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

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address  “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

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 www.timeandspace.org  – 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 https://www.facebook.com/ontheflystoryslam/ 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 http://www.thespottydog.com –  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 wgxc.org/listen – 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 helsinkihudson.com – 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 http://www.thespottydog.com –  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 helsinkihudson.com 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 www.ghentplayhouse.org – 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 www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – 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 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 thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ 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 thomascole.org/events2 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 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, 2018 – Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – 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 www.carriehaddadgallery.com 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 thompsongirouxgallery.com  or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

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All content herein copyright 2018 Ellen Thurston                     ellenthurston1@gmail.com

 

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, January 22 to January 28, 2018 and on

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address  “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Wednesday, January 24

Columbia County
Board of Supervisors Airport Sub-committee Meeting – 4 to 5 pm – 401 State Street
Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee Meeting – 5 to 6 pm – 401 State Street

Hudson
Common Council Public Works & Parks Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall
Common Council Legal Committee Meeting – 6:15 pm – City Hall

Friday January 26

Hudson
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall

ELLEN’S PICKS

Monday-Sunday, January 22 through 28, 2018

Films at TSL:

> 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.

> Children of Paradise – (1945) – Widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time, this nimble depiction of 19th-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman loved by four different men: an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages)…..Thanks to a new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.  In French with subtitles

> 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.”

> On the Beach at Night Alone – Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo.  Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden), in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in  Berlin, plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married director.  She visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, confessions emerge.  In English, Korean, and German with subtitles.

> The Other Side of Hope – This wry, melancholic comedy, a response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home.  Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki, while middle-aged salesman Wikstrom buys an unprofitable seafood restaurant.  After Khaled is denied asylum he decides not to return to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross.  The film is “a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of indifference.”  In English, Finnish, and Arabic with subtitles

> Shadowman – In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.  After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance, but will he take it?

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

Story Slam Alert

On the Fly Story Slam:  Starting Over – This past Tuesday, “Starting Over” was both the theme and the reality of this popular, monthly storytelling event.  News is that 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 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 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, 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 – On the Fly Storyslam will be back on Tuesday, February 20 for its next joint program with the Open Mic.

Friday, January 26

HWM Free Tasting –In-store wine tasting with Maria Clark from Polaner – She will be pouring wines from around the world, including winter reds and a fresh, energetic Italian white – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Aaron Roche & Kate Harken (from Sleater-Kinney) – Songs about people the protagonist hasn’t met yet, and responses – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com   – Doors at  7 pm, show at 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Nancy Feast / Lizzie Loveless / Miles Francis – Live at the Half Moon – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The DuPont Brothers and The Sea The Sea – Two of the most gorgeous harmony duos around – – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, January 26-28

Opening week 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 www.ghentplayhouse.org – Runs through February 4 – 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, January 27

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

Screening of After Louie – Directed by Vincent Gagliostro – Presented in collaboration with Wise Bodies, The Link Project, and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York  – Information at 518-828-5938 or House Rules Café facebook page – 6 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

DJ T-Bone – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, January 28

Talking Sen$e About a Sustainable Future – A panel discussion sponsored by the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education– The Keynote Speaker will be  David Levine, co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council – Panel Moderator is Karen Frishkoff from the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Panelists include Mark Dunlea, Chairperson, Green Education and Legal Fund; Sara Hsu, Associate Professor of Economics at SUNY New Paltz, and main contributor to the NYS carbon tax proposal; Rabbi Glenn Jacob, Executor Director, NY Interfaith Power and Light; Michael O’Hara, Past Alderman, City of Hudson Common Council and volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. – Among questions the panel might consider are:  How might solving the climate crisis affect our economy? What does “pricing carbon” mean? If prices go up, what happens to small businesses and consumers?  What about the poor? and What can New York State do on its own? – Information at 518-672-7901 – 3 to 5 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street(corner of State Street)

Community Music Space Young Performers’ Showcase  – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800 – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Start Living a Normal Life – Rowden/ Zarsutzki//Jen Kutler//HSFB//Alexander – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com   – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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)

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

* Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street  

* Martin Dull: Sailing to Byzantium – Works using paint and found objects – On view through January 29 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.comJohn Davis Gallery, 362½ Warren Street

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

* Into the Garden: Paintings by Kate Knapp – On view through January 28 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or call 518-822-0510510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 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 thompsongirouxgallery.com  or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org            

All content herein copyright 2018 Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com   

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, January 15 to January 22, 2018 and on

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address  “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

CITY OF HUDSON  PUBLIC MEETINGS

Thursday, January 18

Hudson Common Council Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Monday, January 22

Hudson Common Council Fire Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Police Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Tuesday, January 23

Hudson Development Corporation Board Meeting – 12 noon – 1 North Front Street – tentative

Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency Board Meeting – 5:30 pm1 North Front Street – tentative

DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 – 6 to 8 pm – John L. Edwards School Cafeteria, 360 State Street

Wednesday, January 24

Hudson Common Council Public Works & Parks Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Legal Committee Meeting – 6:15 pm – City Hall

Friday January 26

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall

ELLEN’S PICKS

Monday-Sunday, January 15 through 21, 2018

Films at TSL:

> 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.”

> On the Beach at Night Alone – Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo.  Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden), in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in  Berlin, plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married director.  She visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, confessions emerge.  In English, Korean, and German with subtitles.

> The Other Side of Hope – This wry, melancholic comedy, a response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home.  Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki, while middle-aged salesman Wikstrom buys an unprofitable seafood restaurant.  After Khaled is denied asylum he decides not to return to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross.  The film is “a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of indifference.”  In English, Finnish, and Arabic with subtitles

> Song of Granite – Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nos).  Shaped by the myths and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost… [The film is] a remarkable portrait of Heaney and a marvelous exploration of music and song.  In English and Gaelic with subtitles

> The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Dr. Steven Martin is a surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna, and their two children.  Lurking at the margins of this idyllic existence is a fatherless teen who Steven has taken under his wing…Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman – In Norwegian with subtitles

> Trouble No More – A showcase of Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, from Slow Train Coming to Saved to Shot of Love….

> Shadowman – In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.  After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance, but will he take it?

> 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

Story Slam Alert (watch for it Feb 23)

On the Fly Story Slam:  Starting Over – On this past Tuesday, “Starting Over” was both the theme and the reality of this popular, monthly storytelling event.  News is that 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 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 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, 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 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street – On the Fly Storyslam will be back on Tuesday, February 23 for its next joint program with the Open Mic.

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!)

Friday, January 19

Analog Dreams: The Art of Brian Dewan – Screening, performance, and Q&A with Brian Dewan – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 7 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Hot Dog Boat –A free collaborative  songwriting workshop & performance of songs about hot dogs – with Burt Murder – Bring an instrument and be ready to play – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com7 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Rachel & Vilray  – Featuring Rachel Price of Lake Street Dive – “With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, this duo performs original works, and revives forgotten gems of radio’s golden age” – The Brother Brothers is the opening  act – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, January 19-21

Opening week 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 www.ghentplayhouse.org  – Runs through January 28 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sat/Sun at 2 pm (Please note that Saturday matinees have been added to the schedule.) – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, January 20

Hudson Women’s March – A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance! – Starts with a rally at 1 pm in Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square), with music and inspirational speeches by elected officials and activists.  The rally will be followed by a march down Warren Street to Basilica Hudson for a party with “warm food and drink, music, performance art, camaraderie and inspiration.” – A group of women in Handmaid costumes will lead the march down Warren Street to the Basilica on Front Street –Voter registration will take place in support of the national Women’s March Alliance project to register one million women by the time of the 2018 elections – Music, both at the rally and at the party, is being provided by Club Helsinki and Basilica Hudson –  (Please note:Those attending the March are encouraged to park at Basilica Hudson on Front Street, and take the shuttle bus that will be running from Basilica back to Seventh Street Park and upper Warren Street for the rally and the march back to Basilica.  The shuttle bus will run from the Basilica from 11:30 am to 2 pm.) This local Hudson event is organized and hosted by Indivisible Chatham NY, with a host of other activist groups joining in as co-sponsors – Information at 917-482-3539Rally starts at 1 pm at Seventh Street Park, Seventh & Warren Streets; the march ends at Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

