Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, August 7 to August 15, 2017 and more

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

The Month of August  

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents its annual Chatham Dance Festival. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance includes performances by Parsons Dance on August 4 and 5, Caleb Teicher and Company on August 11 and 12, Monica Bill Barnes & Company on August 18 and 19, Ephrat Asherie Dance on August 25 and 26, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists on September 2 and 3. It all takes place at PS21’s performance tent.  In addition to concert performances, several dance workshops will be offered, including Jamal Jackson and Frank Malloy’s popular West African Dance and Drum Workshop. In addition, Parsons Dance will be in residence at PS21 for four weeks, during which they will offer dance workshops, open rehearsals, and a Just for Fun program for children, in addition to the two performances.  Information and schedule at ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-6121. To order tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006 – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Thursday-Sunday, August 10-13

TSL Films

> The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography – Errol Morris’s loving portrait of an artist too often overlooked in consideration of twentieth-century photography

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.

> Hare Krishna! – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

>Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

> I am the Blues – “…takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and the moonshine-soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country, visiting blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday….”

> In Pursuit of Silence – Begins with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4.33, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into quiet spaces of hearts….”

> Beatriz at Dinner – “As opposing worldviews collide over a dinner table, Beatriz’s pent up outrage spills out in a way that surprises even herself.  Stars Salma Hayek.

> Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Spamalot, based on Monty Python and The Holy Grail.  The musical is “inane, irreverent, raucous, a bit bawdy, zany and every kind of incorrect there is.  It is a perfect parody of Broadway musicals…” – This Tony Award-winning musical runs August 10 through 20 – Performance times vary; tickets are available for both matinee and evening performances –– Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday-Saturday, August 11-12

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents The Wizard of Oz, a musical version of the beloved L. Frank Baum tale with all the familiar characters and songs – Group rates are available – Mac-Haydn offers free tickets to children of military personnel and veterans; bring service identification to obtain these – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org  – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Caleb Teicher & Company “bring a radiant performance of tap, jazz, and modern dance to the PS21 stage.” – Part of the Chatham Dance Festival – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village

Ancram Opera House presents the Obie award-winning We’re Gonne Die, written by Young Jean Lee. The play, by one of the most adventurous new playwrights to emerge on the New York scene in years, is part pop/indie rock cabaret, and part storytelling, and examines the universal experience of life’s unavoidable truths.  A singer takes the stage, backed by her band, and tells slyly humorous stories about the one thing we all have in common.  The play with live music boldly explores some of life’s darkest moments with humor and insight.  The singer is played by multi-talented actor Maria-Christina Oliveras, who has extensive theatre, TV and film credits – The band backing up Ms. Oliveras is the Hudson Valley’s own Reliable Tom, led by New York based sound artist and composer Monte Weber.  The play’s original music is written by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas  – Adam Green in Vogue calls the play “…A goofily grim and oddly uplifting meditation by one of the most restlessly experimental—and widely entertaining—writer-directors working in theater today.” –Tickets and information at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 518-329-0114 –  8 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking available on the adjacent lawn.)

FridaySunday, August 11-13

The Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival and Parade presented by Operation Unite Education & Cultural Center

> Thursday, August 10 – A Pre-Festival Dance Workshop with Artichoke Dance Company –Learn a new dance to be performed at the festival on Saturday5 pm at  Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

> Friday, August 11 – A Community Wearable Art Costume & Dance Workshop at Hudson Riverfront Park

> Saturday, August 12 Liberation Parade steps off at Seventh Street Park at 2 pm and moves down Warren Street to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, where

the Festival opens at 3:15 pm – The festival includes performances from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Kuumba Dance & Drum Academy, Rhythm for Life, Hip Hop Juggler, Sweet Life Music Project, High Peak Drummers,  poetry by Ife Cobbins, Hula Hoop Palooza with Vanessa Baehr, and Hip Hop Dance Kids – A Liberate the Earth Community Dance performance will be led by the Artichoke Dance Company – Youth activities will be available from 4 to 6 pm – Sign up for the Talent Show and the Annual Back to School Give-away – Awards as part of Operation Unite’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be presented.

> Sunday, August 13 – Annual Gospel Festival with soloist Rizzo and the Albany District Choir from 4 to 7:30 pm – The evening will conclude with a Sunset Service. 

> Information at 518-828-3612 or 518-821-8150

Saturday, August 12

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Green beans, corn, tomatoes of all kinds and colors, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has fruit pies and tarts. – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing has organic sweet corn, and Northern Star has sheepskin fleeces available – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – Up River: The Journey Home – An exhibition/installation by Kingsley Parker – For artist Kingsley Parker, the Hudson River has served as a metaphor for his personal and professional journey from New York City to the Hudson Valley.  His 67-foot-long multimedia installation is a “deeply felt and lovingly-executed meditation on the waterway that continues to shape commerce, history, environment, recreation, politics, art, and daily lives in New York State…This installation is his tribute to the immense power of the Hudson River, its impact on the natural world and the communities along its shores, and its profound influence on an artist as his life has changed along with it.”  – On view through September 24 – Information at walnuthillfineart.com or 843-324-56144 to 6 pmWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Just the Facts – Lightfield Festival of Photography & Multimedia Art – Lightfield’s second annual festival features photography and video work by six distinguished artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis B. Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe Strauss, and Masterjia, and a screening of a documentary by director Manfred Kirchheimer. – The exhibition projects delve into the lives of working class people who struggle daily to keep their dignity in a social landscape that is increasingly hostile to immigrants and the working poor.  The festival also looks past common stereotypes to show how marginalized people, largely invisible to mainstream culture, have been left behind by technology and globalization –– The festival runs through September 30.  The Opening Reception includes a Young Photographers Workshop Celebration and an Artist Talk with Stacy Kranitz and Zoe Strauss – Lightfield will honor the young women from Perfect Ten who participated in the Young Photographers Workshop – Artists Kranitz and Strauss will lead a discussion about their Lightfield Festival collaboration, “The Great Divide.” – Free and open to the public – Information at www.lightfield.vu  or call 347-254-00095 pm – Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Summer Exhibition – Featuring works by Jenny Nelson, Stephen Walling, Christopher Engel, Bruce Murphy, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Joe Wheaton & John Griebsch – On view through September 24 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 518-828-19155 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. This Saturday, August 12, the entire café will be transformed into the Kingdom of Florin for a Princess Bride Day – Fight your way through the Fire Swamp, or enjoy a nice MLT, and finish it off with one of Miracle Max’s Miracle Pills (coated in chocolate to make it go down easier.)  Re-live the treasured movie with Westley, the Dread Pirate Roberts, Buttercup, the Princess Bride, and all the other famous (and infamous) characters.  Wear your best costume from the movie, bring your best quotes, and get ready to run from ROUS. – The Princess Bride will be screened at no charge at 5:30 pm – RSVP to ensure that you will have a seat. Call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America – Part 2: Perestroika On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org6 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Openings at Jeff Bailey Gallery
> Jason Middlebrook: Glow An exhibition of new planks and outdoor sculpture – Middlebrook’s planks (from either vertical or horizontal cross sections of trees) bridge divides between painting and sculpture, surface and ornament, and point abstraction back to its roots in naturally occurring pattern….
> Joshua Marsh: Paper Garden – In the fall of 2016, Joshua Marsh spent two months at an artist residency in the mountains of Nikko, Japan.  Aspects of a moss garden there date back centuries.  Its rock walls, indigenous plants, stream and pond fostered the vocabulary for Marsh’s new graphite drawings….
> On view through September 17 – Information at info@baileygallery.com or 518-828-66806 to 8 pm– Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set  presented every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – The featured writers this month are Lee Matthew Goldberg, Claire McMillan  and Laurie Stone
> Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Mentor is out from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press with the film in development. The foreign translations will be published in French and Slovakia. His debut novel Slow Down is a neo-noir thriller. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Visit  leematthewgoldberg.com
>   Claire McMillan is the author of The Necklace (from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, July 2017) andGilded Age, inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.  She currently lives on her husband’s family’s farm near Cleveland with their two children. Visit https://clairemcmillan.com
> Laurie Stone’s latest book is My Life as an Animal: Stories. Her work has appeared in Fence, Open City, and Creative Nonfiction, among numerous other journals. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice and has received two NYFA grants, among other awards. – Visit lauriestonewriter.com
> The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Amanda Taylor.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French. – Information at Volume’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or 917-535-8225 7 pm — Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening/Vernissage – Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions”rsvp@nextofkinshow.com – Information at 718-450-68017 to 10 pmHudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist  and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 295 to 7 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Hudson-Chatham Winery presents its 10th Annual Sangria & Jazz Festival – Five fresh sangrias for tasting, live jazz by Patricia Dalton & the Jazz Colleagues, Mexican food from The Taste Box, homemade cheesecakes, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, and glittery face painting – Bring a chair or blanket – Information at www.hudsonchathamwinery.com or call 518-392-9463 – 11 am to 6 pm – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent

Kinderhook Walks/A History of Place , a free series of interpretative walks, wraps up its inaugural series with Walk 5, entitled “Native Son: Martin Van Buren.” America’s eighth POTUS was a native and resident of Kinderhook and the walk will be led by Gregg Berninger of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The walks leave at 9 am from the Kinderhook Library and last approximately one hour. Walkers are reminded to come dressed for the outdoors and to wear sturdy shoes. In case of rain, the talk will be held inside the Library.  The walk can also be followed live on facebook.com/kinderhookwalks – Information at 518-758-6192 – 9 am – Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook.

Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13

Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision byJuror Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA – On view through August 27– Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Sunday, August 13

Guerrilla Basilica Improvisations – A world music avant-garde celebration to welcome the newest international musician residents in the Art Omi residency program – As part of their initial weekend together, the musicians will participate in a Cagean game of “guerrilla improvisations”—performing on the spot in spontaneously created ensembles picked from a hat by members of the audience.  – Information at basilicahudson.org2 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Hudson Jazzworks with Special Guest Guitarist Freddie Bryant – Now in its 11th year, pianist Armen Donelian and saxophonist Marc Mommaas’ Hudson Jazz Workshop culminates with a concert at Hudson Hall featuring guitarist Freddie Bryant.  A member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra, and his own group, Kaleidoscope, Bryant here performs with Donelian and Mommaas alongside an international line-up of workshop participants  – Free for students 18 and under – Information at 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org  – Concert at 4:30 is preceded by a free talk with the artists at 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Rogovoy Salon presents Jen Chapin, “celebrated for writing ‘brilliant soulfully poetic urban folk music’…for well over a decade…” – Seth Rogovoy, explaining why he chose Chapin for his monthly Salon, says “Jen is a remarkable songwriter, an untouchable vocalist, and one of our greatest song interpreters…While to some extent to the manor born, Jen has totally carved out her own unique path, with her vocals that owe as much to jazz artists including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Cassandra Wilson as to any folk singers; her compositions that are likewise infused with soul influences of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Motown sound; all delivered as if she were a new-folk singer-songwriter, except that she’s not.  She defies genre in a similar way to her fellow Brooklynite, Norah Jones.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, August 14

Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its August meeting in Hudson.  Agenda items include: The House bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, now at 50 members (25 Republicans, 25 Democrats); the monthly call—this month to noted environmentalist, author, and activist Paul Hawken; our work with farmers; efforts to support a statewide carbon tax; media successes (radio interview, letters to the editor); lobbying our members of Congress; endorsement work; tabling and presentation – Information at 518-672-7901 – (People who are coming to a CCL meeting for the first time are asked to come at 5:30 for a brief orientation to the organization.) 6 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, August 15

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series –The Visitor – A lonely, widowed college professor discovers a young couple living in his New York apartment, who are undocumented immigrants from Syria and Senegal. – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218:30 pm– PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

LOOKING AHEAD

Saturday, August 19

If you live within the 518 telephone area code, beginning August 19, you must “dial” ten digits (the area code and the number) on any call you make—even if you are calling a 518 number.  Beginning August 19 your call will not go through if you have not dialed the area code. Miss Buttinsky or some heartless robot will come on the line and tell you to hang up and try again.  Start practicing now!  Don’t panic. You will still use only three digits when dialing 911.

