Art Events in Hudson NY, June 20 to June 29 and beyond

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MondaySunday, June 20-26

Screening of 130919 – A Portrait of Marina Abramovic by Matthu Placek an immersive 3-D film installation – “Placek forges an honest depiction of the artist’s creative and emotional energy.… Placek sits Abramovic in the center of an expansive, crumbling room that will become the Marina Abramovic Institute, a space serving as the performance artist’s legacy.”  In the film, which was shot in a single take without dialogue, Abramovic is depicted standing nude.  Both Abramovic and the space are exposed, strong, and marked with history.  The work is installed in the Second Ward Foundation’s ground floor, and is available for viewing Mondays through Wednesdays by appointment, and Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm through June 26.  Groups of four people will be admitted into Second Ward’s recently restored auditorium every 15 minutes, where four individual “viewing stations” will provide a stereoscopic screening of the work.  The exhibition is free, with specific times bookable at http://www.130919hudson.eventbrite.com/ or at http://www.secondward.org –The film is shown by The Second Ward Foundation and Basilica Hudson in association with Visionaire Film – Information at http://www.secondward.org – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

ThursdaySunday, June 23-26

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s epic musical South Pacificas popular today as when it first won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1950 –  The story of love exceeding racial boundaries during World War II is as meaningful now as when James Michener wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific upon which the script is based – Runs through July 3 – Information, schedule and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Films at TSL: 

> My Love, Don’t Cross That River – Director Mo-young Jin followed a fragile couple described as “100-year old Lovebirds” who were inseparable companions for 76 years, to capture their twilight days – The film became a blockbuster in its native Korea and has gone on to become the country’s biggest independent film of all time – “…a unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures.” – In Korean with English subtitles

> The Lobster – A “highly imaginative, delightfully absurdist comedy from visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos,” starring Colin Farrell as a man who has just been dumped by his wife.  In his society, he is given 45 days to find love, or else be turned into the animal of his choice.  (What!?)

> Concerto: A Beethoven Journey – Filmed over the course of four years, award-winning director Phil Grabsky follows leading concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s attempt to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written—Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

> Inheritance – See Saturday listing below

Beware of a Holy Whore – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking – Involves an aloof star, an abusive director, and a financially troubled production – A vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction – In German with English subtitles

Diary of a Chambermaid – Lea Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Celestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid

Call Her Applebroog – Directed by Beth B., this film is a poignant and intimate portrait of Applebroog, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household with an immigrant father who only wanted to have sons…It is a cathartic story of self-realization and the act of art-making as a life-saving parachute

Bayou Maharajah – This film explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

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

N.B..– Last two weeks for viewing Judy Pfaff’s work, Grasshopper, curated by David Ebony – On view through July 2 on Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm – CR 10, 283 County Route 10, (between Route 31 and Route 9G), Linlithgo

Friday, June 24

Live in the Landscape:  Astronomy, Music, and Film Night at Olana – A free family evening – Pack a cooler with snacks and drinks, bring blankets and chairs for an evening of live music, sunset and star-gazing, and outdoor all-audience films – Check the website for rain dates

6-8 pm: – Ilusha Tsinazde & Company—“a soulful merging of far-flung cultures that only music can accomplish…”

6-10 pm – Star-gaze with members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association

8 pm – Screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)

*10 pm – Screening of Eat, Pray, Love (PG-13)

Information at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

The Darrick Kenny Band performs Rock ‘n’ Roll and Oldies as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – Food available – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport 

Saturday, June 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The Acoustic Medicine Show will be performing in the Music Tent –  For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Author’s Reading – Joseph Luzzi, author and Bard College professor, will read from his memoir In a Dark Wood.  In this memoir Luzzi writes of the days and months that followed the terrible event that left him suddenly both a widower and a first-time father.  Luzzi’s wife, Katherine, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was in an automobile accident, and died from her injuries less than an hour after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel.  Luzzi, a professor if Italian Studies, and a Dante scholar, begins his book with lines from Dante’s The Divine Comedy:  “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.”  The memoir describes the challenges that Luzzi faced as a grieving widower trying to balance his responsibilities as a single father and an academic, and to open himself again to love. – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 4 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

La Compagnia Amarilli, a vocal duo, brings its latest program to Hudson – Kinga Cserjesi, soprano, and Deborah Carmichael, mezzo-soprano, will sing works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, and others presented in a storytelling format.  The music will be woven together with a fairy tale, inviting children and adults alike to enter a magical world.  A simple set and whimsical, colorful costumes complete the program.  Pianist Drew Spradlin accompanies the singers.  The production is directed by Beate Mathois – La Compagnia Amarilli is a Libero Canto ensemble  – Tickets available at the door with all proceeds benefitting Christ Church – Information at 828-1329 until 1 pm – 5 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, Corner of Union and East Court Streets

Exhibition Opening – Basilica Hudson and Left in Focus present Lives Not Numbersby documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack – The exhibition is a series of photographs measuring lives in numbers, statistics, and data points that dominate mainstream discourse about public tragedies.  Those who die in mass, especially the subaltern, are reduced to numerical archives.  By reporting deaths as numbers, we devalue the lives lost and the lives they leave behind….In 2013, thousands perished during the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.  Every year, thousands more are lost while migrating across the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona.  In their first collaboration, Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack present a series of photographs to reveal the lives behind the numbers reported in these two separate events  – On view through June 26Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm and by appointment – Information at basilicahudson.org – 5 pm  Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

BeLo3rd Summer Gallery Stroll – An open house event at nine galleries, highlighting the diversity of art offerings on Warren Street below Third Street and a few blocks beyond

Open galleries include:

> Inky Editions – Six Stops: Prints and editions by six artists affiliated with the print studio – 112 South Front Street (white building behind the Basilica)

> Davis Orton Gallery – Photographs by Ellen Feldman and Zelda Zinn – 114 Warren Street

> BCB ART – Quietus: New Paintings by Richard Butler – 116 Warren Street

> Limner Gallery – Sextet – Works by six contemporary artists – 123 Warren Street

> Jeff Bailey Gallery – Bill Adams: Sunup and David Pappaceno: Hohle Fels – 127 Warren Street

> Columbia County Council on the Arts – Human Impact: Living in the Anthropocene Age – 209 Warren Street

> FRG Objects & Design/Art – Summer Highlights – 2016 – Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

> J. Damiani Gallery – Composite Imagery & Oils 237 Warren Street

> Rose Gallery Fine Arts – Celebrating 27 Years with Gallery Artists  238a Warren Street

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

Exhibition Opening – Street Photography and Urban Scenes: What’s New? – The gallery presents constructed, deconstructed, discovered and rediscovered photography—all used to conjure up the experience of the city.  Exhibiting artists call upon approaches from painting, collage, film, performance as well as the keen eye of the street photographer – Two solo exhibitions:  Urban Zips by Ellen Feldman and New York Revelations by Zelda Zinn, plus a Portfolio Showcase of two artists:  Welcome to New York: 1985-2005 by Amy Shapiro and Auto-Reflection by David Curtis – On view through July 24 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – A group show of featured artists and more – Curated by Rick Gillette – Artists include Sarah Berney, Mark Wasserbach, Paul Harbutt, Sean Paul Pluguez, Drew Boughton, and Joseph Conrad-Ferm – Information at 646-483-9109 or frgdesignart.com– 5 to 8 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – John Davis Gallery exhibits the work of five artists–In the Main Gallery: New Work by Susanna Heller; in the Sculpture Garden and Carriage House: Sculpture by John Crawford; on the second floor of the Carriage House: Paintings by Matthew Blackwell; on the third floor of the Carriage House: Paintings by Herbert Reichert; and on the fourth floor of the Carriage House: Sculpture and Paintings by Tom Butter – On view through July 17 – Information at johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – FLORA III – Featuring work by Katie Degroot, Joy Taylor, and Doug Clow – On view through July 18 – Information at 828-1677 or by e-mail to info@grisnewyork.com – 6 to 8 pm – Galerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

Inheritance – A world premiere film – Cambiz Amir-Khosravi has been a documentary filmmaker for most of his adult life, but this is, quite literally, the film he was born to make – The filmmaker discovers the truth about his father and the shocking role he played in the history of modern Iran – One screening only – 6:15 pm – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Don Byron brings his group of musician friends for “Do the Boomerang,” featuring the music of R&B legend Junior Walker, as well as Ray Charles, James Brown and other soul, funk, and jazz artists. – Joining Byron is an all-star cast of NYC and Woodstock-based musical talents, including vocalist Dean Bowman, keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, guitarist Matthew Finck, and superstar drummer Zachary Alford – Visit donbyron.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

WGXC 90.7 FM Emergency Fundraising System Dance Party – Come join the celebration! – DJ Neva and others will provide the music – Proceeds from the party will help keep creative community radio on the air – The WGXC “All Together Now” summer pledge drive was extended until the station’s $20,000 goal to raise funds for basic operating expenses was met.  This party, originally created to provide the final push to meet the goal so that regular WGXC  programming could be restored, has now turned into a celebration!  Can’t make the party?  You can still call the station at 697-7400 and make a pledge or make a tax-deductible donation online at wgxc.org/donate – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm to 2 am  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Village of Kinderhook Garden Stroll – Visit five gardens in the village – Also, “The Naturalistic Garden,” an on-site walk and talk in the garden by Sigrid Gray, former Horticulture Director at The Battery, in NYC and former gardener at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum – at 10 am11 am, and 12 noon – Plus—in the Village Square—Kinderhook Farmers’ Market from 8:30 am to 1 pm; Cider, Wine, and Spirits Tastings from 10 am to 1 pm, and Carapace Farm Puppetry puppet performance for kids at 10 am11 am and 12 noon – Sponsored by the Village of Kinderhook Office of Economic Development

Exhibition Opening – Capturing Color:  Contemporary Pastels: Works by Joe Baker, Frank Frederico, Dave Francis, Susan M. Story, and Marlene Weidenbaum – On view through July 17 – Information at 392-3693 or spencertownacademy.org – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Behold! New Lebanon has launched its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours are offered from June 4 through October 15 – This Saturday, it is offering a day-long series of six sessions on sustainability, providing “insights on the efforts that any one person can make to tread a little more lightly on the earth.”  – Each session represents a different aspect of sustainable living.  Participants will learn about herbs, berries, farming with horses, bread making, waste-water control, purification, and management, in sessions led by locals – In addition, visitors have a new and one-time opportunity to partake in a Farm-to-Table lunch at The Abode, whose CSA farm is a veritable model of sustainable living. – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org  – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

17th Annual Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Awareness Tour – Chamber members and members of the public are invited to explore agriculture in the county –The tour leaves the Chamber offices by coach bus at 10 am and returns for lunch at 1 pm – The tour is co-produced by the Chamber and the Columbia County Farm Bureau – Tickets include transportation and a boxed lunch – Space is limited – Information and reservations at 828-4417 –10 am to 2 pm –  Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street, at Warren Street

