Art Events in Hudson NY July 17 to July 23, 2017

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All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

The Month of July

The Find Waldo Hudson Scavenger Hunt is well under way, with some 35 Hudson businesses participating.  From July 1 to 31, children can pick up a “passport” at any participating business, identified by an iconic “Where’s Waldo” on the window or door.  Once the passport is obtained the hunt begins.  A miniature Waldo will be hidden somewhere in each of the thirty-five businesses.  When found by the child, his or her passport is marked for that particular business.  After visiting each business and finding Waldos all over town, the completed passport can be entered in a drawing for a basket of “goodies” donated by Hudson businesses.  The drawing will take place at a party for all those who completed their passports.   The party will be held on July 31 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tuesday, July 18

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Stephen Petronio in conversation with Ralph Lemon and Jimena Paz – Join celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio in conversation with Jimena Paz and National Medal of Arts awardee Ralph Lemon.  Stephen, Ralph, and Jimena will share video and stories about their creative process and inspirations at Crows Nest, a new dance residency center established by Petronio in Cairo, NY – Free and open to the public; reservations recommended – Information at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-14387 pmWest Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series— Moscow on the Hudson – When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale’s department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.  Starring Robin Williams – A free program presented by PS21 – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218:30 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Wednesday, July 19

Just when you notice the cupboard is bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October –Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.com4 to 7 pmUpstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, July 20

Film, Slides and a Presentation: Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Issues of Reentry with Program Leader Joan E. Hunt, Director of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood –This is the fourth and final presentation in the Thursday Evening Program series meant to provide opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice. – These programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – 6 pm to 7:30 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Luke Temple / Cassandra Jenkins / Jonny Fritz – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 8 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23

TSL Films

> Kedi (2016) – Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> Michelangelo: Love and Death – “…a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of the great artist.”

> Hare Krishna! – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq – “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story – “…the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

>The Hero – Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.

>Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense – “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Playwright Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen starts its tour in Catskill – “If you’ve never seen Copenhagen, it’s hard to imagine that a play in which three dead people discuss atomic physics could be electrifying and intensely emotional.  Yet this riveting drama, full of crackle and vitality, delivers a literary and theatrical punch that stays with you long after the curtain has fallen….On the surface, Copenhagen turns around a mysterious 1941 meeting between the esteemed Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his former pupil, the German scientist Werner Heisenberg.  Old friends who had revolutionized atomic science during the 1920s, they are now on opposite sides of a world war.  But the science, it turns out, is merely a vehicle, a metaphor for a wrenching probe into deeply human quandaries and contradictions.” — The play is directed by Ellen Honig – The play’s first run is this week at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm – Tickets at http://copenhagencatskill.brownpapertickets.com or at the door a half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis – Information at 518-943-3894 –  Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill  (The play travels to Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock in August, and the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in September –  Information at 845-489-3975 or by email to ellenhonig@gmail.com )

The Holler Sessions – This is the final week of The Holler Sessions, written and performed by Frank Boyd, and created in collaboration with the TEAM and Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin as consulting director– The play is staged as a live radio show, and centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz.  Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio, with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. – “Embodied with respect and ferocity by Frank Boyd…Ray radiates a hard-core obsessiveness that’s both scary and contagious.”—Ben Brantley, The New York TimesCritic’s Pick – Information and tickets at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 518-329-0114 – Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 7 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Saturday Night Fever, “the most requested show of the season” “…a disco inferno of a show that will have you dancing down memory lane for three happy

weeks…” – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round,  runs through Sunday, July 23 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292

or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org  – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 21

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting –  Maria Clark from Polaner Imports will be pouring a selection of affordable wines perfect for summer parties – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering where visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal. – Sher Stevens is hosting.  Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – Our speaker will be Greene County Council on the Arts Grants Coordinator Margaret Uhalde. To qualify for a Community Arts Grant or an Individual Artist’s grant, the applicant must attend a mandatory informational workshop.  Margaret will be offering the workshop for the attendees at this month’s dinner.  It is recommended that artists attend the Potluck/informational workshop even if they are not sure if they  will be applying for a grant.  Ms. Uhalde will answer questions about the grant program at the dinner.  If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to artistspotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

Story Slam with Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff – This is the kick-off event for Rally in the Valley, based on Planned Parenthood’s slogan “Care. No matter what.”  Features Hudson’s favorite drag queen Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff, founder of The Mosquito Story Slam – Audience members who drop their name in the hat, will be picked at random during the show, to tell 5-minute true stories related to the theme of “No Matter What.”  The stories will be told, not read.  No notes will be used on stage. A maximum of 10 storytellers will be picked at random to share their stories with the audience.  Entry fee included with gold supporter wristband.  All proceeds benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.  – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 7:45 pm to 9:15 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Western Centuries – Seattle is best known for giving the world grunge-rock, but apparently some musicians there are equally influenced by American roots music, country, and rock ‘n’ roll.  – Western Centuries is comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller, R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger. Western Centuries combines all its members’ influences and styles into an original take on American roots-rock.  The group brings its upbeat, honkytonk dance numbers, its lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between to Helsinki – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dishwasher Dreams – In his one-man show, actor and writer Aladdin Ullah draws on the story of his father, Habib, a steamship worker from East Bengal, who jumped ship and made his way to New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, settled in Harlem in the 1930s, and worked for years as a dishwasher and line cook.   Aladdin explores his father’s life as well as his own childhood growing up in East Harlem in the 1970s and 80s.  Accompanied by tabla player Avi Sharma, Ullah tells the story with a deep sense of humor, drama, and empathy for the American immigrant experience – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Friday-Saturday, July 21-22

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Exhibition Opening – Rally in the Valley: Act 1 – An anonymous exhibition of small works by emerging and established artists, with artists’ names revealed after works are purchased  – Organized by Kristen Dodge & Dawn BreezeProceeds to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – Information and full schedule at www.rallyinthevalley.org – Preview on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; exhibition and sale on Saturday from 5 to 7 pmCommon Council Room at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents Hi, Ho, Robin Hood Robin Hood and his band of merry men are robbing the rich to help the poor people of Nottingham.  Prince John, who is ruling while King Richard is on a crusade, is taxing people right out of their homes!  The Sheriff of Nottingham can’t catch the clever bandits…Will King Richard return in time to save all of Nottingham, and the merry band?  – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 29 – – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

FridaySunday, July 21-23

Rally in the Valley – Three days of art, education and action in support of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – See listings for “Story Slam” and “Act 1”  (above) and  “Hot Pink” (below)  – Information at www.rallyinthevalley.org

MONUMENT – The dance work MONUMENT combines beautifully revived works by legends of modern dance with original choreography by Hudson-based dance artist Adam H. Weinert. – With ingenuity, reverence, and grace, Weinert and an ensemble of stellar dancers, perform classic solos by Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon and Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn.  Weinert’s work then transports audiences to a new world that is “impressive, strange, a puzzle you want to solve, a social order changing before your eyes.”—The New York Times – For these performances, composer/performer Chris Garneau returns to Hudson to perform live, set to perfectly paced piano-led compositions with Garneau’s “dangerously beautiful voice.”—The New Yorker – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday, July 22

Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson – The Bees Knees will be hosting silhouette artist Erik Johnson, a highly skilled, third generation artist who learned the craft from his father.  Within minutes, Johnson hand cuts each silhouette by just looking at the subject’s profile.  You’ll have an amazing keepsake of you, your child, significant other, etc.  Sign-ups are free.  Go to https:beesknees22.eventbrite.com/ — Framing is available – Information at 518-697-0888The Bee’s Knees, 725 Warren Street

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Add to the season’s bounty—Tomatoes!  Meet this year’s new vendors:   the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Cosby Gibson performs in the Music Tent – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and available on the second Saturday of each month, through October – Tour one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. This gem still has its spiral staircase, working fog bell, and wonderful architecture – Learn its history and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family who lived on the lighthouse.  The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active aid for navigation for water traffic. –  Reservations for  the tour are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.hudsoncruises.comor by calling  888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org or call 518-828-5294 – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pmand  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour –Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. —  In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part I: Millennium  Approaches – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-84481 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

OLANA ’67: A Public Work of Art – The Olana Summer Party – Imagine 1967 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the date when Olana opened as a public work of art on June 3, 1967. – Top regional chefs will create 1967-inspired hors d’oeuvres and a DJ will spin tunes from this era on Olana’s East Lawn – Information at www.olana.org/olana67 –  Host Committee Reception from 5 pm to 6 pm; Main Cocktail Event from 6 to 8 pmEast Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9-G, Hudson

John Davis Gallery Exhibition Opening – The work of five artists will be shown – Main Galleries & Sculpture Garden – Animula:  Bruce Gagnier; Carriage House, Ground Floor – in paper, in boxes: Pamela J. Wallace; Carriage House, Second Floor – Paintings: Peter Bonner; Carriage House, Third Floor – Paintings: Benjamin Pritchard ; Carriage House, Fourth Floor – Paintings: McWillie Chambers – All on view through August 13 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Deadly Dragon Sound – Information at 518-828-15628 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hot Pink – Hosted by Rally in the Valley – Hot Pink is an inclusive + sweaty dance party to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood presented by Heavy Flow, an all-female identifying DJ lineup including  Jennifer Haley, Sis, DJ Shanny,  and SVB – Discounted admission at the door if you wear a pink costume – Information at rallyinthevalley.org9 pm to 1 am – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street

Art Omi Dance Salon – This annual event is a forum for the Art Omi Dance residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month – The Salon offers an intimate evening of live performance by dancers from around the world, set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artists’ work at the start of the residency program – This year’s dance residents are from Palestine, Republic of the Congo, Singapore/Philippines, United States, Canada, Australia, France, India, and Spain/UK – Free and open to the public, no reservation required – Information at www.artomi.orgor 518-392-4747 –   5 pm – Studio Barns, Art Omi, intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent

Valatie Village-Wide Tag Sale – Maps of participating tag sale addresses available at local stores in the village including Great Finds in the Millhouse, Upper Main Street; Mario’s Home Center on Route 9; and Hennessy Insurance and JGA Antiques on Main Street.  Check out tag sales all over the Village for fabulous finds including antiques, collectibles, toys, books, clothing, housewares, tools, and more.  Lunch is available in the Village at restaurants and cafes along Main Street and Route 9 – Sponsored by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association (VERA) – Information and maps at VERAvalatie.com or VERAvalatie on facebook – 8 am to 2 pm – Village of Valatie

The 12th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Sunday, July 23

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit three gardens in Spencertown, Austerlitz, and Canaan – Admission fee paid at each garden

> Garden of Linda Horn – Artist Linda Horn began to create a one-acre native meadow/prairie when she and her husband moved to the area – Owner and artist Linda Horn, land stewardship designer Barbara Hughey, and landscape designer Heather Grimes will be on hand to introduce guests to Linda’s dynamic landscape, discuss the concepts and practices of landscape restoration, and provide practical ideas for creating healthy, beautiful, and low maintenance native ecosystems – 10 am to 2 pm – 5015 County Route 7, Spencertown

> Steepletop – Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Garden – Named for the wildflower found in its high fields – 10 am to 4:30 pm – 440 East Hill Road, Austerlitz

> Rockland Farm – The garden is comprised of a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres  – 10 am to 4 pm – 180 Stony Kill Road, Canaan

> Information at www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule

Read & Feed – Basilica Hudson, in partnership with the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) presents its second annual celebration of literature and foodThis year the festival celebrates the legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.  An all-star, twenty-person marathon reading of John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run is preceded by a gathering of poetry luminaries explaining “How to Love Reading Ashbery” – Also featured are acclaimed food writers and chefs – Some performances bring literature and food together, such as Whiting Award-winning poetry superstars Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performing and talking poetry, food and music, while cooking up collard greens and salmon cakes – Celebrated cookbook authors and restaurateurs have conversations with literary chefs about food, memory and the senses – A cooking masterclass taught by Barbara “Barb the Butcher” Fisher teaches  how to make sausage – Delicious and affordable South Indian cuisine created by Rohan Kamicheril of the popular Tiffin food blog is offered in the new Community Café, and  a marketplace of local, independent literary publishers and artisanal food vendors is available.  – Information and schedule at basilicahudson.org12 noon to 5 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

The Velocity of Geography – A staged reading of James Farrell’s new play – The play explores the complexities of experience behind the story of a father and daughter who emigrate from Romania to New York City in 1988, fleeing the oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu – Directed by Robert Zukerman – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-6121 – 2 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

I / O – A collective of world class musicians exploring original and reworked compositions by contemporary artists – Featured musicians are: Rachel Z, a jazz and rock pianist and keyboardist who is considered one of the most influential and versatile musical forces of her generation; David Gilmore, a highly regarded session jazz guitarist and composer; Erik Lawrence, a gifted saxophonist and flutist; Scott Petito, the group’s bassist and composer, with a long list of live and recorded performance credits; Roberto Rodriguez, percussionist, composer, and arranger; and Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose unique blending of Latin and Jewish music has created a whole new hybrid. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comDoors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm(Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY and Beyond, July 5 to July 11, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

The Month of July

From July 1 to 31, thirty-five Hudson businesses will be participating in a Find Waldo Hudson scavenger hunt.  Children can pick up a “passport” at any participating business, identified by an iconic “Where’s Waldo” on the window or door.  Once inside, the hunt begins.  A miniature Waldo will be hidden somewhere in each of the thirty-five businesses.  When found by the child, his or her passport is marked for that particular business.  After visiting each business and finding Waldos all over town, the completed passport can be entered in a drawing for a basket of “goodies” donated by Hudson businesses.  The drawing will take place at a party for all those who completed their passports.   The party will be held on July 31 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Wednesday, July 5

Just when you notice the cupboard is bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.com – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, July 6

Yes, In My Backyard,A film screening of a documentary by Tracy Huling, Founder/Director of the Prison Public Memory Project – The film presents a portrait of Coxsackie, NY, a rural prison town in Greene County – Following the screening, the filmmaker, who is currently working in Illinois, will be available via video to answer questions.  – The screening is the second of four Thursday evening programs being presented as part of PRISON, an exhibition of photography and special programming presented  by the Davis Orton Gallery in partnership with the Prison Public Memory Project/Hudson.  The program presents opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice—the prison’s impact on individuals, families and towns.  The exhibition and these Thursday programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com  – The screening is from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street 

Thursday-Sunday, July 6-9

TSL Films – Time & Space Ltd. (TSL) is taking some time off.  There will be no movie screenings this week.  Movie screenings will resume on July 13.  Watch this space!

