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Mercantile June/July 2011

readin g s , s i g n i n g s & s c r e e n i n g s Film: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Thurs.-Sat., June 23-25, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 5:30 p.m.: Winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons. Tickets: $7; $5 students Information: 518.822.8100;

Benefit for O+ Festival

Upstate Films, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12526 Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m.: In person, filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, and O+ organizers. Matinee benefit screening of “Fightville,” a new documentary from Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker -- a microcosm of life encapsulated in the captivating world of mixed martial arts. Tickets: $15 Information: 845.876.2515;

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah

Upstate Films, Route 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12526 Sunday, June 26, time tba: In person, filmmaker Kevin Triplett and musician Gurf Morlix, with Guf Morlix performing a full set after the screening. A documentary about the doomed poet whose life was a country song. The film tells the story of the everyday man behind the Austin legend. Tickets: Call for ticket prices. Information: 845.876.2515;

Blaze Foley circa 1981. A documentary about his life screens at Upstate on June 26. Photo by C.P. Vaughn

Film: Sweet and Lowdown

PS/21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY 12037 Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 p.m.: Woody Allen’s fictional biography of Emmet Ray, an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world during the 1930’s. Tickets: Free Information: 518.392.6121;

Met Opera: Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)

Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534 Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.: Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plàcido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Encore performance. Tickets: $15; $12.50 students Information: 518.822.8100;

Revolution in Egypt: A Firsthand Account

Merritt Bookstore, Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m.: Eden Unger Bowditch and her husband Nathaniel Bowditch, a professor of philosophy at American University Cairo, were four-year residents of Cairo, Egypt when the civil unrest began. Come hear what it was like to live through the violent turmoil, firsthand, in what is sure to be a very moving event. Information: 845.677.5857;

Author Reading: Eden Unger Bowditch

Merritt Bookstore, Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545 Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m.: The Atomic Weight of Secrets is “an amazing story about the wonders of science and the still greater wonders of continued on page 46 g

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