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Forget the heat. There are distractions aplenty–from bossa nova to the Buddha, from Pozzi to Grimm, and lots of air conditioned movies. And on Sunday the Automotive Archive rolls through Hudson. Details below.
Wednesday-Sunday, August 19-23
Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the Broadway musical, The Producers – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham
Thursday, August 20
Exhibition Opening & Reception – Best of Hudson – A photographic exhibition featuring photos by 26 members of the Columbia County Photo Club – Over 60 images featuring residential, church and business architecture, river scenes, and city scenes of Hudson NY will be displayed and available for purchase – The exhibition is presented by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – On view through October 20 – Information at 828-1792 or hudsonarealibrary.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet – For over 40 years, this group has blended the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana with elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, country and blues to become the most esteemed Cajun group in music. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Grammy Award winner, and the first Cajun band ever to win a Grammy. They have released 25 albums – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
Friday, August 21
Brazilian Bossa Nova – Diversao! A Brazilian & American Celebration of Timeless Music with world-renowned, award-winning Cornelius Bates & Vanessa Falabella – In support of Animalkind, Hudson’s cat rescue organization – Tickets are limited – Information at 822-8643 or www.animalkind.info – Doors open at 6 pm, show at 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together–Her Story and Reader’s Companion – Book Signing and Presentation in conjunction with Bodhi Holistic Spa & Yoga – A two-part event: Authors Janet Surrey, PhD, and Samuel Shem, MD will be at The Spotty Dog for drinks at 6 pm and at Bodhi at 7 pm for conversation – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 6 pm: Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street; 7 pm: Bodhi Holistic Spa & Yoga, 543 Warren Street
Tal National with DJ Ephraim Asili – “The band speak French, but use the expression ‘very rock and roll’ quite seriously…” – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street
The Rymanowski Brothers perform as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – Note earlier hour – 6 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport
Friday-Saturday, August 21-22
Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service 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
Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents the musical, Jack & The Giant – The greedy giant, Gogmagog, is making life miserable for everyone in the kingdom. There is an evil Troll who does the Giant’s dirty work, and a bumbling, frightened High Sheriff Dumdum as well as a host of fanciful characters, including a chicken whose aim in life is to lay golden eggs – Information and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham
LODGE – presented by Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM & Riedlbauer’s Resort – A weekend of live music, camp games, DJs, and more, in the heart of the Catskills – Friday from 6 pm to 12 midnight: Live music from The Roving Cowboys, all-you-can-eat Southern BBQ Buffet, and a late night “Dirty Dancing” dance-off with prizes for Best Dressed, Best Moves, and more; Saturday from 12 noon to 6 pm: DJs spinning all day, Transmitter Hide & Seek, swimming and races, bocce tournament, prizes and more; Saturday from 6 pm to 12 midnight: Live music from Herbcraft, MV & EE, Pigeons, P.G. Six, Rhyton, with DJ Lunar Moss – All to support WGXC 90.7 FM community radio for Columbia & Greene Counties – Information and tickets at wgxclodge2015.brownpapertickets.com – Discounted room rates available at 622-9584 – Riedlbauer’s Resort, Round Top, NY
Keigwin & Company performs as part of the PS21 Chatham Dance Festival – The company has performed Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance on many stages including The Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theater, The Guggenheim Museum, and New York City Center, among others. – The Dance Festival runs throughout the month of August – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham
Friday-Sunday, August 21-23
Films at TSL:
> The Outrageous Sophie Tucker – The rags-to-riches story of the iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century.
> Dustin Hoffman presents Tosca’s Kiss– Takes place in Milan’s Casa di Riposa, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896 as the world’s first home for retired musicians – The real life inspiration for the film Quartet
> Caravaggio – Director Derek Jarman’s “most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on art, sexuality, and identity.”
> Tom at the Farm – After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he is shocked to find that Guillaume’s family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Complications ensue.
