Events in Hudson NY, May 6 to May 12, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Wednesday, May 6

Dana Sipos and Matt Heckler – Sipos “crafts folk, roots and Canadiana-nuanced songs that map heart and country, and the spaces between.  She inhabited the far north before going nomad.  She beguiles and charms, weaving fragments of stories, myths and dreams that she has collected and spun, salted and sealed into song.” – “Virtuosic fiddler and banjoist Matt Heckler (formerly of Deep Chatham) will bring his bombastic Appalachian re-interpretations to once again test the fortitude of the Spotty floorboards!” –Information at 671-6006 – 8 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street –

Thursday, May 7

Home & Garden Buy Local Expo – Sponsored by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Geared specifically toward homeowners, second homeowners, and property managers – Home improvement, landscape, real estate, contractor, and craft-based businesses will be showcased – Information at 828-4417 or columbiachamber-ny.com – 4 to 7 pm – Catskill Point, At the end of Main Street overlooking the Hudson River, Catskill

Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10

Films at TSL

> Rebels of the Neon God – A despondent cram school student becomes obsessed with a young petty thief – In Mandarin with English subtitles

Dior and I – Takes the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house            

> White God – A story of the indignities visited upon animals by their supposed human superiors

> Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll – A vibrant musical culture that was nearly lost forever under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime is revived and celebrated in this documentary

The Sturgeon Queens – Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family have created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives – This is the 100th anniversary of the store

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> City Lights – A Charlie Chaplin classic film featuring The Little Tramp

A Night at the Opera – A Marx Brothers’ classic film

>Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, May 8

Exhibition Opening – Mother’s Day  A solo exhibition of watercolors by Claudia Engel – A tribute to mothers and all the new life that spring represents – Information at 828-5825 or rosegalleryfineart.com – 5 to 8 pm – Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238a Warren Street

Heather Maloney – Singer-songwriter noted for her indie rock sound and folk roots – Her Helsinki concert comes just one week after the release of her long-awaited new album, “Making Me Break” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm, with Will Dailey opening at 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wickers Creek Band Spring Tour takes the group to Philmont again – Stop by for tasty bluegrass and renowned local cuisine – Information at wickerscreekband.com – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Friday-Sunday, May 8-10

Claverack Library Spring Book & Plant Sale – An annual event to benefit the library, featuring used books for all ages (most hardcovers at $1 and most paperbacks at 50 cents.) – A selection of annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants – Breakfast and lunch and baked goods available on Saturday – Children’s activities – Tours of the new Claverack Library and community center at the A.B. Shaw firehouse next door may be available, construction permitting – Information at claveracklibrary.org  or 851-7120 – A special preview reception on Friday from 5 to 7 pm for a chance at best book selection – Sat from 9 am to 2 pm, Sun from 10 am to 2 pm – Claverack Free Library and Reading Room, 629 Route 23B, Claverack

Saturday, May 9

Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association Annual Auction – Twenty acres of antique tools and equipment laid out in neat rows, with a mobile auctioneer’s stand, pulled by a tractor, traversing the fields and conducting business until every object is sold – Here you will find antique tractors, old-fashioned farm implements, handcrafts, and one-of-a-kind furnishings – Food available –Breakfast available starting at 7 am – Information at 822-1511 – 8 am until everything is sold – Rain or shine – 390 Fingar Road, just east of the intersection of Routes 9, 23, and 31

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Second Saturday of the larger-than-ever summer market with some 30 vendors in all. This weekend visit the Community Tent and find out about the Columbia Land Conservancy – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonmarket.weebly.com (The former website—www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com–also seems to be in operation.)  – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Follow the carrots painted on the pavement and pointing to the market at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruise – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Information and tickets at zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Local History Speaker Series – Conrad Vispo will discuss his book, The Nature of the Place: A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY, followed by Q&A – Information at 828-1792 – 3:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Plays in Progress presents Sex and Death, a reading of short plays by Sharon Breslan, Ellen Clarkson, Bernie Kukoff, Richard Landers, Ralda Lee, Lucile Lichtblau & Jesse Waldinger – To benefit the Hudson Opera House – Information at 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey –The impossibly cool jazz guitarist/singer is joined by his incredibly talented wife, Broadway actress/singer, Jessica Molaskey, to present an evening of new songs and classic standards – Direct from a one month engagement at The Carlyle Hotel in NYC, this show has garnered great critical acclaim including making Time magazine’s Top Ten Musical Theatre shows of 2014 – The popular couple co-hosts the nationally syndicated weekly radio program, “Radio Deluxe.” – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Dramatic Reading & Author’s Talk – Selections from Lucy Frank’s novel, Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling—a dialogue in verse between two adolescent girls sharing a hospital room.   Performed as a dramatic reading by two local teens–Kylie Pecord, a senior at Germantown Central School, and Rileigh Toole of Palenville—both veterans of Carol Rusoff’s theatre workshops at The Bridge and the Hudson Opera House.  The novel follows the unfolding friendship between two very different girls who share a hospital room and an illness.  Though the book is intended for young adult readers, its subject matter—teenagers dealing with a chronic illness (Crohn’s disease)—speaks to adults as well.  The performance will be followed by a Q&A and a discussion with the author – Information at 325-4101 or roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

Armchair Travel Series: Cinco de Mayo – A culinary class with local chef-instructor Julie Gale, owner of the At the Kitchen Table Cooking School in Hillsdale – Participants will be led through a hands-on cooking demonstration to learn three recipes—Chiles en Nogada, Chicken Mole, and Pineapple Flan – The Series is designed to celebrate artist Frederic Church’s love of travel and exploration.  This session celebrates Church’s particular affinity for Mexico where he spent eighteen winters.  Space is limited, so please pre-register at 828-1872 x 105 or by e-mail to ahufnagel@olana.org – 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G. Greenport

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Tour Margaret Roach’s garden – This nearly 25-year old garden is on a two-and-one-third-acre hillside, in a former orchard with a simple farmhouse and outbuildings, set in Taconic State Park lands on a rural farm road – Specialty growers Broken Arrow Nursery, will be selling plants at the garden – Information and directions at gardenconservancy.org/open-days/ — 10 am to 4 pm – 99 Valley View Road, Copake Falls

Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10

Hudson Valley Choral Society Spring Concert in two locations – Featuring Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore – Also showcasing new compositions and arrangements by regional composers D. Haller, Julie Kabat, Horatio Spafford, Kevin Quigley, Charlie Fitzhugh, and James Oppenheimer – Gretchen Rueckheim conducts, with soloists Rose Hunsberger, soprano; Mary Hack, alto; Doug Schmolze, tenor; and John Arthur Miller, bass-baritone – Tickets and information at 794-9831 or 828-3698 – Saturday: 7:30 pm, Our Lady of Hope, 8074 Route 22, Copake FallsSunday3:30 pm, First Reformed Church, 56 Green Street, Hudson

Sunday, May 10

Mothers’ Day

Hudson Cruises Mothers’ Day Dinner and Music Cruise – A special Mothers’ Day afternoon Dinner Cruise aboard the luxury Marika Cruise Yacht. Enjoy dinner and drinks, while listening to the music of the Stuart Quimby Trio and cruising the Hudson River Valley. Especially planned for families; couples and groups also welcome – Information and reservations at hudsoncruises.com or call 888-764-1844 – Boarding at 2 pm, cruise from 2:30 pm to 5 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Broad St grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 At Home with the Soledad Ensemble – A bouffon performance of work in progress from DF&T’s current resident artist – “The bouffons are in town and they’re making a play about home.  These grotesque demi-gods hold a mirror up to our nature, mimicking and mocking all things familiar, and exposing things unspoken…a heart-searing afternoon of music, mystery, nostalgia, trauma, hypocrisy, fantasy, and more.”  – Performance is followed by Q&A – Information and reservations at 545-4028 – Drop Forge & Tool, 10 Aitken Avenue

Next Tuesday, May 12

The Little Prince – Performed by actor/storyteller Matthew Dexter – Based on the popular book by Antoine De Saint-Exupery – Suitable for all ages – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

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Events in Hudson NY, April 27 to May 4, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

THIS WEEKEND…

Olana and Thomas Cole House open their joint blockbuster exhibition, River Crossings.

SmashCrashBash! lets loose at The Half Moon.

The Hudson Farmers’ Market opens for business at Sixth & Columbia!

The seventh annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival 

Fifth annual Ramp Festival open right on time.

Four exhibitions open on Warren Street on Saturday night.

Classics on Hudson offers children and their parents a classical concert followed by an instrument petting zoo.

