Art Events in Hudson and beyond, August 2 to August 8, 2017 and on

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All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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The Month of August

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents its annual Chatham Dance Festival. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance includes performances by Parsons Dance on August 4 and 5, Caleb Teicher and Company on August 11 and 12, Monica Bill Barnes & Company on August 18 and 19, Ephrat Asherie Danceon August 25 and 26, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists on September 2 and 3. It all takes place at PS21’s performance tent.  In addition to concert performances, several dance workshops will be offered, including Jamal Jackson and Frank Malloy’s popular West African Dance and Drum Workshop. In addition, Parsons Dance will be in residence at PS21 for four weeks, during which they will offer dance workshops, open rehearsals, and a Just for Fun program for children, in addition to the two performances.  Information and schedule at ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-6121. To order tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006 – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Wednesday-Thursday, August 2-3

The Home School Poetry Readings – The public is invited to hear poet participants from The Home School read their work – Information at 518-822-84487:30 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Wednesday-Sunday, August 2-6

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 Wednesday through Sunday this week, the last week of the run.  – Performance times vary; tickets are available for both matinee and evening performances –– Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

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

Thursday, August 3

Exhibition Opening – Making Art (Great) Again – Alon Koppel, an artist based in the village of Catskill, is Basilica’s latest artist-in-residence.  Alon will explore ideas of truth and fiction in the current political landscape in photography.  He will present various projects touching on the 2016 general election and its aftermath.  As part of the residency he will explore a visual dialog with Hudson residents which will be presented in the Back Gallery in various forms once the residency ends – Information at basilicahudson.org/ —  6  to 9 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – A gripping documentary exploring the plight of a Chinese-American family-run bank—the only US bank to be prosecuted in the wake of the financial crisis – Presented in collaboration with Chris Boekmann of the True/False Film Fest – Part of the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series – Information at basilicahudson.org 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Friday, August 4

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting – Representatives from Catskill Distilling Company will be pouring their small batch Bourbon, Rye, and Buckwheat Whiskey  – Accompanying nibbles – Free and open to the public –  Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Your Turn: A Collaborative Art Show – All work exhibited was created through a series of collaborative art making workshops led in July by working artists Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose – On view through September 4 – Free and open to the public – Information at info@hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-1792 x 1015 to 7 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Marc Cohn –“After winning a Grammy Award for ‘Walking in Memphis,’ Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.  He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales… Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him ‘one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade.’” – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, August 4-5

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents The Wizard of Oz,  a musical version of the beloved L. Frank Baum tale with all the familiar characters and songs –10:30 am this Friday and Saturday, as well as on August 11 and 12– Group rates are available – Mac-Haydn offers free tickets to children of military personnel and veterans; bring service identification to obtain these – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org  – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Ancram Opera House presents the Obie award-winning We’re Gonna Die, written by Young Jean Lee. The play, by one of the most adventurous new playwrights to emerge on the New York scene in years, is part pop/indie rock cabaret, and part storytelling, and examines the universal experience of life’s unavoidable truths.  A singer takes the stage, backed by her band, and tells slyly humorous stories about the one thing we all have in common.  The play with live music boldly explores some of life’s darkest moments with humor and insight.  The singer is played by multi-talented actor Maria-Christina Oliveras, who has extensive theatre, TV and film credits – The band backing up Ms. Oliveras will be the Hudson Valley’s own Reliable Tom, led by New York based sound artist and composer Monte Weber.  The play’s original music is written by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas  – Adam Green in Vogue calls the play “…A goofily grim and oddly uplifting meditation by one of the most restlessly experimental—and widely entertaining—writer-directors working in theater today.” –Tickets and information at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 518-329-0114 – (Also playing next Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12.) – 8 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking available on the adjacent lawn.)

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.

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6

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.”

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.

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

>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”

> I am the Blues – “…takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and the moonshine-soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill country, visiting blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday….”

> In Pursuit of Silence Begins with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4.33, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into quiet spaces of hearts….”

> Beatriz at Dinner – “As opposing worldviews collide over a dinner table, Beatriz’s pent up outrage spills out in a way that surprises even herself.  Stars Salma Hayek.

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

29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many.  Campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting – Single, three-day, and camping tickets available, as are senior, student and military discounts – Children under 12 admitted free.  Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, activities for kids, a delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, a Dance Tent, and over 50 vendors plying their handmade or fair trade wares – Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Zydeco and more – A Thursday, pre-Fest Tasting brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage –The fest begins at noon on Friday – Information, tickets, and directions at FalconRidgeTickets or call 860-364-0366 –  Dodd’s Farm, 44 County Road 7D, North Hillsdale

