Art Events in Hudson NY, April 28 – May 5, 2016 plus more May preview

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday-Sunday, April 28-May 1 

Films at TSL:

The Case of the Three-Sided Dream – Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a one-of-a-kind musician, personality, satirist, and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices—did not relent.  His life’s work was exploring sound and making music.  Beyond that, he was an outspoken activist who started a political movement to get more exposure for jazz in America…

> Eva Hesse – Eva Hesse was one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.  Dying of a brain tumor at 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works… In the downtown NY art scene of the 60s, she was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously – This film is the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work. Sunday screening is followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

Francofonia – A film by Alexander Sokurov – Set against the background of the Louvre Museum’s history and archives to create Sokurov’s personal vision of staged re-enactments  and activities – The film is a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Mettemich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation – These two remarkable men…shared an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures.

> Streit’s:  Matzo and The American Dream – “Since 1925 the Streit’s matzo factory has sat in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s remains a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on pre-War machinery as old as the factory itself….[F]ilmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit’s saga and echos the American Dream.”

> They Will Have to Kill Us First:  Malian Music in Exile – Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians won’t give up without a fight.  This documentary tells the story of Mali’s musicians as they fight for their right to sing.

> The Silence of Rothko – Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvasses that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture.  This film visits Rothko’s studio in New York; the Museum di san Marco in Florence, where the works of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico are displayed; and The Hague, where the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years, is being installed.

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

Saturday, April 30

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The official opening of the market will be marked by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 9:15.  Hudson’s Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton will do the honors and many other dignitaries will be in attendance to kick off the market’s 19th year. Familiar vendors are in place and many more will be in evidence this week – Come on out, say hello and enjoy the spring bounty – 9 am to 1 pm – The parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

21st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church – The Friends is a secular organization committed to preserving this 200-year-old church building as an iconic symbol of a thriving Warren Street, an irreplaceable part of Hudson’s history, and an active center of community life. – The Friends have accomplished a number of significant repairs and restoration projects, and now money must be raised to replace the leaking roof. – Come to the meeting and learn how you can participate in preserving the past and securing the future of Hudson. Lunch will be served following the meeting at a nominal cost, and can be paid for at the door – 11 am – First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street (corner of Fourth Street)

HD live screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Strauss’s Elektra – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

How AIDS made The New York Times a Better Newspaper – A Reading & Book Signing – Under the executive editor, A.M. Rosenthal, The New York Times newsroom of the 1970s and 80s was a homophobic place.  Journalists known to be gay or lesbian were stalled and even demoted in their careers.  But in December 1990, when Times reporter and closeted gay journalist Jeff  Schmalz collapsed in the newsroom, all that began to change. – Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times will be the subject of a presentation by authors Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue.  Schmalz, a reporter with a secret, was on a fast track at the Times.  Expected to become one of the top editors on the world’s most important newspaper, his homosexuality was abruptly “announced” when a brain seizure became the first evidence that he had AIDS.  From that day until his death at the age of 39, Schmalz found his true calling—writing about HIV and AIDS. His work was the basis of a sea-change at the paper, sensitizing it as never before.  Today’s same sex wedding announcements and editorializing in favor of marriage equality all started with Schmalz’s words.  – Freedman is an award-winning journalist who currently writes a religion column for the Times.   Kerry Donahue is director of Radio Programming at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism – The reading and book signing will be followed by a reception – Information at www.Hudsonarealibrary.org  – 4 pm – Community Room, the new Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

15th International Community Dinner & Cultural Festival –– A family-friendly community-wide potluck dinner with an emphasis on traditional and festive dishes prepared by members of diverse national and ethnic groups living in the local area—Asian, West Indian, Central and South American, as well as European and African-American – Program includes news about community projects, activities for kids, and performances of music and dance from around the world – Admission by donation.  Please bring prepared food from your kitchen to share, preferably with a little card saying what it is and its ethnic identity (Bring  your donation into the church kitchen by 5:30 pm) – A special program on refugees with a guest speaker just back from the Greek transit island of Lesvos, and immigrant speakers, starts promptly at 5:10 pm, Buffet Dinner at 6:15, Music & Dance program at 7 pm – Information at 672-7901 or 366-2551 – 5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use Warren Street entrance)

Exhibition Opening – Maria Walker: Compass – A solo exhibition of paintings – On view through May 22 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – Rachel Schmidhofer: Photosynesthesia; and  Alyse Ronayne: Live Inside Your Head – Both on view through May 29 – Information at 828-6680 or by e-mail to info@baileygallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Window Quartet with Antonin Fajt, piano; Carolyn Hietter, sax; Julian Lampert, bass; and Matt Norman, drums – The members of the quartet, who met during their studies at Bard College in 2013 and have been working together ever since, are led by Tony Fajt.  Born in the Czech Republic, Tony Fajt is the fortunate offspring of Bittova & Fajt, a legendary avant-garde duo, and is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award and Margaret C. Shafer Prize for Composition.  Recently he’s been exploring the possibilities of prepared piano and extended techniques, and has performed at le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, and The Morgan Library in NYC, and at the National Theater in the Czech Republic.  The quartet’s music oscillates between ambient textures, singing melodies, and driving rhythms.  Much of their inspiration comes from landscapes, especially the Hudson Valley countryside and the California savannas – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org7 pm – Hudson Opera House 327 Warren Street

Tashi Dorji & Marisa Anderson – A performance by two acclaimed guitarists – Tasha Dorji is a Bhutanese guitarist currently residing in Asheville, NC – Marisa Anderson, originally from Northern California, dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the US and eventually landed in Portland OR, where she currently lives.  Classically trained, she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands.  She tours extensively throughout Europe and North America.  Her work has been featured on NPR, SPIN, Pitchfork and in “The Wire.”  Her split LP with Dorji was named one of the top experimental records of 2015 by The Out Door/Pitchfork – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Carrie Rodriguez & the Sacred Hearts – The Texas singer-songwriter, who studied violin with renowned fiddler Matt Glaser, is well-known for her collaborations with Chip Taylor.  More recently she has dug into her Chicana heritage with an album of original Tex-Mex music. – Visit carrierodriguez.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

The Hawthorne Valley Festival Chorus with Diane Barnes, soprano and Dorothy Haller, piano in a varied program of classical, folk, and contemporary music – Information at 392-2760, ext 104 – 4 pm – Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent\Exhibition Opening – Paul Solovay: The Uninhibited Eye – On view through May 25 – Information at 325-4000 or on their facebook page – 4 pm to 6:30 pm – The Art Annex, 1666 Route 23, Hillsdale

Churchtown Fire Company Annual Comedy Night – Featuring three hilarious HBO comedians – Hosted by local M.C. Greg Mosley –Dinner and snacks included in ticket price – Information and tickets at 965-6689 or 851-5194 – Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pm, Show starts at 7:30 pm – Churchtown Fire Company, Route 27, Churchtown

The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop celebrates National Poetry Month at Spencertown Academy with the publication launch of two new books featuring the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet—Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition edited by Timothy F. Jackson with an introduction by Holly Peppe; and A Girl Called Vincent, a Millay biography for young readers by Krystyna Poray Goddu. – The celebration includes readings, book signings, and a concert featuring musical interpretations of Millay’s poems from The Edna Project, written and performed by Liz Queler and Seth Farber.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration of Steepletop, the 19th-century farmhouse and estate that Millay and her husband, Eugen Boissevain, purchased in 1925 – Information and tickets at 392-3362 – Reception from 5 to 6 pm; The Edna Project Concert from 6 to 7 pm; Book Signing from 7 to 7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center Benefit – A Chatham Brewery Beer Tasting to benefit High & Mighty’s  programs which provide equine-assisted activities for people with special needs with the goal of enhancing physical, emotional and spiritual well-being – Information at www.high-n-mighty.org or the facebook page – 5 to 7 pm – High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center, 71 County Route 21C, Ghent

SaturdaySunday, April 30-May 1

Weekend Fine Auction – English, Continental & American Fine Art, Furniture & Decorations, including property from the Estate of May Sayles Booker Braga, Middleburg, VA – Auction highlights include a recently discovered important Faberge treasure, the C.K.G. Billings “Loving Cup;” the Cezanne painting “Love and Friendship;” and a painting in the British landscape tradition from the collection of M.S.B. Braga – Information and on-line catalog at http://www.stairgalleries.com/auctions/upcoming-auctions/ or 751-1000 – Previews on Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Saturday/Sunday from 9 am, with the Auction starting at 11 am on both days – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Sunday, May 1

A Community Discussion about the future of the City of Hudson’s North Bay (including the now abandoned Furgary Boat Club) with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and representatives from the Columbia Land Conservancy, the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council, and the Hudson Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee – 1 to 2:30 pm – Meet at the corner of Front & Dock Streets 

Classics on Hudson, in association with the Hudson Opera House, presents Joakim Lartey, percussionist, storyteller, and educator in a free family concert.  Lartey will lead an afternoon of storytelling and drumming, including a “show and tell” about percussion instruments from Africa and other parts of the world.  Fusing traditional and ancient musical forms, Lartey will invite the audience to participate in a spontaneous percussion jam. – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 pm – Please note:  This performance is held at the First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Warren and Fourth Streets

Parker Millsap – Caroline Rose opens – Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is a rising artist on the Americana scene, known for his personal blend of blues, country, alt-country, gospel, and folk music.  He was named a 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association – Caroline Rose is also a rootsy singer-songwriter, but she adds a modern twist to her dark tales and minimalist  arrangements – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

A Climate Advocate Training Workshop presented by The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) – CCL has a unique approach to achieving change through building positive, respectful relationships with lawmakers, and focusing on specific market-based, consumer-friendly solutions that have received support from conservatives and liberals alike.  During the training, participants will learn about aspects of CCL’s history, methodology, and legislative proposal.  The workshop will teach citizens the nuts and bolts of building political will and affecting change in positive, constructive ways.  It will include mini-sessions on how to conduct a lobbying meeting with a member of Congress or an Editorial Board of a newspaper. – The workshop is free. – RSVP to columbiacounty@citizensclimatelobby.org – Information at 392-9431 – 1 to 4 pm – Columbia Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building, Suite 210, 71 Prospect Avenue

Thomas Cole National Historic Site official opening of the New Studio and the 2016 exhibition, Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect – Designed and built by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole in 1846, the original New Studio was demolished in 1973.  Now the New Studio has been reconstructed on its original footprint.  To celebrate this rebirth of Cole’s last architectural work, the inaugural exhibition in the New Studio will be Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect, curated by Dr. Annette Blaugrund – The exhibition features masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Toledo Art Museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and others. The exhibition is on view through October 30 – Refreshments, live music and free admission to the Main House at 11 am; Official Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the opening of the New Studio at 12 pm; and a Curator’s Talk by Annette Blaugrund at 2 pm.  Dr. Blaugrund will also sign copies of the exhibition catalogue   – Information at 943-7465 or www.thomascole.org  – 11 am – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Next Monday, May 2

House Rules Café – Do you miss the board games from childhood?  Curious about the new trend of cooperative games?  Interested in learning a new card game? – Come on out to Or Gallery to play with—or against—your neighbors.  Start an island adventure or play a quick hand of Exploding Kittens.  A small fee gives you access to the library of games, and if you encounter a new game, just ask!  Instruction is available – Information at houserulescafe@gmail.com or https//www.facebook.com/events/894872510622836/ — 6:30 pm – On Monday nights at House Rules Café at Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street (between Partition and Union Streets)

PALM and Lily Konigsberg – White Palm, a four-piece band from Upstate New York, has made its home in the same Hudson scene as experimental art rockers, Buke and Gase.  Palm’s story started when guitarists/vocalists Kasra Kurt and Eve Alpert developed a musical kinship while attending the same high school.  The pair decided to continue their education at Bard College and quickly founded Palm with drummer Hugo Stanley.  Not long after that, the band added Gerasimos Livitsanos on bass and has refined its sound over the past few years with a focus on detail, density, and heaviness – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Charles Dickens: A Theatre Under One Hat – A special performance by English actor Peter Bateson – A recreation of humorous and dramatic readings from the years 1853-1870 – “Shiver with dread, be touched to the heart and laugh out loud, as some of Dickens’ most memorable characters come to life.” – Information at 392-2760 ext. 104 – 6:30 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Next Tuesday, May 3

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5

The third and final episode of Twisted, a new comedy series written by Jody Brookes and performed live at the Red Dot in three episodes over three weeks – The play is set in a bar and the plot revolves around five eccentric characters, including the bar manager.  Jody Brookes is the Program Director at Camphill Hudson  – Information at 828-3657 or by e-mail to jodybrookes@camphillhudson.org – Reservations at 828-3657 – Admission fee includes a house wine or beer and a 10% dinner discount – Arrive early, as beverage and food orders will not be taken between 6:45 and the end of the show at roughly 7:30 pm. – Curtain at 7 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

THINKING FURTHER AHEAD IN MAY

Friday, May 6

Annual Cruise-In to benefit the Columbia-Greene Educational Center Scholarship Program – Open to all specialty vehicles, of any year – Participating vehicles pay a fee; spectators are free – BBQ prepared by the Culinary Art students will be available – Rain date is May 13 – Information at 828-4257 – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia-Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Greenport

Saturday, May 7

Hudson Children’s Book Festival   

North River Gallery opens a new space on Main Street in Chatham with an expansive solo exhibition of Modernist Landscapes by artist Tony Thompson

American Dance Institute holds a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new ADI Lumberyard performance facility in Catskill

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market in partnership with Hudson River Exchange

Sunday, May 8 

Mother’s Day – Celebrate the Mom!

