Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, December 11-19, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Monday, December 11 through Sunday, December 17

Films at TSL:

> The Florida Project – Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.  They live at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (William Dafoe) whose stern exterior hides a reservoir of kindness and compassion. – “Warm, winning, and gloriously alive…a poignant look at childhood.”

> Wonderstruck – Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel.  Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.  Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.  When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

> Felicite – The film follows a singer working in a bar in Kinshasa, DR Congo, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her son falls victim to an accident.  To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.  Franco-Sengalese director Alain Gomis paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will not accept compromise, who tackles everything head on, and who refuses to give in no matter what. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

>1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

>The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

> The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

> Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Thursday, December 14

The Thursday Afternoon Show on WGXC 90.7 with co-hosts Thomas DePietro and Ellen Thurston, will be talking with Sheena Salvino, (Executive Director of Hudson Development Corporation and the Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency), about Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative  (the $10 million project) around 4:30 pm; and with food writer Susan Simon about holiday food around 5:15 pm – Information at 518-697-74004 to 6 pmWGXC-90.7 FM on your radio dial, or www.wgxc.org on your computer.

Rocket Brain & Little Man – Featuring PG Six and Norm DeGuerre – A free-for-all-ages show – Information at SpottyDogBooks@aol.com or call 518-671-60067 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday, December 15

HWM Free Tasting – A representative from High West Whiskey in Park City, Utah will be pouring samples, paired with Robin’s Fruitcake (A high-end local version!) – Information at 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome – This month is the Artists & Friends Christmas party.  Bring a dish to share, and be ready to discuss the group’s plans for 2018. – There is still opportunity this month for interested artists to share your new projects or recent work.  Send e-mail to artistspotluck@gmail.com or christinehales@me.com  to express your interest – Sher Stevens is at the Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.  Feel free to stop in and talk to her if you have any questions about the artists’ potluck dinner – The potluck is held on the third Friday of each month – All are welcome – 6 pmSenior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Saturday, December 16

The Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open through the month of April. – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pm – Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –

National Theatre of London / NT Live presents the Broadway musical Follies  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Book Signing –Photographer Michel Arnaud presents Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings by Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker with photographs by Arnaud– Information at tkhomeandgarden.com – 1pm to 4 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street

Kwanzaa! – Operation Unite, in partnership with Hudson Hall, celebrates African-American culture and unity between friends and family.  Includes an afternoon of arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a performance by the Harambee Dance Company, acclaimed for their blending of the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance.  Attendees are invited to stay for a light Karamu supper, the sharing of Nguzo Saba (the seven principles of Kwanzaa), and the giving of Zawadi (gifts for children). – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Music of Traffic The legendary English jam-rock band Traffic, led by Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, is best known for its early 1970s albums “John Barleycorn Must Die” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” and the Dave Mason-penned rock standard, “Feelin’ Alright.” – The all-star group of regional rock ‘n’ roll talent paying tribute to Traffic with renditions of familiar songs and deep catalog cuts, include drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Bruce Katz, woodwinds player Bill Harris, vocalist Joey Eppard, bassist Scott Petito, and guitarist/vocalist Andy Stack — Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hot Jamz! – Information at thehalfmoon.com or call 518-828-15629 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Chatham WinterFest – Holiday sales throughout the village, free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa and more! – For a full schedule visit ttps://visitchathamny.com/chatham-winterfest/ – 10 am to 6 pm – Main Street and throughout Chatham

Christmas at Clermont Open House – A great day for families to explore the mansion at their leisure, enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room –Free admission – Cider and cookies available in the Visitors’ Center – Information at 518-537-424011 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17

Artist Arnie Zimmerman’s Holiday Sale of cups, teapots, and vases – Information at larosa224@gmail.com or arniezimm@gmail.com2 to 5 pm –  Izzy’s Room, 84 Green Street

Sunday, December 17

The Bolshoi Ballet HD presents The Nutcracker — Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present the annual Messiah Sing, a Hudson holiday tradition for over twenty years. – Messiah Sing gives the audience an opportunity to enjoy Handel’sMessiah, and also to sing one of four parts, accompanied by professional vocal soloists and a five-instrument ensemble. –  Gwen Gould, conductor; with soloists from the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program: Tatum Robertson, soprano; Sarah Ann Duffy, mezzo-soprano, Eric Carey, tenor, and Mark Chan, baritone; and The Tecchler Quartet (violins, viola, cello, and piano) from the Bard Conservatory of Music – This is the first Messiah Sing to be held in the newly restored, magnificent 1855 performance hall in the Hudson Opera House – The audience is invited to seat themselves in the soprano, alto, tenor or bass sections to sing the Christmas portion, plus the “Hallelujah Chorus,” of Handel’s masterpiece – Scores will be  provided.  – Reservations and information at www.hudsonhall.com or call 518-822-14384 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Lettuce Rejoice Holiday Spectacular with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul Leschen – Hedda calls herself the “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen.” Her annual holiday cabaret includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” about a mean tyrant who ruins Xmas; the classic song, “Sleigh Ride,” turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and “Do You Hear What I Hear” rendered as “Do You Think That He’s Queer?” about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.  – Ms. Lettuce, aka Steven Polito, is a six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner from HX Magazine, among other honors. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Tickets also available at GayHudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen – Tickets required – Information and tickets at 518-537-42403 pm to 6 pm  – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Eighth Annual Celebration of Lessons & Carols – A Gift to the Community – Readings & Music of the Season including choral and organ works of Sweelinck, Bach, Ord, Rutter, Smith, Morley, Vittoria, and others – David Smith, Music Director; Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor  – Information at www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or 518-758-6401 – Early arrival is recommended!  Preludes begin at 3:45 pm – Program at 4 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, – 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Tuesday, December 19

