Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, February 19 to 27, 2018 and more

ELLEN’S PICKS

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Monday, February 19  through Sunday, February 25, 2018

Films at TSL:

> Tall: The American Skyscraper & Louis Sullivan — (2004)– Tall traces the experiments of the early skyscraper architects, especially Louis Sullivan, the Chicago architect (and mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright) who pioneered  a new skyscraper form.  His credo was that “form ever follows function.”  His elegant buildings, some still standing and featured in the film, bear out his reputation as the father of the skyscraper. …

> Memories of Underdevelopment— (1968)The film is newly restored.  Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s intimate and densely layered film is the most widely renowned work in the history of Cuban cinema.  Lert behind by his wife and family in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the bourgeois intellectual Sergio passes his days wandering Havana and idly reflecting, his amorous entanglements and political ambivalence gradually giving way to a mounting sense of alienation.  An adaptation of an innovative novel by Edmundo Desnoes – In Spanish with subtitles

> Faces Places –  (2017)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

>The Insult – (2017) – Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 2018 Academy Awards – “In today’s Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser , a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court.  As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs….”

> Oscar Shorts: Animation & Live Action – The Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 4th – Don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. – This is your annual chance to have the edge in your Oscar pool – Estimated run time is one hour 30 minutes for Animation and two hours for Live Action – They are shown separately – Information at www.timeandspace.org

> 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.”

> Time Regained – (1999) – Newly restored and remastered.  Raul Ruiz’s most ambitious literary adaptation with international film stars, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Emmanuelle Beart, and Vincent Perez.  The film details Marcel Proust’sIn Search of Lost Time into a single epic feature.  The film opens in 1922, as Proust is on his deathbed pouring through photographs that summon the events of his life – In French with 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 www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tuesday, February 20

On the Fly Story Slam –On 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, occupying the space one hour before 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. The 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.    This week’s theme is “Neighbors.” – Neither notes nor props are allowed on stage. The slam is produced by Christina 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, please follow On The Fly Storyslam on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ontheflystoryslam/ and Instagram #ontheflystoryslam. – Sign-up at 5:30 pm; Performance at 6 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia 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 helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)  (Please Note:  On this third Tuesday of the month, Open Mic will begin immediately following the Story Slam, as described above.)

Wednesday, February 21

Etheric Currents – A new avant-jazz outfit bringing together five musicians from a diversity of musical backgrounds who are united by a love of improvisation.  Guitarist Ryan Blotnick, saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, drummer Otto Hauser, keyboard player Tyler Wood, and bassist Scott Colberg have individually worked with a dazzling array of musicians, including Steven Bernstein, Triage, The Black Crowes, Jeff Tweedy, Tony Visconti, Bobby Previte, Meschell Ndegeocello, Devendra Banhart, Elvis Perkins, Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver, and Joan As Police Woman, and the War on Drugs  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Must be 21 or over – 8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, February 22

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series, presents Dr. David Voorhees, Director of The Jacob Leisler Institute, who will present “Libelers, Monsters, and Rebels: The Jacob Leisler Institute and Research into New York’s Neglected English Colonial Period” – During this local history talk Dr. Voorhees will discuss the Zenger Trial, the Claverack Giant and local Native tribes, the so-called Negro Conspiracy of 1741, and of course, Jacob Leisler and the 1689-1691 Leisler’s Rebellion.  The focus of this event will be on the integration of various European ethnic groups into a broader English colonial melting pot (Huguenots, Germans, Dutch, English, etc.), and on the English manorial and political systems which continue to impact this region today.  Q&A and refreshments will follow the talk.  Information at 518-828-1792 x 101, or by email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org6 pmHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Friday, February 23

HWM Free Tasting – Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz will be in the store pouring amaro, vermouth and alpine spirits – Information at 518-828-64115 to 7 pm Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Amy Rigby – Acclaimed singer-songwriter’s Album Release Show – Information at 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

SuperTone presents Erika Lewis’ Lonesome Dives with Juke the Drifters – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Shemekia Copeland – If you ever wondered what happened to old-fashioned R&B, soul, and blues belting, seek no further.  Shemekia Copeland carries on the tradition while carving out her own niche.  The Grammy Award-nominated vocalist—who already has a closet full of W.C. Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards, can show you how its done! “While she is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, it’s her passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice that gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency.  Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets of Harlem where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city—street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks, and so much more.”-  She has opened for the Rolling Stones and headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, and has even performed at the White House for President & Mrs. Obama – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –21 and over – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, February 24

The Hudson Farmers’ Market’s indoor market is open for business every Saturday through the month of April.  You will find prepared foods, bread, cookies, meats and cheeses, and more – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pmFormer Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

The Hudson Polar Plunge – At last!  Your chance to jump into icy cold water for a good cause. – Forget the temperature of the water and focus on how brave and charitable you are.  Funds from this crazy event will help support the Youth Center/Oakdale, and the Hudson Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team – You can help raise money by getting your family and/or friends to sponsor you, or form a team of your buddies.  The Plunge is followed by a party at the Elks Lodge on Harry Howard Avenue – For further information, to donate, or to register, go to www.HudsonPolarPlunge.com11 am for sign-in, Plunge at 12 noon – Oakdale Lake, North Sixth Street

