Celebrate Beatles Week at the Hudson library Feb. 9-13

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The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1963.

The wildly successful performance that night ushered in the British Invasion and changed the American cultural landscape forever.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic performance, the Hudson Library and Historical Society will host a weeklong series of Beatles-themed lectures and performances.

Beatles Week will include the following programs:

Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. - Abbey Road

Abbey Road is a Beatles tribute band that has been performing as the Fab Four for 31 years. Come to the rotunda as they pay tribute to the world's most popular rock band. No registration is necessary for this free program.

Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. - Here, There and Everywhere: Tracing the cultural impact of The Beatles

Music lecturer Jacob Trombetta will give a presentation about the The Beatles' impact on music and popular culture.

Trombetta earned an master's degree in applied mathematics and a bachelor's degree in music, film, and mathematics from the University of Akron.

He lectured at the Akron Art Museum during a 2013 Real/Surreal exhibition on surrealism and has also lectured at the University of Akron on electronic music, media art, and mathematics.

In addition to working as a software engineer, Trombetta owns the independent music label Discrete Spectrum and is a creative consultant for Akron Film+Pixel.

Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Feb. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. - Revolution: The Beatles and 60s counterculture

Michael Goodnough will discuss the Beatles' impact on the cultural rebellion and revolution of the 60s, in the U.S. and abroad.

Goodnough is currently working on a Ph.D. in history at Kent State University. His research focuses on 20th century American History. In particular, his research investigates cultural productions of language and how language reflects cultural attitudes. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from Bowling Green State University in 2011 and his master's degree in history from Kent State University in May 2013.

Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. - Good ol' Freda

The Hudson Library has secured public performance rights to "Good ol' Freda," a Beatles documentary from Magnolia Pictures.

Freda Kelly was a teenager in Liverpool when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. She had faith in the Beatles from the start, and they shared a mutual respect that endured throughout the band's rise to fame. The group went through many transformations, and people in their circle came and went--but Freda was a constant presence. In this engaging documentary, Freda tells her story for the first time in 50 years. With the support of the remaining Beatles, she offers an insider's perspective on the biggest band in history.

"Freda" won the Best Film award at the Cleveland International Film Festival and was an official 2013 selection for the BFI London Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival and many others.

Filmmaker magazine calls the film "a slyly humorous and insightful portrait…of a participant in one of popular culture's most pivotal moments."

Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

A full story on this event will be in the Sunday, Feb. 2 edition of the Hudson Hub Times.

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