House Rules Café is in the middle of its schedule of free Harry Potter film showings – Prisoner of Azkaban is being screened next week.  Come early if you are ordering food – Screening is at 6 pm – Information at 518-828-5938 or www.houserulescafe.com – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

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

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages–to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com, davisortongallery.com,  Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or .510warrenstrretgallery.com510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.comWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

*SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.comBCBArt, 116 Warren Street

*Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition – All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, 405 Columbia Street

*En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

 

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Dec 4 to Dec 12, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 12

Films at TSL:

> 1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

> The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, December 8

HWM Free Tasting–– Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz Importers will be offering samples of several festive spirits in addition to a genepy-spiked hot chocolate.  Yum! – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Rocco Anthony Jerry, with the Progression Ensemble, plays works for accordion, with samplestra, experimental video, and electronics – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Dances of Universal Peace – Karuna, Dahlia and Farid will be leading Dances of Universal Peace, honoring Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet and original “whirling dervish.”  – The public is invited to attend.  Prior experience is not necessary; participants of all ages and physical abilities are welcome and are encouraged to bring a friend and a favorite Rumi poem to share. – Information at www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org7 pmSadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation, 403 Warren Street

CCSM’s Fiesta! – The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement celebrates the resistance and community building it has been a part of in 2017.  The celebration will be a night of local food, live music, DJs and dance.  With Claire Cousin, Rudolfo Solis, the Soul Victory Orchestra, DJ Clint and DJ Geova among the performers.  A sliding scale cover charge, with all door proceeds benefitting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement – Information at 518-828-1562 or thehalfmoomhudson.com – 7 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Ballroom Thieves with The Harmaleighs duo opening – “Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies.  They describe themselves as a ‘rock band disguised as a folk band,’ and indeed they occasionally go electric….”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook – A Celebration of Holiday Music & Merriment with The Adirondack Baroque Consort, Caroling, DJ Jared Widjeskog, members of the Broad Street Chorale, the Nat Phipps Jazz Trio, Sax-O-Klaus, and violinist Dan Bauman – Plus lots of food choices and holiday specials;, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus; a special Teen Night of music and games; horse-drawn wagon rides;  kids entertainment including Tots the Clown, cookie decorating, free cotton candy, and more – Sponsored by the Village of Kinderhook and Kinderhook Business & Professional Association – Information at http://www.kinderhookbusiness.com/candlelight-night.html6 pm to 8:30 pm – Village of Kinderhook

Wickers Creek Band once more journeys to Philmont from the Southern regions of our county – Come fill up your belly and warm up your toes at the Philmont Public House – Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com/mainstpublichouse8 to 10 pm – Philmont Public House, 112 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Friday-Sunday, December 8-10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net –Runs on weekends only – December 10 is the final performance – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, December 9

Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open through the month of April. – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com10 am to 1 pmFormer Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

National Theatre of London – NT Live presents Young Marx, a new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Holiday House Tour – A self-guided tour of the interiors of five historic homes, all within walking distance of Warren Street, and all decorated for the holidays – Houses include Westcott House, Croff House, Inn at 34, Hudson B&B, and William Farmer & Son –Each stop on the tour is a functioning Inn or Bed & Breakfast – Ticket holders can meet for a complimentary holiday drink and live music from 5 to 6 pm at The Merchant House, 10 South Front Street. – There is a discount on tickets purchased in advance. – Tickets are limited.  To avoid disappointment and save $5, buy your tickets online now.  Tickets and tour materials may be picked up in advance at The Barlow, 542 Warren Street, starting at noon on tour day. – The tour is sponsored by the Hudson Lodging Association  as a benefit for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival –Information and tickets at www.HudsonHolidayHouseTour.comThe tour is from 2 to 5 pm, concluding with a reception at William Farmer & Son from 5 to 6 pm