Wednesday, August 30 through Monday, September 4

Columbia County Fair – “Family Fun for 177 Years” – A demolition derby, pig races, Monster tractor pull, a rodeo, daily livestock events, a holiday cookie contest, talent shows, and a Travis Tritt concert on Sunday, September 3 at 7 pm – Ride discounts every day – Admission includes parking and ALL entertainment –  Kids under 12 admitted free – Info at columbiafair.com – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

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

 

 

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Ellen Thurston

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ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

The Month of August

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents its annual Chatham Dance Festival. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance includes performances by Parsons Dance on August 4 and 5, Caleb Teicher and Company on August 11 and 12, Monica Bill Barnes & Company on August 18 and 19, Ephrat Asherie Danceon August 25 and 26, and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists on September 2 and 3. It all takes place at PS21’s performance tent.  In addition to concert performances, several dance workshops will be offered, including Jamal Jackson and Frank Malloy’s popular West African Dance and Drum Workshop. In addition, Parsons Dance will be in residence at PS21 for four weeks, during which they will offer dance workshops, open rehearsals, and a Just for Fun program for children, in addition to the two performances.  Information and schedule at ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-6121. To order tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006 – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Wednesday-Thursday, August 2-3

The Home School Poetry Readings – The public is invited to hear poet participants from The Home School read their work – Information at 518-822-84487:30 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Wednesday-Sunday, August 2-6

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, the gripping story of “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” set to a lush Stephen Sondheim score – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round, runs Wednesday through Sunday this week, the last week of the run.  – Performance times vary; tickets are available for both matinee and evening performances –– Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Thursday, August 3

Exhibition Opening – Making Art (Great) Again – Alon Koppel, an artist based in the village of Catskill, is Basilica’s latest artist-in-residence.  Alon will explore ideas of truth and fiction in the current political landscape in photography.  He will present various projects touching on the 2016 general election and its aftermath.  As part of the residency he will explore a visual dialog with Hudson residents which will be presented in the Back Gallery in various forms once the residency ends – Information at basilicahudson.org/ —  6  to 9 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – A gripping documentary exploring the plight of a Chinese-American family-run bank—the only US bank to be prosecuted in the wake of the financial crisis – Presented in collaboration with Chris Boekmann of the True/False Film Fest – Part of the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series – Information at basilicahudson.org 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Friday, August 4

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting – Representatives from Catskill Distilling Company will be pouring their small batch Bourbon, Rye, and Buckwheat Whiskey  – Accompanying nibbles – Free and open to the public –  Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Your Turn: A Collaborative Art Show – All work exhibited was created through a series of collaborative art making workshops led in July by working artists Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose – On view through September 4 – Free and open to the public – Information at info@hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-1792 x 1015 to 7 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Marc Cohn –“After winning a Grammy Award for ‘Walking in Memphis,’ Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.  He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales… Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him ‘one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade.’” – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, August 4-5

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents The Wizard of Oz,  a musical version of the beloved L. Frank Baum tale with all the familiar characters and songs –10:30 am this Friday and Saturday, as well as on August 11 and 12– Group rates are available – Mac-Haydn offers free tickets to children of military personnel and veterans; bring service identification to obtain these – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org  – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Ancram Opera House presents the Obie award-winning We’re Gonna Die, written by Young Jean Lee. The play, by one of the most adventurous new playwrights to emerge on the New York scene in years, is part pop/indie rock cabaret, and part storytelling, and examines the universal experience of life’s unavoidable truths.  A singer takes the stage, backed by her band, and tells slyly humorous stories about the one thing we all have in common.  The play with live music boldly explores some of life’s darkest moments with humor and insight.  The singer is played by multi-talented actor Maria-Christina Oliveras, who has extensive theatre, TV and film credits – The band backing up Ms. Oliveras will be the Hudson Valley’s own Reliable Tom, led by New York based sound artist and composer Monte Weber.  The play’s original music is written by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas  – Adam Green in Vogue calls the play “…A goofily grim and oddly uplifting meditation by one of the most restlessly experimental—and widely entertaining—writer-directors working in theater today.” –Tickets and information at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 518-329-0114 – (Also playing next Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12.) – 8 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking available on the adjacent lawn.)

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6

TSL Films

> Kedi (2016) – Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.

> Hare Krishna! – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

>The Hero – Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.

>Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

> I am the Blues – “…takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and the moonshine-soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill country, visiting blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday….”

> In Pursuit of Silence Begins with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4.33, the sights and sounds of this film delicately interweave with silence to create a contemplative and cinematic experience that works its way through frantic minds and into quiet spaces of hearts….”

> Beatriz at Dinner – “As opposing worldviews collide over a dinner table, Beatriz’s pent up outrage spills out in a way that surprises even herself.  Stars Salma Hayek.

Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

29th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – Homegrown from a hillside gathering, the fest has become a yearly pilgrimage for many.  Campers and day-trippers converge on its yearly Brigadoon-like setting – Single, three-day, and camping tickets available, as are senior, student and military discounts – Children under 12 admitted free.  Brimming with main stage concerts, workshops, hours of dancing, activities for kids, a delightful Family Stage, international food and crafts, a Dance Tent, and over 50 vendors plying their handmade or fair trade wares – Music runs the gamut from Celtic to Cajun to Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Zydeco and more – A Thursday, pre-Fest Tasting brings local food producers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries together daytime followed by intimate evening performances at the Lounge Stage –The fest begins at noon on Friday – Information, tickets, and directions at FalconRidgeTickets or call 860-364-0366 –  Dodd’s Farm, 44 County Road 7D, North Hillsdale

Saturday, August 5

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Green beans, corn, tomatoes of all kinds and colors, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has fruit pies and tarts. – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing has organic sweet corn, and Northern Star has sheepskin fleeces available – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! –The Wickers Creek Band is cooking up some traditional bluegrass music in the Music Tent  – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Americana & English Auction – This sale of Americana and English decorative and fine art provides an opportunity to experience a variety of categories anchored around Americana from the 18th century to today.  The sale incorporates influences that illustrate the story of America, including the important connections with English and European traditions.  Featured is art from the American west as well as traditional wares and garden ornaments perfect for a country house conceived in a classic English style.  Stately portraits alongside a curated selection of tables, chairs and decorations are among the highlights of the sale.  Folk art and Latin American works of art demonstrate America’s creative spirit with bold colors and simple designs to create a pop of color when paired with furniture inspired by the Aesthetic Movement – An exceptional selection of clocks and rare books are also on offer in a range of tastes to suit every collector. – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 518-751-1000 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Grids, Drips and the Drawn Line: Paintings by Nancy Felcher  –  On view through August 27 – with Guest Artist Peter Head – Also showing gallery artists – Live music by Sam Rosen – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

House Rules Café steps up its game (Pun intended!), offering a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults
> Demonstration of a new-to-us game, Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game where a group of heroes work together to defeat a villain.\
> Ongoing Events – On Wednesday Nights, tables are reserved for Mah Jongg – People at all levels of experience come together to play – From 5:30 to 8:30 pm
> Monday Afternoons (Starting August 31) a few tables will be reserved for those wishing to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game.
> Coming in August – From August 5 through 12 the Café will be participating in gishwhes (www.gishwhes.com), a worldwide scavenger hunt that combines kindness, art, community service, and creativity. >  August 12, the entire café will be transformed into the Kingdom of Florin for our Princess Bride Day – Prepare to dine!
> Information at http://www.houserulescafe.com or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Halaburda:  Contemporary Paintings on Cardboard – “Philippe Halaburda’s highly unusual body of work is inspired by his 2015 move to New York City, when he made the daring decision to paint on cardboard, a material easily acquired in the streets of Brooklyn.  Flattened packages, tubes used for carpet or fabrics, and even cereal boxes provided an exciting deviation from traditional shapes and canvas surfaces and increased the urban narrative of Halaburda’s work.  The works on cardboard seem to channel the metropolitan energy of New York.  Applying the language of abstract expressionism has created intense, emotional paintings while retaining a fierce sense of identity and independence.  With each painting, Halaburda embarks on an improvisational journey, the outcome being vivid, rhythmic compositions of geometric shapes and staccato brushstrokes, always spontaneous yet precisely executed….” – On view through the month of September – Information at 646-483-9109 or by email to frg@frgdesignart.com –   5:30-8:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

Booked for the Evening – Hudson Area Library’s Third Annual Summer Celebration – Eat – Mingle – Drink – Dance – Shop – Contribute – Information and tickets by email to info@hudsonarealibrary.org   or 518-828-1792 6 pm – A beautifully restored barn setting just minutes from Hudson

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part 1: Millenium Approaches – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org 6 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening/Vernissage – Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions” – rsvp@nextofkinshow.com – Information at 718-450-6801 7 to 10 pm – Hudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

Don Byron & Friends –“ Don Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from gospel to cartoon music, from klezmer to Duke Ellington, from Afro-Cuban to hard-rock/metal to the funk-drenched R&B sounds of Junior Walker.  Byron expands his musical exploration of early soul, featuring the music of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Walker”  in this performance at Club Helsinki –  Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com 9  pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunset on the River – Friends of Clermont’s Summer Gala honoring Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism – Music by the local Americana duo Moonshine Holler – Information at 518-537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org5:30 to 7:30 pm – Clermont, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

Art Omi Dance Showing – Art Omi dance residents share works created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Art Omi.  The residency emphasizes process over product, so the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces.  Each year’s iteration varies, but almost always involve site-specific performance events leading hundreds of visitors throughout Art Omi’s beautiful campus – Information at 518-392-4747 or by email to info@artomi.org2 pm – Art Omi, The Fields Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Kinderhook Walks/A History of Place –  A free series of informative talks while walking with an expert around the Village of Kinderhook, moves into its fourth week with a walk entitled “Early European Immigration” led by historians Sally and Bruce Naramore.   The walks leave at 9 am from the Kinderhook Library and last approximately one hour. Walkers are reminded to come dressed for the outdoors and to wear sturdy shoes. In case of rain, the talk will be held inside the Library.  The walk can also be followed live on facebook.com/kinderhookwalks – Information at 518-758-61929 am – Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook.

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6

Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision by Juror Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA – On view through August 27– Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Sunday, August 6

Hudson, NY-Ketermaya, Lebanon: Closer Than You Think – A special community screening of Lucas Jedrzejak’s documentary Ketermaya.  In the camp of Ketermaya, children play and dream, just like any other children, but beneath the surface, things are not so easy for these Syrian kids who have fled fighting, chemical weapons and chaos.  On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria, but life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy.  Disrupted education, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily.  The film is an important portrait of family and childhood innocence, an important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances. Filmmaker Lucas Jedrzejak will be present for an introduction and Q&A –  Immediately following the screening of Ketermaya a second documentary short, by Don Downey will be shown.  This second film records the interaction between Hudson schoolchildren and those at the refugee camp.  Through an organization called The Hudson-Ketermaya Connection, Hudson schoolchildren and young Muslim students are joined through a PenPal program – Translated letters will go back and forth between the children throughout the school year.  Correspondence will nurture reading and writing skills in both communities, while developing long-range awareness and friendships – Music written for the children by Ryder Cooley of Dust Bowl Faeries will be performed, and an interfaith orchestra and the Operation Unite Children’s Chorus will also perform.  Food by Taste of India and ice cream by Mr. Dingaling  will be available for purchase – All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ketermaya refugee camp for Syrian children and families. –  Event starts at 4 pm; screenings at 4:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Landing Day Celebration at Mount Lebanon – A commemoration of Landing Day, marking the Shakers’ arrival in America.  Landing Day represents the beginning of the American story of the Shakers.  August 6, 1774 is traditionally marked by the Shakers as the day that Ann Lee and her small group of followers landed in America, at the time comprised of several colonies of the British Empire and in the midst of growing political unrest.  It was in this new land that Mother Ann, as she is known to Shakers, established the Shaker Church just outside of Albany, New York before founding their first organized community at New Lebanon.  As part of the celebration, The Shaker Museum will be free and open to the public between 11 am and 2 pm, offering tours at 11 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. – In addition to free tours, the museum will be hosting Hop2o, an artisanal soda brewed from hops grown locally in Lebanon Springs, NY.  Attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to win a Shaker oval box and a four-pack of Hop2o, as well as an Individual  level membership in the Museum. – The celebration is free and open to the public – Attendees can reserve their spot for a free tour at https://shakerml.org/collections/online-tour-booking.  During checkout, use discount LANDINGDAY. – Information at 518-794-9100 x22011 am to 2 pm – Historic Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Special Event – A screening of ChurchillThis new film will be introduced by British actor Brian Cox who plays Churchill in the film, He will also be available to answer questions after the screening – Critic Peter Biskind says: “Winston Churchill is conspicuous by his absence from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but Churchill more than makes up for it.  The moment is the end of World War II, not the beginning, as the Allies prepare for Operation Overlord, the invasion of France meant to roll back the German armies across Europe.  This is not the Churchill to whom we are accustomed, the brilliant orator and inspiration to his people, but a depressed and frightened man, ground down by years of war, on the verge of collapse.  Dogged by a speech impediment and haunted by the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli that occurred on his watch in 1915, he fears that the Normandy invasion will fail, and does everything in his power to derail it.  The film tells the  untold story of the role played by his wife Clementine in rescuing him from the trough of despond and preparing him for the heroic role in which history had cast him….” – Information at movies@crandelltheatre.org12 noon – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

 

SundayMonday, August 6-7

Hack the Library program for Tweens & Teens – A free, two-day intensive workshop for 9 to 17-year olds who will learn how to create works of art including music, gifs and videos using computers and smart phones – Youth participants will collaborate with digital art professionals currently working in the field and will create a new website hosted on newhive.com on site at the Library. – The program is free to all participants; registration is on a first come/first served basis – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or by email to smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.orgBreakfast and lunch will be provided during the sessions. – 10 am to 4 pm each day – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Monday, August 7

21st Annual Columbia Memorial Four-Ball Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament– Help raise money for Columbia Memorial Health and enjoy a great day on the course – Information at 518-828-8239 –  Columbia Golf & Country Club, 295 Route 217, Claverack

Next Tuesday, August 8

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pmPerformance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This Spotty Dog quiz night has been held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 6:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series –Avalon – A Polish-Jewish family comes to the US at the beginning of the twentieth century to make themselves a better future. – Directed by Barry Levinson as a valentine to his immigrant grandparents –Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-6121 – 8:30  pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO

Monday, August 14

Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its August meeting in Hudson.  Agenda items include: The House bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, now at 50 members (25 Republicans, 25 Democrats); The monthly call—this month to noted environmentalist, author, and activist Paul Hawken; Our work with farmers; Efforts to support a statewide carbon tax; Media successes (radio interview, letters to the editor); Lobbying our members of Congress; Endorsement work; Tabling and presentation – Information at 518-672-7901 – (People who are coming to a CCL meeting for the first time are asked to come at 5:30 for a brief orientation to the organization.) 6 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Saturday, August 19

If you live within the 518 telephone area code, beginning August 19, you must “dial” ten digits (the area code and the number) on any call you make—even if you are calling a 518 number.  Beginning August 19 your call will not go through if you have not dialed the area code. Miss Buttinsky or some heartless robot will come on the line and tell you to hang up and try again.  Start practicing now!  Don’t panic. You will still use only three digits when dialing 911.