Mac-Haydn Theatre opens Saturday Night Fever, “the most requested show of the season” – “…a disco inferno of a show that will have you dancing down memory lane for three happy weeks…” – The show runs from Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 23 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org  –Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 7

HWM Friday Wine Tasting –Free tastings of rye, bourbon and whiskey from Ancram’s powerhouse distillery– Hillrock Distillery.  Nosh, sip and learn how these gems are made.  “With their persistence of flavor and long finishes, they are not to be missed.” – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

The Town of Hillsdale hosts a summer celebration concert featuring award-winning singer-songwriter John Farrell, Grammy-winning keyboard player Jeff Miller, and local harmonica wizard Jeff Neumann – Farrell is a dedicated musician who works with children and families around the world.  He has performed in 25 countries and is the author of three books for children.  His songs are inspiring, humorous, and educational – Adults enjoy his songs as much as children do.  – Roe Jan Park is “a community center for all ages.”  It is host to the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, the library gala, and a number of local weddings and special events – For information about the Park and its programs, go to www.hillsdaleny.com7:30 pm to 9 pm – Roeliff Jansen Park, State Route 22, a mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

FridaySaturday, July 7-8

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season begins with The Trials of Alice in Wonderland In this new telling of the fanciful tale, Alice is on trial for daring to grow and change.  With the Cheshire Cat as a guide, she revisits Wonderland to gather evidence of her innocence.  The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and caterpillar testify before the judge—The Queen of Hearts.   Tweedledee and Tweedledum are attorneys, if only they can decide which side they are on! The songs—“Off With Her Head,” “Always Time For Tea,” “Somewhere In A Dream,” and others add to the fun and help tell the story – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 15 – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 8

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –Now in its 21st year of operation – Meet this year’s new vendors:   the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

 

Photographer Michel Arnaud will be signing copies of his newly released book Detroit: The Dream is NowThe Design, Art, and Resurgence of an American City – The book is a visual essay on the rebuilding and resurgence of the City of Detroit – Light refreshments – Information by email to info@tkhomeandgarden.com1 to 4 pmTK Home and Garden, 441 Warren Street

Strawberry Festival – Sponsored by the UMW of Trinity United Methodist Church – Featuring a turkey club sandwich, and home-made strawberry shortcake with REAL whipped cream – Children under three are admitted free – 4 pm to 6:30 pm – Trinity United Methodist Church, (handicapped accessible) 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set,  presented every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – The featured writers this month are Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Courtney Maum, and Christopher Bollen

> Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and Huffington Post. She lives in Boston where she teaches at Grub Street and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

> Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Maum’s work has also been published in The New York Times, O Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed.

> Christopher Bollen is the author of the new novel The Destroyers, as well as Orient and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. His work has also appeared in GQ, The New York Times, New York magazine, and Artforum. He lives in New York and is the Editor-at-Large at Interview magazine.

The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Amanda Taylor.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French. – Information at Volume’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volumehudsonn7 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Chatham Summerfest – An annual street fair that draws hundreds of visitors and showcases  varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors.  All events are free – In addition to the popular sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire, three stages throughout the village will accommodate a variety of entertainers – Sponsored by the Chatham Area Business & Arts (CABA) Organization – 10 am to 4 pm – Takes place along Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue – Village of Chatham

Athens Street Festival – In case you haven’t had enough fireworks – This is an annual event, ending in a fireworks display that can be seen from certain points in the City of Hudson.  Try Promenade Hill Park at the foot of Warren Street – The festival includes national, regional and local entertainment on three stages, a parade, carnival rides, a car show, food booths, exhibitors and vendors including 150 booths selling everything from crafts and jewelry to T-shirts and more – Information at 518-945-1551 or  https://festivalnet.com/25457/Athens-New-York/festivals/Athens-Street-Festival10 am to 11 pm – Riverfront Park, Village of Athens

SaturdaySunday, July 8-9

Art Omi Open Studio Weekend – Celebrate with 30 resident artists who hail from 28 diverse countries – This is an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends.

> Saturday – Dancing Under the Stars – Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music overlooking Omi’s  firefly-lit sculpture park – Dance to the exuberant music of Nkumu Katalay in the company of Omi’s artists-in-residence and the upstate arts community –  8:30 am to 12 midnight – Benenson Visitors Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

> Sunday – Country Brunch –  Omi honors its international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch (mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit), on the lawn of Ledig House –  11 am to 1 pm – Ledig House, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent

> Sunday – Open Studios – After Country Brunch, stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the resident artists have been working on for the past four weeks, along with additional events and installations. – Open and free to the public – 1 to 5 pm – The Studio Barns, intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent

> Information and tickets for Dancing Under the Stars and Country Brunch at www.artomi.org

Sunday, July 9

Conversations with Neighbors: Join the Garden Revolution: Natural Landscapes Workshop – Learn how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful and healthy landscapes with experts Linda Horn, Heather Grimes, and Barbara Hughey – Information by e-mail to info@spencertownacademy.org9:30 am to 12:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Next Monday, July 10

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) holds its monthly meeting in the back room of The Wunderbar in Hudson, hoping to attract interested people from southern Columbia County and from Greene County. CCL is all about how citizen lobbyists can exercise their political power to create a livable world.  The organization discusses strategies for creating public awareness about and support for pricing carbon and returning that money to American households, thereby reducing carbon emissions while growing the economy and creating jobs.  The work of the organization  consists of lobbying with members of congress, writing letters to the editor, doing public presentations on climate issues, and reaching out to the community through events and individual outreach. The regular meeting starts at 6 pm, with orientation for newcomers at 5:30 pm – Following the usual information sharing, national call, and skill building, the meeting will break into action groups, with a wrap-up at the end of the meeting. – For information send email to Karen Frishkoff at kfrishkoff@gmail.com or call 518-672-7901 – All are welcome – Orientation for newcomers at 5:30 pm; Full Meeting from 6 to 8 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, July 11

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pmPerformance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbicountytourism.org

 

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Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

 

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Art Events in Hudson NY, June 27 to July 4, 2017

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All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Tuesday, June 27  

Lucero – with Banditos opening – “The five members of Lucero have been steady road warriors since 1998, averaging 250 gigs a year.  You can see that these guys have put in their proverbial 10,000 hours and then some.  The result is they know how to grab a crowd and take them along on a rock ‘n’ roll journey.” – Information at 518- 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

NOT! Helsinki Open Mic –– No open mic on June 27 nor on July 4!!! – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, June 28

Just when you thought the cupboard was bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.comUpstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, June 29

Hudson’s Prison History: 1887 to the PresentThe Prison Public Memory Project and Davis Orton Gallery kick off the summer’s Thursday evening program series with this rich presentation by Peter Tenerowicz. The presentation takes attendees through over a century of Hudson prison history, from the foundation of the House of Refuge for Women in 1887 to the Hudson Correctional Facility’s transformation into a juvenile facility today.  Building on an illustrated talk developed by Prison Public Memory Project staff and presented in 2016 at the Hudson Correctional Facility to staff and all inmates, Peter will bring his unique perspective as a former corrections officer to the history of Hudson’s past as a prison community, as well as his knowledge about the history of his wife’s family members who lived and worked at the Hudson prison from 1917 until the 1950s when it was the NYS Training School for Girls – Free and open to the public – RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated –  Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com  – Lecture from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, June 29-July 2

TSL Films – Time & Space Ltd. (TSL) is taking a week off.  There will be no movie screenings this week.  Movie screenings will resume on July 13.  Watch this space!

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. – Information at https://shakerml.org/ Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Friday, June 30

HWM Friday Wine Tasting – Martin Scott Imports will help us toast in the weekend with great value whites and two levels of Broadbent Madeira, including the rich and wonderful 10-year Malmsey – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or  828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, June 30-July 1

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season begins with The Trials of Alice in Wonderland In this new telling of the fanciful tale, Alice is on trial for daring to grow and change.  With the Cheshire Cat as a guide, she revisits Wonderland to gather evidence of her innocence.  The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and caterpillar testify before the judge—The Queen of Hearts.   Tweedledee and Tweedledum are attorneys, if only they can decide which side they are on! The songs—“Off With Her Head,” “Always Time For Tea,” “Somewhere In A Dream,” and others add to the fun and help tell the story – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 15 – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 1

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –Now in its 21st year of operation – New Vendors this year include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society invites the public to visit the sailboat Eleanor to see the work that has been completed and the work that remains to be accomplished on the restoration of the 1903 sailboat. – Continental breakfast will be served – Information at 518-828-788410 am to 11:30 am – Door 19, 99 South Third Street

Housing Narratives – Oral History Summer School in partnership with the Hudson Area Library presents Walis Jackson and Sarita Daftary-Steel in a program called Housing Narratives, a conversation about community development and housing.  Ms. Jackson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in discussing race and the history of the 1938 City Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city.  This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.  Ms. Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, designed to capture the experiences of neighborhood residents who lived in East New York during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.  A discussion of housing-related issues in Hudson will follow.   The event is free and open to the public.  A light breakfast of bagels and beverages will be served – Information at 518-828-1792, x 101 10 am to 12 noon – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Creative Growth – Hand Hooked Rugs from Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California Creative Growth serves artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. It provides both a professional studio environment for artistic development, as well as a gallery for exhibition and representation.  The artwork fostered in this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide. Creative Growth artists Judith Scott and Dan Miller were included in the 2017 Venice Biennale – Information by email to keacarpetsandkilims.com  or call 917-952-16545 to 8 pmKea Carpets and Kilims, 238 Warren Street

Fireworks for America’s Celebration on Hudson Cruises – Celebrate!  A night of fun on the majestic Hudson River—cruise, music, and drink specials – Must be over 21 – Information and reservations at 1-888-804-9716 – Or take a chance and pay as you board (only available if not sold out!) – Boarding starts at 8 pm; cruise from 8:30 pm to 10 pm – Board at Hudson Cruises, City Dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Exhibition Opening – A Canon of Beauty – A group show featuring oil and watercolor painter Barry DeBaun, voted “Best Artist” in Hudson Valley magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley 2016 Readers’ Poll, and is the recipient of many national and regional awards – His work can be seen in many museum collections – Gallery artists are also shown in the exhibition – On view through August 12 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or call 413-246-57765:30 pm – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

Fireworks! – Germantown Independence Day Celebration – Fun for families, kids, couples & friends – Live music, food, vendors, games, and activities for kids –– Pay at the gate, per person or per carload – Sponsored by the Town of Germantown – Information at 518-537-6687 or www.germantownny.org – Gate opens at 4 pm – Fireworks display at 9:30 pm– Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown

“The Most Unbelievable Fireworks Show!!!” – Gates open at 5 pm – Information at 518-794-9606 – Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 US Route 20, West Lebanon

Sunday, July 2

The Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by Seth Rogovoy, presents  Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano and Beyond ,with the Krakauer-Tagg Duo,featuring the innovative, experimental pianist Kathleen Tagg, a “sound explorer” from South Africa, and David Krakauer, known for his virtuoso solo clarinet work in classical and avant-garde music, klezmer, and  jazz – “…witness what promises to be another mind-bending concert with one of the world’s most exciting and innovative musical duos.” – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or heksinkihudson.com7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Mistresses and  Palberta – Information at 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Monday, July 3

Basilica Back Gallery:  The Bright Future Group Show – Works by David Aron, Simeon Amstutz, Elbert Perez, Becca Van K., Louise Smith, Martin Katzoff, and Jack Walls – “In these dark times the only refuge seems to be in art, for these are very dark times indeed.  The Bright Future Group Show is a group of younger and older artists brought together by Melissa Auf der Maur.  Yes,, the title of the show is somewhat sardonic.  The younger artists in the show all have studied art and are attending or have graduated from various art schools.  The older artists—David Aron and Jack Walls are longtime veterans of the Downtown New York art scene.  The coming together of this diverse and talented group of seven is a sign of hope not subscribing to any politics, but can be viewed as a political statement with a dash of irony. – This exhibition continues Basilica Hudson’s 2017 thematic Back Gallery artist in residency program,….” – Information at basilicahudson.orgBBQ Opening Party – (Bring your own dogs.) 4 pm ‘til sunset – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Wailing Souls, one of the original Kingston, Jamaica groups to popularize a then-new music called “reggae” in the mid-1960s, bring their trademark vocal harmonies and dancehall rhythms to  a special holiday weekend dance party – Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald met in a vocal workshop in Kingston in 1964.  Classmates included aspiring singers who would go on to form a group called the Wailers, which became Bob Marley’s group.  Matthews and McDonald formed the Wailing Souls, and they’ve never stopped singing since.  These reggae and rocksteady legends have been thrice-nominated for Grammy Awards and are the living connection back to the trenchtown origins of reggae music – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Tuesday, July 4

The People’s Parade – Make your own float, decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, lawn mower, or bike.  Decorate anything  you can push or ride with good old American pride!  Wear your red, white and blue and bring your patriotic spirit. Not up to marching? Join the crowds who bring chairs and watch the parade from the sidelines.  Parade route is from Rothermel Park, down Rothermel Lane to Eichybush Road, and then on to Broad Street (US 9) to the Village Green – Parade starts at 11 am – Kinderhook Village, Kinderhook

An Old Fashioned Independence Day – Eighteenth-century crafts, re-enactors, music and entertainment.  A great day for young families.  Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or call 518-537-4240 – Buy tickets in advance to insure entry – 2 to 10 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

 

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, June 19 to June 26, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25

TSL Films:

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – “An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.  What we see is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor….”

