All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.
All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday-Sunday, August 17-21
Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Sister Act based on the blockbuster movie of the same name – Check the website for schedule – Order tickets at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham
Friday-Saturday, August 19-20
The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents Seussical, a musical extravaganza that follows the story of Horton the Elephant – Information and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham
Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:30 pm – Details below under HUDSON CRUISES.
The Chase Brock Experience –This young, high-energy, upbeat Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company, founded in 2007 by choreographer Chase Brock, has premiered six original scores and more than 25 original dances – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)
Friday–Sunday, August 19-21
> The Innocents – A film inspired by a true event that occurred in Warsaw in 1945. WWII is finally over and a Red Cross doctor is treating the last of survivors in the German camps, when a panicked Benedictine nun appears and begs her to follow her back to the convent where she finds a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advance stages of pregnancy. The nuns increasingly turn to the doctor as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities. In French and Polish with English subtitles.
> Miss Sharon Jones! – Two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple follows Grammy-nominated R&B dynamo, Sharon Jones, during the most courageous year of her life.
> The Bride – Based on Bodas de sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca, this is the story of a love triangle between two men and a woman.
> Belle de Jour (1967) – (Luis Bunuel, 1967) – Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles, that of Severine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoons working in a bordello – One of Bunuel’s biggest hits.
> Smiles of a Summer Night – An Ingmar Bergman classic – “…one of film history’s great tragicomedies, a bittersweet view of the transience of human carnality.” – In Swedish with English subtitles
> Right Now, Wrong Then – Won the top prize at the 2015 Locarno film festival – In Korean with English subtitles
> Don’t Blink – Robert Frank – “The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one and the same….” – Frank’s editor, Laura Israel, has created “a lively rummage sale of images and sounds and recollected passages and unfathomable losses and friendships that leaves a fast and fleeting imprint of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way….”
> Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street
LAST CHANCE to see the American premier of In Praise of Elephants by Kevin Dyer, with song lyrics by Catherine Ireton – The play is the fourth show in the Ancram Opera House’s summer season, and marks its first fully staged production under the leadership of Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi. The play is directed by Jeffrey Mousseau. It is a touching play, told through story and song, of a man turning 60 whose life is about to be turned upside down. Information and tickets at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 329-0114 – Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 7 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82, Ancram (Parking on the adjacent lawn.)
Friday-Thursday, August 19-25
Films at Fairview Cinema 3:
> War Dogs – featuring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller
> Café Society – Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy with a cast including Steve Carell, Sheryl Lee, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey, Tony Sirico, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart Information, trailers and schedule at FairviewCinema3.com – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Avenue, (Route 9), Greenport
Saturday, August 20
Hudson Farmers’ Market – The summer’s bounty awaits you: Sweet corn; tomatoes, including cherry tomatoes in yellows, oranges and reds, red slicers, beefsteak, or heirlooms; cantaloupes and seedless watermelons; breads and rolls of all kinds; soft or hard cheeses, pies (summer berry, Jersey peach, gluten free or not), fair-trade coffee, nuts and granola; herbs (basil, mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary); garlic, greens, cukes, zucchini, peppers, beets, honey, mushrooms, donuts, tarts, pesto, salamis, sauerkrauts, yogurts, prepared foods, soups, sandwiches, and fruit juices, flowers, and….organic bug repellant! Hudson Standard is in the guest tent with shrubs and bitters, as is Randy Ezinga with his wooden bowls. Clean Energy Collective is in the Community Tent, and James Hearne is performing in the Music Tent. Knives, scissors and pruners are sharpened by Bob Sheets while you shop. For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets
Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit the private gardens of Margaret Roach in Copake Falls (10 am to 4 pm), Kevin Jacobs in Valatie (10 am to 4 pm), Steepletop, the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz (10 am to 4:30 pm), and Versailles on Hudson in the City of Hudson (10 am to 2 pm) – Further Information, including garden descriptions, addresses and directions at www.gardenconservancy.org
AJewel-like Jellies. Gem-like Jams – A jam/jelly tasting – Join founder/owner and chief jam maker Brigid Dorsey to taste Les Collines offerings – The company is committed to sourcing delicious ingredients from small local farms and orchards – Their products are made in small batches—stirred by hand, measured by hand into jars that are filled and sealed by hand. The result is “homemade, handmade perfection.” – Information at 828-6923 – 12 noon to 3 pm – The Front Porch, Olde Hudson, 449 Warren Street
Live in HD – The Stratford Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street
Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months. See details under HUDSON CRUISES below
Exhibition Closing – Sorrow in Sunlight – Marc Swanson’s Back Gallery exhibition, , co-presented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, closes with an evening of readings by Jack Ferver and Chris Freeman – 4 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street
Exhibition Opening – Field Study is an exploration of the relationship between art, agriculture, traditional crafts like quilting and mending, and the underlying importance of place in sustainability. This collaboration between textile artists and ecology advocates, Katrina Rodabaugh and Jessica Lewis Stevens, features ten new, original, textile art pieces from naturally dyed fabrics, yarns, fibers, and hand stitching. All works will be for sale at HawkinsNY through September 18. Questions? Contact Katharine Daugherty at Drop Forge & Tool by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org – 5 to 7 pm – HawkinsNY, 339 Warren Street
Opening reception from 5 to 7 pm Making a Scene: Storytelling and the Real – LightField, a new visual arts nonprofit, launches its initial exhibition at the Hudson Opera House –The exhibition presents the work of eight international artists who explore the boundaries of storytelling and the increasing slippage in narrative art between documentary and fiction through photography, film, video, and cross-platform installations. The exhibition, which is accompanied by a youth photo workshop led by faculty from the International Center for Photography, and a feature film screening and public talk in September, launches LightField’s annual festival of innovative and distinguished photography and related media in Hudson, NY. Featured artists include Zackary Canepari, Tim Davis, Omar Imam, Keith Miller, Yola Monakhov Stockton, Arne Svenson, Anastasia Taylor-Linda, and Wendel A. White – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street
Exhibition Opening – John Davis Gallery exhibits the work of five artists in the Main Galleries, the Sculpture Garden and Carriage House – Works include paintings by Rodney Dickson, sculpture by Willard Boepple, new paintings by J.J. Manford, paintings by Nina Maric, and wood blocks and prints by Jon Isherwood – On view through September 11 – Information at johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street
Curt Oren & Nora Petran – “An atmospheric singer-songwriter show” – Information at www.thespottydog.comor 671-6006 – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street
Copake Falls Day – Starts with the 5K Cross Country Run in the Wilderness and ends with a Beef Barbeque and campfire music on the green. In between, plenty of food and activities, garden and historic homes tours, a Farmers Craft Market, a kids’ scavenger hunt, a local history exhibit, a chain saw sculptor, music by the Bash Bish Band, and plenty more – Information at www.copakefallsday.org or 966-2233 – 8 am to 8 pm – Copake Falls
Behold! New Lebanon is in its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – A variety of summer tours are offered from June 4 through October 15 – This Saturday, Behold! offers a range of programs, from culinary to nature walks, and includes the environment, historic buildings, hops farming, auctioneering, and more The presenters are not costumed actors or docents recalling old-world skills; they are the real townspeople of today, whose lives and work challenge the quaint myths about country life – Advance ticket purchase is recommended – Arrive 15 minutes before the program start time and take the shuttle bus to the program venue – More information, including full program descriptions and the online box office at www.beholdnewlebanon.org , or by email to email@example.com or at 720-7265 – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon
Architecture Omi Director’s Tour – Architecture Omi Director Warren James leads an engaging public tour of WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure in Field 01 on the grounds of Architecture Omi. Free and open to the public – RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org – 12 noon – Meet at the Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent
R.B. Schlather, American artist and opera director, stages a five-hour, one-day-only performance installation of Oscar-nominated American composer David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, at Chelsea gallerist Jack Shainman’s Kinderhook gallery, The School The staging rehearsal will be performed by Schlather, music director Amanda Crider, four singers and one percussionist. The visibility of process is Schlather’s primary concern, creating a unique opportunity for spectators to engage with classical music as living sculpture, in dialogue with larger themes about performance, intimacy, and access – Featuring soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, countertenor Brennan Hall, tenor Karim Sulayman, bass Zachary James, and percussionist Michael Zell, with costumes by Terese Wadden. – Free and open to the public during gallery hours from 12 noon to 5 pm. The performers will take 15-minute breaks every 90 minutes, culminating in a final showing around 4:15 PM. In addition to the performance, Jack Shainman Gallery celebrates the second anniversary of The School with A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions. On view are paintings, photography, and sculpture by Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse, and Garnett Puett, converging on themes of transformation, environment, and remembrance. Information by e-mail to email@example.com – Jack Shainman Gallery, The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook
FAN LETTERS – Francine Hunter McGivern and The Frank Institute @ CR10 present an audiovisual collaboration between musician Dylan Neely and video artist Alex Nathanson, with Jonas Bers. Their work combines sound, video, computer programing and handmade electronic instruments into playful and thought-provoking interactive multimedia performances. Shows oscillate between noise and chamber music, from experimental cinema to Saturday morning cartoons, and political negotiations to schoolyard games. Jonas Bers is a stalwart of NY video performance and devotee of obsolete technology, Bers’ minimalist geometric abstractions use audiovisual stimulation as a context for the deep contemplation of shapes and patterns typically devoid of spiritual connotation in order to consider visual and emotional illusions of dimensionality. In Bers’ realtime video sonification works, salvaged VHS era editing machines, surveillance cameras, and laboratory equipment undergo crude modifications to be reincarnated as performance instruments. Audible frequencies within the video signal are amplified into a stark and droning synesthetic score; an intuitive and hypnotic illustration of the inextricable relationship between analog video and sound. Admission fee payable at the door – 5 pm – The Frank Institute at CR10, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo – (between routes 9G & 31)
Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21
Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Parade & Festival – Presented by Operation Unite/New York – Saturday:
12:30 pm – Children’s activities and games;
1 pm – Arm of the Sea Theater Celebrate the River Pageant;
3 pm – Parade from Seventh Street to Riverfront Park with Grand Marshals Jake & Barbara Walthour;
4 pm – Author/Storyteller Janice Laboard, Joakim Lartey Family Drum Workshop, Kuumba Drum, and Community Talent Show; Back To School Give-Away; Zorkie Nelson African Drum & Dance
Sunday: 2:30 to 7:30 pm – Bindlestiff Family Cirkus; Annual Gospel Concert featuring Diane Bailey and All Nations Church Praise Dancers; Sunset Service with Albany District Chorale and message by Rev. Linda Van Alstyne
Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street
Sunday, August 21
Quinn Sullivan – Only 17 years old, blues guitar prodigy Quinn Sullivan first gained national attention at age six with an appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He has already shared stages with Buddy Guy and B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, the Roots, and Derek Trucks, and played Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. He sings his own songs, as well as challenging himself by playing well-known classics…Buddy Guy has brought him along as the opening act on several tours – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street
Next Monday, August 22
House Rules Café – For the past five years, Kathleen Miller has curated Hudson’s wine and spirits collection at Hudson Wine Merchants. Now she is curating board games. House Rules meets every Monday night at the Red Dot to talk, play games, and introduce newbies to the fun of tabletop. No experience required. Just bring yourself and a willingness to learn. The entry fee buys your first drink—beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic. So come out to Red Dot and play with—or against—your friends and neighbors. – Instruction is available – Information at firstname.lastname@example.org – 6:30 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street
The Voodoo Orchestra North – “…led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte and featuring many great Upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.” – “The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where ‘Bitches Brew’ left off, and begins anew,” says Previte. “Even better than the real thing, “says local music critic Seth Rogovoy. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street
Next Tuesday, August 23
The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Scotty’s bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown – Held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 6:30 pm – The Spotty 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 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
Movie Tuesday – Our Last Tango – A story of love between two great tango dancers and their equally great love for the tango – Part of the free movie series – Information at 392-6121 or www.ps21chatham.org – 8:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)
Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House – A design exhibition featuring original concept sketches by 21 architects and landscape architects to address one of Olana’s great mysteries – Frederic Church’s 1886 plan for Olana, detailed Church’s vision for his large-scale designed landscape The plan’s details are largely accurate, yet it contains a structure labeled “Summer House,” which doesn’t exist today. Twenty-one architects and landscape architects were invited to imagine what such a structure might look like. The exhibition serves as a dialogue of innovative design ideas and as a response to Olana’s historic contest and dramatic setting – Curated by Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator, The Olana Partnership with guest co-curator Jane Smith, AIA, of Spacesmith – On view through November 13 – Information at 828-1872, ext. 103 or olana.org/summerhouse – Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm – Coachman’s House Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, GPS address: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson
HUDSON CRUISES, INC.
>Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 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) – 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 – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – 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.
>Hudson Cruises Friday Evening Sunset Sightseeing – This is an occasional service – Check the website – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse during the sunset hours – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 to 9 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street
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