Wednesday, August 30 through Monday, September 4

Columbia County Fair – “Family Fun for 177 Years” – A demolition derby, pig races, Monster tractor pull, a rodeo, daily livestock events, a holiday cookie contest, talent shows, and a Travis Tritt concert on Sunday, September 3 at 7 pm – Ride discounts every day – Admission includes parking and ALL entertainment –  Kids under 12 admitted free – Info at columbiafair.com – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY July 24 to August 1, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

 Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29

TSL Films

> Kedi (2016) – Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq – “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story “…the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

>The Hero – Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.

Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Sweeney Todd, the gripping story of “The Demon Barber of Fleet  Street,” set to a lush Stephen Sondheim score – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round,  runs Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 6 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org  – Ticketsavailable for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 28

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting – A selection of all natural wines—both red and white—from the heart of classic regions will be available for tasting.  Starring will be organic and biodynamic wines from the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace.  A 10% alcohol Grolleau imported by Kermit Lynch, Camille Rivieres’ sparkling Petnat, and more.  Also small bites, cheese, good neighbors, all free! – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, July 28-29

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Friday-Sunday, July 28-30

Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend:
> Friday – The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African- American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a twist—the singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, “played as you have never heard it played before.” – 8 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

> Saturday – The Sisters of Slide – Two beloved masters of slide, five-time Blues Music Award winner Rory Block, and Texas Music Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar, offer an exceptional evening of the blues – 8 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

> Sunday – A Gospel Choir Fest at ChurchLIVE – A gathering of local gospel choirs hosted by Chatham’s Payne AME Church Choir and Rory Block at ChurchLIVE – Four gospel choirs gather from area churches to rejoice and share music of worship and celebration.  In addition to Chatham’s Payne AME Church, choirs from Hudson, Kingston and Albany will present the best of their musical offerings.  The public is invited to enjoy great gospel music and meet the choir members at the reception that follows.  No entrance fee. Donations gratefully accepted for participating choirs – 2 pm – ChurchLIVE, located at The Old Methodist Church, 8 Church Lane, Chatham Center

> Information, tickets and schedule at www.PS21chatham.org or 518-392-6121

Saturday, July 29

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Today in the market—corn, cherry tomatoes, and peaches! – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has plain peach, peach raspberry, and peach blueberry pies as well as sour cherry pies and apple pies – Also, vegetarian quiches and frittatas – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing has organic sweet corn, and Northern Star has new sheepskin fleeces available – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! – Sauerkraut Seth performs in the Music Tent  and St. Catherine’s Center for Children is in the Community Tent.   – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

This Saturday House Rules Café steps up its game (Pun intended!), offering a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults

> Pokemon GO! – Walk: Start at House Rules Café.  Walk around Hudson.  Hatch some Eggs, Raid some gyms.  Fight a Legendary Pokemon.  Come back to House Rules, charge your phone, and grab a lunch box.  This will go on all day.

> Representatives of the charity called Extra Life, which uses gaming to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, will be on hand to discuss the organization and how Hudson can help – From 11 am to 2 pm

> Demonstration of a new-to-us game, Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game where a group of heroes work together to defeat a villain.  The characters are all based on a fictional comic book universe that was created solely for the game itself.  Anyone who loves the Marvel and DC movies will adore this game.  Very easy to learn, and House Rules will be running regular sessions of it.

> Ongoing Events – On Wednesday Nights, tables are reserved for Mah Jongg – People at all levels of experience come together to play – From 5:30 to 8:30 pm

> Information at http://www.houserulescafe.com or call 518-828-5938 House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part 2: Perestroika – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-84481 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Reading – Local author Sam J. Miller celebrates the release of his debut Young Adult (YA)  novel, with a reading from the book—The Art of Starving—to be published by Harper-Collins this month. Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, the book tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder.  The book has been described as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.’—Book Riot. In a synopsis of the book, the publisher says that Matt has discovered that “the less he eats the more he seems to have…powers.  The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see.  The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s head.  Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.  So what is lunch really, compared to the secrets of the universe?” – The event is free and open to the public – The reading will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments – Copies of the book will be available for purchase – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-1792 x 1012 pm to 3:30 pmTeen Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Third Annual Group Show – Featuring fine art photography by 50 artists curated into a singular vision by Juror Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA – On view through August 27– Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-40565 to 7 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Screening of Hudson NY Shorts – A Short Film Festival – Program 1 at 5:30 pm; Program 2 at 7:30 pm – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

My Second Farewell Concert – Linda Lavin, making a record breaking fourth appearance in Helsinki on Broadway, returns with an all new show and her five-piece band led by the incomparable Billy Stritch on piano. It’s the American Songbook with a jazzy twist and its Linda Lavin telling show biz tales about her life and loves as only this Tony Award-winning actress can – With Special Guest Star, the fabulous jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein.  It’s a midsummer’s night party you won’t want to miss. – Presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information and tickets at  518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

SWAY with DJ Brian DeGraw – The Music of  The Smiths & Morrissey, and other selections – 21+ – Information at 518-828-156210 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Starry Road to Freedom – A one man show about the life and legacy of famed former slave, abolitionist, and orator Frederick Douglass – Starring the show’s creator, Phil Darius Wallace –The play explores Douglass’ life from childhood to his career as a diplomat and statesman told through monologues, poetry, and song, and is an opportunity to meet the quintessential self-made man – Children under 12 admitted free – The play is performed outdoors and is followed by Q&A with the play’s star and local historians exploring Douglass’ role in the suffrage and other civil rights movements– Information by e-mail to info@friendsofclermont.org3 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

Exhibition Opening – woods//words explores the woods as a place of inspiration in both literature and in art – Information at 518-672-7140 or http://artschoolofcolumbiacounty.org/5 to 7 pm – Art School of Columbia County, 1198 Route 21C, Ghent

Sunday, July 30

18th Annual Blueberry Festival – Presented by the Austerlitz Historical Society – This ever-popular event features early 19th – Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing demonstrations, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans.  New this year is a special “Natural Fiber Arts” area with a focus on wool, linen, and other natural fibers, including handmade arts, crafts, yarn, fabrics, and dyes.  As always, there will be blueberries galore and a special blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods. – There is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.. – No pets, please. – Rain or shine – Information by email to admin@oldausterlitz.org or call 518-392-0062 – 9 am to 4 pm – Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz

Next Tuesday, August 1

Living Poetry at the Library – Two acclaimed younger African-American poets, Harmony Holiday and Douglas Kearney, will present an evening of breathtaking and incisive multi-media performance in an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany; Fence, a biannual literary journal and publisher; the Hudson Area Library; and the Poetry Home School.  Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry “that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose.” – Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or http://hudsonarealibrary.org/ 7 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Free Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series – The Immigrant – Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from the island’s infirmary and Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as a shady businessman.  “For all its historical density and specificity, The Immigrant is among the most painful and powerfully intimate of movies.” – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-6121 – 8:30  pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY July 17 to July 23, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

The Month of July

The Find Waldo Hudson Scavenger Hunt is well under way, with some 35 Hudson businesses participating.  From July 1 to 31, children can pick up a “passport” at any participating business, identified by an iconic “Where’s Waldo” on the window or door.  Once the passport is obtained the hunt begins.  A miniature Waldo will be hidden somewhere in each of the thirty-five businesses.  When found by the child, his or her passport is marked for that particular business.  After visiting each business and finding Waldos all over town, the completed passport can be entered in a drawing for a basket of “goodies” donated by Hudson businesses.  The drawing will take place at a party for all those who completed their passports.   The party will be held on July 31 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tuesday, July 18

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Stephen Petronio in conversation with Ralph Lemon and Jimena Paz – Join celebrated choreographer Stephen Petronio in conversation with Jimena Paz and National Medal of Arts awardee Ralph Lemon.  Stephen, Ralph, and Jimena will share video and stories about their creative process and inspirations at Crows Nest, a new dance residency center established by Petronio in Cairo, NY – Free and open to the public; reservations recommended – Information at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-14387 pmWest Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Movie Tuesdays: The Immigrant Experience in America Series— Moscow on the Hudson – When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale’s department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.  Starring Robin Williams – A free program presented by PS21 – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 518-392-61218:30 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Wednesday, July 19

Just when you notice the cupboard is bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October –Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.com4 to 7 pmUpstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, July 20

Film, Slides and a Presentation: Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and Issues of Reentry with Program Leader Joan E. Hunt, Director of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood –This is the fourth and final presentation in the Thursday Evening Program series meant to provide opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice. – These programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – 6 pm to 7:30 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Luke Temple / Cassandra Jenkins / Jonny Fritz – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 8 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23

TSL Films

> Kedi (2016) – Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> Michelangelo: Love and Death – “…a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome, and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of the great artist.”

> Hare Krishna! – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

> Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq – “…sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia.  The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse.”

> Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story – “…the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.”

>The Hero – Sam Elliott plays an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.

>Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense – “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

Information and schedule at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Playwright Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen starts its tour in Catskill – “If you’ve never seen Copenhagen, it’s hard to imagine that a play in which three dead people discuss atomic physics could be electrifying and intensely emotional.  Yet this riveting drama, full of crackle and vitality, delivers a literary and theatrical punch that stays with you long after the curtain has fallen….On the surface, Copenhagen turns around a mysterious 1941 meeting between the esteemed Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his former pupil, the German scientist Werner Heisenberg.  Old friends who had revolutionized atomic science during the 1920s, they are now on opposite sides of a world war.  But the science, it turns out, is merely a vehicle, a metaphor for a wrenching probe into deeply human quandaries and contradictions.” — The play is directed by Ellen Honig – The play’s first run is this week at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm – Tickets at http://copenhagencatskill.brownpapertickets.com or at the door a half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis – Information at 518-943-3894 –  Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill  (The play travels to Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock in August, and the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in September –  Information at 845-489-3975 or by email to ellenhonig@gmail.com )

The Holler Sessions – This is the final week of The Holler Sessions, written and performed by Frank Boyd, and created in collaboration with the TEAM and Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin as consulting director– The play is staged as a live radio show, and centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz.  Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio, with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. – “Embodied with respect and ferocity by Frank Boyd…Ray radiates a hard-core obsessiveness that’s both scary and contagious.”—Ben Brantley, The New York TimesCritic’s Pick – Information and tickets at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 518-329-0114 – Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 7 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Saturday Night Fever, “the most requested show of the season” “…a disco inferno of a show that will have you dancing down memory lane for three happy

weeks…” – The show, presented in Mac-Haydn’s unique theatre-in-the-round,  runs through Sunday, July 23 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292

or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org  – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 21

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting –  Maria Clark from Polaner Imports will be pouring a selection of affordable wines perfect for summer parties – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering where visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal. – Sher Stevens is hosting.  Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – Our speaker will be Greene County Council on the Arts Grants Coordinator Margaret Uhalde. To qualify for a Community Arts Grant or an Individual Artist’s grant, the applicant must attend a mandatory informational workshop.  Margaret will be offering the workshop for the attendees at this month’s dinner.  It is recommended that artists attend the Potluck/informational workshop even if they are not sure if they  will be applying for a grant.  Ms. Uhalde will answer questions about the grant program at the dinner.  If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to artistspotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

Story Slam with Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff – This is the kick-off event for Rally in the Valley, based on Planned Parenthood’s slogan “Care. No matter what.”  Features Hudson’s favorite drag queen Trixie Starr and Caitlin Langstaff, founder of The Mosquito Story Slam – Audience members who drop their name in the hat, will be picked at random during the show, to tell 5-minute true stories related to the theme of “No Matter What.”  The stories will be told, not read.  No notes will be used on stage. A maximum of 10 storytellers will be picked at random to share their stories with the audience.  Entry fee included with gold supporter wristband.  All proceeds benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.  – Information at 518-828-1562 or Half Moon facebook page – 7:45 pm to 9:15 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Western Centuries – Seattle is best known for giving the world grunge-rock, but apparently some musicians there are equally influenced by American roots music, country, and rock ‘n’ roll.  – Western Centuries is comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller, R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger. Western Centuries combines all its members’ influences and styles into an original take on American roots-rock.  The group brings its upbeat, honkytonk dance numbers, its lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between to Helsinki – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dishwasher Dreams – In his one-man show, actor and writer Aladdin Ullah draws on the story of his father, Habib, a steamship worker from East Bengal, who jumped ship and made his way to New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, settled in Harlem in the 1930s, and worked for years as a dishwasher and line cook.   Aladdin explores his father’s life as well as his own childhood growing up in East Harlem in the 1970s and 80s.  Accompanied by tabla player Avi Sharma, Ullah tells the story with a deep sense of humor, drama, and empathy for the American immigrant experience – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Friday-Saturday, July 21-22

