Art Events in Hudson NY July 17 to July 23, 2017


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The Month of July

The Find Waldo Hudson Scavenger Hunt is well under way, with some 35 Hudson businesses participating.  From July 1 to 31, children can pick up a “passport” at any participating business, identified by an iconic “Where’s Waldo” on the window or door.  Once the passport is obtained the hunt begins.  A miniature Waldo will be hidden somewhere in each of the thirty-five businesses.  When found by the child, his or her passport is marked for that particular business.  After visiting each business and finding Waldos all over town, the completed passport can be entered in a drawing for a basket of “goodies” donated by Hudson businesses.  The drawing will take place at a party for all those who completed their passports.   The party will be held on July 31 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tuesday, July 18

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

Stephen Petronio in conversation with Ralph Lemon and Jimena Paz – Join celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio in conversation with Jimena Paz and National Medal of Arts awardee Ralph Lemon.  Stephen, Ralph, and Jimena will share video and stories about their creative process and inspirations at Crows Nest, a new dance residency center established by Petronio in Cairo, NY – Free and open to the public; reservations recommended – Information at or call 518-822-14387 pmWest Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series— Moscow on the Hudson – When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale’s department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.  Starring Robin Williams – A free program presented by PS21 – Information at or 518-392-61218:30 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Wednesday, July 19

Just when you notice the cupboard is bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October –Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.com4 to 7 pmUpstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, July 20

Film, Slides and a Presentation: Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Issues of Reentry with Program Leader Joan E. Hunt, Director of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood –This is the fourth and final presentation in the Thursday Evening Program series meant to provide opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice. – These programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP by email to is appreciated – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to – 6 pm to 7:30 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Luke Temple / Cassandra Jenkins / Jonny Fritz – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 8 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23

TSL Films

> Kedi (2016) – 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

> Michelangelo: Love and Death – “…a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of the great artist.”

> Hare Krishna! – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq – “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story – “…the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

>The Hero – Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.

>Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense – “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Playwright Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen starts its tour in Catskill – “If you’ve never seen Copenhagen, it’s hard to imagine that a play in which three dead people discuss atomic physics could be electrifying and intensely emotional.  Yet this riveting drama, full of crackle and vitality, delivers a literary and theatrical punch that stays with you long after the curtain has fallen….On the surface, Copenhagen turns around a mysterious 1941 meeting between the esteemed Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his former pupil, the German scientist Werner Heisenberg.  Old friends who had revolutionized atomic science during the 1920s, they are now on opposite sides of a world war.  But the science, it turns out, is merely a vehicle, a metaphor for a wrenching probe into deeply human quandaries and contradictions.” — The play is directed by Ellen Honig – The play’s first run is this week at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm – Tickets at or at the door a half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis – Information at 518-943-3894 –  Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill  (The play travels to Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock in August, and the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in September –  Information at 845-489-3975 or by email to )

The Holler Sessions – This is the final week of The Holler Sessions, written and performed by Frank Boyd, and created in collaboration with the TEAM and Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin as consulting director– The play is staged as a live radio show, and centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz.  Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio, with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. – “Embodied with respect and ferocity by Frank Boyd…Ray radiates a hard-core obsessiveness that’s both scary and contagious.”—Ben Brantley, The New York TimesCritic’s Pick – Information and tickets at or 518-329-0114 – Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 7 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Saturday Night Fever, “the most requested show of the season” “…a disco inferno of a show that will have you dancing down memory lane for three happy

weeks…” – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round,  runs through Sunday, July 23 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292

or  – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 21

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting –  Maria Clark from Polaner Imports will be pouring a selection of affordable wines perfect for summer parties – Information at or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering where visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal. – Sher Stevens is hosting.  Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – Our speaker will be Greene County Council on the Arts Grants Coordinator Margaret Uhalde. To qualify for a Community Arts Grant or an Individual Artist’s grant, the applicant must attend a mandatory informational workshop.  Margaret will be offering the workshop for the attendees at this month’s dinner.  It is recommended that artists attend the Potluck/informational workshop even if they are not sure if they  will be applying for a grant.  Ms. Uhalde will answer questions about the grant program at the dinner.  If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