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit the private gardens of Helen Bodian in Millerton; the modernist garden of Tim Legg and Doug Wingo on Mt. Merino; Mark McDonald and Dwayne Resnick’s new garden at Texas Hill in Hillsdale; Kevin Lee Jacobs’ garden in Valatie; and Susan B. Anthony and the late Richard Galef’s garden at Rabbit Hill in Craryville– Most gardens are open from 10 am to 4 pm, but check the website since opening hours may vary – Information, including addresses and directions at https://www.gardenconservancy.org/events/all-events/columbia-county-ny-open-day-4

Auction – Three Centuries of Style:  Fine & Decorative Arts from the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries – Preview hours and on-line catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Les Moutons (The Sheep) Performance & Opening Party at Ancram Opera House – Jeff Mousseau & Paul Ricciardi, new proprietors/artistic directors of the Ancram Opera House, kick off summer with a party and Les Moutons (The Sheep), an all-ages performance about, well…all things sheep.  A nearly wordless performance, the play is great for audiences ages 3 and up.  The story features Julie, Marie-Louise, Bernadette and César—three healthy ewes and a young ram — in a quirky look at how sheep spend their time. Routine activities, including shearing, feeding, milking and many more, are depicted in this live installation and performance that twists reality in surprising ways.  There will be two performances—at 2 pm and 5 pm—with a party featuring Cowboy Jim and The Hayrollers between shows.  Stay after the first show or come early for the second one. Son of Herondale Rambo, Ancram’s legendary ovine, will make a special guest appearance.   Kids admitted free.   Information and tickets at 329-0114 or http://www.ancramoperahouse.org/les-moutons  – 2 pm & 5 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram

Auction – Unreserved Estate Auction with selected additions – Includes 763 lots of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, collectibles, photographs, early glass and ceramics, etc. – Online catalogue at www.copakeauction.com – Information by e-mail at info@copakeauction.com or 329-1142 – Previews on Thurs/Fri from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sat from 12 noon to 2:45 pm, with Auction at 3 pm– Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Alchemy in Art & Architecture – Francine Hunter McGivern and The Frank Institute at CR10 present Seth Harrison and Ariane Lourie Harrison in a Harrison Atelier Presentation Talk—The Birds and the Bees:  Building in the Anthropocene –“The Anthropocene period, characterized by the planetary impact of human activity on the environment, produces a posthuman territory: no longer a docile nature nor neutral environment, it is a heterogeneous assemblage of human, animal, and technology bound in an increasingly intimate struggle over the Earth’s limited resources. While architecture has produced varied types of inhabitation, the discipline is historically anthropocentric.  Fiction, performance, and design become critical tools in challenging architecture’s anthropocentrism and developing cohabitation strategies for multiple species, for which we will propose several examples from Harrison Atelier’s recent work.” – Information at www.cr10 – 4 pm – CR10, 283 County Route 10, between Route 9G and Route 31, Linlithgo

Ultra-Pro: Sculptures That Cook!  – Art Omi 2002 Artist Residency alum Michael Tong has invited some 15-20 artists to create working grills, smokers and ovens for an afternoon barbeque event.  Local farms are contributing delicious grillable foods and locally produced condiments.  Select local chefs are invited to collaborate with artists on recipes and will participate in the judging – Participating artists include Matt Bua, DeWitt Godfrey, Tim Davis, Dan Devine, Tim Freccia, Emily Hassell, Wennie Huang, Abel Ramirez, Andrew Robinson, William Stone, Mark Wasserbach, Jason Wycoff, and more – Free and open to the public – Information at artomi.org – 5:30 pm – Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) opens its 11th summer season with a new kind of circus – Marquise Productions presents YOL, which  means “road” or “way” in Turkish, and  is a mixture of circus and theater.  The seven-member cast features artists from Quebec, NYC and the Capital Region specializing in music, dance, handstands, juggling, and unicycling.  There are no animals in the show. The circus’s Artistic Director, Aaron Marquise, is a professionally trained clown and graduate of Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montréal.  Heestablished his European-style circus troupe in Troy. This evening’s performance is the result of the troupe’s residency at PS21, during which this original circus show was developed.  It toured throughout the region during the month of June. – Information and tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ps21chatham.org – Information at 392-6121 – 7:30 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)

 

SaturdaySunday, June 25-26

Hudson River Exchange Fourth Annual Summer Market – A juried and independent outdoor market drawing on the mercantile history of Hudson by showcasing some 100 vendors of high quality handmade goods, unique vintage finds, and farm fresh food, along with local community organizations, an airstream photo booth, live music, and activities for kids – Takes place under two canopy tents – No admission charge – Rain or shine – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pmSunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Saturdays and Sundays – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.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, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Sunday, June 26

Screening of The Sound of Music, the first screening in a series called River’s Pics, a Sunday matinee series for kids, showing three classic films chosen by River Stone – “In a world of too many screens and portable devices, Basilica brings the original BIG SCREEN into the lives of Hudson kids and their families with a series featuring music, humor, and ballet.”  This series is part of a program called Basilica Free Screenings – Information at basilicahudson.org – 11 am – North Hall, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

On the big screen – The Berlin Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons conducting, presents a program including excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 – Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Book Reading – The public is invited to join in celebrating the 50th reunion of the Hudson High School Class of ’66 with a reading by classmate Gary Grossman. – Grossman will read from his most recent book, Old Earth, a critically-acclaimed thriller mixing history with intrigue – The book has become an award-winning best seller, taking the Grand Prize for Fiction at the London Book Festival, the Amsterdam Book Festival, and the Hollywood Book Festival, and the Best Science Fiction Novel at the New York Festival of Books – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Chris Garneau at 7:30 pm – Dust Bowl Faeries with Ryder Cooley and others at 8:30 pm – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 7:30 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

Exhibition Opening – Chancellor Livingston:  Reexamining a Founding Father – The exhibit highlights Clermont’s own Founding Father and his contribution to the Revolutionary War and the founding of America as a new nation. – Robert R. “Chancellor” Livingston was a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the highest judge in New York State who later swore George Washington into office, and negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon Bonaparte – Refreshments will be served and at 3 pm Clermont’s Curator of Collections Geoff Benton will give a free tour of the museum – Information at 537-4240 or by e-mail to Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov – 3 to 5 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue (off Route 9-G), Germantown

Next Monday, June 27

Olana State Historic Site Celebrates its 50th Anniversary – The Olana Partnership and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of Olana State Historic Site.  On June 27, 1966 (also a Monday), Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller arrived by helicopter to sign the Lane-Newcombe Bill into law, which authorized the state to purchase Frederic Church’s Olana, saving America’s most intact and important artist’s home, studio and landscape from destruction.  Fifty years later, representatives of the public-private partnership that preserves and interprets Olana today will be joined by elected officials and hundreds of others, including veterans of the 1964-66 campaign to save Olana, to commemorate this signal victory of the historic preservation movement in America. – The celebration is open to the public; RSVP is requested by calling 828-1872, ext. 103 – Information at www.olana.org – 10 am – East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

House Rules Café at Red Dot Its Meatloaf Monday at Red Dot, so come for dinner and a quick hand of “Cards Against Humanity.” – Do you miss the board games of childhood?  Curious about the new trend of cooperative games?  Interested in learning a new card game?  Come on out to play with—or against—your neighbors.  Start an island adventure or play a quick hand of “Exploding Kittens.” – A small fee gives you access to the library of games, and if you’re encountering a new game, just ask!  Instruction is available. – Information at  houserulescafe@gmail.com  – 6:30 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

The Voodoo Orchestra North Summer Series – The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, “Bitches Brew”—released in 1970—changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.  Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time – “The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where ‘Bitches Brew’ left off, and begins anew.” says Previte.  “Even better than the real thing,” says local music critic Seth Rogovoy.– Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

MacHaydn Mondays – Jerry Gretzinger in Sinatra 101: The Man, The Myth and The Music – Gretzinger, a popular area entertaineris known for his performances with  Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton in The Singing Anchors – This solo show commemorates the 100th year since Frank Sinatra’s birth and is filled with songs that “Ol’ Blue Eyes” made famous – This popular series is now in its fourth year.  The rest of the series is scheduled for July 18 and August 1 and 15 –   Information, schedule and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 8 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Next Tuesday, June 28

Federal Primary Election for our Representative in Congress – Information at 828-3115 or at Columbia County Board of Elections, 401 State Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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

Next Wednesday, June 29

Art, memory and sites of conscience – An illustrated artist talk by Lily Hibberd, an Australian interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator –  Presented by the Prison Public Memory Project – Information at 828-3431 – 6 to 8 pm – Solaris/Camphill Hudson, Second Floor, 360 Warren Street

Columbia County Beekeepers Club holds its second meeting, “open to everyone interested in honey bees, whether you have bees, are thinking of getting bees, or would just like to learn about these remarkable creatures” –  Information by e-mail to Linda at ccnybees@gmail.com – 7 pm – Roe Jan Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale

ONGOING 

Shaker Museum /Mount Lebanon has opened its doors for the summer season at the North Family historic site. Guided tours depart from the Wash House every two hours beginning

at 10:30 am. New this season is a walking tour at 12:30 pm to the North Family’s Cemetery & Community Memorial, which explores the lives of those buried there and the Shaker approach to the afterlife.   The site will also feature a new orientation gallery in the Wash House and a learning space for children in the Poultry House.  Wash: There is no dirt in heaven, this season’s exhibition, explores the day to day work of Shaker women and men as they carried out the domestic chore of weekly communal laundry and looks at the Shakers’ engineered waterpower systems, including dams, ponds, and aqueducts that ran the mechanical wash-mill, extractors, and elevators to lift clothes from the wash room to the drying attic. The exhibition also explores how the Shakers used their knowledge of laundry technology to create and manufacture a commercial washer, mangle, and laundry soap for sale to the public.  Information at www.shakerm1.org – Friday through Monday: 10 am to 4 pm, through October 10.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months  – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information at 822-1014 or hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, June 13 to June 22 and beyond

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 26

Screening of 130919 – A Portrait of Marina Abramovic by Matthu Placek an immersive 3-D film installation – “Placek forges an honest depiction of the artist’s creative and emotional energy.… Placek sits Abramovic in the center of an expansive, crumbling room that will become the Marina Abramovic Institute, a space serving as the performance artist’s legacy.”  In the film, which was shot in a single take without dialogue, Abramovic is depicted standing nude.  Both Abramovic and the space are exposed, strong, and marked with history.  The work is installed in the Second Ward Foundation’s ground floor, and is available for viewing Mondays through Wednesdays by appointment, and Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm through June 26.  Groups of four people will be admitted into Second Ward’s recently restored auditorium every 15 minutes, where four individual “viewing stations” will provide a stereoscopic screening of the work.  The exhibition is free, with specific times bookable at http://www.130919hudson.eventbrite.com/ or at http://www.secondward.org –The film is shown by The Second Ward Foundation and Basilica Hudson in association with Visionaire Film – Information at http://www.secondward.org – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

Tuesday, June 14

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Vox Urbana, a Tucson-based Cumbia group brings Sonoran sound to Hudson – A six-piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region – This bi-national band has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010.  Its original repertoire breaks any language barrier via its unrelenting danceable grooves.  Its instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums – Visit www.voxurbanacumbia.com – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wednesday, June 15

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market is open for business with familiar vendors and some new ones – Fresh spring greens, breads, and to-go prepared foods, including empanadas and Mexican food, are available – Rain or shine – Every Wednesday through October 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park

