Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, January 29 to February 6, 2018 and on


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Monday, January 29 through Sunday, February 4, 2018

Films at TSL:

> The Disaster Artist – The tragi-comic true story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider, Tommy Wiseau – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay in the 2018 Academy Awards.

> In the Fade – Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress—Diane Kruger.  Katja’s life falls apart when her husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack.

> Frank Serpico – (2017) — In the 1970s, one man stood up to the entire New York City police force.  Hailed as a hero, hated by others, Officer Frank Serpico made headlines when he blew the whistle on a culture of corruption in the department.  His one-man crusade for police reform inspired the Al Pacino classic that bears his name, but the real saga is as gripping as anything Hollywood could dream up.  Now, Serpico tells his story in his own words.  Featuring music by Jack White and interviews with Serpico’s associates and admirers, this is an inspiring, all-access portrait of a courageous man who refused to betray his ideals.

> Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – (2017) – What does the most ravishing actress of the 1930s and 40s have in common with an inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology?  They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course.  From Hedy’s beginnings as a Jewish émigré, to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film, Ecstasy, to her ground-breaking and uncredited inventions, to her latter years as a recluse, Bombshell tells the story of a woman spurned as too beautiful to be smart who is a role model to this day.

> Lady Bird – (2017) – “Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.  Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson…fights against , but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job.  Set in Sacramento, CA in 2002, amid a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.”

> Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR, teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

> Jane – Drawing from never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or  – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Story Slam Alert

On the Fly Story SlamOn the Fly is joining forces with the Helsinki Open Mic series which takes place every Tuesday night.  On the Fly will be a monthly event, and will take place on the third Tuesday of every month ahead of the Helsinki Hudson Open Mic.  Story Slam’s sign-up starts at 5:30 pm and the slam begins at 6 pm – On slam nights, Open Mic begins once the story slam concludes.  On the Fly Story Slam is a Moth style event where storytellers are given five minutes to tell a story based on personal experience relating to a specific theme.  Produced byChristina Thyssen and Debra Gitterman, On the Fly welcomes local storytellers and those who love stories to participate by telling a story, volunteering to judge, or simply by enjoying the events.  Storytellers are selected at random from those who sign up on the night of the story slam. – For more information, follow On The Fly Storyslam on Facebook at and Instagram #ontheflystoryslam. – Sign-up at 5:30 pm; Performance at 6 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia StreetOn the Fly Storyslam will be back on Tuesday, February 20 for its next joint program with the Open Mic.

Tuesday, January 30

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A free, bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This bi-weekly event has been held continuously since 2007 – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit –  6:30 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

WGXC’s Diamond Street Radio Players present the winter version of Prison Alley Tales, a compendium of one act plays, music, and poetry, live, from the Red Dot Restaurant & Bar –  The performance includes four one-act plays—three by local playwrights Richard Gotti and LoraLee Ecobelli, an old style mystery radio play, and a reading by local author John O’Grady, as well as poetry and music – Information at 518-697-7400 or 518-828-3657 – Light food and a cash bar – Entry fee at the door benefits radio station WGXC.- The entire performance will be broadcast on 90.7 FM and online at – Doors open at 6 pm, performance at 7 pm  – Red Dot Restaurant and Bar, 321 Warren Street

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 (Call ahead to confirm!)

Wednesday, January 31

All are invited to participate in a ritual performance, on the date of the super blue blood moon: The performance is Sutra with Eliza Bishop and Omkar Lewis, and featuring Jarrett Gilgore and John Chriest; Living Sax Bridge by Jarrett Gilgore; and Nunu Canal with Nurya Chana ––  The experience will begin at 7 pm with a short performance by Nunu Canal followed by a short break with sonic ambiance by Living Sax Bridge.  Sutra will then invite and guide the participants into a woven tapestry of poems, songs, videos and sounds.  January 31, 2018 is a rare occurrence astronomically—To explain this moon’s name: “Super,” as the full moon will be closest to the earth and appear large and bright; “blue,” as the full moon will be the second full moon of the calendar month, and “blood,” as this full moon is a lunar eclipse and will appear red.  This will be the first super blue blood moon since March 31, 1866.  Frederic Edwin Church’s painting, “Aurora Borealis” was painted in 1855, the year before the last super blue blood moon. – A portion of proceeds will benefit the Lotus Outreach organization, reaching out to women in the developing world  – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit –  Doors at 6:30 pm, Performance at 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday, February 2