The Opera House: A Metropolitan Opera Special Documentary –  Documentarian Susan Froemke chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50s and 60s.  Notable figures include the famed soprano Leontyne Price; Rudolph Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager; and Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – 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 – Opening reception from 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Live Jazz at the Spotty Dog – The Quartet – With Otto Hauser, Stuart Quimby, Mark Dziuba, and Terence Murren – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com8 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Everett / Burt Murder / & Hellish Cashtrap – Live at the Half Moon – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-15628:03 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus with co-founders and leaders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson in their annual Cabin Fever Cabaret adults-only performances  on the fourth winter Saturday of each month, kicking off January 20, continuing February 17, and again on March 17.  A family-friendly Sunday matinee is offered on March 18. – Meanwhile, the adults are in for a treat—a show featuring an eclectic array of ad hoc performers, making every show different.  You might see a contortionist, a slack wire juggler, a cigar box stacker, basketball played by unicyclists, a sword-swallower, a fire-eater, jugglers, X-rated balloon sculptures, and plenty of audience participation.  In addition, live music from some of NYC’s best composers and accompanists is always a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s shows.  Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.comor call 518-828-48009 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, January 21

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents the ballet, Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Dust Bowl Faeries in a sneak preview of its upcoming remix EP, “The Dark Ride Mixes,” upstairs on the club’s new Ballroom Stage! – Dust Bowl Faeries is the brainchild of Ryder Cooley, a longstanding fixture on the region’s music scene, and a multimedia, multiplatform, interdisciplinary artist who is often called upon to collaborate with other artists. Ryder also co-hosts Helsinki’s open-mic night, where she is known for her gravity-defying antics on the trapeze – In addition to performing new songs as well as material from the group’s eponymous debut, the group will premiere re-mixes and two new videos before they are officially released.  Admission is free, with a suggested donation at the door to help fund the EP – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-48006 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, January 23

Free Screening of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Directed by Terry Gilliam – Information at 518-828-5938 or House Rules Café facebook page – 6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth 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 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)

Wednesdays and Saturdays

The Hudson Area Library’s Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and fight together on the library’s special servers, has been expanded from a once-a-week session to twice-a-week sessions—one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.  Participants can explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!  The classes on Wednesday are from 3:30 pm to 5 pm beginning Wednesday, January 3, and are led by the library’s Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tamborello,   Saturday sessions are from 1 pm to 2 pm beginning January 6, and are led by Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson.  To register for either session, email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x 100, or visit the main desk in the library.  Note: The pre-existing Wednesday session is full at the moment, but you can add your name to a waitlist.  The program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.  –Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 –  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Friday, January 26

The Opera House: A Metropolitan Opera Special Documentary –  Documentarian Susan Froemke chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50s and 60s.  Notable figures include the famed soprano Leontyne Price; Rudolph Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager; and Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Aaron Roche & Kate Harken (from Sleater-Kinney) – Songs about people the protagonist hasn’t met yet, and responses – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com   – Doors at  7 pm, show at 8 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Nancy Feast / Lizzie Loveless / Miles Francis – Live at the Half Moon – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-15628 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The DuPont Brothers and The Sea The Sea – Two of the most gorgeous harmony duos around – – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-48009 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Saturday, January 27

Free Screening of After Louie – Directed by Terry Gilliam – Information at 518-828-5938 or House Rules Café facebook page – 6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

DJ T-Bone – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-15629 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Sunday, January 28

Talking Sen$e About a Sustainable Future – A panel discussion sponsored by the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education– The Keynote Speaker will be  David Levine, co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council – Panel Moderator is Karen Frishkoff from the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Panelists include Mark Dunlea, Chairperson, Green Education and Legal Fund; Sara Hsu, Associate Professor of Economics at SUNY New Paltz, and main contributor to the NYS carbon tax proposal; Rabbi Glenn Jacob, Executor Director, NY Interfaith Power and Light; Michael O’Hara, Past Alderman, City of Hudson Common Council and volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby .– Among questions the panel might consider are:  How might solving the climate crisis affect our economy? What does “pricing carbon” mean? If prices go up, what happens to small businesses and consumers?  What about the poor? and What can New York State do on its own? – Information at 518-672-79013 to 5 pmHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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)

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

* Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Martin Dull: Sailing to Byzantium – Works using paint and found objects – On view through January 29 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.comJohn Davis Gallery, 362½ Warren Street

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

* UIOWA PRINT – Print works by MFA printmaking students at the University of Iowa – Selected by Kimberly Datchuk – On view through the month of January – Information by email to info@inkyeditions.com  – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (white building behind Basilica)

* Into the Garden: Paintings by Kate Knapp – On view through January 28 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or call 518-822-0510510 Warren StreetGallery, 510 Warren Street

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CITY OF HUDSON

The swearing-in ceremony of Hudson’s elected officials at the Hudson Opera House on January 1, 2018, was both a ceremony and a celebration filled with hope and optimism.  We face the new  year with renewed positivity and the strength of a new Mayor, a new Common Council President and ten aldermen/alderwomen who for the first time in the City’s history, will each be voting as “one person, one vote,” each representing a ward of equal population.

I encourage Hudson residents to attend these public meetings to see their government at work.  I plan to list all city public meetings (including committee meetings), as well as some County Board of Supervisors’ meetings.  This is your chance to see your elected officials at work and to have a deeper understanding of how decisions are made that affect our daily lives.

You can also find the calendar of meetings on the City’s website—www.cityofhudson.org—along with agendas and accompanying documents.  I recommend checking the website for any last minute changes or postponements.

This is a new era and an exciting moment for the City of Hudson.  Don’t miss it!

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Monday, January 8

Public Hearing on Local Law No. 8 of 2017,  allowing dogs in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – 4 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Hudson Common Council Organizational Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Hudson Common Council Informal Meeting (immediately following Organizational Meeting) – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Thursday, January 11

Hudson Planning Board Meeting – 6:30 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street (tentative)

Friday, January 12

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, January 16

Hudson Common Council Formal Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Next Wednesday, January 17

Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street (tentative)

ELLEN’S PICKS

Monday-Sunday, January 8 through 14, 2018

Films at TSL:

> On the Beach at Night Alone – Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo.  Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden), in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in  Berlin, plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married director.  She visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, confessions emerge.  In English, Korean, and German with subtitles.

> The Other Side of Hope – This wry, melancholic comedy, a response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home.  Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki, while middle-aged salesman Wikstrom buys an unprofitable seafood restaurant.  After Khaled is denied asylum he decides not to return to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross.  The film is “a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of indifference.”  In English, Finnish, and Arabic with subtitles

> Song of Granite – Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nos).  Shaped by the myths and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost… [The film is] a remarkable portrait of Heaney and a marvelous exploration of music and song.  In English and Gaelic with subtitles

> The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dr. Steven Martin is a surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna, and their two children.  Lurking at the margins of this idyllic existence is a fatherless teen who Steven has taken under his wing…Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman – In Norwegian with subtitles

> Trouble No More A showcase of Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, from Slow Train Coming to Saved to Shot of Love….

> Shadowman – In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.  After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance, but will he take it?

> 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.

> Thelma – Thelma, a shy student, has left her religious family in a small town on the coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo.  While at the library, she experiences a violent seizure.  Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction.  Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja.  As it becomes clearer that her seizures are a symptom of supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.  In Norwegian with subtitles.

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

Tuesday, January 9

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!)