A Special Movie – Time to Choose – Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson addresses worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film which leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can be done to fix this global threat.  Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders, and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an in-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” –  The film is a must-see for those who wish to engage in change with practical ways to heal our ecosystem. The film showing is preceded by a “neighborhood potluck.”  A simple wholesome meal is free with every movie ticket purchase.  Meet your neighbors and create ideas for local solutions.  – Presented in collaboration with ETSY Hudson – Supper at 6 pm, film screening at 7 pm – Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-19

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the regional premiere of Nice Work If You Can Get It,  with an all-Gershwin score, incredible dancing, and non-stop comedy – The show, which garnered five Tony awards for the Broadway production, runs through June 19 – Information, schedule and tickets at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday, June 16

Basilica Screenings series begins with Born in Flames (1983), by filmmaker Lizzie Borden – A groundbreaking feminist sci-fi that uses documentary techniques alongside invented narratives to tell the story of a female insurgency against the incumbent “Socialist Democratic” government…The film examines the extremist agendas of two different feminist groups as they strategize, debate, take up arms, and form a true Women’s Army – Basilica Screenings is programmed by independent curator Aily Nash and Basilica Hudson’s co-founder Tony Stone – Information at basilicahudson.org – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

A Legendary Hudson Pairing – Liv Carrow & Brian Dewan – Liv Carrow, the wayward ex-local darling of the alleged local music scene, will return to play some songs for you on the glittering stage, joined by one of the world’s most unique accordion crooners, Catskill’s very own Brian Dewan.  “Bring your greenback dollars and some stamina for stringed instruments and pithy wordplay.”  — Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The public is invited to attend a free open rehearsal of an original circus production—YOL- A New Kind of Circus! – Information at 392-6121 – 6:30 pm – PS21: Performance Spaces for the  21st Century, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

ThursdaySunday, June 16-19

Films at TSL: 

Beware of a Holy Whore – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking – Involves an aloof star, an abusive director, and a financially troubled production – A vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction – In German with English subtitles

Diary of a Chambermaid  Lea Seydoux follows in the footsteps of Paulette Goddard and Jeanne Moreau as Celestine, a resentful young Parisian chambermaid

Call Her Applebroog – Directed by Beth B., this film is a poignant and intimate portrait of Applebroog, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household with an immigrant father who only wanted to have sons…It is a cathartic story of self-realization and the act of art-making as a life-saving parachute

Bayou Maharajah – This film explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

Hockney – “…weaves together a portrait of the multi-faceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive…Nearing the age of 80, the charismatic Hockney still works in his studio seven days a week and is reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide.”

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

A Monster with a Thousand Heads –A film by Rodrigo Pia – “A sharp, urgent tale of a distraught woman intent on protecting her family at all costs…an engrossing combination of thriller, drama and timely socio-political commentary.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

Neon Bull – A film by Gabriel Mascaro.  Iremar works in a rodeo in northeast Brazil, but dreams of a fashion career in the region’s booming clothing industry – In Portugese with English subtitles

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

Friday, June 17

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Meet elder abuse experts from the NYS Attorney General’s office, and staff from the NYS bar community and Justice Center, and hear about the free hotline for Columbia County seniors – Information at 751-0207 – 12:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Art for Animalkind – Artwork by Sarah Berney – Twenty pieces of Sarah Berney’s artwork will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting  Animalkind’s feline rescues – An afternoon of fun, snacks, wine, and art – Information at 822-8643 or www.animalkind – 5 to 7 pm – Red Dot Bar & Restaurant, 321 Warren Street

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 or a give a donation – Artists showing their work this month are painter Maria Kolodziej-Zincio and Hudson painter Dan Rupe.  Kolodziej-Zincio is also a bee-keeper and uses beeswax in her encaustics and collage paintings.  She recently received a NYS Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant for her documentary project, The Forgotten Holocaust. – If you would like to show your work, send examples to christinehales@me.com along with contact information – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street.)

Paul de Jong – Former cellist for “The Books” comes to Hudson – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com –8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Bobby Previte & The Visitors – Bobby Previte’s new quartet features young and upcoming stars of the Brooklyn scene, including guitarist Mike Gamble; Michael Kammers on saxophone and organ; and bassist Kurt Kotheimer.  This is Previte’s first touring band in ten years.  Recorded and rehearsed in the country at Previte’s new studio, Three Horses in a Wood, and surrounded by the deep expanse of the forest, the Visitors play all new music, bringing together Previte’s particular take on modern and ancient music to realize his ever-expanding vision. – Previte, a seminal figure of the 1980s New York downtown scene, is well-known to Helsinki audiences for his monthly appearances with his Voodoo Orchestra North, which explores the fusion-era Miles Davis music of “Bitches Brew.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

The Rymanowski Brothers polka band will perform as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – The concession stand will be serving pepperoni sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, and soft drinks – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 6 to 9 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Shaker Museum /Mount Lebanon opens its doors for the summer season at the North Family historic site. Guided tours will depart from the Wash House every two hours beginning at 10:30 am. New this season is a walking tour at 12:30 pm to the North Family’s Cemetery & Community Memorial, which explores the lives of those buried there and the Shaker approach to the afterlife.   The site will also feature a new orientation gallery in the Wash House and a learning space for children in the Poultry House.  Wash: There is no dirt in heaven, this season’s exhibition, explores the day to day work of Shaker women and men as they carried out the domestic chore of weekly communal laundry and looks at the Shakers’ engineered waterpower systems, including dams, ponds, and aqueducts that ran the mechanical wash-mill, extractors, and elevators to lift clothes from the wash room to the drying attic. The exhibition also explores how the Shakers used their knowledge of laundry technology to create and manufacture a commercial washer, mangle, and laundry soap for sale to the public.  Information at www.shakerm1.org – Friday through Monday10 am to 4 pm, through October 10.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

FridaySaturday, June 17-18

Artful Landscapes: Village and Country Gardens – Spencertown Academy’s Annual Hidden Gardens Tour

Friday: *Twilight in the Garden Cocktail Party – To benefit the Hidden Gardens Tour – Delicious food and festive libations served in a bucolic setting – Information at 392-3693 or www.spencertownacademy.org –  6 to 9 pm – Falling Waters, the historic home of John & Denise Dunne in Spencertown

Saturday: *Breakfast & Garden Lecture – “I Like It, I Love It, and the Deer Don’t Eat It” – An illustrated lecture by Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery – Adam will discuss the ornamental qualities and essential cultural requirements for a diverse assortment of plants that show strong resistance to deer browse – Strategies for managing the impact of deer as well as tricks to succeed with “deer candy” will be highlighted. – Continental breakfast will be served – Tickets in advance or at the door – 8:30 am to 10 am – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

*Self-guided Garden Tour – The tour includes six private gardens in Spencertown and Kinderhook as well as the restored gardens of Steepletop, the historic home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz – 10 am to 4 pm

*Garden Market on the Green – Twenty plus vendors of plants and choice garden-related items plus a Hummingbird Planter Workshop at 2 pm, and two free presentations: “Plants to Attract Butterflies,” a talk by Lisbeth Karlsson, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener at 12 pm; and a garden demonstration—“Planting a Succulent Dish Garden” by Heather Grimes from Pondside Nursery at 1 pm

*General Information and tickets at spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693

FridaySunday, June 17-19

Out is In! – The OutHudson Pride Weekend in celebration LGBTQ Pride Month

Friday:

*Out on the Hudson – A Mermaid Party on the Hudson River with hostess Isis Vermouth and music by Prephab – 7 to 9 pm– City Dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street crossing, past the Amtrak station on Front Street

*Trixie’s Whorehouse – 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday:

*The OutHudson Parade steps off at 2 pm at Seventh and Columbia Streets and proceeds down Warren Street to Front Street – The parade will pause at 2:30 for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Orlando attack.

*ETSY Craft Party – A free community gathering, right after the parade – 2:30 pm until Sundown – Promenade Hill Park, Front & Warren Streets –

*Poke the Bear – A Beer Blast for furry critters and their friends – 2:30 pm to 6 pm – Hudson Brewing Co., 60 South Front Street

*The Hottest Show in Hudson – Starring Hedda Lettuce with pianist Paul Leschen – 8 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday:

*Poke-a-Dot – Tea Dance & Drag Show with hostess Girlgantua Jones and music by Prephab – 4 to 9 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

*Information at http://www.OutHudson.com or http://www.facebook.com/OutHudson

FridayThursday, June 17-23

HELD OVER – Love and Friendship, a comic adaptation by writer-director Walt Stillman of Jane Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, has been held over for another week – Fri & Sat: 7:10 & 9:35 pm; Sun through Thurs: 7:10 pm – Bargain Matinees on Sat & Sun at 1:10 pm – Information at 828-1900 or fairviewcinema3.com – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, Route 9, Greenport

Saturday, June 18

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The Market’s Annual Strawberry Festival with all things strawberry!  – Eugene Tyler Band will be performing in the Music Tent – Hudson Standard will in in the Guest Tent with shrubs and bitters – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Hottest Show in Town – Starring Hedda Lettuce – Part of the Hudson Pride Weekend celebration – Hedda Lettuce is a NYC-based drag queen, comedian and singer.  Her appearances include MTV, Comedy Central, The People’s Court, and a cameo on “Sex and the City.”  Hedda Lettuce, aka Steven Polito, is a six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner from HX Magazine – Tickets at hdusonvalleynow.com/hedda-lettuce-tickets – Co-presented with OutHudson – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Mapping Church’s Travel Routes – Part of Olana’s Navigation Series – Do you ever wonder how people traveled in the nineteenth century without the luxury of Google maps?  Learn how people navigated the seas by looking at the places where Frederic Church traveled during his lifetime.  Learn about nineteenth-century travel and exploration with environmental educator Fran Martino, as we look at historic maps and learn how to use compasses, maps, and GPS systems. – Information at www.olana.org/education  or 828-1872, ext. 105 – 3 to 5 pm – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Woofstock! – One day of peace, love, & dog biscuits – “It’s all about fun, whichever end of the leash you’re on.”  – A day-long event for dogs and dog lovers including mellow versions of traditional dog show events, a dog parade, a 1K run for pooches and their owners, and much more, all to benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity – Mildly competitive events, judged by a distinguished panel of Columbia County dog lovers include contests for Cutest Puppy, Dog/Owner Lookalike, Best Trick, Oldest Dog, I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt, Doggie Drag, Best Bark, Waggiest Tail, etc. – Ongoing features include a silent auction, raffle, adoption booth, paw printing, agility demo, photos, a biscuit booth and canine karaoke –Woofstock tees and hats and food will be available for purchase – All attending dogs must be spayed or neutered and on a leash at all times, and must be socialized – Admission is free for dogs and children 12 and under – Information at www.columbiacountyhabitat.or  or 828-0892 – 10 am to 4 pm: Registration at 10, Parade of dogs, owners and all guests at 10:45, Roxie’s Run 1K run at 11:15 – Competitive events between 12 noon and 3 pm – Black Raven Farm, 77 Schmidt Road, Ghent