Fidelity – A Plays in Progress reading of new short plays at the Hudson Opera House

Thursday, May 12

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood Community Cleanup – Front & Warren Streets, Hudson

Saturday, May 14

Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association Auction

Sunday, May 15

Opening of Olana State Historic Site’s 2016 exhibition, Capturing the Cosmos

Saturday, May 21

Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Gala

Sunday, May 22

Opening of A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions at the Jack Shainman Gallery in  Kinderhook

Wednesday, May 25

Upstreet Market opens in Seventh Street Park in Hudson, where it will be open every Wednesday during the summer months

Saturday, May 28

Carrie Haddad Gallery celebrates with the opening of its 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Sunday, May 29

Columbia Land Conservancy Public Conservation Area Day with lots of family fun at the Greenport Conservation Area

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Art Events in Hudson NY, April 20 – 30, 2016 plus May preview

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, April 20

Good Work: Hudson Valley Open House – An initiative of etsy.org – This business leadership program is a six month, cohort-based, professional education program where diverse, local entrepreneurs and community leaders come together to foster the compassion, confidence, and commitment needed to work in ways that “allow the participants’ lives, enterprises, and the people and places of the Hudson Valley to thrive.”  Learn more about the business education philosophy at this Open House or contact grace@etsy.org.  Possible participants can learn more and consider applying to be one of 20+ entrepreneurs and local leaders who will take part in the inaugural Hudson Valley program.  Applications are due on May 2.  Information at etsy.org – 6 pm – The Maker’s Space, Etsy Hudson, corner of Fourth & Columbia Streets with entrance at the back of the building in Prison Alley (easily seen from North Fourth Street, between Warren & Columbia Streets)

Thursday, April 21

Hudson Forward Monthly Community Meeting – All are welcome.  On the agenda: Progress reports on Hudson Forward goals – Guest presenter is Ken Hollenbeck from the Hudson Youth Department  – 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street – Use the door closest to the parking lot

Nature Films/Gosh! – Nature Films comes out of hibernation and returns to the stage of its favorite local venue.  Its new album, “Golden Asshole,” is set for summer release.  Listen at www.naturefilmsmusic.com – Gosh! brings its combination of neo-shoegaze and guilt-ridden pop to Hudson by way of Rock Island, Illinois – Its live set weaves between soft/melodic and crunchy/loud.  Listen at https://gosh1.bandcamp.com/  – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8:30 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24

Films at TSL:

> Streit’s:  Matzo and The American Dream – “Since 1925 the Streit’s matzo factory has sat in a low-slung tenement building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s remains a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on pre-War machinery as old as the factory itself….[F]ilmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit’s saga and echos the American Dream.”

> They Will Have to Kill Us First:  Malian Music in Exile – Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians won’t give up without a fight.  This documentary tells the story of Mali’s musicians as they fight for their right to sing.

> The Silence of Rothko – Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvasses that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture.  This film visits Rothko’s studio in New York; the Museum di san Marco in Florence, where the works of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico are displayed; and The Hague, where the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years, is being installed.

> The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film is “an unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer…and a beautiful, but icy, ingénue…”

> The Dying of the Light – The projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age – This film explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. “…a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies…”

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

Friday, April 22

Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – Visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and their friends are all welcome – Please bring a dish or a non-alcoholic beverage to share – Artists presenting this month are: Diana Devlin of American Dream Films, talking about her film projects, including Dreams and Wishes, a documentary about verbal and non-verbal communication, ChesterwoodAmerican Dream Film, and many other film projects; Hudson filmmaker David MacDonald who will talk about his Woodstock documentary, Can’t Get There From Here; and Christine Hales, who will show her recent paintings exploring figuration/abstraction – If you would like to show your work at a future dinner, send examples to christinehales@me.com along with contact information – The potluck dinner is usually held the third Fridayof each month, this month being an exception – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street)

Rayland Baxter – Nashville-based Rayland Baxter is the son of Bucky Baxter, who played in Bob Dylan’s band.  He has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and toured with the Civil Wars, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kacey Musgraves, The Head & the Heart, Shakey Graves, and others – Visit www.raylandbaxter.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Full Moon Walk – Celebrate the return of spring on a guided hike during the Pink Moon, which takes its name from ground phlox which begins blooming around this time.  Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – Information at 392-5252 or www.clctrust.org – 7 pm – Greenport Conservation Area, 319 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Saturday, April 23

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The outdoor summer farmers’ market is open and ready for business in its usual location – Familiar vendors are in place and are joined by new ones – Come say hello and enjoy the spring bounty – (Next Saturday is the official ribbon cutting and opening ceremony) – 9 am to 1 pm – The parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Art Book Sale – 1,000 + contemporary art books, posters, ephemera, and a large pile of free stuff – Everything half price after 4 pm – Information at info@retrospectivegallery.com – 12 noon to 6 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street

HD live screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Happy Medium: Kenneth Polinskie – Hudson artist Ken Polinskie is a master of hand papermaking and pulp painting, and has earned critical praise internationally for his highly charged and interpretive work.  His work uses nature as a metaphor to represent complex predicaments of the human condition, and animals, plants, and figurative subjects to create a personal visual folklore that examines myth, passion, puns and self-reflection.  In this solo exhibition, recent works in ink and gouache on handmade abaca and cotton paper will be shown for the first time – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to7 pm – Hudson Opera House 327 Warren Street

Skyscape Series:  Lyrid Meteor Shower with the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association – Frederic E. Church painted Aurora Borealis(1865; Smithsonian American Art Museum) following his arctic exploration of the North Atlantic between Labrador and Greenland to sketch icebergs in 1859.  Dr. Willie Yee, president, and Joe Macagne, vice president of the  Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will offer a presentation and 21st-Century exploration of the night sky at Olana – Members of the Association will be present with various size telescopes to view the moon and stellar clusters – Participants are welcome to bring their own binoculars and a red flashlight – For ages six and up – Information and reservations at 828-1872 ext. 105 or go to www.olana.org/education/ — Walk-ins are welcome – 7 to 10 pm – Olana’s Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

ReStore’s Eco Fair – Making It Easier to Be Green – Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Eco Fair features representatives from local green companies and environmental organizations with information on the latest and greatest ways to be green.  Vendors include Minding Your Manor whose owner, Julie Ulmer, is an expert in organizing and de-cluttering your home, and Certified Document Security, which will offer shredding.  Fairgoers may leave up to three bags for free shedding.  Additional bags will be accepted with a donation to Habitat.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will share the benefits of composting and the joy of using native plants.  They will also test pH levels for fairgoers who bring soil samples – Advice on using the correct energy-efficient light bulbs will be available – Music will be performed by singer-songwriter Abby Lappen from 10 am to 1 pm, and by Sweet Life Music Collective from 1 to 4 pm – Sweet treats will be available, and the ReStore will be open, offering a broad mix of new and well-used furniture, appliances, bath and kitchen cabinets, and building materials, all at discounted prices. – All proceeds benefit Habitat’s construction programs – Information at 828-0892 or gmoore@columbiacountyhabitat.org – 10 am to 4 pm – ReStore, 829 Route 66 (near the intersection of Routes 66 and 9H)

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase – Demonstrations in shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving will illustrate how wool goes “from sheep to shawl.” – Herding demonstrations with the highly trained border collies of Wild Goose Chase take place in the historic sheep fold in the afternoon.  Members of the Elmendorf Spinners Guild will be at work all day.   Shoppers will be able to find richly-colored knitted and felted shawls, sweaters, and mittens in the Shopping Concourse, as well as an array of yarns, fiber supplies and craft accessories, jewelry, and pottery – The family band Dog on Fleas will perform, as well as the group Tamarack, playing traditional folk and Celtic music – Stories and crafts for children will be available all day. – Information at 537-4240 or e-mail to Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

The Hudson River Consort performs The High Baroque, a seminal era in western classical music.  Works by both familiar and lesser-known composers of the late sixteenth to mid-eighteenth century—including Handel, de Boismortier, Bach, Corelli and Fischer—will be performed on period instruments and accompanied by the artists’ commentary. – Information and reservations at rhoveninc@gmail.com – 5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24

15th Annual Sean’s Run & Ride Weekend – The Sean’s Run organizing committee has spent 14 years combating underage drinking, impaired driving, and lax use of seat belts.  This event continues to grow with new amenities and features – Organizers have added a visual arts element with a program called Artists for Sean’s Run, and music, provided by the Berkshire Bateria will perform Brazilian beats before the start of the 5K run, “to get your heart rate up to race speed.” The Bateria will also be at the finish line, along with a generous food court

Saturday:  Sean’s Ride – 50 mile, 20 mile, and 10 mile scenic bike routes for bicyclists of all abilities; Special Needs Kids’ Run

Sunday:  Sean’s Run 5K & Meghan’s Mile for runners and walkers of all ages

> Other activities include a Zumbathon, Battle of the Belts, and a Prevention Education Expo.

> All activities start in Chatham – check the website for locations.   For further information and a full schedule go to www.seansrun.com

24 Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music – Presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? In collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm/WGXC FM – The program features expanded offerings, encompassing sound artists, film screenings, interstitial sound pieces, long-duration video, interactive art installations, on-site tattooing, hypnotherapy, light healing, and more.  Musical performances include Oneida, Innov Gnawa, Efrim Manuel Menuck, Noveller, Drums & Drones, Arone Dyer, and many more.  Plus videos curated by Second Ward Foundation, commissioned works by Wave Farm, and films on drone-based human expression presented by Kiln Films.  In collaboration with Wave Farm, the program will be streamed online in its entirety and will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7FM on Saturday from 3 pm on Saturday to 11 am on Sunday – Paintings by Dylan Kraus, sound art installation by No Wave artist Barbara Ess, sculptures by Kris Perry and other works by Vita Rabinovich.  – Full lineup, schedule and tickets at basilicahudson.org/24-hour-drone-experiments-sound-music-2/ —

Saturday from 3 pm to Sunday at 3 pm – Basilica doors open at 2 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street;  Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

Sunday, April 24

A Special Screening of a performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet starring Maxine Peake, from Manchester, England’s Royal Exchange Theatre – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series –Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – This week artists Joan Retallack and Xaviera Simmonswill present.  Annandale-on-Hudson-based Retallack and Brooklyn-based Simmons both take their audiences on trips.  Simmons takes us through landscapes with cinematic intent  and Retallack guides us through broken narratives and lost histories  – The presentation is followed by Q&A –Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  — 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

On the House with Kat Dunn – A Hudson Wine Merchants free tasting –Enjoy Kat Dunn’s mixologic magic starring Brazilian spirit Avua Cachaca.  Kat will be riffing on Caipirinhas, serving up free cocktails and a whole lot of know-how.  Small bites, drinks, and a great chance to meet that cocktail from Ipanema – Information at 828-6411 – 2 to 4 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Pal Shazar will play songs and sign copies of her new book of portraits, You Don’t Know Me –– She last performed in Hudson with her husband, Jules Shear, in the duo Shear/Shazar.  This will be a rare live solo performance – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 4:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Sean Rowe – This Troy, NY native is a throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison.  He boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems.  Indie folk-pop duo The Sea The Sea will warm up the crowd and back up Rowe during his set – Visit seanrowe.net – Information at 828-4800 helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Climate Change and How to Solve It – A forum on climate change and local action for area residents, public officials and their families – Organized by the Columbia County Environmental Management Council representatives from Clermont, Germantown, and Livingston – Two presentations will start the event and set the stage for discussion and questions – Jan Storm PhD is an environmental scientist affiliated with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby;  Mark D. Lowery is a climate policy analyst for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation – Information at 537-5416 – 4 pm to 5:30 pm – Kellner Community Activities Center, Palatine Park Road, Germantown

Next Tuesday, April 26

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Thursday, April 28

Thirteenth Annual Dining Out For Life, a benefit for the Alliance for Positive Health (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York) – Five Hudson restaurants–Baba Louie’s , Ca’Mea Ristorante, Helsinki Hudson, Mexican Radio, and Red Dot Restaurant & Bar–will donate a percentage of the price of your meal to the Alliance to help people in the region who are living with HIV/AIDS – The donation applies to both lunch and/or dinner, for those restaurants that are open for lunch – Local ambassadors will  greet you at the restaurant and give you a chance to enter a drawing for a pair of  jetBlue airline tickets – For information on participating restaurants visit allianceforpositivehealth.org  – Reservations are necessary!!

Next Saturday, April 30

21st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church – The Friends is a secular organization committed to preserving its 200-year-old church building as an iconic symbol of a thriving Warren Street, and irreplaceable part of Hudson’s history, and an active center of community life. – The Friends have accomplished a number of significant repairs and restoration projects, and now money must be raised to replace the leaking roof. – Come to the meeting and learn how you can participate in preserving the past and securing the future of Hudson. Lunch will be served following the meeting at a nominal cost and can be paid for at the door  – 11 am – First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street (corner of Fourth Street)

How AIDS made The New York Times a Better Newspaper – A Reading & Book Signing – Under the executive editor, A.M. Rosenthal, The New York Times newsroom of the 1970s and 80s was a homophobic place.  Journalists known to be gay or lesbian were stalled and even demoted in their careers.  But in December 1990, when Times reporter and closeted gay journalist Jeff  Schmalz collapsed in the newsroom, all that began to change. – Dying Words; The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed The New York Times will be the subject of a presentation by authors Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue.  Schmalz, a reporter with a secret, was on a fast track at the Times.  Expected to become one of the top editors on the world’s most important newspaper, his homosexuality was abruptly “announced” when a brain seizure became the first evidence that he had AIDS.  From that day until his death at the age of 39, Schmalz found his true calling—writing about HIV and AIDS. His work was the basis of a sea-change at the paper, sensitizing it as never before.  Today’s same sex wedding announcements and editorializing in favor of marriage equality all started with Schmalz’s words.  – Freedman is an award-winning journalist who currently writes a religion column for the Times.   Kerry Donahue is director of Radio Programming at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism – The reading and book signing will be followed by a reception – Information at www.Hudsonarealibrary.org – 4 pm – Community Room, the new Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

15th International Community Dinner & Cultural Festival –– A family-friendly potluck meal of traditional and festive dishes prepared by members of diverse national and ethnic groups living in the local area—Asian, West Indian, Central and  South American, as well as European and African-American – News about community projects, activities for kids, and performances of music and dance from around the world – Admission by donation.  Please bring food from your kitchen to share (by 5:30 please) – Information at 672-7901 or 366-2551 – 5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Fourth & Warren Streets

Churchtown Fire Company Annual Comedy Night – Featuring three hilarious HBO comedians – Hosted by local M.C. Greg Mosley –Dinner and snacks included in ticket price – Information and tickets at 965-6689 or 851-5194 – Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pm, Show starts at 7;30 pm – Churchtown Fire Company, Route 27, Churchtown

THINKING AHEAD TO MAY

The month of May seems to be all about new beginnings.

 Sunday, May 1

A Community Discussion about the future of the City of Hudson’s North Bay with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton and representatives from the Columbia Land Conservancy, the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council, and the Hudson Waterfront Advisory Steering Committee – 1 to 2:30 pm – Meet at the corner of Front & Dock Streets – Hudson

Thomas Cole National Historic Site official opening of the New Studio and the 2016 exhibition, Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect – Catskill

Saturday, May 7

Hudson Children’s Book Festival – Open a book! – Hudson 

North River Gallery opens a new space on Main Street in Chatham with an expansive solo exhibition of Modernist Landscapes by artist Tony Thompson – Chatham

American Dance Institute holds a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new ADI Lumberyard performance facility – Catskill

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market comes to life – Hudson 

Sunday, May 8 

Mother’s Day – Celebrate the Mom!