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – “Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, opens and runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Fridaythrough Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at shakerml.org – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

Friday-Saturday, June 23-24

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

5th Annual Hudson River Exchange Summer Market – On the riverfront – Featuring 90 vendors of high quality handmade items, unique vintage finds, and farm fresh food; live music and DJ sets throughout the weekend; multiple areas for lounging, picnicking and enjoying the beauty of the river and the company of friends; a full compost and recycling program in partnership with Perfect Ten and Etsy – For the first time, the Market includes Friday night programming. A sister event—the Take Care Fair —takes place on Sunday and features local health and wellness practitioners. (See below under Sunday.) – Free and open to the public – Friday from 4 to 9 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 6 pmHenry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25

Buds, Blooms, and Blossoms – The Greenport Garden Club presents a flower show at Verdigris Hudson – Beautiful floral arrangements will be on view all weekend – Watch and learn about building floral arrangements from garden club members – Information about the garden club by email to kathy12534@icloud.com – View the flowers during Verdigris open hours – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or call 518-828-3139 – Verdigris Hudson, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

Saturday, June 24

Electronics Recycling Day – Bring your old and broken electronics to Columbia-Greene Community College and they will be taken away free of charge (exception: a $10 charge for air conditioners and dehumidifiers) – The drive is sponsored by I Hear Media of the Hudson Valley, Columbia-Greene Community College, United Way of Columbia-Greene, Maven Technologies, and Metal Mike – Information at 518-828-50069 am to 12 noon – Columbia-Greene Community College, 5620 Route 9G

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Strawberries are here!  Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Auction of the Collection of Keith & Patti Richards including furniture, decorations, and fine art – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 518-751-100011 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Jack Shainman Gallery / The School celebrates the opening of The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” – A special performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB. Drinks, music, and local fare – Please RSVP by email to rsvp@jackshainman.com2 to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – Summer Exhibit: Paintings by Mark Beard and Corinne Robbins – Works on Paper by Kahn & Selesnick, Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, and David Seiler – On view through August 6 – Information at 518-828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – Various art and design locations welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This spring-to-summer monthly open gallery event presents nine galleries on Warren and Front Streets open for viewing, some with artist receptions – See listings for details

>Participating galleries on Warren Street are:  Kea Tribal Rug Gallery, 238 Warren Street;

  1. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; FRG Objects and Design/Art, 2nd Floor, 217 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; and Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

> Participating galleries off Warren Street are: Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white building behind the Basilica); and Wasserbach Fine Art, 99 South Third Street, Door 21

> Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – PRISON – An exhibition of photography and four evening programs – Through this exhibition of fine art/documentary photography and special programming, the Gallery, in partnership with Prison Public Memory Project/Hudson, presents opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice—a prison’s impact on individuals, families and towns in Hudson, NY and beyond

> Exhibition of Photography: Isadora Kosofsky, Still My Mother, Still My Father: Parent Child Visits; Joe Librandi-Cowan, The Auburn System; and a Portfolio Showcase by Jason Koxvold and Dana Ullman

> Exhibitions on view through July 23 – Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5:30 pm and by appointment – Information http://davisortongallery.com by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com or 518-567-4056

> Four Thursday Evening Programs at the Gallery from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Contact the Gallery for details

> Reception from 5 to 7 pm with artist talks at 6 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Two Exhibition Openings & One Holdover

> Nichole van Beek: The Longest Day—New Paintings – “van Beek’s new work dives deep into the expressive potential of geometry, pattern and surface…This is her third solo exhibition with the gallery.”

> Green: John Dilg, Floryn Honnet, David Shaw and Eric Wolf – A group exhibition of painting and sculpture.

> Carl D’Alvia’s sculpture is still on view in the garden

> All on view through August 6

>Information at www.baileygallery.com  or 518-828-6680 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmJeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – “You lose yourself, you reappear”: New Work by Richard Finkelstein –  The artist draws inspiration from a quote by the playwright Samuel Beckett:  “To find a form that accommodates themes, that is the task of the artist now.” A common thread of cinematic isolation unites this exhibition, which initially gives the impression of being a group show.  However, closer inspection reveals the singular focus of Mr. Finkelstein, who communicates stories of separation using diverse media such as miniature tableaux, installations, drawings, and photographs…. – On view through August 6 – Work by gallery artists is also on view – Information  at www.BCBART.com or 518-828-4539 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – John Davis Gallery announces new exhibitions – Six artists will be shown in the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Carriage House—Main Galleries: Farrell Brickhouse: New Work; Sculpture Garden: Sculpture by Howard Kalish; and Carriage House: Paintings by Jenny Snider, Alison Fox, Rosie Lopeman, and Kathy Osborn – On view through July 16 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 1/2 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – 3 Artists: New Work: Barney Bellinger, Mark Wasserbach, and Jonathan Sweet showing sculpture, paintings, photography, and furniture design – Preview the new collection from these three acclaimed Hudson artists – Information by email to wass1@nycap.rr.com or call 518-368-5340 – On view through July 16 – 6 to 9 pm – The Warehouse, Door 21, 99 South Third Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Salome – “This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salome at the center of a revolution…” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

John Paul White – Once a member of the Southern Gothic folk duo, Civil Wars, John Paul White  launched his solo career with last year’s album called Beulah – It has been described as a “remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy Southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop…” – Lera Lynn opens the show – 9 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Site Annual Summer Party – An evening under the stars on the banks of the Hudson River – Sweeping views of the Hudson River, cocktails and dinner, a chance to bid on thrilling getaways and other fabulous auction items, and fireworks!, all to benefit Thomas Cole National Site – Information at thomascole.org or 943-7465 – Extremely limited availability. Please call Carrie Tuccio at 518-943-7465 x 4 to inquire. – 7 to 11 pm, 152 William Street, Catskill

Garden Conservancy Open Day in Columbia County – Visit these three unique country gardens in Taghkanic, Craryville, and Ancram – Admssion fee paid at each garden

> Alice Platt’s garden – “This garden, which won a Golden Trowel Award from Garden Design magazine in 2005, is nestled in the woods at the end of a country lane…” – 10 am to 4 pm – 46 Tibbet Lane, Taghkanic

> Rabbit Lane – “Forty years ago, my husband Richard and I bought a tiny ‘get-away’.  A nineteenth-century farmhouse set in fifty-seven acres of a second-growth woodland…”- 10 am to 5 pm – 158 Maiers Road, Craryville

> Adams-Westlake Garden – “Two writers, Abby Adams, who writes about gardens and interiors, and her late husband, crime novelist Donald Westlake, authored the various plantings on this former farm in a pastoral Columbia County valley…” – 12 noon to 4 pm –Ancram

> Information at www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule/columbiacounty-ny

 

Blackdome Music Festival – Featuring the Brooklyn-based orchestral pop piano-violin duo Gracie and Rachel, which crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals; Hite, the new project from Julia Easterlin, described as “rooted in folk yet still using the language of art and electronica”; and Jiji, an adventurous artist on guitar performing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, as well as works by Ginastera and Albeniz – Discounts for seniors, students and children 12 and under – Information and tickets at www.blackdomemusic.com or call 917-816-59107:30 pm – Windham Civic Centre, 5379 Route 23, Windham

Real People Real Stories – Ancram Opera House starts its summer season with a much-anticipated  evening of homegrown stories told by local residents – The program is inspired by the Moth Radio Hour, but with its own unique improvised style – The storytellers are Lisa Morris from Gallatin, Sherry Weaver from Livingston, Darlene White from Pittsfield, Joan Galler from Ancram, Mildred Aksen from Ancramdale, and Ellen Thurston from Hudson – Information and tickets at ancramoperahouse.org or call 518-329-01148 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking behind the Opera House)

 

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 25

Take Care Fair – Hudson River Exchange in collaboration with Stella Fay, launches the Take Care Fair, the Hudson Valley’s first interactive marketplace dedicated to health and wellness – Showcasing healing arts, living food, and a broad spectrum of supportive services for physical, mental and spiritual health. – The marketplace setting allows attendees to learn about and experience in a low risk, introductory way the growing variety of resources available  – Participants are able to ask questions, receive mini-sessions, attend talks and take classes – Approximately 75 practitioners and makers will vend at the market; classes, workshops and presentations take place in the riverside gazebo or under tents throughout the day.  Participating vendors represent a variety of fields including acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, mental health and more.– Free and open to the public – Rain or shine – Information at takecarefair/hudsonriverexchange.com – 11 am to 4 pm –  Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Book Sale and Signing – Author Adrienne Ross, former Hudson City School District teacher, now author, editor, columnist, and speaker hosts an Open House with a special invitation extended to former students and colleagues – An inspirational speech and book talk will be given at 12 noon, followed by the book signing – Ms. Ross is the commencement speaker at Hudson High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday – Her available books include Push Your Way to Purpose and #Aunt Alma Unleashed – Information at lseftner@questar.org or 518-828-415712 noon to 2 pmHudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Modern Gaming 101 – Stuck in a Monopoly rut?  House Rules Café announces the first in a series of sessions to teach new games and to learn about the plethora of games that have been released in the last 20 years.  This first lesson will take a look at Splendor, published in 2014.  Splendor is a set-collecting game where players are trying to build the biggest and best collection of precious gems.  Good for two to four players, it’s easy to learn, but has the potential for some gory strategy and vicious backstabbing! – Information at 828-5938 – 1 to 6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Plays in Progress (PIP) presents Taking a Stand, a performance of staged readings of short pieces (both comic and serious) written and produced by the playwrights, actors, and directors of Plays in Progress:  Ellen Clarkson, Mel Cobb, Jr., Christopher Conant, Lucile Lichtblau, Byron Nilsson, Marcia Slatkin, and Jesse Waldinger – The program includes never before performed plays about different forms of love and fear of commitment: William Shakespeare’s improbable gentlemanly aspirations, the turning point of the Dreyfus Affair, a contest between hummus-makers, and more. – To benefit Hudson Hall – Tickets and information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org3 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Michael Hearst’s Nerd-fabulous Author Event – Original musical accompaniment to a Power Point slideshow featuring his new book, Curious Constructions,  a follow-up to his previous  books–Unusual Creatures and Extraordinary People – In this book the reader will come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures such as a fire-breathing octopus sculpture, the skateboard ramp you would need to jump the Great Wall of China, a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica, and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos – These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful and gloriously unnecessary await inquisitive readers, aspiring engineers, and anyone who ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, “Yeah, but what if it had a roller coaster on top?” – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60064 to 7 pm The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson, present The Hudson River School (1825-1875):  A Slideshow and Conversation by gallery owner Peter Jung – Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederic Church, and others, captured some of the last moments of the virgin landscape inhabited by Native Americans before the European immigrants transformed borders of true wilderness into farms and settlements.  These artists believed that God was manifest in the form of the American landscape, and their reverence for the vistas before them is recorded in the paintings known as the Hudson River School paintings – Information and tickets at www.cchsny.org or at the door – Reception at 4:30 pm; Lecture at 5 pm Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Brazilian Girls – “They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo…and has established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band.” – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 26

Governor’s Office Health Care Forum – Learn what  the impact of the Trump era American Health Care Act (AHCA) might have on you and your family – The Governor’s Office is sending an expert panel to give you the opportunity to learn what is at stake and how best to protect your family from possible changes to our health care system.  RSVP to mike.morris@exec.ny.gov – Information at 822-1438 – 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

First Annual OutHudson Awards Night – The judges were Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Richelle Martin, and Rick Rector – Awards of a one-of-a-kind statuette will be given in eight categories—Most Hudson Spirit, Most OUT There, Best Music, Most PRIDE, Most Kitsch, Most Fabulous, Butchest, and Best in theme: Wild Queendom – Give-what-you-like contributions will be taken at the door; cash bar; weekday menu items available from the Helsinki restaurant – Dinner reservations at 518-828-48007 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 27 – NOT!