Friday, January 12

HWM Free Tasting –In-store wine tasting with small bites and good company – Information at 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

The Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings—“…longtime stars of the Capitol Region’s thriving rockabilly revival scene” celebrate Elvis’s music and that of his contemporaries—Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly – An annual Helsinki event – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, January 13

Stage Russia HD presents Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya – Beginning at 11:30 am, a Proletarian Platter of pork sausage and cabbage salad, soup and bread is available; TSL treats the audience to a shot of vodka at intermission. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

The Opera House: A Metropolitan Opera Special Documentary   Documentarian Susan Froemke chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50s and 60s.  Notable figures include the famed soprano Leontyne Price; Rudolph Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager; and Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448or www.timeandspace.org7 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

VOLUME is a free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, presented every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY. – This month’s authors are Taylor Larsen, Joe Hagan, and Michele Filgate

>TAYLOR LARSEN is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program. Her debut novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, came out in July of 2016 through Simon and Schuster. She is currently a fiction instructor at Catapult and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her novel was selected as a “2017 Summer Must Read” by the Huffington Post.

>JOE HAGAN has written for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, publishing profiles and exposés of Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and many others. His new book, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, was a two-time “New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017” pick.

>MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slice, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and many other publications.

> The readings are followed by book signing and DJ Samantha Hunt. Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. To learn more, visit the Facebook Page:www.facebook.com/volumehudson, or call 917-535-82257 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Columbia County Historical Society, in cooperation with Historic Hudson, presents Dutch Restoration Architect Andre Hoek, delivering an illustrated lecture on Dutch culture in the second half of The Dutch Golden Age  called “Discovering Layers in Time: Life in the Netherlands 1650-1700.” – Hoek prepared for his lecture by examining visual evidence in what remains of Dutch 17th-century villages, farms, buildings and gardens and also studying the famous paintings of the time which captured interiors and landscapes.  He will explain how appearances of dwellings, paint colors, building materials and techniques, and even cooking methods, can be discovered in the layers of historic buildings.  He will also present the complications of restoring a structure that has been changed and adapted for new uses over time and how difficult it is to retain the ‘spirit of place’ in historic buildings and landscapes.  The lecture is a fundraiser for both organizations – 4 to 6 pm – Lecture at Van Buren Hall, on the second floor of Kinderhook Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Village of Kinderhook, followed by refreshments at CCHS Museum & library, 5 Albany Avenue, Village of Kinderhook

Sunday, January 14

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service – Presented by the Hudson Interfaith Council – 6 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street

Next Monday, January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed

Next Tuesday, January 16

Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd  throwdown – At the Spotty since 2006 –  Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com  – 6:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 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 helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)

Wednesdays and Saturdays

The Hudson Area Library’s Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and fight together on the library’s special servers, has been expanded from a once-a-week session to twice-a-week sessions—one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.  Participants can explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!  The classes on Wednesday are from 3:30 pm to 5 pm beginning Wednesday, January 3, and are led by the library’s Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tamborello,   Saturday sessions are from 1 pm to 2 pm beginning January 6, and are led by Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson.  To register for either session, email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x 100, or visit the main desk in the library.  Note: The pre-existing Wednesday session is full at the moment, but you can add your name to a waitlist.  The program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.  –Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 –  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Friday, January 19

Rachel & Vilray  – Featuring Rachel Price of Lake Street Dive – “With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, this duo performs original works, and revives forgotten gems of radio’s golden age” – The Brother Brothers is the opening  act – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street 

Hot Dog Boat! – A free collaborative songwriting workshop and performance about Hot Dogs! – Conducted by Burt Murder – Bring an instrument and be ready to play, to write, to sing, to jam, and more! – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com  – 6:30 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street 

Next Saturday, January 20

Hudson Women’s March – Starts with a rally in Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square), followed by a march to Basilica Hudson for a party with warm food and drink, music, performance art, camaraderie and inspiration – Organized and hosted by Indivisible Chatham NY, with a host of other activist groups joining in as co-sponsors – Information at 528-424-2715 – Starts at 1 pm at Seventh Street Park, Seventh & Warren Streets, ending at Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

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 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

* Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition – All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library –  The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

* Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street 

* Martin Dull: Sailing to Byzantium – Works using paint and found objects – On view through January 29 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.comJohn Davis Gallery, 362½ Warren Street

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

* UIOWA PRINT – Print works by MFA printmaking students at the University of Iowa – Selected by Kimberly Datchuk – On view through the month of January – Information by email to info@inkyeditions.com  – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (white building behind Basilica)

* Into the Garden: Paintings by Kate Knapp – On view through January 28 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or call 518-822-0510510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

 

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, December 18-30, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address  “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Monday, December 18 through Saturday, December 23

Films at TSL:

> Thelma – Thelma, a shy student, has left her religious family in a small town on the coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo.  While at the library, she experiences a violent seizure.  Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction.  Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja.  As it becomes clearer that her seizures are a symptom of supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.  In Norwegian with subtitles.

> Harry & Snowman – This film follows the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse named Snowman that he rescued off a slaughter truck.  In less than two years, Harry and Snowman would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods and traveling the world together as they became the media darlings of the 1950s and 60s.  Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that would last a lifetime, as told by 86-year old Harry, firsthand.

> The Florida Project – Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.  They live at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (William Dafoe) whose stern exterior hides a reservoir of kindness and compassion. – “Warm, winning, and gloriously alive…a poignant look at childhood.”

> Wonderstruck – Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel.  Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.  Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.  When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

> Felicite – The film follows a singer working in a bar in Kinshasa, DR Congo, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her son falls victim to an accident.  To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.  Franco-Sengalese director Alain Gomis paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will not accept compromise, who tackles everything head on, and who refuses to give in no matter what. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

>1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

>The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

> The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

> Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Thursday, December 21

Winter Solstice Raga Concert: An Indian Classical Flute duet with Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser – with Ehrn Hanson on Tabla – Information and tickets at www.sadhanayogahudson.com8 pmSadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation – Third Floor, 403 Warren Street

Friday, December 22

HWM Free Tasting – The weekly tasting will feature some of the “greatest hits” from the HWM Wine Club – A selection of both reds and whites will be accompanied by small bites. – Information at 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, December 22-23

Holidelic – The brainchild of Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Bruce Springsteen sideman Everett Bradley, Holidelic puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show. This Yuletide-themed event features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, Frosty the Snowman, Little Drummer Boy, Twas the Night Before the Funk, and the like.  Partygoers will leap to their feet and populate the dance floor once Bradley and his 12-piece outfit take the stage at Helsinki – Everett Bradley is currently a member of the cast of the Broadway musical, After Midnight – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, December 23

The Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open through the month of April. – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pmFormer Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –

Artist Arnie Zimmerman’s Holiday Sale continues – Vintage and new vases, teapots, cups, tiles, and more surprises are still available – Information at arniezimm@gmail.com1pm to 5 pm or by appointment until January –  Izzy’s Room, 84 Green Street

The Spotty Dog Christmas Spectacular and Unholy Night – The Spotty Dog’s annual holiday event starring Brian Dewan, Stephen Bluhm, Alex Turnquist, Dale (from Musica), Jonathan Talbot, and Rebecca Becker – Unholy Night is harsh noise group therapy for holiday season survival.  Escape the holiday nonsense with your loving noise family.  Experience harsh noise sets by Max Hamel, Matt Luczak, My Wife and live visuals by Corey Bauer A portion of the proceeds will benefit public radio station WGXC 90.7 FM – The performance will be broadcast live on Wave Farm Radio and WGXC 90.7 FM – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com  – 6 pm to 10 pm The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Unsilent Night Hudson 2017 –In partnership with Wave Farm, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night returns to Hudson for its second year.  Last year Unsilent Night  made its Hudson debut as part of Winter Walk 2016.  Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event.  It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer.  Each participant gets one of four tracks of music.  Originally the music was played using only cassette tapes in boomboxes, but as vintage boomboxes have become harder to find, more people use smartphones with portable speakers to blast the music.  Together, all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night.  Visit unsilentnight,com for more information. – This year, led by the composer Phil Kline himself, participants will gather in Hudson’s Public Square (aka Seventh Street Park) at Warren and Seventh Streets and march to Hudson’s Promenade Hill, at the foot of Warren Street for the parade’s culmination.  This year’s parade route celebrates Hudson’s lesser traveled alleys and enclaves, winding through corridors and byways that shade the city’s historic streetscape.  All are invited to participate.  To do so, arrive at the Public Square no later than 6:45 pm with a boombox or smart phone with external speakers.  (If you plan to use your smartphone, it is recommended that you visit unsilentnight.com/participate before the event to download a track or the Unsilent Night app.)  A limited supply of boom boxes will be available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.  Participants will begin marching just after 7 pm.  The event will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM, and on your device at www.wgxc.org  – Information at unsilentnight.com or call the WGXC Hudson studio at 518-697-74006:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), Seventh & Warren Streets