Valatie’s Winter Walk & Winter Parade – Santa Claus, accompanied by the Winter Parade, rings in the season’s festivities throughout the Village of Valatie.  Shops remain open for the evening, holiday food and live music and entertainment are all available until 9 pm –  The parade will be led by Grand Marshall Guy Gamello and is populated by local firetrucks and rescue vehicles, carolers, and parade-stopping performances by KJ’s Gymnastics and the Roz Dancers, and, of course, Santa Claus riding through the Village on his sleigh – Live musical performances by singer-songwriters Abby Lappen and Marilyn Miller,  rock ‘n’ roll by The Reverberators, and classical harp music by Dawn Danis.  Santa will land at the Valatie Community Theatre for a chance to listen to kids’ wishes.  Other entertainment includes the Heldeberg Marionettes, Roger the Jester, and Carapace Farm Puppetry with a debut of its new holiday production. – WinterWalk is sponsored by the Village of Valatie, the Valatie Santa Claus Club, and the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association. – For an informative map showing where these performances take place, go to http://www.veravalatie.com/WinterWalk. – The Parade starts at 5 pm sharp! WinterWalk is from 6 to 9 pm, Village of Valatie

Copake’s Holiday Light Parade – Brightly lighted fire trucks, emergency vehicles, bicycles and almost anything with wheels is decorated with lights and joins the parade, starting at the Copake Firehouse, and  proceeding through town to the Park Building where hot chocolate and cookies will be served.   A bonfire will be in the parking lot, and Santa will arrive with gifts for all children – 5:30 p m, Copake Firehouse, Copake

Exhibition Opening – Transcendent Functionalism An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com  or call 518-828-66806 to 8 pm Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set held every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – This month’s reading is the Third Annual Crew Reading with Hallie Goodman, Dani Grammerstorf French, and Anna Victoria –

> Hallie Goodman‘s writing has appeared in many publications including Glamour Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Redbook Magazine. A personal essay in Hunger Mountain is forthcoming. Hallie was a NYFA MARK fellow, and holds a GED and an MFA.

> Dani Grammerstorf French has an MFA in creative fiction from The New School and has been published in Playgirl, Broken Pencil, and others. Dani is the co-founder of both Volume and the long-running Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. Dani lives in Hudson with her husband and daughter.

> Anna Victoria is a writer and freelance photographer based in Hudson, NY. She studied English Literature at the University of Connecticut, and her writing has appeared in the Long River Review, existentia and on Mac.Appstorm. When she’s not taking photos for Volume, she’s working at Etsy, or staring blankly into the void.

> The readings are followed by a DJ set from Anna Victoria. For more information, including full author bios, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/volumehudson

> 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Baby It’s Cold Outside –  Holiday Jazz Concert & Album Launch Hudson Valley-based trumpeter Chris Pasin is joined by vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell, pianist Armen Donelian, bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Jeff Siegel for a concert sure to capture the holiday spirit.  Come warm up your jazz hands with holiday favorites performed by an ensemble of jazz musicians who regularly perform at home and abroad with some of the biggest names in music.  This spirited evening of holiday favorites infused with traditional jazz flare, also launches their new album,Baby its Cold Outside. Jazz Global Beat reports: “From subtle to sexy to swinging, Chris Pasin and friends shine a brilliant light on the best yuletide favorites.” – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Lady Moon & The Eclipse – Lady Moon celebrates her return to Hudson, NY and her recent role in the opera The Mother of Us All, and she brings her jazzy, soul-funk outfit, The Eclipse, with her.  The multicultural seven-piece band is led by Ngonda Badila, whose name means “moon” in Congolese (hence, “Lady Moon”) – The band includes her two sisters, all of whom grew up in an artistic, very musical family in Hudson, where they are well known and beloved by the community. – The Eclipse explores relevant issues through a unique tapestry of cultural perspectives born out of its African, Asian, and European band members – Lady Moon & The Eclipse will be performing two sets, with special guest performers, Samba do Mundo – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, December 10

Everton Sylvester & Searching for Banjo Presented by The Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – “Combine roots-rockin’ reggae with slam poetry and you get Jamaican-born funk-poet Everton Sylvester and his band  Searching for Banjo, bringing their unique blend of spoken word and deep reggae grooves…Sylvester is a product of downtown poetry slams from their heyday at the Nuyorican Café. He began combining spoken word with music as a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (BFE).  Sylvester and Searching for Banjo will perform tracks from their brand new album, as well as some BFE classics – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 5 pm, Show at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The David Atcher Trio:  Rip, Snort & Stomp – Bring a dance partner, meet a new one, or just come and listen . David Atcher, Lauren McDonald, and Susie Deane will perform traditional and contemporary folk music.  Fans of contra dance music will recognize “rip and snort” as a dance move.  Add to that some rousing foot movements and the result is “Rip, Snort & Stomp.”  The trio’s globally-eclectic repertoire includes Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian and Eastern European tunes as well as the music of Breton.  This is a free event and is a part of “Touched by Light,” a celebration of the arts and community. – Information at www.EllenLynch.com or call 208-390-90881 to 3 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Upstage Productions, Inc. presents The Upstage Company Holiday Party – A festive musical cabaret performed by members of the Upstage company, joined by internet sensation Christina Kokonis-Viggers – Seating is limited;  reservations are recommended – To make a reservation call Barbara at 518-828-3824 – After the show, mingle with the performers and enjoy desserts and beverages. – 1:30 pm – Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy, 27 Bridge Street