Guided hike to Catskill Mountain House and North-South Lake – Part of the Hudson River School Art Trail Hikes program – Walk in the footsteps of the painters who created the first great American art movement – Hikes range from easy walks to moderately vigorous climbs – Be sure to wear comfortable shoes – Rain or shine – Reservations required at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 9 am – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Hillrock Distillery Father’s Day Open House – Farm/distillery tours, Tasting, Sales and Bottle Signing by Dave Pickerell – Barrel #1, 250 Bottle Limited Distillery Release and Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Finished Rye Whiskey available only at the Distillery – Reserve bottles for pick-up by e-mail to info@hillrockdistillery.com – 12 noon to 5 pm – Hillrock Distillery, 408 Pooles Hill Road, Ancram

Exhibition Opening – Artworks by Charley Friedman – Reception plus Artist’s Talk – The exhibition includes prints, drawings, and a mechanical sculpture of whirling beach balls – Information at 392-4747 or artomi.org – 4 pm – Newmark Gallery, Benenson Visitors Center, Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

SaturdaySunday, ,June 18-19

NY State’s Path Through History Week – The Dr. Oliver Bronson House, a designated National Historic Landmark, and a participant in this special week, will be open to the public on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm – To mark Path Through History Week, an exhibition entitled Past, Present & Future of the Dr. Oliver Bronson Housewill be on view – On Sunday, the first concert in Historic Hudson’s new Chamber Music Series presents musicians from The Orchestra Now of Bard College in a program of quartets and trios by Handel, Haydn and Mozart – The concert will be held in a suite of beautiful rooms at the Bronson House at 2 pm, followed by a wine reception with the musicians at 3 pm – Seating is limited – Tickets at  www.historichudson.org – Dr. Oliver Bronson House, grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility, access from the Worth Avenue entrance at 53 Worth Avenue

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

Sunday, June 19

Father’s Day Cruise aboard Hudson Cruises’ yacht, Marika  – A 2 ½ hour cruise, with dinner and music – Reservations at 518-348-8993 – 2:30 pm to 5 pm  – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Relatives and Twig Twig – An evening of acoustic dischord  – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Fathers’ Day Show – Chris Garneau at 7:30 pm – Dust Bowl Faeries with Ryder Cooley and others at 8:30 pm – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 7:30 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

Dylan LeBlanc with alt-country group The Pollies opening – Louisiana native Dylan LeBlanc moved with his father, a professional country music songwriter to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he received an early and unique music education seeing music being made late into the night in Muscle Shoals’ famed recording studios – In his late teens he played in local bands, before going out on his own as a solo performer.  In 2010 he released his first album, and has released two albums since. – Visit dylanleblanc.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 20

House Rules Café at Red Dot – Its Meatloaf Monday at Red Dot, so come for dinner and a quick hand of “Cards Against Humanity.”Do you miss the board games of childhood?  Curious about the new trend of cooperative games?  Interested in learning a new card game?  Come on out to play with—or against—your neighbors.  Start an island adventure or play a quick hand of “Exploding Kittens.” – A small fee gives you access to the library of games, and if you’re encountering a new game, just ask!  Instruction is available. – Information at houserulescafe@gmail.com  – 6:30 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, June 21

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

Bonnie Prince Billy and Bitchin’ Bajas (together AND apart) – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Basilica Community Film Screenings begin with “Bollywood @ Basilica” on Tuesdays—June 21, July 12, and August 9 – Information at basilicahudson.org – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Next Wednesday, June 22

Drop Forge & Tool’s June artists-in-residence, Naked Empire Bouffon Company presents a private showing of their two works in progressDo What You Love and My Fellow ‘Mericans – The company is a San Francisco-based ensemble that has been devising original, award-winning satire since 2009.  Rife with outrageous physical comedy, their controversial work pushes the boundaries of appropriateness in order to highlight societal dysfunction – Information and registration at dropforgeandtool.com – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – Drop Forge & Tool, 10 ½ Aitken Avenue

ONGOING 

 Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months  – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Naturalist  Landscapes by Douglas James Maguire and Thomas Teich – Works by two artists living in and influenced by the surroundings associated with the Hudson River School – On view through June 28 – Information at northrivergallery @ gmail.com or 392-7000 – Fridays 12 noon to 7 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm, Sundays 10 am to 2 pm – North River Gallery, 34A Main Street, Chatham

 Behold! New Lebanon launches its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours are offered from June 4 through October 15 – Visitors will board a shuttle to meet Rural Guides at their barns, studios, farms, nature trails and businesses.  They’ll meet the farmers, artisans, innovators, chefs, and historical preservationists who contribute to the rich back-stories of rural life and work – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org . – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, June 8 to June 16 and beyond

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

 Wednesday, June 8

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market, is open for business with familiar vendors and some new ones – Fresh spring greens, breads, and to-go prepared foods, including empanadas and Mexican food, are available – Rain or shine – Every Wednesday through October 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park

Nick Millevoi and Slow Collins – Welcome back the electric guitar God.  Come and be melted on a weeknight. – Opening with deep digs by Hudson’s own Slow Collins – “When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it’s like a rocket darted skyward between clouds. With credits in Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, a quartet that performs John Zorn’s Bagatelles, and his own Many Arms punk-jazz band, the Philly musician comes at his instrument with an open mind.”—NPR – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, June 9

Gallery owner Peter Jung returns as guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series, offering a follow-up to his previous presentation on the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875) and showing specifically local artists Sanford R. Gifford, Frederic Church, and Thomas Cole.  Seventy images and paintings will be presented, along with details of the artists’ lives – Followed by Q&A – Information at www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 6 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, corner of Fifth & State Streets

Joan Shelley with special guest Sam Moss  – Joan Shelley is a Kentucky singer-songwriter who has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, and The New York Times – Sam Moss is a Boston-based songwriter and string player, whose work rambles through various offshoots of Americana – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdaySunday, June 9-12

Films at TSL: 

Hockney – “…weaves together a portrait of the multi-faceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive…Nearing the age of 80, the charismatic Hockney still works in his studio seven days a week and is reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide.”

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

A Monster with a Thousand Heads – A film by Rodrigo Pia – “A sharp, urgent tale of a distraught woman intent on protecting her family at all costs…an engrossing combination of thriller, drama and timely socio-political commentary.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

>Unlocking the Cage – A film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, the filmmakers who brought you Don’t Look Backand The War Room – This documentary follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans – Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in NY State. – His Nonhuman Rights Project is making history by filing lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” to a “person.”

Love is Colder Than Death (1969) – For his feature debut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder fashioned a crime drama about a love triangle involving a small-time pimp, his prostitute girlfriend, and his gangster friend.  “…this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent.” In German with English subtitles

Viktoria – Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new government…. In Bulgarian with English subtitles

Neon Bull – A film by Gabriel Mascaro.  Iremar works in a rodeo in northeast Brazil, but dreams of a fashion career in the region’s booming clothing industry – In Portugese with English subtitles

>Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt –A new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

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

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the regional premiere of Nice Work If You Can Get It with an all-Gershwin score, incredible dancing, and non-stop comedy – The show, which garnered five Tony awards for the Broadway production, runs through June 19 – Information, schedule and tickets at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Friday, June 10

Love and Friendship – Fairview Cinema 3’s opening day of this much-anticipated film,  a comic adaptation by writer-director Walt Stillman of Jane Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny – Schedule at  828-1900 or fairviewcinema3.com  – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, Route 9, Greenport

Yassou with Emily Ritz – The band was formed in upstate New York, and is now based in San Francisco – It is a five –piece post-pop band “that makes tightly composed music with integrity.” – Anchored by the mesmerizing stage presence of lead singer Lilie Bytheway-Hoy, Yassou employs unconventional song structures, shifting time signatures, and stunning video storylines – Billboard recently named Yassou a band that “should be on your radar.”  Their 2013 EP, “In Fits In Dreams” garnered widespread press attention.  A striking collection of songs, it featured the vocals of former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Holly Miranda with Sonya Kitchell opening – At the age of 33, Holly Miranda has already enjoyed half a lifetime in the music business.  She signed her first record deal at age 17. While nothing came of that first deal, her subsequent freedom allowed her to form a band, and go on to record solo albums, to tour and to continue recording.  Sonya Kitchell , originally from rural Massachusetts and later Brooklyn, also got an early start—as a jazz singer at the age of 13.  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

The Greyhounds will be performing as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – The concession stand will be serving pepperoni sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, and soft drinks – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Wickers Creek Band serves up some tasty bluegrass – Information at 672-7346 or www.facebook.com/philmontpub — 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street (Route 217),  Philmont

Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 26

Screening of 130919 – A Portrait of Marina Abramovic by Matthu Placek  an immersive 3-D film installation – On the opening weekend the film is shown from 12:00 pm on Friday, June 10 to 6 pm on Sunday, June 12 – The work will be installed in the Second Ward Foundation ‘s ground floor, and will remain over the course of three weeks.  Groups of four people will be admitted into Second Ward’s recently restored auditorium every 15 minutes, where four individual “viewing stations” will provide a stereoscopic screening of the work.  The exhibition is free, with specific times bookable at http://www.130919hudson.eventbrite.com/ or at http://www.secondward.org – In the film “Placek forges an honest depiction of the artist’s creative and emotional energy.… Placek sets Abramovic in the center of an expansive, crumbling room that will become the Marina Abramovic Institute, a space serving as the performance artist’s legacy.”  In the film, which was shot in a single take, without dialogue, Abramovic is depicted standing nude.  Both Abramovic and the space are exposed, strong, and marked with history. The film is shown by The Second Ward Foundation and Basilica Hudson in association with Visionaire Film – Information at http://www.secondward.org – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

Saturday, June 11

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Prosharp Cutlery is on hand every weekend to sharpen your knives, scissors and small garden tools –Brett Scott will be performing in the Music Tent – Rocker Box Spice Company will in in the Guest Tent – Don’t miss the Strawberry Festival next week!  For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Hudson Elks Lodge Annual Flag Day Parade and Festivities – The summer season kicks off with one of Hudson’s biggest events – The day begins at 10 am in Seventh Street Park with vendors and music – From 10 to 11 am: A children’s Bike Rodeo sponsored by the Hudson Police Department, with instruction on safe biking, and helmets in conjunction with Catholic Charities. The Elks Lodge Flag Day Service  is at 11 am – The parade steps off at 2 pm and moves from the intersection of Green and State Streets, across Park Place, down Warren Street, and south on Front Street to the waterfront.  The parade, with some 70 units including fire companies, emergency vehicles, organizations, agencies, and government officials, is led by grand marshals including personalities from the world of local television and a bevy of  local politicians and elected officials– The Hudson High School Basketball Team is marching this year, along with the Hudson High School Band.  The Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps is back in full force and so is local favorite , The Ghent Band.  The Columbia-Greene Community College mascot, Rip Van Winkle, will be marching and so will the City’s spouting whale.  Watch out for The Skyliners and the Rensselaer-based jazz combo Brass-O-Mania.  – When the parade ends, festivities on the waterfront begin with a proclamation and dedication by Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, a Parade Awards presentation, a carnival, encores from some of the marching bands, food vendors, and entertainment to keep the crowd busy until an enormous fireworks display goes off at duskRain date is Sunday, June 12 – Information at www.hudsonflagdayparade.org/ – Parade starts at Seventh Street at 2 pm, followed by festivities on the waterfront –Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, over the grade crossing at Broad Street, past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Poetry Reading – Curator Tamas Panitz continues his popular reading series with poets Ian Dreiblatt and Lynn Behrendt, who was recently named Brooklyn Poet of the Week by the Poetry Foundation. – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 5 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – One Farm One Decade: Photographs by Dana Matthews – Farm life and landscapes are the subject of local artist Dana Matthews’ images taken over a 14-year period at Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden NY– The artist will also be showing a collection of unique cyanotypes of plant life – Information at tkhomeandgarden.com – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street

Volume Reading Series – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set that takes place every second  Saturday at 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson –  This month’s program presents Benjamin Hale, Julie Metz and Mary Lou Buschi.

> Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, and the collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories. He has received the Bard Fiction Prize and Michener-Copernicus Award, among others. His writing has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more. Visit Benjamin-hale.com

> Julie Metz’s The New York Times bestselling memoir, Perfection, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and is being adapted for television. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Dame, Glamour, Redbook, and Huffington Post, and the anthologies The Moment and The House That Made Me. Visit Juliemetz.com

> Mary Lou Buschi’s poems have appeared in FIELD, Willow Springs, Indiana Review and The Laurel Review. In 2014 she was nominated for Best New Poets, and was a finalist for Best of The Net Anthology. Her full-length collection, Awful Baby, was published this year through Red Paint Hill. Tight Wire, her third chapbook, comes out in June.

> The readings will be followed by book signing and a short set by DJ Stephen Bluhm.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

(Freak) Flag Day – The Basilica’s  freakier counterpart to Hudson’s official Flag Day festivities, featuring performances and dancing into the wee hours, and the best place to watch the official Flag Day fireworks display – Entertainment includes the third iteration of Darkwave comedy nights conceived by Hudson-based artist Annie Bielski with NYC-based artists Alexandria Tatarsky and KIZU – $2 beers served throughout the Darkwave comedy and Happy Hour from 7 to 9 pm – Mirror-Mirror, the NYC-based dark-dance either-reality band, kicks off the dance party.  Dark Dark DJ Veenger Clut will facilitate more dancing with their fearless electronic music –Proceeds from this event will benefit the arts programs at Basilica

Two other events will run concurrently (from 7 to 9 pm) with (Freak) Flag Day at the Basilica:

Balloons, Umbrellas, and Snow – A new work-in-progress by filmmaker Matthew Placek will be on view in Basilica’s North Hall.  It is Placek’s on-going exploration of memory and the immortalization of people, relationships and time through new media

> Exhibition Opening of the Summer Back Gallery Series—A solo show of new works by James Concannon, curated by Jack Walls

> See also information above about the screening of 130919 – A Portrait of Marina Abramovic by Matthu Placek – An immersive 3-D film installation presented this weekend and beyond in association with The Second Ward Foundation. Details above.

> (Freak) Flag Day – 7 pm to 2 am – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Flag Day Bash with DJ T-Bone –Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Poetry Reading – The Frank Institute at CR10 presents Carter Ratcliff  – Ratcliff’s poetry books include Fever CoastGive Me Tomorrow, and Arrievederci, Modernismo.  He published his first novel, Tequila Mockingbird, in 2015.  He is a contributing editor to Art in America.  His writings on art have been published by The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Royal Academy and others. Among his books on art are The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock,  Postwar American Art, and Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art. – Information at www.cr10.org or CR10 on facebook – 4 pm – The Frank Institute @CR10, 283 County Route 10, (between Routes 9G and 31), Linlithgo

Tim O’Brien with special guest Grant Gordy – Grammy Award-winner Tim O’Brien is a bluegrass/roots-music superstar.  He’s an old-time singer-songwriter who plays multiple instruments.  In the 1970s he founded Hot Rize, long regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands.  Guitarist Grant Gordy is a graduate of the Harvard University of bluegrass—the David Grisman Quintet – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Author’s Reading – Joseph Luzzi, author and Bard College professor, will read from his memoir In a Dark Wood.  In this memoir Luzzi writes of the days and months that followed the terrible event that left him suddenly both a widower and a first-time father.  Luzzi’s wife, Katherine, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was in an automobile accident, and died from her injuries less than an hour after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel.  Luzzi, a professor if Italian Studies, and a Dante scholar, begins his book with lines from Dante’s The Divine Comedy:  “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.”  The memoir describes the challenges that Luzzi faced as a grieving widower trying to balance his responsibilities as a single father and an academic, and to open himself again to love. – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

First Columbians 2016 – Celebrating the Columbia County Historical Society’s Centennial:100 years of telling stories preserving and interpreting Columbia County history and culture – Live music, cocktails and dinner, a silent auction and centennial exhibitions – Information at www.cchsny.org – 5 pm to 10:30 pm – Lawn of the Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12

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

Sunday, June 12

Fine Auction – 20th Century, Modern & Contemporary Fine and Decorative Arts – Online catalogue, buying information, absentee/phone bid form at www.stairgalleries.com or bid online with Invaluable – Previews Wed/Thurs/Fri, Sat, June 8-11from 10 am to 5 pmSun, June 12 from 9 am to Auction at 11 am – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Matthew Benson, Hudson Valley farmer and photographer, and author of Growing Beautiful Food, will offer insights into the history and practice of farming at an afternoon talk and book signing held in a local garden – For a separate admission fee, the author will also be at an evening dinner held in an architectural gem of an empty house, where ticket holders will share a garden-fresh, organic meal of local vegetables and fruits with the author – To benefit the Hudson Area Library – Seating is limited – Reservations at www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – Garden talk at 3:30 pm in a private garden in Hudson – Dinner at 6:30

Jeffrey Foucault with Rusty Belle opening – One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, “the small roads,” building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades.  He has been lauded for stark, literate songs that are “as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described by The Irish Times as “quietly brilliant.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 13

The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby monthly meeting takes place in Hudson this month – This thoughtful and energetic grass-roots volunteer group is working to create political will to encourage the U.S. Congress to take serious steps to end our expensive and destructive support for fossil fuels. The group consists of normal citizens, finding their voices.  There is a role and support for everyone to learn how to make a difference in our democracy. All are welcome – 6 pm – Information at 672-7901 – Suite 210, Columbia Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building, 71 Prospect Avenue

James McCartney, son of the late Linda Eastman McCartney of Wings and you-know-who, “has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritual centeredness of psychedelic music….” While he probably can’t help but be influenced by the music of Wings and the 1960s British  Invasion band, The Beatles,  James McCartney claims to be inspired by a diverse group of musicians – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 14

Vox Urbana, a Tucson-based Cumbia group brings Sonoran sound to Hudson – A six-piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region – This bi-national band has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010 – Its original repertoire breaks any language barrier via its unrelenting danceable grooves – Its instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums – Visit www.voxurbanacumbia.com –Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Thursday, June 16

A Legendary Hudson Pairing – Liv Carrow & Brian Dewan – Liv Carrow, the wayward ex-local darling of the alleged local music scene, will return to play some songs for you on the glittering stage, joined by one of the world’s most unique accordion crooners, Catskill’s very own Brian Dewan.  “Bring your greenback dollars and some stamina for stringed instruments and pithy wordplay.”  — Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

ONGOING 

Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

 Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months  – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Behold! New Lebanon launches its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours will be offered from June 4 through October 15 – Visitors will board a shuttle to meet Rural Guides at their barns, studios, farms, nature trails and businesses.  They’ll meet the farmers, artisans, innovators, chefs, and historical preservationists who contribute to the rich back-stories of rural life and work – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org . – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon 

FURTHER AFIELD

Saturday, June 11

Exhibition Opening – Escape from New York: Weekends in the Hudson Valley – Works by Laura Loving – On view through July 23 – Information at www.greenearts.org or 943-3400 – 5 to 7 pm – Greene County Council on the Arts, 398 Main Street,  Catskill

The Greenville Drive-In presents The First Annual Typewriter Arts Festival – Highlights include a live performance with The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire; screening of the documentary The Typewriter (in the 21st Century), and a screening of the French romantic comedy, Populaire, in which a typewriter plays a key role; a display by local artists using the medium of typewriters, and a display of vintage typewriters. – Bring your typewriter and join the “type-in.”-  Tickets at www.drivein32.com or at the door – Information by e-mail to info@drivein32.com or call 917-755-2452 – 6:30 pm to 11:50 pm – The Greenville Drive-In, 10700 Route 32, Greenville, Greene County

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, May 30 to June 7, 2016

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

There is plenty to do this week in Hudson, but I can’t resist pointing out two “must sees.”

On Tuesday night at 7:30 pm, WMHT-TV, the local PBS station in Hudson, will be showing a film about the saving of Olana, called  Frederic Church’s Olana: An American Treasure.  While there will be other opportunities to see this film, be the first in your neighborhood to see it and to be grateful and proud of the efforts that preserved this local treasure.

On Saturday from 4 to 6 pm, an exhibition called Waterfront Futures:  Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising Tides opens at the Hudson Opera House.  The exhibition shows the results of a project carried out by a class of Landscape Architecture students in Cornell University’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio, who spent the spring semester focused on Hudson’s South Bay waterfront.  Their goal was to “propose design alternatives for a more climate-resilient, beautiful and connected river edge.”  While the designs are conceptual, they are likely to make the viewer excited about what Hudson’s waterfront could be, even when confronted with climate change and rising water levels.  The exhibition will be up through July 4, but some students, teachers and representatives from the state agencies involved in the project will be at the opening and may be available to answer questions.   Details below!

P.S.  To learn even more about the project, tune into the WGXC Thursday Afternoon Show to hear Jonathan Lerner and Liz LoGiudice talk about it. Full disclosure—I am the co-host of this show, with Tom DePietro.  The show is on Thursday from 4 to 6 pm.  The discussion of the Cornell student project will probably be on around 4:15 pm. WGXC is at 90.7 on your FM dial, or go to www.wgxc.org and listen on your computer.

