Cultural Affairs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Cultural Events Calendar Brochure

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.


No Borders, No Walls: Exploring Truth, Beauty and the Creative Self
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Award-winning author and poet Frank Gaspar has published five collections of poetry and two novels. Gaspar is internationally recognized as a leading voice of Portuguese-American literature. His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Harvard Review, Best American Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. Whether Gaspar is speaking of immigrant or veteran experiences, his voice rings true for all of us navigating the human experience. Gaspar will read from selected works, discuss the creative process and have a question-answer period.

 


June Millington – Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World
Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

June Millington, a Filipino American guitarist, songwriter, producer, educator and actress, may be best known as the lead guitarist for Fanny, the band she co-founded in 1970 and the first all-female rock band to release an album with a major label (Reprise). Fanny released five albums and achieved two, top-40 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100. In 1986, Millington and Ann Hackler founded the not-for-profit Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), now based in Goshen, MA, to support women and girls seeking careers in the music business. Millington reads from her autobiography, “Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World,” plays live and answers questions from the audience.

 


Smarter Robots in Manufacturing and Beyond
Monday, March 12, 2018
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

To move from smart factories to smart homes, robots need to evolve in order to be collaborative, safe, cognitive and mobile. The newly-formed Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute focuses on meeting this emerging need. Its goal is to bring robotic innovations from research labs to the factory floor and beyond. John T. Wen, professor and department head at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will discuss the vision and approach of the ARM Institute, its technical and education roadmaps and several projects.

 


HERsterical: A Woman’s Guide to Stand-up Comedy with Erin Harkes
Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Singer/songwriter Erin Harkes, for more than a decade one of the Capital Region’s most sought after performers, decided in 2012 to try her hand at stand-up and her success is no laughing matter. Voted “best comedian” by Times Union, The Alt and Metroland readers over the past four years, Harkes performs all over the country, in Toronto and Montreal. She has appeared at the Boston Comedy Festival, in Season 3 of Laughs TV on Fox and most recently opened for Demetri Martin. She produces and hosts Chicks Are Funny, a monthly show at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Albany. She talks about how she navigated past the early stages of a comedy career to become a full-time performer, leaving her day job behind.

 


Digital Media Student Exhibit Gallery Reception and Awards
Friday, March 16, 2018
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building

Year-end exhibitions by visual arts students in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media. The exhibitions are organized and installed by students in Gallery Management classes.

 


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.

 


#Supertroopers: Law Enforcement and Twitter
Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Law enforcement agencies use Twitter to investigate crimes and to share information for non-investigative purposes. Twitter allows for police/public interaction that traditional methods do not allow. Casey L. Ryan, an instructor in the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department at Hudson Valley Community College, will present research on how law enforcement agencies use Twitter as a non-investigative tool to relay information to the public and craft their image.

 


Who the F**k Is That Guy: The Fabulous Life of Michael Alago
Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Michael Alago brings “Who the F**k Is That Guy: The Fabulous Life of Michael Alago” to Hudson Valley. The documentary traces the amazing career of a Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn who was booking music for the Ritz in 1980s New York at 19. By 24, he was an A&R exec at Elektra when he signed an unknown California band called Metallica. The rest, as they say, is history. Alago’s passion was music, all types, and he worked with Cyndi Lauper, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), Tracy Chapman and the late jazz great, Nina Simone. Always outspoken, energetic and openly gay, Alago (barely) survived the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and left the record industry in 2004. He’s still a fixture on the NYC music scene, but now focuses on other passions: literature and photography. He’s published a book of poetry and two volumes of a photobook series, Rough Gods.” Alago talks and answer questions following the film (2017, 85 min). It is not recommended for young audiences.

 


Climate Change: What You Can Do to Make a Difference
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Mark Dunlea, chairman of the Green Education and Legal Fund, and legislative coordinator of People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE), will discuss climate change and the impact an individual can have. Dunlea will share examples of how communities have worked together to reduce their carbon footprint and how local residents have pushed for and created change.

 


The Last Pig
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

“The Last Pig” (2017, 52 min) is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential, with sparse inner reflections, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season of slaughtering pigs. It earned director Allison Argo the Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” award at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival. A panel discussion follows the film showing. This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the Animal Outreach Club.

 


Juried Fine Arts Student and Advanced Study in Drawing & Painting End-of-Year Exhibit Reception and Awards
Friday, April 20, 2018
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building

Year-end exhibitions by visual arts students in the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media. The exhibitions are organized and installed by students in Gallery Management classes.

 


The Music of Joni Mitchell
Friday, April 27, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

“When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century.” – Allmusic. Producer and bassist Scott Petito assembles a world class ensemble of the region’s most well-respected musicians to interpret the timeless music of Joni Mitchell, perhaps best known for “Both Sides Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi.” Considered 1960s and 1970s folk royalty, the Canandian-born artist won her first of eight Grammys for “Clouds” (1969). In 21 albums (excluding compilations), Mitchell displays a limitless talent for wry and pointed lyrics, and “largely self-invented musical chords, a kind of calligraphy of moods.” Her voice is indescribable. Joining Petito on stage are Gail Ann Dorsey, Veronica Nunn, Leslie Ritter, Jay Collins, Danny Blume, Roberto Rodriguez, Travis Shook and special guest, Rachel Z.

Tickets: $10/person at the door; free for Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff with your ID.