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Peru’s legendary psychedelic cumbia band Los Wembler’s de Iquitos play BSP

Peru’s legendary psychedelic cumbia band Los Wembler’s de Iquitos play BSP

Friday, Sept. 20: The Brooklyn label Barbès Records released a 17-song compilation of a then-ignored genre of psychedelic cumbia from Peru: a blend of psych/rock, surf, Afro-Latin rhythms and indigenous melodies. That album reintroduced the world to chicha music, a sound previously confined to the Amazon and the poorer neighborhoods of Lima. Los Wembler’s, who formed in 1968 in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, were responsible for some of the first hits of the genre and have enjoyed this resurgence in international interest.

Sky projection performance by Shi Guorui highlights Skywalk Arts Festival

Sky projection performance by Shi Guorui highlights Skywalk Arts Festival

Sunday, Sept. 22: The Chinese-born artist will present create a piece titled 1.7 Mile Lights to connect Church’s Olana with the Cole Site. He will reflect beams of light across the sky above the Hudson River to illuminate the bonds connecting the two 19th-century artists, their homes and our contemporary moment. The light performance will be visible from Olana’s Ridge Road, the Rip Van Winkle Bridge walkway and the Skywalk path from the Thomas Cole Site to the Bridge.

Jackie Akello plays the Falcon

Jackie Akello plays the Falcon

Wednesday, Sept. 25: An Acholi woman from northern Uganda, Akello’s war-themed songs often address the suffering of the Acholi people, during and after the Lord’s Resistance Army War. She sings in six languages and has scored hits with the love ballad “Amari” and the gospel-styled “Samanya.”

Basilica SoundScape festival unfolds in Hudson

Basilica SoundScape festival unfolds in Hudson

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15: Basilica SoundScape is an annual festival loaded with experimental art, literature, music and film. Held in the cavernous and heightened spaces of Basilica Hudson’s reclaimed waterfront factory, SoundScape has earned its stripes year after year as one of the least compromising festivals dedicated to new thought and different art.

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Saturday, Sept. 21: It was Winston Churchill who, in a 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coined the term “Iron Curtain” to characterize the growing divide between the capitalist and communist wings of the World War II Allies. Churchill’s granddaughter, the noted artist Edwina Sandys, MBE, has called the Berlin Wall “the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain.” After the Wall was dismantled in 1989, the reunited German government gave Sandys her pick of eight of its concrete panels to use as a medium for her art.