Thursday, April 30

Peter Cipkowski offers his popular photo presentation called Hudson’s Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street as part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series – The presentation is an historical look at the South Front Street neighborhood that was devastated by Urban Renewal in the 1970s, and includes photographs and home movies taken by Cipkowski’s  grandfather who owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 30 South Front Street – This special presentation is offered by reservation only by calling 828-1792 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Arthur Brooks Ensemble – Trumpeter-composer Arthur Brooks is one of the unsung heroes of the new music.  In his 40+ year career he has collaborated with such legendary figures as Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, and Alan Silva.  For over 20 years he taught alongside Dixon in the Black Music Division at Bennington College. – Visit soundcloud.com/arthurbrooksensemble – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 30-May 3

Films at TSL

> Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault – Documents the now-legendary 1971 debate between two heroes of the intellectual Left

Amour Fou –“…inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel—goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.”

> Sputnik Mania  “At the height of the Cold War, Sputnik almost provoked World War III, were it not for a private agreement between two ex-generals…”

> Paris was a Woman – A portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, and photographers (Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early 20th Century.

> Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

Detour – Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 film begins when hitchhiker Al Roberts accepts a ride from an affable gambler who suffers a fatal heart attack

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

The Golddiggers of 1933 – A Broadway producer has the talent, the tunes, the theater, and everything else he needs to put on a show—except the dough. – A Busby Berkeley classic

The General – A classic Buster Keaton film

Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, May 1

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases – An overview of Lyme disease, a serious problem for Hudson Valley residents – Dr. Brian Fallon, internationally renowned for his work on the neurologic and neuropsychiatric aspects of Lyme disease and Director of the Tick-borne Disease Research Center at Columbia University, will provide an overview of Lyme disease and bring the audience up-to-date on the latest advances in research, and strategies for prevention, that are helping to solve controversies and improve public health – Information on strategies for prevention of these diseases including person protection, pet protection and information on how to eliminate tick habitat from your property will be available. – Pre-registration is requested at 622-9820 ext. 0 – Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties – 7 pm – Fine Arts Theatre, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Sean Rowe –“Troy, NY native Sean Rowe is a throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison – He boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, an innate sense of groove, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock and soul anthems.” – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

SmashCrashBash!! – Born Loose and Wizard Sex will perform at the 18th installment of this monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – Born Loose is one of New York’s best bands.  Fronted by Larry May, formerly of punk rock thugs the Candy Snatchers, the quartet continues in that outfit’s tradition of outta-control rock ‘n’ roll a la the Dead Boys and (Johnny Thunders’) Heartbreakers. Wizard Sex is another crazed garage punk unit on the rise.  The A-side title of their debut single says it all: “Rock-N-Roll is My Business.” DJing are Sean McDevitt (Retouch Records) and Chris Bishop (WGXC, Garage Hangover blog) – Information at 828-1562 – Doors at 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday, May 2

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Opening day of the larger-than-ever summer market with some 30 vendors in all. Welcome back your favorites and say hello to new ones, including the Pickle Man and Moon Goddess Herbals. Some familiar vendors will be selling new products such as Samascott’s Nine Pin Hard Cider. For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonmarket.weebly.com also seems to be in operation.)  – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine! – Follow the carrots painted on the pavement and pointing to the market at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Plant Swap & Sale – Bring some plants to exchange, or if you are just starting out, come and see what treasures you can take home.  The Cornell Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand for lots of garden talk – pH soil testing will be available – Information at 828-3346 or by e-mail to columbiagreene@cornell.edu – Rain or shine – 10 am to 12 noon – Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 479 Route 66

 The Seventh Annul Hudson Children’s Book Festival features 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators  – Browse, buy books, and meet the authors –National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of brown girl dreaming, will be there from 10 am to 12 noon  – Scheduled authors’ readings in the Read To Me Corner – Performances by favorite children’s performers Aaron Nigel Smith  and John Farrell  – Exhibits from area organizations – Food available – Free bus transportation  available from downtown Hudson  – Information at www.hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com – 10 am to 3 pm – Hudson Junior/Senior High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

Fifth Annual Ramp Fest Hudson – A gastronomic event to celebrate the ramp, an early spring vegetable known for its strong garlicky odor and pronounced onion flavor – The ramp, considered a spring delicacy and abundant in the Hudson Valley, will be at the center of original dishes created by superstar chefs from both upstate and downstate New York – For the first time the Fest includes collaborations with environmentally-conscious and like-minded organizations.  Glynwood, Hawthorne Valley, Camphill Village and Green Mountain Energy will participate with educational and hands-on demonstrations to renew focus on sustainable agriculture, community, and energy.  Entry fee includes a ramp dish created by each chef – Cash Bar – Live music by local rockabilly/honky-tonk band Chops and Sauerkraut – The event is organized by Jeff Gimmel, Executive Chef at Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson.  This is a very popular event so advance purchase and early arrival is suggested – For information, including a list of the seventeen participating restaurants and chefs, go to www.rampfesthudson.com – 12 noon to 4 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Streetscapes: Recent Work by Natalie Levy – On view through May 24 – Also exhibiting gallery artists – Information at 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Priscilla Derven: Disland: Paintings 2013-2015 – “Nothing stays the same on our land.  Water changes everything.” – On view through May 24 – Information at 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 Two Exhibition Openings – Cast of Characters – Figurative works by Michael Crawford, Paul Katz, and David Austin; and Heavy Metal – A solo show of highly realistic paintings by Joe Richards – On view through May 31 – Information at 828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

The Kitchen Ecosystem – Dinner with Eugenia Bone – Harnessing leftover components from one dish to add flavor to a future dish saves time, saves money, and reduces food waste.  This is a practice used by most professional chefs.  Chef/author Eugenia Bone will prepare a four-course dinner which demonstrates how you, too, can cook this way.  Throughout the evening she will provide insight on how to take advantage of the “whole food” and the “whole jar,” and she will illustrate the techniques for using the byproducts from the evening’s dinner to become the basis for tomorrow’s.  She will use food scraps from the dinner to prepare carrot top pesto for everyone to take home.  The meal will be served with wines selected by Hudson Wine Merchants.  Advance reservations required.  For information, reservations and to view the menu, go to valleyvariety.com – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Green Goats Jam: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Rebuild - This past February, a tragic fire destroyed the barn and a herd of 100 goats at Green Goats Farm in Red Hook. With this concert, three country, Celtic, and roots music groups lend their musical assistance to the cause – Performers include the Little Creek Band, T. McCann Band, and the String Masters – Information at facebook.com/redhookbarnraising – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Botanica – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – with DJ Effie Asili and Guest DJ Mar Mar – Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Reggae, Afrobeat, and Latin – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, May 3

Exhibition Opening – River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home – Olana State Historic Site and Thomas Cole National Historic Site join forces to co-host a groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary art by 28 contemporary artists at two historic settings on the Hudson River.  The artists, including Chuck Close, Maya Lin, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, and Kiki Smith, illuminate the pivotal role that Hudson River School artists Thomas Cole and Frederic Church played in shaping an innovative culture of American art.  The exhibition, co-curated by the painter Stephen Hannock and art historian Jason Rosenfeld, PhD, takes place in the residences and surrounding landscapes of both Thomas Cole House and Olana, with transportation provided from the Amtrak Station in Hudson and between the two exhibition sites.  A hardcover book accompanies the exhibition and a Curators’ Lecture takes place on Sunday, May 17 at 2pm at Columbia-Green Community College – The exhibition is on view through November 1 – Information and tickets to both sites at www.rivercrossings.org – On opening day:  Guided Tours from 11 am to 1 pm; Self-guided Touring from 2 to 5 pm – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Project Monarch – An opportunity for children, ages 5 to 12, and their families to become “butterfly heroes” by learning about the Monarch Butterfly and by participating in activities to help save the species.  The Monarch is perhaps the most familiar North American butterfly and its numbers east of the Rockies have declined by more than 90 percent since 1995.  – Information at 325-4101 – Kickoff for the project will be from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm; five more weekend sessions will be given in May and June, with adult butterflies scheduled to be released at the final session on June 27– Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

Mozart & Friends:  Classics on Hudson presents a free family concert with world-class musicians who serve as faculty with the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music sharing the stage with talented young musicians under their tutelage.  These future stars of classical music are joined by soprano Amy Palomo, clarinetist Nicholas Lewis, violinist Jaram Kim, and pianist Renana Gutman to play selections from Mozart to Rodgers & Hammerstein – A free instrument petting zoo follows the concert and gives young audience members and their parents a chance to try out violins, cellos, double bass, and piano – Bard Prep offers music lessons for Hudson area students ages 3 to 18.  Find out more at the concert – Limited seating, so reservations are recommended by calling 822-1438 – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Great Lake Swimmers with Special Guests Winterpills  – “Canadian folk-rock outfit Great Lake Swimmers boasts a timeless sound, blending acoustic guitars, violin, banjo, standup bass and drums with leader Tony Dekker’s ethereal vocals.  The band is likely to appeal to fans of Neil Young, Iron and Wine, Nick Drake and Red House Painters.” – Visit greatlakeswimmers.com – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Monday, May 4