Helsinki Open Mic –– No open mic on June 24 or July 4!!! – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Lucero – with Banditos opening – “The five members of Lucero have been steady road warriors since 1998, averaging 250 gigs a year.  You can see that these guys have put in their proverbial 10,000 hours and then some.  The result is they know how to grab a crowd and take them along on a rock ‘n’ roll journey.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

 

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Ellen Thurston

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Art in Hudson NY and Beyond, June 14 to June 20, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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Wednesday-Sunday, June 14-18

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The stage version of the hilarious movie of the same name – The Broadway version was nominated for 11 Tony Awards – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Final performance is Sunday, June 18 – Opening on June 22 is Cole Porter’s Anything Goes – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17

Occupant – Jonah Bokaer, “Basilica’s guardian angel of dance,” returns with his dancers to Basilica’s Main Hall for a three-day performance run of their repertory piece, Occupant, a work inspired by Edward Albee’s 2001 play of the same name.  The play stages the late, wildly flamboyant sculptor Louise Nevelson against an anonymous interviewer for posthumous questioning – Bokaer’s production takes place on a monochromatic, blue-hued stage where Daniel Arsham, Bokaer’s long-time collaborator, uses various scenic elements and original sculptures to set the scene – Bokaer will make a special appearance in Study for Occupant, preceding the main piece – Music by Ryoji Ikeda – Information and tickets at basilicahudson.org8 pm each night – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street 

Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18

TSL Films:

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent“Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, June 16

Free HWM Tasting – Jared Rumsey from Verity Wines hosts our Friday complimentary in-store tasting – He will be pouring wines perfect for warm weather including Beaujolais Rose, Savoie sparkling, and Momo Sauvignon Blanc, and more.  Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering for discussion on art and spirituality – Several artists are presenting:  Sher Stevenswill give a presentation on the sculptor Javier Marin.  Laurie Sheridan will be talking about her own sculpture that gives imaginative expression to the values of harmony and environmental responsibility.  She says, “I work with resin because of its unique qualities and appearance. Like organic amber, it preserves and protects the natural elements I use. It also conducts light, which gives each of the works the feeling of aliveness. It is as if the specimens embedded were just sleeping, and could be reanimated sometime in the future.” – Laura Summer will also be present, with students from Free Columbia, who will lead a discussion about art in relation to spirit. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to artistspotluck@gmail.com6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

Triform Camphill Community’s 15th Annual Benefit Concert presents John Hall of the band Orleans.  He will be joined by Laurel Masse of The Manhattan Transfer, as well as Triform’s students with special needs who form the Triform Bell Choir – Best known as the founder of Orleans, John Hall has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon, and others.  His community activism led him into politics from the Ulster County legislature to a seat in congress in 2006.  He returned to his music career in 2011.  The program will be followed by a strawberry shortcake social – Information and tickets at 528-851-9320 x 13 or purchase tickets online at www.triform.org7 pmTriform Phoenix Center, 20 Triform Road, Hudson

Every Other Summer – Solid Sound Documentary Screening – Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s documentary film shot at 2013’s incarnation of the Solid Sound Festival. – Featuring performances from Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rose, and The Relatives, with appearances by Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others – The film offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA – Free Admission – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society hosts a “sneak preview” that will launch its summer exhibit, All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic TollhousesPeter Cipkowski, President of the Society, has said, “We’re excited to acknowledge the enormous importance of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  The turnpike was the first in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution.”  Two tollhouses stand on either end of Route 23 in Columbia County—the East Gate in Hillsdale, and the West Gate in Greenport They mark the beginning and the end of Columbia County’s first turnpike, established in 1799 by the NYS Assembly.  The summer exhibit will explore the story of the Turnpike and its part in demonstrating the Hudson River’s importance as an artery of inland commerce and its place in Columbia County’s history.  – Refreshments will be served. – Information at www.roeliffjansenhs.org or call 917-679-0584 – 6 to 8 pm – RJHS Museum, 8 Miles Road, opposite the Copake Falls Post Office and the Taconic Wayside Inn, Copake Falls

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opens its 2017 season on Friday, June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at shakerml.org – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

FridaySaturday, June 16-17

Hidden Gardens 2017 – Spencertown Academy’s annual celebration of the art of the garden – A full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts – All proceeds benefit the Academy

* Friday

> 6 to 9 pmTwilight in the Garden Party – Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting.  Enjoy this annual kick-off to the summer season.  Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a light supper are served.  – Held at “Falling Waters,” the home of John and Denise Dunne, Spencertown – Tickets may be purchased for the party only or as a package with the garden tour

* Saturday

> 8:30 am to 10 am – Breakfast and garden lecture—“Vegetable Gardening: It’s Never Too Late to Start”– by Ron Kujawski, garden columnist and author – Continental breakfast with home-baked goodies and more, while enjoying an illustrated lecture by the co-author of the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook – Lecture includes basic information on preparing the garden for planting, planting tips, how to make up for lost time, and planning for fall harvest. – Included in tour ticket package or pay at the door or in advance.

> 9 am to 3 pm – Garden Market on the Green – Showcases more than a dozen vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice – Bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the White Elephant Booth – At 12 noon, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Lisbeth Karlsson gives a talk about invasive vs. native species; at 2 pm, Zema’s Nursery reps lead a workshop on how to your own hummingbird-friendly planter (Advance registration needed) – Food options include an ice cream sundae booth; grilled  burgers, hot dogs and sausages prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company; and salads served by Friends of St. Peter’s.

> 9 to 4 pmArt from Farm to Table – In this exhibition, fifteen area artists depict everything found in an agricultural environment that might (or might not!) end up on a table. – In the Academy Gallery.

> 10 am to 4 pm – A self-guided garden tour  to 6 private gardens in Spencertown, Ghent, and North Hillsdale, plus the restored grounds and gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop, her historic home in Austerlitz, all included in the Hidden Gardens admission fee. The six gardens include an exquisite private garden in Spencertown, and a naturalist’s garden in Harlemville – The four additional locations in North Hillsdale include the grounds of a historic B&B, a landscape designer’s garden, a charming 18th-century home with lush edible and flower gardens, and a country house with a parterre, pond, and extensive perennial and edible gardens.  The tour takes place rain or shine.

* Information and tickets at spencertownacademy.org – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

FridaySunday, June 16-18

Wild Queendom – OUT Hudson NY’s Pride Weekend 2017 – A family-filled weekend of fun at the 2017 parade and a weekend of festivities

*Friday

> 7 to 9 pm (Board at 6 pm) – Sunset Boat Cruise on the Hudson River – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – Tickets at outhudson.com

> 10 pm – Trixie’s Whorehouse – with DJ Prephab – Admission payable at the door – 10 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 *Saturday

> 11 amRemembering Stonewall – A Listening Party with David Isay –  Brought to you by radio station WGXC-90.7-FM, Oral History Summer School, and the Hudson Area Library – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

> 12 noon to 2 pm – Line-up for the Parade – Warren Street side of Seventh Street Park (Unofficial food and drink available from House Rules Café – Runners near the Information Booth and Registration Table, will take orders and deliver food off a special menu for cash only.  Think bagels with rainbow cream cheese!)

> 2 pm – OUT Hudson Parade – Begins at Seventh Street Park and proceeds down Warren Street to Front Street  

> 2:30 pm to 4 pm – Etsy Craft Party – Promenade Hill Park, at the foot of Warren Street

> 3 to 6 pm – Poke the Bear Beer Blast – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

> 2:30 pm to 5 pm – Wild Kiddom Family Proud – “Bevies” for adults – Fun activities for kids – Wm. Farmer & Sons, Corner of Union & Front Streets

8 pm (Doors open at 6 pm) – Cabaret Night with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul LeschenTickets at outhudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (corner of Fourth Street)

*Sunday

> 4 to 9 pm …Lions & Tigers & Queens, oh my… – Tea dance sponsored by Girlgantua Jones – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

*Information at www.outhudson.com

Saturday, June 17  

A One-day Wedding Expo – Featuring a sale of 80 designer wedding gowns – Many of the gowns are valued at more than $2,500, but each dress is now priced at an affordable $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health – The joint fundraising venture is built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations.  The event is also meant to draw attention to the talented wedding services available in the area. Wedding service providers, such as DJs, caterers, regional make-up and hair stylists, florists, and lodging establishments, will be available to consult with attendees at the Expo – The Expo is free and open to the public; complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day.  A light breakfast will be provided during the morning hours,  and wedding-style refreshments, including rose, prosecco and appetizers will be available later in the day. – Information by email to tessy@tkhomeandgarden.com10 am to 4 pm – Second Floor, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – New Paintings by Cynthia Carlson – On view through July 17 – Information at 518-828-1677 or by e-mail to info@grisnewyork.com– Opening reception from 6 to 8 pmGalerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

Disco & Donuts: March with Poke the Bear – Join this group and express your inner (and outer) bear – Meet at the garage at 809 Warren Street for Disco and Donuts from 11 am to 12:30 pm, then proceed to Seventh Street Park to help set up for the parade, then promenade down Warren Street to the Poke the Bear Beer Blast at the Half Moon with special guest Big Dipper, DJ Prephab, Gogo bears, Cubs and Otters – To begin, meet at 11 am at 809 Warren Street; Beer Blast from 3 to 6 pm at The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale of Peter Pan Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – Your chance to get rid of old paint (oil-based only), household batteries, old furniture polish, toilet and drain cleaner, car wax, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, and a long list of things that should not go into the landfill or the garbage – What Not to Bring:  empty containers, latex paints, fire extinguishers, prescription medicines, syringes, asbestos, ammunition, non-contaminated motor oil, fireworks, or 55 gallon drums – For information and a complete list of what is allowed and what is not allowed, call Gennifer Westover at the Columbia County Solid Waste Department at 518-828-2737, or go to the Columbia County website – 8 am to 12 noon – Columbia County Highway Garage, Route 23B, Greenport

18th Annual Agricultural Awareness Tour – Presented by the Columbia County Farm Bureau and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Three farms are on the tour.  The first stop is the Ooms Dairy Farm in Valatie where guests will experience a glimpse of what it takes to run a large-scale dairy farm and see the facility’s state-of-the-art milking robots.  Next stop is the Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, a 900-acre Demeter certified biodynamic farm, A tour of the farm will also include the creamery where cheeses and yogurt are made. A farm fresh lunch will be provided at this stop.  The final stop is the scenic Hudson-Chatham Winery where guests will have the opportunity to meet the vintners and learn about the wine making process, in addition to sampling a variety of wines. – Admission to the tour includes bus transportation and lunch – Reservations and directions for finding the bus by calling the Chamber at 828-4417 – 10 am to 2 pm – Tour leaves from the back parking area of The Chatham Plaza, 15 Dardess Drive, Chatham (across from Trustco Bank)

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon hosts a free community picnic to celebrate the opening of its 2017 season – The picnic takes place in the North Pasture, near the Great Stone Barn.  Jonathan Dixon, Hudson Valley chef, and author of Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America, will provide pulled pork sandwiches.  Soft drinks and various sides will also be available.  Guests are welcome to bring additional beverages.  The food is free and available until it runs out. Guests will have the opportunity to preview the summer exhibition, Break Every Yoke: shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage and the installations, Shaker Woodworkers and Shaker Blacksmiths, all in the 1829 Brethren’s Workshop.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon opens for the 2017 season on Friday, June 16  (See above) – Information at 518-794-9100, ext. 220 or by email to sfitzsimmons@shakerml.org – Picnic at 6 pm – North Pasture, Shaker Museum, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 18

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise – Offered by Hudson Cruises, Inc. – Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Cruise from 11:30 am to 2 pm – Board at 11 am at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser – “Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotion of rasa, space and essence of raga…Joined on tabla by Ehren Hanson, this ensemble carries tradition forward with interactive spontaneity and heart.” – Suggested donation at the door – Information at 917-873-45037:30 to 9:30 pmOR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Father’s Day Breakfast – Assorted egg bakes, scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, corned beef hash, cereals, juices, fruit bowl – All proceeds benefit the Churchtown Fire Company Youth Fund – 8 am to 12 noon – Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 County Route 27, at intersection of County Routes 27 and 12

Next Tuesday, June 20

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Zach Schmidt / Hudson Valley Honky Tonk Two Step Class – Two Step Class with Ben & Sarah at 8:30 pm; Zach Schmidt  at 9:30 pm Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

 

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art in Hudson NY and Beyond, June 7 to June 13, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Wednesday, June 7

Upstreet Market fills the gap between weekend markets, selling freshly harvested vegetables, baked goods, eggs and other essentials, and prepared foods.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square.)

ACE Spark Freelancer Events are presented the first Wednesday of every month, to give freelancers a chance to share their passions and meet people who can help them achieve their goals.  This month’s event is presented by the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), partnering with the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Hudson Development Corporation – Information at 518-751-1044 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday, June 8

Minna’s Opening Party – In owner Sara Berk’s words, “We are an ethically made home textile brand collaborating with artisans based in Mexico, Guatemala and Uruguay. Until recently, we sold through our website and wholesale to stores worldwide. We’ve just expanded to our first storefront where we carry a mix of homewares and accessories. – Wine from Hudson Wine Merchants; snacks from ‘Lil Deb’s Oasis –Information on Minna’s facebook page – 6 to 9 pmMinna, 421 Warren Street

Liv Carrow / Omkar Lewis / Ursula Kennedy – Liv, the prodigal daughter of Hudson’s elusive underground, returns — Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonathan Scales, brings its steel pans and jazz-funk fusion to Club Helsinki – Scales is to the steel pan what Bela Fleck is to the banjo; he reimagines the instrument’s possibilities from the ground up, bringing to it a visionary musical imagination that at once defies description, yet is utterly funky and danceable – “Scales is likely the most innovative steel drummer on the planet.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opening night of the stage version of the hilarious movie of the same name – The Broadway version was nominated for 11 Tony Awards – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Plays Thursdays through Sundays with final performance on Sunday, June 18 – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11

TSL Films:

> Manifesto Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time  What do we choose to remember?  What never dies?

