest startup centers on creating innovative and entertaining game experiences that stoke the imagination. The Bala brothers discuss their twenty-five year journey as leaders who push the frontiers of gaming.

 

Drummer William Hooker accompanies “Within Our Gates”
Friday, November 3, 2017

Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Film showing at noon and 6:30 p.m.
79 minutes; not recommended for all audiences due to violent content

Drummer and composer William Hooker accompanies “Within Our Gates,” a 1920 silent film by director Oscar Micheaux that is the oldest known surviving film by an African-American filmmaker. The film portrays the hardships, duplicity and amazing reversals of fortune a black schoolteacher experiences on a journey north to raise funds for her school. Despite the director’s graphic depictions of racial injustice and violence, the film ultimately delivers an uplifting message of racial pride and self-respect. William Hooker started drum lessons at age 10 and says “I consider myself a ‘jazz musician.’ My work fits in the jazz tradition because it’s based on improvisation, it’s based on learning one’s craft.” On his more than 60 CDs, his compositions range from jazz to “new” and experimental music.

 

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College Exhibit Opening
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Seventh annual exhibition of photographs, documents, medals and other memorabilia related to veterans and active service personnel with a connection to Hudson Valley Community College. Keynote speaker TBA.

On view through Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 during regular library hours.

 

Climate Change and Climate Justice in New York
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

The impacts of climate change are felt throughout the world. New York is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from burning fossil fuels. Communities are developing their own resilience plans to mitigate the impact created by worsening heat waves, storms and floods. Eleanor Stein, J.D., LL.M in Climate Change Law, Albany Law School, presents our state’s initiatives to address climate change.

 

Watch Out for Alison Bechdel
Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers. A Q/A session and book signing follow Bechdel’s talk. This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department.