Thursday, May 12

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood Community Cleanup – Front & Warren Streets, Hudson

Sunday, May 15

Opening of Olana State Historic Site’s 2016 exhibition, Capturing the Cosmos. – Greenport

Sunday, May 22

– Opening of A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions at the Jack Shainman Gallery – Kinderhook

Wednesday, May 25

 Upstreet Market opens in Seventh Street Park, where it will be open every Wednesday during the summer months – Hudson 

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Art Events in Hudson NY, April 14 to April 21, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, April 14

A Conversation with Twyla Tharp – On March 31, in celebration of her dance company’s 50th anniversary season, spoke about her life’s work at Basilica Hudson.  A portion of Twyla Tharp’s talk on her life’s work to a full house at Basilica Hudson will air on The WGXC Thursday Afternoon Show, co-hosted by Ellen Thurston and Tom dePietro.  Twyla Tharp’s dance company is in residence during the month of April, creating and rehearsing new work at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Performing Arts Center in Tannersville – Information at 697-7400 – The Thursday Afternoon Show is on air from 4 to 6 pm – The Twyla Tharp interview will air at 5:15 pm – WGXC, 90.7 on your FM dial or on the internet at www.wgxc.org

The Riverfront Antiques & Design Center invites the Hudson business community to the Grand Opening of their new space in the former L&B factory on the Hudson waterfront – Information at www.hudsonradc.com/ — 6 to 9 pm – Enter at Door 21 in the long white building behind Basilica Hudson at 110 South Front Street, or enter at 99 South Third Street, just west of Allen Street at the sign reading Riverfront Industrial Park

Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16 

O!Baby Children’s Consignment Sale – 32,000 gently used kids’ items – Held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall – Information by e-mail to info@obabysale.com – Thurs: 8:30 am to 6 pm; Fri: 8:30 am to 5 pm; Sat: 8:30 am to 2 pm – Columbia County Fairgrounds, 32 Church Street, Chatham

Thursday-Sunday, April 1417

Films at TSL:

> The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film is “an unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer…and a beautiful, but icy, ingénue…”

> The Dying of the Light – The projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age – This film explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. “…a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies…”

> Concerto: A Beethoven Journey  A broadcast of Sir Simon Rattle leading The Berlin Philharmonic in two Beethoven works—Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7 – In addition to the concert, the documentary, Living with Beethoven, which features interviews with Rattle and philharmonic musicians as they talk about their approach to this composer’s genius, will be shown..

 > One More Time – Aspiring rock star Jude is stuck in a rut, relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands.  Evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she moves into the Hamptons home of her wealthy father, an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback.  Jude is forced to confront her troubled family relationships and her wobbly career.

> Marinoni/ The Fire in the Frame – Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman.  Bur after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him.  At age 75, feeling in top shape, he decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.  Described as “incredibly entertaining!”

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this remote and lush South American jungle.  Based on the diaries of two white men who travelled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

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

Thursday-Monday, April 14-18

Nearer the Truth – This exhibition opened last week. It brings together four artists who have shown in the gallery before—Peter Acheson, Mark LaRiviere, Roger Phillips, and Gerald Wolfe.  This time each will be showing both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, providing a fresh, nuanced look at their body of work. The interplay between paintings (or, in Phillips’ case, prints) and sculptures is revealing–the common language they share, the places where they diverge, the limitations and possibilities inherent in each medium and how the artist chooses to use them. Viewing an artist’s work in this context provides a unique opportunity to look deeper and develop a more rounded picture of their work. – On view through May 22 – Information at thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – Gallery hours ThursdayMonday11 am to 5 pm; Friday: 11 am to 7 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Friday, April 15

Shepherd’s Heights to Neon Lights – Performed by Trio Nota—Amanda Boyd, voice; Michael Clement, piano; and Joseph Rutkowski, clarinet – A recital of music evoking classical, romantic, folk, Asian and jazzy tones by Brahms, Mayerbeer, Cooke, Hovhaness and Gottlieb – Reservations and information by e-mail to amandaboyd@gmail.com – 7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Wickers Creek Band comes back to one of its favorite haunts every Friday night through June – Information at www.facebook.com/philmontpub or 672-7346 – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Friday-Saturday, April 15-16

25th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction & Swap Meet – Friday features the Swap Meet from dawn ‘til dusk, a lecture on “America’s First Bicycles…The Velocipede Era” by guest lecturer and cycling historian Carey Williams at 1:30 pm, and a ten-mile ride at 3 pm – Saturday auction starts at 9 am – Online catalog at copakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Saturday, April 16

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Ahead of Schedule!  The market moves from the Parish Hall at Christ Church Episcopal to its usual outdoor location at Columbia and Sixth Street – 10 am to 1 pm – The parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

The Fire Truck Pine Box Derby – Featuring a game show to help children learn about ladder trucks, pumpers and rescues – Part of the Super Saturdays series – Reservations are required.  – Information and reservations at 822-1875, ext. 10. – Children will also be able to build and decorate their favorite fire truck for a race – 10:30 am – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

Exhibition Opening – The Essence of Color – Pow! Crackle! Pop! – Where color is the subject – Juried by artist Wendy Moss – On view through May 18 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Josh Sperling: Strong Silent Type – On view through May 17 – Information at 828-2288 or retrospectivegallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Flower – Presenting a selection of works from the Gallery Collection by artists Brian Matthew Blair, Teddy DiLucia, Robin Halpren-Ruder, Amy Lincoln, and Emet Sosna – On view through May 28 – Information at 697-5130 or www.conceptohudson.com/ — 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Classics on Hudson presents a distinctive debut:  Oceanic Fantasy, composed by Paola Prestini and commissioned by Francesca dePasquale, and other works for violin and piano – The work draws inspiration from Prestini’s Oceanic Verses, a chamber opera that paints “a picture of Italy as it once was, a cross-section of cultures expressed through song.” Francesca dePasquale, an award-winning Juilliard graduate, belongs to the latest generation of Philadelphia’s distinguished dePasquale family of string players with both parents and two uncles having comprised the noted dePasquale Quartet.  Her father, William, served as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s co-concertmaster, and her mother, Gloria, is still a member of the cello section.  Francesca is a current Starling Fellow Teaching Assistant to Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School.  At this concert she is accompanied by pianist Meng-Chieh Liu – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org– 7 pm – Hudson Opera House 327 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Commander by Mario Correa  – This is the fourth staged reading of HRC’s 25thAnniversary season.– In this play, Correa, who is a self-proclaimed “political junkie,”  poses the question as to whether America is ready for a gay presidential candidate.  Commander was a runner-up for the 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference.  The staged reading is performed by professional actors and is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Kinsey & Wyndham – Long-time pals Wyndham Boylan-Garnett and Nick Kinsey share an evening of music – Visit https://wyndham.bandcamp.com/  and https://kinsey1.bandcamp.com – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

A Steely Dan Tribute — Reelin’in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan – Information at 828-4800 helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

 

HD live screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Olana’s Travellers Club: Tracing Frederic Church’s Roots:  Hartford CT from Birthplace to Burial – A trip to Hartford CT to visit the birthplace, childhood stomping grounds, and final resting place of Frederic Church.  The Charter Oak Tree Monument, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Mark Twain House, and a walking tour of the Church family graves are included.  Pre-registration is required – Information at www.olana.org

Spring Gardening Day – An annual event sponsored by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties – This year’s event focuses on “Gardening in a Climate of Change” – 9 to 10 am: Keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor and the Extension Leader for the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University; Workshops from 10:30 am to 12 noon on the following topics: Container gardening, landscape design, rain gardens, reducing your carbon footprint, roses and climate change, starting your farm dream, and vegetable gardening – Registration and information at 828-3346 ext. 0 or www.ccecolumbiagreene.org/ — 9 am to 12 noon – Columbia Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

The Ukuladies – Music Omi alumna Katie Down and her three band-mates bring their ukulele-playing comedy act to Omi as The Ukuladies.  These gals are a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities – From The Times Union: “The four endlessly charming Ukuladies played fiddle, spoons, flute, trombone, kazoo, pennywhistle, cymbal, toy concertina, musical saw, doorbell, harmonica, toy flute, washboard, glockenspiel, banjo, ocarina, coconuts, toy piano, tap shoes, and, of course, an impressive array of ukuleles in a wide variety of shapes and sizes” – Information at 392-4747 or artomi.org – 5:30 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Two solo exhibitions:   Laura Stein: women, guns x internet; Joseph Stabilito: New Small Work – On view through May 7 – 1 to 3 pm – LABspace, 2642 Route 23, Hillsdale (just west of NY Route 22 and on the floor below Crossroads Food Shop)

Camphill Ghent Concert Series – Bard Conservatory of Music students, joined by cellist Robert Martin and pianist Gili Melamed-Lev, will perform Schubert’s double cello quintet and works by Brahms and Hayden – This is the last concert in this series – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Pop Songs & Poem Songs – A concert with pianist/vocalist Ellen Mandel, guitarist/vocalist Michael Lydon and soprano Jessica Crandall – The program includes pop/jazz songs by Mandel & Lydon, many using the words of poets like e.e. cummings, W. B. Yeats, and Shakespeare – Their songs include one that captures Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in three nutty minutes, a serenade to Paris, a humorous blues number that teaches a vital love lesson, and more.  Mandel and Lydon have won many ASCAP and theatre awards and they often team up with Jessica Crandall.  The trio has performed all over the East Coast and in California – Information at roejanlibrry.org or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23)

Prose & Prosecco – To benefit The Claverack Library – Three local authors— A.W. (Andrew) Barnes, Andrea Kleine, and Debby Mayer—will read from their books – A.W. Barnes is the dean of the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  His creative nonfiction has appeared in Sheepshead ReviewGertrude Press, and the online journal If and Only If – Andrea Kleine is a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow and a NY Foundation for the Arts fellow.  Her debut novel, CALF, was named one of Publishers’ Weekly’s “Best Books of 2015.” – Debby Mayer is an author, blogger, and journalist who lives in Hudson.  Her blog can be found at debbymayer.blogspot.com. Her most recent book is a memoir, Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen.  She is a contributing editor for The Columbia Paper  – Information and reservations by e-mail to news@claveracklibrary.org – Books will be available for purchase and signing – 5 to 7 pm – Home of antique dealer Kathy Pakay and photographer Sedat Pakay, 230 Route 217, Claverack

Sunday, April 17

Bard at Beattie – Vivid  Shades Woodwind Quintet presents a program of works by Hindemith, Ibert, Mucszynski, and others, performed by talented young musicians from the Bard College Conservatory of Music – Information and reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc@gmail.com– Visit www.beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com – 2 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

Exhibition Opening – Works by watercolorist and landscape painter William Holland – On view through mid-June – Information at 392-2760, ext 104 – 3 to 5 pm – Joan Allen Art Gallery, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Nasty Drew and That Harder Boy in Mystery of the Family Jewels – A Burlesque Show featuring Chris Harder –A parody of the classic Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries – Its guys!  Its gals!  Its drag queens!  Fun and campy, and a little bit of everything for everyone.  Presented by GayHudson.com and BigGayHudsonValley.com – To watch the video and get tickets, go to GayHudson.com – 7 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, April 18

The Hudson Conservation Advisory Council is beginning a multi-year project to inventory the City’s open spaces and natural resources.  As a contribution to this effort, specialists from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program have prepared summaries of existing data about the condition of natural habitats within the city, the challenges we face from severe climate events, and the state of our wetlands, streams and water systems.  They’re coming to discuss these findings, and how this kind of information can help us plan for Hudson’s future.  This is a chance to learn about the natural environment of our city – Information at 404-892-4964 – 6:30 pm – new Hudson Area Library, Corner of Fifth & State Streets

Next Tuesday, April 19

Columbia Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting – Presentation of An Economic Development Plan for Columbia County  – Reservations at 828-4718 – Registration at 7:30 am; buffet breakfast at 8 am; program from 8:15 to 9:15 am – Kozel’s Restaurant, Route 9H, West Ghent

Bonfiglio Pop-up Dinner Series – The second in a series of three dinners presented by Gabriele Gulielmetti and Rachel Sanzone of Bonfiglio & Bread – Information and reservations by e-mail to kim@rivertownlodge.com – The third and last dinner in the series will be on May 17 – 6 to 10 pm – Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Climate: What’s the Big Deal? – A Community Conversation – Led by Jan Elise Storm PhD – The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is hosting community conversations throughout Congressional District NY 19 to build public support for climate action.  The group will be highlighting interests and concerns each community would like to hear about.  Each event will allow ample time for questions and answers. – These meetings are seen as a good way to meet other CCL members, to learn the latest news about climate, national and international momentum toward reducing carbon emissions, and how CCL is building political will toward putting a price on carbon. This is the second of such community meetings – Information at 392-3256 or by email to jan.elise.storm@gmail.com – 6:30 to 7:30 pm – New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon

The Chancellor’s War – An illustrated lecture by Geoff Benton – Presented by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers – The lecture will tell the story of Robert Livingston during the Revolutionary War.  Livingston, an important but now forgotten man, played important roles on both the state and national level during the entire war.  The lecture will discuss his motivations for joining the war as well as highlight some of his most important contributions to the effort, such as the Address to the People of Great BritainThe Declaration of Independence, and The New York State Constitution, and his time as Secretary for Foreign Affairs – Benton is Historic Site Assistant at Clermont State Historic Site and Deputy Town Historian for the Town of Livingston.  He has written numerous articles for the CCHS magazine History & Heritage. – Information at www.cchsny.org or 758-9265 – 7 pm – James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Wednesday-Thursday, April 20-21

The second episode of Twisted, a new comedy series written by Jody Brookes and performed live at the Red Dot in three episodes over three weeks – The play is set in a bar and the plot revolves around five eccentric characters, including the bar manager.  Jody Brookes hails from Brighton, England and moved to the United States in 2011 – She is the Program Director at Camphill Hudson.  The first episode was performed on April 6 and 7.  The third, and last, will be performed on May 4 and 5 – Information by e-mail to jodybrookes@camphillhudson.org or call  828-3657  – Reservations at 828-3657 – Admission fee includes a house wine or beer and a 10% dinner discount – Arrive early, as beverage and food orders will not be taken between 6:45 and the end of the show at roughly 7:30 pm. – Curtain at 7 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

 

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Art Events in Hudson NY, April 5 to April 12, 2016 (and beyond)

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, April 5

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – This biweekly all-nerd throwdown has been held at the Spotty since 2007.  Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions.  The winning team gets its name on the Winners’ Board and its bar tab on the house.  Anyone can play! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Wednesday, April 6

Local Albany public television station WMHT will be showing the short version of the film The Saving of Olana: An American Treasure on its “AHA!” program – 7:30 pm – WMHT (In the City of Hudson, that is Channel 2.)

