Art Events in Hudson NY, February 20 to March 1, 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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Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Monday-Sunday, February 20-26

WGXC Hands-on Community Radio at 90.7 FM  is in the midst of its Radical Radio Winter 2017 Pledge Drive with a goal of $20,000 – Independent radio has never been more critical – Make a tax-deductible contribution by going online at www.wgxc.org/donate, by calling 518-697-7400, or by stopping in at the Hudson Studio on the second floor at 704 Columbia.  Or, attend WGXC’s Sixth Anniversary Soiree on Saturday, February 25 (See below)

Thursday, February 23 

Affordable Housing in Hudson Public Forum –“A meeting to discuss how we can make more affordable housing in Hudson a reality”  –  The organizers say:  “The City of Hudson is great by virtue of its diverse population: working people, families, artists, artisans, students, shopkeepers, and civil servants, whose lives cover a range of economic and cultural realities. To preserve the greatness of our city, we must create and preserve affordable housing. But first there are challenges to address. Learn about those challenges–technical, logistical, and financial–facing current initiatives.  Discuss your ideas for new ones. And let’s talk about how we can help move things forward.”   The panelists include: William Hughes, Jr., Minority Leader of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and a member of the Hudson City Democratic Committee; Tiffany M. Garriga, Majority Leader of the Hudson Common Council, Board Member of the Hudson Community Development Planning Agency, and a member of the Hudson City Democratic Committee; Matthew Nelson, VP Mortgage Officer, Community Preservation Corporation, and

Former Deputy Commissioner and President of the Office of Community Renewal, NYS Home and Community Renewal.  The panel will be moderated by Michael Chameides, Chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee  – 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm to 9:30 pm – Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

John Doe – With Exene Cervenka, John Doe was a co-founder, co-vocalist, and chief songwriter of the legendary California punk-rock outfit X, which still tours to this day.  On his own, Doe has been a prolific solo recording artist with ten albums to his credit, and an actor with roles in over fifty films and TV productions.  On his current tour, Doe will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest self-described “psychedelic soul” album, “The Westerner,” along with selections from his entire career – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 23-26

TSL Films: 

I Am Not Your Negro – In 1979, James Baldwin planned to write a personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Now, in this Oscar-nominated documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book that James Baldwin never finished – The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material.

> Mr. Gaga – Ohad Naharin is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. This spirited and insightful documentary introduces a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision… – In Hebrew and English with English subtitles

> Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time.  Rolling Stone describes it as “an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.”  – In this film, Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music.

Oscar Shorts: Live Action and Oscar Shorts: Animation – The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday February 26.  This is your annual chance to predict the winners in these two “shorts” fields.  Estimated running time for the Animation films is one and one-half hours, and two hours for the Live Action films. – For information about the films visit www.timeandspace.org

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

Friday-Saturday, February 24-25

Exhibition Opening / Closing –Instar Lodge’s latest pop-up exhibition, Nasty Women HV, is the Hudson Valley edition of the Nasty Women series, created in collaboration with the eponymous NYC-based collective as a response to the presidency of Donald Trump – The exhibition features works by an international group of artists coming together to support women’s rights, especially reproductive rights.  All works in the exhibition are on sale from $10 to $100, with all proceeds donated to Hudson Valley Planned Parenthood – Information by email to director@instarlodge.com – Opening on Friday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Closing on Saturday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm – Instarlodge, 228 Main Street, Germantown

Saturday, February 25

The Winter Hudson Farmers’ Market is going strong – Greens such as arugula, spinach, lettuce mix, and Asian greens are available, and so are breads, eggs, meats and cheeses, prepared savories and sweets, quiches, pies, tarts, nuts, fair trade coffee, soups and stocks – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

Stair Galleries Fine Auction – Objects & Curiosities from Around the World – Includes property from the Collection of Seward Kennedy, the Estate of Rose Choron, and the Estate of Alexander Bing III, including property from ancient and later civilizations  –­ Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents its new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka– Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

House Rules Café, Hudson’s first board game café, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding for its grand opening in April, The café will host several free events, open to the public, during the campaign.  The first is a panel discussion called Representation Matters: Gender Identity and Sexuality in Comics and Comic-related Media – The panel discussion will be moderated by Eoghann Renfroe, recipient of an award for outstanding activism in the LGBTQ community for the Pride Center of the Capital Region – Panelists include Steve Orlando (GLAAD nominee 2016 and 2017, DC Comics writer), Jillian Hanlon (former journalist for Taconic Press, 12-year veteran of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office as Public Information Officer), and Kat Ivanova, who works in the comics industry –Wine and snacks will be available – Information at 828-5938 – RSVP to houserulescafe@gmail.com – 1 to 3 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hudson Area Library Volunteer Fair – February is Library Lovers’ Month and the Hudson Area Library is holding a volunteer fair for all library lovers!  The library relies on its talented and committed volunteers to ensure it can provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. Anyone who can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week is welcome to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.  The fair offers an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how volunteers can get involved.  Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and working at the circulation desk. Members of the Library Board and staff will be attending the event. Refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  It will take place in the community room and on the main floor of the library, both of which are wheelchair accessible.  Information at 828-1792  – 4 to 6 pm –  Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of Fifth & State Streets)

Exhibition Opening – Chloe Zerwick: Inside the Box –  Delve into the surreal with Chloe Zerwick’s intriguing, ethereal work that transforms everyday objects into enigmatic three-dimensional statements that reveal, as the artist states, “secrets from an alternate reality…” – On view through March 26 – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Drawings by Will Duty, Ceramics by Cody Hoyt, and Sculpture by Fabienne Lasserre – On view through March 26 – Information at baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