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Service at the First Presbyterian Church on Warren Street in Hudson will also serve as the congregation’s celebration of the re-opening of the historic church since the emergency repair of the building’s roof. During the period when the building could not be occupied, services were held in borrowed spaces.  Pastor Kathryn Beilke said:“We particularly want to invite all those who opened their doors to us while we were without a building.  The hospitality we received on all fronts has truly been the definition of community.”  Service at 5 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Warren and Fourth Streets

Next Tuesday, December 26

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

Next Tuesday through Saturday, December 26 through 30

House Rules Café is in the middle of its schedule of free Harry Potter film showings – Goblet of Fire is being screened on Tuesday, December 26, followed by Order of the Phoenix on December 27, Half-Blood Prince on December 28, Deathly Hallows Part 1 on December 29, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 on December 30—All screenings are at 7 pm –  Go early if you are ordering food – Information at 518-828-5938 or www.houserulescafe.com –  7 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street) 

May your holidays be filled with comfort and joy…See you in January  –Ellen

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

*8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com –DavisOrtonGallery.com, Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.comWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

*SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.comBCBArt, 116 Warren Street

*Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Transcendent Functionalism An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

*En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

 

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All content herein copyright 2017 Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, December 11-19, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address  “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

Monday, December 11 through Sunday, December 17

Films at TSL:

> The Florida Project – Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.  They live at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (William Dafoe) whose stern exterior hides a reservoir of kindness and compassion. – “Warm, winning, and gloriously alive…a poignant look at childhood.”

> Wonderstruck – Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel.  Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.  Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.  When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

> Felicite – The film follows a singer working in a bar in Kinshasa, DR Congo, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her son falls victim to an accident.  To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.  Franco-Sengalese director Alain Gomis paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will not accept compromise, who tackles everything head on, and who refuses to give in no matter what. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

>1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

>The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

> The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

> Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Thursday, December 14

The Thursday Afternoon Show on WGXC 90.7 with co-hosts Thomas DePietro and Ellen Thurston, will be talking with Sheena Salvino, (Executive Director of Hudson Development Corporation and the Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency), about Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative  (the $10 million project) around 4:30 pm; and with food writer Susan Simon about holiday food around 5:15 pm – Information at 518-697-74004 to 6 pmWGXC-90.7 FM on your radio dial, or www.wgxc.org on your computer.

Rocket Brain & Little Man – Featuring PG Six and Norm DeGuerre – A free-for-all-ages show – Information at SpottyDogBooks@aol.com or call 518-671-60067 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday, December 15

HWM Free Tasting – A representative from High West Whiskey in Park City, Utah will be pouring samples, paired with Robin’s Fruitcake (A high-end local version!) – Information at 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome – This month is the Artists & Friends Christmas party.  Bring a dish to share, and be ready to discuss the group’s plans for 2018. – There is still opportunity this month for interested artists to share your new projects or recent work.  Send e-mail to artistspotluck@gmail.com or christinehales@me.com  to express your interest – Sher Stevens is at the Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.  Feel free to stop in and talk to her if you have any questions about the artists’ potluck dinner – The potluck is held on the third Friday of each month – All are welcome – 6 pmSenior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Saturday, December 16

The Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open 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) –

National Theatre of London / NT Live presents the Broadway musical Follies  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Book Signing –Photographer Michel Arnaud presents Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings by Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker with photographs by Arnaud– Information at tkhomeandgarden.com – 1pm to 4 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street

Kwanzaa! – Operation Unite, in partnership with Hudson Hall, celebrates African-American culture and unity between friends and family.  Includes an afternoon of arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a performance by the Harambee Dance Company, acclaimed for their blending of the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance.  Attendees are invited to stay for a light Karamu supper, the sharing of Nguzo Saba (the seven principles of Kwanzaa), and the giving of Zawadi (gifts for children). – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Music of Traffic The legendary English jam-rock band Traffic, led by Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, is best known for its early 1970s albums “John Barleycorn Must Die” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” and the Dave Mason-penned rock standard, “Feelin’ Alright.” – The all-star group of regional rock ‘n’ roll talent paying tribute to Traffic with renditions of familiar songs and deep catalog cuts, include drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Bruce Katz, woodwinds player Bill Harris, vocalist Joey Eppard, bassist Scott Petito, and guitarist/vocalist Andy Stack — Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hot Jamz! – Information at thehalfmoon.com or call 518-828-15629 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Chatham WinterFest – Holiday sales throughout the village, free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa and more! – For a full schedule visit ttps://visitchathamny.com/chatham-winterfest/ – 10 am to 6 pm – Main Street and throughout Chatham

Christmas at Clermont Open House – A great day for families to explore the mansion at their leisure, enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room –Free admission – Cider and cookies available in the Visitors’ Center – Information at 518-537-424011 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17

Artist Arnie Zimmerman’s Holiday Sale of cups, teapots, and vases – Information at larosa224@gmail.com or arniezimm@gmail.com2 to 5 pm –  Izzy’s Room, 84 Green Street

Sunday, December 17

The Bolshoi Ballet HD presents The Nutcracker — Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present the annual Messiah Sing, a Hudson holiday tradition for over twenty years. – Messiah Sing gives the audience an opportunity to enjoy Handel’sMessiah, and also to sing one of four parts, accompanied by professional vocal soloists and a five-instrument ensemble. –  Gwen Gould, conductor; with soloists from the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program: Tatum Robertson, soprano; Sarah Ann Duffy, mezzo-soprano, Eric Carey, tenor, and Mark Chan, baritone; and The Tecchler Quartet (violins, viola, cello, and piano) from the Bard Conservatory of Music – This is the first Messiah Sing to be held in the newly restored, magnificent 1855 performance hall in the Hudson Opera House – The audience is invited to seat themselves in the soprano, alto, tenor or bass sections to sing the Christmas portion, plus the “Hallelujah Chorus,” of Handel’s masterpiece – Scores will be  provided.  – Reservations and information at www.hudsonhall.com or call 518-822-14384 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Lettuce Rejoice Holiday Spectacular with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul Leschen – Hedda calls herself the “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen.” Her annual holiday cabaret includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” about a mean tyrant who ruins Xmas; the classic song, “Sleigh Ride,” turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and “Do You Hear What I Hear” rendered as “Do You Think That He’s Queer?” about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.  – Ms. Lettuce, aka Steven Polito, is a six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner from HX Magazine, among other honors. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Tickets also available at GayHudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen – Tickets required – Information and tickets at 518-537-42403 pm to 6 pm  – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Eighth Annual Celebration of Lessons & Carols – A Gift to the Community – Readings & Music of the Season including choral and organ works of Sweelinck, Bach, Ord, Rutter, Smith, Morley, Vittoria, and others – David Smith, Music Director; Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor  – Information at www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or 518-758-6401 – Early arrival is recommended!  Preludes begin at 3:45 pm – Program at 4 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, – 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Tuesday, December 19

House Rules Café is in the middle of its schedule of free Harry Potter film showings – Prisoner of Azkaban is being screened next week.  Come early if you are ordering food – Screening is at 6 pm – Information at 518-828-5938 or www.houserulescafe.com – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth 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 pmPerformance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages–to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com, davisortongallery.com,  Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or .510warrenstrretgallery.com510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.comWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

*SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.comBCBArt, 116 Warren Street

*Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition – All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, 405 Columbia Street

*En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

 

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Dec 4 to Dec 12, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 12

Films at TSL:

> 1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

> The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning 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, intimate 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.orgTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, December 8