–Ellen

 Monday, May 30

Memorial Day

Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Tuesday, May 31

Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Spotty’s bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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

Frederic Church’s Olana—An American Treasure – This new WMHT film recounts the dramatic rescue of the estate of Frederic Edwin Church, located in Hudson and preserved today as one of our country’s finest “living American masterpieces.” – 7:30 pm – WMHT-TV

Early Bird Trivia – Eat, imbibe, and join in the fun and laughter – Cash prize to the winning team – Drink specials – New late night menu – Information at americanglory.com or 822-1234 – 8 pm – American Glory Restaurant, 342 Warren Street

Wednesday, June 1

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market, is open for business with familiar vendors and some new ones – Fresh spring greens, breads, and to-go prepared foods, including empanadas and Mexican food, are available – Rain or shine – Every Wednesday through October 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park

WednesdaySunday, June 1-5

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady in its unique theatre-in-the-round – The show runs through June 9  – Information, schedule and tickets at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday, June 2

Etsy Friends & Neighbors Spring Studio Sale – Music, snacks, drinks and shopping for items made by Etsy co-workers – Information at 347-414-2594 – 5 to 8 pm – Etsy, 359 Columbia Street, entrance from Prison Alley on Fourth Street

Caprice Rouge – An acoustic ensemble playing Balkan, Roma-Gypsy and Klezmer dance tunes – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 8 pm – Or Tavern & Gallery, 30 South Third Street

ThursdaySunday, June 2-5

Films at TSL: 

>Unlocking the Cage – A film by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, the filmmakers who brought you Don’t Look Back and The War Room – This documentary follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans – The Nonhuman Rights Project is making history by filing lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” to a “person.”  Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in NY State

Love is Colder Than Death (1969) – For his feature debut, Rainer Werner Fassbinder fashioned a crime drama about a love triangle involving a small-time pimp, his prostitute girlfriend, and his gangster friend.  “…this is a stylishly nihilistic cinematic statement of intent.” In German with English subtitles

Viktoria – Maya Vitkova’s stunning debut feature follows three generations of women in the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and the early years of the new government…. In Bulgarian with English subtitles

Neon Bull – A film by Gabriel Mascaro.  Iremar works in a rodeo in northeast Brazil, but dreams of a fashion career in the region’s booming clothing industry – In Portugese with English subtitles

>Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt –A new documentary about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

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

Friday, June 3

Quiet in the Head – “Wide open acoustic soundscapes” – The ongoing musical project of Seamus Maynard, violinist Jonathan Talbott, and other guest musicians – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Magic Stones with a special appearance by Black Lake – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com  – 9 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

The Hot Rod Band will be playing 60’s and 70’s rock as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series  – The concession stand will be serving pepperoni sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, and soft drinks – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

FridaySaturday, June 3-4

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months  – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

FridaySunday, June 3-5

The Ghent Playhouse presents Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid—The Hypochondriac translated, adapted and directed by Barbara Leavell Smith – Original music composed by Catherine Schane-Lydon – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006ghentplayhouse.org or 392-6264– Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, Town Hall Place, Ghent

Saturday, June 4

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Prosharp Cutlery is on hand every weekend to sharpen your knives, scissors and small garden tools –Sound of Summer will be performing in the Music Tent – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Cider & Cheese Festival – A cider and cheese tasting and market, featuring over 20 craft cider makers sampling and selling a variety of styles of hard cider, and ten cheese makers offering tastes and sales of their cheeses—all from across the Hudson Valley – The Festival kicks off the annual Hudson Valley Cider Week, a multi-day celebration of regional craft cider – Cider and cheese are a natural pairing, and a delicious representation of our region’s culinary landscape. – Co-presented by Basilica Hudson and Glynwood, a regional organization with a mission to ensure that the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food, where farming thrives – In collaboration with Gaskins Restaurant and Talbott & Arding Cheese & Provisions – For information, a complete list of vendors, or to purchase tickets go to www.glynwood.org – Preview from 12 noon to 1 pm; General Admission from 1 to 4 pm  -Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening – June Invitational 2016 – Works by Joe Gaylor, Jeannine Schoeffer, Jennifer Pazienza, Richard Bazelow, and Maria Kolodziej-Zinicio – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – On view through June 26 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Bill Adams: Sunup – Recent drawings and paintings – “It’s morning in America.  Again.  The promise of a new day beckons, and with it, better times.  Or not.  With the 2016 presidential election upon us, how do we sort out what’s true, what’s not and what we really want.” – David Pappaceno: Hohle Fels – New sculpture – “As a trained painter, Pappaceno’s focus was on the female nude.  Bodies were corpulent and almost sculptural in their mass.  A turning point came when he began painting from sculpture, and in particular the Venus of Willendorf, the stone fertility goddess dating from the Late Stone Age.  Or, as Pappaceno refers to it, ‘Caveman pornography masquerading as contemporary art.’” – Both exhibitions on view through July 3 – Information at baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pmJeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening and Public Talk – Waterfront Futures:  Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising Tides – Masters of Landscape Architecture students in Cornell University’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio, spent the spring semester focused on Hudson’s South Bay waterfront.  Their goal was to propose design alternatives for a more climate-resilient, beautiful and connected river edge.  This exhibition is a public display of their concepts—ingenious,  provocative, and ultimately realistic – The opening includes a public talk with Libby Zemaitis, co-creator of Cornell’s CAD studio and climate resilience specialist at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, with Nancy Richards, a leader of the pioneering Catskill Waterfront Resilience Task Force, who will discuss the CAD process, the Cornell student designs, and how Hudson River communities can address the risks posed by our changing climate – Exhibition on view through July 4 – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 4 to 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Public Concert – Kiran & Healing Mantra Music with Lee Mirabai Harrington – Information and tickets at sadhanayogahudson.com– 7:30-9:30 pm – Sadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation, Third Floor, 403 Warren Street

Two Gun Man performs – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 9 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit the private gardens of Abby Adams-Westlake in An cram, Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King in Claverack, Joyce & Ken Ketay in Claverack, Richard Egan’s Hudson Hood in Hudson, Ronald Wagner & Timothy Van Dam’s Arcadia in West Taghkanic, and Margaret Roach’s garden in Copake Falls – Peter Bevacqua & Stephen King’s garden showing will also feature a plant sale by Pondside Nursery – Broken Arrow Nursery will be on location at Margaret Roach’s garden – Information and directions at www.gardenconservancy.org – Gardens open from 10 am to 4 pm, (with the exception of the garden in Hudson (open from 11 am to 4 pm) and Ancram (open from 12 noon to 4 pm)

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion – Judy Pfaff’s Grasshopper (the inaugural exhibition of The Frank Institute @ CR10) is presently on view through July 3 – Ms. Pfaff will present an Artist’s Talk and will participate in a Panel Discussion along with the curator David Ebony, Portia Munson and Jim Yohe – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – CR10, 283 County Route 10 (between Routes 9G & 31), Linlithgo

Poetry Reading & Book Signing – Selected readings of the first poetry collection by Benjamin (Bernie) Kukoff – What This Country Needs recounts a journey from Brighton Beach and the poet’s youth as the child of Russian immigrants, to the upper tiers of success in L.A., to trial separation and dating, to getting back – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The 28th Annual Columbia Memorial Hospital Ball – The Jewel in the Crown – In honor of Avon A. Kerr – Information at 828-8239 – 6:30 pm – The Point, Catskill

 

Behold! New Lebanon launches its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours will be offered from June 4 through October 15 – Visitors will board a shuttle to meet Rural Guides at their barns, studios, farms, nature trails and businesses.  They’ll meet the farmers, artisans, innovators, chefs, and historical preservationists who contribute to the rich back-stories of rural life and work – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org . – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5

Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Saturdays and Sundays – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.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, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

Sunday, June 5

Children’s Concert – John Farrell – Its hard to say who will have the most fun—the kids, the adults, or John himself.  Farrell sings songs composed by local schoolchildren alongside favorites from his many albums and his award-winning book, Stargazer’s Alphabet.  Bring a picnic and come early to secure a spot – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 2 to 4 pm – Pocket Park (aka the PARC Park), 328 Warren Street, across from the Opera House

Ruby Amanfu – Visit rubyamanfu.com  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, June 6

Ramadan begins at sundown

Next Tuesday, June 7

First Day of Ramadan

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

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

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, May 10 to May 17, 2016 plus more

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, May 10

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis – A Slow Opening – Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, artist-chef duo and founders of Table/Table, have announced the opening of a restaurant on the site of the former Debbie’s Lil’ Restaurant – This is their description of the enterprise:  “At the Oasis, we offer bright and bold tropical dishes inspired by our collective roots in Latin America & the North American South.  Located at the former site of Debbie’s Lil’ Restaurant, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis will continue the site’s legacy as a women-powered business, establishing an environment for artists, chefs, farmers and friends to collaborate in food, art and design.”  First come-first served.  No reservations.  Cash only – Information at lildebsoasis.com or 828-4307 – The “experimental hours” are: Tuesday through Saturday: Smoothies from 11 am to 4 pm, Dinner from 5 to 10 pm – Lunch on Wednesdays through Saturday will be “coming soon.” – Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, 747 Columbia Street

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

Wednesday, May 11

RONiiA // Howardian  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, May 12

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood Community Cleanup & H.O.S.T. Summer Resource Fair – Cleaner spaces make healthier communities! – All ages welcome – Prizes for the first 100 participants – T-shirt giveaway – Food & drinks – For information, or to register a team call 828-5418 or e-mail jhunt@mhacg.org – Front & Warren Streets, Hudson – 12 noon to 5 pm – Meet at Front &Warren Streets

An Evening of Reminiscence – An evening of local history featuring Hudsonians personal stories, experiences, and memories of Hudson – Each participant will have seven minutes to present his or her story to the audience. – Bring photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share –A sign-up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event – Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. – A program of the History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series – Information at 828-1792, ext. 103 – 6 to 8 pm – Community Room, new Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth  Street (at State Street)

Sam Baker – Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker has won fans as diverse as Fred Eaglesmith and Gurf Morlix.  He counts Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark as key influences and is often compared to John Prine  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdaySunday, May 12-15

Films at TSL: 

Stop Making Sense – Documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak – Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made – Directed by Jonathan Demme

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

Hockney – “…weaves together a portrait of the multi-faceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive…Nearing the age of 80, the charismatic Hockney still works in his studio seven days a week and is reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide.”

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 13

Mishka Shubaly / Star Anna – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 3 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Annual Cruise-In to benefit the Columbia-Greene Educational Center Scholarship Program – Open to all specialty vehicles, of any year – Participating vehicles pay a fee; spectators are free – BBQ prepared by the Culinary Art students will be available – Rain date is May 20 – Information at 828-4257 – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia-Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Greenport

Bread & Puppet Theater performs Underneath the Above Show #1 – Inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe – Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Stuart Quimby Jazz Night – Stu returns with a revolving crew of accomplished jazz players – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Girls Guns and Glory – This Boston-based honky-tonk outfit mixes old-school country with early rock ‘n’ roll and roots music.  –Visit girlsgunsandglory.com  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

FridaySunday, May 13-15

Upstage Productions presents Alice in Wonderland – Featuring updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, a fast-paced take on the classic tale. Information and tickets at 821-3540 or purchase tickets at the door – Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pmSunday at 2 pm – Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

Claverack Free Library Annual Spring Book and Plant Sale – Browse the region’s largest selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s books, organized by subject underneath tents. $1 for hardcover books and larger paperbacks, $.50 for small paperbacks. Over-sized, art, travel, and other books of value are priced accordingly.  Also featured are live plants – vegetables, annuals and perennials— as well as an offering of high-quality gardening and landscape design books.  Library trustees will be on hand to give tours of the new Claverack Library and community center next door. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

Friday: A special preview reception from 5 to 7 pm – For a $10 entry fee, buyers can enjoy refreshments and have first choice of all books at early bird (double) pricing.

> Saturday9 am to 3 pm – Lunch and homemade baked goods are available.  Free activities for children .

Sunday10 am to 2 pm – Buyers may purchase large reusable Claverack Library tote bags for $15 and fill them with books for free (with the exclusion of some specially priced books).