Chris Garneau and Cameron Niven – Visit www.soundcloud.com/cameronjniven and www.chrisgarneau.com – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wednesday-Thursday, April 6-7

Twisted, a new comedy series written by Jody Brookes and performed live at the Red Dot in three episodes over three weeks – The play is set in a bar and the plot revolves around five eccentric characters, including the bar manager.  Jody Brookes hails from Brighton, England and moved to the United States in 2011 – She is the Program Director at Camphill Hudson where she continues to use her theatre skills.  The first episode is performed April 6 and 7, while the second episode will be April 20 and 21 and the third on May 4 and 5 – Information at 828-3657 or e-mail to jodybrookes@camphillhudson.org – Reservations at 828-3657 – Admission fee includes a house wine or beer and a 10% dinner discount – Arrive early, as beverage and food orders will not be taken between 6:45 and the end of the show at roughly 7:30 pm. – Curtain at 7 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

Thursday, April 7

Reading/Signing/Screening – Author Barney Hoskyns will read from his new book, Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock, followed by a screening of David McDonald’s film, Woodstock Can’t Get There From Here, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the rise and eventual fall of the American counterculture through events in the Town of Woodstock. This is the first time the film will be shown publicly in its entirety, since it was shut down by legal threats ten years ago. Versions of the film have appeared in film festivals around the globe.  Of Hoskyns’ book, Rolling Stone has said “[Small Town Talk] goes inside the myth, debauchery and creative fire of one of rock’s legendary towns….” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

ProJam#15 – A Night of the Region’s Best Blues Musicians!  – Vocalist/mouth harpist Kellie Rucker, guitarist Petey Hop, singer Trisha Marie Pallo of the Differents, saxophonist Andy Stahl of Chris O’Leary Band, bassist Pat Perkinson, drummer Sonny Rock, and 50 Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in! – A bi-monthly event – A Sonny Rock/Gary McKeever Production – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdaySunday, April 7-10 

Films at TSL:

>No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman‘s final film is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.  In French with English subtitles.

> One More Time – Aspiring rock star Jude is stuck in a rut, relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands.  Evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she moves into the Hamptons home of her wealthy father, an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback.  Jude is forced to confront her troubled family relationships and her wobbly career.

> Marguerite – A film by Xavier Giannoli that won eleven 2016 Cesar Award nominations – The film takes place at the beginning of the Golden Twenties.  It is a party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle.  Every year music lovers gather at the castle around a great cause.  Marguerite’s passion is music.  She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune….

> Marinoni/ The Fire in the Frame – Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman.  Bur after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him.  At age 75, feeling in top shape, he decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.  Described as “incredibly entertaining!”  – – Q&A with the filmmaker on Friday and Saturday

Rabin: The Last Day – This tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin on the twentieth anniversary of his death sheds light on an ever-growing crisis of hate in Israeli society today – Directed by Amos Gitai – In Hebrew with English subtitles

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this remote and lush South American jungle.  Based on the diaries of two white men who travelled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

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

Friday, April 8

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast – This event offers legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2016 and beyond for the local business community – Speakers include Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblymen Pete Lopez and Steve McLaughlin, Assemblyperson Didi Barrett, and Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murrell. – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am – Student Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

HWM Free Friday Tasting –Taste a selection of value whites and reds, imported by Martin Scott Wines. Think Spring with affordable bottlings of Gavi, Arneis, Trebbiano and Vinho Verde,   Bordeaux, and Montepulcianos, plus small bites, cheeses, and great neighbors – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341½ Warren Street

DiTrani Brothers (post-apocalyptic originals, traditional gypsy jazz, and ragtime) and Dana Hubanks (dark country folk) – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Singer/songwriter Abby Lappen returns to the Pub to play duo with guitar stylist Aaron Martin – Information at 672-7346 – 8 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Saturday, April 9

Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the new Hudson Area Library in the former Armory building at the corner of Fifth & State.  Daniel Kent from The Galvan Foundation, Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, State Assemblyperson Didi Barrett, and Congressman Chris Gibson will participate in the dedication.  After the ribbon cutting, the library will be officially open to the public and all are invited to take a look inside.  The Senior Center on the second floor and the Perfect Ten After School program space on the third floor, both accessible by stairs or elevator, will also be open and welcoming visitors.  Information at 607-588-9828 – The Library will be open from the end of the ribbon cutting ceremony until 3 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (Corner of Fifth & State Streets)

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – This is the last Saturday of this year’s indoor market  – Next Saturday (April 16) find your favorite vendors at the market at its usual outdoor location at Columbia and Sixth Street – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Cookie Contest/Welcome Event – To open the new Hudson Senior Center – Bake and bring your favorite cookies and enter the contest – Information at 929-0105 – 10 am to 3 pm – Senior Center, 2nd Floor, Armory Building, Corner of State & Fifth Streets

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – An open house event at seven galleries, highlighting the diversity of art offerings on Warren Street below Third Street – In addition, several galleries will be holding opening receptions for exhibiting artists (See additional listings.) Open galleries include:

200 Block, Warren Street:  Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238 Warren Street; J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street ; FRG Objects & Design, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

>100 Block, Warren Street: Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street; Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB Art, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Information at 617-645-1616 – 5 to 7 pm – Warren Street below Third Street

Exhibition Opening – Plant Life – Two Solo Shows:  Karen Bell:  Flotsam & Jetsam and Dana Matthews: Cyanotypes—an homage to Anna Atkins plus Two Portfolios chosen through competition – Native, indigenous, invasive.  Leaves, vines, branches and bramble by Angilee Wilkerson and Invasive by Michael O’Shea – On view through May 8 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com 6 to 8 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Hudson River Stories – Museum of Illegal Art – Works by J Damiani – Best seen from a moving train – Information at www.jdamianigallery.com or 828-5490 – 4 to 7 pm – J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street

Live HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Illustrated Lecture & Book Signing – Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, will talk about her latest New York Times bestseller, which reveals the extraordinary life of German naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt.  Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and inspired Frederic Church on many levels.  Humboldt’s travels inspired Church to follow in his footsteps, culminating in Church’s largest masterwork, “The Heart of the Andes.”  Wulf is the author of The Brother Gardeners and the co-author of This Other Eden.  Her book Founding Gardeners was published to great acclaim in 2011.  Her Chasing Venus was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century.  Her latest book—the subject of this lecture—has received rave reviews and has been named one of the ten best books of 2015 by The New York Times – Information at 828-1872, ext. 105 or www.olana.org/education/  – Walk-ins are welcome – Reduced admission for members of Olana and/or the Columbia Land Conservancy – 4 pm – Hudson High School auditorium, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

Writers Omi Reading – Art Omi’s Spring 2016 international writers and translators in residence at Ledig House read and share their work.  Writers Omi provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature. This is their first reading of the year, giving them a chance to present their work to the public.  The readings will be followed by a reception with select wines and cheeses from around the world provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Third Floor Gallery, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

 

Art & Music Moving Party– Cause for Celebration – Ryder and Hazel are moving out of the cat rescue, after 2.5 years – Music: Dust Bowl Faeries & Friends at 8 pm; Tiers (from Brooklyn) at 9 pm – Art:  Works by Ryder Cooley, Tatiana Klacsmann, Dennis Herbert, Kathy Osborne, Marty Smalline, and more – Art is for sale; cats are free – 6 to 11 pm – Animalkind, 721 Warren Street

Korean BBQ – A primer on authentic Korean barbeque – Chef Tim Forringer will unmask the secrets of preparing and enjoying this popular style of cooking – This is a fun way to share a meal with a large group – While the meat sizzles on the tabletop grill, Chef Tim will share the process of prepping the sides and bringing the components together on the plate – Enjoy the definitive bold flavors and mix of textures with specially selected wine and beer – Seats are limited.  Advance reservations are required – For information or to view the menu, go to www.valleyvariety.com – Reservations at 828-0033 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A new reading series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases three writers:  Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things and Dept. of Speculation, a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and one of The New York Times “10 Best of 2014.”  She teaches at Syracuse University.  Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and the chapbooks Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and Flounders, coming soon from Essay Press.  Courtney Maum is the author of the debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, rated a book of the year by Real SimpleBustle, and Flavorwire, and book of the month by Amazon, iTunes, and the Library Journal.  She is currently working on a second novel.  The readings are followed by a DJ set by Joe Moore– Books will be available for purchase and signing – The series is hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to volumehudson@gmail.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program’s history to have one of her original songs played on the show – She is critically acclaimed for her considerable vocal prowess. – She has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career… She is also an actress and is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway musical, Always, Patsy Cline – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

DJ Sheila B. – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 9:30  pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, April 10

HD screening of The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Don Quixote  – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening & Artists’ Talks – Point  of Intersection – A group show with paintings by Christopher Engel,  minimalist sculptures by Dai Ban, black & white monochromatic photo realistic scenes by Scott Nelson Foster, and new experimental works using new materials by Paul Chojnowski – On view through May 22 – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk – Playground by Iran do Espirito Santo is a monumental interactive sculpture that was originally installed in Central Park in New York City.  It has now been moved to Ghent to be installed in The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi. – The exhibition is a celebration of the inauguration of Playground – Exhibition on view through May 15 – Information at www.artomi.org or 392-4747 – 2 pm – Newmark Gallery, Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

The Chancellor’s Dinner – A community event to bring people together for a celebratory evening, starting with wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Clermont mansion followed by dinner at various private homes – To benefit the programs at Clermont State Historic Site – Reservations (required) and information at www.friendsofclermont.org/4th-annual-chancellors-dinner/ or 537-6622 – 6 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

A Tale of Two Toll Houses: How the Columbia Turnpike Changed Columbia County – A presentation by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society,  and David Hart, Co-president of the Greenport Historical Society, about the history of the Columbia Turnpike (Now Route 23), established in 1799 as a commercial trade route to and from the City of Hudson, and the two surviving toll houses – The speakers will use original artifacts and old photos during their presentation – Information at roeliffjansenhs@gmail.com – 2 pm – Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, 8 Miles Road (next to the Copake Falls Post Office and opposite the Taconic Wayside Inn), Copake Falls

Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance – The last in the 2016 series of Sunday Salons, presenting today’s most engaging speakers on the subject of the Hudson River School.  This year’s series has focused on artists’ engagement with architecture.  Dr. Wanda M. Corn, nationally renowned art historian and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, will explore American artists’ homes and studios that have been preserved and opened to the public.  She examines what these special places can teach us about the creative process and the history of art.  Dr. Corn, chair of the advisory council for the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a scholar of late 19th– and early 20th-century American art and has produced numerous books and exhibitions – Her talk will be followed by a reception – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – The New Studio, Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Concerts in the Village presents Masterpieces of the Romantic Age including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Schicksalslied, and Mendelssohn’s Psalms 95 and 42 – The Broad Street Chorale and the Broad Street Orchestra—70 strong–come together for this concert and welcome special guest Marjorie Elinor Dix, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, to perform Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody – Soloists are Amanda Boyd, soprano; Jon Morrell, tenor; and Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano – David Smith is Artistic Director and Conductor – A reception follows the concert – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Climate: What’s the Big Deal? – A Community Conversation – The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is hosting community conversations throughout Congressional District NY 19 around Earth Day to build public support for climate action.  The group will be highlighting interests and concerns each community would like to hear about.  Each event will allow ample time for questions and answers. – These meetings are seen as a good way to meet other CCL members, to learn the latest news about climate, national and international momentum toward reducing carbon emissions, and how CCL is building political will toward putting a price on carbon. This is the first of such community meetings – Information at 392-3256 or by email to jan.elise.storm@gmail.com – 3 to 4 pm – North Chatham Public Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham

Next Monday, April 11

The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting – Join forces with kindred spirits to solve climate change – Information at 917-282-2395 or by e-mail to iona.lutey@gmail.com –  6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Next Tuesday, April 12

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

THINKING AHEAD

Saturday, April 16

Olana’s Travellers Club: Tracing Frederic Church’s Roots:  Hartford CT from Birthplace to Burial – A trip to Hartford CT to visit the birthplace, childhood stomping grounds, and final resting place of Frederic Church.  The Charter Oak Tree Monument, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Mark Twain House, and a walking tour of the Church family graves are included.  Pre-registration is required by Sunday, April 10 – Information at www.olana.org

Monday, April 18

The Hudson Conservation Advisory Council is beginning a multi-year project to inventory the City’s open spaces and natural resources.  As a contribution to this effort, specialists from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program have prepared summaries of existing data about the condition of natural habitats within the city, the challenges we face from severe climate events, and the state of our wetlands, streams and water systems.  They’re coming to discuss these findings, and how this kind of information can help us plan for Hudson’s future.  Join in learning about the natural environment of our city – Information at 404-892-4964 – 6:30 pm – new Hudson Area Library, Corner of Fifth & State Streets 

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 31 to April 7, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday-Sunday, March 31-April 3

Films at TSL:

> Marguerite – A film by Xavier Giannoli that won eleven 2016 Cesar Award nominations – The film takes place at the beginning of the Golden Twenties.  It is a party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle.  Every year music lovers gather at the castle around a great cause.  Marguerite’s passion is music.  She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune….

> Marinoni/ The Fire in the Frame – Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman.  Bur after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him.  At age 75, feeling in top shape, he decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.  Described as “incredibly entertaining!”

> I Don’t Belong Anywhere:The Cinema of Chantal Akerman  – In this film, experimental filmmaker and nomad, Chantal Akerman, shared with director Marianne Lambert, her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence…The film explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40-plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations.