First Annual Ancram Winterfest Celebration – A sing-along, refreshments, hot cider, crafts for kids, a tree lighting and a bonfire – Featuring Hudson Valley Troubadour, Mark Rust, who will include original songs about Ancram, written by local camp kids and set to the tunes of well-known holiday carols and songs – Information at http//www.ancramny.org/ws2:30 to 5:30 pm – Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram

Next Tuesday, December 12

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

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages–to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com davisortongallery.com – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

* Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.com – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

*SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com – BCBArt, 116 Warren Street

*Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 27-Dec 5, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Winter Walk! READ ON

This Saturday night, December 2, the Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall annual holiday celebration, comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Join the crowd of thousands comprised of Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, all helping to kick off the holiday season.

What’s new, you ask? At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone as usual, but the real Santa will be in his new location at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.

Santa and his elves are not the only ones who have been busy; Hudson’s creative artists have also been hard at work.  Artist George Kroenert’s colorful light sculptures can be seen in the Opera House windows.  Upstairs in the newly renovated performance hall, choreographer Adam Weinert’s new dance production, Rip the Nut, combines two beloved tales— the story behind Tchaikovsky’s familiar Nutcracker Suite, and Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle.  Guest artists are coming from NYC just for this occasion, and many students from local dance companies, arranged by Elena Mosley of Operation Unite, are participating.  The narrators for the performance include Antoine Geurlain, and Shanekia McIntosh. Starting at 5:15 pm, the performance will be repeated as a narrative loop, with each cycle approximately 25 minutes long.  You can drop in at any time.  No reservation necessary! – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Ukrainian-born and now Hudson resident Maryna Bilak Haughton has designed and built a Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture/installation to be placed at the intersection of First & Warren Streets for Winter Walk. Based on a traditional Ukrainian symbol, the brightly-lit, three-dimensional wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight lit rays emanating from the center.  Ideologically it is a symbol of order and the world creation, says Bilak Haughton.  It connects all sides of the world and indicates absolute balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Where’s the action?  It will be all around you, with a special children’s challenge below Third Street called the Where’s George the Gingerbread Man? Scavenger Hunt – Junior sleuths are invited to join the hunt by visiting shops and stores below Third Street during Winter Walk.  Pick up a passport at the Ukrainian Star sculpture at First Street, and collect stamps by visiting the shops and stores below Third to find “George.”  Once stamps are collected, the scavenger/hunter picks up a prize gingerbread man cookie at Dish Hudson, at the corner of First Street.

The live reindeer and llamas are absent this year, but baby goats and miniature horses will be seen in the 400 block. Take a peek in the windows of the houses in Santa’s Village in Seventh Street Park.   Just like the houses in Hudson itself, many have undergone rehab and restoration.  Three new houses have been added to the village.

Don’t forget the businesses and restaurants on Columbia Street and some of the side streets. Both the new, from House Rules Café, decorated for the night as Candy Land, and Lil Deb’s Oasis, occupying the space once known as Little  Debbie’s Restaurant, to the historic Vasilow’s Confectionery, filling your chocolate needs for generations.

For information on parking and traffic patterns for the night of Winter Walk, consult the map on the Hudson Hall website at www.hudsonhall.org, or call 518-822-1438.  If you are driving to Winter Walk, prepare to start early to find a parking spot.  Do not park in a private parking lot unless you have permission from the owner.

Dress warmly, wear your funniest hat and that holiday sweater you’ve been saving for a special occasion—This is the occasion! – Winter Walk begins at 5 and ends with fireworks from Promenade Hill at 8 pm.  See you there!

P.S.  While the fireworks signal the official end of Winter Walk, the merriment continues with several “after parties.”

> A Dance Party with DJ Ted Patterson and Adam Wienert’s “Rip Van Winklers” will be at the Basilica (110 South Front Street) beginning at 9 pm (Suggested cover charge)

> The Half Moon (48 South Front Street) hosts Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Dancing, hot drinks, and mistletoe over every seat. (Cover charge)

> Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia Street) presents the Martin Sexton Trio beginning at 9 pm (A ticketed event)

> Marine Penvern Atelier (701 Warren Street) hosts a Samba Bash with Erminia Apolinario

ELLEN’S WEEKEND PICKS

Monday, November 27 through Sunday, December 3

Films at TSL:

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, December 1

HWM Free Tasting – Jared Rumsey from Verity Wines will be pouring wines from around the globe—a red French blend from the Languedoc; a Greek red, perfect for cold weather; a chardonnay from Au Bon Climat in California; and a refreshing New Zealand sauvignon blanc. – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

P.S. – During Winter Walk on Saturday night, staff will be pouring a warming cocktail with Cornelius Applejack from Harvest Spirits in Valatie, and Hudson Standard Bitters. 