HWM Free Tasting–– Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz Importers will be offering samples of several festive spirits in addition to a genepy-spiked hot chocolate.  Yum! – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Rocco Anthony Jerry, with the Progression Ensemble, plays works for accordion, with samplestra, experimental video, and electronics – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Dances of Universal Peace – Karuna, Dahlia and Farid will be leading Dances of Universal Peace, honoring Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet and original “whirling dervish.”  – The public is invited to attend.  Prior experience is not necessary; participants of all ages and physical abilities are welcome and are encouraged to bring a friend and a favorite Rumi poem to share. – Information at www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org7 pmSadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation, 403 Warren Street

CCSM’s Fiesta! – The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement celebrates the resistance and community building it has been a part of in 2017.  The celebration will be a night of local food, live music, DJs and dance.  With Claire Cousin, Rudolfo Solis, the Soul Victory Orchestra, DJ Clint and DJ Geova among the performers.  A sliding scale cover charge, with all door proceeds benefitting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement – Information at 518-828-1562 or thehalfmoomhudson.com – 7 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Ballroom Thieves with The Harmaleighs duo opening – “Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies.  They describe themselves as a ‘rock band disguised as a folk band,’ and indeed they occasionally go electric….”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook – A Celebration of Holiday Music & Merriment with The Adirondack Baroque Consort, Caroling, DJ Jared Widjeskog, members of the Broad Street Chorale, the Nat Phipps Jazz Trio, Sax-O-Klaus, and violinist Dan Bauman – Plus lots of food choices and holiday specials;, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus; a special Teen Night of music and games; horse-drawn wagon rides;  kids entertainment including Tots the Clown, cookie decorating, free cotton candy, and more – Sponsored by the Village of Kinderhook and Kinderhook Business & Professional Association – Information at http://www.kinderhookbusiness.com/candlelight-night.html6 pm to 8:30 pm – Village of Kinderhook

Wickers Creek Band once more journeys to Philmont from the Southern regions of our county – Come fill up your belly and warm up your toes at the Philmont Public House – Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com/mainstpublichouse8 to 10 pm – Philmont Public House, 112 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Friday-Sunday, December 8-10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net –Runs on weekends only – December 10 is the final performance – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, December 9

Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open through the month of April. – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pmFormer Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

National Theatre of London – NT Live presents Young Marx, a new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Holiday House Tour – A self-guided tour of the interiors of five historic homes, all within walking distance of Warren Street, and all decorated for the holidays – Houses include Westcott House, Croff House, Inn at 34, Hudson B&B, and William Farmer & Son –Each stop on the tour is a functioning Inn or Bed & Breakfast – Ticket holders can meet for a complimentary holiday drink and live music from 5 to 6 pm at The Merchant House, 10 South Front Street. – There is a discount on tickets purchased in advance. – Tickets are limited.  To avoid disappointment and save $5, buy your tickets online now.  Tickets and tour materials may be picked up in advance at The Barlow, 542 Warren Street, starting at noon on tour day. – The tour is sponsored by the Hudson Lodging Association  as a benefit for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival –Information and tickets at www.HudsonHolidayHouseTour.comThe tour is from 2 to 5 pm, concluding with a reception at William Farmer & Son from 5 to 6 pm

Valatie’s Winter Walk & Winter Parade – Santa Claus, accompanied by the Winter Parade, rings in the season’s festivities throughout the Village of Valatie.  Shops remain open for the evening, holiday food and live music and entertainment are all available until 9 pm –  The parade will be led by Grand Marshall Guy Gamello and is populated by local firetrucks and rescue vehicles, carolers, and parade-stopping performances by KJ’s Gymnastics and the Roz Dancers, and, of course, Santa Claus riding through the Village on his sleigh – Live musical performances by singer-songwriters Abby Lappen and Marilyn Miller,  rock ‘n’ roll by The Reverberators, and classical harp music by Dawn Danis.  Santa will land at the Valatie Community Theatre for a chance to listen to kids’ wishes.  Other entertainment includes the Heldeberg Marionettes, Roger the Jester, and Carapace Farm Puppetry with a debut of its new holiday production. – WinterWalk is sponsored by the Village of Valatie, the Valatie Santa Claus Club, and the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association. – For an informative map showing where these performances take place, go to http://www.veravalatie.com/WinterWalk. – The Parade starts at 5 pm sharp! WinterWalk is from 6 to 9 pm, Village of Valatie

Copake’s Holiday Light Parade – Brightly lighted fire trucks, emergency vehicles, bicycles and almost anything with wheels is decorated with lights and joins the parade, starting at the Copake Firehouse, and  proceeding through town to the Park Building where hot chocolate and cookies will be served.   A bonfire will be in the parking lot, and Santa will arrive with gifts for all children – 5:30 p m, Copake Firehouse, Copake

Exhibition Opening – Transcendent Functionalism An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com  or call 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 held every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – This month’s reading is the Third Annual Crew Reading with Hallie Goodman, Dani Grammerstorf French, and Anna Victoria –

> Hallie Goodman‘s writing has appeared in many publications including Glamour Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Redbook Magazine. A personal essay in Hunger Mountain is forthcoming. Hallie was a NYFA MARK fellow, and holds a GED and an MFA.

> Dani Grammerstorf French has an MFA in creative fiction from The New School and has been published in Playgirl, Broken Pencil, and others. Dani is the co-founder of both Volume and the long-running Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. Dani lives in Hudson with her husband and daughter.

> Anna Victoria is a writer and freelance photographer based in Hudson, NY. She studied English Literature at the University of Connecticut, and her writing has appeared in the Long River Review, existentia and on Mac.Appstorm. When she’s not taking photos for Volume, she’s working at Etsy, or staring blankly into the void.

> The readings are followed by a DJ set from Anna Victoria. For more information, including full author bios, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/volumehudson

> 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Baby It’s Cold Outside –  Holiday Jazz Concert & Album Launch Hudson Valley-based trumpeter Chris Pasin is joined by vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell, pianist Armen Donelian, bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Jeff Siegel for a concert sure to capture the holiday spirit.  Come warm up your jazz hands with holiday favorites performed by an ensemble of jazz musicians who regularly perform at home and abroad with some of the biggest names in music.  This spirited evening of holiday favorites infused with traditional jazz flare, also launches their new album,Baby its Cold Outside. Jazz Global Beat reports: “From subtle to sexy to swinging, Chris Pasin and friends shine a brilliant light on the best yuletide favorites.” – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Lady Moon & The Eclipse – Lady Moon celebrates her return to Hudson, NY and her recent role in the opera The Mother of Us All, and she brings her jazzy, soul-funk outfit, The Eclipse, with her.  The multicultural seven-piece band is led by Ngonda Badila, whose name means “moon” in Congolese (hence, “Lady Moon”) – The band includes her two sisters, all of whom grew up in an artistic, very musical family in Hudson, where they are well known and beloved by the community. – The Eclipse explores relevant issues through a unique tapestry of cultural perspectives born out of its African, Asian, and European band members – Lady Moon & The Eclipse will be performing two sets, with special guest performers, Samba do Mundo – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, December 10

Everton Sylvester & Searching for Banjo Presented by The Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – “Combine roots-rockin’ reggae with slam poetry and you get Jamaican-born funk-poet Everton Sylvester and his band  Searching for Banjo, bringing their unique blend of spoken word and deep reggae grooves…Sylvester is a product of downtown poetry slams from their heyday at the Nuyorican Café. He began combining spoken word with music as a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (BFE).  Sylvester and Searching for Banjo will perform tracks from their brand new album, as well as some BFE classics – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 5 pm, Show at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The David Atcher Trio:  Rip, Snort & Stomp – Bring a dance partner, meet a new one, or just come and listen . David Atcher, Lauren McDonald, and Susie Deane will perform traditional and contemporary folk music.  Fans of contra dance music will recognize “rip and snort” as a dance move.  Add to that some rousing foot movements and the result is “Rip, Snort & Stomp.”  The trio’s globally-eclectic repertoire includes Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian and Eastern European tunes as well as the music of Breton.  This is a free event and is a part of “Touched by Light,” a celebration of the arts and community. – Information at www.EllenLynch.com or call 208-390-90881 to 3 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Upstage Productions, Inc. presents The Upstage Company Holiday Party – A festive musical cabaret performed by members of the Upstage company, joined by internet sensation Christina Kokonis-Viggers – Seating is limited;  reservations are recommended – To make a reservation call Barbara at 518-828-3824 – After the show, mingle with the performers and enjoy desserts and beverages. – 1:30 pm – Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy, 27 Bridge Street