Rabin: The Last Day – This tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin on the twentieth anniversary of his death sheds light on an ever-growing crisis of hate in Israeli society today – Directed by Amos Gitai – In Hebrew with English subtitles

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this remote and lush South American jungle.  Based on the diaries of two white men who travelled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

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

Friday, April 1

Whiskey Tasting – Fairview Wines & Spirits carries many local and artisanal whiskies – One of the newer distillers is Yankee Distillers in Clifton Park and distiller Walter Kleemeier will be in the store to introduce and pour his expertly made spirits—bourbon, rye whiskey, rum, and vodka – Information at 828-0934 – 4 to 8 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, Fairview Plaza, Route 9, Greenport

HWM Friday Tasting – Taste reds from two Beaujolais villages, showcasing two excellent producers little-known in the U.S.  The Ruet Morgon family has been making wine at the foot of Mount Brouilly for about a hundred years, while the Thillardon brothers founded their domaine in 2008.– Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

The Westerlies & Anders Parker – The Westerlies (prevailing winds from the West to the East) is a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, describing themselves as a “way-in and way-out acoustic brass quartet” – They “re-imagine the chamber music experience through boldly personal performance, recording, collaboration, education, and outreach.”  Since their inception in 2011, they have cultivated a new brass quartet repertoire featuring over 50 original compositions as well as adaptations of Ives, Ellington, Bartok, Ligeti, Stephen Foster and numerous others….” – “They have the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family folk ensemble” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2

The Columbia County Council on the Arts 2016 Annual Juried Art Show: 

Friday–Special Preview and Presentation to benefit CCCA – Preview of the exhibition from 5:30 to 6 pm, followed by a slide presentation of “Painters of the Hudson River School,”  by gallerist, art expert and historian Peter Jung – Seating is limited – Reservations available at 671-6213 or www.ccca.webs.com

> Saturday –Exhibition Opening – Opening Reception for the annual juried show – Curated by contemporary artist Dan Rupe – On view 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through April 10 – Information at 671-6213 or www.ccca.webs.com – Opening Reception from 5 to 7 pm  > Both events at Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown (Watch for parking signs)

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3

The Annual Hudson High School Musical:  The Little Mermaid – Based on Disney’s animated film, which takes its inspiration from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. This is the first production of this musical in the region since the rights became available last year, and it will be the final musical production for Mrs. Andrea Mastrianni, before her retirement – The musical is directed by two experienced and talented high school juniors—Emily Spateholts and Kristen Ward.  Mrs. Mastrianni is the musical director and producer of the show – Music is by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glen Slater and book by Doug Wright – Information at 828-4360, ext. 3170 – Tickets may be purchased at the door – Fri/Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Jr./Sr. High School auditorium, Harry Howard Avenue

Saturday, April 2

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open each Saturday through the month of April – Spring microgreens are available. You’ll also find flowers, baked goods, and  prepared foods, including gluten-free items, cheese, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Auction – Principles of Design: The Collections of Judith Hollander and Alan Wanzenburg, with  Selected Additions – Information at 751-1000 or www.stairgalleries.com – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Live HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Glyphs & Squiggles: New iPaintings by Nina Lipkowitz – Painted in light, printed in pigment—iPad Paintings created on an iPad – Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints –Also showing works by gallery artists – Music by guitarist Sam Rosen – Visit ninalipkowitz.com –– Information at 822-0510 or 510warrenstreetgallery.com – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Trunk Show – Jillian Grano, the owner and designer of Utility Canvas, one of the best-selling lines at Hudson Clothiers, will be sharing new styles at the store.  The line is simple, practical and versatile, and is made in the USA of high quality cotton material and fine workmanship.  Grano will also be showing furnishing items and accessories – Information at www.hudsonclothier.com – 3 to 6 pm – Hudson Clothier, 443 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Slipping and Sliding in the Anthropocene:  Recent Paintings by Jane Culp from California Wilderness—Desert and Mountains  – On view through April 24 – Information at 828-5907 or johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Hibernate: Works by Helena Lehtinen, Eija Mustonen, and Tarja Tuupanen – Hibernate is a group consisting of three Finnish contemporary jewelry artists.  Since its founding in 1999, the group has exhibited together in numerous exhibitions internationally.  Normally working independently, exhibiting together as a group has enriched and influenced these three artists’ personal approaches to working. – On view through April 30 – Information at OrnamentumGallery.com or 671-6770 – 6 to 8 pm – Ornamentum Gallery, 506 Warren Street

Spring Soiree & Auction to benefit Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School and Hawthorne Valley Place Based Learning Center – Dinner and dancing – Music by The Lucky 5 – Auctioneer Richard Stein – Absentee bids accepted – Information and tickets at events@hawthornevalleyassociation.org – 6 to 9 pm – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street

Madalyn Parnas, violin and Andreas Loannides, piano – Madalyn Parnas gave her first remarkable concert at the Hudson Opera House at the age of 10, performing with her sister Cicely who was 12.  Separately and together, the two have gone on to earn widespread recognition, taking first prize at Carnegie Hall in international music competition, and hailed as “virtuoso wonders.”  Madalyn’s unique style, artistry and musical vision will be on full display at this concert, in a program of Beethoven, Ysaye, Brahms, and Kreisler – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Jonah Parzen-Johnson & Dave Miller – Jazz & Horns – Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY.  “He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer.  The synthesizer breaths with his sax, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique-driven sax playing…”  Dave Miller is a product of both Brooklyn and Chicago who “plays with refined restraint of someone twice his age.” —Time Out     Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

A double bill of Chops & Sauerkraut and Americana quartet Two Gun Man offers a mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers – Rockabilly-roots group  Chops & Sauerkraut, featuring Seth Travins on guitar and Chops Laconte on bass will be joined by drummer/vocalist  Jim Krewson for a rockin’ night of rockabilly, country, original Americana and more – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – Plus a Phife Tribute –  Information at 828-1562 or thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Show No Show – Dance Omi Alumni Performance – Gabrielle Revlock (USA) and Aleksandr Frolov (RU) met and began developing Show No Show during their three-week residency with Dance Omi in August 2014.  They perform this piece nearly two years later in the place where they first met and collaborated – Information at artomi.org or 392-4747 –  5 pm – The Studio Barn, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, (intersection of Letter S Road and Route 22), Ghent

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library celebrates Poetry Month beginning with a poetry reading and open mic on Saturday and other events throughout the month.  On Saturday, Columbia County poet Karen Schoemer will read from her own work and host an open mic where participants can read one or two of their own poems or read poems from a favorite poet .  Schoemer is a poet, performer, author, and bookseller.  She was the first place winner in the Hudson Valley Writers Guild 2015 Writing Contest.  Her music journalism has appeared in many publications.  She has hosted readings and book events for authors throughout the County, and curated ArtsWalk Literary for the Columbia County Council on the Arts in 2015.  She is the vocalist for the Schoemer Formation, a Catskill-based rock band.  Other Poetry Month events sponsored by the Library include a Poem-A-Day Challenge.  Great Barrington poet, Janet Hutchinson will send out daily e-mail poetry writing prompts during the month of April.  An open mic for Poem-A-Day Challenge participants will be held on Friday, April 29.  Also, a poetry writing workshop will be led by poet Cara Benson at the Library on April 23 – For information on the Saturdayreading/open mic, call 325-4101 or go to roejanlibrary.org – 5 to 7 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22 (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection), Hillsdale

 

Sunday, April 3

HD screening of The Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle conducting “The Beethoven Project” – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Authors’ Reading – Part of the Hudson Opera House Reading Series – Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) and Charles Stein – Poet, scholar, and visual artist Peter Lamborn Wilson’s many books, manifestos, and broadsides include Spiritual Destinations of an AnarchistEc(o)logos, and riverpeople; and an epic poem about the Esopus.  His latest books include The Temple of Perseus and PanopolisFalse Documents, and Opium Dens I Have Known.  Charles Stein’s work consists of a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances.  His most recent book of poetry is There Where You Do Not Think To Be Thinking The HOH reading series is curated by Tamas Panitz – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Hudson Bluehawks Appreciation Dinner – To honor the Hudson High School Boys Basketball Team for a great and memorable 2016 season – Sponsored by the Hudson Rotary Club and Helsinki Hudson – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 5 pm –Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Las Cafeteras  with food by Table/Table – Afro-Mexican/Urban Folk – Information at 828-1562 or thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Brunch with Ruth Reichl, chef, editor, author, and restaurant critic, to share War Stories from the Book Tour Scene –To benefit the programs of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity – Information and reservations at 828-0892 – 11:30 am to 1 pm – Blue Plate, 1 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Next Monday, April 4

The Lost Letters of Montelvini:  A Poetry Zine Release & Reading –A quarterly poetry zine assembled by artist Ron Ribant and poets Vladimir deSaint and Gregg Japhy – The reading is from the first volume  – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, April 5

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday, April 6 

Local Albany public television station WMHT will be showing the short version of the film The Saving of Olana: An American Treasure on it “AHA!” program – 7:30 pm – WMHT (In the City of Hudson, that is Channel 2.)

Chris Garneau and Cameron Niven – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Wednesday-Thursday, April 6-7

Twisted, a new comedy series written by Jody Brookes and performed live in three episodes over three weeks – The play is set in a bar and the plot revolves around five eccentric characters, including the bar manager.  Jody Brookes hails from Brighton, England and moved to the United States in 2011 – She is the Program Director at Camphill Hudson where she continues to use her theatre skills.  The first episode is performed April 6 and 7, while the second episode will be April 20 and 21 and the third on May 4 and 5 – Information at 828-3657 or e-mail to jodybrookes@camphillhudson.org – Reservations at 828-3657 – Admission fee includes house wine or beer and 10% dinner discount – Arrive early as beverage and food orders will not be taken between 6:45 and the end of the show at roughly 7:30 pm. – 7 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

Next Thursday, April 7

Reading/Signing/Screening – Author Barney Hoskyns will read from his new book, Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock, followed by a screening of David McDonald’s film, Woodstock Can’t Get There From Here, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the rise and eventual fall of the American counterculture through events in the Town of Woodstock. This is the first time the film will be shown publicly in its entirety, since it was shut down by legal threats ten years ago. Versions of the film have appeared in film festivals around the globe.  Of Hoskyns’ book, Rolling Stone has said “[Small Town Talk] goes inside the myth, debauchery and creative fire of one of rock’s legendary towns….” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 22 to March 29, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, March 22

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, March 23

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Agricultural Brunch – Make connections with Columbia County agriculture while enjoying a great brunch buffet – Sponsored by Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Columbia & Greene Counties, Farm Credit East, Fix Brothers, Inc., Hawthorne Valley Association, and Hudson Valley Fresh – Reservations at 828-4417 – 11 am to 12:30 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, March 24

Purim

Hudson Forward Monthly Community Meeting – All are welcome.  On the agenda:  Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton will talk about current initiatives in the City – 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

The Lustre Kings with Special Guests Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones – For several decades, the Capital District-based Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive, both in the region, across the U.S. and around the world. – Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones were named the “Best Up-and-Coming Band in 2015” by Hudson Valley Magazine and nominated for “Best Rockabilly Female” at the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdaySunday, March 2427

Films at TSL:

Rabin: The Last Day – This tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin on the twentieth anniversary of his death sheds light on an ever-growing crisis of hate in Israeli society today – Directed by Amos Gitai – In Hebrew with English subtitles

Chimes at Midnight – Henry IV, played by John Gielgud, usurps the English throne, sets in motion the factious War of the Roses, and now faces a rebellion led by Northumberland scion Hotspur.  Henry’s heir, Prince Hal, is a ne’er-do-well carouser who drinks and causes mischief with his low-class friends, especially John Falstaff, played by Orson Welles.  Also directed by Orson Welles – “…the movie against which all other Shakespeare adaptations should be measured.”

Cemetery of Splendor – A lonely housewife volunteers at a makeshift hospital for soldiers suffering from a mysterious bout of narcolepsy.  When one of her bedridden charges captures her attention, she enlists a medium to commune with his sleeping spirit. – Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul – In Thai with English subtitles

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul – German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder pays homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows.  A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm.  They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

The Last Man on the Moon – When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust.  Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this remote and lush South American jungle.  Based on the diaries of two white men who travelled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art – Set in the desolate spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.  The film is ultimately a story of renegades and firebrands all willing to risk their future careers on radical change and experimentation—a marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

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

Friday, March 25

Good Friday

HWM Friday Tasting – Encore Wines will be pouring selections from one of California’s hottest producers, Broc Cellars—West Coast Counoise, Zinfandel, and Cabs.  “Gorgeous, energetic and elegant wines” that will make you rethink California style! – Accompanied by small bites, cheese and chat – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Author’s Presentation – Robert Burke Warren: Words & Songs from his debut novel, Perfectly Broken – Warren has been many things: a bass player, bartender, actor—playing Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story–, ghost writer for Gregg Allman, a freelance writer for Chronogram, and the children’s music performer Uncle Rock – As a songwriter, he has released seven CDs—two as Robert Burke Warren and five as Uncle Rock.  His work also appears on albums by Rosanne Cash and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday-Sunday, March 25-27

The Ghent Playhouse presents Boeing, Boeing, a French farce written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans – Set in the swinging 60s, Boeing, Boeing is a fast-paced comedy about an American architect living in Paris and engaged to three gorgeous international airline hostesses, none of whom knows about the others –  Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – Weekends through April 3 (Note:  No performance on Easter Sunday, March 27) – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or ghentplayhouse.org –Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, Town Hall Place, Ghent

Saturday, March 26

Birding 101 – Larry Federman, Audubon NY Education Coordinator, will give a brief Power Point presentation about local birds found at Olana and in the Hudson Valley – The presentation is followed by a guided walk in Olana’s artist-designed landscape to look for the Eastern Phoebe and the Palm Warbler, both early spring migrants.  The program focuses on the basics of bird observation and identification, and explores the way birds enrich our daily lives and connect us to the natural world.  Bring binoculars and wear sturdy walking shoes. – Suitable for all ages – Pre-registration and information at www.olana.org/education/ or 828-1872, ext. 105 – 9 to 11 am – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open each Saturday through the month of April – Spring microgreens are available. You’ll also find flowers, bread, cookies, pies, prepared foods, cheese, gluten-free foods, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Easter Egg Hunt – All are welcome – Live music by DJ Clint – Community BBQ – Bicycle giveaway and so much more – Sponsored by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center, The City of Hudson, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, and Americorps Hudson – 1 to 3 pm – Promenade Hill Park Front Street – (In case of rain the Hunt will take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street)