Sara Watkins – “Best known as the fiddler in the .platinum-selling, progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, as well as for her role with bandmate/brother Sean Watkins in the Watkins Family Hour, Sara Watkins has firmly established herself as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on her own.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, December 1-3

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net – Runs on weekends through December 10 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, December 2

Opening Day! – Hudson Farmers’ Market opens its Indoor Market for the month of December, closes for the month of January, opens again in February and will remain open through April. – 10 am to 1 pm, Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Winter Walk – Presented by Hudson Hall (Hudson Opera House) – A cherished Hudson event, celebrating its 21st anniversary – We’ve seen Winter Walk when the temperature was 60 degrees, and we’ve seen it in the rain, the slush, and the snow, and we remember the year it was postponed because of a blizzard that stopped all traffic.  General advice is to dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes and your friendliest smile, and walk the walk with your friends, neighbors, and relatives.  (See Pick of the Week above for details.)

Martin Sexton Trio – A longtime favorite of Club Helsinki audiences, Martin Sexton returns with his trio to Club Helsinki Hudson to perform his singular blend of folk, soul, jazz, gospel and pop.  A native of upstate New York, Sexton emerged on the highly competitive Boston “new folk” music scene in its heyday in the early 1990s  By the end of the decade that saw him busking in Harvard Square and self-releasing a cassette album that sold 20,000 copies from his guitar case, he was headlining theatres, large clubs, and festival stages. “…Sexton has developed a fanatical following, which is why at his most recent sold-out concert at Helsinki Hudson, he had the audience in the palm of his hand before he even took the stage, and had them singing in unison, without him, by the second song he played.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, December 3

The Perils of Mr. Punch — Modern Times Theater presents a puppet show for children of all ages —Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF) – A celebration and fundraiser for the newly formed CCBF, established to help poor people pay bail, prior to any determination of guilt. The gathering provides an opportunity to learn more about the NYS bail system and how individuals can help. The CCBF Board president, Linda Mussmann, is joined by other Board members including IBM executive Craig Bender, NYU Professor Mark Dickerman, local attorney Cheryl Roberts, and criminal defense attorney Susan Tipograph – Information at www.timeandspace.org – Open to the public – 3 to 5 pm Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Everton Sylvester & Searching for Banjo – Presented by The Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – “Combine roots-rockin’ reggae with slam poetry and you get Jamaican-born funk-poet Everton Sylvester and his band  Searching for Banjo, bringing their unique blend of spoken word and deep reggae grooves…Sylvester is a product of downtown poetry slams from their heyday at the Nuyorican Café. He began combining spoken word with music as a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (BFE).  Sylvester and Searching for Banjo will perform tracks from their brand new album, as well as some BFE classics – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 5 pm, Show at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, December 5

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

 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com– Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 *8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com davisortongallery.com– Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*Hudson Valley Landscapes On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to Jennifer@walnuthillfineart.comWalnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view at Winter Walk, December 2 through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539 or by email to brucecbergmann@hotmail.comBCBArt, 116 Warren Street

Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.comLimner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

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

All content herein copyright 2017

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 20-27, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday-Sunday, November 20-26

Films at TSL:

> The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

> 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

> The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tuesday, November 21

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

Wednesday, November 22

Grievances with Annie Bielski  – A one-night-only late night talk show – Grievances makes its debut at The Half Moon the eve before Thanksgiving – Featuring talented guests of the juggling, music, comedy, tragedy, filmmaking, and etc. variety.  Featuring Elbert Perez, David Olivencia, Amanda Daisy Lees, Kitty Monteray, Tomm Roesch, and Elise McMahon, – House band Peter McPartland and DJ Katie Harkin – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm -– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  This year, forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  However, Christ Church Episcopal Church has risen to the occasion and agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  The meal is prepared and served by volunteers.  At this point, all available volunteer jobs are filled, including those who deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in-house.  Those who missed this year’s volunteer opportunity might  consider dining at Christ Church and enjoying the company and conversation with other community members –A gofundme campaign has been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal for those who wish to contribute to the event expenses. – Information at 518-267-9322 – Thanksgiving Dinner served from  to 12 noon to 2 pmFellowship Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street (at East Court Street)

Friday, November 24

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre – Olana offers a marionette show to thrill the young and the young at heart.  The program celebrates theatre in miniature, an ancient art form with popular 19th-century links.  This marionette theatre is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and not-so-traditional puppetry.  Their work incorporates marionette traditions of Central Europe with histories layered with adventure and travel. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x105 – at 9 am and 10:30 amOlana  State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26

5th Annual Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market – The market returns to the Hudson Valley as an antidote to Black Friday – Inspired by the talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley, Farm & Flea was born on Thanksgiving weekend 2013 as an alternative to the big box, mass-manufactured nature of Black Friday – with over 90 of the 100+ vendors coming from the Hudson Valley, the 2017 Holiday Market is designed to be locally-focused, serving as testament to the growing region and reflecting the abundance of makers in the Hudson Valley. – > This year the organizers have announced a host of immersive activities designed to encourage participation and cultural exchange and to showcase the abundance of creative talent in the Hudson Valley and beyond.  These activities include:

> Jimbo’s Airbrush Hut, an art project of Catskill artist Jim Krewson housed in Basilica’s Green Trailer – Jim will be bringing a little Jersey boardwalk to upstate NY with airbrush paintings, celebrity portraits, and Hudson themes in a trashy style

> The Basilica Hudson Art Shop will showcase a number of emerging painters, sculptors, musicians, record labels, and furniture-makers who have previously performed or exhibited at Basilica Hudson

> The Art Bus Project, will be parked at the entrance to Basilica Farm & Flea for the weekend.  The Project is a nonprofit organization and mobile exhibit dedicated to art exposure, education, and engagement, that encourages visitors to think about what their art would look like, to show that creative minds can respond in an infinite variety  of ways.

> The Black Soiree Friday night from 6 to 9 pm, Basilica Farm & Flea hosts the Black Soiree, with a wide range of activities and offers.  Artist/designer Aurel de St. Andre will provide and print free portraits of attendees using an Afghan box camera he found in Kabul – Some vendors will provide demonstrations giving insight into their crafts.  Music by Sauerkraut Seth, cocktails by Fish & Game and dinner by Alimentary Kitchen and Raven & Boar –

> Information at basilicahudson.org or call 917-385-0554 –  Free entry to those under 12 years of age – Weekend Pass available –

> Hours – Friday: 12 noon to 9 pm (includes Black Soiree from 6 to 9 pm);  Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

A SuMoNo Pop-up featuring the Kimono Made Modern – Susan Kotulak brings SuMoNo, the ultimate luxury brand for one-off raincoats, wraps, jackets, and shrugs made with fine Japanese textiles—Kasuri (ikat), Shibori, Indigo, Silk, Shirimen, and Meisen – Through a painstaking in-house process, carefully selected vintage Japanese kimono and kimono bolts have been lovingly taken apart by the SuMoNo team in Clermont, NY and transformed into one-of-a-kind featherweight raincoats and fashion garments that defy eras – Come to the Pop-Up Shop at the Jim Wach Salon to enjoy trying on these casual designs – Information by email to Sue@SuMoNo.design – Friday from 3 to 6 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pmJim Wach Salon, 234 Warren Street (between Second & Third Streets)

Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to ghentplayhouse@fairpoint.net –Runs on weekends through December 10 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, November 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market ––  The market has closed its outdoor season, but will return as The Winter Market  next Saturday, December 2 – (See listing below)  — Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Traveling Talks: Walking in Search of the Gobble – Join in the walk to learn all about the bird at the center of this holiday weekend. Fran Martino, environmental educator, will lead the walk on Olana’s carriage roads. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x10510 am  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Explore & Craft: Paper Windows –Scherenschnitte artist Pamela Dalton will help participants craft their own beautiful masterpieces, inspired by Frederic Church’s windows. Dalton’s work is created in the tradition of early American paper-cutting, popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.  Scherenschnitte is a German term meaning “scissor cutting.” – A guided tour of the windows inside Olana’s Main House, will be followed bya paper-cut design lesson. – Refreshments will be served.  – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x1051 pm  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for his 1962 film of the same name – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Book Reading & Conversation – Jim Carroll, Chatham resident and acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, will present his two books—The Boy and the Moon and Papa’s Backpack Both books are rendered in a method Carroll cites as similar to collage, using painting, drawing, photography and textures from nature which are layered digitally. – Children ages 6 to 9 will be delighted to meet the animals in his stories and howl at the moon.  – A free event – Part of a series running through the end of December in celebration of light, beauty and community. – Information at 208-390-9088 or www.EllenLynch.com1 pm –Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tarbox Ramblers, a unique roots-music trio led by Michael Tarbox from Boston, used to play frequently at the original Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, MA…”digging deep into the place where Appalachian music, ancient blues, and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations.”  – NPR describes the sounds of Tarbox Ramblers as “Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,” while music critic Seth Rogovoy writes, “The music is evocative of a world gone by and a world gone wrong, but also a world that lingers on into the 21st century.” – The trio returns to Club Helsinki this Saturday – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, November 26

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents  The Taming of the Shrew with music by Dmitri Shostakovich and choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, November 28

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

Next Saturday, December 2

Opening Day! – Hudson Farmers’ Market opens its Indoor Market for the month of December, closes for the month of January, opens again in February and will remain open through April. – 10 am to 1 pm, Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall annual holiday celebration, comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000, comprised of  Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in his new location at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 *8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – DavisOrtonGallery.com – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

 

*Hudson Valley LandscapesOn view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pmCarrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-90884 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, Nov 16 to 23, 2017 plus

ELLEN’S PICKS

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All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

*PICK OF THE WEEK* – Opera at the Opera House! – To celebrate the opening of its second floor performance hall and the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House is producing Virgil Thomson’s rarely performed opera, The Mother of Us All, about the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthonyand her struggles to get the vote for women.  The opera has a libretto by Gertrude Stein. and is directed by R. B. Schlatherwith music direction  by Tony Kieraldo, and a vocal and instrumental ensemble of over 30 Hudson Valley residents.  Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens plays the lead role of Susan B. Anthony.  Not only are the cast and directors local, but the lighting, set and costume design are all the work of talented local individuals as well.  The entire cast and crew is a reflection of the community of artistic talent that resides in the Hudson Valley, and draws attention to the Hudson Opera House, and its history as a cultural and civic beacon in the City of Hudson .

