Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, August 7 to August 15, 2017 and more

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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 Dance on 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)

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

Thursday-Sunday, August 10-13

TSL Films

> The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography – Errol Morris’s loving portrait of an artist too often overlooked in consideration of twentieth-century photography

> 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.

>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.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Spamalot, based on Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  The musical is “inane, irreverent, raucous, a bit bawdy, zany and every kind of incorrect there is.  It is a perfect parody of Broadway musicals…” – This Tony Award-winning musical runs August 10 through 20 – 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

Friday-Saturday, August 11-12

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.

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 – 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

Caleb Teicher & Company “bring a radiant performance of tap, jazz, and modern dance to the PS21 stage.” – Part of the Chatham Dance Festival – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village

Ancram Opera House presents the Obie award-winning We’re Gonne 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 is 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 –  8 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking available on the adjacent lawn.)

FridaySunday, August 11-13

The Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival and Parade presented by Operation Unite Education & Cultural Center

> Thursday, August 10 – A Pre-Festival Dance Workshop with Artichoke Dance Company –Learn a new dance to be performed at the festival on Saturday5 pm at  Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

> Friday, August 11 – A Community Wearable Art Costume & Dance Workshop at Hudson Riverfront Park

> Saturday, August 12 Liberation Parade steps off at Seventh Street Park at 2 pm and moves down Warren Street to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, where

the Festival opens at 3:15 pm – The festival includes performances from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Kuumba Dance & Drum Academy, Rhythm for Life, Hip Hop Juggler, Sweet Life Music Project, High Peak Drummers,  poetry by Ife Cobbins, Hula Hoop Palooza with Vanessa Baehr, and Hip Hop Dance Kids – A Liberate the Earth Community Dance performance will be led by the Artichoke Dance Company – Youth activities will be available from 4 to 6 pm – Sign up for the Talent Show and the Annual Back to School Give-away – Awards as part of Operation Unite’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be presented.

> Sunday, August 13 – Annual Gospel Festival with soloist Rizzo and the Albany District Choir from 4 to 7:30 pm – The evening will conclude with a Sunset Service. 

