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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 @hudsonarealibrary.org The exhibit was originally curated by Greg Keffer and Darin Johnson. – On view through April 30 – Information at http://hudsonarealibrary.org 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.”
> Raphael – Raphael 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.
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.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson 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 halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – 8 pm – The 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 www.ghentplayhouse.org 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.com – 10 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 www.timeandspace.org – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 518-828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris 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 pm – Auditorium, 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.com – Saturday 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 www.oldchathamquakers.org – 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 @hudsonarealibrary.org , 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 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 (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 thompsongirouxgallery.com – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham
* 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 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street
* The Deployment Project and Other Works: Paintings by Marilyn Orner – On view through April 1 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or call 518-822-0510 – 510 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 www.conceptohudson.com – 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 www.johndavisgallery.com – 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 http://www.slowart.com/limner/ 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 email@example.com or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street
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