Story Slam with Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff – This is the kick-off event for Rally in the Valley, based on Planned Parenthood’s slogan “Care. No matter what.”  Features Hudson’s favorite drag queen Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff, founder of The Mosquito Story Slam – Audience members who drop their name in the hat, will be picked at random during the show, to tell 5-minute true stories related to the theme of “No Matter What.”  The stories will be told, not read.  No notes will be used on stage. A maximum of 10 storytellers will be picked at random to share their stories with the audience.  Entry fee included with gold supporter wristband.  All proceeds benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.  – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 7:45 pm to 9:15 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Western Centuries – Seattle is best known for giving the world grunge-rock, but apparently some musicians there are equally influenced by American roots music, country, and rock ‘n’ roll.  – Western Centuries is comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller, R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger. Western Centuries combines all its members’ influences and styles into an original take on American roots-rock.  The group brings its upbeat, honkytonk dance numbers, its lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between to Helsinki – Information at 518-828-4800 or – Doors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dishwasher Dreams – In his one-man show, actor and writer Aladdin Ullah draws on the story of his father, Habib, a steamship worker from East Bengal, who jumped ship and made his way to New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, settled in Harlem in the 1930s, and worked for years as a dishwasher and line cook.   Aladdin explores his father’s life as well as his own childhood growing up in East Harlem in the 1970s and 80s.  Accompanied by tabla player Avi Sharma, Ullah tells the story with a deep sense of humor, drama, and empathy for the American immigrant experience – Information at or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Friday-Saturday, July 21-22

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Exhibition Opening – Rally in the Valley: Act 1 – An anonymous exhibition of small works by emerging and established artists, with artists’ names revealed after works are purchased  – Organized by Kristen Dodge & Dawn BreezeProceeds to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – Information and full schedule at – Preview on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; exhibition and sale on Saturday from 5 to 7 pmCommon Council Room at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents Hi, Ho, Robin Hood Robin Hood and his band of merry men are robbing the rich to help the poor people of Nottingham.  Prince John, who is ruling while King Richard is on a crusade, is taxing people right out of their homes!  The Sheriff of Nottingham can’t catch the clever bandits…Will King Richard return in time to save all of Nottingham, and the merry band?  – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 29 – – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

FridaySunday, July 21-23

Rally in the Valley – Three days of art, education and action in support of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – See listings for “Story Slam” and “Act 1”  (above) and  “Hot Pink” (below)  – Information at

MONUMENT – The dance work MONUMENT combines beautifully revived works by legends of modern dance with original choreography by Hudson-based dance artist Adam H. Weinert. – With ingenuity, reverence, and grace, Weinert and an ensemble of stellar dancers, perform classic solos by Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon and Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn.  Weinert’s work then transports audiences to a new world that is “impressive, strange, a puzzle you want to solve, a social order changing before your eyes.”—The New York Times – For these performances, composer/performer Chris Garneau returns to Hudson to perform live, set to perfectly paced piano-led compositions with Garneau’s “dangerously beautiful voice.”—The New Yorker – Information and tickets at or call 518-822-1438Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday, July 22

Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson – The Bees Knees will be hosting silhouette artist Erik Johnson, a highly skilled, third generation artist who learned the craft from his father.  Within minutes, Johnson hand cuts each silhouette by just looking at the subject’s profile.  You’ll have an amazing keepsake of you, your child, significant other, etc.  Sign-ups are free.  Go to — Framing is available – Information at 518-697-0888The Bee’s Knees, 725 Warren Street

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Add to the season’s bounty—Tomatoes!  Meet this year’s new vendors:   the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Cosby Gibson performs in the Music Tent – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and available on the second Saturday of each month, through October – Tour one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. This gem still has its spiral staircase, working fog bell, and wonderful architecture – Learn its history and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family who lived on the lighthouse.  The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active aid for navigation for water traffic. –  Reservations for  the tour are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.hudsoncruises.comor by calling  888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to or call 518-828-5294 – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pmand  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour –Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. —  In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part I: Millennium  Approaches – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-84481 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

OLANA ’67: A Public Work of Art – The Olana Summer Party – Imagine 1967 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the date when Olana opened as a public work of art on June 3, 1967. – Top regional chefs will create 1967-inspired hors d’oeuvres and a DJ will spin tunes from this era on Olana’s East Lawn – Information at –  Host Committee Reception from 5 pm to 6 pm; Main Cocktail Event from 6 to 8 pmEast Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9-G, Hudson