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> A Quiet Passion (2017) – Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.  British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> I Called Him Morgan – In 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

New Exhibition Opens – American Women Painters and Summer LandscapesInformation at 646-286-2639 – On view Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment – East River Fine Arts, 356 Warren Street

Exhibition Extended – Terry James Conrad: Builder’s AlchemyAn exhibition of sculptures and relief monoprints produced with found object presses and handmade inks – Exhibition extended to July 30 – Information at www.inkyeditions.com or 518-610-5549 – Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street

Friday, June 9

Free HWM Tasting – The distiller from Orange County Distillery in New Hampton, NY will be offering tastings of their small batch bourbon, vodka, corn whiskey, and rye!  Come on by! Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Basilica Hudson launches this year’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series with award-winning Baltimore filmmaker Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM – The film explores the history of Baltimore via the rat, and the humans that love them, live with them and kill them. – Anthony will be present for a discussion of the film following the screening – The series is part of Basilica’s long-standing film program, which is now in its sixth year and continues to present an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art.  The Non-Fiction Screening Series is produced in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative non-fiction film.  – Screening at 7 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Endless Boogie – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Trummors with Zachary Cale & Gregg Skloff– Trummors is the project of Taos, NM-based (formerly West Saugerties/NYC) musicians – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

FridaySaturday, June 9-10

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Saturday, June 10  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson Elks Flag Day Parade & Waterfront Festival – This is an all day/night event, featuring Hudson’s biggest parade, food and entertainment on the waterfront, and a huge fireworks display at the end.  The parade includes a variety of community groups, churches, fire companies, youth groups and businesses – Marching bands include the popular Hawthorne Caballeros, 20th Century Limited, and Brass-O-Mania, high school marching bands, drum lines and more – Some of these groups will give additional performances at the waterfront where trophies will be awarded.

> 10 to 11 amSeventh Street Park – Informational displays and vendors, and entertainment by Christine Dellea

> 11 am Seventh Street Park – Elks Annual Flag Day Ceremony

> 2 pm Green and State Streets – The parade steps off and proceeds down Warren and Front Streets to the Amtrak Station

> 3 pm Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Water Street – Accessed via the Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – A variety of food vendors; entertainment by Dusk to Dawn and Side Show Willie; and an amusement area with rides for the young at heart

> 9 pmFireworks display – Best seen from the waterfront

> There is no rain date – Information at www.hudsonflagdayparade.org

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?– Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

(Freak) Flag Day – Presented by Basilica HudsonHudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations are a David Lynch-Americana dream come true.  Cloaked by night and surrounded by colorful explosions, Basilica’s sixth annual Flag Day is a freakier counterpoint to the city’s festivities, with performances and dancing into the wee hours. – The evening kicks off at sundown with the best seat in town for Hudson’s spectacular fireworks display, launched from the Basilica parking lot, and the freaky festivities take off from there.  From 6 pm on, the visual arts are on display including Jim Krewson’s Local Character, the culmination of his May artist-in-residence stint, resulting in beautifully realistic portraits of Hudsonites, open all night in Basilica’s Back Gallery; Dave Cole’s large-scale work, Flags of the World, in the Main Hall, presents a patchwork quilt of an American flag comprised entirely of an official United Nation Flags of the World set; Flatsitter’s Lily Dale, is a virtual reality experience in an econoline shuttle bus; Kris Perry’s Revolution begs to be seen as the sun sets.  See this monumental kinetic sculpture, on the southwest corner of the Basilica grounds, with the Catskill mountain sunset as backdrop. Inside the Basilica, at 8 pm, a Gothic electronic rave set by SEVEN T*TS, Alger Moy, DJ Danny Cash Cash + DJ Lavish and SVB – Tickets for this dance party are available at the door. – Information by email to info@basilicahudson.org6 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Music in the Stacks – Klezmer and Jazz – This inaugural cabaret event will resound throughout the library – Performed by the musical group Two Worlds, consisting of Paul Green, clarinet; Ben Kohn, keyboard; and Richard Syracuse, string bass.  Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library – Tickets and information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org  – 6 to 8 pmHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Silver Landscape – Kiyoshi Ike’s gallery installation inspired by the memory of his upbringing,  combined with works from a ten-year span of his life in Brooklyn, NY – On view through August 136 to 8 pmConcepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Opening Party for designer/painter Marine Penvern’s new Atelier, showing her new collection of clothes for women and men, in addition to a preview of a new series of her abstract paintings – The jazz duo of Ed Cherry (guitar) and Jesse Collins (alto sax) will perform. – 6 to 8 pm 701 Warren Street (corner of Seventh Street)

Volume – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set presented every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson, NY. Authors reading this Saturday are Jessie Chaffee, Emma Smith-Stevens, and Mark Allen

> Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders.

> Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

> Mark Allen has contributed to The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, FourTwoNine, The Awl, and Vice, performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Cutting Room, and 92Y Tribeca, and hosted his own show at WFMU, as well as the show Pitch! at Dixon Place.

> The readings are followed by a book signing, and DJ Holly Watson – Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at the Volume Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or call 917-535-8225

> 7 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Teresa Broadwell Sextet performs The Music of Nat King Cole – Teresa Broadwell, jazz vocalist, violinist, band leader and arranger, leads the sextet through Cole’s repertoire which included some of the most popular standards of his day, as well as some of his rarely heard songs – The band features Mike Novakowski on guitar, bassist Pete Toigo, legendary sax man Leo Russo, pianist Michael Lamkin, and drummer Cliff Brucker – Information and reservations at spencertownacademy.org7 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Kimock brings its world-fusion psychedelic jams featuring diverse composed and improvisational sounds to Club Helsinki – Led by guitarist Steve Kimock, long associated with the Grateful Dead and its offshoots, the group promises a listening experience that spotlights Kimock’s remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, reinvented classics, and contemporary compositions – Kimock has been closely associated with many offshoots of the Grateful Dead. – His new group, KIMOCK, features drummer John Morgan Kimock, bassist Bobby Vega, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson.  This current tour celebrates the release of two new singles; the complete album will be released in the fall.  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISESbelow.

Columbia County Historical Society presents its annual benefit–First Columbians 2017: Celebrating CCHS Rural Properties – Cocktails and dinner, silent auction, new exhibitions –  Live music by Stone Soup – Reservations at www.cchsny.org6:30 to 10:30 pm – On the lawn of Luykas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, 2589 State Route 9H, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk – The oil paintings of Taghkanic artist Bob Crimi are featured in an exhibit at Camphill Ghent – A talk by the artist takes place at 3 pm – Information at 518-392-2760 ext. 104 – The exhibition is free and open daily from 9 am to 5 pm –On view through July 31 – Joan Allen Art Gallery, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Multi-family Yard Sale – A portion of vendor proceeds benefits WGXC-90.7-FM community radio station – Lots of great finds from multiple vendors – Takes place at Wave Farm where visitors are invited to tour the WGXC Acra Studio, Wave Farm Study Center, and property installations – A lemonade stand by Echo Roe – Information by e-mail to info@wavefarm.org or call 518-622-259810 am to 2 pm – Wave Farm/WGXC Acra, 5662 Route 23, Acra

Sunday, June 11

Construction and Elaboration – Historic Hudson presents the first in a chamber music series performed by The Orchestra Now, an innovative training orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College – The ensemble will perform string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven – Seating is limited – For ticket information go to www.historichudson.org or email  information@historichudson.org2 pm Dr. Oliver Bronson House, enter the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility from Worth Avenue (Route 9) and follow the signs to the Bronson House.

Swords in the Hands of Children:  Reflections of an American Revolutionary – Launch of Jonathan Lerner’s new memoir of his days as a young member of SDS and the Weather Underground on the forefront of the radical movement in the 60s – This short, lyrical memoir chronicles the rise and fall of one of America’s most notorious radical groups of the Vietnam Era.  Lerner, a Hudson resident who is now a journalist specializing in environment and urbanism and Chair of Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council, was the Weather organization’s “minister of propaganda” and editor of its publication, Fire!. He speaks against the group’s misogyny and violence, but stands by its rejection of the Vietnam War and endemic racism. – Reading and book signing will be followed by a reception with the author – Information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Ahn Trio performs works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Pat Metheny, and others as the inaugural concert of the Rogovoy Salon series, curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic, Seth Rogovoy – The Trio has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “exacting and exciting musicians.”  The three sisters comprising the Ahn Trio (Lucia on piano, Angella on violin, and Maria on cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. – They have also gained renown for their innovative arrangements of music from the rock canon. – The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Information and reservations at helsinkihudson.com or 518-828-48007 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 13

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This Spotty Dog quiz night has been held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People – A live radio rendition of the Oscar Wilde classic, with sound effects by Andrew Joffe – The cast includes Scott Baldinger, Logan Rando, Andrew Joffe, Patrick O’Connor, Nancy Rothman, Loralee Ecobelli, Alana Hauptmann, and Justin Weaver (Girlgantua) as Lady Bracknell – Directed by Mathew Tombers and Andrew Joffe – Suggested donation at the door –  Proceeds benefit your local hands-on radio station, WGXC-FM – Seating is limited  (Doors open at 6 pm) – Food and beverages available – Live broadcast at the Red Dot, 321 Warren Street at 7 pm, or tune in to WGXC 90.7 FM at 7 pm

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, June 2 to June 7, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Wednesday, May 31

Hip!  Hip!  Hooray! – The Wednesday market is back!  Upstreet Market fills the gap between weekend markets, and is especially welcome after this long Memorial Day weekend.  Freshly harvested vegetables, baked goods, eggs and other essentials are available alongside some prepared foods.  Will be held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square.)

Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4

TSL Films:

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> A Quiet Passion (2017) – Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.  British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of this 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> I Called Him Morgan – In 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, June 2

Free HWM Tasting – Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz will be offering a free in-store spirit tasting – Sample refreshing summer cocktails made with Dolin Genepy, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Byrrh Aperitif, and more  – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

SaLune Hair Studio Grand Opening Party – The Studio celebrates its two-year growth from a one-chair private studio to a full-fledged five-chair salon bordering Hudson’s historic Seventh Street Park – The salon, with an expanded staff, is open for business beginning Saturday – Information at 518-267-9744 or salunehudson.com6 to 9 pmSalune Hair Studio, 6 Park Place

A TSL Members Event – Supper & Screening – Jean Vigo and the Anarchist Eye – with introduction by David Weir –  Information  at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org6:30 pmTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Classics on Hudson and the Hudson Opera House present Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz in the third and final concert in this spring season – Known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top, Christopher O’Riley is also an accomplished pianist who frequently works with Grammy award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz.  Haimovitz and O’Riley perform a preview of their upcoming all-Russian album, Troika, featuring sonatas by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. – Information and tickets at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org7 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Hudson-Athens Ferry starts regular runs this weekend and will run each Friday and Saturday during the summer, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

FridaySunday, June 2-4

Country Living Fair 2017 – The pages of Country Living come to life – Over 200 vendors and makers from 20+ states selling antiques, vintage, and artisan-made goods – Great Shopping, Seminars and How-tos, Meet the Editors, Make-and-Take Workshops, and more – Information at 1-866-500-FAIR or stellashows.com10 am to 5 pm – Rain or shine – Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck

Ghent Playhouse presents True West by Sam Shepard –“A dark comedy that has become a contemporary masterpiece.” – Directed by Patrick White with Kevin Kilb, Nathaniel Drake, Stephanie Sloane, and Rob Weber – Last chance.  This is the final weekend of this production – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, June 3  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is now back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendorsinclude the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers,and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Note earlier starting time! –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm– Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

AG DAY 2017Columbia Greene Community College is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary at AG DAY – Free admission Learn about your neighbors—the farms and farmers who are providing a large economic and tourism base for both Columbia and Greene Counties – Live farm animals, food, displays and demonstrations, vendors, and local artisans – Fun for all – Information at https://www.facebook.com/Ag-Day-2017-949170711886750/10 am to 3 pm – Columbia- Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson

The Garden Conservancy Open Day in Columbia County – Visit five gardens in Hudson, Hillsdale & Claverack – Admission fee at each garden

> Versailles on Hudson, 5 Rossman Avenue, Hudson – “We wanted to create a garden that looked as if it had been planted when the house was built in 1903.”

> Hudson Hood, 72 North Third Street, Hudson – This urban shotgun-style garden is in the middle of the city, centered on a century-old tulip tree and composed of a wide range of topiaries of holly, boxwood, spruce, privet, and heather…

> Texas Hill, 411 Texas Hill Road, Hillsdale – “Our garden atop Texas Hill in Hillsdale began ten years ago after we completed the restoration of our newly purchased house, leaving behind our Germantown house and garden.”

> Ketay Garden, 6121 Route 9H, Claverack – An allee of large maples and ash, bordered by meadows on either side forms the entrance to the garden.

