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


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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 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 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  – 9 pmOR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

For the Love of House – DJ Tedd Patterson – Information at 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

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 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 – 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 – 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 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 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 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 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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Ellen Thurston

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