> Information at 518-828-3612 or 518-821-8150

Saturday, August 12

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! – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – Up River: The Journey Home – An exhibition/installation by Kingsley Parker – For artist Kingsley Parker, the Hudson River has served as a metaphor for his personal and professional journey from New York City to the Hudson Valley.  His 67-foot-long multimedia installation is a “deeply felt and lovingly-executed meditation on the waterway that continues to shape commerce, history, environment, recreation, politics, art, and daily lives in New York State…This installation is his tribute to the immense power of the Hudson River, its impact on the natural world and the communities along its shores, and its profound influence on an artist as his life has changed along with it.”  – On view through September 24 – Information at walnuthillfineart.com or 843-324-56144 to 6 pmWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Just the Facts – Lightfield Festival of Photography & Multimedia Art – Lightfield’s second annual festival features photography and video work by six distinguished artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis B. Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe Strauss, and Masterjia, and a screening of a documentary by director Manfred Kirchheimer. – The exhibition projects delve into the lives of working class people who struggle daily to keep their dignity in a social landscape that is increasingly hostile to immigrants and the working poor.  The festival also looks past common stereotypes to show how marginalized people, largely invisible to mainstream culture, have been left behind by technology and globalization –– The festival runs through September 30.  The Opening Reception includes a Young Photographers Workshop Celebration and an Artist Talk with Stacy Kranitz and Zoe Strauss – Lightfield will honor the young women from Perfect Ten who participated in the Young Photographers Workshop – Artists Kranitz and Strauss will lead a discussion about their Lightfield Festival collaboration, “The Great Divide.” – Free and open to the public – Information at www.lightfield.vu  or call 347-254-00095 pm – Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Summer Exhibition – Featuring works by Jenny Nelson, Stephen Walling, Christopher Engel, Bruce Murphy, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Joe Wheaton & John Griebsch – On view through September 24 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 518-828-19155 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. This Saturday, August 12, the entire café will be transformed into the Kingdom of Florin for a Princess Bride Day – Fight your way through the Fire Swamp, or enjoy a nice MLT, and finish it off with one of Miracle Max’s Miracle Pills (coated in chocolate to make it go down easier.)  Re-live the treasured movie with Westley, the Dread Pirate Roberts, Buttercup, the Princess Bride, and all the other famous (and infamous) characters.  Wear your best costume from the movie, bring your best quotes, and get ready to run from ROUS. – The Princess Bride will be screened at no charge at 5:30 pm – RSVP to ensure that you will have a seat. Call 518-828-5938House 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 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org6 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Openings at Jeff Bailey Gallery
> Jason Middlebrook: Glow An exhibition of new planks and outdoor sculpture – Middlebrook’s planks (from either vertical or horizontal cross sections of trees) bridge divides between painting and sculpture, surface and ornament, and point abstraction back to its roots in naturally occurring pattern….
> Joshua Marsh: Paper Garden – In the fall of 2016, Joshua Marsh spent two months at an artist residency in the mountains of Nikko, Japan.  Aspects of a moss garden there date back centuries.  Its rock walls, indigenous plants, stream and pond fostered the vocabulary for Marsh’s new graphite drawings….
> On view through September 17 – Information at info@baileygallery.com or 518-828-66806 to 8 pm– Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set  presented every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – The featured writers this month are Lee Matthew Goldberg, Claire McMillan  and Laurie Stone
> Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Mentor is out from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press with the film in development. The foreign translations will be published in French and Slovakia. His debut novel Slow Down is a neo-noir thriller. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Visit  leematthewgoldberg.com
>   Claire McMillan is the author of The Necklace (from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, July 2017) andGilded Age, inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.  She currently lives on her husband’s family’s farm near Cleveland with their two children. Visit https://clairemcmillan.com
> Laurie Stone’s latest book is My Life as an Animal: Stories. Her work has appeared in Fence, Open City, and Creative Nonfiction, among numerous other journals. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice and has received two NYFA grants, among other awards. – Visit lauriestonewriter.com
> The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Amanda Taylor.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French. – Information at Volume’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or 917-535-8225 7 pm — Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening/Vernissage – Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions”rsvp@nextofkinshow.com – Information at 718-450-68017 to 10 pmHudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist  and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 295 to 7 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Hudson-Chatham Winery presents its 10th Annual Sangria & Jazz Festival – Five fresh sangrias for tasting, live jazz by Patricia Dalton & the Jazz Colleagues, Mexican food from The Taste Box, homemade cheesecakes, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, and glittery face painting – Bring a chair or blanket – Information at www.hudsonchathamwinery.com or call 518-392-9463 – 11 am to 6 pm – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent

Kinderhook Walks/A History of Place , a free series of interpretative walks, wraps up its inaugural series with Walk 5, entitled “Native Son: Martin Van Buren.” America’s eighth POTUS was a native and resident of Kinderhook and the walk will be led by Gregg Berninger of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. 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 518-758-6192 – 9 am – Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook.

Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13

Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision byJuror 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 13

Guerrilla Basilica Improvisations – A world music avant-garde celebration to welcome the newest international musician residents in the Art Omi residency program – As part of their initial weekend together, the musicians will participate in a Cagean game of “guerrilla improvisations”—performing on the spot in spontaneously created ensembles picked from a hat by members of the audience.  – Information at basilicahudson.org2 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Hudson Jazzworks with Special Guest Guitarist Freddie Bryant – Now in its 11th year, pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas’ Hudson Jazz Workshop culminates with a concert at Hudson Hall featuring guitarist Freddie Bryant.  A member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra, and his own group, Kaleidoscope, Bryant here performs with Donelian and Mommaas alongside an international line-up of workshop participants  – Free for students 18 and under – Information at 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org  – Concert at 4:30 is preceded by a free talk with the artists at 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Rogovoy Salon presents Jen Chapin, “celebrated for writing ‘brilliant soulfully poetic urban folk music’…for well over a decade…” – Seth Rogovoy, explaining why he chose Chapin for his monthly Salon, says “Jen is a remarkable songwriter, an untouchable vocalist, and one of our greatest song interpreters…While to some extent to the manor born, Jen has totally carved out her own unique path, with her vocals that owe as much to jazz artists including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Cassandra Wilson as to any folk singers; her compositions that are likewise infused with soul influences of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Motown sound; all delivered as if she were a new-folk singer-songwriter, except that she’s not.  She defies genre in a similar way to her fellow Brooklynite, Norah Jones.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next 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

Next Tuesday, August 15

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

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series –The Visitor – A lonely, widowed college professor discovers a young couple living in his New York apartment, who are undocumented immigrants from Syria and Senegal. – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218:30 pm– PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

LOOKING AHEAD

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 518-822-1014 – 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 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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