>The Garden of Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King – Enter this magical garden and discover an intimate and beloved world that has been evolving with devotion and care for the last 28 years.  Pondside Nursery will be on site in this garden selling plants.

> Information at https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule/columbia-county-open10 am to 4 pm (except Hudson Hood, which is open from 11 am to 4 pm)

Fine Art Auction – 20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art – Including property from The Camilla & Earl McGrath Collection – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 518-751-1000 – Preview Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat, until auction at  11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Tom Stoppard’s comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – All That Jazz: iPad Paintings by Nina Lipkowitz – Also paintings by guest artist Jordan Rando and recent work by gallery artists – On view through June 25 – Information at  518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com and at www.ninalipkowitz.com3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – The Abstract Universe – Featuring Jaro’s Geometric Abstractions  – The gallery, opened by Rick Gillette in 2013, is on the second floor at 217 Warren Street and is a light-filled 3,000 sq. ft. space that showcases the  gallery owner’s interior design aesthetic, pairing fine art and furniture  – On view through the month of July – Information by e-mail to frg@frgdesignart.com or 646-483-91095:30 to 8:30 pmFRG Objects & Design /Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

The Garden Ball – The 29th Annual Columbia Memorial Hospital Ball – An evening inspired by the world’s most beautiful gardens – Information and tickets at 518-828-82396:30 pm – The Point, Catskill

The Quartet – Live Jazz at The Spotty Dog – Hosted by Stuart Quimby and Otto Hauser – Join Stuart and Otto, Terence Murren, and Mark Dzubia for an intimate evening of jazz.  – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Suitcase Junket, aka Matt Lorenz, is an artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band – From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in this essential rock collection, called “Pile Driver.”  This full-length album of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance hall festivity, is played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.  The Northhampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter brings his box of creative tricks and a brand-new load of songs from his new album.  Listen on The Suitcase Junket’s Bandcamp page: https//thesuitcasejunketbandcamp.com/album/pile-driver – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises start this Saturday and are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4

“4” – A pop-up weekend art exhibit and sale – Over 100 paintings to view and purchase – Saturday: Preview from 1 to 4 pm; Opening Reception from 5 to 7 pm; Sunday: Second Chance from 1 to 4 pm – Visit the online catalog at http://46greenstreetstudios.com/4Gallery.html – Organized by the artists–Keith A. Batten, Tim Ebneth, Joseph Stabilito, and Tom McGill–with the support of 46 Green Studios at Joe’s Garage in Catskill, and Gallery at 46 Green Street in  Hudson – Starts Saturday with a preview from 1 to 4 pm at Joe’s Garage, 443 Main Street, Catskill

Sunday, June 4

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

A Tribute to Sun Ra – Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount) was a true American visionary whose life, work, and music spanned the 20th century.  He made such a convincing case that he was not of this world, but from Saturn, that some do not refer to him as having died in 1993, but rather, that he has returned home – Sun Ra was more than a musician and bandleader.  He was a composer, poet and philosopher known for his experimental music, cosmic philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances.  His widely eclectic, avant-garde music eventually touched on the entire history of jazz, ranging from swing and bebop to free jazz and fusion.  For much of his career, Sun Ra led The Arkestra, an ensemble whose name implies taking refuge from the deluge afflicting the planet Earth – His influence has touched the visual arts and music, including artist Reginald Madison and the jazz groups Triage and The Late Regulars, who are part of this Tribute – “Reggie” Madison’s sculptural installation, “Heliocentric Omni Verse,” portrays Sun Ra’s band and stands from 10 to 14 feet high – Madison is primarily a painter – Triage is a jazz trio committed to creating deep, uncompromising, and relevant improvised music.  The group consists of Jarrett Gilgore on alto sax, Noah Jarrett on upright bass, and Kevin Ripley on drums playing mostly original music – The Late Regulars feature drummer Otto Hauser, bassist Terence Murren, and pianistTony Kieraldo, playing post-bop jazz and original compositions – Information and reservations at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Art opening at 6 pm, concert at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 5

Dan Stuart & Tom Heyman – Playing songs old and new, telling stories… — Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Pharmakon / Patrick Higgins – Higgins is an American avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer from NYC, known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music.  He plays guitar and composes in Zs, described by The New York Times as “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.”  His work traverses the styles of the European avant-garde and the tradition of post-minimalist  Downtown New York music.  – The release date of Contact marks the ten-year anniversary of Margaret Chardiet’s project, Pharmakon. – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, June 6

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday, June 7

ACE Spark Freelancer Events are presented the first Wednesday of every month, to give freelancers a chance to share their passions and meet people who can help them achieve their goals.  This month’s event is presented by the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), partnering with the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Hudson Development Corporation – Information at – 5:30 to 7:30 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.comor 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, May 25 to May 30, 2017

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Thursday, May 25

A relatively new group, Affordable Housing in Hudson, sponsors the second forum in its series on affordable housing – The forum will bring together the current providers of affordable housing in Hudson to speak on their initiatives to create and develop more units for low- and middle-income residents.  The organization encourages residents to attend the forum to “find out more about the issues at stake for all of Hudson, decisions being made now, and how you can be part of the solution.”  – The speakers include Brenda Adams from Habitat for Humanity, Jason O’Toole from the Galvan Foundation/Housing Resources, and Anthony Laulette, Executive Director of the Hudson Housing Authority/ Bliss Towers.  Peter Meyer will moderate.  The forum is coordinated by Rebecca Wolff, Tiffany Garriga, and Michael Chameides – 5 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, Galvan Armory, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Bob Dylan Birthday Show with Pat O’Shea and Special Guests – Hudson Valley rocker Pat O’Shea hosts a tribute concert for Bob Dylan, featuring O’Shea and special guests performing a broad array of songs by the Nobel Prize-winning rock poet – Dylan celebrates his 76th birthday the day before the show. – O’Shea’s musical connections to Dylan run deep, including his six years playing guitar for the legendary Levon Helm of The Band, who formed the Dylan-influenced group after touring the world with Dylan in 1965-66. The group went on to record several albums with Dylan – O’Shea has also collaborated with longtime Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell, who served as music director for Levon Helm’s Ramble concerts  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Doors open at 6 pm, show at 8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Opening night! – Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. opens its 49th season of presenting professional musical theatre in its unique theatre-in-the-round – The season opens with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running from Thursday, May 25 through June 4. – All shows are given at least a two-week run with matinee and evening performances ; curtain times will vary. – In addition to the opening show, the season includes the following: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, SaturdayNight Fever, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, and Hello Dolly, as well as a children’s theatre series. Group rates are available, as are discounts for children under 12 and seniors – The box office is open and theatregoers are urged to make their plans and order their tickets now  – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org

Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28

TSL Films:

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Last Men in Aleppo – Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival – Follows the White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush toward explosions in the hope of saving lives. – “…heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty…”

> Tony Conrad: Completely in the PresentA non-fiction film examining the life and works of avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. – The film mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art making.

> Bang! The Bert Berns Story – Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steve Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of.  His hits include Twist and Shout, Hang On Sloopy, Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes the Night, and Piece of My Heart  He helped launch the careers to Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made.   .

> I Called Him MorganIn 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Modern Times (1936) – A classic Charlie Chaplin film

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, May 26

Free HWM Wine Tasting – Hudson Wine Merchants holds its weekly in-store complementary tasting – In preparation for summer, this week they will be pouring (not rose’) “light body chill-able reds.” – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 528-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

The Hudson-Athens Ferry starts regular runs this weekend and each Friday and Saturday during the summer, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour, and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Lily and Horn Horse, Max Hamel, Scott Kellerhouse, with Lily Konigsberg and Matt Norman performing as Horn Horse – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The  Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Morgan O’Kane / Vic Thrill – Listen at http://www.morganokanemusic.com/ and http://www.victhrill.com/  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones  – Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Rockabilly Female and named the “Best Up-and-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara & the Tones turn back the clock sixty years to the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll—the days of Bill Haley and “Rock Around the Clock”— with a joyful immediacy that makes them seem like only yesterday. They will also be celebrating the release of their brand-new album, “Love You to Life.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

FridaySunday, May 26-28

Let Me Tell You:  Tiny Books, Big Ideas – An exhibition of handmade miniature books, many made through workshops at Drop Forge & Tool – The exhibition opened on May 22 and remains on view through June 25 – Fri. from 3 to 6 pm, Sat. from 12 noon to 6 pm, Sun. from 12 noon to 5 pm, or by appointment,  or e-mail to katharine@dropforgeandtool.comDrop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

Ghent Playhouse presents True West by Sam Shepard  –“A dark comedy that has become a contemporary masterpiece.” – Directed by Patrick White with Kevin Kilb, Nathaniel Drake, Stephanie Sloane, and Rob Weber – Runs on weekends through June 4 – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, May 27  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is now back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation  – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Note earlier starting time! –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Openings at John Davis Gallery – A group of artists open the season with a medley of exhibitions on display in the Main Galleries, the Sculpture Garden, and the Carriage House – These six solo shows feature sculpture, photography and painting – Artists include Isidro Blasco, (Main Galleries); Weixian Jiang (Sculpture Garden), and Thaddeus Radell, Pauline Decarmo, Janice Nowinski, and Robert Simon, (Carriage House) – All on view through June 18 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by e-mail to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pmJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Paper Covers Rock: Artwork by Brie Ruais / Letha Wilson – Information by email to kristen@septembergallery.com – On view through July 2 – 6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Joan Buck Reveals the Price of Illusion – Author Joan Juliet Buck talks and signs copies of her memoir,The Price of Illusion – In addition, 20th-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Fine Art from the Collection of Camilla & Earl McGrath will be on view in the galleries  – Information at stairgalleries.comor 518-751-1000  – 5 to 7 pm – Stir Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises start this Saturday (May 27) and are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hillsdale Flea Market – A variety of sellers eager to share their items with bargain hunters – Antique appraiser David Gallagher will be there from 11 am to 1 pm – The Fire Department will be offering food and beverages – Rain date is Sunday, May 28 – Early Bird entry for a fee at 8 am – Free entry from 9 am to 3 pm – Hillsdale Hamlet Park (just southwest of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Summer in Spencertown —Welcome warm weather and kick off summer and the  Memorial Day weekend at this annual open air celebration on the village green – Features local vendors such as davistudio fine porcelain and Joseph and Connie Mondel Antiques; organic food, vegetables and plants from the Farm at Miller’s Crossing; handmade goods from Frances Culley’s Apothecary; Australian pit barbecue; animals for adoption and much more – Entertainment throughout the day by a young troupe of singing jugglers and live music by the Amy Ryan Band and Kid Kurt. – During the event, Spencertown resident Olga Moreland will display her collection of one hundred handmade afghans, many of them vintage granny squares, creating a kaleidoscope of color draped over the pews, galleries and railings of adjacent St. Peter’s Church. The event benefits Friends of St. Peter’s, a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization created to support the physical maintenance of St. Peter’s Church, erected in 1771, and an example of the classic 18th-century New England Protestant clapboard church and steeple. The church itself is always open, in the tradition of sanctuary – Current fundraising efforts are dedicated to replacing the roof. – Free admission – Rain or shine – 10 am to 3pm – The Village Green, Spencertown

Exhibition Opening – 100 Years of Collecting –– The exhibition surveys the history of the Columbia County Historical Society.  It includes CCHS institutional history, featuring early documents and significant artifacts that describe a transition from social club to an organization centered around a coherent, strong cultural focus.  Some of the Historical Society’s early acquisitions are on view for the first time in many years; other institutional documents and objects will be on exhibit for the first time.  In addition, new acquisitions, old favorites and often overlooked objects will be on display in the recently revitalized gallery spaces. – Information at http://www.cchsny.org/100-years-of-collecting.html12 noon to 4 pm – Museum Galleries, Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook

The Fields Summer Opening – Art Omi introduces new works on view for the summer season – The works include: new sculptures by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch, and Matt Wedel in The Fields; a site-specific installation by Andre Kruysen, shown with drawings by Joan Banach, in an exhibition curated by artist Folkert de Jong in the Benenson Visitors Center; and Godia Wlodarczack’s site-specific, large-scale drawing on the glass wall of the café. – At 2:30 the Artichoke Dance Company will performLiberate the Earth Dance!, an interactive performance taking place in The Fields.  The performance is the culmination of a collaboration between Operation Unite, Art Omi, and NYS Dance Force – Food will be available at Café Omi and from special guest vendors – Children will be able to enjoy art activities and a tractor ride – Free and open to the public – Information by e-mail to info@artomi.org1 to 4 pm – Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Figure 2: The Sense of Being: Spencer Hall and David Paulson – “…features two artists working with what it means to be human, in both form and context….These two artists work with emotional responses to form.  Hall reaches deep to turn the self inside-out and force the unseen to be visible, while Paulson navigates from the outside in—through the surroundings, past the obvious, and into the essence of being.” – On view through July 9 – Information by e-mail to thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or 518-392-33364 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