Saturday, August 5

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Green beans, corn, tomatoes of all kinds and colors, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has fruit pies and tarts. – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing has organic sweet corn, and Northern Star has sheepskin fleeces available – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! –The Wickers Creek Band is cooking up some traditional bluegrass music in the Music Tent  – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Americana & English Auction – This sale of Americana and English decorative and fine art provides an opportunity to experience a variety of categories anchored around Americana from the 18th century to today.  The sale incorporates influences that illustrate the story of America, including the important connections with English and European traditions.  Featured is art from the American west as well as traditional wares and garden ornaments perfect for a country house conceived in a classic English style.  Stately portraits alongside a curated selection of tables, chairs and decorations are among the highlights of the sale.  Folk art and Latin American works of art demonstrate America’s creative spirit with bold colors and simple designs to create a pop of color when paired with furniture inspired by the Aesthetic Movement – An exceptional selection of clocks and rare books are also on offer in a range of tastes to suit every collector. – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 518-751-1000 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Grids, Drips and the Drawn Line: Paintings by Nancy Felcher  –  On view through August 27 – with Guest Artist Peter Head – Also showing gallery artists – Live music by Sam Rosen – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

House Rules Café steps up its game (Pun intended!), offering a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults
> 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.\
> 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
> Monday Afternoons (Starting August 31) a few tables will be reserved for those wishing to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
> Coming in August – From August 5 through 12 the Café will be participating in gishwhes (www.gishwhes.com), a worldwide scavenger hunt that combines kindness, art, community service, and creativity. >  August 12, the entire café will be transformed into the Kingdom of Florin for our Princess Bride Day – Prepare to dine!
> Information at http://www.houserulescafe.com or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Halaburda:  Contemporary Paintings on Cardboard – “Philippe Halaburda’s highly unusual body of work is inspired by his 2015 move to New York City, when he made the daring decision to paint on cardboard, a material easily acquired in the streets of Brooklyn.  Flattened packages, tubes used for carpet or fabrics, and even cereal boxes provided an exciting deviation from traditional shapes and canvas surfaces and increased the urban narrative of Halaburda’s work.  The works on cardboard seem to channel the metropolitan energy of New York.  Applying the language of abstract expressionism has created intense, emotional paintings while retaining a fierce sense of identity and independence.  With each painting, Halaburda embarks on an improvisational journey, the outcome being vivid, rhythmic compositions of geometric shapes and staccato brushstrokes, always spontaneous yet precisely executed….” – On view through the month of September – Information at 646-483-9109 or by email to frg@frgdesignart.com –   5:30-8:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

Booked for the Evening – Hudson Area Library’s Third Annual Summer Celebration – Eat – Mingle – Drink – Dance – Shop – Contribute – Information and tickets by email to info@hudsonarealibrary.org   or 518-828-1792 6 pm – A beautifully restored barn setting just minutes from Hudson

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part 1: Millenium Approaches – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org 6 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening/Vernissage – Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions” – rsvp@nextofkinshow.com – Information at 718-450-6801 7 to 10 pm – Hudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

Don Byron & Friends –“ Don Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from gospel to cartoon music, from klezmer to Duke Ellington, from Afro-Cuban to hard-rock/metal to the funk-drenched R&B sounds of Junior Walker.  Byron expands his musical exploration of early soul, featuring the music of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Walker”  in this performance at Club Helsinki –  Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com 9  pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunset on the River – Friends of Clermont’s Summer Gala honoring Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism – Music by the local Americana duo Moonshine Holler – Information at 518-537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org5:30 to 7:30 pm – Clermont, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

Art Omi Dance Showing – Art Omi dance residents share works created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Art Omi.  The residency emphasizes process over product, so the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces.  Each year’s iteration varies, but almost always involve site-specific performance events leading hundreds of visitors throughout Art Omi’s beautiful campus – Information at 518-392-4747 or by email to info@artomi.org2 pm – Art Omi, The Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Kinderhook Walks/A History of Place –  A free series of informative talks while walking with an expert around the Village of Kinderhook, moves into its fourth week with a walk entitled “Early European Immigration” led by historians Sally and Bruce Naramore.   The walks leave at 9 am from the Kinderhook Library and last approximately one hour. Walkers are reminded to come dressed for the outdoors and to wear sturdy shoes. In case of rain, the talk will be held inside the Library.  The walk can also be followed live on facebook.com/kinderhookwalks – Information at 518-758-61929 am – Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook.

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6

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 davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Sunday, August 6

