Cultural Affairs
Upcoming Events

Taikoza, Japanese Taiko drums and bamboo flutes
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre in Siek Campus Center

TaikozaDrawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza brings the thunderous rhythms of ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of bamboo flutes to the stage for a highly visual performance, accented by colorful traditional costumes. Taikoza is led by internationally known Shakuhachi and Taiko Master Marco Lienhard. More at

Tickets: $10 for the general public; free for children under 12; free for Hudson Valley students, faculty and staff.


Growing an Idea: Mushroom Packaging and Beyond
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Sue Van Hook, chief mycologist for Ecovative, an international company based in Green Island, discusses the growth of a student entrepreneurial idea conceived at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Evocative developed an innovative way to turn backyard fungi into a biodegradable material that can be used as a responsible alternative to packaging and insulation.


Juried Student Art Exhibit and Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting End-of-Year Exhibit Opening Reception and Department Awards
Friday, April 17, 2015
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teaching Gallery, located in Administration Building

Showcasing a year of work by students in the college’s Fine Arts program, these exhibits were organized by students in Gallery Management classes. The opening reception is celebrated with an awards ceremony, at which three cash prizes are presented.


TC Boyle: Author Reading
Friday, April 24, 2015
11:00 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium


Photo by Milo Boyle

New York Times bestselling author TC Boyle reads from his recent novel, “The Harder They Come,” an exploration of the roots of violence and antiauthoritarianism in America. Boyle authored more than 24 works of fiction and has received numerous literary awards, including the Pen Faulkner Prize for the best novel (“World’s End,” 1998).

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.

Presented by the Cultural Affairs Program in association with the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language.


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Maureen Stapleton Theatre in Siek Campus Center

The Facts on Animal Agriculture and Global Warming
The Animal Outreach Club at Hudson Valley Community College and New York State Humane Association are excited to present the well-renowned documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.” Anyone who cares about the environment and animals needs to see this documentary. Opening remarks will be made by Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and former educator.


Invasive Species – Coming to a Community Near You
Thursday, April 30, 2015
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Laurel R. Gailor, coordinator of the Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM), provides a general overview of invasive species in the Capital/Mohawk Region. Information will include updates from research institutes and the Invasive Species Council, as well as a summary of citizen participatory activities, including IMapInvasives, science projects, internships and other research projects.