North Indian Bansuri Flute Raga Concert – with Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson – Eric Fraser (Bansuri Flute) is founder of SoundandNature and the Brooklyn Raga Massive.  He is a Fulbright Senior Research scholar for Indian music and is one of the world’s leading exponents of the Gayaki (vocal) style of Indian Bansuri flute. – Ehren Hanson (Tabla) is a renowned tabla player and recipient of the prestigious American Institute for Indian Studies grant.  He is one of the most sought after tabla artists in the US, and has performed with several of the great legends of Indian classical music.  He is founder of the Anindo Chaterjee School of Tabla and the Brooklyn Raga Massive. – Information at 347-404-0140 or by e-mail to eric.bansuri.fraser@gmail.com – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 to 9:30 pm – Mettabee Farm and Arts, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale – (Five minutes from Hawthorne Valley Farm Store)

Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28

Exhibition continues– Street Photography and the urban scene:  Photographs from classic to contemporaryFeatured artists are Catskill photographer Richard Sandler (Eyes of the City), whose photographs were captured in New York City between 1970 and 1990, and the late William Hellermann (Lights at the End of the Tunnel) who in 1980, walked the night streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, where he shot 35 mm Kodachrome slides.  Also featured are two portfolios:  Susan Bowen (New York Walking) and Peter Donahoe (The Nightline: A Memoir of Work)Information at 518-567-4056 or DavisOrtonGallery.com – The exhibition opened on May 20 and is on view Saturdays and Sundays through June 1811 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment

Hudson Berkshire Wine Festival – A unique, interstate festival featuring award-winning beverages from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region – Artisans, vendors, food and music – Children’s activities – Sat from 11 am to 6 pm, Sun 11 am to 5 pm – Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Street, Chatham

Saturday-Monday, May 27-29

Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Group Huge! Spring Yard Sale – Lunch available – Information at 965-3273 or 755-7851 – Sat from 9 am to 4 pm, Sun from 11 am to 3 pm, Mon from 9 am to 3 pm – Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Sunday, May 28

Book Signing – Authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams will be signing their new book, Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat – The book includes photographs by John Gruen – Information at 518-828-3430 or finchhudson.com2 to 4 pmFinch Hudson, 555 Warren Street

A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years  of Letters from the Lower Eastside to the Jewish Daily Forward – For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward’s legendary advice column, “A Bintel Brief,” (Yiddish for “a bundle of letters”), dispensed shrewd, practical and fair-minded advice to its readers.  Created in 1906 to help bewildered Eastern European Jewish immigrants learn about their new country, the column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support in the face of problems and challenges ranging from wrenching spiritual dilemmas to family squabbles, and predicaments when old world meets new.  Directed by Carol Rusoff – Features live musical accompaniment and a diverse cast of actors who will bring to life the history, the humor, and the struggle of the Jewish Immigrant experience.  Refreshments will be served following the reading.  – A free event, but reservations are recommended – Information at www.hudsonhall.org  or 518-822-14383 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Blotched Surface: Work by Wayne Montecalvo – On view through July 1 – Information at 518-822-8448 – 6 to 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Performance Night at Red Dot – Proceeds to benefit Animalkind – Hosted by Girlgantua and John Philip, with pianist Woody Regan and Special Guest, New York cabaret artist Bronwyn Rucker – Come sing, recite, or listen! – Suggested donation at the door – Information at 518-828-365710 pm to 12 midnightRed Dot, 321 Warren Street

Next Monday, May 29

Memorial Day

Next Tuesday, May 30

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown! – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pm – The  Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, May 2 – May 10, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Tuesday, May 2

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Spotty’s bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown – Free admission – Information at  www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, May 4

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-45037 pm to 9:30 pmOr Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7

TSL Films:

> The Dinner – When a popular congressman running for governor (played by Richard Gere), invites his troubled younger brother and his wife to join him and his wife for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night

> The Death of Louis XIV – Versailles, August 1715 – Back from hunting, Louis XIV feels pain in his leg.  A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France.  Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come to his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. – In French with English subtitles

> Finding OscarIn a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family.  Nearly thirty years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible, by finding the missing boy, whose name is Oscar – In Spanish and English with English subtitles

> I, Olga Hepnarova – Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a cold-hearted family, who couldn’t play the part society desired of her.  Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.  The film shows the human being behind the murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. – In Czech with English subtitles.

> Karl Marx City – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic, filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past….In German with English subtitles

> My Scientology Movie – Experienced in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable, and unexpected human behavior, documentarian Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s headquarters is turned down.  Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members, in an attempt to better understand the way the Church operates.  In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, May 5

Hudson Wine Merchants’ weekly Wine Tasting welcomes Peter Jacobi from Grand Cru Selections – Peter will be pouring several selections from around the globe perfectly suited for summer weather! – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

TEEN / Miles Francis– The group is back with its strongest release to date: the third full-length of their discography, “Love, Yes.” – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

FridaySunday, May 5-7

ReActor: Encore Performance by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley – Schweder and Shelley return to Art Omi for a three-day encore performance in ReActor, the tilting house that has been featured in The New York Times and Art Forum, and became a global viral sensation.  The architects will live in delicate balance in full view of their audience for the three-day performance, exploring the intersection of art, architecture, and social relationships – ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of “social relationship architecture” by internationally renowned architect-artist team Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley.  The 44-foot by 8-foot structure rotates 360-degrees atop a 15-foot concrete column in response to its inhabitants’ movements, exterior forces, and interior conditions, making visible the intimate relationship between architecture and its inhabitants.  ReActor is part of the 2016-17 Architecture Omi exhibition WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure. – Information at artomi.org – On view in Architecture Field 01, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Saturday, May 6  

Ninth Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival – Some 75 Children’s and Young Adult authors & illustrators will be meeting their readers and selling their books – Featured Author Jack Gantos, author of forty-nine books for children from the Rotten Ralph picture books and collections of Jack Henry short stories, to upper elementary and middle school and young adult books, will be attending the festival from 10 am to 12 noon – Authors will be reading from their books in two Read to Me Corners – Award-winning author, songwriter, storyteller and peace educator, John Farrell will perform at the Festival.  John travels the world sharing stories and writing songs.  In June, he is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, to help a school in Zambia.  He will bring with him a banner expressing the hopes and cares of thousands of children from across the planet, including writing and art from local schools.  This session will feature area children singing with John and sharing songs they’ve helped create.  This session is for all ages – Free admission to the Festival – Also free bus transportation from downtown Hudson and Greenport traveling in a continuous loop from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm – Map available in The Register-Star – Parking is available at the M.C. Smith Intermediate building for bus pick-up –Information at hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com – Festival is from 10 am to 3 pm – Hudson Jr. /Sr. High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is back in its usual outdoor spot and celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary!  – Assemblywoman Didi Barrett will be on hand to offer a proclamation and to help cut the ribbon – Favorite vendors will be there with such provisions as greens, radishes, eggs, honey, maple syrup, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheeses, pasture-raised meats, sausages and bacon, cut flowers and bedding plants, prepared foods such as quiches, soups, and pot pies, tarts and cookies. – Locally distilled gin, vodka, bourbon and rye, beers and ales are also available – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, offering over 23 varieties of fresh, locally-caught fish, and Dairy Direct, selling milk in glass bottles, butter, crème fraiche, eleven flavors of ice cream, and other milk products.  The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Note earlier starting time! – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – CELLS: Two Hour Portraits: by Carl Grauer with a Special Opening Event of live portrait painting;  and “InsideOUTthere”: Installation by guest artist George Guarino; Also showing work by gallery artists – On view through May 28 – Information at 518-822-0510 or 510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

National Theatre of London Live screens its production of Tom Stoppard’s “brilliantly funny situation comedy,” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Information and reservations at 822-8448 –1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Inky Editions presents  Terry James Conrad: Builder’s Alchemy , an exhibition of sculptures and relief monoprints produced with found object presses and handmade inks. – During a nine-month fellowship at the University of Iowa, Conrad built found objects printing presses out of which he produced several unique prints.  All inks were handmade from found materials such as rock, copper, steel, oxidized metal, walnut ink, sawdust and water.  The printing process for these prints takes place over the course of several days.  The impressions and forms evolve over time.  This slow and inefficient process is in contrast with Conrad’s highly skilled and precise methods of craftsmanship.  An educator, printmaker, and sculptor. Conrad is also a carpenter—a job that requires being methodical and efficient.  In his artwork however, he decides to bring common materials into a different platform that defies their known function.  By introducing time, pressure and embossing on paper, he creates unpredictable and innovative forms, giving these materials a new “voice.”  Conrad uses print media and its language to explore process-based themes of systems, geology and architecture.– On view through June 25 –  Information at www.inkyeditions.com or 518-610-5549Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white  building behind the Basilica)

Exhibition Opening – Carrie Haddad Gallery presents Gathering Ground, a group exhibit of figurative painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and works on paper that blur the lines between painting and photography – Artworks by artists David Koningsberg, Birgit Blyth, David Dew Bruner, and Linda Cross will be on view in the first floor galleries through June 18 –  In addition, the upstairs gallery features a solo exhibit of the latest work by Brooklyn-based photographer Anna Collette.  In this series, Collette captures vignettes of live oaks that were devastated by a flood in Central Texas – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 5 to 7 pmCarrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School May Day Celebration & Spring Fair – Traditional May Day dancing and music, community games, student exhibits, artisan vendors, and entertainment – Magical Puppet Tree presents The Mermaid’s Gift at 1 pm and 2 pm – Information at 672-4465 or hawthornevalleyassociation.org – 10 am to 3:30 pm – Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent

The Fiery Sword of Justice, a critically acclaimed solo show written and performed by Lauren Letellier, will be presented as a benefit for the Roe Jan Library – Set in the high-octane world of NYC public relations, the show skewers big Pharma, boozy bosses, and the hilarious, harrowing similarities between dysfunctional families and corporate America – A reception follows the performance – Tickets available at eventbrite.com, or by calling 518-325-4101 – Performance at 3 pm at Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82, Ancram

Beattie-Powers Place presents jazz pianist Dan Tepfer, “…one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians.”—New York Magazine – and the accolades continue to pour in!  Dan Tepfer has made an international name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive—“A remarkable musician” in the words of The Washington Post, and one who “refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Telerama.  The New York City-based Tepfer has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, from Pharaoh Sanders to veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. Reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

 

Exhibition Opening – Neumann Fine Art presents Kenneth Young: Oil PaintingsThe exhibition features some of Young’s popular urban scenes of Warren Street in Hudson which were used in two wall calendars in 2015 and 2016.  Other works include  figurative work, landscapes, and a recent seascape. – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or call 413-246-5776 – Reception at 5:30 p.m. – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market – Farmers, artisans, vintage collectors, chefs and makers of handmade goods will populate the annual Farm & Flea Spring Market, the little sister goddess of the large-scale Holiday Market that takes place every Thanksgiving weekend at Basilica. – With a broad variety of makers, collectors and farmers harnessing the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley in their own way, Spring Market becomes a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal. The Market promotes the talents and resources within the Hudson Valley and represents its abundance and splendor – Food and drink are available during the hours of the Market.  Outdoor family activities will help keep kids busy – Information at basilicahudson.orgSaturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm– Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Sunday, May 7

Fourth Annual Book It 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Claverack Free Library and the Philmont Public Library – All are invited to support the two libraries while enjoying a 5K run or walk through scenic Columbia County.  The course passes beautiful active farms and rolling hills of historic Claverack – The run/walk begins at 9 am, rain or shine, at the Churchtown Firehouse, goes north on County Route 27, turning left on Schoolhouse Road, continues on Stickles Road, then onto Millbrook Road, and then County Route 12 back to the Firehouse.  A post-race celebration at the finish line includes local refreshments, race awards, and a random prize drawing – Registration can be done in person at either library, or downloaded from www.claveracklibrary.org or www.philmontlibrary.com and mailed in, or register online at www.active.com  – There is a modest registration fee – All fitness levels are welcome – Information at www.claveracklibrary.org or www.philmontlibrary.com  – 9 am – Churchtown Firehouse, County Route 27, Churchtown

The Hudson Opera House opens the doors of the newly restored second floor performance hall with Classics on Hudson’s season of cutting-edge music starting with this concert by Brooklyn Rider.  The season features three groups of musicians who are “smashing stereotypes, electrifying audiences, and redefining the world of classical music.” – Brooklyn Rider  consists of  “four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place,” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. – Members of this “post-classical string quartet” are Johnny Gandelsman, violin ; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Michael Nicolas, celloBrooklyn Rider’s Hudson debut features works by Beethoven, Glass, and Janacek, plus an original piece by violinist Colin Jacobsen –  Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 518-822-14385 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Roeliff Jansen Community Library presents clarinetist Paul Green with Joe Rose on piano,  playing Klezmer classics and contemporary Klezmer-influenced pieces.  Mr. Green will discuss the pieces and how they fit into the development of Klezmer music in the United States. Since his TV debut at age 13 with Leonard Bernstein, Paul Green has blazed new paths as a clarinet soloist and lecturer.  Grounded in the classical tradition, he has pursued his passion for jazz and explored the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career.   He has collaborated with numerous world renowned artists and released three CDs. Joe Rose is one of the most sought after pianists and keyboard artists in the Berkshires. A master of many styles, he collaborates often with outstanding artists. Information and reservations at 518 325-4101, or go to www.roejanlibrary.org  – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, approximately a mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23.

Spotty Dog Series  Authors’ Reading – Tinker Street, an art/literary journal published out of Woodstock, NY, is staging a reading to celebrate its inaugural issue – Readings will be by contributing authors Violet Snow, Sparrow, Dawn Casteel-Lorick and possible surprise guests – Issue #1 will be available for purchase.

