Art Events in Hudson NY July 24 to August 1, 2017


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 Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29

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

> 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.

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

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, the gripping story of “The Demon Barber of Fleet  Street,” set to a lush Stephen Sondheim score – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round,  runs Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 6 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or  – Ticketsavailable for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 28

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting – A selection of all natural wines—both red and white—from the heart of classic regions will be available for tasting.  Starring will be organic and biodynamic wines from the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace.  A 10% alcohol Grolleau imported by Kermit Lynch, Camille Rivieres’ sparkling Petnat, and more.  Also small bites, cheese, good neighbors, all free! – Information at or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, July 28-29

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.

Friday-Sunday, July 28-30

Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend:
> Friday – The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African- American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a twist—the singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, “played as you have never heard it played before.” – 8 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

> Saturday – The Sisters of Slide – Two beloved masters of slide, five-time Blues Music Award winner Rory Block, and Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar, offer an exceptional evening of the blues – 8 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

> Sunday – A Gospel Choir Fest at ChurchLIVE – A gathering of local gospel choirs hosted by Chatham’s Payne AME Church Choir and Rory Block at ChurchLIVE – Four gospel choirs gather from area churches to rejoice and share music of worship and celebration.  In addition to Chatham’s Payne AME Church, choirs from Hudson, Kingston and Albany will present the best of their musical offerings.  The public is invited to enjoy great gospel music and meet the choir members at the reception that follows.  No entrance fee. Donations gratefully accepted for participating choirs – 2 pm – ChurchLIVE, located at The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center

> Information, tickets and schedule at or 518-392-6121

Saturday, July 29

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Today in the market—corn, cherry tomatoes, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has plain peach, peach raspberry, and peach blueberry pies as well as sour cherry pies and apple pies – Also, vegetarian quiches and frittatas – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing has organic sweet corn, and Northern Star has new sheepskin fleeces available – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! – Sauerkraut Seth performs in the Music Tent  and St. Catherine’s Center for Children is in the Community Tent.   – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

This Saturday House Rules Café steps up its game (Pun intended!), offering a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults

> Pokemon GO! – Walk: Start at House Rules Café.  Walk around Hudson.  Hatch some Eggs, Raid some gyms.  Fight a Legendary Pokemon.  Come back to House Rules, charge your phone, and grab a lunch box.  This will go on all day.

> Representatives of the charity called Extra Life, which uses gaming to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, will be on hand to discuss the organization and how Hudson can help – From 11 am to 2 pm

> Demonstration of a new-to-us game, Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game where a group of heroes work together to defeat a villain.  The characters are all based on a fictional comic book universe that was created solely for the game itself.  Anyone who loves the Marvel and DC movies will adore this game.  Very easy to learn, and House Rules will be running regular sessions of it.

> Ongoing Events – On Wednesday Nights, tables are reserved for Mah Jongg – People at all levels of experience come together to play – From 5:30 to 8:30 pm

> Information at or call 518-828-5938 House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part 2: Perestroika – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-84481 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Reading – Local author Sam J. Miller celebrates the release of his debut Young Adult (YA)  novel, with a reading from the book—The Art of Starving—to be published by Harper-Collins this month. Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, the book tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder.  The book has been described as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.’—Book Riot. In a synopsis of the book, the publisher says that Matt has discovered that “the less he eats the more he seems to have…powers.  The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see.  The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s head.  Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.  So what is lunch really, compared to the secrets of the universe?” – The event is free and open to the public – The reading will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments – Copies of the book will be available for purchase – Information at or 518-828-1792 x 1012 pm to 3:30 pmTeen Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision by Juror Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA – On view through August 27– Information at or 518-567-40565 to 7 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Screening of Hudson NY Shorts – A Short Film Festival – Program 1 at 5:30 pm; Program 2 at 7:30 pm – Information at 518-822-8448 or  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

My Second Farewell Concert – Linda Lavin, making a record breaking fourth appearance in Helsinki on Broadway, returns with an all new show and her five-piece band led by the incomparable Billy Stritch on piano. It’s the American Songbook with a jazzy twist and its Linda Lavin telling show biz tales about her life and loves as only this Tony Award-winning actress can – With Special Guest Star, the fabulous jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein.  It’s a midsummer’s night party you won’t want to miss. – Presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information and tickets at  518-828-4800 or  – 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

SWAY with DJ Brian DeGraw – The Music of  The Smiths & Morrissey, and other selections – 21+ – Information at 518-828-156210 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Starry Road to Freedom – A one man show about the life and legacy of famed former slave, abolitionist, and orator Frederick Douglass – Starring the show’s creator, Phil Darius Wallace –The play explores Douglass’ life from childhood to his career as a diplomat and statesman told through monologues, poetry, and song, and is an opportunity to meet the quintessential self-made man – Children under 12 admitted free – The play is performed outdoors and is followed by Q&A with the play’s star and local historians exploring Douglass’ role in the suffrage and other civil rights movements– Information by e-mail to info@friendsofclermont.org3 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

Exhibition Opening – woods//words explores the woods as a place of inspiration in both literature and in art – Information at 518-672-7140 or to 7 pm – Art School of Columbia County, 1198 Route 21C, Ghent

Sunday, July 30

18th Annual Blueberry Festival – Presented by the Austerlitz Historical Society – This ever-popular event features early 19th – Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing demonstrations, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans.  New this year is a special “Natural Fiber Arts” area with a focus on wool, linen, and other natural fibers, including handmade arts, crafts, yarn, fabrics, and dyes.  As always, there will be blueberries galore and a special blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods. – There is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.. – No pets, please. – Rain or shine – Information by email to or call 518-392-0062 – 9 am to 4 pm – Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz

Next Tuesday, August 1

Living Poetry at the Library – Two acclaimed younger African-American poets, Harmony Holiday and Douglas Kearney, will present an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance in an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany; Fence, a biannual literary journal and publisher; the Hudson Area Library; and the Poetry Home School.  Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry “that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose.” – Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or 7 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series – The Immigrant – Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from the island’s infirmary and Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as a shady businessman.  “For all its historical density and specificity, The Immigrant is among the most painful and powerfully intimate of movies.” – Information at or 518-392-6121 – 8:30  pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)


*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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Ellen Thurston

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