WGXC 90.7 FM Sixth Anniversary Soiree –  Celebrate our community radio station’s endurance and diversity and give thanks to the commitment of its extraordinary volunteer programmers, its dedicated staff, and its growing audience of generous listeners – Enjoy music, wine, and refreshments – The evening also provides an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions  of WGXC programmer Philip Grant, and Underwriting and Marketing Volunteer Matthew Tombers – Tickets at http://wgxc6.brownpapertickets.com  – Space is limited – Information at 697-7400 – 6 to 8 pm – Third Floor Gallery (above Hudson Wine Merchants), 341 Warren Street

Radio Wonderland Record Release with Tom Roe and Echo Roe, Crazed, and Fulathela – Seize the Means, the debut album from “Radio Wonderland,” a  weekly live broadcast heard Saturdays at 10:30 am on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, on which Joshua Fried remixes FM radio.  The evening begins with Tom Roe and his daughter Echo Roe, in a reprisal of their recent performance at the international radio art festival, Radio Revolten in Halle, Germany.  “Crazed” is the improvised musical project of Hudson’s Max Hamel and Jack Schoonover.  Their live sets and recorded output utilize unconventional sounds and rhythms.  Late night hours will feature sounds from Hudson-based DJ Fulathela – A modest admission fee, payable at the door, benefits Wave Farm.  The event will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM and Wave Farm Radio – Information at 697-7400 or wgxc.org – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Between the two of them, this husband-and-wife duo have the entirety of Americana music flowing through their veins.  While best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Campbell has been a stalwart of the roots-rock scene since the 1970s.  Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured the role of Sara Carter, who was lead singer of the Original Carter Family, in the story of the Carters, “Keep on the Sunny Side,” and appears as Sara in the PBS documentary “Lost Highway,” and in the PBS documentary, “The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Classical Concert in Spencertown – Pianist Dan Shulman and violinist Kaori Washiyama present Melodious Music to Lift the Spirit – The program includes a variety of expressive violin and piano pieces from Tartini baroque to Bartok Romanian dances.  Mozart and Schubert will also be featured – Tickets available at the door – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The Fourth Farming Our Future Conference brings together a diverse audience from the community including established and beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders, and students – The morning begins at 8 am with registration and a light breakfast provided.  Prior to the general session at 9 am, participants will have an opportunity to network with fellow attendees and exhibitors.  Brian Donahue, Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, and Environmental Historian at Harvard Forest, will be the keynote speaker. At Brandeis, he teaches courses on environmental history and sustainable farming and forestry, and chairs the Environmental Studies Program.   His keynote address is entitled “Wildlands, Woodlands, Farmlands, and Communities: Envisioning New England and the Northeast.”  His address is followed by a panel discussion with Amy Klein of Capital Roots, Jesse Tolz of Field Goods, and Brian Donahue himself.   The panel will bring their perspectives on ways that nutritious food can be obtained in the various places they serve. Following the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one of the various workshops planned for the day, such as:  “Land Access Tools to Support Farmers,” led by Terence Duval of the Columbia Land Conservancy; “How Big Does My Business Need To Be,” led by David Rifenburgh from Farm Credit East; “Seed Saving Techniques,” led by Ian from Turtletree Seeds; and “The Journey to Farm Succession,” led by Stephen Hadcock from Cornell Cooperative Extension. – The day will culminate with lunch and a final opportunity for participants to network with each other and with exhibitors. Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/farmingfuture_2100  — For additional information on exhibiting or attending, contact Steve Hadcock at 518-828-3346, ext 106 – 8 am – Taconic Hills Central School, 73 County Route 11-A, Craryville

Sunday, February 26

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus  Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Books Rock! – With authors Peter Aaron and Tony Fletcher – Peter Aaron is Music Editor of Chronogram magazine and front man of the influential New York punk band the Chrome Cranks. He is author of If You Like the Ramones… and The Band FAQ – Tony Fletcher is author of seven non-fiction books including In the Midnight Hours: the Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett, a biography of drummer Keith Moon and a biography of R.E.M.  His latest biography is A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths.  Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Fabulous Versatones – Doing their best to make America great again! – Bring your dancing shoes – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 – Music & dancing from 7 to 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, February 28

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

Nest Wednesday, March 1

Spark Freelancers Event – The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy has teamed with the Freelancers Union to present Spark Freelancer Networking events on the first Wednesday of every month.  The events will meet in a different upstate city each time, starting with this initial meeting in Catskill, then Glens Falls on April 5, and Albany on May 3.  Share your passions and meet people who can help you achieve your goals. This Spark meeting is dedicated to a Freelance Tax Workshop.  Register at upstatecreative.org – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – The HiLo Café, 365 Main Street, Catskill

Long Table Harvest presents a screening of an Agnes Varda film, The Gleaners and I – Proceeds from ticket sales will support the expansion of Long Table Harvest’s Gleaning Program for the 2017 growing season. – A suggested donation will be collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  A second film—Just Eat It by Peg Leg Films– will be shown by Long Table Harvest on March 8. – Information at longtableharvest.org – 7 pm – Time & Space, Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

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

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Ellen Thurston

 

 

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P.S.

Wednesday Community Lunches – Christ Church’s Hospitality Committee has been offering these lunches for 40 years – All are welcome to enjoy a substantial main course, a beverage , and a choice of homemade desserts.  The menu is posted Wednesday morning on a sign on Union Street in front of the entrance to the Parish Hall, or call the Church Office at 828-1329 from 9 am to 1 pm – This week’s meal is Polish sausage, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, with spiced applesauce on the side.  There is no set price for the meal, but all diners are asked to donate according to their ability to pay.  Table service is provided by a volunteer wait staff – Information at 828-1329 – 11:30 am to 1:15 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

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