> Information at info@claveracklibrary.org or 851-7120 – Claverack Free Library, 629 State Route 23B, Claverack

Saturday, May 14

Hudson Farmers’ Market – This is the 19th year of the Market. Familiar vendors are in place and are joined by new vendors including  Old Klaverack Brewery from Chatham, Hillrock Distillery from the Hudson Valley Highlands, Township Valley Farm located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Goats & Gourmets, a small family-run creamery, and Sauerkraut Seth, who was a guest vendor last year and is now back as a full-time vendor.  Welcome to one and all – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – Two Solo Shows:  Word and Image: Fern T. Apfel, mixed media; and After a Certain Age: Miriam Goodman, photography, multimedia – Also a Portfolio Showcase Ekphrasis: Kim Llerena and The Teddy Bear Series: Tim Brill – Information at 697-0266 or davidortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Artist’s Reception – International Artist Salvador De Montesinos – “A rare opportunity to meet the artist and be personally introduced to his energetic perspective, incomparable style and creative construct.  Additionally, an artistic goal that spans many years of devotion, brings forth a body of work known as Vectors in Relief” – On view through June 6 – Information at rosegalleryfineart.com or 828-5825 – 5 to 7 pmRose Gallery Fine Art, 238A Warren Street

Exhibition Reception – Quietas – New Paintings by Richard Butler – “In a way I think all of my paintings are self-portraits in that, though the face I am painting may not be my own, the feeling I get back from the painting is certainly an important element of my own psyche.”—Richard Butler – “Focused on the material qualities of his medium, Butler smudges, distorts, and overlays patterns onto his models’ faces, creating dynamic compositions that are both naturalistic and hallucinatory.”—Carter Ratcliff, Art in America  – Butler is also known as the singer/songwriter for the acclaimed rock band, The Psychedelic Furs.  He lives and works in New York City.  A selection of gallery artists also on view. – Exhibition on view through July 3 – Information at 828-4539 or www.BCBART.com – 6 to 8 pm – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – Caldwell Gallery Hudson opens two exhibitions:  Modern Choices – Choice Modern: American & European Art 1930s-1980s in the first floor gallery; and Land & Sea featuring traditional American and European artworks from Academic to Post-Impressionist in the second floor gallery – Information at CaldwellGalleryHudson.com or 1-800-331-1278, ext. 1 or 315-727-1712 – Reception from 10 am to 12 noon – Caldwell Gallery Hudson, 355 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Scout/Pines: Give ‘Em Hell –– New street-art paintings – “For painter Scout/Pines (nee Brian Buono), the street is a canvas.  The Chatham-based artist surreptitiously places his stencil-art paintings on abandoned buildings in distressed communities.  There, they usually disappear fast—unscrewed by collectors or lucky passers-by.  His pieces—painted with spray paint or house paint on reclaimed plywood or old metal—depict real-life people on the periphery: the have-nots, the overlooked, the marginalized.  He tries to place them in historical context, in neighborhoods similarly forgotten and neglected but where the art will have meaning to people living there.”  — On view through June 30 – Information at www.timeandspace.org  or 822-8448 – 5 to 7 pm – Time & Space Limited,  434 Columbia Street

Operation Unite Cocktail Gala honoring Elena Valentine Mosley for two decades of dedication to Hudson youth and celebrating Operation Unite’s contributions to the youth and families in surrounding communities – Program includes dance performances by Paz Tanjuaquio-Topaz Arts from Queens, New York, regional artists Anthony Molina, Donna Barret, and our very own Youth Hip Hop Dancers – To benefit Operation Unite Education & Cultural Arts Center –  Information at 828-3612 or operationuniteny.org – 6 to 8 pm – The Hudson Lodge, Union Street at Sixth Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A monthly reading series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases three writers: Alex Gilvarry is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and was selected as a “5 Under 35” nominee by the National Book Foundation. He is the recipient of a Norman Mailer fellowship and a 2012 New York City Book Award.  Jodi Paloni is the author of They Could Live With Themselves, a collection of stories linked by place. She was awarded the 2013 Short Story America Prize, second place in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and runner up in the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.  Alexandra Kleeman is the author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.  Her work has been published in the Paris ReviewZoetropeHarper’sn+1, and The Guardian. Her first short story collection, Intimations, launches in September.  Readings will be followed by a DJ set by Eliel Mamousette – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to volumehudson@gmail.com– 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

U.S. Girls / She Devils – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Rosanne Cash – with John Leventhal – Combining as she does influences from country, folk, pop, blues and other roots music, this Grammy Award-winning singer was an Americana artist before there even was such a term.  She has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Short Prose Open Mic – Fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers are invited to read their work at this open mic – Non-writers and writers who do not choose to read are invited to enjoy the readings and be inspired by the work of local talent.  Readings must be kept to a maximum of seven minutes in length.  No pre-registration necessary.  Information by e-mail to Regina at  reginac18@verizon.net or call 914-954-3494 – 4 to 6 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of routes 22/23 intersection)

 Writers Omi Spring Reading & BBQ – A distinguished group of writers and translators currently in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works.  This group’s many literary accomplishments span the genres of fiction, nonfiction, translation, theater, and more – Featured alumnus, Chris Hosea, will read a selection from his recently published book of poems, Double Zero – Following the readings, Omi invites the audience to join the writers for a barbeque feast and reception – The readings are free and open to the public – Donations for the barbeque are appreciated – Information at www.artomi.org – 5 pm – Omi International Arts Center,

 

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 –  “Everything from antique tractors to egg cartons to sail boats.” – Food available –Breakfast available starting at 7 am – Information at http://oldtimepower.weebly.com/  or the facebook page – 8 am until everything is sold – Rain or shine – 390 Fingar Road, just east of the intersection of Routes 9, 23, and 31

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Spring Gala – A festive evening to celebrate and support Habitat’s pioneering work in affordable and sustainable home ownership – Information at 828-0892 – 5:30 pm – Winding Brook Country Club, 2839 Route 203, Valatie

 

Sunday, May 15

Exhibition Opening – Olana State Historic Site’s 2016 exhibition, Capturing the Cosmos  The exhibition explores Frederic Church’s travels in the footsteps of the great German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.  It includes rarely seen artworks from Olana’s collections from Church’s two trips to the Andes, as well as the artist’s traveling equipment – On view through October 30 – (A Members Preview is on May 14 from 4 to 6 pm.) – Information at 828-1035 or www.olana.org – Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Special Broadcast of The Beethoven Project with Sir Simon Rattle conducting  Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series –Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – This week artists, Kingston-based Matthew Friday and East Greenbush-based Cara Benson ask questions about landscape and commerce:  What is our currency; what is spent?  What will we declare when we take inventory of our landscape through travel and notation?  – The presentation is followed by Q&A – Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  — 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Next Monday, May 16

City of Hudson Town Hall Meeting – Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton will hold what is described as “the first open State of the City discussion” – Hudson residents are invited to bring questions and suggestions to the meeting.  The Mayor asks that any issue being raised be presented with at least one proposed solution – Information at 828-7217 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Front Street

Columbia County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby monthly meeting – This month’s meeting, members will be listening to excerpts from its May national conference call featuring guest speaker, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.  Recognized by many as America’s leading climate scientist, Dr. Hansen is is a strong advocate for CCL’s Carbon Fee & Dividend proposal.  The meeting is open to all.  First-time attendees can learn more at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/ –  For more information on the Columbia County chapter, call 672-7901 – 6 pm –  11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Next Tuesday, May 17

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

 

FURTHER AHEAD IN MAY

Friday, May 20

Ghent Playhouse opens its production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid in a new translation by Barbara Leavell Smith

The launch of Olana’s Historic Landscape Tours

Saturday, May 21

Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Gala at the Churchtown Dairy round barn

Stair Galleries Exposition Auction

Farm Fresh Dinners at Valley Variety

Columbia County Historical Society opens the first installment of its Centennial Exhibitions with the opening of the Vanderpoel House of History

Sunday, May 22

Community Discussion about the future of the City of Hudson’s North Bay with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton

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

Wednesday, May 25

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

Thursday, May 26

Mac-Haydn Theatre opens its season of Broadway musicals with Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady

Saturday, May 28

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

Art Omi’s Summer Exhibition opens in The Fields Sculpture Park and the Visitors Center Gallery in Ghent

SaturdaySunday, May 28-29

Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

Sunday, May 29

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

…and much more!

 

ATTENTION ALL CITY OF HUDSON GARDENERS

The Mrs. Greenthumbs Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 17.  If you would like to open your garden to the public, start digging now!  Watch this space for information on how to sign up for this friendly community event.

 

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

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Art Events in Hudson NY, May 5 to May 10, 2016 and beyond

ELLEN’S Weekend PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday-Sunday, May 5-8

Films at TSL:

Hockney – “…weaves together a portrait of the multi-faceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive…Nearing the age of 80, the charismatic Hockney still works in his studio seven days a week and is reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 6

Kwame Alexander, winner of the prestigious Newbery Award several times for his popular children’s books, will speak and sign copies of his book, The Crossover, at this free event, which children and their parents are encouraged to attend. The poet, educator and author has written 21 books.  “All the woes and wonders of the tween and teen years,” Alexander says, “…love, loss, friendship, family, school [and] homework.  I [try] to write…to show boys—and girls—that poetry [can] be cool.” – – Information at www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org or 828-1792 – 3:30 pm Community Room, NEW Hudson Area Library,  corner of Fifth & State Streets

Wine Tasting – Eminence Road Farm Winery is producing wines that are naturally made, unrefined and unfiltered.  The winery is located in the western Catskills, with the grapes sourced from the Finger Lakes.  This tasting will feature vintages that are just being released – Information at 828-0934 or Fairview-wines.com – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport

Exhibition Opening – The World Wide Weave  Traveling the globe, this project highlights the talents of weavers living in Camphill communities near and far. The exhibition is a celebration of 75 years of the fiber arts in Camphill communities, and includes pieces from Vietnam, South Africa, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, and more.  On view through May 16 (12 noon to 5:00 pm) – Information at 821-2923 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm, Solaris, Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street

Mail the Horse/ Lorkin O’Reilly – “Their music has matured and swaggers with the best of them,…”  – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Bob Schneider – The Austin singer-songwriter was lead singer for Ugly Americans, who toured as opening act for Dave Matthews Band.  This six-time Austin Musician of the Year is known for his eclectic musical styles and as a startlingly entertaining performer. – Visit bobschneider.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, May 6-8

Chicago – The award-winning Broadway musical with music by John Kander and book and lyrics by Fred Ebb – Produced by The Two of Us Productions – Information and tickets at www.thetwoofusproductions.org or 1-866-811-4111 – Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pmSunday at 3 pm – Performing Arts Center, Taconic Hills School, Craryville

Saturday, May 7

Hudson Farmers’ Market – This is the 19th year of the Market. Familiar vendors are in place and are joined by new vendors including  Old Klaverack Brewery from Chatham, Hillrock Distillery from the Hudson Valley Highlands, Township Valley Farm located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Goats & Gourmets, a small family-run creamery, and Sauerkraut Seth, who was a guest vendor last year and is now back as a full-time vendor.  Welcome to one and all – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

The 8th Annual Hudson Children’s Book FestivalThe largest children’s book festival in New York State featuring 75 Children’s and Young Adult authors and illustrators – This free, public  event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages – Each child attendee will receive a free book – Live performances in the auditorium range from sing-alongs to crazy science – At 11 am Pre-K and up can hear Aaron Nigel Smith perform Call To Action, a fun, inspired and lively show that is guaranteed to get the audience on its feet. At 12:30 Steve Tomecek, “The Dirtmeister” offers a show for all ages called Amazing Astonishing Air – The popular John Farrell will also perform – Free transportation from Hudson and Greenport – Go to www.hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com for bus schedule and route – Festival is from 10 am to 3 pm – Hudson Jr/Sr High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

