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. 

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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.

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

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Ellen Thurston

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