The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting, preceded by a special one-hour information session on the details of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s proposal for a consumer-friendly big-picture solution to climate change–a slowly increasing fee on carbon which distributes all proceeds to households – The information session will be conducted by Chatham Center resident, Deirdre Henderson – RSVP to ccl.columbiacounty@gmail.com – Information at citizensclimatelobby.org or call 917-282-2395 – 6 pm – PS21 Offices, 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

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Events in Hudson NY, April 20 thru April 26, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

“*” indicates a Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event

Tuesday, April 21

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 – Sign-up begins at6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, April 22

Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon – Local caterer, Nancy Fuller (Ginsberg), star of the Food Network’s “Farmhouse Rules” is guest speaker – Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Limited seating – Reservations mandatory – Call 828-4417 or email akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com12 noon to 1:30 pm – The Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont

Hudson FORWARD Celebrates the City of Hudson’s 230th Birthday and kicks off a Voter Registration Campaign – The public is invited to say hello to neighbors, meet local dignitaries, enjoy cake and other refreshments, register to vote, and support civic engagement – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

*Lincoln – A special screening of the 2012 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, in conjunction with the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration – 7 pm – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Avenue, (Route 9), Greenport

Thursday, April 23

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

*Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History, presents “Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’ and the Meaning of the Civil War,” as part of the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration – 10:30 am – Faculty Staff Lounge, Main Building, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

*Operation Unite program participants will read aloud from books about Abraham Lincoln – Information at 828-3612 – 4 to 5 pm – Hudson Area Library, Children’s Room, 400 State Street

A Night at the Races – Sponsored by the Hudson Rotary Club – Proceeds will help support homeless students within the Hudson City School District – Cash bar, menu fare, and silent auction – Information at 755-2155 – Doors open at 4:30 pm – First race at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Footings, Mail the Horse, and Liv Carrow – Footings, formerly known as Passerine, is the solo project of Eric Gagne of such outfits as Death to Tyrants, Redwing Blackbird, and Dweller on the Threshold – Mail The Horse is a grunge gospel/country rock band that found its start in New Hampshire before moving to Brooklyn, NY – Liv Carrow is a favorite local singer/songwriter – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Special Silent Movie Event – A Trip to the Moon and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with original and improvised music by Rasputina (Melora Creager) & The Calico Indians, Patrick Higgins (Zs), John Rosenthal & Aron Sanchez (Buke & Gase), and Colin LaClair & Logan Visscher (Saviour Self) – Curated by Shannikia McIntosh – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Richard Thompson – Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time – He practically invented British folk-rock and went on to become the master of the art of the performing singer-songwriter – This is a rare and nearly unprecedented chance to see this pioneer of an entire genre of music, who usually performs in large theaters and on festival stages, in the intimate confines of a nightclub.… – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday, April 24

Mezcal, the Other Agave Spirit – Brendan from Inspired Beverages will be pouring a selection of Mezcals, the other spirit made from Agave, in a wide range of styles from earthy to smoky – Information at 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

HWM Friday Tasting – Maria Clark from Polaner Selections will be pouring sake! – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Bad Seeds presents BunnyBrains & DJ Shannon F (goddess) of (Light Asylum, The Knife) with Special Guests – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Saturday, April 24-25

Two Stair Galleries Auctions: Friday at 6 pm: Nineteenth-Century Exoticism & Revivals in Design; Saturday at 11 am: An Enduring Legacy: The Collection of Joseph T. Butler of Tarrytown, NY including fine art, furniture, and ethnographic works of art – Online catalogues at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Friday-Sunday, April 24-26

Films at TSL

> Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> The General — A classic Buster Keaton film

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

*Lincoln’s Long Journey Home – An exhibition telling the story of the assassination of President Lincoln and the journey of the Funeral Train. On view is a facsimile copy of the “Emancipation Proclamation” on loan from the New York State Library, a replica of the Derringer used to slay President Lincoln, and a portrait of Lincoln by artist Robert Francis Whelan. April 1865 newspapers, maps, photos and other artifacts are also on display. – 1 to 4 pm, or by appointment – Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the D.A.R., 113 Warren Street, Hudson

Legally Blonde, the Musical – Presented by Upstage Productions and The Gemini Series at Columbia-Greene Community College – Based on the film where after her boyfriend dumps her, Elle Woods tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams at Harvard Law School – Information and tickets at 828-4181 – Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Columbia-Greene Community College Performing Arts Center, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Saturday, April 25

Hudson Winter Farmers Market –This is the last Hudson Winter Farmers Market of the season. Find the spring/summer/fall outdoor market at Sixth & Columbia Streets next week! – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

*Lincoln in the Hudson Valley – The Town of Stuyvesant stages a varied four-hour program commemorating the journey of the Lincoln Funeral Train with interpretive displays in the historic railroad depot; music by Ichabod Crane High School Band and Chorus and the Massachusetts 9th Light Artillery Chorus; a Walt Whitman reading by actor James Occhino; and a performance of Passings, a play written for the occasion by Kate McLeod and others – Also a featured exhibit of three issues of The Old Flag, a handwritten prison newspaper from Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas, 1864 – Reenactors will portray Mrs. Lincoln, A Civil War surgeon, and Solomon Northrup – Food will be available, and there will be special activities for children. – Information at http://lincolninthehudsonvalley.com or by e-mail to lincolntrain2015@gmail.com1 pm to 5:30 pm – Park at the Stuyvesant Town Hall on Route 26A near Route 9J. A shuttle bus will transport visitors to the Landing area where the program will take place.

Prize-winning narrative poet Joan Murray reads from her new collection, Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015 – Part of the Poetry Month Celebration – Information at 325-4101 – 4 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

Exhibition Opening – Passage Path Road Route Way – Featuring work by Owen Barensfeld, Madeleine Boga, Kyle Bradford, Luca Pearl Khosrova, Natalya Kornblum-Laudi, Zach Nevens, Isabel Piazza, Jannelle Roberts, Casson Rugen, and Robert W. Smith – On view through May 31 – Information at 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

The Broad Street Chamber Players (Jay Shulman, cellist; Elizabeth Chinery, flutist; and David Smith, pianist) offer the Awakened Heart Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Won Dharma Center Scholarship Program – A reception and tour of the facilities will follow the performance – Reservations by e-mail to Karen@wondharmacenter.orgor 851-6517 – 5 to 7 pm – Won Dharma Center, Il Won Hall, 361 Route 23, Claverack

Fourth Annual International Community Dinner and Cultural Festival – To celebrate diversity and promote harmony in the community – A family-friendly potluck meal including traditional and festive dishes prepared by the members of the diverse national and ethnic groups living in the area – Admission is by donation – Bring food to share – Activities for children, and music and dance from around the world – Information at 672-7901 or 366-2551 – 5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Awards Gala – Honoring John Livingston, Diana Coughlin Award, Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., and Volunteers of the Year – Silent Auction – Information at 828-0892 – 5:30 pm – Winding Brook Country Club, 2839 Route 23, Valatie

Jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke performs with drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Ricky Rodriguez – The performance is presented by Planet Arts, the Jazz in G’Town Project, ARTspace, and Art & Collaboration – A week-long photo exhibition, Masters of Jazz by photographer Chuck Stewart, accompanies the performance and will be on view through May 2 – This concert is sold out – Call 945-2669 for possible cancellations – Exhibit opening and artists’ reception at 6 pm; concert at 8 pm – Central House Hotel, 220 Main Street, Germantown

Exhibition Openings – (1) Nichole Van Beek: Dare Read Dear – New Paintings – Van Beek continues to make compositions derived from letterforms, but with a new focus… (2) – Cody Hoyt: Slow Cooker – An exhibition of new ceramic vessels – On view through May 3l – Information at 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Slant Flying – New works by Sasha Chermayeff – Also on view will be works by a selection of gallery artists including Emily Gui, Benjamin Swett, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and others – Information at 828-4539 – 6 to 8 pm – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

Simultaneous Exhibition Openings in Retrospective’s two galleries – (1) Kate Steciw at Retrospective – 711 Warren Street (2) New Works by Matthew Palladino – 727 Warren Street – 6 to 8 pm – Information at 828-2288 or retrospectivegallery.com

Exhibition Opening – Vision – Works by Mark Brosseau, Daniel Derwelis, Paul Gagner, and Anna Ortiz – On view through May 30 – Information at 697-5130 – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*“Mourning Lincoln” – A re-creation of what happened when Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in Hudson on April 25, 1865, including a torchlight procession, a choir of women singing dirges, an oration, and a tableau vivant. The event begins at Basilica Hudson, then crosses over the railroad tracks at Broad Street to the lawn beside the old Dunn warehouse – 8:45 pm – Gather at Basilica Hudson, in front of Kite’s Nest, 108 South Front Street, and follow the procession