The Metropolitan Opera Company Live in HD presents Puccini’s La Boheme – Please note: Start time is 12:30 pm–  Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org   – 12:30 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Joseph Keckler – Alt-cabaret vocalist Joseph Keckler, whom The New York Times called “an operatic singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries of classical singing,”  brings his rich, versatile, three-plus octave voice and his sharp wit back to Club Helsinki – He is a widely- acclaimed  singer, writer, songwriter, and artist.  His compelling performances combine humor, autobiography, and classical themes from a unique perspective.  The Village Voice named Keckler “Best Downtown Performance Artist,” and The New York Times declared him
“a major vocal talent.”  Keckler recently made his off-Broadway debut in Preludes at Lincoln Center – To quote Keckler: “People come up to me and say ‘Oh, you’re really a conceptual artist.’ I’m not saying I’m a conceptual artist; I’m saying I’m a bewildered person who does things.”  — Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –21 and over – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Pyramid Power presents Power Dance with Alger Moy, Auntie Ruby, Bonjwa, Tatertraps + SVB – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-156210 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Concerts in the Village, continuing its 2017-2018 season, presents the first of four concerts to be performed this spring beginning with Music & the Progression of Life: Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Schubert’s Winterreise  performed by tenor John Morrell, and pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith  – “Two expressive commentaries on youth and maturity:  Schumann’s cycle for piano (1838), presents 13 brief ‘imaginings,’ powerfully compressing emotions from the early years of life.  Schubert’s haunting Winterreise (1827) is a ‘winter journey’ through maturity, regarded by many as the greatest song cycle ever written, unforgettable music, inescapably powerful.” Information at www.concertsinthevillage.org  or 518-758-68694 pm – Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

Bridge Street Theatre presents Charles Busch, in a special benefit performance of My Kinda 60s –Appearing with Mr. Busch in this hilarious and poignant evening of song and story-telling is his long-time musical director/arranger Tom Judson.  This is Mr. Busch’s “most personal cabaret show ever” – In the show, Mr. Busch interweaves personal anecdotes of a childhood and adolescence spent coming of age under the guidance of his indomitable Aunt Lillian, with songs from the decade by such artists as Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan,  and Kander and Ebb – Doors open at 3 pm for a pre-performance “High Tea” in the theatre’s Speakeasy, provided by Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar; and the show will be followed by a champagne reception with the artists — One performance only – Limited seats available – Tickets at http://busch60.brownpapertickets.com or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006  – Further information at 518-943-38184 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

Radio Station WGXC Seventh Anniversary Celebration – Come help your innovative, hands-on, community radio station celebrate with an evening of live radio theatre. The party culminates with a live performance of Hans Flesch’s radio play, Magic on the Radio: An Experimental Airwaves Fantasy (“Zauberei auf dem Sender“), featuring a cast of WGXC programmers and friends. Also performances by WGXC’s Diamond Street Radio Players and 31 Down, a special appearance by Gregory Whitehead, and DJ Magic Stranger. Attendees will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of two Public Radio Single Station Tuners tuned to WGXC 90.7-FM by enrolling as a Sustaining Supporter, or by increasing an existing contribution. The evening is free and open to all ages. –  The radio play performances will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7-FM – Information and RSVP by calling 518-697-74007 pm to 11 pmHiLo, 365 Main Street, Catskill.

Saturday-Sunday, February 24-25

Upstage Productions proudly presents Disney Aladdin, Jr.Information and tickets at upstageproductions.orgSaturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue

Sunday, February 25

Threads: Textile Collaborations – An exhibition which is the culmination of a week-long collaborative, experimental residency with seven regional textile artists.  Featuring work by Toni Brogan, Katharine Daugherty, Brece Honeycutt, Jamie Hart Israelow, Caitlin Parker, Cal Patch, and Katrina Rodabaugh – Information at www.dropforgeandtool.com – Open hours from 12 noon to 5 pm with a closing reception from 3 to 5 pmDrop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

National Theatre of London Live in HD presents its production of Tennessee Williams’ twentieth-century masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  – High Tea available at 11:30 am – Screening time is 1 pm – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org   –  1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Monday, February 26

Tal National  – Tantabara  – Album tour – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, February 27

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 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* 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 hudsonarealibrary.org 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 – Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

* 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 thompsongirouxgallery.com  or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

* B. Docktor: Photography – Also showing gallery artists – On view through February 25 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com , or www.bdocktor.com , or call 518-822-05103 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* Polina Barskaya: Paintings – On view through February 25 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.comJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

* Colin Brant: People of the Forest; Ruby Palmer: Artworks – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 518-828-6680 – On view through March 18 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*The BlkQueer RomanticsThe Tenth and Hudson Hall present an exhibition that announces the arrival of the magazine that pays homage to Hudson Valley landscape, art, history and culture as explored through a contemporary queer lens of color – On view through March 18 – Information at 518-822-1438 Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

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