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Exhibition Opening – Rally in the Valley: Act 1 – An anonymous exhibition of small works by emerging and established artists, with artists’ names revealed after works are purchased  – Organized by Kristen Dodge & Dawn BreezeProceeds to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – Information and full schedule at www.rallyinthevalley.org – Preview on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; exhibition and sale on Saturday from 5 to 7 pmCommon Council Room at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre series presents Hi, Ho, Robin Hood Robin Hood and his band of merry men are robbing the rich to help the poor people of Nottingham.  Prince John, who is ruling while King Richard is on a crusade, is taxing people right out of their homes!  The Sheriff of Nottingham can’t catch the clever bandits…Will King Richard return in time to save all of Nottingham, and the merry band?  – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 29 – – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

FridaySunday, July 21-23

Rally in the Valley – Three days of art, education and action in support of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood – See listings for “Story Slam” and “Act 1”  (above) and  “Hot Pink” (below)  – Information at www.rallyinthevalley.org

MONUMENT – The dance work MONUMENT combines beautifully revived works by legends of modern dance with original choreography by Hudson-based dance artist Adam H. Weinert. – With ingenuity, reverence, and grace, Weinert and an ensemble of stellar dancers, perform classic solos by Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon and Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn.  Weinert’s work then transports audiences to a new world that is “impressive, strange, a puzzle you want to solve, a social order changing before your eyes.”—The New York Times – For these performances, composer/performer Chris Garneau returns to Hudson to perform live, set to perfectly paced piano-led compositions with Garneau’s “dangerously beautiful voice.”—The New Yorker – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday, July 22

Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson – The Bees Knees will be hosting silhouette artist Erik Johnson, a highly skilled, third generation artist who learned the craft from his father.  Within minutes, Johnson hand cuts each silhouette by just looking at the subject’s profile.  You’ll have an amazing keepsake of you, your child, significant other, etc.  Sign-ups are free.  Go to https:beesknees22.eventbrite.com/ — Framing is available – Information at 518-697-0888The Bee’s Knees, 725 Warren Street

The Hudson Farmers’ Market  –  Add to the season’s bounty—Tomatoes!  Meet this year’s new vendors:   the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Cosby Gibson performs in the Music Tent – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and available on the second Saturday of each month, through October – Tour one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. This gem still has its spiral staircase, working fog bell, and wonderful architecture – Learn its history and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family who lived on the lighthouse.  The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active aid for navigation for water traffic. –  Reservations for  the tour are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.hudsoncruises.comor by calling  888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org or call 518-828-5294 – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pmand  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour –Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. —  In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America  – Part I: Millennium  Approaches – On the big screen in HD – Information and reservations at 518-822-84481 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

OLANA ’67: A Public Work of Art – The Olana Summer Party – Imagine 1967 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the date when Olana opened as a public work of art on June 3, 1967. – Top regional chefs will create 1967-inspired hors d’oeuvres and a DJ will spin tunes from this era on Olana’s East Lawn – Information at www.olana.org/olana67 –  Host Committee Reception from 5 pm to 6 pm; Main Cocktail Event from 6 to 8 pmEast Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9-G, Hudson

John Davis Gallery Exhibition Opening – The work of five artists will be shown – Main Galleries & Sculpture Garden – Animula:  Bruce Gagnier; Carriage House, Ground Floor – in paper, in boxes: Pamela J. Wallace; Carriage House, Second Floor – Paintings: Peter Bonner; Carriage House, Third Floor – Paintings: Benjamin Pritchard ; Carriage House, Fourth Floor – Paintings: McWillie Chambers – All on view through August 13 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Deadly Dragon Sound – Information at 518-828-15628 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hot Pink – Hosted by Rally in the Valley – Hot Pink is an inclusive + sweaty dance party to benefit Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood presented by Heavy Flow, an all-female identifying DJ lineup including  Jennifer Haley, Sis, DJ Shanny,  and SVB – Discounted admission at the door if you wear a pink costume – Information at rallyinthevalley.org9 pm to 1 am – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street

Art Omi Dance Salon – This annual event is a forum for the Art Omi Dance residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month – The Salon offers an intimate evening of live performance by dancers from around the world, set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artists’ work at the start of the residency program – This year’s dance residents are from Palestine, Republic of the Congo, Singapore/Philippines, United States, Canada, Australia, France, India, and Spain/UK – Free and open to the public, no reservation required – Information at www.artomi.orgor 518-392-4747 –   5 pm – Studio Barns, Art Omi, intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent

Valatie Village-Wide Tag Sale – Maps of participating tag sale addresses available at local stores in the village including Great Finds in the Millhouse, Upper Main Street; Mario’s Home Center on Route 9; and Hennessy Insurance and JGA Antiques on Main Street.  Check out tag sales all over the Village for fabulous finds including antiques, collectibles, toys, books, clothing, housewares, tools, and more.  Lunch is available in the Village at restaurants and cafes along Main Street and Route 9 – Sponsored by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association (VERA) – Information and maps at VERAvalatie.com or VERAvalatie on facebook – 8 am to 2 pm – Village of Valatie

The 12th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-61218 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

Sunday, July 23

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit three gardens in Spencertown, Austerlitz, and Canaan – Admission fee paid at each garden

> Garden of Linda Horn – Artist Linda Horn began to create a one-acre native meadow/prairie when she and her husband moved to the area – Owner and artist Linda Horn, land stewardship designer Barbara Hughey, and landscape designer Heather Grimes will be on hand to introduce guests to Linda’s dynamic landscape, discuss the concepts and practices of landscape restoration, and provide practical ideas for creating healthy, beautiful, and low maintenance native ecosystems – 10 am to 2 pm – 5015 County Route 7, Spencertown

> Steepletop – Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Garden – Named for the wildflower found in its high fields – 10 am to 4:30 pm – 440 East Hill Road, Austerlitz

> Rockland Farm – The garden is comprised of a variety of areas that flow one from another over about ten acres  – 10 am to 4 pm – 180 Stony Kill Road, Canaan

> Information at www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule

Read & Feed – Basilica Hudson, in partnership with the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) presents its second annual celebration of literature and foodThis year the festival celebrates the legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.  An all-star, twenty-person marathon reading of John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run is preceded by a gathering of poetry luminaries explaining “How to Love Reading Ashbery” – Also featured are acclaimed food writers and chefs – Some performances bring literature and food together, such as Whiting Award-winning poetry superstars Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performing and talking poetry, food and music, while cooking up collard greens and salmon cakes – Celebrated cookbook authors and restaurateurs have conversations with literary chefs about food, memory and the senses – A cooking masterclass taught by Barbara “Barb the Butcher” Fisher teaches  how to make sausage – Delicious and affordable South Indian cuisine created by Rohan Kamicheril of the popular Tiffin food blog is offered in the new Community Café, and  a marketplace of local, independent literary publishers and artisanal food vendors is available.  – Information and schedule at basilicahudson.org12 noon to 5 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

The Velocity of Geography – A staged reading of James Farrell’s new play – The play explores the complexities of experience behind the story of a father and daughter who emigrate from Romania to New York City in 1988, fleeing the oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu – Directed by Robert Zukerman – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or call 518-392-6121 – 2 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66 (1 mile north of Chatham Village)

I / O – A collective of world class musicians exploring original and reworked compositions by contemporary artists – Featured musicians are: Rachel Z, a jazz and rock pianist and keyboardist who is considered one of the most influential and versatile musical forces of her generation; David Gilmore, a highly regarded session jazz guitarist and composer; Erik Lawrence, a gifted saxophonist and flutist; Scott Petito, the group’s bassist and composer, with a long list of live and recorded performance credits; Roberto Rodriguez, percussionist, composer, and arranger; and Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose unique blending of Latin and Jewish music has created a whole new hybrid. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comDoors open at 6 pm; Show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm(Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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Art Events in Hudson NY and Beyond, July 5 to July 11, 2017

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The Month of July

From July 1 to 31, thirty-five Hudson businesses will be participating in a Find Waldo Hudson scavenger hunt.  Children can pick up a “passport” at any participating business, identified by an iconic “Where’s Waldo” on the window or door.  Once inside, the hunt begins.  A miniature Waldo will be hidden somewhere in each of the thirty-five businesses.  When found by the child, his or her passport is marked for that particular business.  After visiting each business and finding Waldos all over town, the completed passport can be entered in a drawing for a basket of “goodies” donated by Hudson businesses.  The drawing will take place at a party for all those who completed their passports.   The party will be held on July 31 at Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Wednesday, July 5

Just when you notice the cupboard is bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.com – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, July 6

Yes, In My Backyard,A film screening of a documentary by Tracy Huling, Founder/Director of the Prison Public Memory Project – The film presents a portrait of Coxsackie, NY, a rural prison town in Greene County – Following the screening, the filmmaker, who is currently working in Illinois, will be available via video to answer questions.  – The screening is the second of four Thursday evening programs being presented as part of PRISON, an exhibition of photography and special programming presented  by the Davis Orton Gallery in partnership with the Prison Public Memory Project/Hudson.  The program presents opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice—the prison’s impact on individuals, families and towns.  The exhibition and these Thursday programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com  – The screening is from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street 

Thursday-Sunday, July 6-9

TSL Films – Time & Space Ltd. (TSL) is taking some time off.  There will be no movie screenings this week.  Movie screenings will resume on July 13.  Watch this space!

Mac-Haydn Theatre opens Saturday Night Fever, “the most requested show of the season” – “…a disco inferno of a show that will have you dancing down memory lane for three happy weeks…” – The show runs from Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 23 – Performance dates and times vary – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org  –Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, July 7

HWM Friday Wine Tasting –Free tastings of rye, bourbon and whiskey from Ancram’s powerhouse distillery– Hillrock Distillery.  Nosh, sip and learn how these gems are made.  “With their persistence of flavor and long finishes, they are not to be missed.” – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

The Town of Hillsdale hosts a summer celebration concert featuring award-winning singer-songwriter John Farrell, Grammy-winning keyboard player Jeff Miller, and local harmonica wizard Jeff Neumann – Farrell is a dedicated musician who works with children and families around the world.  He has performed in 25 countries and is the author of three books for children.  His songs are inspiring, humorous, and educational – Adults enjoy his songs as much as children do.  – Roe Jan Park is “a community center for all ages.”  It is host to the Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, the library gala, and a number of local weddings and special events – For information about the Park and its programs, go to www.hillsdaleny.com7:30 pm to 9 pm – Roeliff Jansen Park, State Route 22, a mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

FridaySaturday, July 7-8

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season begins with The Trials of Alice in Wonderland In this new telling of the fanciful tale, Alice is on trial for daring to grow and change.  With the Cheshire Cat as a guide, she revisits Wonderland to gather evidence of her innocence.  The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and caterpillar testify before the judge—The Queen of Hearts.   Tweedledee and Tweedledum are attorneys, if only they can decide which side they are on! The songs—“Off With Her Head,” “Always Time For Tea,” “Somewhere In A Dream,” and others add to the fun and help tell the story – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 15 – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 8

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –Now in its 21st year of operation – Meet this year’s new vendors:   the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Bob Sheets is at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

 

Photographer Michel Arnaud will be signing copies of his newly released book Detroit: The Dream is NowThe Design, Art, and Resurgence of an American City – The book is a visual essay on the rebuilding and resurgence of the City of Detroit – Light refreshments – Information by email to info@tkhomeandgarden.com1 to 4 pmTK Home and Garden, 441 Warren Street

Strawberry Festival – Sponsored by the UMW of Trinity United Methodist Church – Featuring a turkey club sandwich, and home-made strawberry shortcake with REAL whipped cream – Children under three are admitted free – 4 pm to 6:30 pm – Trinity United Methodist Church, (handicapped accessible) 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set,  presented every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – The featured writers this month are Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Courtney Maum, and Christopher Bollen

> Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and Huffington Post. She lives in Boston where she teaches at Grub Street and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

> Courtney Maum is the author of the acclaimed novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook Notes from Mexico. Maum’s work has also been published in The New York Times, O Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed.

> Christopher Bollen is the author of the new novel The Destroyers, as well as Orient and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. His work has also appeared in GQ, The New York Times, New York magazine, and Artforum. He lives in New York and is the Editor-at-Large at Interview magazine.

The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Amanda Taylor.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French. – Information at Volume’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volumehudsonn7 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Chatham Summerfest – An annual street fair that draws hundreds of visitors and showcases  varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors.  All events are free – In addition to the popular sidewalk sale and Artisan Faire, three stages throughout the village will accommodate a variety of entertainers – Sponsored by the Chatham Area Business & Arts (CABA) Organization – 10 am to 4 pm – Takes place along Main Street, Park Row, and Hudson Avenue – Village of Chatham

Athens Street Festival – In case you haven’t had enough fireworks – This is an annual event, ending in a fireworks display that can be seen from certain points in the City of Hudson.  Try Promenade Hill Park at the foot of Warren Street – The festival includes national, regional and local entertainment on three stages, a parade, carnival rides, a car show, food booths, exhibitors and vendors including 150 booths selling everything from crafts and jewelry to T-shirts and more – Information at 518-945-1551 or  https://festivalnet.com/25457/Athens-New-York/festivals/Athens-Street-Festival10 am to 11 pm – Riverfront Park, Village of Athens

SaturdaySunday, July 8-9

Art Omi Open Studio Weekend – Celebrate with 30 resident artists who hail from 28 diverse countries – This is an annual event attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends.