Buffalo Stack – At Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock husband and wife team Andy and Tania Stack (a Grammy and Juno award-winning fiddle player) of Hudson, met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Connor Kennedy, the other musicians who would soon join them to form this group – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26

Sean’s Run Weekend – This annual event is in its fourteenth year – Saturday: Zumbathon, Super Saturday Run for Special Needs Kids, and Sean’s Run Bike Rides – Sunday: Prevention Education Expo, World Championship Battle of the Belts, Meghan’s Mile Youth Race/ Community Walk, and the 5K run or walk – Schedule, locations of events, entry forms and online registration at www.seansrun.com – Information at 672-4757 – Chatham Elementary School, Chatham High School, and Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

*24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound & Music – In collaboration with the Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands – Featuring Prurient, SUUNS, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins (ZS), Arone Dyer (Buke and Gase), Randy Gibson, Eric Fraser, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien and Liturgy), and local favorites C. Lavender, John Rosenthal, Alexander Turnquist, Logan Visscher, Brian Dewan and others – An immersive event and all-encompassing experience featuring experiments in electronic, psychedelic, classical,

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Events in Hudson NY, April 14 to April 19, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

THE LINCOLN FUNERAL TRAIN COMMEMORATION

Highlighted below, you will find several events that are part of the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration, marking the 150th anniversary of the journey of the train carrying President Lincoln’s body, and that of his son, from Washington DC to Springfield, Illinois.  On April 25th, the train passed through the Hudson Valley, making a fifteen-minute stop at Hudson’s railroad station and slowing down as it went past Stuyvesant.

Most of the commemoration events take place next week and will include an exhibition at the D.A.R., a concert including Aaron Copeland’s “Lincoln Portrait” at the Basilica Hudson, and a torchlight re-creation of what took place alongside the tracks in Hudson when the funeral train stopped here.  The Stuyvesant train station will be a major point of commemoration activity.  All this, and more, will be in next week’s list.

Tuesday, April 14

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

Tal National returns for a second show on the release date of its new album, ZoyZoy on Fat Cat Records – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, April 16

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting – Guest speaker James Campion, President of Columbia-Greene Community College, will talk about the pitfalls and opportunities that not-for-profit organizations encounter – Information at 828-1792 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

HD screening of the National Theatre of London production of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem  (Also shown on Saturday. See below.) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 –

7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson FORWARD Monthly Meeting – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House (enter at rear of the building), 327 Warren Street

A Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event – All Souls Are Created Equal – The Greenport Historical Society presents Starlyn D’Angelo, Executive Director of the Shaker Heritage Society, who will talk on the Shakers, their belief in both racial and gender equality, and their work with the Underground Railroad – In Shaker communities men and women shared power and African Americans were embraced as equal brothers and sisters, even as our nation was involved in a Civil War – Information at 973-070-2115 – 7 pm – Greenport Community Center (across from Greenport Town Hall, 600 Town Hall Drive), off Healy Boulevard, Greenport

ProJam #10 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians – Featuring special guest performers

Chris O’Leary on vocals and Dave Fields on guitar – The Club Helsinki House Band is anchored by Sonny Rock on drums, Cameron Melville on the Hammond B-3 organ, Petey Hop, guitars

and vocals, and Vinny Leggiere, bass – All working musicians in the region are welcome to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, 16-19

Films at TSL

The Sturgeon Queens – Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family have created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives – This is the 100th anniversary of the store

The Wrecking Crew – What the Funk Brothers did for Motown, the Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.  And now, a film tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound.  The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them….

> Derrida – A playful, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida who is best known for originating the movement known as “deconstruction”

 Amour Fou –“…inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel—goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.”

Sputnik Mania – “At the height of the Cold War, Sputnik almost provoked World War III, were it not for a private agreement between two ex-generals…”

The Circus (1928) – A Charlie Chaplin classic in which the Little Tramp is mistaken for a pickpocket and chased by a peace officer into a circus tent

Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, April 17

Artist and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – Visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and their friends are all welcome.  Please bring a dish to share – Artists expected to share their work this month are:  Mary Brenneman, Tom McGill, Christine Hales, Alice Tunison, and Niki Lemin, plus others, and Dan Region will read an excerpt from his book.  If you would like to show your work, send examples to christinehales@me.com along with contact information – Held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets  (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street.)

Over the Rhine – The wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler – Listen at overtherhine.com – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18

24th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction & Swap Meet – Friday: Swap Meet; Saturday: Auction featuring the Howie Cohen Collection from Colorado, a Templeton, MA collection,  a Hollywood, CA horde of Bowden bicycles with memorabilia, over 200 bicycle lamps, and a select group of bicycles from two European museums – On-line catalog at copakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – Friday: Swap Meet dawn to dusk; Saturday: Auction at 9 am – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Saturday, April 18

Hudson Department of Youth Fishing Derby –The Lake is stocked with $1,000 worth of brook trout and rainbow trout – Medals, prizes, T-shirts and refreshments – For children ages 4 to 15 – Registration and information at 828-0017 – 8 to 10 am – Oakdale Lake, 132 North Sixth Street

Spring Home & Garden Day in the Village of Kinderhook – Includes the Kinderhook Historic House Tour of five 18th- and 19th-century homes (12:30 pm to 5 pm); A series of speakers on the latest tips and trends for your home and garden, with keynote speaker Barbara Pierson of White Flower Farm on the latest trends and newest varieties for long-lasting container gardens – Seating for all presentations is limited – Spring-At-Last Mini Bazaar in the Village Hall with gently used home and garden books, garden accessories, handcrafted birdhouses,etc. , and other activities throughout the day, including a group exhibition of Three Works by Meleko Mokgosi, plus Status Quo: A Group Exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery: The School and a Quilted Treasures exhibition at the Columbia County Historical Society  – Information at www.villageofkinderhook.org/springhome — 9 am to 5 pm – A full event map is available at the Welcome Tent, Village Square, Broad Street (Route 9) and Hudson Street (Route 21), Village of Kinderhook

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, eggs, vegetables, meats, spring flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Spring Gardening Volunteer Day sponsored by Hudson Forward – Volunteers will help three teaching gardens get ready for the season.  Help is needed to turn over the soil, mix in nutrients, and lay the seeds for a season of growing and learning – To volunteer send e-mail to crosenthal@hudsonforward.org – Information at HudsonForward.org – 10 am to 2 pm – The three gardens are the Montgomery C. Smith Learning Garden at the Intermediate School, the Henry Hudson Discovery Garden at the Jr./Sr. High School, and the River City Garden at the corner of North Front and Dock Streets

Habitat Restore Earth Day Celebration – Activities and displays will highlight re-using and re-imagining material and items large and small from the ReStore – Bring your project pictures for the new ReStore Community Board – Soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension – Bring paper products to be recycled and turned into cellulose insulation for use in Habitat houses – A Go Green Raffle – Discounted prices in the store – Food available all day – Music by Bill Williams/Oldies 93.5 all morning – Rain or shine – Information at 828-0892 – 10 am to 4 pm – Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 829 Route 66 (near intersection with 9-H)

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase – Sheep shearing, herding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, felting and weaving demonstrations, exhibit of various sheep breeds and other wool bearing animals, a concourse of wool artisans and shops, food, and children’s activities – Live music by Tamarack and the Acoustic Medicine Show – Information at 537-4240 – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, off Route 9G, Germantown

HD screening of the National Theatre of London production of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem  (Also shown on Thursday. See above.) Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Vodka Tasting – Brooklyn in Hudson – Brooklyn Republic Vodka representatives will be in the shop offering some surprising flavors of their small batch vodka in addition to the original – Information at 828-0934 – 1 to 5 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

In Celebration of Music – Performed by five outstanding chamber musicians:  Aaron Boyd, violin; Michael Roth, violin; Ah-Ling Neu, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello; and Gili Melamed-Lev, piano – Acknowledged as one of the masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet will be performed along with his Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola, Kodaly’s Intermezzo for String Trio and a Hungarian Dance by Brahms – Audience members will meet the musicians at a post-concert reception – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Lost and Found – Featuring the work of photographer Bill Shaughnasey, who has been exploring the natural surroundings of Columbia County for many years, capturing “unexpected found moments” along the way – On view through May 25 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 1 North Front Street

International Authors’ Reading – Eight writers-in-residence at  Omi International Arts Center, will read from and share their works with a public audience – Much of the work from this year’s residents deals with political action and human rights in their home countries.  The writers come from Armenia, India, Bangladesh, Germany/Poland, Singapore, Croatia, and the United States –  D.W. Gibson, Director of the Writers Omi program, says “We have some very accomplished residents with us this spring, and a few of them know what it’s like to work under censorship and threats against them and their families…It brings a meaningful dimension to the group beyond the quality of the work.”  Refreshments will be provided by the event supporters, Hudson Wine Merchants – Information at 392-4747 – 5:30 pm –Third Floor Gallery (formerly the Courville Gallery), 341 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – New Paintings by Keith Batten and New Paintings by Trevor Hunter – On view through May 17 – Information at 212-518-7551 – 6 to 8 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Evelyn Sandler Dreamscapes Photography – On view through May 2 – Information at 561-385-4779 – 6 to 8 pm – Renata Fine Arts, 428 Warren Street

