Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, March 12 to March 20, 2018 and more


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On view through April 30 

Bash Bish Falls comes to the Library – An exhibit about Bash Bish Falls, produced by and first shown at Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, is on display in the library’s Community Room until the end of April.  The exhibit celebrates the rich history of the Falls—one of New England’s tallest and most dramatic waterfalls.  Bash Bish has been the Roe Jan region’s single biggest attraction for more than 150 years.  The exhibit presents the geology of the falls, early Native American mythology, the artists associated with the Hudson River School of Art who painted the falls, several commercial enterprises, and the efforts to preserve and protect this spectacular cascade.    In addition there will be a related video installation at the History Room of the library and anyone who wishes to have their images of Bash Bish included in the installation can send to programs   The exhibit was originally curated by Greg Keffer and Darin Johnson. –  On view through April 30 – Information at  or call 518-828-1792 x 101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)


Monday-Sunday, March 12-18, 2018

Films at TSL:

> Have a Nice Day – A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate move to find money to save his fiancee’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang , a mere driver, steals a bag containing one million  from his boss.  News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money. Filmmaker Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation. – In Mandarin with subtitles.

> A Ciambra – Pio wants the respect of his older brother whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal.  When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of this sprawling Romani family.  But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.  The action is steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension.  In Italian with subtitles

> Double Lover – Crafting a deliriously cinematic web of suspense, shock, eroticism, and power dynamics, writer/director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool) returns to master the thriller genre. – In French with subtitles

> In the Intense Now – An exploration of the revolutions of 1968 across four countries – The film reflects on footage of the French students’ uprising; the images captured by amateurs  during the invasion of Czechoslovakia when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from the filmmaker’s own childhood in Brazil during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship – In Portuguese with subtitles

> 24 Frames –“In his final film the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer.  He selected twenty-four still images, most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife, and digitally animated them into subtly evolving vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.”

> RaphaelRaphael Sanzio died at the age of 37 and yet managed to leave an indelible  mark in art. In a well-balanced dialogue between historical reconstructions and artistic commentary, the film retraces the most significant moments of his life… — In Italian with subtitles

> Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? – “In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.”  So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary…which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident.

> Western  — “A group of German construction workers installs a hydroelectric plant in rural Bulgaria.  The land awakens their sense of adventure, but tensions mount when Meiinhard, the silent newcomer, mixes with the villagers.” – In German, Bulgarian, and English, with subtitles.

> Beuys – Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys is still one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media, from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art, Beuys’s expanded concept of the artist places him in the middle of relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism   – In English and German with subtitles.

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

Friday, March 16

HWM Free Wine Tasting – Mariel Goddu from Coeur Wine Company will be in the store showcasing organic red wines.  She will be pouring a light, fruity, chillable Italian red and a fuller-bodied, California Petit Sirah, and more.  Join us! – Information at 518-828-6411 or www.HudsonWines.com5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants,  341 ½ Warren Street

Screening of Maneater, followed by a dance party – Maneater is a 15-minute film about how an assertive young woman reverses the traditional gender roles to seduce her prey, only to discover that the real challenge she faces is to find her true self by overcoming the hunter within.  The film is currently making the rounds of the film festivals and has received great response.  Information at or call 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Opening Night of the Ghent Playhouse production of the Broadway musical, Cabaret, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb – Directed by Matthew Teichner – Plays weekends through April 1 – Reservations and information at  or 1-800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent


Saturday, March 17

St.  Patrick’s Day

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, spring greens, spring flowers, eggs, meats and cheeses, and more – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pm – Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Company Live in HD presents Rossini’s Semiramide (not seen at the Met in 25 years) – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Reading & Book Signing – Author and painter Duncan Hannah will read from Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies – Information at or 518-828-6680 – 3 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

The Christ Church Episcopal Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner – Admission payable at the door – Take-out meals can be ordered in advance and picked up as early as 4 to 5 pm – There will be a 50-50 raffle  – Must be present to win.  For further information or to place take-out orders call 518-828-1329  weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm – Dinner served from 5 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

HU (short for “human”) free Chocolate Tasting – Paired with wine from Hudson-Chatham Winery – HU chocolate is Paleo/Vegan/Delicious – It is organic, stone ground, unadulterated chocolate.  No dairy, no GMOs, no emulsifiers, no soy lecithin, no gluten, no refined sugar, no cane sugar. Samples of  HU will be paired with wines selected to enhance this wonderful Manhattan-made chocolate. – Information at 518-828-31395 to 7 pmVerdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (at Second Street) (Also at Verdigris’ Catskill location at 291 Main Street at Bronson Street from 2 to 4 pm)

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents the staged reading of The Plastic City, by Matthew Kelly – “When Cordelia sets out to prove that her daughter’s Asperger’s Syndrome is linked to the history of plastic manufacturing in Leominster, MA in the 1990s, she tests the bonds of community and family.”  Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 pmAuditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18