First Annual Ancram Winterfest Celebration – A sing-along, refreshments, hot cider, crafts for kids, a tree lighting and a bonfire – Featuring Hudson Valley Troubadour, Mark Rust, who will include original songs about Ancram, written by local camp kids and set to the tunes of well-known holiday carols and songs – Information at http//www.ancramny.org/ws2:30 to 5:30 pm – Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram

Next Tuesday, December 12

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

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages–to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com davisortongallery.com – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

* Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.com – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

*SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com – BCBArt, 116 Warren Street

*Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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All content herein copyright 2017 Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 27-Dec 5, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

PLEASE NOTE
Ellen’s e-mail address has changed to “ellenthurston1@gmail.com“.  Please use this address for all correspondence/

ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Winter Walk! READ ON

This Saturday night, December 2, the Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall annual holiday celebration, comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Join the crowd of thousands comprised of Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, all helping to kick off the holiday season.

What’s new, you ask? At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone as usual, but the real Santa will be in his new location at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.

Santa and his elves are not the only ones who have been busy; Hudson’s creative artists have also been hard at work.  Artist George Kroenert’s colorful light sculptures can be seen in the Opera House windows.  Upstairs in the newly renovated performance hall, choreographer Adam Weinert’s new dance production, Rip the Nut, combines two beloved tales— the story behind Tchaikovsky’s familiar Nutcracker Suite, and Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle.  Guest artists are coming from NYC just for this occasion, and many students from local dance companies, arranged by Elena Mosley of Operation Unite, are participating.  The narrators for the performance include Antoine Geurlain, and Shanekia McIntosh. Starting at 5:15 pm, the performance will be repeated as a narrative loop, with each cycle approximately 25 minutes long.  You can drop in at any time.  No reservation necessary! – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Ukrainian-born and now Hudson resident Maryna Bilak Haughton has designed and built a Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture/installation to be placed at the intersection of First & Warren Streets for Winter Walk. Based on a traditional Ukrainian symbol, the brightly-lit, three-dimensional wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight lit rays emanating from the center.  Ideologically it is a symbol of order and the world creation, says Bilak Haughton.  It connects all sides of the world and indicates absolute balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Where’s the action?  It will be all around you, with a special children’s challenge below Third Street called the Where’s George the Gingerbread Man? Scavenger Hunt – Junior sleuths are invited to join the hunt by visiting shops and stores below Third Street during Winter Walk.  Pick up a passport at the Ukrainian Star sculpture at First Street, and collect stamps by visiting the shops and stores below Third to find “George.”  Once stamps are collected, the scavenger/hunter picks up a prize gingerbread man cookie at Dish Hudson, at the corner of First Street.

The live reindeer and llamas are absent this year, but baby goats and miniature horses will be seen in the 400 block. Take a peek in the windows of the houses in Santa’s Village in Seventh Street Park.   Just like the houses in Hudson itself, many have undergone rehab and restoration.  Three new houses have been added to the village.

Don’t forget the businesses and restaurants on Columbia Street and some of the side streets. Both the new, from House Rules Café, decorated for the night as Candy Land, and Lil Deb’s Oasis, occupying the space once known as Little  Debbie’s Restaurant, to the historic Vasilow’s Confectionery, filling your chocolate needs for generations.

For information on parking and traffic patterns for the night of Winter Walk, consult the map on the Hudson Hall website at www.hudsonhall.org, or call 518-822-1438.  If you are driving to Winter Walk, prepare to start early to find a parking spot.  Do not park in a private parking lot unless you have permission from the owner.

Dress warmly, wear your funniest hat and that holiday sweater you’ve been saving for a special occasion—This is the occasion! – Winter Walk begins at 5 and ends with fireworks from Promenade Hill at 8 pm.  See you there!

P.S.  While the fireworks signal the official end of Winter Walk, the merriment continues with several “after parties.”

> A Dance Party with DJ Ted Patterson and Adam Wienert’s “Rip Van Winklers” will be at the Basilica (110 South Front Street) beginning at 9 pm (Suggested cover charge)

> The Half Moon (48 South Front Street) hosts Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Dancing, hot drinks, and mistletoe over every seat. (Cover charge)

> Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia Street) presents the Martin Sexton Trio beginning at 9 pm (A ticketed event)

> Marine Penvern Atelier (701 Warren Street) hosts a Samba Bash with Erminia Apolinario

ELLEN’S WEEKEND PICKS

Monday, November 27 through Sunday, December 3

Films at TSL:

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning 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, intimate 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

Friday, December 1

HWM Free Tasting – Jared Rumsey from Verity Wines will be pouring wines from around the globe—a red French blend from the Languedoc; a Greek red, perfect for cold weather; a chardonnay from Au Bon Climat in California; and a refreshing New Zealand sauvignon blanc. – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

P.S. – During Winter Walk on Saturday night, staff will be pouring a warming cocktail with Cornelius Applejack from Harvest Spirits in Valatie, and Hudson Standard Bitters. 

Sara Watkins – “Best known as the fiddler in the .platinum-selling, progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, as well as for her role with bandmate/brother Sean Watkins in the Watkins Family Hour, Sara Watkins has firmly established herself as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on her own.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, December 1-3

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net – Runs on weekends through December 10 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, December 2

Opening Day! – Hudson Farmers’ Market opens its Indoor Market for the month of December, closes for the month of January, opens again in February and will remain open through April. – 10 am to 1 pm, Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Winter Walk – Presented by Hudson Hall (Hudson Opera House) – A cherished Hudson event, celebrating its 21st anniversary – We’ve seen Winter Walk when the temperature was 60 degrees, and we’ve seen it in the rain, the slush, and the snow, and we remember the year it was postponed because of a blizzard that stopped all traffic.  General advice is to dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes and your friendliest smile, and walk the walk with your friends, neighbors, and relatives.  (See Pick of the Week above for details.)

Martin Sexton Trio – A longtime favorite of Club Helsinki audiences, Martin Sexton returns with his trio to Club Helsinki Hudson to perform his singular blend of folk, soul, jazz, gospel and pop.  A native of upstate New York, Sexton emerged on the highly competitive Boston “new folk” music scene in its heyday in the early 1990s  By the end of the decade that saw him busking in Harvard Square and self-releasing a cassette album that sold 20,000 copies from his guitar case, he was headlining theatres, large clubs, and festival stages. “…Sexton has developed a fanatical following, which is why at his most recent sold-out concert at Helsinki Hudson, he had the audience in the palm of his hand before he even took the stage, and had them singing in unison, without him, by the second song he played.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, December 3

The Perils of Mr. Punch — Modern Times Theater presents a puppet show for children of all ages —Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF) – A celebration and fundraiser for the newly formed CCBF, established to help poor people pay bail, prior to any determination of guilt. The gathering provides an opportunity to learn more about the NYS bail system and how individuals can help. The CCBF Board president, Linda Mussmann, is joined by other Board members including IBM executive Craig Bender, NYU Professor Mark Dickerman, local attorney Cheryl Roberts, and criminal defense attorney Susan Tipograph – Information at www.timeandspace.org – Open to the public – 3 to 5 pm Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Everton Sylvester & Searching for Banjo – Presented by The Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – “Combine roots-rockin’ reggae with slam poetry and you get Jamaican-born funk-poet Everton Sylvester and his band  Searching for Banjo, bringing their unique blend of spoken word and deep reggae grooves…Sylvester is a product of downtown poetry slams from their heyday at the Nuyorican Café. He began combining spoken word with music as a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (BFE).  Sylvester and Searching for Banjo will perform tracks from their brand new album, as well as some BFE classics – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 5 pm, Show at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, December 5

