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Spring 2014 Cultural Events at Hudson Valley Community College Feature Renowned Poet Billy Collins and Two-Day Guitar Festival
Lectures, Exhibits, and Musical Performances Continue through May

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

The spring 2014 schedule of cultural events at Hudson Valley Community College begins this month and continues through May, featuring Billy Collins, former New York State and US poet laureate, reading from and discussing his work on Friday, April 11.

The line-up of lectures, exhibits, musical performances and theater presentations is open to the public free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Details are available at

Described as witty and controversial by the National Poetry Foundation, Collins’s work has been published in anthologies, text books and a variety of periodicals, in addition to appearing many times in the “Best American Poetry” series. His latest book is “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems.” The talk takes place at 11 a.m. in the college’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

A two-day Guitar Festival of workshops and performances brings a celebration of electric, steel and nylon-string guitar styles and bass guitar to the campus on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. Guitarists and luthiers selected exclusively from the Capital Region will showcase blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, gypsy, jazz, metal, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, rockabilly and western swing styles. The festival concludes with a concert by the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to the festival and Saturday’s concert is $20. Admission to the concert only is $10. A complete schedule is available at

February programs are:

  • “Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Freedom,” Thursday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, March 15 in the Marvin Library Learning Commons. This pictorial exhibit, on loan from the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History, traces the life of this escaped slave who went on to become one of the country’s foremost abolitionists.

  • “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. This film by acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, is screened and discussed by Dr. Paul E. Calarco Jr., assistant professor of Sociology at Hudson Valley. The film also will be shown on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-13, 9 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Marvin Library.

  • “Romeo and Juliet” on Thursday, Feb. 20 at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. This timeless tale of tragic love is presented in classic Shakespearian style by the Lenox, Massachusetts-based Shakespeare and Company.

  • The Obie Award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. This presentation benefits Unity House of Troy. Admission is $10 per person.

The current exhibit in the Teaching Gallery, “other mental landscapes” by Caitlin Masley, continues through March 22. The Brooklyn-based artist creates sculptures, drawings, installations and photography that capture the spaces and places she sees as monuments to failure and symbolic of things we build and then destroy. For gallery hours, go to