First Annual Kentucky Derby party on the lawn next to Wm. Farmer & Sons – The races will be aired all day in the restaurant and on the lawn – Food, Juleps, Mojitos and Westbrook Beer will be offered on the lawn and at the bar – Bluegrass music from noon until 4 pm, Carolyn and Darcy from 2Note will play fiddle and cello from 4 to 6 pm –Information at 917-232-5259 or 828-1635 – Party starts at 12 noon; Derby post just after 6 pm – William Farmer & Sons, 20-22 South Front Street

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

Exhibition Opening – Shimmering Light:  New Paintings by Doris Simon – Also Photographs by Guest Artist Zach Neven and work by gallery artists – On view through May 29 – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com – 3 to 7 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Kentucky Derby Day at Swoon Kitchenbar  Swoon will open its upstairs bar and lounge to view the Kentucky Derby and will be serving Mint Juleps, and providing a full bar, a small plates menu, and a live Bluegrass band – Information at 822-8938 – 5 pm – Swoon Kitchenbar, 340 Warren Street

Fidelity – A reading of new short plays to benefit the Hudson Opera House – The plays are presented by Plays in Progress and are by PIP members Mel Cobb, John Gardner, Val Kavanaugh, Lucile Lichtblau, Sheldon Lichtblau, and Jesse Waldinger – Information at 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunwatchers and PG Six – A favorite up-and-coming Brooklyn band returns to the Spotty – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 

Vetiver – Vetiver is the nom-de-bande of San Francisco-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Andy Cabic… Vetiver has toured with artists including Wilco, Fleet Foxes, the Shins, and Vashti Bunyan – The group has several local connections in that Hudson-based, much-in-demand indie-rock drummer Otto Hauser often mans the kit for Vetiver.  Cabic also co-produced Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion’s album “Bright Examples,” with Thom Monahan, who has engineered and produced every Vetiver album – Visit vetiverse.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, Afro-Beat, Reggae, Rare Groove, and Latin – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 10 pm – The Half Moon48 South Front Street

I Love My Park Day: Helping Hands Make Light Work – As Olana State Historic Site heads into its Fiftieth Anniversary, it invites the public to help make Olana a better place for everyone by participating in this statewide event organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites.  In the spirit of Olana’s founding members, volunteers are invited to spend a few hours and help make a difference through a range of rewarding activities.  To pre-register, visit www.olana.org/education/ or call 828-1872, ext.105 – Walk-ins are welcome. – 9 to 11 am – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Greenport

Paul Green & Klezmer East – A concert of traditional and contemporary klezmer favorites, including Freilachs, Horas, and hits from the Yiddish Theater – Directed by clarinetist Green, Klezmer East features Pete Sweeney on drums, Bruce Krasin on saxophone, and Alan Gold on piano/keyboards – Tickets at 392-3693 or at the door – Information at  392-3693 – 8 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

ADI Lumberyard Groundbreaking Celebration – American Dance Institute celebrates the opening of its new home in the Hudson Valley which in 2018 will bring professional contemporary dance and performance to Catskill throughout the summer season – The celebration includes a beer garden, sponsored by Crossroads Brewing Company, Pippy’s Hotdog Truck and ‘Cue Barbeque, live music by The Wiyos, games, and a raffle – For information and to sign up for the raffle, visit americandance.org/Catskill — 12 noon to 3 pm – ADI Lumberyard, 62 Water Street, Catskill

Schubert’s Water Music:  Songs of the Flow of Life and Love – Doug Schmolze, tenor and Larry Wallach, pianist  perform Franz Schubert’s songs on the theme of water – Information at 721-8423 – 4 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Gallery Opening/Exhibition Opening – North River Gallery opens a new space on Main Street in Chatham with a new emphasis on contemporary landscape art.  The inaugural show is an expansive solo exhibition of Modernist Landscapes by artist Tony Thompson.  Information at  392-7000 or 202-466-3700 – 4 to 7 pm – North River Gallery, 34A Main Street, Village of Chatham

Spring Plant Swap – Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties Master Gardeners – Gardeners bring plant material to swap including divided perennials, house plants, various cuttings, clumps of ground covers, and seed collected from annuals and perennials.  Please label all plants you are bringing with name and color, and bring empty containers to carry your found “treasures” home. – Testing of soil samples will be available – Information at 828-3346, ext. 100 – 9:30 am to 11:30 am – Cornell Cooperative Extension, 479 Route 66, Ghent

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange – Regional vendors sell their wares alongside locally-sourced, farm-fresh food vendors – Vendors include makers of handmade objects, collectors of high quality vintage finds,  specialty food vendors, local farmers, chefs and educators – On Saturday,Swoon Kitchenbar, the Ramp Fest founders, will create a pop-up restaurant with a bar and ramp-infused menu items – On Sunday, Bonfiglio & Bread and Rivertown Lodge will offer a spring menu and bar – Kids under 2 are free –Information at www.basilicafarmandflea.org – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Sunday, May 8

Mother’s Day – Celebrate the Mom!

The Hudson Area Library hosts a Mothers’ Day Fashion Show & Tea Mothers and daughters from the community will model clothing from the vintage shop, Discipline Park.  An assortment of home-baked cakes and cookies will be available, as well as tea supplied by Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar Background music is supplied by Young Paris.  FACE Stockholm will do the make-up for the models as well as demonstrate some of their make-up tricks prior to the show – Tickets available at www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 2 to 4 pm – Community Room, the new Hudson Area Library, corner of State & Fourth Streets

Mother’s Day Dinner/Music Cruise – Board the Hudson Cruises, Inc. yacht, Marika  for a special cruise featuring a full buffet meal and complimentary glass of champagne for Mom upon boarding.  While sailing, enjoy the smooth sounds of music and view the splendors of the Hudson River Valley, from the wall of Manitou and The Sleeping Giant of the Catskills, to bald eagles, osprey, and blue herons. – Information at www.hudsoncruises.com– Tickets available at Zerve at 348-8993 or 1-888-764-1844 – 2:30 pm to 5 pm – Board early at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

The Hudson Opera House Reading Series presents authors Michael Ives and Ashley Mayne – Michael Ives is an award-winning writer and musician living in the Hudson Valley.  His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals in the US and abroad.  He is the author of The External Combustion Engine and Wavetable and teaches in the Written Arts Program at Bard College – Ashley Mayne is the author of two recently published novels, Tiger and Mankiller.  She is a Bard graduate.  – The Reading Series is curated by Tamas Panitz– Information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – Free and open to the public; no reservations required – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Experimental Comedy with Annie Bielski, Allison Brainard, Alex Schmidt, Becca Kauffman, Lily Marotta, Sam Regal – Plus DJ Shanny – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Fruit Bats/Horse Feathers – Sub-Pop artists Fruit Bats toured with My Morning Jacket last year and have been described as playing “rustic pop” and “bootgazer.”  Frontman Eric D. Johnson credits 1970s pop as a key influence.  Indi-folk group Horse Feathers of Portland, Oregon, plays ethereal music that mixes banjo and cello among other instruments. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street8 pm

Next Monday, May 9

House Rules Café – Do you miss the board games from childhood?  Curious about the new trend of cooperative games?  Interested in learning a new card game? – Come on out to the Red Dot to play with—or against—your neighbors.  Start an island adventure or play a quick hand of Exploding Kittens.  A small fee gives you access to the library of games, and if you encounter a new game, just ask!  Instruction is available – Information at houserulescafe@gmail.com or https//www.facebook.com/events/894872510622836/ — 6:30 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, May 10

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

 

THINKING FURTHER AHEAD IN MAY

Thursday, May 12 

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

An Evening of Reminiscence – An evening of local history featuring Hudsonians personal stories, experiences, and memories of Hudson – Participants will have seven minutes to present their story to the audience. – Bring photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share –A sign-up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event – Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. – A program of the History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series – Information at 828-1792, ext. 103 – 6 to 8 pm – Community Room, new Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth  Street (at State Street)

Friday, May 13

Annual Cruise-In to benefit the Columbia-Greene Educational Center Scholarship Program – Open to all specialty vehicles, of any year – Participating vehicles pay a fee; spectators are free – BBQ prepared by the Culinary Art students will be available – Rain date is May 20 – Information at 828-4257 – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia-Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Greenport

Saturday, May 14

Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association Auction

Operation Unite Cocktail Gala honoring Elena Mosley

Sunday, May 15

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

Monday, May 16

27th Annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at the Copake Country Club

Saturday, May 21

Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Gala

Sunday, May 22

Community Discussion about the future of the City of Hudson’s North Bay with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton

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

Wednesday, May 25

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

Saturday, May 28

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

SaturdaySunday, May 28-29

Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

Sunday, May 29

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

…and much more!

ATTENTION ALL CITY OF HUDSON GARDENERS

The Mrs. Greenthumbs Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 17.  If you would like to open your garden to the public, start digging now!  Watch this space for information on how to sign up for this friendly community event.

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

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

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday-Sunday, April 28-May 1 

Films at TSL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SaturdaySunday, April 30-May 1

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

Sunday, May 1

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

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

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

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

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

Next Monday, May 2

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

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

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

Next Tuesday, May 3

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

Next Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5

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

THINKING FURTHER AHEAD IN MAY

Friday, May 6

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

Saturday, May 7

Hudson Children’s Book Festival   

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

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

Sunday, May 8 

Mother’s Day – Celebrate the Mom!

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

Thursday, May 12

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

Saturday, May 14

Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association Auction

Sunday, May 15

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

Saturday, May 21

Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Gala

Sunday, May 22

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

Wednesday, May 25

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

Saturday, May 28

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

Sunday, May 29

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

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

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

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, April 20

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

Thursday, April 21

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

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

Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24

Films at TSL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 22

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

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

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

Saturday, April 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Tuesday, April 26

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

Next Thursday, April 28

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

Next Saturday, April 30

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

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

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

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

THINKING AHEAD TO MAY

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

 Sunday, May 1

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

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

Saturday, May 7

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

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

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

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market comes to life – Hudson 

Sunday, May 8 

Mother’s Day – Celebrate the Mom!

Thursday, May 12

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

Sunday, May 15

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

Sunday, May 22

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

Wednesday, May 25

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

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

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

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, April 14

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

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

Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16 

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

Thursday-Sunday, April 1417

Films at TSL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday-Monday, April 14-18

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

Friday, April 15

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

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

Friday-Saturday, April 15-16

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

Saturday, April 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 17

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

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

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

Next Monday, April 18

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

Next Tuesday, April 19

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

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

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

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

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

Next Wednesday-Thursday, April 20-21

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

 

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

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Tuesday, April 5

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

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

Wednesday, April 6

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

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

Wednesday-Thursday, April 6-7

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

Thursday, April 7

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

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

ThursdaySunday, April 7-10 

Films at TSL:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 8

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Monday, April 11

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

Next Tuesday, April 12

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

THINKING AHEAD

Saturday, April 16

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

Monday, April 18

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

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

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