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

 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 *8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com davisortongallery.com– Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.comWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view at Winter Walk, December 2 through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539 or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.comBCBArt, 116 Warren Street

Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.comLimner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 20-27, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday-Sunday, November 20-26

Films at TSL:

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> 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 over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning 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, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tuesday, November 21

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

Wednesday, November 22

Grievances with Annie Bielski  – A one-night-only late night talk show – Grievances makes its debut at The Half Moon the eve before Thanksgiving – Featuring talented guests of the juggling, music, comedy, tragedy, filmmaking, and etc. variety.  Featuring Elbert Perez, David Olivencia, Amanda Daisy Lees, Kitty Monteray, Tomm Roesch, and Elise McMahon, – House band Peter McPartland and DJ Katie Harkin – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm -– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  This year, forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  However, Christ Church Episcopal Church has risen to the occasion and agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  The meal is prepared and served by volunteers.  At this point, all available volunteer jobs are filled, including those who deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in-house.  Those who missed this year’s volunteer opportunity might  consider dining at Christ Church and enjoying the company and conversation with other community members –A gofundme campaign has been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal for those who wish to contribute to the event expenses. – Information at 518-267-9322 – Thanksgiving Dinner served from  to 12 noon to 2 pmFellowship Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street (at East Court Street)

Friday, November 24

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre – Olana offers a marionette show to thrill the young and the young at heart.  The program celebrates theatre in miniature, an ancient art form with popular 19th-century links.  This marionette theatre is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and not-so-traditional puppetry.  Their work incorporates marionette traditions of Central Europe with histories layered with adventure and travel. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x105 – at 9 am and 10:30 amOlana  State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26

5th Annual Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market – The market returns to the Hudson Valley as an antidote to Black Friday – Inspired by the talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley, Farm & Flea was born on Thanksgiving weekend 2013 as an alternative to the big box, mass-manufactured nature of Black Friday – with over 90 of the 100+ vendors coming from the Hudson Valley, the 2017 Holiday Market is designed to be locally-focused, serving as testament to the growing region and reflecting the abundance of makers in the Hudson Valley. – > This year the organizers have announced a host of immersive activities designed to encourage participation and cultural exchange and to showcase the abundance of creative talent in the Hudson Valley and beyond.  These activities include:

> Jimbo’s Airbrush Hut, an art project of Catskill artist Jim Krewson housed in Basilica’s Green Trailer – Jim will be bringing a little Jersey boardwalk to upstate NY with airbrush paintings, celebrity portraits, and Hudson themes in a trashy style

> The Basilica Hudson Art Shop will showcase a number of emerging painters, sculptors, musicians, record labels, and furniture-makers who have previously performed or exhibited at Basilica Hudson

> The Art Bus Project, will be parked at the entrance to Basilica Farm & Flea for the weekend.  The Project is a nonprofit organization and mobile exhibit dedicated to art exposure, education, and engagement, that encourages visitors to think about what their art would look like, to show that creative minds can respond in an infinite variety  of ways.

> The Black Soiree Friday night from 6 to 9 pm, Basilica Farm & Flea hosts the Black Soiree, with a wide range of activities and offers.  Artist/designer Aurel de St. Andre will provide and print free portraits of attendees using an Afghan box camera he found in Kabul – Some vendors will provide demonstrations giving insight into their crafts.  Music by Sauerkraut Seth, cocktails by Fish & Game and dinner by Alimentary Kitchen and Raven & Boar –

> Information at basilicahudson.org or call 917-385-0554 –  Free entry to those under 12 years of age – Weekend Pass available –

> Hours – Friday: 12 noon to 9 pm (includes Black Soiree from 6 to 9 pm);  Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

A SuMoNo Pop-up featuring the Kimono Made Modern – Susan Kotulak brings SuMoNo, the ultimate luxury brand for one-off raincoats, wraps, jackets, and shrugs made with fine Japanese textiles—Kasuri (ikat), Shibori, Indigo, Silk, Shirimen, and Meisen – Through a painstaking in-house process, carefully selected vintage Japanese kimono and kimono bolts have been lovingly taken apart by the SuMoNo team in Clermont, NY and transformed into one-of-a-kind featherweight raincoats and fashion garments that defy eras – Come to the Pop-Up Shop at the Jim Wach Salon to enjoy trying on these casual designs – Information by email to Sue@SuMoNo.design – Friday from 3 to 6 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pmJim Wach Salon, 234 Warren Street (between Second & Third Streets)

Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net –Runs on weekends through December 10 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, November 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market ––  The market has closed its outdoor season, but will return as The Winter Market  next Saturday, December 2 – (See listing below)  — Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Traveling Talks: Walking in Search of the Gobble – Join in the walk to learn all about the bird at the center of this holiday weekend. Fran Martino, environmental educator, will lead the walk on Olana’s carriage roads. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x10510 am  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Explore & Craft: Paper Windows –Scherenschnitte artist Pamela Dalton will help participants craft their own beautiful masterpieces, inspired by Frederic Church’s windows. Dalton’s work is created in the tradition of early American paper-cutting, popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.  Scherenschnitte is a German term meaning “scissor cutting.” – A guided tour of the windows inside Olana’s Main House, will be followed bya paper-cut design lesson. – Refreshments will be served.  – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x1051 pm  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for his 1962 film of the same name – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Book Reading & Conversation – Jim Carroll, Chatham resident and acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, will present his two books—The Boy and the Moon and Papa’s Backpack Both books are rendered in a method Carroll cites as similar to collage, using painting, drawing, photography and textures from nature which are layered digitally. – Children ages 6 to 9 will be delighted to meet the animals in his stories and howl at the moon.  – A free event – Part of a series running through the end of December in celebration of light, beauty and community. – Information at 208-390-9088 or www.EllenLynch.com1 pm –Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tarbox Ramblers, a unique roots-music trio led by Michael Tarbox from Boston, used to play frequently at the original Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, MA…”digging deep into the place where Appalachian music, ancient blues, and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations.”  – NPR describes the sounds of Tarbox Ramblers as “Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,” while music critic Seth Rogovoy writes, “The music is evocative of a world gone by and a world gone wrong, but also a world that lingers on into the 21st century.” – The trio returns to Club Helsinki this Saturday – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, November 26

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents  The Taming of the Shrew with music by Dmitri Shostakovich and choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, November 28

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

Next Saturday, December 2

Opening Day! – Hudson Farmers’ Market opens its Indoor Market for the month of December, closes for the month of January, opens again in February and will remain open through April. – 10 am to 1 pm, Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall annual holiday celebration, comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000, comprised of  Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in his new location at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 *8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – DavisOrtonGallery.com – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

 

*Hudson Valley LandscapesOn view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pmCarrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-90884 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 16 to 23, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

*PICK OF THE WEEK* – Opera at the Opera House! – To celebrate the opening of its second floor performance hall and the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House is producing Virgil Thomson’s rarely performed opera, The Mother of Us All, about the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthonyand her struggles to get the vote for women.  The opera has a libretto by Gertrude Stein. and is directed by R. B. Schlatherwith music direction  by Tony Kieraldo, and a vocal and instrumental ensemble of over 30 Hudson Valley residents.  Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens plays the lead role of Susan B. Anthony.  Not only are the cast and directors local, but the lighting, set and costume design are all the work of talented local individuals as well.  The entire cast and crew is a reflection of the community of artistic talent that resides in the Hudson Valley, and draws attention to the Hudson Opera House, and its history as a cultural and civic beacon in the City of Hudson .

> To accompany the performances of the opera, Hudson Hall is offering a series of free pre-and post-performance gatherings called the “Not Talk Back Salon Series,” which invite the public to hear from creative thinkers, local historians and contemporary artists to explore the opera’s themes that are increasingly relevant today. These gatherings are free and open to the public, subject to space availability.  Brochure available at the Opera House. – Other highlights include a pop-up canteen by local Hudson restaurant/installation/performance project, Lil’Deb’s Oasis, and a mobile Experimental Reading Roomwhere visitors and cast can immerse themselves in Stein’s world through the written and spoken word.