> Love & Mercy – An intimate and unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the enigmatic singer, songwriter and co-founder of the Beach Boys
> Court – Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals – A quietly devastating absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India – A brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors
> Tangerine – Its Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend has been unfaithful during her 28-day lock-up, she and her best friend embark on a mission to get to the bottom of this scandalous rumor, leading them to various sub-cultures of Los Angeles
> Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – “…an immersive, inventive cinematic experience…”
> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street
Friday-Monday, August 21-24
Summer Online Auction — Stair Galleries’ only online auction – Bidding is available exclusively through Invaluable.com from August 14 through 24. All items can be previewed in person at the gallery on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm – Information at stairgalleries.com or 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street
Saturday, August 22
Hudson Farmers’ Market – Kite’s Nest is in the Community Tent--stop by and say hello. In the market, find the full array of summer produce–tomatoes, corn, green beans, early apples, cut flowers, greens of all kinds, summer squash and eggplant, as well as prepared foods, nut butters, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, you name it!. For a list of vendors and their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, visit www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets
Owl’s Brew Tasting – Try Owl’s Brew refreshing tea-based syrups, perfect to mix with seltzer, club soda, or alcohol to create a non-sweet, refreshing summer drink. Try Classic (English Breakfast tea, lemon and lime); Pink & Black (Darjeeling tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, strawberry, and agave); or Coco-Lada (Black tea, coconut pieces, chai spices, pineapple juice, and agave) – Also try Regina’s new vegan/gluten-free pastries – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate, 135 Warren Street (at Second Street)
Exhibition Openings – Five solo shows: Main Galleries— William Ransom: Sculpture; Sculpture Garden—Bruce Gagnier: Sculpture; Carriage House, Ground Floor—Laetitia Hussain:Murmuration; Carriage House, Second Floor—Benjamin Pritchard: Paintings; Carriage House, Third Floor—Peter Bonner: Paintings; Carriage House, Fourth Floor—Farrell Brickhouse: Paintings – On view through September 13 – Information at 828-5907 or johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street
Exhibition Opening – Lucio Pozzi: The M. Van Dyke Group—Monoprints of the 1980s – Small editions of etchings made with the help of a young master printer, Marjorie Van Dyke – Information at 828-4539 or BCBART.com – 6 to 8 pm – BCBART, 116 Warren Street
Indie-rock musicians Larkin Grimm & Company perform outdoors at Olana as part of the Live in the Landscape series – Watch the sun set and the moon rise – Pack a cooler, lawn chairs or blankets, a flashlight and bug spray – Shuttles will be available from lower level parking – Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate the day of the show – Rain date is Sunday, August 23 – Information and tickets at olana.org or 828-1872 x 105 – Gates open at 6 pm, Performance at 7 pm – East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport
Basilica Screenings ––Heaven Knows What (2014) A film by Josh & Benny Safdie – “…blends fiction, formalism and raw veritie as it follows a young heroin addict (Arielle Holmes) who plays a version of herself in this fast, forward moving narrative set on the streets of New York. Co-stars Caleb Landry-Jones and also features street legend Buddy Duress and gore rap phenom Necro – Information at basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street
The Big Takeover – With Mad Satta opening – The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits that perfectly creates a version of reggae that is fresh and vivid – Jamaican-born and raised NeeNee Rushie is a captivating front woman – A memorable Jamaican-infused dance party – Mad Satta is a future-soul band based in New York –Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street
“So You Think You Don’t Understand (Modern) Dance” — Dance Omi Residency Program Alumni perform Works in Progress – Works will include those of 2009 Dance Omi Alumna and Keigwin & Company co-founder, Nicole Wolcott – Dance Omi Director Christopher K. Morgan will facilitate the showing and will lead an exchange between the artists and the audience. A reception with the dance artists follows the showing – Program presented in collaboration with Art Omi International Arts Center – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 –2 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham
Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23
Hudson Cruises, Inc. Weekend Sightseeing Cruises – See details below
Sunday, August 23
Automotive Archive: A Roving Memorial – Oral History Summer School presents a mobile sound installation in the form of an automotive procession through the streets of Hudson to memorialize and honor six area residents who passed away during recent memory – The words and voices of Pamela Badila, (speaking about her husband Elombe Badila), Lynn Carr, Harold Hanson, Christina Malisoff, Frankie Martino, and Mary Potts, will be broadcast through car radios via community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM. These narrators will tell us about the Hudson they knew and loved through the audio archive they left behind. The Oral History Summer School event is presented in collaboration with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM and The Listening Project of Kite’s Nest, and is hosted by Basilica Hudson – Participating cars need a working FM radio and up-to-date car insurance. Non-drivers may join the procession as passengers. Participating cars should pre-register at www.oralhistorysummerschool/automotivearchive — The automotive procession lines up promptly at 1 pm for participating cars and 1:30 pm for passengers at Basilica Hudson’s parking lot, 110 South Front Street. The event concludes with a brief gathering at 3 pm at Basilica Hudson.