> Saturday – Dancing Under the Stars – Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music overlooking Omi’s  firefly-lit sculpture park – Dance to the exuberant music of Nkumu Katalay in the company of Omi’s artists-in-residence and the upstate arts community –  8:30 am to 12 midnight – Benenson Visitors Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

> Sunday – Country Brunch –  Omi honors its international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch (mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit), on the lawn of Ledig House –  11 am to 1 pm – Ledig House, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent

> Sunday – Open Studios – After Country Brunch, stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the resident artists have been working on for the past four weeks, along with additional events and installations. – Open and free to the public – 1 to 5 pm – The Studio Barns, intersection of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent

> Information and tickets for Dancing Under the Stars and Country Brunch at www.artomi.org

Sunday, July 9

Conversations with Neighbors: Join the Garden Revolution: Natural Landscapes Workshop – Learn how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful and healthy landscapes with experts Linda Horn, Heather Grimes, and Barbara Hughey – Information by e-mail to info@spencertownacademy.org9:30 am to 12:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Next Monday, July 10

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) holds its monthly meeting in the back room of The Wunderbar in Hudson, hoping to attract interested people from southern Columbia County and from Greene County. CCL is all about how citizen lobbyists can exercise their political power to create a livable world.  The organization discusses strategies for creating public awareness about and support for pricing carbon and returning that money to American households, thereby reducing carbon emissions while growing the economy and creating jobs.  The work of the organization  consists of lobbying with members of congress, writing letters to the editor, doing public presentations on climate issues, and reaching out to the community through events and individual outreach. The regular meeting starts at 6 pm, with orientation for newcomers at 5:30 pm – Following the usual information sharing, national call, and skill building, the meeting will break into action groups, with a wrap-up at the end of the meeting. – For information send email to Karen Frishkoff at kfrishkoff@gmail.com or call 518-672-7901 – All are welcome – Orientation for newcomers at 5:30 pm; Full Meeting from 6 to 8 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, July 11

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pmPerformance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

 

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

 

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Art Events in Hudson NY, June 27 to July 4, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Tuesday, June 27  

Lucero – with Banditos opening – “The five members of Lucero have been steady road warriors since 1998, averaging 250 gigs a year.  You can see that these guys have put in their proverbial 10,000 hours and then some.  The result is they know how to grab a crowd and take them along on a rock ‘n’ roll journey.” – Information at 518- 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

NOT! Helsinki Open Mic –– No open mic on June 27 nor on July 4!!! – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, June 28

Just when you thought the cupboard was bare, Upstreet Market rides to the rescue, filling the gap between weekend markets – A great lineup of vendors is in the park every Wednesday afternoon selling meats, cheeses, freshly picked vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, prepared foods, and more.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Information at UpstreetMarket@gmail.comUpstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between Columbia & Warren Streets

Thursday, June 29

Hudson’s Prison History: 1887 to the PresentThe Prison Public Memory Project and Davis Orton Gallery kick off the summer’s Thursday evening program series with this rich presentation by Peter Tenerowicz. The presentation takes attendees through over a century of Hudson prison history, from the foundation of the House of Refuge for Women in 1887 to the Hudson Correctional Facility’s transformation into a juvenile facility today.  Building on an illustrated talk developed by Prison Public Memory Project staff and presented in 2016 at the Hudson Correctional Facility to staff and all inmates, Peter will bring his unique perspective as a former corrections officer to the history of Hudson’s past as a prison community, as well as his knowledge about the history of his wife’s family members who lived and worked at the Hudson prison from 1917 until the 1950s when it was the NYS Training School for Girls – Free and open to the public – RSVP by email to events@davisortongallery.com is appreciated –  Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com  – Lecture from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, June 29-July 2

TSL Films – Time & Space Ltd. (TSL) is taking a week off.  There will be no movie screenings this week.  Movie screenings will resume on July 13.  Watch this space!

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. – Information at https://shakerml.org/ Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Friday, June 30

HWM Friday Wine Tasting – Martin Scott Imports will help us toast in the weekend with great value whites and two levels of Broadbent Madeira, including the rich and wonderful 10-year Malmsey – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or  828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, June 30-July 1

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre season begins with The Trials of Alice in Wonderland In this new telling of the fanciful tale, Alice is on trial for daring to grow and change.  With the Cheshire Cat as a guide, she revisits Wonderland to gather evidence of her innocence.  The Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and caterpillar testify before the judge—The Queen of Hearts.   Tweedledee and Tweedledum are attorneys, if only they can decide which side they are on! The songs—“Off With Her Head,” “Always Time For Tea,” “Somewhere In A Dream,” and others add to the fun and help tell the story – 10:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays through July 15 – Season subscriptions and group rates are available – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or visit www.machaydntheatre.org10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Saturday, July 1

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –Now in its 21st year of operation – New Vendors this year include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society invites the public to visit the sailboat Eleanor to see the work that has been completed and the work that remains to be accomplished on the restoration of the 1903 sailboat. – Continental breakfast will be served – Information at 518-828-788410 am to 11:30 am – Door 19, 99 South Third Street

Housing Narratives – Oral History Summer School in partnership with the Hudson Area Library presents Walis Jackson and Sarita Daftary-Steel in a program called Housing Narratives, a conversation about community development and housing.  Ms. Jackson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in discussing race and the history of the 1938 City Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city.  This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.  Ms. Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, designed to capture the experiences of neighborhood residents who lived in East New York during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.  A discussion of housing-related issues in Hudson will follow.   The event is free and open to the public.  A light breakfast of bagels and beverages will be served – Information at 518-828-1792, x 101 10 am to 12 noon – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Creative Growth – Hand Hooked Rugs from Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California Creative Growth serves artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. It provides both a professional studio environment for artistic development, as well as a gallery for exhibition and representation.  The artwork fostered in this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide. Creative Growth artists Judith Scott and Dan Miller were included in the 2017 Venice Biennale – Information by email to keacarpetsandkilims.com  or call 917-952-16545 to 8 pmKea Carpets and Kilims, 238 Warren Street

Fireworks for America’s Celebration on Hudson Cruises – Celebrate!  A night of fun on the majestic Hudson River—cruise, music, and drink specials – Must be over 21 – Information and reservations at 1-888-804-9716 – Or take a chance and pay as you board (only available if not sold out!) – Boarding starts at 8 pm; cruise from 8:30 pm to 10 pm – Board at Hudson Cruises, City Dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Exhibition Opening – A Canon of Beauty – A group show featuring oil and watercolor painter Barry DeBaun, voted “Best Artist” in Hudson Valley magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley 2016 Readers’ Poll, and is the recipient of many national and regional awards – His work can be seen in many museum collections – Gallery artists are also shown in the exhibition – On view through August 12 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or call 413-246-57765:30 pm – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

Fireworks! – Germantown Independence Day Celebration – Fun for families, kids, couples & friends – Live music, food, vendors, games, and activities for kids –– Pay at the gate, per person or per carload – Sponsored by the Town of Germantown – Information at 518-537-6687 or www.germantownny.org – Gate opens at 4 pm – Fireworks display at 9:30 pm– Palatine Park, 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown

“The Most Unbelievable Fireworks Show!!!” – Gates open at 5 pm – Information at 518-794-9606 – Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 US Route 20, West Lebanon

Sunday, July 2

The Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by Seth Rogovoy, presents  Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano and Beyond ,with the Krakauer-Tagg Duo,featuring the innovative, experimental pianist Kathleen Tagg, a “sound explorer” from South Africa, and David Krakauer, known for his virtuoso solo clarinet work in classical and avant-garde music, klezmer, and  jazz – “…witness what promises to be another mind-bending concert with one of the world’s most exciting and innovative musical duos.” – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or heksinkihudson.com7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Mistresses and  Palberta – Information at 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Monday, July 3

Basilica Back Gallery:  The Bright Future Group Show – Works by David Aron, Simeon Amstutz, Elbert Perez, Becca Van K., Louise Smith, Martin Katzoff, and Jack Walls – “In these dark times the only refuge seems to be in art, for these are very dark times indeed.  The Bright Future Group Show is a group of younger and older artists brought together by Melissa Auf der Maur.  Yes,, the title of the show is somewhat sardonic.  The younger artists in the show all have studied art and are attending or have graduated from various art schools.  The older artists—David Aron and Jack Walls are longtime veterans of the Downtown New York art scene.  The coming together of this diverse and talented group of seven is a sign of hope not subscribing to any politics, but can be viewed as a political statement with a dash of irony. – This exhibition continues Basilica Hudson’s 2017 thematic Back Gallery artist in residency program,….” – Information at basilicahudson.orgBBQ Opening Party – (Bring your own dogs.) 4 pm ‘til sunset – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Wailing Souls, one of the original Kingston, Jamaica groups to popularize a then-new music called “reggae” in the mid-1960s, bring their trademark vocal harmonies and dancehall rhythms to  a special holiday weekend dance party – Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald met in a vocal workshop in Kingston in 1964.  Classmates included aspiring singers who would go on to form a group called the Wailers, which became Bob Marley’s group.  Matthews and McDonald formed the Wailing Souls, and they’ve never stopped singing since.  These reggae and rocksteady legends have been thrice-nominated for Grammy Awards and are the living connection back to the trenchtown origins of reggae music – Information and tickets at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Tuesday, July 4

The People’s Parade – Make your own float, decorate your car, stroller, wagon, garden tractor, lawn mower, or bike.  Decorate anything  you can push or ride with good old American pride!  Wear your red, white and blue and bring your patriotic spirit. Not up to marching? Join the crowds who bring chairs and watch the parade from the sidelines.  Parade route is from Rothermel Park, down Rothermel Lane to Eichybush Road, and then on to Broad Street (US 9) to the Village Green – Parade starts at 11 am – Kinderhook Village, Kinderhook

An Old Fashioned Independence Day – Eighteenth-century crafts, re-enactors, music and entertainment.  A great day for young families.  Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or call 518-537-4240 – Buy tickets in advance to insure entry – 2 to 10 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

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

 

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, June 19 to June 26, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25

TSL Films:

> Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan – “An intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company.  What we see is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor….”

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – “Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

An updated version of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical, opens and runs through July 2 – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org –  Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opened its 2017 season on June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Fridaythrough Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at shakerml.org – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

Friday-Saturday, June 23-24

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

5th Annual Hudson River Exchange Summer Market – On the riverfront – Featuring 90 vendors of high quality handmade items, unique vintage finds, and farm fresh food; live music and DJ sets throughout the weekend; multiple areas for lounging, picnicking and enjoying the beauty of the river and the company of friends; a full compost and recycling program in partnership with Perfect Ten and Etsy – For the first time, the Market includes Friday night programming. A sister event—the Take Care Fair —takes place on Sunday and features local health and wellness practitioners. (See below under Sunday.) – Free and open to the public – Friday from 4 to 9 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 6 pmHenry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25

Buds, Blooms, and Blossoms – The Greenport Garden Club presents a flower show at Verdigris Hudson – Beautiful floral arrangements will be on view all weekend – Watch and learn about building floral arrangements from garden club members – Information about the garden club by email to kathy12534@icloud.com – View the flowers during Verdigris open hours – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or call 518-828-3139 – Verdigris Hudson, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

Saturday, June 24

Electronics Recycling Day – Bring your old and broken electronics to Columbia-Greene Community College and they will be taken away free of charge (exception: a $10 charge for air conditioners and dehumidifiers) – The drive is sponsored by I Hear Media of the Hudson Valley, Columbia-Greene Community College, United Way of Columbia-Greene, Maven Technologies, and Metal Mike – Information at 518-828-50069 am to 12 noon – Columbia-Greene Community College, 5620 Route 9G

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Strawberries are here!  Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Auction of the Collection of Keith & Patti Richards including furniture, decorations, and fine art – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 518-751-100011 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Jack Shainman Gallery / The School celebrates the opening of The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness, two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” – A special performance of PATIENT(CE) by Company SBB. Drinks, music, and local fare – Please RSVP by email to rsvp@jackshainman.com2 to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – Summer Exhibit: Paintings by Mark Beard and Corinne Robbins – Works on Paper by Kahn & Selesnick, Claire Lofrese, Anne Francey, Sue Bryan, and David Seiler – On view through August 6 – Information at 518-828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – Various art and design locations welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This spring-to-summer monthly open gallery event presents nine galleries on Warren and Front Streets open for viewing, some with artist receptions – See listings for details

>Participating galleries on Warren Street are:  Kea Tribal Rug Gallery, 238 Warren Street;

  1. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; FRG Objects and Design/Art, 2nd Floor, 217 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; and Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

> Participating galleries off Warren Street are: Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white building behind the Basilica); and Wasserbach Fine Art, 99 South Third Street, Door 21

> Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – PRISON – An exhibition of photography and four evening programs – Through this exhibition of fine art/documentary photography and special programming, the Gallery, in partnership with Prison Public Memory Project/Hudson, presents opportunities for thoughtful dialog about incarceration, prison towns, reentry, and community justice—a prison’s impact on individuals, families and towns in Hudson, NY and beyond

> Exhibition of Photography: Isadora Kosofsky, Still My Mother, Still My Father: Parent Child Visits; Joe Librandi-Cowan, The Auburn System; and a Portfolio Showcase by Jason Koxvold and Dana Ullman

> Exhibitions on view through July 23 – Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5:30 pm and by appointment – Information http://davisortongallery.com by email to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com or 518-567-4056

> Four Thursday Evening Programs at the Gallery from 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Contact the Gallery for details

> Reception from 5 to 7 pm with artist talks at 6 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Two Exhibition Openings & One Holdover

> Nichole van Beek: The Longest Day—New Paintings – “van Beek’s new work dives deep into the expressive potential of geometry, pattern and surface…This is her third solo exhibition with the gallery.”

> Green: John Dilg, Floryn Honnet, David Shaw and Eric Wolf – A group exhibition of painting and sculpture.

