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A Happy Helping of Hudson Valley Events 

Last Updated: 08/19/2020 6:32 pm
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This week’s sampling of upcoming Hudson Valley arts and cultural activities includes festivals, film, and a musical memorial to one of Woodstock’s most beloved musicians.


Artist Documentaries at Greenville Drive-In

Basilica Hudson continues its thought-provoking “Basilica Nonfiction” documentary film series at the Greenville Drive-In on August 20 at 7:30pm. Set to be shown that night is Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly (2019), about the life of Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei and a public art installation he assembled at Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco. Just prior to Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, the outdoor cinema will screen the short film The “C” Files with Maria Brito. The evening is copresented by the Berkshire Film Festival. The screening is free, although a $15 donation is suggested. Capacity is limited, so online registration is encouraged.


WGXC Radio Airs "Wireless"

Teatro Coliseo, circa 1910
  • Teatro Coliseo, circa 1910

August 27 marks the 100th anniversary of the world’s first mass public entertainment radio broadcast, which took place in Buenos Aries, Argentina, on that date in 1920 when a group of guerilla radio enthusiasts aired a performance of Wagner’s opera “Parsifal” from the Teatro Coliseo. Beginning at 12am on August 27, Columbia and Greene county radio station WGXC in collaboration with Radioee.net will celebrate the occasion by transmitting “Wireless,” an online, translingual, 24-hour radio broadcast about planetary wireless that explores the functions of radio past and future, from technology to entertainment medium. WGXC’s Wave Farm location in Acra will be one of 24 radio stations from around the world participating in this historic audio event. More information on “Wireless” and WGXC’s other programming is viewable at its website.


Jazz Forum Presents Donald Harrison Live Stream

Although Tarrytown’s Jazz Forum remains closed during the pandemic, the nightclub is keeping the jazz flame tightly cupped by presenting the live stream performance series “Jazz Forum at Home.” On August 27 at 7pm, the series will continue as the venue presents a live solo performance by saxophonist Donald Harrison from his home in the jazz crucible of New Orleans. The son of local luminary Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr., the junior musician was a frequent sideman of Roy Haynes, Dr. John, Cyrus Chesnut, and Jack McDuff, as well as ember of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Information about the web concert can be found on its Facebook event page.


Locals Look Toward the Hudson Eye Festival

Bibbe Hansen
  • Bibbe Hansen
Launched last year, the Hudson Eye festival is a 10-day, program that showcases dance, music, performance, film, and visual art within the vibrant Hudson arts community. The festival, which kicks off on August 28 and runs through September 7, will present—with mask requirements, staggered admissions, and COVID-19 safety protocols in place—exhibitions, performances, screenings, and more at various venues around the Columbia County hub (the fest’s “Hot Topics” panels will be held via Zoom). Highlights include “Growing Up Fluxus,” a presentation by performance artist Bibbe Hansen showcasing works by her father, Fluxus artist Al Hansen (August 29, 7:30pm at Second Ward Foundation); artist David Hammons’s (Untitled) American Flag (1990), which, starting on August 28 at 2pm, will begin flying on the flagpole near Promenade Park, and his 1995/199 video, Phat Free, which will stream throughout the festival at Hudson Hall; a performance featuring musical act VitaDuo and dancers Nadia Khyrallah and Hala Shah (August 30, 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church); and a reading of late Hudson resident John Ashbery’s epic poem “Litany” with musical accompaniment by members of the Flow Chart Foundation (September 3, 7:30pm, live on WGXC). See website for schedule.

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