Thursday, August 1, 2019

Looking Ahead to the Weekend

The year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville, and today, August 1, is the actual day of his birth. Hudson Hall is honoring Melville and his connections to Hudson--actual and tangential--with a season of theater, talks, spoken word, and music. Tomorrow night, Friday, August 2, the first of those events takes place: Call Me Ishmael--A Story of Exploitation. Conceived and performed by Shanekia McIntosh, Call Me Ishmael expands on the narrative themes of Moby Dick and the start of modern environmentalism, uncovering a historical through line connecting the brutality of the whaling industry, the black migration experience, and the birth of the Save the Whales movement. The one-woman performance takes place at 8 p.m. at Second Ward Hudson, 71 North Third Street. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

On Saturday, August 3, it's the Ninth Annual Bangladeshi Cultural Fair, which takes place in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Notices of the event have conflicting start times. The poster reproduced below indicates 3 p.m.; the event page on Facebook says 4 p.m. Whenever it begins, it continues until 9 p.m., celebrating the culture and traditions of Bangladesh with music, performances, and extraordinary food.

Before the Bangladeshi Fair gets underway, there's another event worthy of note: the Doggie Ice Cream and Biscuit Tasting at House Rules Cafe. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, the folks at House Rules Cafe, 757 Columbia Street, will be introducing their new ice cream menu--and dog biscuits!--by serving up a very special ice cream sundae just for dogs, as well ice cream treats for humans, including a summer parfait that promises to capture the taste of summer.

I probably don't need to mention which event this weekend someone in the Gossips household is most excited about.


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