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Cultural Affairs at Hudson Valley February 17-March 8

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 17, 2003

Art Exhibit

Gelsy Verna - Born in Haiti, Gelsy Verna currently teaches art at the University of Iowa. Her work consists mostly of collage, works on paper, mixed media, and oil on canvas. The exhibit is located in the Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College's Marvin Library and runs through February 27. Exhibit times are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is free.


Reverend Leonard D. Comithier – A pastor in the Macedonian Baptist Church, Reverend Leonard D. Comithier will present an overview of the cultural richness of Africa and its influence and contributions to the diaspora in America. The lecture will be at Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. Admission is free.


Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers – The premier zydeco band in Upstate New York, Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers will perform in Hudson Valley's Campus Center on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:45 a.m. Admission is free.

Harlem Gospel Choir – One of the finest world-renowned gospel choirs of the present day, The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in the Second Annual Gospel Explosion. Gospel music has long been a staple of African American culture, and if you have never seen gospel music performed before, this group will make you a fan for life. The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in Hudson Valley's Maureen Stapleton Theatre on Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors 55 and over. 629-4TIX.

Beatles Day! – Turn back the clock to 1964 as the Brits, a Beatles invasion band, perform in Hudson Valley's Seik Campus Center on Tuesday, March 4. The performance begins at 12 p.m. Admission is free.

Premier American Songwriter: A Weekend with Bob Franke – Singer/songwriter Bob Franke will host a songwriting workshop in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8. Attendees will learn the basics of songwriting from the award-winning Franke. The workshop is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day. Space is limited and admission is $50. 629-4TIX.


FROGZ with Imago Theatre Mask Ensemble – Creature-theater at its best, FROGZ is populated with escaped penguins, silent sloths, finicky frogs, devilish strings and numerous other things. The performance will be in the Hudson Valley Community College's Maureen Stapleton Theater on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors 55 and over. 629-4TIX.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.