> To accompany the performances of the opera, Hudson Hall is offering a series of free pre-and post-performance gatherings called the “Not Talk Back Salon Series,” which invite the public to hear from creative thinkers, local historians and contemporary artists to explore the opera’s themes that are increasingly relevant today. These gatherings are free and open to the public, subject to space availability.  Brochure available at the Opera House. – Other highlights include a pop-up canteen by local Hudson restaurant/installation/performance project, Lil’Deb’s Oasis, and a mobile Experimental Reading Roomwhere visitors and cast can immerse themselves in Stein’s world through the written and spoken word.

> The Mother of Us All runs for five performances only on November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19, with two performances  remaining– this Saturday and Sunday..    All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – All performances start at 4 pm.  For Wait List information call 518-822-1438. – 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

ELLEN’S WEEKEND PICKS

Thursday-Monday, November 16-20

> Films at TSL:

> Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced  persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

> Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

> Rat Film – – “’There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore.  It’s always been a people problem.. Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but they make homes in them.  Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. – A brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.’”—The New York Times, 2017 – Directed by Theo Anthony

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

> Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, November 17

HWM Free Friday Tasting – Maria Clark from Polaner Selections will be pouring reds and whites perfect for Thanksgiving dinner – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com  or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pm Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome.  This week Sher Stevens will share information about her tile-making business, with great conversation to follow – Sher, a sculptor from California, became obsessed with the Mermaid,, and as a result, she created her line of Mermania Tiles, which have been sold in several Los Angeles museums and galleries – She now lives in Hudson, – All are welcome – Please bring a friend and a dish to share – Anyone who wishes to share their work at the next meeting can contact artistpotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Oxbros Live this Friday – Steven Michael Pague & Benjamin Herndon with Craig Peyton – Information at smoonwsun@aol.com8 to 10 pm – Main Street Pub, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Friday-Sunday, November 17-19

Upstage Productions presents the Broadway musical Mary Poppins – Tickets available at the door or online at https://upstageproductions.org  – Fri & Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Hudson High School auditorium, 208 Harry Howard Avenue

Saturday, November 18

Hudson Farmers’ Market –– This is the final market of the 2017 outdoor season – The Winter Market—now in its seventh year– returns to the former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street the first Saturday in December, will be open the four Saturdays in December, will take a rest in January, and return again on the first Saturday in February. –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Drag Queen Story Hour – Presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with Out Hudson – Drag queens reading stories to children – A family-friendly event with Ella Ghent, a local drag performer   – “Capturing the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood, this story hour gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”  – Ella Ghent will be reading stories, accompanied with a ukulele, that celebrate diversity, self expression and creativity – There will be a drag treasure chest with costumes for kids and complimentary cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or 518-828-179211 am to 12 noonHudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for the 1962 Bunuel film – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera by composer Sheila Silver with libretto by Stephen Kitsakos – Live Workshop Performances of Act II  – Performers include Katy Pracht, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Michael Scarcelle, with an ensemble of seven instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri and Jonathan Singer on tablas.  Music direction bySara Jobin, and stage direction by Leslie Swackhamer.  – The opera is based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and is set in contemporary Afghanistan, “…more than a story of survival in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds….it is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.”—Contemporary Literature – This two-part program shows an opera in progress – A film  shown earlier this month, shows a workshop performance of Act I that took place in Key West, Florida,   The world premiere will be presented by Seattle Opera in 2020. – It is presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with American Opera Projects and is free and open to the public.  Donations are accepted. – Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Information and reservations at 518-828-1792 x101 or by email to brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org – Performances at 1 pm and 4 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street

BeLo 3rd Gallery Stroll – Art and design locations below Third Street welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This open gallery event presents five galleries open for viewing,  – See listings for details  – Participating galleries are Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street;  Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street; and Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica – Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – 8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to davisortongallery.com  Karen@DavisOrtonGallery.com – Reception from 5 to 7 pmDavis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Closing Party for Eric Rhein’s 360 Moons – Information at 518-828-45395 to 7 pmBCB Art, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Hudson Valley LandscapesOn view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Bella’s butter toffee covered in milk, dark or white chocolate is  simply the best! – And paired with wine from the Hudson-Chatham Winery? !!   Could it get any better?!! – 5 to 7 pm – Information at 518-828-3139  or www.VerdigrisTea.comVerdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