> The Mother of Us All runs for five performances only on November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19, with two performances  remaining– this Saturday and Sunday..    All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – All performances start at 4 pm.  For Wait List information call 518-822-1438. – 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

ELLEN’S WEEKEND PICKS

Thursday-Monday, November 16-20

> Films at TSL:

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced  persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

> Rat Film – – “’There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore.  It’s always been a people problem.. Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but they make homes in them.  Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. – A brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.’”—The New York Times, 2017 – Directed by Theo Anthony

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> 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 over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning 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, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, November 17

HWM Free Friday Tasting – Maria Clark from Polaner Selections will be pouring reds and whites perfect for Thanksgiving dinner – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com  or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pm Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome.  This week Sher Stevens will share information about her tile-making business, with great conversation to follow – Sher, a sculptor from California, became obsessed with the Mermaid,, and as a result, she created her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries – She now lives in Hudson, – All are welcome – Please bring a friend and a dish to share – Anyone who wishes to share their work at the next meeting can contact artistpotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Oxbros Live this Friday – Steven Michael Pague & Benjamin Herndon with Craig Peyton – Information at smoonwsun@aol.com8 to 10 pm – Main Street Pub, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Friday-Sunday, November 17-19

Upstage Productions presents the Broadway musical Mary Poppins – Tickets available at the door or online at https://upstageproductions.org  – Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Hudson High School auditorium, 208 Harry Howard Avenue

Saturday, November 18

Hudson Farmers’ Market –– This is the final market of the 2017 outdoor season – The Winter Market—now in its seventh year– returns to the former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street the first Saturday in December, will be open the four Saturdays in December, will take a rest in January, and return again on the first Saturday in February. –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Drag Queen Story Hour – Presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with Out Hudson – Drag queens reading stories to children – A family-friendly event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer   – “Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood, this story hour gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”  – Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity – There will be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-179211 am to 12 noonHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for the 1962 Bunuel film – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera by composer Sheila Silver with libretto by Stephen Kitsakos – Live Workshop Performances of Act II  – Performers include Katy Pracht, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Michael Scarcelle, with an ensemble of seven instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri and Jonathan Singer on tablas.  Music direction bySara Jobin, and stage direction by Leslie Swackhamer.  – The opera is based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and is set in contemporary Afghanistan, “…more than a story of survival in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds….it is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.”—Contemporary Literature – This two-part program shows an opera in progress – A film  shown earlier this month, shows a workshop performance of Act I that took place in Key West, Florida,   The world premiere will be presented by Seattle Opera in 2020. – It is presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with American Opera Projects and is free and open to the public.  Donations are accepted. – Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Information and reservations at 518-828-1792 x101 or by email to brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org – Performances at 1 pm and 4 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street

BeLo 3rd Gallery Stroll – Art and design locations below Third Street welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This open gallery event presents five galleries open for viewing,  – See listings for details  – Participating galleries are Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street;  Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street; and Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica – Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – 8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to davisortongallery.com  Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – Reception from 5 to 7 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Closing Party for Eric Rhein’s 360 Moons – Information at 518-828-45395 to 7 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Hudson Valley LandscapesOn view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Bella’s butter toffee covered in milk, dark or white chocolate is  simply the best! – And paired with wine from the Hudson-Chatham Winery? !!   Could it get any better?!! – 5 to 7 pm – Information at 518-828-3139  or www.VerdigrisTea.comVerdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

A Not Talk Back conversation related to the production of The Mother of Us All, the Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera taking place at Hudson Hall – A discussion of “Black Dada” will be presented by artist Adam Pendleton who lays out his “disruptive theory” in his new book– Pendleton works in an array of different media, from collage to painting to video and performance.  What draws all these threads together is a concern with language and historical narrative viewed through the lens of African-American culture and aesthetics—plus his own guiding theory, dubbed ‘Black Dada.’” Free and open to all, subject to space availability – Information at 518-822-14386 pm to 7:30 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Handcraft Night: Craftworking with Kara Snyder – Join Kara Snyder of vital corps (http://www,vitalcorpswellness.com/) for a digital detox away from all our gadgets and technology, for an evening of crafting and conversation.  Kara will lead a discussion of the mind-body benefits of simple repetitive crafts, and share how she’s using handmade, upcycled envelopes to collect 33,000 handwritten task lists from women around the globe. – Free admission, but RSVP is requested by emailing Katharine@dropforgeandtool.com or sign up through the link at the  Drop Forge & Tool website. – 6 to 8 pm Drop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents THEM by Dean Taylor.  Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – “a satiric comedy about a tight little neighborhood wishing to keep out any perceived foreign elements, as well as anyone who does not ‘fit in’.” – 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

Tim O’Brien with Amanda Anne Platt opening – Grammy Award-winner Tim O’Brien is a veritable, certified bluegrass/roots-music superstar.  He’ll bring his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, as well as his dazzling skills on every stringed instrument known to mankind – In the 1970s he founded Hot Rize, long regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street –

New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & Dance-Off  – Featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin – “Panache Booking is bringing the world’s most popular soul party to Hudson!!” – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-156210 pm to 1 am -– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack’s 57th Annual Holiday Bazaar – Silent auction and thousands of beautiful items to purchase – Easy parking – Lunch available – Proceeds benefit special in-need projects around the world and at home – Information at 518-851-3811 or go to  claverackreformedchurch.org10 am to 2 pm –  Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9-H, Claverack

Saturday-Sunday, November 18-19

The Mother of Us All has a run of five performances–November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19.  .  All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – A Wait List has been established for both of the remaining performances on Saturday and Sunday For Wait List information call 518-822-1438, or show up and take your chances.. All performances start at 4 pm.Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunday, November 19

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Talk and Book Signing – Matt Bua, author of Talking Walls: Casting out the Post-contact Stone Wall Building Myth of the American Northeast – Matt Bua will talk about his book, Talking Walls, which scrutinizes the oft-repeated story of the origins of Northeast America’s famed stone walls.  Were 252,000 miles of stone walls—enough to reach the far side of the moon—in fact built by European colonists in a period of roughly 100 years, or are they perhaps much, much older?   Employing a mountain of testimony from archeological sources, popular history, and hands-on investigation, Bua’s book draws closer to a profound new reading of our shared landscape and its ancient past. His talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. – Information at 518-822-0510 3 to 5 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-90884 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The Hudson Interfaith Council is holding a service aimed at sending help to the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico in their struggle to survive probably the most severe storm to hit the islands in 100 years – Speakers will include Rev. Teddy Almodovar, pastor of the Power & Restoration Church of God, a Spanish-speaking church in Hudson – Learn how you can make cash donations or send other forms of assistance – Information at 518-851-7044 – Service from 5 pm to 6:30 pmFirst Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

The Mother of All Town Balls with DJ Fulathela and guests – Cover charge – Cash Bar – Information at 518-822-14386 to 9 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle “While Justin bears a heavy burden given his birthright and heritage and perhaps the expectations placed upon him, he is his own man with his own sound,…”  and his own accolades and awards in the music world. – Joshua Hedley warms up the crowd for Earle – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, November 20

Crafting Night – Yarncraft, Papercraft, Anycraft! – Every other Monday, join a group at the House Rules Café for a session of crafting and discussion of our favorite topics—be it nerdy, books, movies, local events, national events, or personal events—anything is up for grabs – Drop cloths will be put down for any potentially messy activity – Information at 518-828-5938 or go to www.facebook.com/events6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of 8th St.)

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting – Information at 518-672-7901 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm – Chatham Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham

Next Tuesday, November 21

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

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Bunnybrains – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, November 23

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  Forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  Christ Church Episcopal Church has agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  Volunteers are needed to help set tables, prepare the meal, and serve the meal, but also to deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in house.  A wide variety of food is also needed.  To volunteer and/or learn what specific food might be needed, call 518-267-9322 – A gofundmecampaign has also been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal

Saturday, December 2

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House (Hudson Hall) annual holiday celebration comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000 Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in the Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

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

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions  email  Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

* Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses – The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

* Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Eric Rhein: 360 Moons – Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539 – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm510 Warren StreetGallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

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