From Russia With Love – Presented by Classics on Hudson – The 28-year–old Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, accompanied by Dina Vainshtein on piano, performs selections from his most recent album, Music from the Suitcase, as well as Cesar Franck’s towering Sonata in A.  Music from the Suitcase is a collection of Russian rarities by prominent composers like Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, punctuated with delightful treasures by contemporaries Andrei Eshpai, Anton Rubinstein, and others that remain virtually unknown in the West – Information and reservations at 822-1438 – Limited seating – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Seattle-based playwright Paul Lewis’s full length play, Oblivion – “Haunted by memories of a brief, dangerous love affair in a politically volatile time, an American woman returns to Montevideo thirty years later in search of her tango instructor—and answers to the questions that have eluded her for decades.”– Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger directs a cast of five professional actors – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

The Go-Rounds, Louis Monroe, and the Antivillians –– The Go-Rounds are known as Kalamazoo’s favorite sons and also for high energy twang-rock and jelly-roll – Louis Monroe has performed or recorded as The Fox Farm, Nude Reunion, and as himself.  He currently performs with Nature Films, and lives and metal detects in Upstate NY – The Antivillians feature “lyrics that tell stories of good guys gone bad, love lost, towns choking on the rusting infrastructure of industry, and the feeling of never arriving at that place we thought we’d be at by now.” – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Sunday, April 19

Pre-recorded screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s  production of Ivan the Terrible  – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

A Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event – Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Nation Mourns – The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers present a Lincoln Musical Tribute – The program includes Lincoln’s favorite songs and fiddle medleys, Aaron Copeland’s Lincoln Portrait, and classic renditions of Amazing GraceBattle Hymn of the Republic, the Gettysburg Address and more – Also, an audience sing-along – 3 pm – First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street (corner of Fourth & Warren)

Slide Presentation – Ash Thayer, photographer and author of Kill City, will talk about her new book of photographs which documents her time living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan among young squatters in the 1990s – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Presented in conjunction with Karen Schoemer Bookseller – Information at 822-8448 – 3:45 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

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Events in Hudson NY, April 6 to April 13, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Monday-Thursday, April 6-9

Movies at Fairview Cinema 3:

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Richard Gere

Wild Tales – Six tales of apocalyptic revenge by Pedro Almodovar – An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

Mr. TurnerThat’s  J.M.W. Turner, “the painter of light”

Information and schedule at 828-1900 or fairviewcinema3.com – Fairview Cinema 3, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

Tuesday, April 7

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

 Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Prizes and frivolity – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Wednesday, April 8

Birding 101 with Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman – A guided walk near Olana’s lake area looking for Eastern Phoebes and Palm Warblers, both early migrants – Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars – Information and registration at 828-1872 x 105 – 9 to 11 am – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Thursday, April 9

A full house:  Insect Factory, Public Speaking, Jeremy Purser, and Fossils From The Sun – Insect Factory is music from Washington DC area musician Jeff Barsky “who focuses on texture and mood, building layers of dense sounds that slowly evolve into hypnotic and atmospheric drones” – Brooklyn’s Public Speaking is the music of composer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Anthony Harris – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, 9–12

Films at TSL

The Sturgeon Queens – Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives – This is the 100th anniversary of the store

The Wrecking Crew – What the Funk Brothers did for Motown, the Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound.  And now, a film tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound.  The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them….

> 1971 – Before Watergate, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden, there was Media, Pennsylvania.”

An Honest Liar – A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James “The Amazing Randi…”

Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter – In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi…stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life.

The Circus (1928) – A Charlie Chaplin classic in which the Little Tramp is mistaken for a pickpocket and chased by a peace officer into a circus tent

Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, April 10

HWM Friday Tasting – Stetson Robbins from Blue Danube Wines will be pouring central European bottlings – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Singer-songwriter Abby Lappen singing original songs and meaningful covers, with Pete Tenerowicz on drums and Josh Greenberg on saxophone – Information at 672-7346 – 8:30 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Saturday, April 11

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, eggs, vegetables, meats, spring flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

HD screening of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of King John – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Our Woods: New Paintings by Diana Felber – On view through April 26 – Live music by Brazilian accordionist Vitor Goncalves – Also showing gallery artists – Information at 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – The Road Will Never Be the Same – Tablet-generated fine art by Joan Damiani, using traditional methods of composition, color, surfaces and brush selection, but produced entirely in the virtual world of a tablet – On view through May 31 – Information at 828-5490 – 4 to 8 pm – J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street

 Diamond Opera Theater presents Wanderlust, an Evening of Adventurous Music with Mary Hack, mezzo-soprano, Martin Mansfield, baritone, and Noah Palmer, piano – A reception with the artists follows in the parish hall – Postponed from February 21 – Information at 822-1438 – 5 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Bluegrass at Beattie – C.B. Smith & The Lucky Devils – Rooted in bluegrass, the band draws from jazz, rock, gypsy. Celtic, classical and other musical influences to create a unique sound – Reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc@gmail – 5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

 Biscotti & Wine Tasting – An Italian wedding tradition – Biscotti (chocolate mocha-almond, gluten-free coconut, lemon-lime pistachio, and vegan orange/ginger) paired with wines selected by Fairview Wines & Spirits –Information at 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

 BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – An open house event at eleven galleries, highlighting the diversity of art offerings on Warren Street below Third Street, on Front Street and beyond – Several galleries will be holding receptions for the exhibiting artists (See individual listings.)

Galleries include:

200 Block, Warren Street:  Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238a Warren Street; Geoffrey Goode, 238 Warren Street, J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street ; FRG Objects & Design, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street; Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery, 209 Warren Street

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

Front Street & BeyondChamber of Commerce Gallery, 1 North Front Street; Great South Bay Gallery at Stageworks, 41A Cross Street

> Information at belo3rd.com – 5 to 7 pm – Warren Street and Front Street below Third Street

Exhibition Openings – Two solo photography exhibits—Kay Kenny:  Into the Night in the Middle of Nowhere and Miska Draskoczy: Gowanus Wild – Plus a Portfolio Showcase:Night Photography featuring work, selected through competition, by Robin Michaels and Mark Lyon – On view through May 10 – Information at 697-0266 – 6 to 8 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

 Rachel Mamane, chef and founder of Brooklyn Bouillon, will present two cooking events exploring the benefits of incorporating high nutrient foods in your diet. The first will be a Restorative Dinner to help prevent disease, control weight and maintain overall health – The dinner will feature a six-course gourmet meal built around the key elements of nutrient dense foods – A Bone Broth Workshop will take place on April 25 – Information and reservations at 828-0033 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 Ryan Montbleau Band – Just a few days before the release of its brand-new recording, “Growing Light,” this New England-based band brings its bluesy, Soulful rock to Club Helsinki Hudson – Montbleau is the winner of a Boston Music Award  – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Boy Harsher and Tallesen – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front  Street

Exhibition Opening – Stuffed and Stitched: Quilted Treasures from the Collection – Drawn from the Society’s rich collection of textiles and costumes, this new exhibit features a diverse array of objects donated to the Society over the past 90 years that were made or owned by Columbia County residents – Information at 758-9265 – 1 to 3 pm – Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook

Baby Animals – Hancock Shaker Village re-opens for the season with a lively gathering of newborn lambs, piglets, calves, goats, chicks and ducklings in the historic Round Stone Barn and adjacent farm buildings –The barn has been known for its architectural significance since it was built in 1826 – Eighteen of the Village’s 20 historic buildings will also be open and staffed with interpreters who demonstrate crafts and share Shaker history – Behind-the scenes farm tours are also available – Reservations and information at 413-443-0188 ext 0 – 10 am to 4 pm – Hancock Shaker Village, Route 20, Pittsfield, MA, just west of the junction of Routes 20 and 41 – GPS address is 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Hancock MA 01237

Exhibition Opening – Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Founding Father – Chancellor Robert R. Livingston is remembered as one of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, but his role has been overshadowed by other heroes of the American Revolution.  A recent discovery and new scholarship reveal how Livingston’s role will be remembered in history as a fiery and committed member of the American Revolution.  The exhibition includes new acquisitions and some artifacts not exhibited in more than two decades.  The gallery portion of the exhibition takes place inside the Chancellor’s 250-year-old birthplace  with a reception hosted by the Friends of Clermont – Information at 537-4240 – On view through October – 2 to 4 pm with opening comments by Guest Curator Travis Brown at 2:30 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, off Route 9G, Germantown

