All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.
All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.
Please note, for announcements, Ellen’s email address has changed to “firstname.lastname@example.org“. Please start using this address for all correspondence.
Friday-Sunday, November 25-27
The Pantaloons return with The Turn of the Scrooge, an original British-American pantomime, and their unique zany spin on the classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Join the fun as the Loons introduce you to the cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer and the ghosts who haunt him. This is the Loons 17th annual panto. It is written by the Loons and directed by Cathy Lee Visscher. Reserve tickets early, especially for the popular Sunday matinees. Information and tickets at ghentplayhouse.org or 1-800-838-3006 – Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm November 25 through December 11 – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent
> Portrait of a Garden – In a historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85-year old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. As they prune, the men chat about food, the weather, the world, and they share their knowledge of horticulture. – In Dutch with English subtitles.
> Tower – On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event. The film combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy.
> Ixcanul – A young Mayan girl works with her parents on a coffee plantation in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but she doesn’t sit back and accept her destiny. A young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the USA becomes her possible way out, but at what price?
> National Bird – “…gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before.”
> Tampopo (1985) – “The tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide the widow of a noodle shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, Tampopo serves up a savory broth of culinary adventure seasoned with offbeat comedy sketches and the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster… one of the most delectable examples of food on film.” – In Japanese with English subtitles
> Herb & Dorothy – the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.
> Tokyo Story (1953) – The film reprises one of the director’s favorite themes—that of generational conflict—in a way that is quintessentially Japanese and yet so universal in its appeal that it continues to resonate. In Japanese with English subtitles
> Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street
The Fourth Annual Basilica Farm + Flea Holiday Market – A farmers’ and makers’ holiday marketplace — Originally created as an alternative to Black Friday, Farm + Flea brings together a curated collection of products from a diverse group of some 80 plus regional makers, farmers, chefs, and vintage collectors – Friday: The Early Bird Kick-off when sales begin and run from 2 to 5 pm. From 5 to 9 pm: A Black Friday Soiree with cocktails and sales, plus sample offerings from Friday-only food and drink vendors, and music by WGXC’s DJ Ephraim Asili — Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm is the Basilica Farm + Flea Holiday Market – Farm + Flea is produced and presented by Basilica Hudson – More information and a full list of participating vendors is available at basilicahudson.org – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street
Saturday, November 26
Hudson Farmers’ Market – The market is closed this Saturday but will open again next Saturday, December 3, indoors at the former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street at the southern end of Sixth Street (where Sixth Street meets Union Street) The municipal parking lot next door will provide plenty of parking – See you next week! Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com
Two Gun Man performs – Information at 917-873-4503 – Doors at 8 pm – Or Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street
Simi Stone – Woodstock soul-rock artist Simi Stone plays violin, guitar, and percussion, boasts a huge, versatile voice, and commands the stage like a latter-day Tina Turner. She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat “Mountain Motown” style. Her band is a veritable funk-rock supergroup, including bandmates of David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52s, and Gang of Four – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
Ancram Opera House Second Annual Thanksgiving Open House – Savories from local eateries and plenty of libations – Pianist Tony Kieraldo will be playing ragtime, jazz and other tunes. Tony has shared the stage and worked with Jacques d’Amboise, Bill Irwin, Tommy Stinson, Lil’ Buck, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marco Benevento, Sarah Jessica Parker, and others. There will be a “pitch” room for those interested in participating in the next storytelling program, Real People Real Stories. The storytelling program, inspired by NPR’s “Moth Radio Hour,” features local residents and was a standing-room-only hit this past summer. Parking is available behind the Opera House. Please enter the parking area from the entry point closest to the Opera House. Information at 329-0114 or by e-mail to email@example.com – 3 to 5 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram
Lindenwald Star Party – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site invites the public to heighten their senses and connect with the dark side. Listen to the night sounds changing from traffic sounds to rustling leaves, feel the warmth of day give way to cool night air, and see the light of the sun overtaken by dusk, moon and stars. Hear the stories behind constellations and learn how to find them in the night sky. Explore the grounds and practice using your senses to adapt to the night. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Solar lanterns will be provided. Youth groups and other organized groups are encouraged to participate. – Information at 758-9689 x 2008 or http://www/facebook.com/nationalparkservice —7 pm to 8:30 pm – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook
Sunday, November 27
Wally’s Holiday Follies –- A holiday-themed variety show featuring an all-star lineup of regional talent, including pianist Tony Kieraldo, country duo Oxbow Road (Deborah McDowell and Kiki Dufault), Helsinki open-mic co-hosts Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley, and singer-comedian Heather Fisch, all hosted by Walter V. Hughes. – Walter Hughes, 87, began appearing at Club Helsinki’s open mic night a little over a year ago and has become a favorite for his singing, hilarious character comedy sketches, and his old-time impersonations. His repertoire of American standards and classics includes an impressive amount of original material. He penned some great rockabilly tunes back in the 1950s. He has also shared stages such entertainment luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Bobby Darin, and Dick Clark – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
Founding Father Chancellor Robert R. Livingston’s 270th Birthday Party – Children are welcome and can make their own birthday card for the Chancellor or take colonial dancing lessons – There will be birthday cake and a sneak preview of Clermont’s new introductory movie, The Livingstons of Clermont. A Chancellor Livingston-focused tour of the Clermont Mansion will follow – Reservations and information at 537-4240 or by e-mail to Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov – 1 to 3 pm – .Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown
Next Tuesday, November 29
The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events — 6:30 pm – 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 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
Bridge Street Theatre Ribbon Cutting – Bridge Street Theatre and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce present a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Bridge Street Theatre’s Mainstage – The mainstage was completed with the help of private donors and a grant from NY State’s Department of Homes and Community Renewal – The event is open to the public and will include refreshments, performances by Tom Judson and Steven Patterson, and guest appearances by local and regional celebrities and dignitaries – Information at 943-3894 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org – 5 to 7 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill
Next Wednesday, November 30
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, presents Walter G. Ritchie, Jr., in a talk about Charles C. Alger: “The Hudson Residence of Charles C. Alger and His Patronage of Architect Alexander Jackson Davis.” Davis designed or remodeled a number of residences for Alger. Alger was an important businessman in Hudson. The house he built at the corner of Allen and Second Street—a picturesque Gothic Revival brick house, is still standing and is now painted yellow. The house was built in 1851, the same year the Hudson Iron Works, Alger’s venture, began operation. Walter Ritchie is a decorative arts consultant and independent scholar specializing in 19th-century American architecture, interiors and furniture. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. – Information at 828-1792 x 101 – 6 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, corner of State and Fifth Streets
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Next Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3
Diamond Opera Theater in partnership with the Hudson Opera House presents a condensed, semi-staged version of Englebert Humperdinck’s enchanting fairy tale opera, Hansel and Gretel – Adapted and staged by Mary Deyerle Hack(who also performs as The Witch) with musical direction by Noah Palmer – Friday at 6 pm, free performance on Saturday at 2:30 pm – Information at 822-1438 – Christ Church Episcopal, 432 Union Street
Next Saturday, December 3
Book Signings at Spotty Dog:
> Author J. Stephen Casscles, winemaker at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, will sign copies of his book, Grapes of the Hudson Valley. The book details the 200-year history of grape growing, breeding, and winemaking in the Hudson Valley – 1 pm
> Hudson native, author and life style expert Jene Luciani, returns home and brings the fabulous with her to Spotty Dog for a signing of her new book Get It!: A Beauty, Style, and Wellness Guide to Getting Your “It” Together – 3 pm
> Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street
Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the D.A.R. – A pre-Winter Walk musical presentation with the Adirondack Baroque Consort, guitarist Steve Engel, and Revolutionary era-inspired music by flutist Larra Agate – 3 to 8 pm – Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the D.A.R. museum and library, 113 Warren Street
WINTER WALK 2016
Winter Walk 2016 – Produced and presented by the Hudson Opera House with the cooperation of shops, galleries, nonprofit organizations and restaurants on Warren, Front and Columbia Streets. As Hudson grows, so grows Winter Walk. The first Winter Walk, in 1997, occupied two blocks of Warren Street—the 500 and the 600. Winter Walk has now spread out to encompass adjoining newly-refurbished and developed areas of the city. This is a walkable city, and so is the expanded Winter Walk. Put on your sturdiest walking shoes, your warmest gear, and your biggest smile. There will be a lot of ground to cover and you won’t want to miss a beat. Bring the whole family, the neighbors and the weekend visitors –There is room enough for all! A program and map will be available in shops, and at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, and from distributors on the street the night of Winter Walk – The official hours of Winter Walk are 5 to 8 pm, ending with fireworks on Promenade Hill at a little before 8 pm – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org
The Unsilent Night parade – The biggest addition to this year’s Winter Walk is a moving musical parade which anyone can join. Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a four-track composition written specifically for boom box. It has evolved over the 25 years of its life to include any kind of device that can be amplified . Just download one of the tracks from www.unsilentnight.com , connect the device to your amplifier which you carry or pull in your little red wagon. All four tracks played together as the parade moves from Front Street to Seventh Street Park will create a musical wraparound, consisting largely of bell tones, engulfing the crowd as the participants move up the street. WGXC will be broadcasting, Unsilent Night, so tune in at 90.7 FM – Participants in Unsilent Night will gather at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street, at 4 pm. Shortly before 5 pm they move to Front Street and at 5 pm composer Phil Kline gives the signal and the procession begins. It ends at Seventh Street Park with a final crescendo at approximately 5:30 pm – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org, or www.unsilentnight.com
One highlight of this year’s Winter Walk is a free performance of the Diamond Opera Theater’s production of Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera, Hansel and Gretel, at Christ Church on Saturday at 2:30 pm (See above.). Horse and wagon rides are available at the park too. Santa and his Missus will be in City Hall to hear children’s wishes and pass out free gifts. A petting zoo will tske up residence for the evening at the corner of Fifth and Warren. There may be a flash mob or other forms of spontaneous merriment. Please feel free to join in.
To find gallery hours, please use the phone number provided or look for a website.
> Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street, 697-0266 – 7th Annual Photobook Show – On view through December 18
> BCB Art, 116 Warren Street, 828-4539 – Group show – On view through December 31
> Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street, 828-2343 – Holiday Small Works Exhibition/Sale – On view through December 31–
> Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, 828-6680 – Brenda Goodman: New Paintings & Works on Paper; Amy Pleasant: New Drawings and Sculpture – On view through December 18
> FRG Objects & Design, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street, 646-483-9109 – Perception: Paintings & Prints by Aric Frons – On view through December 31
> Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, 822-1438 – The Boombox Project: Photographs by Lyle Owerko – On view through December 23
> Galerie Gris, 621 Warren St. 828-1677 – Sound & Vision: Works by Ryan Russo
> Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren, 828-1915 – Inside Outside: Landscapes, Cityscapes & Interiors – On view through December 4
>112 South Front Street (aka Riverfront Antiques & Design Center at 99 S. Front Sreet (The big white building behind Basilica, best accessed from Front Street
> Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street, 610-5549 – Printing Lab: The Members Show – On view through December 24
> Earle Mitchell Gallery – Door 21, 112 South Front Street, 852-0622 – Sarah Sterling photographs; Gail Peachin photo collage; Jane Ehrlich paintings – On view thru January 3
> Sarah Berney Art, Door 21, 112 South Front Street, 491-3692– Works by Sarah Berney
> Tery Fugate-Wilcox Gallery, Door 21, 112 South Front Street, – 646-544-7139 – Group Show
> Wasserbach Fine Art, Door 21, 112 South Front Street, 368-5340 – Sculpture by Mark Wasserbach
For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org
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