Yo La Tengo – Formed in Hoboken, NJ in 1984, by husband-and-wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo was “alternative before indie-rock was even a thing.” – Rolling Stone magazine says “Incorporating everything from cocktail jazz to psychedelic noise freakouts to gorgeous acoustic tunes into their albums, Yo La Tengo has been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years.” – Information at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – General Admission/Standing Room Only tickets available – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Author Daniel Klein will speak about his latest book, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live – As a young man seeking wisdom about how best to live his life, Klein kept a notebook that he filled with quotations from the great philosophers.  In this new book, Klein looks back at his youthful collection of quotes from the perspective of age.  He amplifies each of the philosophical quotations with his own musings – “A refreshingly spontaneous plunge into deep thought.”  Klein has written many books, ranging from thrillers and mysteries to humorous books about philosophy, including the New York Times bestseller, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes – The talk is followed by a reception. – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Sunday, March 27

Easter Sunday

Next Tuesday, March 29

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 15 to March 23, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, March 15

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice: the Underground Railroad Revisited – A lecture by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, independent scholars and co-founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance to us today – Presented by CCHS Volunteers – Information at www.cchsny.org/volunteer.html  or 758-9265 – 7 pm – James Vanderpoel House, Below Stairs, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

Aaron Neville   – Grammy award winner Aaron Neville is widely considered one of the greatest vocalists of the rock era.  Neville has had four platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits, including three that went to #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.  Part of a New Orleans musical dynasty, Neville is also the lead voice of the Neville Brothers, featuring his brothers Art, Charles, and Cyril, and he is the father of singer/keyboards player Ivan Neville.  He has moved seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role with the Neville Brothers.  His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which held the number one spot on the R&B charts for five weeks in 1967.  He went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt.  – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Standing Room Only!– 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdaySunday, March 17-20

Films at TSL:

Chimes at Midnight  Henry IV, played by John Gielgud, usurps the English throne, sets in motion the factious War of the Roses, and now faces a rebellion led by Northumberland scion Hotspur.  Henry’s heir, Prince Hal, is a ne’er-do-well carouser who drinks and causes mischief with his low-class friends, especially his rotund father figure, John Falstaff, played by Orson Welles.  Also directed by Orson Welles – “It’s more than an overlooked item ripe for rediscovery—it’s an essential, and the movie against which all other Shakespeare adaptations should be measured.”—Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club

Cemetery of Splendor – A lonely housewife volunteers at a makeshift hospital for soldiers suffering from a mysterious bout of narcolepsy.  When one of her bedridden charges captures her attention, she enlists a medium to commune with his sleeping spirit.  In a hallucinatory bond between the two women, the pain of times gone by combines with the reality of the present – Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul – In Thai with English subtitles

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul – German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder pays homage to his cinematic hero Douglas Sirk with this update of that filmmaker’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows.  A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm.  They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.

The Last Man on the Moon – When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust.  Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film has been called visually “mesmerizing” and “stunning,” as it tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this most remote and lush of South American jungles.  Based on the diaries of two white men who travelled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

The Club – A film by Pablo Larrain – In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men…All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts…They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.  Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate.  Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they thought were deeply buried – In Spanish with English subtitles

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 18

HWM Friday Tasting – Austrian Varietals – Wine Monger, a top importer of Austrian wines, is welcomed back with new Rieslings and Gruners for spring – “If you have enjoyed Umathum Rose or Rosi Schuster Blaufrankish, this is for you.” – Complimentary cheese and small bites – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 8 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – Visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and their friends are all welcome – Please bring a dish or a non-alcoholic beverage to share – Artists presenting this month are: Sara Bouchert, who will be talking about Camphill; architect Lee Armstrong, sharing the process of building a yurt; Tony Gravett, speaking about internet and web presence for artists; and Ellen Lynch, who will be sharing her landscape photography – In addition, a film interview with artist Philip Guston will be shown, and Tony Gravett will be raffling off a re-cycled mac. – If you would like to show your work at a future dinner, send examples to christinehales@me.comalong with contact information – The potluck dinner is held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street)

Lady Moon & The Eclipse – With roots right here in Hudson, jazzy soul-funk outfit Lady Moon & The Eclipse is a multicultural seven-piece band now based in Brooklyn, NY.  Through soaring vocal textures and R&B and Afrobeat-influenced rhythms, their music sheds light on social issues.  With a marked emphasis on inclusivity and spiritual unity, the group explores relevant topics through the unique tapestry of cultural perspectives of its African, Asian, and European band members.  Led by lead singer, Ngonda Badila–whose name means “moon” in Congolese—aka Lady Moon, the band includes her two sisters, Ntangou and Nkoula.  These three grew up in a creative, artistic, and very musical family in Hudson, NY, where they were well-known and beloved by the community.  Lady Moon’s brother, Young Paris, directed the first video for the upcoming EP, “Believe.” – Visit ladymoonandtheeclipse.com  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Awesome Tapes From Africa – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – Visit www.awesometapes.com/  — 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Sunday, March 18-20

The Ghent Playhouse presents Boeing, Boeing, a French farce written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans – Set in the swinging 60s, Boeing, Boeing is a fast-paced comedy about an American architect living in Paris and engaged to three gorgeous international airline hostesses, none of whom knows about the others – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher  – Weekends through April 3 (Note:  No performance on Easter Sunday, March 27) – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, Town Hall Place, Ghent

Saturday, March 19

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Spring microgreens are available . You’ll also find flowers, bread, cookies, pies, prepared foods, cheese, gluten-free foods, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Princesses and Protectors – Part of the Super Saturdays series – Join local female firefighters for a princess tea party – Children will have the opportunity to enjoy “tea and crumpets” with the firefighters, while learning how these brave ladies became protectors of their communities.  They will also make princess party wear, such as a tiara, and go through the Jr. Firefighter Challenge with these fierce and feminine females.  Please note:  princes are welcome to join in the fun as well.  Reservations are required.  Fair warning: This event filled up very quickly last year, so do not hesitate! – Information and reservations at 822-1875, ext. 10. – Free for residents of Columbia County – Party time: 10:30 am – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

 

The Hudson Children’s Book Festival Literacy Fund 4th Annual Cocktail Party – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – Your tax-deductible admission fee gives a student the opportunity to attend the Hudson Children’s Book Festival and purchase a book directly from an author of his or her choice – Proceeds will also provide scholarships to graduating seniors for college books, and book certificates for students moving up from the 2nd, 6th or 8th grade – Food at the party is provided by “some of Hudson’s most illustrious establishments.” – RSVP and information at hcbfliteracyfund@gmail.com – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Brushes ‘n’ Lushes – An Evening of Social Painting to benefit the Claverack Library – The Friends of the Claverack Library invite artists of all skill levels to an evening of “social painting” at Brushes ‘n’ Lushes, a Paint and Sip Studio.  All painting materials will be supplied, along with protective aprons – Artists receive step-by-step instruction and return home with a painting – Free snacks and a cash bar (for those over 21) – Information and reservations at 851-7120 or by e-mail to director@claveracklibrary.org or sign up in person at the library – 7 to 9 pm – Brushes ‘n’ Lushes, 757 Columbia Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – “…an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle…” A new lineup of circus and variety arts stars presented at Helsinki each month during the winter – Experience contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, dare-devils, clowns, and sideshow thrillers at close range, as aerialists swoop and twirl over head in a rare and close-up glimpse at human flight.  All this plus live music and Mr. Pennygraff and Ringmistress Philomena  acting as your genial host and hostessThis performance is for adults only – A family performance for all ages will be performed on Sunday March 20 (See below) – Audience members attending in circus costume will receive a discounted admission – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Annual Pancake Breakfast to celebrate Columbia Land Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary and to thank all CLC members, donors, volunteers, and their families for their support of land protection in Columbia County – Enjoy pancakes with local maple syrup, live music, and fun activities for children – 8:30 am to 11 am – Phoenix Center, Triform Camphill Community, 20 Tri Form Road (off Water Street,  just south of Livingston, but enter “Hudson” in your GPS)

Exhibition Opening – Vilma Mare: Queen of Serpents – The installation includes ten foot tall felt tapestries, flags, and wearable art that depict a mythological transformation of heroes into trees.  The show is inspired by a peaceful Baltic myth about Egle, Queen of Serpents – Trying to fit all her sewn work under one description, Vilma Mare calls herself a sartorial artist.  She is mainly known locally for her textural women’s fashion pieces designed and sold at local clothing stores in Hudson and Great Barrington.  She also creates monumental tapestries and banners from boiled wool and other fabrics.  Originally from Lithuania, she now makes her home in Copake – On view through April 19 – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5:30 pm to 7 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk – Susanne Kuhn: Paintings – Four large-scale works by the contemporary German artist Susanne Kuhn – “The compositions of Susanne Kuhn’s paintings are tight, compartmentalized and typically feature a solitary female figure that exists in a surreal tangle of architecture and landscape.  The women in her paintings are clad in contemporary garb, often avoiding the viewers’ gaze.  These introspective subjects are seemingly lost in contemplative thought or action, perhaps searching for something out of view from the observer.” – On view through May 15 – 2 pm – Newmark Gallery, The Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

The Trout & the Double Bass – Concerts at Camphill Ghent presents a chamber music program including the joyful Trout Quintet, Schubert’s only quintet for double bass, cello, viola, and piano.  Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B Flat Major, and a duetto for viola and double bass by Dittersdorf round out the program.  Musicians include Peter Weitzner, double bass; Roberta Cooper, cello; Ah-Ling Neu, viola; Michael Roth, violin; and Gili Melamed-Lev, piano. –  A reception follows the concert – Reservations and information at www.camphillghent.org or 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Betzie Bendis: Works on Paper – A collection of this local artist’s paintings, drawings, and collages, demonstrating her passion for vintage imagery and design, particularly 1940s commercial art and textiles – Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm through April 10 – Information at 329-0848 or e-mail to betziebendis@gmail.com – 3 to 6 pm – The Art Annex, adjacent to 2666 Route 23, Hillsdale

Sunday, March 20

First Day of Spring

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Family Matinee, featuring a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers in a show geared to the entire family. – The new lineup includes trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, juggling. physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns – Suitable for all ages – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 3 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

The Hope College Chapel Choir performs in concert as part of the celebration of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack’s Tercentennial Year (1716-2016).  The 42-voice ensemble is comprised of student musicians from a variety of disciplines and is dedicated to performing both sacred and secular choral music.  This concert features the premier of “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes,” a work by Robert Schafer, Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder, and a selection of other sacred and secular pieces.  The Hope Chapel Choir was founded in 1938 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan – Information at www.claverackreformedchurch.org or 851-3811 – 7 pm – Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9-H , Claverack

Next Tuesday, March 22

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty has been holding this bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown since 2007.  This is how it works.  Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions.  The winning team gets its name on the Winner’s Board and its bar tab on the house.  Anyone can play! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 6:30 pm – 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 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday, March 23

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Agricultural Brunch – Make connections with Columbia County agriculture while enjoying a great brunch buffet – Sponsored by Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Columbia & Greene Counties, Farm Credit East, Fix Brothers, Inc., Hawthorne Valley Association, and Hudson Valley Fresh – Reservations at 828-4417 – 11 am to 12:30 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 8 to 15, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Go Hudson Bluehawks!

Tuesday, March 8

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Cian Nugent/Nap Eyes/Alexander Turnquist – Cian Nugent’s third album, “Night Fiction,” is the first in which he takes on the role of singer-songwriter.  His first two albums saw him exploring extended guitar-based instrumentals with his band.  Here he has reined things in and focused on his songwriting skills.  Guitar fans, do not fear.  There is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking.    – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty has been holding this bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown since 2007, so expect some fierce competition – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Thursday, March 10

Exhibition Opening – New Ground: Paintings & Drawings by Christine Hughes – On view through April 22 – 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Foundation Gallery, Arts Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

ThursdaySunday, March 1013

Films at TSL:

The Club – A film by Pablo Larrain – In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men…All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts…They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.  Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate.  Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they thought were deeply buried – In Spanish with English subtitles

Requiem for The American Dream – The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.  The film shows personal and thought-provoking interviews with Chomsky that provide penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy.  “…required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.”

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art – Set in the desolate spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.  The film is ultimately a story of renegades and firebrands all willing to risk their future careers on radical change and experimentation—a marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

> Art House – Some artists don’t just create masterpieces—they live in them.  This film is photographer Don Freeman’s poetic journey through eleven houses artists built for themselves.    “A love song in film to the places art lives.”

Aferim – Set in early 19th-century Romania.  A policeman is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.  In Romanian with English subtitles

> Rosenwald  The story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears.  Influenced by Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.  He used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 11

Naytronix / Young Nudist / 013 – A trifecta – Naytronix is Nate Brenner, bassist for the mighty tUnEyArDs.  Naytronix’s second full-length album,” Mister Divine,”  is out now on City Slang – Visit http://naytronix.com – Young Nudist is composer and pianist Michael Coleman (Beep!, CavityFang, Chris Cohen, tUnEyArDs).  He began recording himself alone in his rehearsal studio in Oakland, CA., filled with casio keyboards, curious synths, abandoned percussion, etc, Young Nudist emerged  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wes Buckley & Lorkin O’Reilly perform songs of folk, love, dreams, and the economy – Buckley is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from New England – Scottish balladeer O’Reilly plays an intriguing mix of folk music on a six string guitar, complemented with deft lyrics and dreamy rhythms.  He has made a name for himself around the Hudson Valley, headlining his own shows and sharing bills with established artists including Charlie Parr, Simi Stone, and the Stacks. –  Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday, March 12

