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Hudson Valley Community College Announces Cultural Affairs Program Schedule for 2008-2009 School Year

CONTACT: Jessica Shahda (518) 629-7180 or
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

About Cultural Affairs: Cultural Affairs programming at Hudson Valley Community College encompasses a wide range of diverse events, including Voices: A Library Lecture Series, concerts, theater and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions and more. The Cultural Affairs Office also provides partial funding for the Teaching Gallery artist fees and receptions. These offerings enhance and complement academic programs for Hudson Valley students, and expose the entire campus community to important experiences in the arts. The community is invited to join us at our many Cultural Affairs events. For more information on Cultural Affairs programs and its’ exhibits, visit

Program: The Brian Petneaude Quartet – Jazz

When: Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon – 1 p.m.

Details: Formed in 2002, the Brian Patneaude Quartet has quickly become one of the most well known jazz acts in upstate New York. Their music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike.

Program: Daughters of Wisdom
Film will be followed by a Q&A discussion facilitated by the film’s director, Bari Pearlman
(Film Length – 68 minutes, followed by a discussion)

When: Thursday, Sept. 25, Noon

Details: Situated on the Eastern Tibetan plateau north of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 14,000 feet, the Nangchen district of Kham is home to an estimated 60,000 subsistence farmers and nomadic herding families. Their way of life has changed little in over 2,000 years, and for most it is a life of illiteracy, poverty and hunger.

In Nangchen, it has traditionally been a high honor for a family to have a son become a monk, granting him the privilege to serve the community as a scholar and spiritual leader, and to transcend the hardships of everyday life. But to have a daughter become a nun has been considered a burden for a family, as she can no longer be married off in exchange for livestock, or bear children who can become workers on the family farm. Though there are many examples of women of great spiritual attainment and enlightenment throughout Tibetan history, within in the socio-economic realities of daily life of Nangchen, it was believed that to educate a woman was a waste of valuable resources.

Now, for the first time, the women of Nangchen are being given the chance to change the course of their lives, and to continue their rich spiritual legacy. Built with their own hands and always expanding, the Kala Rongo Monastery is home to nearly 300 nuns who study and practice full-time; creating new opportunities for themselves and for the community they serve.

DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM is an intimate portrait of these nuns, who are receiving unprecedented educational and religious training, and preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. Some shy, some outspoken, all committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, the nuns graciously allowed our camera a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives.

Program: Arm of the Sea Theatre Presents: At the Turning of the Tide
(This program is free)

When: Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon – 1 p.m.

Details: A performance spectacle with live music and large-scale puppetry celebrating the Hudson River Estuary. Lusciously painted puppet figures and hauntingly beautiful mask characters populate this large-scale, informative production celebrating the life and times of the Hudson River. Throughout the sixty-minute stream of spellbinding imagery, Arm-of-the-Sea blends regional history and natural sciences to reveal the river’s inner life.

Program: Guitarist Pedro Cortes and “Flamenco de Hoy”

When: Friday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Details: The group, formed by Pedro Cortes Jr. (Guitarist/Composer) uses Flamenco as a base to combine elements of Jazz, and contemporary music to create original compositions. Flamenco de Hoy\'s goal is to introduce Flamenco as a new living art form while drawing from its roots. Guest artists include:
La Conja - Singer/Dancer
La Rubia -Flamenco Dancer
Ali Belo - Violin
Shlomi Coen – Sax/Flute
Eran Asias - Drums
Sean Kupisz – Bass/Cajon/Oud.
David Castellano – Singer/Guitar/Cajon
Flamenco is evolving from a strictly Spanish art form, absorbing influences of other musical traditions and becoming international, just as American Blues and Jazz have in the past. Cortes’ charismatic flair as a Spanish Gypsy guitarist combined with his brilliant instrumental writing for violin, flute, bass, and piano produces a singularly captivating and riveting musical sound. All these elements come together in a celebration of the great freedom and intense control that characterizes Flamenco.

Tickets: $15 for public/Free for Hudson Valley Community College Students.

Program: Dona Ann McAdams presents: Art, AIDS and Activism
In recognition of World AIDS Day
(This program is free)

When: Thursday, Nov. 20, Noon

Details: The symbol of World AIDS Day that we display on our lapels, jackets and dresses first gained popularity in the early 1990’s when a number of New York artists linked to the nonprofit group Visual AIDS came up with the idea to create a Red Ribbon. The symbol was used to represent compassion and solidarity for people living with the disease and their caregivers, while the color red symbolized passion, blood and love. Dona Ann McAdams was the member of Visual AIDS who is credited with originating the Red Ribbon as what is now the global symbol in the fight against AIDS.

Dona Ann McAdams’s photography is in the permanent collections of, among other places, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Print Club, and The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.