Sunday, April 12

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon – Called “the consummate landscape painter” and “a true American luminist,” Stephen Hannock began his artistic career near the site of Thomas Cole’s famous 1836 painting, the Oxbow.  Cole and Frederic Church have been a reference point for Hannock, whose use of the canvas as a storytelling medium and virtuosic use of light make him an heir to the artists of the Hudson River School.  Hannock, co-curator of the joint Olana/Thomas Cole House upcoming exhibition–River Crossings–will give a sneak preview of the exhibition and an insider’s look at how contemporary artists continue to be inspired by nineteenth-century American landscape painters – Information at 943-7465 – 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill  (The Salon is held at Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole site)

Authors’ Reading and Signing – Abigail Thomas, author of A Three Dog Life, will read from her new memoir, What Comes Next and How To Like It – Also reading will be Chloe Caldwell, author of the recent novella, Women – Author Stephen King describes Thomas’ book as “the best work yet by a woman who has already done some of the best work in the field…Abigail Thomas is the Emily Dickinson of memoirists.” – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Presented by Karen Schoemer, Bookseller – Information at kschoe@aol.com – 3 pm – Third Floor Gallery (formerly Courville Gallery), 341 Warren Street

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey  This one-man play, written by and performed by  James Lecesne, is currently enjoying a sold out limited run in New York City. Christopher Isherwood of The New York Times calls Lecesne “…one of the most talented solo performers of his or any generation.  A writer of wit and keen observational skills….” – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Monday, April 13

Daniel Knox, Alexander Turnquist, and Angela James – Long known for darkly disturbing traditional American popular song styles, Daniel Knox employs a new, more wide-ranging sonic palette on his latest work.– Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist/composer who uses his 12-string acoustic finger-style approach in creating very dramatic and emotionally engaging music – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

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Events in Hudson NY, March 31 to April 7, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Tuesday, March 31

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

Wednesday, April 1

Judge Richard Koweek will hear oral arguments from the attorneys representing several lawsuits filed in the Ginsberg Project – Ginsberg’s is suing the Towns of Ghent and Claverack in an attempt to overturn the decision by the Ghent Planning Board denying their site plan application.  There are also several Article 78 filings by neighbors in Claverack against both the Ghent and Claverack Planning Boards and the Ghent Zoning Board relating to the Ginsberg Project that will be heard at the same time – 3:30 pm (as reported in the Register-Star) – Columbia County Courthouse, Union & Fourth Streets

Thursday, April 2

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library welcomes Allison Guertin Marchese who will discuss her book, The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York – Topics will include the poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and the history of Hudson, with emphasis on 400 State Street, current home of the library – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Part of the Library’s Local History Speaker Series –  Information at 828-1792 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura – Slow Collins – DJ Lunar Moss – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, 2-5

Films at TSL

> 1971 – Before Watergate, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden, there was Media, Pennsylvania.”

An Honest Liar – A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James “The Amazing Randi…”

Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter – In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi…stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, April 3

HWM Friday Tasting – Leif Sundstrom from MFW and Vom Boden will be pouring a selection of Italian and eastern European wines including a Dolcetto/Ruche blend from Monferrato, an Austrian pair of Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt, and a dry German Riesling – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – Scapes & Interiors : New work from Venice by Master Painter Maggie Siner  and European landscapes by Janine Wesselmann  Plus introduction of four new gallery artists:  Mary Breneman, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Andrew Loren Resto, and Roy Volkmann – On view through April 30 – Information at 828-5825 – 5 to 8 pm – Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238 Warren Street

 A double bill:  Shel and Otan Vargas – Shel is comprised of four sisters—Sarah, Hannah, Eva, and Liza, all classically trained singers and instrumentalists that together “connect the dots between bluegrass, the Roches, Philip Glass, and Led Zeppelin”  – “Otan Vargas’ melancholy songs are likened to those of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains” – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

SmashCrashBash!! – The Mighty Fine will perform at the 17th installment of this monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – “Sweaty, rump-shakin’, punk soul” describes Brooklyn’s Mighty Fine – Fronted by Steve Myers, a long-time back-up vocalist for the Afghan Whigs and the Twilight Singers…A “combination of a James Brown-styled soul review and a sweaty punk rock show.”  – DJing are Jeff the Chef (Empire State Soul Club) and Ted Barron (WFMU)  – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm to 1 am  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front  Street

Saturday, April 4

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, fresh eggs, winter vegetables, meats, spring flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

 Rhythm Feet II:  Tap & Flamenco Dance – Dance artist Stefanie Weber begins a series on the music and rhythm of the feet with a family presentation on the history of tap dance, including films and a tap dance demonstration.  This presentation is an introduction to a series of dance activities, including free classes in both tap and flamenco and culminating in a concert performance – Information at 828-3612 – 1:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

 Exhibition Opening – Steve Locke: that last time we touched the water – Boston-based artist Steve Locke makes work that is colorful, complex, and unapologetically human.  Concerned with figuration and perceptions of the male figure, his art explores themes of masculinity and homosexuality, both integral issues in the artist’s work – His work has been shown both in the United States and abroad.  He teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and is a Visiting Core Critic at Yale University – On view through May 10 – Information at 822-1438 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – David Hornung: Shadow and Substance – Cyanotypes and paintings – “The cyanotypes are delicate and resemble traditional shadow Puppet Theater while the paintings, in their dense color and physicality, offer a more concrete and fully illuminated view of the same pictorial world.” – On view through April 26 – Information at 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Tal National with DJ Effie Asili – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front  Street

Full Pink Moon Walk – Named for wild ground phlox, aka pink moss – The distant silhouette of the Catskill Mountains will be a wonderful setting to welcome spring’s first full moon –  Dress in layers and bring a flashlight – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – Information at 392-5252 – 7 pm – Greenport Conservation Area, 319 Joslen Boulevard (main entrance), Greenport

Sunday, April 5

Community Easter Egg Hunt – For children up to 13 years of age – Hundreds of eggs, candy and prizes – Plus a summer resource fair where community organizations will provide information about their summer camps and programs – Sponsored by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – 2 pm – Promenade Hill, Warren & Front Streets

 Nellie McKay – “…known for her uniquely eccentric blend of cabaret, pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop, comes to Helsinki Hudson just a week after the release of her new album, ‘My Weekly Reader,’ on which she revisits some of the melodies born out of the fertile, conflicted climate of the 1960s….” – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405Columbia Street

Tuesday, April 7

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Prizes and frivolity – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

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Events in Hudson NY, March 25 to March 30, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Wednesday, March 25

Tenants’ Rights Forum – Information on your legal rights as a tenant, leases, Legal Aid, etc. – Open to all – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – American Legion, 7 Fairview Avenue

Thursday, March 26

A Tour of Southern Italy – Ca’Mea Ristorante, Fairview Wine and Spirits, and Vias Imports offer a special regional wine dinner – Reservations at 822-0005 – 6:30 pm – Ca’Mea Ristorante, 333 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 26-29

Films at TSL

> Girlhood – A film by Celine Sciamma – In French with English subtitles

An Honest Liar – A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James “The Amazing Randi…”

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

The Leopard – Luchino Visconti’s Gattopardo is an epic on the grandest possible scale – In Italian with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 27

Honey Blood and Better Pills – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue – A mini festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins – This performance will feature the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson, and other special guests – The house band for the evening will be Chops and Sauerkraut, featuring Travins on guitar and Chops Laconte on bass – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, March 27-28

Bread and Puppet Theatre, on its annual visit from Glover Vermont, presents Fire, which tells the story of seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by fire bombs, followed by the self-immolation of a woman,… Performed with life-size puppets – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29 

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden  – Final performances this weekend – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 28

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Sts.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party – The Fund gives students the opportunity to attend the festival and purchase a book directly from the author of their choice – Proceeds are also used for scholarships given to graduating seniors for college books, and book gift certificates for sixth- and eighth-grade students – Food by Talbott & Arding, Bonfiglio & Bread, and caterers Susan Simon and Chris Jones; music by Darcy and Caroline from 2Note Botanical Perfumery – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – RSVP and information at 822-1951 – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Trees and Skies: The Landscape Show – Over 45 artists welcome Spring with landscapes in all their magnificent forms – Juried by Hudson artist Gretchen Kelly – Information at 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – This “for adults only” monthly wintertime tradition features a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers – This month’s line-up includes the witty and original tunes of Sabrina Chap, aerialist Amy Chen, the bizarre physical comedy of Ambrose Martos, adorable yo-yo geek Justin Weber, Kinko the Clown, and Ringmistress Philomena – “…an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle.” – (Also see the  family-oriented matinee below.) – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Passion and Love – A piano concert featuring masterpieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev performed by pianist John Kamitsuka – Post-concert reception with the pianist – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Flutist Allison Kiger, cellist Robert Tennen, and violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger perform works by Handel, Haydn, Bach, Telemann, Gliere, and Villa-Lobos – Information at 325-5020 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (I mile south of the intersection of Route 22 & 23)

Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29

 Easter Bunny Appearance – Mr. Bunny is making his repeat appearance at Vasilow’s Confectionery – Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Information at 828-2717 – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley Spring Yarn Crawl – A tour of yarn and fiber shops and farms in Columbia, Greene, and Dutchess Counties and beyond – Four on the tour are located in Columbia County—Spruce Ridge Farm in Old Chatham, The Warm Ewe in Chatham, and Countrywool and Blackberry Hill Farm, both in Livingston – A special bonus is that Spring is lambing time, so there is plenty to watch – A list of participating shops and farms, as well as some virtual shops, can be found at HudsonValleyYarns  – Most shops open from 10 am to 4 pm but do call ahead

Sunday, March 29

HD screening of the National Theatre of London’s production of A View from the Bridge – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Matinee – Bindlestiff’s professional circus cast presents a scaled-down, family-friendly, 60-minute show that is fun for all ages – A special pre-show by students from Bindlestiff’s After School programs in Hudson and Chatham will be presented – Young stars will perform juggling, stilt-walking, plate spinning, and acrobatics – A portion of the proceeds benefit Bindlestiff’s free circus arts education programs in Columbia County, now in its ninth year – Information at 828-4800 – 3 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Third Annual State of Our Community: “Black Lives Matter” Showcase – Youth and community members use poetry, music and various media to express how Black lives matter in Hudson –  Followed by a reception – Sponsored by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Information at 291-9415 – 5 to 7 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street – Showcase is followed by an After Party called “Turn-up for Social Justice”  with music by DJ Big Vern and DJ Clint – 9 pm – The Half Moon Bar, 48 South Front Street

Free Cake For Every Creature and Trace Mountains and Bridezilla – Free Cake “is the product of Katie Bennett’s internal world.  She sings about books, soup, and feels with directness and warmth.” – “Trace Mountains crawls out from the depths of the DDW record label.” – Bridezilla “is what Ben Hopkins does when he drinks too much orange juice.” – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Concerts in the Village presents Schubert & Beethoven: The Dawn of the Romantic Age – David Smith, Artistic Director, conducts The Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra, with Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano;, Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano; Jon Morrell, tenor; and Andrew Robert Munn, bass – Information at 758-6401 – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Monday, March 30

Parker Millsap – Twenty-one-year old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is already drawing comparisons to Elvis Presley – He was been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and has received praise from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, the Boston Globe, and NPR – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

 

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Events in Hudson NY, March 19 to March 24, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

DOWN AND OUT-OF-IT

Profuse apologies for the lateness and non-appearance of Much To Do About Hudson over the past two weeks.  Who to blame?  The thuggish Verizon and my sluggish computer are easy targets, and then there’s the really bad cold that’s going around.  But things are looking up.   Spring is here, so they say….     

Thursday-Sunday, March 19-22

Films at TSL

> Girlhood – A film by Celine Sciamma – In French with English subtitles

Timbuktu – Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film

Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

Children of Paradise (1945) – Widely considered one of the greatest French films ever made

A Night at the Opera (1935) – A Marx Brothers classic

> Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 20

First Day of Spring!

Artist and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – If you would like to show your work, send examples to christinehales@me.com along with contact information – Held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm –  First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets

 Lower Dens, Palm, and Sunatirene – Lower Dens is  “Baltimore’s dream pop-band” – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 The Sadies – This Canadian punk-country band celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year – They have released 16 studio albums – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden – Runs on weekends through March 29 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 21

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Sts.

 HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago with two bel canto superstars, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition  Openings – (1) Veiled Actions: George Hildrew – Guest Curator and choreographer for this installation, Phyllis Stigliano (2) Everyday Places (on the move): An installation by Cathryn Griffin  – Guest Curator Jon Jicha – Both exhibitions on view through May 7 – Information at 537-6029 – Curatorium, 60 South Front Street

 Lady Moon with Loumingo Night and special guest Sis – All proceeds benefit the Perfect Ten Dream Reality trip to Washington, DC – Information at 822-1438 – 7 to 9 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 PWR  BTTM, Diet Cig, and Earl Boykins – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Maple Syrup Demonstration – To celebrate Maple Weekend – Also a Pancake Breakfast to benefit St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown – Information at 851-2331 – 9 am to 12 noon – Farm @ Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Road, Claverack

Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22

Easter Bunny Appearance – Mr. Bunny will be making his annual appearance at Vasilow’s Confectionery – Saturday from 11 am to 5 pmSunday from 11 am to 4 pm – (and he’ll be back next weekend) – Information at 828-2717 – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 22

Film Screening & Panel Discussion – Uranium Drive-in, a documentary that humanizes the conflict behind nuclear power in Colorado, followed by a panel discussion with local activists, with a focus on Hudson Valley issues and regional pressures from energy development.  – Panelists include Manna Jo Greene, environmental action director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Gary Shaw of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; farmer and former State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk; and activist Jennifer Thurston, who is featured in the film –  Information at 822-1438 – 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Just Jim Dale – Tony Award winner, direct from Broadway – “Light-footed and utterly lovable, Just Jim Dale will stay with you as long as you are capable of joyous remembrance”—The New York Times – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 –  Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Deep Air Art Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape – Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner who has had several published poetry collections to his name – His essays on urban landscape and poetics have appeared in numerous anthologies – His work has taken up the idea of planned landscapes of Church’s contemporary, Frederick Law Olmstead – Followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments  – Information and tickets at 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center,  Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G,, Greenport

Tuesday, March 24

Fermented Feast Workshop & Dinner – Presented by Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm and David Chicane of Hudson Food Studio – Featuring a hands-on workshop on the fundamentals of the fermentation process and a three-course dinner that highlights ways to integrate fermented foods into gourmet dishes – Participants will prepare ginger carrots, beet kvass, preserved lemons and soda – The dinner will be prepared by Chicane – Participants will take home jars of fermented goods, recipes, and a starter culture for fermented soda – Information and reservations at 828-0033 – Space is limited – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

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

 

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Events in Hudson NY, March 9 to March 16, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Monday, March 9

Jenny Hval and Slow Collins – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, March 10

March Match – Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15

Films at TSL

> Mommy – A passionate widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son.

Timbuktu – Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film

Jean Paul Sartre & Simone De Beauvoir – In this rare documentary, two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society.

> She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday,March 13

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Rum Tasting – The French West Indies produce distinctive rhum agricole.  This clean, light and refreshing artisanal rum is made in Martinique from freshly pressed cane juice.  The importer, Rhum Clement, will be pouring several versions of this uniquely styled and wonderfully mixable spirit – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue, Greenport

The Wickers Creek Band Spring Tour – The Band, including Peter and Charlene Paden, journeys to Philmont on spring Fridays to serve up tasty Bluegrass alongside the Pub’s renowned local cuisine – Information at www.wickerscreekband.com and/or www.facebook.com/philmontpub — 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, aka the Philmont Pub,112 Main Street, Philmont

Friday-Sunday, March 13-15

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden – Runs on weekends through March 29 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 14

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April – Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens! – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Street

Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago with two bel canto superstars, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Corsets: Building Fashion from the Inside Out – Clermont State Historic Site Curator of Education Kjirsten Gustavson presents a lecture and demonstration on this indispensable part of women’s wardrobes through the years – Three very different corsets, from the American Revolution, the Empire (or Regency) era, and the mid-Victorian period, will be modeled during the lecture – Information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 2:30 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Hernes Mallea, author of Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamourpresents “a nostalgic celebration of the glamour of warm-weather destinations in the Caribbean and Florida, from the great escapes of ambitious patrons to the most exclusive resorts of the mid-twentieth century.”  – Part of Olana’s Armchair Travel Series – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information and reservations at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Bring on the Heat! – Spicy chocolates paired with wines from Fairview Wines & Spirits – Chocolate offerings include such flavors as” Holy Mole” from Tumbador, “Habanero & Jalapeno Truffles” from John Kelly, and “Spicy Orange Espresso” from Cowgirls – Information at 828-3139 or www.VerdigrisTea.com – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

A Taste of Piedmont at VICO– A special dinner menu with pairings featuring Italy’s premier wine region – Vico teams up with Fairview Wines & Spirits and Tradizione Imports to bring you a four-course tasting menu paired with four affordable small-production Piemontese wines – Information and reservations at 828-6529 – VICO, 136 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Richard Merkin: Some of His Favorite Things – A solo exhibit featuring defining selections from the estate of the celebrated American painter, illustrator, and arts educator – A prolific survey of American music, literature, and sports spanning four decades from the 1960s through the 2000s – On view through April 19 – Information at 828-1915 or www.carriehaddadgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening –  Two solo exhibitions:  Duncan Hannah: Distant Marvels and Meg Lipke: Players Removed from the Field – Duncan Hannah is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has had over 60 solo exhibitions – The title of his exhibition is taken from Jack Kerouac’s short story, “Good Blonde.” – Meg Lipke lives and works in Ghent, NY and Bushwick, Brooklyn – Her exhibition features hybrid works, including paintings and sculptures, which are “fragments…like players removed from the field.” – Both exhibitions on view through April 19 – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery/Hudson, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Interior – Five artists—Jane Dell, Fred Fleisher, Joan Fitzsimmons, Brant Moorefield, and Meridith Passabet—reveal their unique vision and interior exploration – On view through April 11 – Information at www.conceptohudson.com – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 743 Warren Street