John Davis Gallery Exhibition Opening – The work of five artists will be shown – Main Galleries & Sculpture Garden – Animula:  Bruce Gagnier; Carriage House, Ground Floor – in paper, in boxes: Pamela J. Wallace; Carriage House, Second Floor – Paintings: Peter Bonner; Carriage House, Third Floor – Paintings: Benjamin Pritchard ; Carriage House, Fourth Floor – Paintings: McWillie Chambers – All on view through August 13 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Deadly Dragon Sound – Information at 518-828-15628 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hot Pink – Hosted by Rally in the Valley – Hot Pink is an inclusive + sweaty dance party to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood presented by Heavy Flow, an all-female identifying DJ lineup including  Jennifer Haley, Sis, DJ Shanny,  and SVB – Discounted admission at the door if you wear a pink costume – Information at rallyinthevalley.org9 pm to 1 am – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street

Art Omi Dance Salon – This annual event is a forum for the Art Omi Dance residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month – The Salon offers an intimate evening of live performance by dancers from around the world, set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artists’ work at the start of the residency program – This year’s dance residents are from Palestine, Republic of the Congo, Singapore/Philippines, United States, Canada, Australia, France, India, and Spain/UK – Free and open to the public, no reservation required – Information at www.artomi.orgor 518-392-4747 –   5 pm – Studio Barns, Art Omi, intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent

Valatie Village-Wide Tag Sale – Maps of participating tag sale addresses available at local stores in the village including Great Finds in the Millhouse, Upper Main Street; Mario’s Home Center on Route 9; and Hennessy Insurance and JGA Antiques on Main Street.  Check out tag sales all over the Village for fabulous finds including antiques, collectibles, toys, books, clothing, housewares, tools, and more.  Lunch is available in the Village at restaurants and cafes along Main Street and Route 9 – Sponsored by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association (VERA) – Information and maps at or VERAvalatie on facebook – 8 am to 2 pm – Village of Valatie

The 12th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations – Information at or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Sunday, July 23

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit three gardens in Spencertown, Austerlitz, and Canaan – Admission fee paid at each garden

> Garden of Linda Horn – Artist Linda Horn began to create a one-acre native meadow/prairie when she and her husband moved to the area – Owner and artist Linda Horn, land stewardship designer Barbara Hughey, and landscape designer Heather Grimes will be on hand to introduce guests to Linda’s dynamic landscape, discuss the concepts and practices of landscape restoration, and provide practical ideas for creating healthy, beautiful, and low maintenance native ecosystems – 10 am to 2 pm – 5015 County Route 7, Spencertown

> Steepletop – Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Garden – Named for the wildflower found in its high fields – 10 am to 4:30 pm – 440 East Hill Road, Austerlitz

> Rockland Farm – The garden is comprised of a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres  – 10 am to 4 pm – 180 Stony Kill Road, Canaan

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Read & Feed – Basilica Hudson, in partnership with the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) presents its second annual celebration of literature and foodThis year the festival celebrates the legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.  An all-star, twenty-person marathon reading of John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run is preceded by a gathering of poetry luminaries explaining “How to Love Reading Ashbery” – Also featured are acclaimed food writers and chefs – Some performances bring literature and food together, such as Whiting Award-winning poetry superstars Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performing and talking poetry, food and music, while cooking up collard greens and salmon cakes – Celebrated cookbook authors and restaurateurs have conversations with literary chefs about food, memory and the senses – A cooking masterclass taught by Barbara “Barb the Butcher” Fisher teaches  how to make sausage – Delicious and affordable South Indian cuisine created by Rohan Kamicheril of the popular Tiffin food blog is offered in the new Community Café, and  a marketplace of local, independent literary publishers and artisanal food vendors is available.  – Information and schedule at basilicahudson.org12 noon to 5 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

The Velocity of Geography – A staged reading of James Farrell’s new play – The play explores the complexities of experience behind the story of a father and daughter who emigrate from Romania to New York City in 1988, fleeing the oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu – Directed by Robert Zukerman – Information at or call 518-392-6121 – 2 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

I / O – A collective of world class musicians exploring original and reworked compositions by contemporary artists – Featured musicians are: Rachel Z, a jazz and rock pianist and keyboardist who is considered one of the most influential and versatile musical forces of her generation; David Gilmore, a highly regarded session jazz guitarist and composer; Erik Lawrence, a gifted saxophonist and flutist; Scott Petito, the group’s bassist and composer, with a long list of live and recorded performance credits; Roberto Rodriguez, percussionist, composer, and arranger; and Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose unique blending of Latin and Jewish music has created a whole new hybrid. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comDoors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


*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 – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at or 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, 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 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.

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