Window On Hudson Presents Jacob Graham Art Exhibition & Performance, August 2021

In partnership with The Hudson Eye, Window On Hudson presents its first performance based artist in “Jacob Graham’s Creatures of Yes in Suspended Animation.”  Graham will be presenting videos as well as live performance from August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.  

Viewers will find a variety of Graham’s short films being simultaneously projected in the storefront windows 24/7.  The exhibition continues indoors with additional videos amid a fully realized environment, transporting the visitor into the land occupied by the Creatures of Yes.    

When asked about his films, Graham says “‘The Creatures of Yes’ are short puppet films sort of like an educational television show from another dimension – somewhat magical and with subtle bits of humor throughout.  The main idea is that they’d be a time travel experiment, only using cameras and other equipment from the 1970s and earlier.  Most of the films I enjoy are old, so I wanted to make something old too.

In some ways the experiment worked. Many people have told me they’ve stumbled upon the films and actually thought they were from the ‘70s.  But my goal was never to trick people; it was just to point out that time, as we know it, is a human construct that could be played with.

This exhibit, ‘Suspended Animation,’ is the first time I’ve shown the components of these films: sets, props, and of course the puppets – in a lifeless state. I hope when people experience the exhibit that time will stand still, or… at least feel a little muddled.”

In explaining the live performances, he says “‘Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair’ is a live, object puppetry performance piece.  It presents the fallen angel as ‘the light bearer’, electrifying the global celebration of man’s achievements and hinting at ominous consequences for that progress.  This piece plays with layers of time and considers it as subject matter, stylistic veneer, and audience perspective – the setting of the piece is 1893 Chicago, the performance style is mid-century New York City, and the audience perspective is the present (for now).”  

The short film “An Educational Program on Gender” was made a couple years ago with my frequent collaborator Stoph Scheer. It discusses gender identity and sexuality in a way that’s somewhat meandering and mischievous. It aims to demystify the topics but perhaps leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. I like to think of this film as a sort of reverse-time capsule: inserting a positive educational program about alternative gender expression into the 1970s.”

An Artist Reception will take place on Saturday, August 14th from 6-9pm in conjunction with the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl.  

DATES/TIMES: August 5th through Labor Day, September 6, 2021

Three different live performances will take place throughout the month:

Saturday, August 14th, 6-9pm on the hour and half hour – “An Educational Program On Gender”

Saturday, August 21st, 6 and 7:30pm – “Lucifer Brings Electric Light to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” 

Monday, September 6th, 1pm – The Hudson Eye Artist Talk and Closing Salon with “Mary Broomfellow reading visitors predictions of the future.”

LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534

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Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 and your health seriously.  It follows the most current federal, state and local guidelines for safety.  As the population of Hudson is diverse we ask that masks be worn indoors.  

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Lebanon Valley Speedway: Monsters N Megas, Aug 1 & 2

The Lebanon Valley Speedway presents Monsters N Megas on August 1st and 2nd. The monsters have ruled the Valley for decades. The megas are coming up North from the swamps. On August 1st and 2nd, the “Monsters N Megas” collide for two HUGE shows at Lebanon Valley Speedway!

See an all-new monster truck program featuring the “Monstah Lobstah” CRUSHSTATION and more battle it out in racing and freestyle competitions. The mega trucks seek to show off their speed and talent for the first time ever at Lebanon Valley also competing in racing and freestyle. Plus, the return of Lebanon Valley’s legendary tough trucks! And if that was not enough, they will be racing side-by-side for the first time ever at the Valley! Kids will have an opportunity to take a ride in a mega truck before the show at no additional charge.

Come early and head into the pre-show Pit Party from 5:00-7:00pm to get up close to the monster and mega trucks and get all your favorite driver’s autographs!

To see the full schedule for the 2021 season, click here

DATE/TIMESunday, August 1 & Monday, August 2, 2021 / 8pm (Gates 4pm)

ADMISSION$10 – $40
Available at www.tix.com/ticket-sales/lebanonvalley/6384

LOCATIONLebanon Valley Speedway
1746 US Route 20
West Lebanon, NY 12195

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New Lebanon Music in the Park Series Returns w/ Community Picnic, Aug 1

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The town of New Lebanon’s “Music in the Park” series returns for the first program since 2019, on Sunday, August 1st.  The town’s Community Picnic will take place at the same time in a combined event to celebrate New Lebanon and our emergence from the restrictions of “COVID Year 2020”. 

As in the past, the Music in the Park bands will have links to our community.  First up at 1:00 PM, Linda Worster and David Grover, “honorary residents” of New Lebanon, will bring their magical mix of folk, soft rock and original music to our pavilion.

The second band, starting at 2:45 PM, will be New Lebanon’s The Echoes (Tistrya Houghtling, Judy Zimmer, and Doug Banker, with help from the Houghtling kids).  They will be playing many of your favorite folk, pop and rock tunes with ukuleles and guitars, with Julian on drums. Kids will have fun with giant lawn games and a bouncy house.

The Community Picnic is hosted by the New Lebanon Recreation Commission, which provides grilled burgers and hot dogs (donated by community businesses), donated soft drinks, condiments, sweet corn, etc.  People who attend are encouraged to bring their favorite side dish or dessert to share.

Craft beer by local Roaring 20’s Brewery will be available for purchase as well.  Community members may volunteer to assist with setup, cleaning of the pavilion tables, etc.  Also needed is someone to direct parking, primarily early in the event as people arrive.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 1, 2021 / 1pm

ADMISSION: Free

LOCATION: Shatford Park – Pavilion
14755 NY 22
New Lebanon, NY 12125

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