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Spring microgreens are available . You’ll also find flowers, bread, cookies, pies, other prepared foods, cheese, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Auction – George Subkoff Antiques: The Warehouse – Includes a selection of Chinese Export furniture – Information at 751-1000 – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – Previews: Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am with auction starting at 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Anticipation: Three Installation Works – Man Enough by Kevin CurranFluid Ground by Karine Falleni, and High Hopes by Meridith Passabet – Each artist evocatively visualizes and conveys a sense of anticipation in a range of interpretations.  Curran’s room of a young boy and the journey/anxiety of becoming a man is apparent.  The minimalist installation of Falleni conveys a journey through uncertain space, both exciting and unsettling.  In High Hopes, Passabet shows a sense of anticipation and emptiness as a realization that the party’s over is put forth – On view through April 9 – Information at  www.conceptohudson.com or 697-5130  – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Two Exhibition Openings – (1) Don Voisine: New Paintings – “Can a painting be minimal and maximal at the same time?  Don Voisine’s  paintings are.  They are subtle and bold. Opaque and translucent.  Simple and complex.  Micro and macro.  Matte and shiny.  Flat and deep.  It is these shifts between alternate states that impart Voisine’s work with a sense of drama, of playfulness, of sculptural heft.”    (2) Lonnie Holley: Drawings – Holley is well-known for his assemblages.  His drawings are an integral part of his practice and, like his assemblages, are made with found materials.  The drawings are executed with the same force and dexterity as the assemblages, and deal with themes of hope, survival, and romantic and familial love. – Both exhibitions on view through April 24 – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases four writers—Cara Benson, a writer and performer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesBoston ReviewBest American Poetry, and elsewhere.  She is a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Literature and taught poetry in a New York State prison for eight years; Andrea Kleine, a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow, a NY Foundation for the Arts fellow and a critically acclaimed performance artist and choreographer.  Publishers Weekly called her debut novel, Calf, “unsettling, scary, and often brilliant,” and named it a Best Fiction Book of 2015; Jim McDermott, a nationally recognized business litigation attorney who lives in Portland OR with his wife and two daughters, and whose first novel, Bitter Is the Wind, opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect; and Rebecca Keith, whose poetry and prose have appeared in NarrativeJoylandVol. I BrooklynThe RumpusBOMBlogBest New Poets, and elsewhere.  She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, hosts the MIXER Reading & Music Series, and sings/plays with her bands, Little Hustle and the Roulettes.  The readings are followed by DJ Julian Nagy (AKA DJ Salinger) – The series is hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to volumehudson@gmail.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Live in HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescault – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series – Presentations by artists Claire Hero and Danielle Vogel – Hero, from Esopus in Ulster County, and Vogel from Providence Rhode Island, “…both use the theme of migration to think about people and animals, ideas and thoughts.  Each work takes us deep into memory, and in turn translates the familiar into the wild and untamed.” – The presentation is followed by Q&A – Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  — 1 to 3 pm – Olana’s Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dinner – All You Can Eat – 50/50 Raffle – Information at 828-1329 – Takeout available from 4 to 5 pm; table service from 5 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street (near corner of East Court Street)

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Try samples of rich chocolate Berkshire Bark, chock full of nuts, fruit, cocoa nibs, and much more, paired with wines chosen by Fairview Wines & Spirits – Information at 828-3139 or e-mail at verdigrisTea@gmail.com – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea and Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Choices, by Donald Drake – Choices is about a decision that no parent would ever want to make.  Conjoined twins share a single heart that can support only one of them.  The very religious Jewish parents debate whether it is a sin to sacrifice one twin to save the other.  The play was inspired by a real life drama that unfolded at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital in 1977.  Donald Drake wrote a detailed account of this case for the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The attending surgeon happened to be C. Everett Koop, who later became Surgeon General of the United States. – The play is one of only five selected from a field of 220 submissions.  It is the fourth Donald Drake play to be chosen by the HRC judges in the past eight years.  Considering that each play is evaluated without knowing the name of the playwright, this is a remarkable achievement. – The reading is directed by Barbara Waldinger. – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Tarbox Ramblers – “Before there were blues-rock revivalists…there was Tarbox Ramblers, digging deep into the place where Appalachian music, ancient blues, and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations.  NPR described their sound as ‘Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,’….” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

A Tale of Two Houses: Two Centuries of Change at the Bronson & Vanderpoel Houses –  Architectural historian Peter Watson presents Part 2 of a two-part lecture series on the theme of transformation. Watson will take an in-depth look at the evolution of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House in Hudson (a project of Historic Hudson) and the Vanderpoel House in Kinderhook, both reputedly originally designed by Hudson “master mechanic” Barnabas Waterman (1776-1839).  The talk will begin with a consideration of the Colonial Revival lore that surrounded Barnabas Waterman, followed by a side-by-side comparison of the two houses’ plans, elevations, construction, and millwork. Watson will employ a series of digital renderings to illustrate the manner in which these two houses were altered over time to reflect the changing needs and tastes of their owners, highlighting the difficult restoration choices facing past and present stewards of these properties. – Information and advance tickets at 758-9265, www.historichudson.org or  www.cchsny.org – 5 pm – The School/Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Chatham Public Library’s Authors & Artists series presents Margaret Roach, speaking on Non-stop Plants: Making a Garden for 365 Days – Roach was Martha Stewart magazine’s first gardening editor and has also written on gardening subjects for The New York Times and Newsday – Followed by Q&A and a reception and book signing – Information at 392-3666 – 3 pm – Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham

 

Exhibition Closing & Performance – Anne Lindberg: Fold and Unfold – Part of the artist’s new series, Building Drawings, which blurs the lines between drawing, sculpture, textiles and conceptual art on an architectural scale – The exhibition concludes with a special performance featuring “hyperpianist”  Denman Maroney – Maroney’s hyperpiano performance involves bowing and sliding the piano’s strings with copper bars, steel cylinders, singing bowls and other household objects to provide a unique sonic vocabulary – Both Lindberg and Maroney are alumni of Omi’s arts residency program – The concert is followed by a reception featuring Joto Sake – Information at 392-4747 or by e-mail to info@artomi.org – 7 pm – Newmark Gallery, The Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Saving Time begins.  Turn your clocks ahead one hour.

HD screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Spartacus – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Tasting – HWM’s On The House cocktail series celebrates Daylight Saving Time – Kathleen will be pouring Margarets (Grande Classicos), a refreshing, less sugared alternative to the classic Margarita.  Small bites will be served – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 2 to 4 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

A Family Concert:  Mother Nature’s Music – Classics on Hudson presents a free concert featuring talented young musicians sharing the stage with faculty from Bard’s Preparatory Division, for an afternoon exploring Mother Nature’s influence in the world of classical music.   Principle players include Renana Gutman, piano; Helena Baillie, violin; and Celine Mogielnicki, soprano. – Highlighting the natural sounds and patterns that have influenced classical composers through history, the program features Shostakovich’s The Storm and Sibelius’s The Spruce, along with Ned Rorem’s The Lordly Hudson and Mozart’s Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star).  – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

John Henry’s Other Daughter – A Livingston family history talk about Katherine Livingston Timpson, the Livingston daughter guests don’t hear about on Clermont’s regular tours – The talk, by Clermont’s Curator of Education Kjirsten Gustavson, explores the long-lost history of the Gilded Age daughter who briefly inherited Clermont.  Katherine lost her mother just a few months after her birth and was raised by her wealthy maiden aunts.  In adulthood, her relationship with her father became tumultuous when he forbade her to marry her first love.  A few years later, her grandfather willed the family’s prized estate, Clermont, to Katherine, skipping over her father entirely. – Information at 537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org – 1 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, (off Route 9G), Germantown

Farm Film Fest 8 – Featuring films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that are meant to entertain and educate.  This year’s films are made by both professional and amateur filmmakers and offer local and national perspectives.  The films were selected by a panel representing the sponsoring organizations including the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and the Columbia Land Conservancy – The film showing is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local farmers led by Peter Paden, Columbia Land Conservancy Executive Director, with panelists Chris Cashen from The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, and Dan Mannis from Common Hands Farm – The festival is followed by a free “Meet the Maker” reception at the Peint O Gwrw pub for farmers, filmmakers and movie-goers – Complimentary snacks featuring local foods will be available – Cash bar – Information about the films and filmmakers at www.ChathamKeepFarming.org – Admission to the film showing is free, with a requested donation of a nonperishable food item or a cash donation for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Thomas Cole’s Country Houses – For a number of years Thomas Cole National Historic Site has presented a Sunday Salon series, featuring distinguished speakers on subjects related to the Hudson River School.  This year the lectures are being held in a new building—the reconstructed New Studio, which Cole himself designed.  To celebrate the studio’s rebirth, the 2016 series addresses the topic of architecture.  Thomas Cole designed a new house for himself and his family, and even ordered the building materials, but then promptly cancelled the entire project.  Cole’s surviving drawings for a new Italianate villa just across the lawn from his home in Catskill tell a story of ambition, frustration, and resiliency in the face of professional setbacks.  Country houses occupied a prominent and intriguing role in Cole’s wide-ranging engagement with architecture.  This Sunday’s speaker, William Coleman, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, will offer an exploration of the insights the recently rebuilt New Studio offers into the artist’s notion of how best to inhabit the landscape.  The talk will be followed by a reception with the speaker – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – The New Studio, Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Exhibition Opening and Slide Presentation – Carla Namuth, Hawthorne Valley high school student joined a group of health care providers led by a Buddhist lama, Tempa Dukte Lama, and Heidi Harding, a local acupuncturist, on a service trip in fall, 2014, when she was a junior.  Now she is a senior and the exhibition of photographs from her trip is part of her senior project at Hawthorne Valley.  Prints from the show are for sale, with one hundred percent of the proceeds benefiting the Humla Fund, the first organization to bring free Tibetan medicine, acupuncture, midwifery care, and natural forms of medicine as primary care to the Humla Valley – The exhibition is on view through April 24 during open store hours – Information at 392-3353 – 3 to 5 pm – Upstirs Community Room, Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, 15 Church Street (Route 203), one block west of the intersection of Routes 66 & 203, Chatham

Next Monday, March 14

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting in Hudson – This Columbia County chapter of the national organization is organizing itself into groups to focus on: Outreach and Education, Media, the 2016 Election, Lobbying, Volunteer Coordination, Administration, and Technology – Those who cannot make the monthly meetings, can still participate by joining one of these smaller groups – Information at 917-282-2395 or by e-mail to iona.lutey@gmail.com – Learn more about the organization at citizensclimatelobby.org – 6 pm – Second Floor, 209 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, March 15

People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice: the Underground Railroad Revisited – A lecture by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, independent scholars and co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance to us today – Presented by CCHS Volunteers – Information at www.cchsny.org/volunteer.html  or 758-9265 – 7 pm – James Vanderpoel House, Below Stairs, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

MISCELLANEOUS

Hudson High School Swimming Pool – The Hudson High School swimming pool is open for regularly scheduled public swimming sessions.  Adult lap swimming, open swimming, and water aerobics classes are available throughout the week.  Swimming lessons are available on Saturday mornings.  Parent/Infant Swimming Lessons and a Lifeguard Class are also available.  Cost to use the pool is $2.00 for adults and $1.50 for students and for adults over 65 years of age.  The pool is also available for pool parties and rentals.  For information, schedules, etc. go to http://hudsoncityschooldistrict.com/athletics/pool.php – If you have questions, contact Mat Leonard at 828-4360, ext. 3115, or e-mail HS-Pool@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com

 

 

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 1 to March 8, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, March 1

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

HEY EXIT/Logan Visscher/Seth Chrisman – “HEY EXIT is Brendan Landis, a resident of Brooklyn.  His music aims for an ambiguous middle ground between loud and quiet, dense and sparse, bleak and optimistic—seeking not so much to oscillate between extremes as to find a space where they can coexist and influence each other.  The resulting aesthetic is informed by his experience with punk bands, electronic music, traditional Japanese music, improvisation, and harsh noise…” – Listen at http://www.heyexit.com/– 8 pm – 533 Warren Street

Thursday, March 3

Tours for seniors of the new Senior Center space in the Armory building – 12 noon – Large building at the corner of Fifth and State Streets

ThursdaySunday, March 3-6

Films at TSL:

Requiem for The American Dream The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.  The film shows personal and thought-provoking interviews with Chomsky that provide penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy.  “…required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.”

> Art House – Some artists don’t just create masterpieces—they live in them.  This film is photographer Don Freeman’s poetic journey through eleven houses artists built for themselves.    “A love song in film to the places art lives.”  Director Don Freeman will be present at the Saturday, March 5 (7:15 pm) screening and available for Q&A after the screening.

Aferim – Set in early 19th-century Romania.  A policeman is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.  In Romanian with English subtitles

> Rosenwald  The story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears.  Influenced by Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.  He used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

Room – Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her five-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

> Rams – A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer and his estranged brother band together to save their sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed – “The film lovingly captures a deeply rooted rural culture.”

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 4

The Wood Brothers – Seth Walker opening – After performing individually with various bands, The Wood Brothers—Chris and Oliver— brought it all home when they discovered a musical affinity in 2004 and formed a duo, bringing their vast and broad musical backgrounds to their unique sound. – Percussionist Jano Rix was later added to the group – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Sunwatchers & Megafortress – Castle Face Records’ next up and coming psych-jazz instrumental freak-out band, Sunwatchers, makes its debut performance in Hudson with Bill Gillim’s project, Megafortress – If you didn’t get the chance to see Megafortress last year you won’t want to miss this locally casted group of heavyweights – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday, March 5

Exhibition Opening – Michael Tice Selective Paintings 1997 – 2016 – “My work is inclusive and paradoxical in scope: using images from everyday life, art history, popular culture, children’s books, patterns, personal symbols, and in some works—fragments of text and written commentary—mixing and containing the dualities of abstraction and representation, the geometric and the painterly, the graphic and the intensely coloristic.” – On view through March 31 – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 10 am on – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Word is that spring greens will be available in the market this Saturday. You’ll also find flowers, bread, cookies, pies, other prepared foods, cheese, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescault – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Snowshoeing – Snowshoe rentals available – A guided snowshoe walk led by environmental educator Fran Martino – Perfect for beginners and families – If there is a lack of snow, this will become a walk without snowshoes – Information at www.olana.org – 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Exhibition Opening – First Impressions – Including original fine art and edition prints such as monoprints, woodcuts, engravings, and other mediums – Jurors are George Tsalikis, founder of Inky Editions, a multidisciplinary art studio and exhibition space in Hudson, focusing on  production in the mediums of printmaking and the collaborative arts, and Beth Thielen, a recent recipient of a Rauschenberg Fellowship and an artist in Residence at the California Arts Council for over twenty years – On view through April 6 – Information at 671-6213 or artscolumbia.org – 4 to 6 pm – Columbia  County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Scrap Wrenn:  Fall in to Whole – “These recent works invite viewers to look into and beyond the picture plane in the spirit of exploration and openness to surprise.  The process giving rise to her hand-constructed paper photomontages is a daily practice of looking deeply, taking photographs, and then falling into studio focus sessions to bring forth optically engaging color-tracking motions and ground-shifting composite landscapes that allude to our photo-prolific cultural state. “ – On view through March 27 – Information at 828-5907 or johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Simultaneous Exhibition Openings in Retrospective’s two galleries – (1) Jim Krewson: Multiple Personalities – 711 Warren Street (2) Jason Fox: Criminal Minds – 727 Warren Street – Both exhibitions on view through March 27 – Information at 828-2288 or retrospectivegallery.com – 6 to 8 pm