> Carl D’Alvia’s sculpture is still on view in the garden

> All on view through August 6

>Information at www.baileygallery.com  or 518-828-6680 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmJeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – “You lose yourself, you reappear”: New Work by Richard Finkelstein –  The artist draws inspiration from a quote by the playwright Samuel Beckett:  “To find a form that accommodates themes, that is the task of the artist now.” A common thread of cinematic isolation unites this exhibition, which initially gives the impression of being a group show.  However, closer inspection reveals the singular focus of Mr. Finkelstein, who communicates stories of separation using diverse media such as miniature tableaux, installations, drawings, and photographs…. – On view through August 6 – Work by gallery artists is also on view – Information  at www.BCBART.com or 518-828-4539 – Reception from 6 to 8 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – John Davis Gallery announces new exhibitions – Six artists will be shown in the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Carriage House—Main Galleries: Farrell Brickhouse: New Work; Sculpture Garden: Sculpture by Howard Kalish; and Carriage House: Paintings by Jenny Snider, Alison Fox, Rosie Lopeman, and Kathy Osborn – On view through July 16 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 1/2 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – 3 Artists: New Work: Barney Bellinger, Mark Wasserbach, and Jonathan Sweet showing sculpture, paintings, photography, and furniture design – Preview the new collection from these three acclaimed Hudson artists – Information by email to wass1@nycap.rr.com or call 518-368-5340 – On view through July 16 – 6 to 9 pm – The Warehouse, Door 21, 99 South Third Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Salome – “This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salome at the center of a revolution…” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

John Paul White – Once a member of the Southern Gothic folk duo, Civil Wars, John Paul White  launched his solo career with last year’s album called Beulah – It has been described as a “remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy Southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop…” – Lera Lynn opens the show – 9 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Site Annual Summer Party – An evening under the stars on the banks of the Hudson River – Sweeping views of the Hudson River, cocktails and dinner, a chance to bid on thrilling getaways and other fabulous auction items, and fireworks!, all to benefit Thomas Cole National Site – Information at thomascole.org or 943-7465 – Extremely limited availability. Please call Carrie Tuccio at 518-943-7465 x 4 to inquire. – 7 to 11 pm, 152 William Street, Catskill

Garden Conservancy Open Day in Columbia County – Visit these three unique country gardens in Taghkanic, Craryville, and Ancram – Admssion fee paid at each garden

> Alice Platt’s garden – “This garden, which won a Golden Trowel Award from Garden Design magazine in 2005, is nestled in the woods at the end of a country lane…” – 10 am to 4 pm – 46 Tibbet Lane, Taghkanic

> Rabbit Lane – “Forty years ago, my husband Richard and I bought a tiny ‘get-away’.  A nineteenth-century farmhouse set in fifty-seven acres of a second-growth woodland…”- 10 am to 5 pm – 158 Maiers Road, Craryville

> Adams-Westlake Garden – “Two writers, Abby Adams, who writes about gardens and interiors, and her late husband, crime novelist Donald Westlake, authored the various plantings on this former farm in a pastoral Columbia County valley…” – 12 noon to 4 pm –Ancram

> Information at www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule/columbiacounty-ny

 

Blackdome Music Festival – Featuring the Brooklyn-based orchestral pop piano-violin duo Gracie and Rachel, which crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals; Hite, the new project from Julia Easterlin, described as “rooted in folk yet still using the language of art and electronica”; and Jiji, an adventurous artist on guitar performing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, as well as works by Ginastera and Albeniz – Discounts for seniors, students and children 12 and under – Information and tickets at www.blackdomemusic.com or call 917-816-59107:30 pm – Windham Civic Centre, 5379 Route 23, Windham

Real People Real Stories – Ancram Opera House starts its summer season with a much-anticipated  evening of homegrown stories told by local residents – The program is inspired by the Moth Radio Hour, but with its own unique improvised style – The storytellers are Lisa Morris from Gallatin, Sherry Weaver from Livingston, Darlene White from Pittsfield, Joan Galler from Ancram, Mildred Aksen from Ancramdale, and Ellen Thurston from Hudson – Information and tickets at ancramoperahouse.org or call 518-329-01148 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 (Parking behind the Opera House)

 

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 25

Take Care Fair – Hudson River Exchange in collaboration with Stella Fay, launches the Take Care Fair, the Hudson Valley’s first interactive marketplace dedicated to health and wellness – Showcasing healing arts, living food, and a broad spectrum of supportive services for physical, mental and spiritual health. – The marketplace setting allows attendees to learn about and experience in a low risk, introductory way the growing variety of resources available  – Participants are able to ask questions, receive mini-sessions, attend talks and take classes – Approximately 75 practitioners and makers will vend at the market; classes, workshops and presentations take place in the riverside gazebo or under tents throughout the day.  Participating vendors represent a variety of fields including acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training, nutrition coaching, mental health and more.– Free and open to the public – Rain or shine – Information at takecarefair/hudsonriverexchange.com – 11 am to 4 pm –  Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Book Sale and Signing – Author Adrienne Ross, former Hudson City School District teacher, now author, editor, columnist, and speaker hosts an Open House with a special invitation extended to former students and colleagues – An inspirational speech and book talk will be given at 12 noon, followed by the book signing – Ms. Ross is the commencement speaker at Hudson High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday – Her available books include Push Your Way to Purpose and #Aunt Alma Unleashed – Information at lseftner@questar.org or 518-828-415712 noon to 2 pmHudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Modern Gaming 101 – Stuck in a Monopoly rut?  House Rules Café announces the first in a series of sessions to teach new games and to learn about the plethora of games that have been released in the last 20 years.  This first lesson will take a look at Splendor, published in 2014.  Splendor is a set-collecting game where players are trying to build the biggest and best collection of precious gems.  Good for two to four players, it’s easy to learn, but has the potential for some gory strategy and vicious backstabbing! – Information at 828-5938 – 1 to 6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Plays in Progress (PIP) presents Taking a Stand, a performance of staged readings of short pieces (both comic and serious) written and produced by the playwrights, actors, and directors of Plays in Progress:  Ellen Clarkson, Mel Cobb, Jr., Christopher Conant, Lucile Lichtblau, Byron Nilsson, Marcia Slatkin, and Jesse Waldinger – The program includes never before performed plays about different forms of love and fear of commitment: William Shakespeare’s improbable gentlemanly aspirations, the turning point of the Dreyfus Affair, a contest between hummus-makers, and more. – To benefit Hudson Hall – Tickets and information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org3 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Michael Hearst’s Nerd-fabulous Author Event – Original musical accompaniment to a Power Point slideshow featuring his new book, Curious Constructions,  a follow-up to his previous  books–Unusual Creatures and Extraordinary People – In this book the reader will come face-to-face with 50 incredible structures such as a fire-breathing octopus sculpture, the skateboard ramp you would need to jump the Great Wall of China, a whole community of tree houses in Costa Rica, and a lifesize X-Wing Starfighter built of Legos – These and many more fascinating accounts of constructions both fantastically useful and gloriously unnecessary await inquisitive readers, aspiring engineers, and anyone who ever looked at a skyscraper and thought, “Yeah, but what if it had a roller coaster on top?” – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60064 to 7 pm The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson, present The Hudson River School (1825-1875):  A Slideshow and Conversation by gallery owner Peter Jung – Hudson River School painters such as Thomas Cole, Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederic Church, and others, captured some of the last moments of the virgin landscape inhabited by Native Americans before the European immigrants transformed borders of true wilderness into farms and settlements.  These artists believed that God was manifest in the form of the American landscape, and their reverence for the vistas before them is recorded in the paintings known as the Hudson River School paintings – Information and tickets at www.cchsny.org or at the door – Reception at 4:30 pm; Lecture at 5 pm Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Brazilian Girls – “They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo…and has established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band.” – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.comClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 26

Governor’s Office Health Care Forum – Learn what  the impact of the Trump era American Health Care Act (AHCA) might have on you and your family – The Governor’s Office is sending an expert panel to give you the opportunity to learn what is at stake and how best to protect your family from possible changes to our health care system.  RSVP to mike.morris@exec.ny.gov – Information at 822-1438 – 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

First Annual OutHudson Awards Night – The judges were Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, Richelle Martin, and Rick Rector – Awards of a one-of-a-kind statuette will be given in eight categories—Most Hudson Spirit, Most OUT There, Best Music, Most PRIDE, Most Kitsch, Most Fabulous, Butchest, and Best in theme: Wild Queendom – Give-what-you-like contributions will be taken at the door; cash bar; weekday menu items available from the Helsinki restaurant – Dinner reservations at 518-828-48007 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 27 – NOT!

Helsinki Open Mic –– No open mic on June 24 or July 4!!! – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Lucero – with Banditos opening – “The five members of Lucero have been steady road warriors since 1998, averaging 250 gigs a year.  You can see that these guys have put in their proverbial 10,000 hours and then some.  The result is they know how to grab a crowd and take them along on a rock ‘n’ roll journey.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm; show at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

 

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Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

 

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Art in Hudson NY and Beyond, June 14 to June 20, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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Wednesday-Sunday, June 14-18

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The stage version of the hilarious movie of the same name – The Broadway version was nominated for 11 Tony Awards – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Final performance is Sunday, June 18 – Opening on June 22 is Cole Porter’s Anything Goes – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17

Occupant – Jonah Bokaer, “Basilica’s guardian angel of dance,” returns with his dancers to Basilica’s Main Hall for a three-day performance run of their repertory piece, Occupant, a work inspired by Edward Albee’s 2001 play of the same name.  The play stages the late, wildly flamboyant sculptor Louise Nevelson against an anonymous interviewer for posthumous questioning – Bokaer’s production takes place on a monochromatic, blue-hued stage where Daniel Arsham, Bokaer’s long-time collaborator, uses various scenic elements and original sculptures to set the scene – Bokaer will make a special appearance in Study for Occupant, preceding the main piece – Music by Ryoji Ikeda – Information and tickets at basilicahudson.org8 pm each night – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street 

Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18

TSL Films:

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent“Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, June 16

Free HWM Tasting – Jared Rumsey from Verity Wines hosts our Friday complimentary in-store tasting – He will be pouring wines perfect for warm weather including Beaujolais Rose, Savoie sparkling, and Momo Sauvignon Blanc, and more.  Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering for discussion on art and spirituality – Several artists are presenting:  Sher Stevenswill give a presentation on the sculptor Javier Marin.  Laurie Sheridan will be talking about her own sculpture that gives imaginative expression to the values of harmony and environmental responsibility.  She says, “I work with resin because of its unique qualities and appearance. Like organic amber, it preserves and protects the natural elements I use. It also conducts light, which gives each of the works the feeling of aliveness. It is as if the specimens embedded were just sleeping, and could be reanimated sometime in the future.” – Laura Summer will also be present, with students from Free Columbia, who will lead a discussion about art in relation to spirit. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to artistspotluck@gmail.com6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

Triform Camphill Community’s 15th Annual Benefit Concert presents John Hall of the band Orleans.  He will be joined by Laurel Masse of The Manhattan Transfer, as well as Triform’s students with special needs who form the Triform Bell Choir – Best known as the founder of Orleans, John Hall has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon, and others.  His community activism led him into politics from the Ulster County legislature to a seat in congress in 2006.  He returned to his music career in 2011.  The program will be followed by a strawberry shortcake social – Information and tickets at 528-851-9320 x 13 or purchase tickets online at www.triform.org7 pmTriform Phoenix Center, 20 Triform Road, Hudson

Every Other Summer – Solid Sound Documentary Screening – Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s documentary film shot at 2013’s incarnation of the Solid Sound Festival. – Featuring performances from Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rose, and The Relatives, with appearances by Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others – The film offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA – Free Admission – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society hosts a “sneak preview” that will launch its summer exhibit, All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic TollhousesPeter Cipkowski, President of the Society, has said, “We’re excited to acknowledge the enormous importance of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  The turnpike was the first in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution.”  Two tollhouses stand on either end of Route 23 in Columbia County—the East Gate in Hillsdale, and the West Gate in Greenport They mark the beginning and the end of Columbia County’s first turnpike, established in 1799 by the NYS Assembly.  The summer exhibit will explore the story of the Turnpike and its part in demonstrating the Hudson River’s importance as an artery of inland commerce and its place in Columbia County’s history.  – Refreshments will be served. – Information at www.roeliffjansenhs.org or call 917-679-0584 – 6 to 8 pm – RJHS Museum, 8 Miles Road, opposite the Copake Falls Post Office and the Taconic Wayside Inn, Copake Falls

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opens its 2017 season on Friday, June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at shakerml.org – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

FridaySaturday, June 16-17

Hidden Gardens 2017 – Spencertown Academy’s annual celebration of the art of the garden – A full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts – All proceeds benefit the Academy

* Friday

> 6 to 9 pmTwilight in the Garden Party – Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting.  Enjoy this annual kick-off to the summer season.  Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a light supper are served.  – Held at “Falling Waters,” the home of John and Denise Dunne, Spencertown – Tickets may be purchased for the party only or as a package with the garden tour

* Saturday

> 8:30 am to 10 am – Breakfast and garden lecture—“Vegetable Gardening: It’s Never Too Late to Start”– by Ron Kujawski, garden columnist and author – Continental breakfast with home-baked goodies and more, while enjoying an illustrated lecture by the co-author of the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook – Lecture includes basic information on preparing the garden for planting, planting tips, how to make up for lost time, and planning for fall harvest. – Included in tour ticket package or pay at the door or in advance.