 Two simultaneous Exhibition Openings at Retrospective Gallery’s two gallery spaces:  

Lightning – New Works by Jane Corrigan – A solo show which continues her comical and poignant depictions of human nature, this time at the dawn of its creation – 711 Warren Street

>  Josh Mannis’s detailed ink-on-paper drawings, Brian Rochefort’s unedited “gloop” sculptures, and Mason Saltarrelli’spaintings on paper  – 727 Warren Street

Both exhibitions on view through April 19 – Both exhibitions from 6 to 8 pm – Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288

The Lives of Hamilton Fish – A cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival – Rachel Mason–who will perform the songs live for this screening–wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley.  The film follows two men—a serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish—who died one day apart in 1936.  Hamilton Fish II was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in NY State, and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer.  A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with this coincidence after publishing their obituaries on his front page – The story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Pine Hill Project – Featuring critically-acclaimed new-folk singer/songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell with multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, an icon of Americana music for the past 40 years – Information at www.helsinkihudson.comor 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Trixie’s Whorehouse – Beware the Ides of March! – DJ JayFourWorld – Live performances with show at midnight – Give your Trixie Dollars to your favorite performer and the one with the most Trixie Dollars wins real dollars – Trixie’s cookies available – Information at 828-1562 – 10 pm  to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15

Auction – English, Continental, and American Furniture, Porcelain, Silver, Glass, and Carpets – Preview Mon through Thurs from 10 am to 5 pm, Fri from 10 am to 8 pm, Sat & Sun from 9 am,  Auction at 11 am  – Information at 751-1000, Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Sunday, March 15 

Live simulcast of the National Theatre of London’s production of Behind the Beautiful Forevers – David Hare’s “tumultuous play on an epic scale.” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie! – Classics on Hudson presents a free family concert featuring world-renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman, Ryan Kamm on double bass,  Helena Baillie on violin, and Joseph Luzzi as narrator –  Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales – Followed by an instrument “petting zoo.” with a variety of classical and world instruments loaned by Musica, the music store in Hudson – Information and reservations at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Seventh Annual Farm Film Festival – Featuring films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that are meant to entertain and educate – The films are made by professional and amateur filmmakers and offer local and national perspectives – Local films range from the four-minute film by Cathy Grier entitled Honey Bee to 8 Moons Ripe, which documents one woman’s quest to grow her own food, made by Gretchen Wall and filmed in Columbia County.  The feature film, running at 44 minutes is Farmland, an intimate look at the lives of several farmers and ranchers, all in their twenties, and all responsible for running their own agriculture businesses – For a listing of and information about the films go to                         www.movies@crandelltheatre.org– Attend as many of the screenings as you wish – Admission is free, with a requested donation of a nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry or a cash donation – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham Film Club, and the Chatham Agricultural Partnership – Information at www.clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, Chatham

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon – Artist Elyn Zimmerman is widely regarded as one of today’s most important sculptors working in stone.  She is best known for her large scale, site-specific projects. including a fountain in NYC to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing – She is one of three artists to present their work in the Sunday Salon series in conjunction with the exhibition of contemporary art to open in May at the Thomas Cole site and at Olana – The presentation is followed by a reception – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill  (The Salons are held at Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole site)

A Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration Event – Underwhere? in the 1860s: Women’s Clothing in the mid-19th Century – Join Clermont State Historic Site’s curator of education  Kjirsten Gustavson as she digs deep into the layers of Victorian women’s clothing – Find out what social pressures and personal needs women were balancing each day they got dressed, and how long it really took.  Corsets, cage crinolines, and more are all included.  The talk includes elaborately-reproduced costumes and is illustrated with photos and period fashion plates – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015 – 2 pm – Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant

An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss – Dreyfuss, a well-known Hollywood actor for the last forty years, talks about his career making films such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti, and The Goodbye Girl, as well as his work as an activist addressing the environment, substance abuse, and education, through his Dreyfuss Civics Initiative.  The event is the first of three scheduled to benefit Columbia Memorial Health – Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dreyfuss – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, March 17

Livestream simulcast of  the TED Conference in Vancouver – The Hudson Opera House partners with Club Helsinki to present a free viewing of the annual “official” TED conference via livestream from Vancouver – This year’s conference theme is “Truth & Dare.” – The conference is divided into four sessions:  “What Are We Thinking” from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm, “Machines That Learn” from 2 pm to 3:45 pm, “Out of This World” from 5:15 pm to 7 pm, and “Life Stories” from 8 pm to 9:45 pm – For information on the speakers and their subject matter go to www.hudsonoperahouse.org –There is no admission fee, but reservations are encouraged – Call Club Helsinki at 828-4800 to reserve a table for from one to all of the sessions – Standing room will be on a first come, first served basis – 11:30 am to 9:45 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

“Ellen’s Picks” may also be found on www.artinhudson.org and www.gotohudson.net under “Arts & Entertainment/This Week in Hudson”

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

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Events in Hudson NY March 2 to March 9, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Tuesday, March 3

Charlie Parr – A critically acclaimed songwriter from Minnesota – With the release of the album “1922,” he boomed onto the folk scene with extensive tours of the U.S., Europe and Australia – He now has 12 full length albums under his belt. – Information at 828-1562 – 7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

March Match – Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Thursday, March 5

Peter Jung, proprietor of Peter Jung Fine Art Gallery will speak on the art of the Hudson River School painters (1825-1875) as part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series – The talk will include details of the artists’ lives and circumstances and will be illustrated by paintings and images – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 5:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

 Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event – Jack McEneny, author of Albany: Capitol City on the Hudson, speaks on “Lincoln’s Final Journey to Albany” – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015 – 7 pm – Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8

Films at TSL

> Mommy – A passionate widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son.

Ballet 422 – A documentary that takes you from first rehearsal to world premiere of a new ballet created for the New York City Ballet by 25-year-old, up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck

Noam Chomsky  & Michel Foucault – Part One of Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues documents the now-legendary 1971 debate between two very different heroes of the intellectual Left: linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and cultural theorist and historian of ideas Michel Foucault

> Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> The Humbling – Tells the story of an aging, suicidal stage actor and his struggles to find passion for life again – Stars Al Pacino

Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeanspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 6

SmashCrashBash!! – Hard-rocking bands Blockhouses and Private Parts perform at the 16th installment of this monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – Blockhouses is fronted by former Figgs guitarist Guy Lyons – DJing are NYC scene maker and Stalkers front man Andy Animal and taste-making record collector/merchant Sean McDevitt of Retouch Records – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm doors – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday, March 7

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April – Some 20 vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers,cheeses and more – David Ludtke, the pie man, tells me that the first of the spring salad greens and micro greens will be at the Hudson Winter Farmers Market  available from Blue Star and others.  – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Exhibition Opening – Cow Portraits – New paintings by Nancy Ghitman – Works by gallery artists also exhibited – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Caprices – A solo exhibition of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes’ sculptures made from recycled and found materials, such as cardboard boxes, wire hangers and plastic bottles.  For his animation film, The Song of Roland, he used corks and toothpicks, and he filled Grand Central Station in New York City and the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires with his musical bicycle sculptures – Bruno created IntegrArte, a program of social integration that recycles the discards of the world into art and inspires the young, the old, the rich and the poor in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of community.  He directed the program in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, then brought it to Hudson, NY and to his native France.  The exhibition is curated by the award-winning illustrator and animator, R.O. Blechman – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Emerging Artists 2015 – An annual exhibition – On view through March 28 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or 828-2343 – 5 to 7 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

Hudson Pride 2015 Fundraiser Kickoff to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation – Information at www.hudsonpridefoundation.org – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Botanica – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – DJ Effie Asili with Special Guests MC Ari Gato and DJ Truemaster Trimingham – Soul, funk, disco, boogie, Afro, Latin, and Reggae –Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Brazilian Girls – They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but they 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 – They have established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band –  Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 8

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

Deep Air Poetry & Art Series: Geography and Gender with poet, artist bookmaker, curator and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka presenting their art and “exploring complex issues of geography and power while staying deeply committed to beauty.” – Curated by artist/poet Lee Gough – This is the second in a series of events designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to ecology, local geography and landscape – Artist presentations will be followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments – Information and tickets at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Monday, March 9

Jenny Hval and Slow Collins – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

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