> Dawn Casteel-Lorick has been entranced by the animal world her entire life.  She has worked in many fields, including sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue, and now is an interspecies communicator and healer.  She currently lives in Woodstock, NY and is completing a collection of nature-based writing.

> Sparrow lives in a doublewide trailer in vertiginous Phoenicia, NY with his wife Violet Snow.  Every morning Sparrow attempts to write a poem insulting Donald Trump.  Sparrow’s latest book is How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints).

> Violet Snow writes for The Woodstock Times and other periodicals.  Her fiction has been published in Otter Magazine and recorded for The Strange Recital podcast series. A personal essay, “First Arrest,” appeared in Pilgrimage magazine.  She is writing a book about her ancestors.

> Information at www.thespottydog.com  or 518-671-60066 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tear of the Clouds – A Musical Ritual for the Earth – Performances by Dust Bowl Faeries & Luis Mojica – The compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music.  Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lapsteel, electric guitar and percussion combine to create the Faeries’ otherworldly sound.  The band was founded by artist-musician Ryder Cooley, co-hostess of the Helsinki Open Mic.  She is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. – Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Faeries as mascot spirit animal.  Luis Mojica weaves words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal combining Baroque-style compositions with beatbox and pop percussion. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21+ — Doors open at 6 pm, performance at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Next Tuesday, May 9

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday, May 10

The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School Drama Club presents Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, in part with the Columbia County Youth Theatre – The performance features several student actors from the after school program. – Directed by Eileen Maloy and Don Dolan and produced by retired teacher Edgar Acevedo – Free and open to the public – Information at 518-948-78467 pm – Auditorium, M.C. Smith Intermediate School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue

Charlie Parr / Lorkin O’Reilly / Brett Miller  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com  or 518-828-15628 to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, April 27 to May 5, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30

TSL Films:

> Finding OscarIn a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family.  Nearly thirty years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible by finding the missing boy, whose name is Oscar – In Spanish and English with English subtitles

> I, Olga Hepnarova – Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a cold-hearted family, who couldn’t play the part society desired of her.  Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.  The film shows the human being behind the murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. – In Czech with English subtitles.

> Frantz – In the immediate aftermath of World War I, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé, encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave – In French and German with English subtitles

> Karl Marx City – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic, filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past….In German with English subtitles

> My Scientology Movie – Experienced in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable, and unexpected human behavior, documentarian Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s headquarters is turned down.  Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members, in an attempt to better understand the way the Church operates.  In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

> After the Storm – A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife, and eleven-year-old-son.  As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go well for this fractured family. In Japanese with English subtitles.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

The Bridge Street Theatre presents the world premiere of Kieron Barry’s play The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade – Barry will be remembered for the 2012 production of his hit play, Tomorrow in the Battle, at Stageworks Hudson, hailed by The Albany Times-Union  as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre in recent memory.” – Kieron and Jade, his current play, is described as a “1930s style screwball comedy.” – It is directed by John Sowle – Information and reservations at http://official.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006, or contact the theatre at 518-943-3818 – This is the last weekend of the play, presented on Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee at 2 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

Friday, April 28

Greg Brown  – This singer-songwriter is one of the titans of the new-folk movement of the early-mid 1980s, a mostly acoustic, back-to-the-roots movement that rebelled against the slick folk-rock of the previous decade.  Along with the likes of Patty Larkin, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin, Brown has remained one of its leading lights, and his contemporaries paid tribute to his legacy on the 2002 album, “Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown,” which featured guest vocals by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Shawn Colvin. – Brown is known as much for his portraits of small-town America and the characters who reside there as for his gruff vocals that belie a kindness and generosity of spirit – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Blackout Dark Dance Party – Blackout is Hudson’s Dark Dance party on the last Friday of every month – Post Punk, Goth, Synth, EBM, Industrial, New  Wave, etc. – Resident DJ and Projections by ChaDD – No cover – Information at http://www.orgalleryandtavern.com  – 9 pmOR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

For the Love of House – DJ Tedd Patterson – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Passing of Arthur – Told by The Third World Collective and hosted by The Actors’ Ensemble – Taken from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s collection of narrative poems about the Arthurian legend The Idylls of the King. – Performed by Seamus Maynard and Meaghan Witri – The performance is followed by an optional conversation with the actors – Suggested donation at the door – Information at spencertownacademy.org7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Saturday, April 29  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is back in its usual outdoor spot!  Favorite vendors will be on hand offering such provisions as greens, radishes, eggs. honey, maple syrup, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheeses, pasture-raised meats, sausages and bacon, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, cut flowers, bedding plants. – Locally distilled gin, vodka, bourbon and rye, beers and ales  – Bob Sheets will be sharpening knives, scissors, shears and loppers while you shop – (Coming soon: new vendors including fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Jacuterie, Cooperstown Cheese, Atina Foods and Destino Taco Cart.) – Note earlier starting time! – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Geek & Sundry’s International Tabletop Day hosted by House Rules Café –An annual celebration of all tabletop games–RPG, card, board, etc.  Established in 2013, Tabletop Day is a great way to not only share your love of games, but also to learn about new games.  House Rules staff and friends of the café will be teaching and demoing games from the café library—everything from Africana to Zombies –  Space is limited, so arrive early and put your name on the list for one of the events –– 1nformation at the House Rules facebook page – Drop in any time from 10 am to 8 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley People’s Climate March in Hudson – Hudson Resistence invites residents of the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region to join the march – On April 29th citizens across the United States and the rest of the world will be marching, demonstrating and standing up for our planet, supporting clean energy jobs, and calling for a just future for all.  Be part of a global movement by joining more than a million people around the globe to fight for a cleaner, healthier future.  The largest march will be in Washington, DC, as it should be.  That is where Donald Trump and his Republican allies are rolling back environmental regulations that scientists and citizens know were not even enough to begin with – Info at.hudsonresistance.blogspot.com/

Schedule: 11 am – Rally in the Public Square (Seventh Street Park) at Seventh & Warren Streets – Speakers include: Ned Sullivan from Scenic Hudson; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett; Will Yandik, fourth generation farmer and environmental activist; Michelle O’Leary, from the NY Water Project in Hoosick Falls; and Karen Frishkoff from the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby – The Hudson Dusters will perform  – 12 noon – March down Warren Street to Front Street – 1 pm: Join the Meetup at the solar array behind Basilica Hudson/Kite’s Nest, 110 South Front Street to learn even more.

Exhibition Opening – Joseph Haske: Paintings – On view through May 21 – Information at 828-5907 or art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pmJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents its production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Information and reservations at 822-8448 –12:55 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Claverack Library Community Game Day – Friends of the Claverack library is hosting a Community Game Day series beginning this Saturday at the Claverack Dutch Reformed Church from 1 to 5 pm – Other Game Days will be on May 21 and June 18, also at the church – If the series is successful, the library will host more in the future.  Everyone is welcome and may bring games of their own, and a snack to share.  Drinks and paper products will be provided – Several new games will be taught, including “Mystery at Hogwarts,” the “Oregon Trail” and “Escape.”  Classic board games will also be available.  For a full list of games being taught, to sign up to learn one, and for more information, call 518-851-71201 to 5 pm – at Dutch Reformed Church, Route 9H, Claverack

The acclaimed Neave Trio performs Debussy, Foote, and Dvorak – The Trio has built an international reputation not only for superb musicianship, but for its mission to create new pathways to bring classical music to a wider audience – Information and reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street,  Catskill

Grammy Winner Malcolm Cecil’s 80th Birthday Bash Concert – Featuring legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland with special guests Amy Bateman, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, Patrice Dalton, George DeLeon, John Esposito, Rob Petrides, Charlie Apicella, and Jose Cuevas – Information and tickets at 518-828-4181, ext. 0 – 7:30 pm – Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30

The Third Annual 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music – Featuring PHURPA, the Russian-based musical collective and performance group of ritual musicians upholding performative practices from the Bon—one of the oldest Buddhist traditions from Tibet – “Drones, or sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation, transcend time, genre and music itself.  The 24-Hour Drone is an immersive event and all-encompassing experience…a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm/WGXC, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone.  The initial lineup includes Victoria Keddie & Scott Kiernan ESP TV Unit 11 Residency project with Rose Kallal and Katherine Bauer; return of the Quelque Show Montreal DRONE block, curated by DRONE alum Jessica Moss; Endurance Reading of Testimonies of Mother Ann Lee presented by the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon; composer Phil Kline; and Bonnie Kane – Go to basilicahudson.org for latest additions – 24-Hour Drone will start with a bang, in tandem with the Hudson version of the People’s Climate March, and will end on a high note, with the WGXC Record and Media Fair in Basilica’s Back Gallery.” – Information at basilicahudson.org – From 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on SundayBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

16th Annual Sean’s Run Weekend – Produced in memory of Sean Patrick French, a 17-year old high school junior, community volunteer, honor student, and record-setting athlete at Chatham High School, who lost his life on January 1, 2002, as a passenger in a drunk driving car crash. For fifteen years, the money raised at Sean’s Run from sponsorships, donations and participant registration fees has been given to support two specific areas of interest: Scholarships to deserving high school students; and grants to schools and youth groups to implement programs to combat underage drinking, impaired driving and lax use of seatbelts by teenagers.  Since 2002, 173 grants totaling $208,266 have been given to school groups and community-based organizations in the region to support these areas of interest.  Sean’s Run events include:

On Saturday: 10-mile, 20-mile, and 50-mile Bike Rides; a Zumbathon;  and Jaime’s Race for People with Special Needs – On Sunday: 5K Run/Walk, Meghan’s Mile Run/Walk, a Prevention Education Expo, Presentation of Scholarships & Grants; and the World Championship Battle of the Belts –  For information, registration, and schedule go to www.SeansRun.com – Bike Rides start at Chatham Fairgrounds, most other events at Chatham High School – All events start and end in Chatham

 

Sunday, April 30

WGXC Record & Media Fair – Featuring eclectic vinyl, CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs, plus books, musical instruments and radio-related ephemera – The Fair features more than 30 tables of merchandise from more than 20 vendors, including WGXC’s own table, featuring a tremendous variety of affordably priced records and CDs of all genres, many available for just $1 – Diggers will be deeply rewarded for arriving early. – A number of tables will be occupied by familiar WGXC programmers – The Fair overlaps Basilica Hudson’s 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, which gathers hundreds of serious music fans for a 24-hour festival. –  Food and beverage is available on the Basilica grounds throughout the day. – At the conclusion of the broadcast of 24-Hour Drone at 12 noon, tune into WGXC 90.7FM to hear a round robin of WGXC DJs and vendors live from the Fair – Admission to the Record & Media Fair is free for attendees of 24-Hour Drone – For those not attending Drone, early-bird admission, from 10 am to 11 am, is $15; regular admission, from 11 am to 5 pm, is $3.  Admission and table fees benefit creative community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM – Information at wgxc.org or 697-7400 – 10 am to 5 pm Basilica Hudson, Back Gallery, 110 South Front Street

Serious Fun – with Very Young Composers Classics on Hudson & the Hudson Opera House present a family concert that combines great classical music with a chance to hear some of the Very Young Composers, a program created by composer, educator, and bassist Jon Deak to answer the question: “What is children’s’ music?” – Very Young Composers promotes the innate creativity of children, gives them a sense of empowerment, and inspires them to tap into their own creative spirit.  This performance will feature original works by several young composers, all from  6 to 10 years old.  Flutist Eugenia Zukerman (Director of Classics on Hudson) and Mr. Deak will accompany the students and play some of their pieces alongside them, as well as more recognizable work. – Information and reservations at hudsonoperahouse.org or call 518-822-14383 pm – West Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Backdoor Boys, aka Kevin Weldon & Craig Cunningham, present their new cabaret show, Bring on the Men to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation – In the show they will draw on material from the musical theater, pre-rock pop standards, and the counterculture music scene – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Doors open at 5 pm, show goes on at 7 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Opening Day – Opening of The Parlors: An Immersive Experience in the Main House and the Sanford Gifford exhibition, Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills in the New Studio – Curator’s Talk by Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 2 pm at Temple Israel, adjacent to the Thomas Cole Site – Reservations for the talk at 943-7465 or thomascole.org – Free admission throughout the historic site from 11 am to 2 pm – Thomas Cole National  Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Bend the Knotted Oak Chamber Music Concert: Four musicians, seven hands – Hosted by Uel Wade – In its latest example of unique programming, BKO Chamber Music will present solo piano music for left hand alone, string trios, and a quartet that combines it all.  The performers include BKO regulars: Mitsuko Suzuki, violin; Ron Carbone, viola; Robert Reed, cello; and artistic director/pianist Uel Wade – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 2 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Next Monday, May 1

The Mac-Haydn Theatre Box Office opens for its 2017 season, taking orders for single tickets, season subscriptions and groups, for all seven musicals as well as the three Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre productions and Mac-Haydn Monday shows – The theatre opens its 49th season on May 25 with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, Saturday Night Fever, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, and the season closer, Hello, Dolly! – The children’s shows will be The Trials of Alice in Wonderland, Hi, Ho Robin Hood, and The Wizard of Oz. – Order tickets online at any time at www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at 392-9292 – The pre-season box office is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Next Tuesday, May 2

Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Spotty’s bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown – 6:30 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

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Ellen Thurston

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