> 9 am to 3 pm – Garden Market on the Green – Showcases more than a dozen vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice – Bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the White Elephant Booth – At 12 noon, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Lisbeth Karlsson gives a talk about invasive vs. native species; at 2 pm, Zema’s Nursery reps lead a workshop on how to your own hummingbird-friendly planter (Advance registration needed) – Food options include an ice cream sundae booth; grilled  burgers, hot dogs and sausages prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company; and salads served by Friends of St. Peter’s.

> 9 to 4 pmArt from Farm to Table – In this exhibition, fifteen area artists depict everything found in an agricultural environment that might (or might not!) end up on a table. – In the Academy Gallery.

> 10 am to 4 pm – A self-guided garden tour  to 6 private gardens in Spencertown, Ghent, and North Hillsdale, plus the restored grounds and gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop, her historic home in Austerlitz, all included in the Hidden Gardens admission fee. The six gardens include an exquisite private garden in Spencertown, and a naturalist’s garden in Harlemville – The four additional locations in North Hillsdale include the grounds of a historic B&B, a landscape designer’s garden, a charming 18th-century home with lush edible and flower gardens, and a country house with a parterre, pond, and extensive perennial and edible gardens.  The tour takes place rain or shine.

* Information and tickets at spencertownacademy.org – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

FridaySunday, June 16-18

Wild Queendom – OUT Hudson NY’s Pride Weekend 2017 – A family-filled weekend of fun at the 2017 parade and a weekend of festivities

*Friday

> 7 to 9 pm (Board at 6 pm) – Sunset Boat Cruise on the Hudson River – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – Tickets at outhudson.com

> 10 pm – Trixie’s Whorehouse – with DJ Prephab – Admission payable at the door – 10 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 *Saturday

> 11 amRemembering Stonewall – A Listening Party with David Isay –  Brought to you by radio station WGXC-90.7-FM, Oral History Summer School, and the Hudson Area Library – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

> 12 noon to 2 pm – Line-up for the Parade – Warren Street side of Seventh Street Park (Unofficial food and drink available from House Rules Café – Runners near the Information Booth and Registration Table, will take orders and deliver food off a special menu for cash only.  Think bagels with rainbow cream cheese!)

> 2 pm – OUT Hudson Parade – Begins at Seventh Street Park and proceeds down Warren Street to Front Street  

> 2:30 pm to 4 pm – Etsy Craft Party – Promenade Hill Park, at the foot of Warren Street

> 3 to 6 pm – Poke the Bear Beer Blast – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

> 2:30 pm to 5 pm – Wild Kiddom Family Proud – “Bevies” for adults – Fun activities for kids – Wm. Farmer & Sons, Corner of Union & Front Streets

8 pm (Doors open at 6 pm) – Cabaret Night with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul LeschenTickets at outhudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (corner of Fourth Street)

*Sunday

> 4 to 9 pm …Lions & Tigers & Queens, oh my… – Tea dance sponsored by Girlgantua Jones – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

*Information at www.outhudson.com

Saturday, June 17  

A One-day Wedding Expo – Featuring a sale of 80 designer wedding gowns – Many of the gowns are valued at more than $2,500, but each dress is now priced at an affordable $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health – The joint fundraising venture is built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations.  The event is also meant to draw attention to the talented wedding services available in the area. Wedding service providers, such as DJs, caterers, regional make-up and hair stylists, florists, and lodging establishments, will be available to consult with attendees at the Expo – The Expo is free and open to the public; complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day.  A light breakfast will be provided during the morning hours,  and wedding-style refreshments, including rose, prosecco and appetizers will be available later in the day. – Information by email to tessy@tkhomeandgarden.com10 am to 4 pm – Second Floor, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – New Paintings by Cynthia Carlson – On view through July 17 – Information at 518-828-1677 or by e-mail to info@grisnewyork.com– Opening reception from 6 to 8 pmGalerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

Disco & Donuts: March with Poke the Bear – Join this group and express your inner (and outer) bear – Meet at the garage at 809 Warren Street for Disco and Donuts from 11 am to 12:30 pm, then proceed to Seventh Street Park to help set up for the parade, then promenade down Warren Street to the Poke the Bear Beer Blast at the Half Moon with special guest Big Dipper, DJ Prephab, Gogo bears, Cubs and Otters – To begin, meet at 11 am at 809 Warren Street; Beer Blast from 3 to 6 pm at The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale of Peter Pan Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – Your chance to get rid of old paint (oil-based only), household batteries, old furniture polish, toilet and drain cleaner, car wax, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, and a long list of things that should not go into the landfill or the garbage – What Not to Bring:  empty containers, latex paints, fire extinguishers, prescription medicines, syringes, asbestos, ammunition, non-contaminated motor oil, fireworks, or 55 gallon drums – For information and a complete list of what is allowed and what is not allowed, call Gennifer Westover at the Columbia County Solid Waste Department at 518-828-2737, or go to the Columbia County website – 8 am to 12 noon – Columbia County Highway Garage, Route 23B, Greenport

18th Annual Agricultural Awareness Tour – Presented by the Columbia County Farm Bureau and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Three farms are on the tour.  The first stop is the Ooms Dairy Farm in Valatie where guests will experience a glimpse of what it takes to run a large-scale dairy farm and see the facility’s state-of-the-art milking robots.  Next stop is the Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, a 900-acre Demeter certified biodynamic farm, A tour of the farm will also include the creamery where cheeses and yogurt are made. A farm fresh lunch will be provided at this stop.  The final stop is the scenic Hudson-Chatham Winery where guests will have the opportunity to meet the vintners and learn about the wine making process, in addition to sampling a variety of wines. – Admission to the tour includes bus transportation and lunch – Reservations and directions for finding the bus by calling the Chamber at 828-4417 – 10 am to 2 pm – Tour leaves from the back parking area of The Chatham Plaza, 15 Dardess Drive, Chatham (across from Trustco Bank)

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon hosts a free community picnic to celebrate the opening of its 2017 season – The picnic takes place in the North Pasture, near the Great Stone Barn.  Jonathan Dixon, Hudson Valley chef, and author of Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America, will provide pulled pork sandwiches.  Soft drinks and various sides will also be available.  Guests are welcome to bring additional beverages.  The food is free and available until it runs out. Guests will have the opportunity to preview the summer exhibition, Break Every Yoke: shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage and the installations, Shaker Woodworkers and Shaker Blacksmiths, all in the 1829 Brethren’s Workshop.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon opens for the 2017 season on Friday, June 16  (See above) – Information at 518-794-9100, ext. 220 or by email to sfitzsimmons@shakerml.org – Picnic at 6 pm – North Pasture, Shaker Museum, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 18

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise – Offered by Hudson Cruises, Inc. – Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Cruise from 11:30 am to 2 pm – Board at 11 am at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser – “Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotion of rasa, space and essence of raga…Joined on tabla by Ehren Hanson, this ensemble carries tradition forward with interactive spontaneity and heart.” – Suggested donation at the door – Information at 917-873-45037:30 to 9:30 pmOR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Father’s Day Breakfast – Assorted egg bakes, scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, corned beef hash, cereals, juices, fruit bowl – All proceeds benefit the Churchtown Fire Company Youth Fund – 8 am to 12 noon – Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 County Route 27, at intersection of County Routes 27 and 12

Next Tuesday, June 20

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Zach Schmidt / Hudson Valley Honky Tonk Two Step Class – Two Step Class with Ben & Sarah at 8:30 pm; Zach Schmidt  at 9:30 pm Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

 

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art in Hudson NY and Beyond, June 7 to June 13, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Wednesday, June 7

Upstreet Market fills the gap between weekend markets, selling freshly harvested vegetables, baked goods, eggs and other essentials, and prepared foods.  Held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square.)

ACE Spark Freelancer Events are presented the first Wednesday of every month, to give freelancers a chance to share their passions and meet people who can help them achieve their goals.  This month’s event is presented by the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), partnering with the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Hudson Development Corporation – Information at 518-751-1044 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday, June 8

Minna’s Opening Party – In owner Sara Berk’s words, “We are an ethically made home textile brand collaborating with artisans based in Mexico, Guatemala and Uruguay. Until recently, we sold through our website and wholesale to stores worldwide. We’ve just expanded to our first storefront where we carry a mix of homewares and accessories. – Wine from Hudson Wine Merchants; snacks from ‘Lil Deb’s Oasis –Information on Minna’s facebook page – 6 to 9 pmMinna, 421 Warren Street

Liv Carrow / Omkar Lewis / Ursula Kennedy – Liv, the prodigal daughter of Hudson’s elusive underground, returns — Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonathan Scales, brings its steel pans and jazz-funk fusion to Club Helsinki – Scales is to the steel pan what Bela Fleck is to the banjo; he reimagines the instrument’s possibilities from the ground up, bringing to it a visionary musical imagination that at once defies description, yet is utterly funky and danceable – “Scales is likely the most innovative steel drummer on the planet.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opening night of the stage version of the hilarious movie of the same name – The Broadway version was nominated for 11 Tony Awards – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Plays Thursdays through Sundays with final performance on Sunday, June 18 – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11

TSL Films:

> Manifesto Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time  What do we choose to remember?  What never dies?

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> A Quiet Passion (2017) – Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.  British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> I Called Him Morgan – In 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

New Exhibition Opens – American Women Painters and Summer LandscapesInformation at 646-286-2639 – On view Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment – East River Fine Arts, 356 Warren Street

Exhibition Extended – Terry James Conrad: Builder’s AlchemyAn exhibition of sculptures and relief monoprints produced with found object presses and handmade inks – Exhibition extended to July 30 – Information at www.inkyeditions.com or 518-610-5549 – Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street

Friday, June 9

Free HWM Tasting – The distiller from Orange County Distillery in New Hampton, NY will be offering tastings of their small batch bourbon, vodka, corn whiskey, and rye!  Come on by! Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Basilica Hudson launches this year’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series with award-winning Baltimore filmmaker Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM – The film explores the history of Baltimore via the rat, and the humans that love them, live with them and kill them. – Anthony will be present for a discussion of the film following the screening – The series is part of Basilica’s long-standing film program, which is now in its sixth year and continues to present an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art.  The Non-Fiction Screening Series is produced in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative non-fiction film.  – Screening at 7 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Endless Boogie – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Trummors with Zachary Cale & Gregg Skloff– Trummors is the project of Taos, NM-based (formerly West Saugerties/NYC) musicians – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

FridaySaturday, June 9-10

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Saturday, June 10  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Hudson Elks Flag Day Parade & Waterfront Festival – This is an all day/night event, featuring Hudson’s biggest parade, food and entertainment on the waterfront, and a huge fireworks display at the end.  The parade includes a variety of community groups, churches, fire companies, youth groups and businesses – Marching bands include the popular Hawthorne Caballeros, 20th Century Limited, and Brass-O-Mania, high school marching bands, drum lines and more – Some of these groups will give additional performances at the waterfront where trophies will be awarded.

> 10 to 11 amSeventh Street Park – Informational displays and vendors, and entertainment by Christine Dellea

> 11 am Seventh Street Park – Elks Annual Flag Day Ceremony

> 2 pm Green and State Streets – The parade steps off and proceeds down Warren and Front Streets to the Amtrak Station

> 3 pm Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Water Street – Accessed via the Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – A variety of food vendors; entertainment by Dusk to Dawn and Side Show Willie; and an amusement area with rides for the young at heart

> 9 pmFireworks display – Best seen from the waterfront

> There is no rain date – Information at www.hudsonflagdayparade.org

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?– Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

(Freak) Flag Day – Presented by Basilica HudsonHudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations are a David Lynch-Americana dream come true.  Cloaked by night and surrounded by colorful explosions, Basilica’s sixth annual Flag Day is a freakier counterpoint to the city’s festivities, with performances and dancing into the wee hours. – The evening kicks off at sundown with the best seat in town for Hudson’s spectacular fireworks display, launched from the Basilica parking lot, and the freaky festivities take off from there.  From 6 pm on, the visual arts are on display including Jim Krewson’s Local Character, the culmination of his May artist-in-residence stint, resulting in beautifully realistic portraits of Hudsonites, open all night in Basilica’s Back Gallery; Dave Cole’s large-scale work, Flags of the World, in the Main Hall, presents a patchwork quilt of an American flag comprised entirely of an official United Nation Flags of the World set; Flatsitter’s Lily Dale, is a virtual reality experience in an econoline shuttle bus; Kris Perry’s Revolution begs to be seen as the sun sets.  See this monumental kinetic sculpture, on the southwest corner of the Basilica grounds, with the Catskill mountain sunset as backdrop. Inside the Basilica, at 8 pm, a Gothic electronic rave set by SEVEN T*TS, Alger Moy, DJ Danny Cash Cash + DJ Lavish and SVB – Tickets for this dance party are available at the door. – Information by email to info@basilicahudson.org6 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Music in the Stacks – Klezmer and Jazz – This inaugural cabaret event will resound throughout the library – Performed by the musical group Two Worlds, consisting of Paul Green, clarinet; Ben Kohn, keyboard; and Richard Syracuse, string bass.  Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library – Tickets and information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org  – 6 to 8 pmHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Silver Landscape – Kiyoshi Ike’s gallery installation inspired by the memory of his upbringing,  combined with works from a ten-year span of his life in Brooklyn, NY – On view through August 136 to 8 pmConcepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Opening Party for designer/painter Marine Penvern’s new Atelier, showing her new collection of clothes for women and men, in addition to a preview of a new series of her abstract paintings – The jazz duo of Ed Cherry (guitar) and Jesse Collins (alto sax) will perform. – 6 to 8 pm 701 Warren Street (corner of Seventh Street)

Volume – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set presented every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson, NY. Authors reading this Saturday are Jessie Chaffee, Emma Smith-Stevens, and Mark Allen

> Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders.

> Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

> Mark Allen has contributed to The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, FourTwoNine, The Awl, and Vice, performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Cutting Room, and 92Y Tribeca, and hosted his own show at WFMU, as well as the show Pitch! at Dixon Place.

> The readings are followed by a book signing, and DJ Holly Watson – Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at the Volume Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or call 917-535-8225

> 7 pmThe Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Teresa Broadwell Sextet performs The Music of Nat King Cole – Teresa Broadwell, jazz vocalist, violinist, band leader and arranger, leads the sextet through Cole’s repertoire which included some of the most popular standards of his day, as well as some of his rarely heard songs – The band features Mike Novakowski on guitar, bassist Pete Toigo, legendary sax man Leo Russo, pianist Michael Lamkin, and drummer Cliff Brucker – Information and reservations at spencertownacademy.org7 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Kimock brings its world-fusion psychedelic jams featuring diverse composed and improvisational sounds to Club Helsinki – Led by guitarist Steve Kimock, long associated with the Grateful Dead and its offshoots, the group promises a listening experience that spotlights Kimock’s remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, reinvented classics, and contemporary compositions – Kimock has been closely associated with many offshoots of the Grateful Dead. – His new group, KIMOCK, features drummer John Morgan Kimock, bassist Bobby Vega, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson.  This current tour celebrates the release of two new singles; the complete album will be released in the fall.  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISESbelow.

Columbia County Historical Society presents its annual benefit–First Columbians 2017: Celebrating CCHS Rural Properties – Cocktails and dinner, silent auction, new exhibitions –  Live music by Stone Soup – Reservations at www.cchsny.org6:30 to 10:30 pm – On the lawn of Luykas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, 2589 State Route 9H, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk – The oil paintings of Taghkanic artist Bob Crimi are featured in an exhibit at Camphill Ghent – A talk by the artist takes place at 3 pm – Information at 518-392-2760 ext. 104 – The exhibition is free and open daily from 9 am to 5 pm –On view through July 31 – Joan Allen Art Gallery, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Multi-family Yard Sale – A portion of vendor proceeds benefits WGXC-90.7-FM community radio station – Lots of great finds from multiple vendors – Takes place at Wave Farm where visitors are invited to tour the WGXC Acra Studio, Wave Farm Study Center, and property installations – A lemonade stand by Echo Roe – Information by e-mail to info@wavefarm.org or call 518-622-259810 am to 2 pm – Wave Farm/WGXC Acra, 5662 Route 23, Acra

Sunday, June 11

Construction and Elaboration – Historic Hudson presents the first in a chamber music series performed by The Orchestra Now, an innovative training orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College – The ensemble will perform string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven – Seating is limited – For ticket information go to www.historichudson.org or email  information@historichudson.org2 pm Dr. Oliver Bronson House, enter the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility from Worth Avenue (Route 9) and follow the signs to the Bronson House.

Swords in the Hands of Children:  Reflections of an American Revolutionary – Launch of Jonathan Lerner’s new memoir of his days as a young member of SDS and the Weather Underground on the forefront of the radical movement in the 60s – This short, lyrical memoir chronicles the rise and fall of one of America’s most notorious radical groups of the Vietnam Era.  Lerner, a Hudson resident who is now a journalist specializing in environment and urbanism and Chair of Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council, was the Weather organization’s “minister of propaganda” and editor of its publication, Fire!. He speaks against the group’s misogyny and violence, but stands by its rejection of the Vietnam War and endemic racism. – Reading and book signing will be followed by a reception with the author – Information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Ahn Trio performs works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Pat Metheny, and others as the inaugural concert of the Rogovoy Salon series, curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic, Seth Rogovoy – The Trio has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “exacting and exciting musicians.”  The three sisters comprising the Ahn Trio (Lucia on piano, Angella on violin, and Maria on cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. – They have also gained renown for their innovative arrangements of music from the rock canon. – The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Information and reservations at helsinkihudson.com or 518-828-48007 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 13

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This Spotty Dog quiz night has been held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People – A live radio rendition of the Oscar Wilde classic, with sound effects by Andrew Joffe – The cast includes Scott Baldinger, Logan Rando, Andrew Joffe, Patrick O’Connor, Nancy Rothman, Loralee Ecobelli, Alana Hauptmann, and Justin Weaver (Girlgantua) as Lady Bracknell – Directed by Mathew Tombers and Andrew Joffe – Suggested donation at the door –  Proceeds benefit your local hands-on radio station, WGXC-FM – Seating is limited  (Doors open at 6 pm) – Food and beverages available – Live broadcast at the Red Dot, 321 Warren Street at 7 pm, or tune in to WGXC 90.7 FM at 7 pm

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

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

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, June 2 to June 7, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Wednesday, May 31

Hip!  Hip!  Hooray! – The Wednesday market is back!  Upstreet Market fills the gap between weekend markets, and is especially welcome after this long Memorial Day weekend.  Freshly harvested vegetables, baked goods, eggs and other essentials are available alongside some prepared foods.  Will be held every Wednesday from now through the end of October – 4 to 7 pm – Upstreet Market, Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square.)

Thursday-Sunday, June 1-4

TSL Films:

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> A Quiet Passion (2017) – Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.  British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017)Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of this 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

> I Called Him Morgan – In 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, June 2

Free HWM Tasting – Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz will be offering a free in-store spirit tasting – Sample refreshing summer cocktails made with Dolin Genepy, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Byrrh Aperitif, and more  – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

SaLune Hair Studio Grand Opening Party – The Studio celebrates its two-year growth from a one-chair private studio to a full-fledged five-chair salon bordering Hudson’s historic Seventh Street Park – The salon, with an expanded staff, is open for business beginning Saturday – Information at 518-267-9744 or salunehudson.com6 to 9 pmSalune Hair Studio, 6 Park Place

A TSL Members Event – Supper & Screening – Jean Vigo and the Anarchist Eye – with introduction by David Weir –  Information  at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org6:30 pmTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Classics on Hudson and the Hudson Opera House present Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz in the third and final concert in this spring season – Known to millions as the host of NPR’s From the Top, Christopher O’Riley is also an accomplished pianist who frequently works with Grammy award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz.  Haimovitz and O’Riley perform a preview of their upcoming all-Russian album, Troika, featuring sonatas by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. – Information and tickets at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org7 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Hudson-Athens Ferry starts regular runs this weekend and will run each Friday and Saturday during the summer, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

FridaySunday, June 2-4

Country Living Fair 2017 – The pages of Country Living come to life – Over 200 vendors and makers from 20+ states selling antiques, vintage, and artisan-made goods – Great Shopping, Seminars and How-tos, Meet the Editors, Make-and-Take Workshops, and more – Information at 1-866-500-FAIR or stellashows.com10 am to 5 pm – Rain or shine – Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck

Ghent Playhouse presents True West by Sam Shepard –“A dark comedy that has become a contemporary masterpiece.” – Directed by Patrick White with Kevin Kilb, Nathaniel Drake, Stephanie Sloane, and Rob Weber – Last chance.  This is the final weekend of this production – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, June 3  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is now back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendorsinclude the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers,and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Note earlier starting time! –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm– Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

AG DAY 2017Columbia Greene Community College is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary at AG DAY – Free admission Learn about your neighbors—the farms and farmers who are providing a large economic and tourism base for both Columbia and Greene Counties – Live farm animals, food, displays and demonstrations, vendors, and local artisans – Fun for all – Information at https://www.facebook.com/Ag-Day-2017-949170711886750/10 am to 3 pm – Columbia- Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson

The Garden Conservancy Open Day in Columbia County – Visit five gardens in Hudson, Hillsdale & Claverack – Admission fee at each garden

> Versailles on Hudson, 5 Rossman Avenue, Hudson – “We wanted to create a garden that looked as if it had been planted when the house was built in 1903.”

> Hudson Hood, 72 North Third Street, Hudson – This urban shotgun-style garden is in the middle of the city, centered on a century-old tulip tree and composed of a wide range of topiaries of holly, boxwood, spruce, privet, and heather…

> Texas Hill, 411 Texas Hill Road, Hillsdale – “Our garden atop Texas Hill in Hillsdale began ten years ago after we completed the restoration of our newly purchased house, leaving behind our Germantown house and garden.”

> Ketay Garden, 6121 Route 9H, Claverack – An allee of large maples and ash, bordered by meadows on either side forms the entrance to the garden.

>The Garden of Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King – Enter this magical garden and discover an intimate and beloved world that has been evolving with devotion and care for the last 28 years.  Pondside Nursery will be on site in this garden selling plants.

> Information at https://www.gardenconservancy.org/open-days/open-days-schedule/columbia-county-open10 am to 4 pm (except Hudson Hood, which is open from 11 am to 4 pm)

Fine Art Auction – 20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine Art – Including property from The Camilla & Earl McGrath Collection – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 518-751-1000 – Preview Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat, until auction at  11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Tom Stoppard’s comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – All That Jazz: iPad Paintings by Nina Lipkowitz – Also paintings by guest artist Jordan Rando and recent work by gallery artists – On view through June 25 – Information at  518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com and at www.ninalipkowitz.com3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – The Abstract Universe – Featuring Jaro’s Geometric Abstractions  – The gallery, opened by Rick Gillette in 2013, is on the second floor at 217 Warren Street and is a light-filled 3,000 sq. ft. space that showcases the  gallery owner’s interior design aesthetic, pairing fine art and furniture  – On view through the month of July – Information by e-mail to frg@frgdesignart.com or 646-483-91095:30 to 8:30 pmFRG Objects & Design /Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

The Garden Ball – The 29th Annual Columbia Memorial Hospital Ball – An evening inspired by the world’s most beautiful gardens – Information and tickets at 518-828-82396:30 pm – The Point, Catskill

The Quartet – Live Jazz at The Spotty Dog – Hosted by Stuart Quimby and Otto Hauser – Join Stuart and Otto, Terence Murren, and Mark Dzubia for an intimate evening of jazz.  – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Suitcase Junket, aka Matt Lorenz, is an artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band – From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in this essential rock collection, called “Pile Driver.”  This full-length album of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance hall festivity, is played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.  The Northhampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter brings his box of creative tricks and a brand-new load of songs from his new album.  Listen on The Suitcase Junket’s Bandcamp page: https//thesuitcasejunketbandcamp.com/album/pile-driver – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises start this Saturday and are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4

“4” – A pop-up weekend art exhibit and sale – Over 100 paintings to view and purchase – Saturday: Preview from 1 to 4 pm; Opening Reception from 5 to 7 pm; Sunday: Second Chance from 1 to 4 pm – Visit the online catalog at http://46greenstreetstudios.com/4Gallery.html – Organized by the artists–Keith A. Batten, Tim Ebneth, Joseph Stabilito, and Tom McGill–with the support of 46 Green Studios at Joe’s Garage in Catskill, and Gallery at 46 Green Street in  Hudson – Starts Saturday with a preview from 1 to 4 pm at Joe’s Garage, 443 Main Street, Catskill

Sunday, June 4

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

A Tribute to Sun Ra – Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount) was a true American visionary whose life, work, and music spanned the 20th century.  He made such a convincing case that he was not of this world, but from Saturn, that some do not refer to him as having died in 1993, but rather, that he has returned home – Sun Ra was more than a musician and bandleader.  He was a composer, poet and philosopher known for his experimental music, cosmic philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances.  His widely eclectic, avant-garde music eventually touched on the entire history of jazz, ranging from swing and bebop to free jazz and fusion.  For much of his career, Sun Ra led The Arkestra, an ensemble whose name implies taking refuge from the deluge afflicting the planet Earth – His influence has touched the visual arts and music, including artist Reginald Madison and the jazz groups Triage and The Late Regulars, who are part of this Tribute – “Reggie” Madison’s sculptural installation, “Heliocentric Omni Verse,” portrays Sun Ra’s band and stands from 10 to 14 feet high – Madison is primarily a painter – Triage is a jazz trio committed to creating deep, uncompromising, and relevant improvised music.  The group consists of Jarrett Gilgore on alto sax, Noah Jarrett on upright bass, and Kevin Ripley on drums playing mostly original music – The Late Regulars feature drummer Otto Hauser, bassist Terence Murren, and pianistTony Kieraldo, playing post-bop jazz and original compositions – Information and reservations at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Art opening at 6 pm, concert at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 5

Dan Stuart & Tom Heyman – Playing songs old and new, telling stories… — Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Pharmakon / Patrick Higgins – Higgins is an American avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer from NYC, known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music.  He plays guitar and composes in Zs, described by The New York Times as “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.”  His work traverses the styles of the European avant-garde and the tradition of post-minimalist  Downtown New York music.  – The release date of Contact marks the ten-year anniversary of Margaret Chardiet’s project, Pharmakon. – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, June 6

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Wednesday, June 7

ACE Spark Freelancer Events are presented the first Wednesday of every month, to give freelancers a chance to share their passions and meet people who can help them achieve their goals.  This month’s event is presented by the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE), partnering with the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Hudson Development Corporation – Information at – 5:30 to 7:30 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.comor 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

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Ellen Thurston

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