Hudson, NY-Ketermaya, Lebanon: Closer Than You Think – A special community screening of Lucas Jedrzejak’s documentary Ketermaya.  In the camp of Ketermaya, children play and dream, just like any other children, but beneath the surface, things are not so easy for these Syrian kids who have fled fighting, chemical weapons and chaos.  On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria, but life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy.  Disrupted education, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily.  The film is an important portrait of family and childhood innocence, an important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances. Filmmaker Lucas Jedrzejak will be present for an introduction and Q&A –  Immediately following the screening of Ketermaya a second documentary short, by Don Downey will be shown.  This second film records the interaction between Hudson schoolchildren and those at the refugee camp.  Through an organization called The Hudson-Ketermaya Connection, Hudson schoolchildren and young Muslim students are joined through a PenPal program – Translated letters will go back and forth between the children throughout the school year.  Correspondence will nurture reading and writing skills in both communities, while developing long-range awareness and friendships – Music written for the children by Ryder Cooley of Dust Bowl Faeries will be performed, and an interfaith orchestra and the Operation Unite Children’s Chorus will also perform.  Food by Taste of India and ice cream by Mr. Dingaling  will be available for purchase – All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ketermaya refugee camp for Syrian children and families. –  Event starts at 4 pm; screenings at 4:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Landing Day Celebration at Mount Lebanon – A commemoration of Landing Day, marking the Shakers’ arrival in America.  Landing Day represents the beginning of the American story of the Shakers.  August 6, 1774 is traditionally marked by the Shakers as the day that Ann Lee and her small group of followers landed in America, at the time comprised of several colonies of the British Empire and in the midst of growing political unrest.  It was in this new land that Mother Ann, as she is known to Shakers, established the Shaker Church just outside of Albany, New York before founding their first organized community at New Lebanon.  As part of the celebration, The Shaker Museum will be free and open to the public between 11 am and 2 pm, offering tours at 11 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. – In addition to free tours, the museum will be hosting Hop2o, an artisanal soda brewed from hops grown locally in Lebanon Springs, NY.  Attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to win a Shaker oval box and a four-pack of Hop2o, as well as an Individual  level membership in the Museum. – The celebration is free and open to the public – Attendees can reserve their spot for a free tour at https://shakerml.org/collections/online-tour-booking.  During checkout, use discount LANDINGDAY. – Information at 518-794-9100 x22011 am to 2 pm – Historic Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Special Event – A screening of ChurchillThis new film will be introduced by British actor Brian Cox who plays Churchill in the film, He will also be available to answer questions after the screening – Critic Peter Biskind says: “Winston Churchill is conspicuous by his absence from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but Churchill more than makes up for it.  The moment is the end of World War II, not the beginning, as the Allies prepare for Operation Overlord, the invasion of France meant to roll back the German armies across Europe.  This is not the Churchill to whom we are accustomed, the brilliant orator and inspiration to his people, but a depressed and frightened man, ground down by years of war, on the verge of collapse.  Dogged by a speech impediment and haunted by the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli that occurred on his watch in 1915, he fears that the Normandy invasion will fail, and does everything in his power to derail it.  The film tells the  untold story of the role played by his wife Clementine in rescuing him from the trough of despond and preparing him for the heroic role in which history had cast him….” – Information at movies@crandelltheatre.org12 noon – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

 

SundayMonday, August 6-7

Hack the Library program for Tweens & Teens – A free, two-day intensive workshop for 9 to 17-year olds who will learn how to create works of art including music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones – Youth participants will collaborate with digital art professionals currently working in the field and will create a new website hosted on newhive.com on site at the Library. – The program is free to all participants; registration is on a first come/first served basis – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or by email to smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.orgBreakfast and lunch will be provided during the sessions. – 10 am to 4 pm each day – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Monday, August 7

21st Annual Columbia Memorial Four-Ball Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament– Help raise money for Columbia Memorial Health and enjoy a great day on the course – Information at 518-828-8239 –  Columbia Golf & Country Club, 295 Route 217, Claverack

Next Tuesday, August 8

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 pmPerformance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This Spotty Dog quiz night has been held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 6:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series –Avalon – A Polish-Jewish family comes to the US at the beginning of the twentieth century to make themselves a better future. – Directed by Barry Levinson as a valentine to his immigrant grandparents –Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-6121 – 8:30  pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO

Monday, August 14

Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its August meeting in Hudson.  Agenda items include: The House bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, now at 50 members (25 Republicans, 25 Democrats); The monthly call—this month to noted environmentalist, author, and activist Paul Hawken; Our work with farmers; Efforts to support a statewide carbon tax; Media successes (radio interview, letters to the editor); Lobbying our members of Congress; Endorsement work; Tabling and presentation – Information at 518-672-7901 – (People who are coming to a CCL meeting for the first time are asked to come at 5:30 for a brief orientation to the organization.) 6 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Saturday, August 19

If you live within the 518 telephone area code, beginning August 19, you must “dial” ten digits (the area code and the number) on any call you make—even if you are calling a 518 number.  Beginning August 19 your call will not go through if you have not dialed the area code. Miss Buttinsky or some heartless robot will come on the line and tell you to hang up and try again.  Start practicing now!  Don’t panic. You will still use only three digits when dialing 911.

Wednesday, August 30 through Monday, September 4

Columbia County Fair – “Family Fun for 177 Years” – A demolition derby, pig races, Monster tractor pull, a rodeo, daily livestock events, a holiday cookie contest, talent shows, and a Travis Tritt concert on Sunday, September 3 at 7 pm – Ride discounts every day – Admission includes parking and ALL entertainment –  Kids under 12 admitted free – Info at columbiafair.com – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

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 – 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 hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014The 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 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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