Two Exhibition Openings – Maria Manhattan: New Porcelain Vessels and Joseph Stabilito: New Paintings– On view through April 3 – Information by e-mail to wendy.mcdaris100@gmail.com or 212-518-7551 – 6 to 8 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – with special guest Suitcase Junket – “Its big-city grit and down-home sweetness together with a bit of Americana….All in all, you couldn’t ask for a more suitable outfit to provide the musical rhythms and excitement to power a soul-funk dance party.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili and special guest DJ Lunar Moss – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – 9 pm – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening – Kingsley Parker: Oceans Apart  A multi-media installation using the entire gallery space and focusing on the current state of  the earth’s oceans and how they got that way. – Live jazz by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – On view through March 27 – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Trio Nota, an ensemble comprised of Amanda Boyd, soprano; Joseph Rutkowski, clarinet; and Michael Clement, piano, will perform Shepherds’ Heights to Neon Nights, a recital of music by Meyerbeer, Brahms, Arne, Cooke, Hovhaness, and Gottlieb – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

Sunday, March 6

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Co-op Record Fair – All local sellers – DJ sets by Patrick Higgins, Effie Asili, and SIS – Costa Rican eats by Edwin – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 1 to 5 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Dust Bowl Faeries Album Release Concert– Dust Bowl Faeries, an ethereal gothic-folk ensemble founded by performer Ryder Cooley, celebrates the release of its debut album.  At this concert, Cooley will be joined by band members Karen Cole, Jen DuBois, JoAnn Stevelos and Hazel, the band’s mascot-spirit animal (a taxidermy ram), along with a selection of guest musicians including Melora Creager, Pete Toigo and Luis Mojica – Special guest Wally Hughes will open the show with a short set of vaudevillian sketches  – The album, produced by music critic Seth Rogovoy, was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Hudson Valley – It was recorded by Bobby Previte at Three Horses in a Wood Studio, and by Tommy Stinson at Bipolarbear Studio.  It was edited, mixed and mastered by Rachel Alina at Allen Street Studio.  Cooley, known locally for co-hosting Helsinki’s open mic performances, plays accordion, 6-string ukulele, and singing saw.  She is accompanied by Karen Cole (lap steel and vocals), Jen DuBois (electric guitar and vocals), and JoAnn Stevelos (percussion).  Sara Ayers, an original member of the Faeries, contributed keys and vocal harmonies on the album.  The recording includes contributions from guest musicians Tommy Stinson, Melora Creager, Pete Toigo, Fredo Viola, Luis Mojica, Elric Walker and Cameron Melville – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 7 pm; show at 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, March 8

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville andRyder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Cian Nugent/Nap Eyes/Alexander Turnquist – Cian Nugent’s third album, “Night Fiction,” is his first in which he takes on the role of singer-songwriter.  His first two albums saw him exploring extended guitar-based instrumentals with his band.  Here he has reined things in and focused on his songwriting skills.  Guitar fans, do not fear.  There is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking.    – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty has been holding this bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown since 2007, so expect some strong competition – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

MISCELLANEOUS

Hudson High School Swimming Pool – Who knew?  It seems to be a little-known fact that the Hudson High School swimming pool is open for regularly scheduled public swimming sessions.  Adult lap swimming, open swimming, and water aerobics classes are available throughout the week.  Swimming lessons are available on Saturday mornings.  Parent/Infant Swimming Lessons and a Lifeguard Class are also available.  Cost to use the pool is $2.00 for adults and $1.50 for students and for adults over 65 years of age.  The pool is also available for pool parties and rentals.  For information, schedules, etc. go to http://hudsoncityschooldistrict.com/athletics/pool.php – If you have questions, contact Mat Leonard at 828-4360, ext. 3115, or e-mail HS-Pool@hudsoncityschooldistrict.com

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 13!

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Art Events in Hudson NY, February 23 to March 1, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, February 23

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, February 24

The Soul Rebels – This dynamic New Orleans brass ensemble mixes horns, vocals and percussion on original compositions and covers, always laying down a dancing groove.  Called “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong” by The Village Voice, the Soul Rebels combine top-notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in time-honored New Orleans style.  Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 25-28

Films at TSL:

Crazy About Tiffany’s – The first fully authorized documentary capturing how a simple jewelry store has woven itself into pop culture to become a global phenomenon

> Rams – A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer and his estranged brother band together to save their sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed – “The film lovingly captures a deeply rooted rural culture.”

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art – Set in the desolate spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.  The film is ultimately a story of renegades and firebrands all willing to risk their future careers on radical change and experimentation—a marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

Room – Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her five-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

> Rosenwald – The story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears.  Influenced by Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.  He used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict – “A legendary figure who was not only ahead of her time but also helped to define it…an heiress who became a central figure in the modern art movement….”

Heart of a Dog – Artist Laurie Anderson’s “…wry, wondrous, and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death, and language…”

Oscar Shorts: Animation and Oscar Shorts: Live Action – Most of the short films nominated for Academy Awards in 2016, plus a few “Highly Commended” titles.

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, February 26

Columbia Economic Development Corporation Strategic Planning Public Session – CEDC has launched a strategic planning process that will focus the organization and its members on developing a strategic vision and implementation plan to accelerate economic prosperity for all Columbia County residents.  Input from Columbia County businesses, government, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and county residents is a vital part of determining the best path forward.  All are welcome – (Snow date is February 29) – Reservations are required.  RSVP to cwilber@columbiaedc.com – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Room 206, Main Building, Columbia-Greene Community College

Auction – Food in Art and the Collection of Joseph Famularo  “It is natural that collector and chef Joseph Famularo would have been drawn to still life paintings of food and the glories of the table.  Mr. Famularo’s life revolved around his kitchen, food, and the joy of sharing his love of cooking with his friends and family.  Included in his collection is a nice group of food-related still lifes that exemplify the genre.” – On-line catalogue at stairgalleries.com – A video tour of Mr. Famularo’s home, available for sale in Pawling, NY, can also be seen on the website – Information at 751-1000 or by e-mail to info@stairgalleries.com  Previews: Mon through Thurs from 10 am to 5 pm; Fri From 10 am; Auction at 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

WGXC Fifth Anniversary Extravaganza! – Celebrate five years of creative, community radio. – Festivities include the conclusion of the benefit Art Auction with updates from MC Brian Dewan, drinks and light fare, live music from Tony Kieraldo, DJ Chris Bishop, and more – Tickets in person at WGXC Hudson (704 Columbia Street) and Acra Studios, or online at wgxc5thanniversary.brownpapertickets.com – Information at 697-7400 – 7 to 10 pm — + Space, 365 Main Street, Catskill

Wreckless Eric (aka Eric Goulden) showcasing songs from his 2015 LP “amERICa.”   This is his first solo album in over a decade “Its about Eric; its about America, a country he has toured since the late 70s and where he has lived since 2011.  Eric recorded the album in his ramshackle house in upstate New York: amplifiers in the kitchen, in the hallway, bass amp in the guest bedroom, microphones up the staircase, speaker cabinets in doorways, frenetic bursts of guitar feedback exploding out of the kitchen.” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Sarah Borges – A co-bill with Eric “Roscoe” Ambel co-record release party – A longtime Helsinki favorite, Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock.  This time she performs with a full band to introduce fans to music from her new album, “Good and Dirty,” produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, February 27

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – You’ll find flowers and other gift ideas alongside local staples including bread, cookies, prepared food, cheese, fair trade coffee and nuts, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series – Christopher Stackhouse and Lori Anderson Mosemanpresenting – Brooklyn-based Stackhouse examines translations from word to image while New Paltz-based Moseman uses QR codes to explore hieroglyphics – The presentation is followed by Q&A – Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  — 1 to 3 pm – Olana’s Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Book Signing – Local author William Shannon will sign copies of his book, Hudson River Zeitgeist: Interviews from 2015.  The book is a collection of seventeen interviews with long-time residents of Hudson, Germantown and other nearby towns.  The people interviewed range in age from their late 50s to age 104, and the talks explore their personal experiences and struggles; first-hand memories of the Great Depression, Prohibition, the rise of automobiles, and the appearance of modern amenities like electricity and indoor plumbing in rural areas.  Many of the interviews also touch on the effects the decline of industry has had in the area in recent decades and other ways the area has changed.  The book also includes adventure dispatches from paddling trips the author took on the Hudson River between Troy and New York City in the past year. – Bill Rosecan, one of the people interviewed will also be present. – Shannon, a Germantown native, studied journalism at Columbia University and has worked as a reporter for The Register-Star and The Poughkeepsie Journal, and as an editor at Berkshire Homestyle.  His stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the New York Daily News.   Books will be available for purchase in the Solaris gift shop. – Information at 821-2923, or by e-mail to kam@camphillhudson.org – 2 to 4 pm – Solaris, Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street

Exhibition Catalog Release and Closing Party –– Nicole Cherubini: the love tapes, a retrospective –– Libations and snacks – info@retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288 – 4 to 6 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening –  The Mystery of Beauty (Il Mistero della Belleza) – Works by India Evans and rooms inspired by Carlo Mollino – The exhibition is inspired by the architecture and surrealist interiors of Italian architect Carlo Mollino intertwined with expressive feminine collages by India Evans – On view through May 27 – 6 to 8 pm – The Gilded Owl, 105 Warren Street

Closing Party – Ted Gahl: Hibernation Anxiety –– Exhibition on view through Sunday, February 28 – Libations and snacks – info@retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288 – 4 to 6 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 727 Warren Street

Free Hudson Community Spaghetti Dinners – Served by Hudson & Philmont Reformed Churches – All are welcome – Both this Saturday, February 27 and on Saturday, April 2 – 5 to 6 pm – First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

TEEN/Superhuman Happiness perform – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Dar Williams – Since the mid-1990s, Williams has been a headliner on the new-folk festival scene.  In 1998 Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky formed the new-folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry as a way to pay homage to some of their favorite folk artists – In her early career Williams was taken on as a protégé Joan Baez, who took Williams with her as a concert opener on tour and also recorded Williams’ songs.  Last year Williams released her ninth studio record – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson405 Columbia Street

Winter Exploration at Clermont State Historic Site – Walk the old carriage trails of the Livingston estate through forest and over meadows right along the Hudson River – Learn how to identify some of our common trees and shrubs in winter.  See some of the wintery remains of wildflowers, and keep a lookout for animal signs.  The number of participants is limited – Register early by e-mail to claudia@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  or call Claudia at 672-7994 to reserve a space and receive directions – Part of the Farmscape Ecology Program of the Hawthorne Valley Association – 10 am to 12 noon – Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Avenue, off Route 9G, Germantown

Wine Tasting plus Late Winter Warmers – In addition to its regular wine tastings, the Winery is offering mulled wine, hot chocolate, and fiery pasta – Information at 392-9463 or hudsonchathamwinery.com – 12 noon to 5 pm – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent

Author’s Talk – Biographer Anne Heller will talk about her latest book, Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times – Arendt escaped from Hitler’s Germany and became an American citizen.  In 1961 she reported on the Adolph Eichmann trial for The New Yorker magazine and published a highly controversial book on the trial in 1963.  Heller is also the author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made (2009).  She is a former fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook magazines and former executive editor of Conde Nast Publications. – Followed by Q&A and a book signing –  Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library – Information at 392-3666 – 3 pm – Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham

 

Sunday, February 28

Cari Naftali, New Lebanon resident and volunteer, shares her Refugee Aid experiences working with refugees in Greece.  A former Philmont resident, Naftali spent several weeks volunteering at the Lighthouse on the island of Lesvos in late 2015.  She will share her experiences using photos and videos – Donations to the refugee cause will be welcome. – Information about the refugee organization can be found at lighthouserelief.org – To view Cari’s facebook postings, go to imby.com/newlebanon/article/a-lesvos-diary – Presented by the Claverack and Philmont libraries – 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Philmont Library, 101 Main Street, Philmont

Sunday, February 28

CSA Fair 2016 – Hudson River Exchange hosts its second fair featuring more than a dozen area farms offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for the coming season – The fair is a chance to meet area growers and learn how the share you buy now helps provide needed funds that can help sustain the farm and assure that you will have fresh produce over the coming months. – The exhibiting CSAs range from the traditional CSA featuring only vegetables to those that also include fruits, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and flowers.   The Fair includes  kids’ activities hosted by Kites Nest, and a Winter Farm Stand featuring products from participating farms.  Bring your checkbook.  Everyone who signs up for a share on Sunday will be entered in a raffle featuring prizes from local businesses, including gift certificates to Fish & Game, Gaskins, and Valley Variety.  Find the share, or shares that best fit your tastes and schedule.  Information at 821-5283 or by e-mail to media@hudsonriverexchange.com – 11 am to 3 pm Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Winter Exhibit – Features selections from the archives of five, fiercely passionate artists.  “For Mark Beard, David Dew Bruner, Joseph Maresca, Harry Orlyk, and Lionel Gilbert, their art is as much their religion as it is their daily devotion.  Each work catalogs careful study of the land, the human body, or the work of their predecessors before them; all demonstrating the quality of each artist’s level of skill and productivity.” – On view through April 3 – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, March 1

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville andRyder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

HEY EXIT/Logan Visscher/Seth Chrisman – “HEY EXIT is Brendan Landis, a resident of Brooklyn.  His music aims for an ambiguous middle ground between loud and quiet, dense and sparse, bleak and optimistic—seeking not so much to oscillate between extremes as to find a space where they can coexist and influence each other.  The resulting aesthetic is informed by his experience with punk bands, electronic music, traditional Japanese music, improvisation, and harsh noise…” – Listen at http://www.heyexit.com/ —  Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Spur-of-the-Moment Winter Hikes & Snow Shoeing –These events will take place when there’s enough snow, clear roads, and good weather for being outdoors.  Columbia Land Conservancy has set up an e-mail alert system to schedule the spur-of-the-moment treks.  You will receive a message saying, “Come join us for snowshoeing.”  Merely reply to RSVP and join the group at the designated site.  A limited number of snowshoes are available for lending, and beginners are welcome.  For information, and to register for the e-mail list, contact  Rebecca.walker@clctrust.org or 392-5252, ext. 214.

“The Hudson Café” – After a guest DJ appearance on community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM, Maria Manhattan moves into a regular gig on the airwaves with an upbeat music show featuring the American songbook as interpreted by contemporary artists as well as the jazz greats in a diverse range of genres.  The show airs on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 11 am. This may be just the lift you need in the middle of the week.  Tune into 90.7FM or on the worldwide web at wgxc.org.  If you miss the show, look for it in the station archives at www.wgxc.org – Information at 697-7400 or www.wgxc.org

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