Groundhog Day

Hudson Parks Conservancy Community Meeting – A few months ago, a small informal group calling itself the Mrs. Greenthumbs Hedge Fund announced an initiative to turn the Fund into a full-blown Hudson Parks Conservancy to support the preservation and enhancement of Hudson’s parks.  At the previous two meetings great enthusiasm was shown for moving ahead with this idea and a Formation Committee was formed.  The Committee is now ready to present its mission and vision for the organization, and the formation progress to date.  All those who care about Hudson’s parks and want to help maintain, preserve, and improve them are invited to attend this meeting to hear the Committee’s report – Information  by going to Facebook and searching for “Hudson Parks Conservancy” – 6 pmConference Room, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

The Hudson Dusters – Local singer-songwriters Jon B. Woodin and Foggy Otis met at Club Helsinki’s weekly open mic sessions.  Mutual admiration quickly led to collaboration, and the two formed an indie-folk duo they named the Hudson Dusters.  The two have assembled an album’s worth of live recordings that will be released as their debut album, “Dare to Dream,” in spring 2018.  They will be offering up their blend of “delicately performed folk ballads, up-tempo country-rockers like ‘Old News Yesterday,’ and soulful bursts of vocal harmony.” – The Dusters “weave a rich tapestry of sound over the solid foundation of Woodin’s acoustic guitar and Otis’s ukulele.”  The duo’s up-coming album is a collection of songs from their live shows.  At its core, the album is centered around well-crafted tunes, soaring vocal arrangements, and stellar musicianship, often supplemented by a coterie of talented friends. – (Here is a bit of Trivia:  “The original Hudson Dusters were an early 20th-century, politically well-connected NYC Irish street gang known for their wild ‘cocaine parties.’”)  Information and tickets at or call 518-828-4800This show is 21 and over – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

FridaySunday, February 2-4

Final weekend of Ghent Playhouse’s production of Joe DiPietro’s  Clever Little Lies, “a contemporary adult play that sheds a comedic light on the secret corners of marriage, relationships and family” — Reservations and information at 518-392-6264 or – Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 pm & 8 pm, and Sun at 2 pm  – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, February 3

Welcome Back! – The Hudson Farmers’ Market’s indoor market is open for business beginning this Saturday and every Saturday through the month of April.  – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pm – Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

Healing through Creativity – Inspired by the work of  Julia Cameron and her book The Artist’s Way, this workshop introduces participants to processes and daily creative activities that chip away at the fears that so often hold people back from doing what they love.  The workshop is led by Sarah Hillman-Stolz, an Australian now living in Mexico – Price by donation  – Information at theevelynprojectevents@gmail.com10 am to 2 pm – West Room, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Metropolitan Opera Company presents Sir David McVicar’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca – LIMITED SEATS – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or  – 12:55 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – B. Docktor: Photography – Also showing gallery artists – On view through February 25 – Information at, or, or call 518-822-05103 to 6 pm 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Polina Barskaya: Paintings – On view through February 25 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Botanica – Vinyl Healing and Good Vibes – With DJs Ephraim Asili and Tall Ass Mike  – Information at or call 518-828-156210 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, February 4

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents the ballet, Lady of the Camellias – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Raising Places presents The Action Lab, a community workshop to share feedback on ideas for improving our city and a plan for the future.  The workshop centers around ideas and answers to the question: “What would make Hudson a place where all kids and families can thrive? “  – All are welcome, including kids and families – Snacks will be served – The workshop is hosted by Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Kite’s Nest – Presentation from 12:30 pm to 1 pm, Open House from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Sunday Salon Series – Thomas Cole National Historic Site is celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America from England in 1818. The Sunday Salon Series is part of the celebration.  This Sunday it presents Shannon Vittoria, Ph.D., Research Associate, at the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Salon Series, now in its 15th year, presents today’s most engaging speakers on topics relating to American landscape painting and is very popular.  For information, or to reserve a seat, visit pmThe New Studio, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Next Monday, February 5

Yarncraft, Papercraft, Anycraft! – This group meets at House Rules Café every other Monday through May 28 for a session of crafting and discussion on favorite topics – Information at 518-828-5938 House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Next Tuesday, February 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 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!) 


* Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River – By artist Otto Miranda  – Sixty-three watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds – The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian bridges, and even a troop bridge.   The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is on view through February 28.  School groups are also invited to view this important local interest exhibition for discussions on history, engineering and art – Information at or call 518-828-1792, x 101Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

 * The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– On view through February 24, 2018 – Information at – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

* Painted Cities – A group exhibition – On view through February 18 – Information at or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Katrina Hude: Harmonic Cognizance – The artist says: “Pattern studies and visual arrangements are my sanctuary.  The investigation of harmony in pattern is the study of nature and of our sentient needs.” – The exhibition is on view through March 25, except for the month of February when the gallery is closed – Information at  or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

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