“After Louie” Takes Hudson – The team behind a feature film called After Louie, is hosting a party to raise awareness and funds for the film, currently in pre-production – After Louie is a film about a former AIDS activist coming to terms with his own aging and a changing gay world. It is the feature film debut of the visual artist and former member of ACT UP and Gran Fury, Vincent William Gagliostro – The film takes place predominantly in New York City but crucial scenes will be shot in Hudson. The party features music by DJ Tedd Patterson and a performance by cabaret star Joey Arias – Local hosts for the party are the owners of Second Ward–Walter Sudol and Steven Johnson–as well as Victor Mendolia, Sherry Jo Williams, and Trixie Starr – Information at 966-2060 – Information about the film at www.afterlouie.com – Party tickets at www.AfterLouieHudson.brownpapertickets.com – 6 pm to 12 midnight – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street
Local writer Debby Mayer, an award-winning author, blogger and journalist, will read her short story, Swerve, in a program entitled Not About Me, This new fiction represents a departure from the memoir, nonfiction and blog posts with which Mayer’s readers are familiar. The reading will be followed by Q&A in which Mayer will discuss how she approaches the writing of fiction vs nonfiction and what makes the difference between the two – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection), Hillsdale
Rockin’ the Shtetl – A multimedia work-in-progress presentation by Seth Rogovoy, based on his novel-in progress of the same title exploring the affinities between 19th-century Eastern European Yiddish songwriters and musicians and 20th-century American Jewish folk-rock poets and protest singers – Joining Rogovoy for the performance will be multimedia artist and musician Ryder Cooley – Using narrative, video, and music, the presentation dramatizes the historical figure of Elyokum Zunser, the first pop star of the Pale of Settlement. Zunser started out as a mid-19th-century wedding poet or emcee, only to take that traditional folk form and become a pioneer of original Yiddish protest songs. He became the most popular Jewish folksinger of his time, shocking and winning over audiences by building a new kind of protest music atop a foundation of folk tradition. By working with a band of klezmer musicians, he became the closest thing the Old World had to a rock star and the voice of a generation. The event is curated by Francine Hunter McGivern – Information at CR10.org – 4 pm – CR10Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo
Next Tuesday, August 25
Movie Tuesdays – Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter – An inspiring and largely unknown story of a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance and who emerges as dance’s secret weapon in establishing dance as a legitimate art form – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham
Next Wednesday, August 26
Outdoor Silent Film Series –– Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) Accompanied by live music performed by Logan Vischer, Colin LaClair (aka Saviour Self), Jeremy Kelly, & Special Guests – The fourth and last in a series of silent films presented Wednesday evenings in August in the TSL parking lot with musical accompaniment by local musicians – Curated by Shanekia McIntosh – Bring a chair – Information at 822-8100 – 9 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street
CRUISES ON THE HUDSON RIVER
Hudson Cruises, Inc. Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and 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 en 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, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.
For more information on Columbia County events, visit columbiacountytourism.org
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