Cabin Fever Cabaret – The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is neither properly a family attraction nor a circus.  Rather, it is more like an old-time medicine show, featuring an eclectic array of ad hoc performers, making every show different, albeit unified by the husband-and-wife duo of Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson – Every Bindlestiff show is different.  At any particular performance,  the audience may see a contortionist, a slack wire juggler, a team of basketball playing unicyclists, a stilt-walker, a sword-swallower, a magic act, X-rated balloon sculptures, a disco-style yo-yo routine, and plenty of opportunities for audience participation.  Also, live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s shows, with witty, original tunes by some of New York City’s best composers and accompanists.  The somewhat risqué  “adults-only” performance  being offered this Saturday evening, will be toned down for the Sunday matinee performance,  which is family-friendly and meant for an audience of all ages.  – Tickets and information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comSaturday evening at 9 pm, Sunday matinee at 3 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 18

This Evil Thing, a one-man play by Michael Mears, will be performed by the playwright himself at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse –– This Evil Thing is the compelling and rarely told story about conscientious objectors in the First World War, men who said no to war and consequently endured ostracism, beatings, torture,  imprisonment and even death.  Mears portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to army generals, from Prime Ministers to world-famous mathematicians.  This highly original play uses verbatim testimonies, a multi-layered sound landscape and vivid visual imagery. – Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow – Pay an admission fee at the door – Information at 518-766-2992 – Directions at – Potluck at 12:45 pm, play at 1:45 pm – Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham (across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present a free concert –The Orchestra Now, conducted by Hudson-based James Bagwell – The Orchestra Now is a visionary pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program founded in 2015 by Bard College president and conductor Leon Botstein – The concert features George Bizet’s romantic, traditional, and enchanting Symphony in C, written in 1855, the same year the Hudson Opera House opened.  Also on the program is Arvo Part’s mesmerizing Fratres and Virgil Thomson’s The Plow That Broke the Plains suite – The concert is part of Classics on Hudson’s 2018 Not Your Father’s Chamber Music series – Though the program is free, reservations are encouraged. – Call 518-822-1438 to reserve a seat – 3 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Next Monday, March 19

Silence Will Not Protect You!:  The Writing of Audre Lorde Reading & Discussion Series – The Hudson Area Library presents a six-part series focusing on the work of poet, civil rights activist and librarian, Audre Lorde.  The group will meet Mondays, March 19 and 26, and April 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the library.  The program will be facilitated by Donna Ford-Grover, a professor at Bard College who teaches in the Literature and American Studies Department.  To register and to receive copies of the books on loan, email programs , call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the Main Desk in the library.  Books are made available by Humanities NY and the library through the Mid-Hudson Library System.  For more information on this series go to the library website.  – Mondays from March 19 through April 30, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street – (corner of State Street)

Next Tuesday, March 20

On the Fly Story Slam: – Close Calls –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  Open Mic.  Story Slam’s sign-up starts at 5:30 pm and the slam begins at 6 pm – 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 “Close Calls.” – 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, or to see further explanation of what is meant by “Close Calls,” please follow On The Fly Storyslam on Facebook at and Instagram #ontheflystoryslam. – Sign-up at 5:30 pm; performance at 6 pmClub 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 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm  (following the Story Slam) –  Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)


* 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.” – On view through March 25 – Information at 518-392-3336 or call  – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

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

* The BlkQueer Romantics The 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 518-822-1438Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* The Deployment Project and Other Works: Paintings by Marilyn Orner – On view through April 1 – Information at  or call 518-822-0510510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* The Eighties – Works by Sandro Chia, Arch Connelly, Rick Dillingham, Vincent Dion, Joan Fitzsimmons, Federico Guzman, Kiyoshi Ike, Antonio Lopez, Gerald Saladyga, and Herman Spoerel – On view through April 1 – Information at  – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

* Platinum & Palladium: Photographs by Betsy Crowell – “As a kid I was a Private Eye.  Nancy Drew and Dick Tracy were my heroes.  We used tiny spy cameras.  One of mine was worn on my pointing finger.  Not much has changed in 75 years.  The hidden, waiting to be found, and the deeply seen still command my attention.  The pictures in this exhibition were taken with film in small plastic cameras and large, vintage view cameras.  Each is handcrafted in a darkroom using the noble metals, platinum and palladium, which yield the most beautifully nuanced and exquisite image.” – On view through March 25 – Information at 518-828-5907 or  – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

* Emerging Artists2018  – Twenty-three artists from around the world exhibit work in all media:  abstract, realist;  subtle, extreme; and political – On view through March 24 – Information at or call 518-828-2343  – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

* Peculiar Rarities – “For over 27 years, Carrie Haddad Gallery has prided itself on exhibiting some of the finest artworks in the Hudson Valley, from breathtaking Hudson River School-style landscapes to intense and unforgettable abstract-expressionist works.  Now, its time for something a little different…. Peculiar Rarities is exactly what it sounds like.  The exhibition includes media from porcelain to Play-Doh, and subject matter that includes icebergs, Victorian steampunk characters, conniving housewives, and Judy Garland.  From the moment you walk through the door, each space will house its own experience: here, spectral and Seuss-like; there, off-kilter and gritty, all of it richly blending beauty with provocation….”  Twelve artists are showing their work in this exhibition. – On view through June 10 – Information at  or 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Marianne Stikas: New Work – On view through April 8 – Information at 518-828-5489 –  Vince Mulford Antiques, 419 Warren Street

* Hudson New York – Edition –A group show highlighting the multiple/edition artwork, in various media from stone lithography to digital prints – Includes work by 23 artists – On view during gallery hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and by appointment  – On view through April 15 – Information at   – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

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