A Not Talk Back conversation related to the production of The Mother of Us All, the Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera taking place at Hudson Hall – A discussion of “Black Dada” will be presented by artist Adam Pendleton who lays out his “disruptive theory” in his new book– Pendleton works in an array of different media, from collage to painting to video and performance.  What draws all these threads together is a concern with language and historical narrative viewed through the lens of African-American culture and aesthetics—plus his own guiding theory, dubbed ‘Black Dada.’” Free and open to all, subject to space availability – Information at 518-822-14386 pm to 7:30 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Handcraft Night: Craftworking with Kara Snyder – Join Kara Snyder of vital corps (http://www,vitalcorpswellness.com/) for a digital detox away from all our gadgets and technology, for an evening of crafting and conversation.  Kara will lead a discussion of the mind-body benefits of simple repetitive crafts, and share how she’s using handmade, upcycled envelopes to collect 33,000 handwritten task lists from women around the globe. – Free admission, but RSVP is requested by emailing Katharine@dropforgeandtool.com or sign up through the link at the  Drop Forge & Tool website. – 6 to 8 pm Drop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents THEM by Dean Taylor.  Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – “a satiric comedy about a tight little neighborhood wishing to keep out any perceived foreign elements, as well as anyone who does not ‘fit in’.” – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 pmAuditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Tim O’Brien with Amanda Anne Platt opening – Grammy Award-winner Tim O’Brien is a veritable, certified bluegrass/roots-music superstar.  He’ll bring his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, as well as his dazzling skills on every stringed instrument known to mankind – In the 1970s he founded Hot Rize, long regarded as one of the most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street –

New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & Dance-Off  – Featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin – “Panache Booking is bringing the world’s most popular soul party to Hudson!!” – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-156210 pm to 1 am -– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack’s 57th Annual Holiday Bazaar – Silent auction and thousands of beautiful items to purchase – Easy parking – Lunch available – Proceeds benefit special in-need projects around the world and at home – Information at 518-851-3811 or go to  claverackreformedchurch.org10 am to 2 pm –  Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9-H, Claverack

Saturday-Sunday, November 18-19

The Mother of Us All has a run of five performances–November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19.  .  All performances for the opera are sold out. – A limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – A Wait List has been established for both of the remaining performances on Saturday and Sunday For Wait List information call 518-822-1438, or show up and take your chances.. All performances start at 4 pm.Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunday, November 19

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Author’s Talk and Book Signing – Matt Bua, author of Talking Walls: Casting out the Post-contact Stone Wall Building Myth of the American Northeast – Matt Bua will talk about his book, Talking Walls, which scrutinizes the oft-repeated story of the origins of Northeast America’s famed stone walls.  Were 252,000 miles of stone walls—enough to reach the far side of the moon—in fact built by European colonists in a period of roughly 100 years, or are they perhaps much, much older?   Employing a mountain of testimony from archeological sources, popular history, and hands-on investigation, Bua’s book draws closer to a profound new reading of our shared landscape and its ancient past. His talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. – Information at 518-822-0510 3 to 5 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-90884 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The Hudson Interfaith Council is holding a service aimed at sending help to the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico in their struggle to survive probably the most severe storm to hit the islands in 100 years – Speakers will include Rev. Teddy Almodovar, pastor of the Power & Restoration Church of God, a Spanish-speaking church in Hudson – Learn how you can make cash donations or send other forms of assistance – Information at 518-851-7044 – Service from 5 pm to 6:30 pmFirst Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

The Mother of All Town Balls with DJ Fulathela and guests – Cover charge – Cash Bar – Information at 518-822-14386 to 9 pm Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle “While Justin bears a heavy burden given his birthright and heritage and perhaps the expectations placed upon him, he is his own man with his own sound,…”  and his own accolades and awards in the music world. – Joshua Hedley warms up the crowd for Earle – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, November 20

Crafting Night – Yarncraft, Papercraft, Anycraft! – Every other Monday, join a group at the House Rules Café for a session of crafting and discussion of our favorite topics—be it nerdy, books, movies, local events, national events, or personal events—anything is up for grabs – Drop cloths will be put down for any potentially messy activity – Information at 518-828-5938 or go to www.facebook.com/events6 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of 8th St.)

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting – Information at 518-672-7901 – 6:30 pm to 8 pm – Chatham Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham

Next Tuesday, November 21

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

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Bunnybrains – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday, November 23

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  Forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  Christ Church Episcopal Church has agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  Volunteers are needed to help set tables, prepare the meal, and serve the meal, but also to deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in house.  A wide variety of food is also needed.  To volunteer and/or learn what specific food might be needed, call 518-267-9322 – A gofundmecampaign has also been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal

Saturday, December 2

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House (Hudson Hall) annual holiday celebration comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000 Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in the Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions  email  Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

* Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses – The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

* Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Eric Rhein: 360 Moons – Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539 – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm510 Warren StreetGallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

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ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to learn when the gallery is open.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday-Sunday, November 6-12

> Films at TSL:

> Rat Film – – “’There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore.  It’s always been a people problem.’ Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but they make homes in them.  Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. ‘A brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.’”—The New York Times, 2017 – Directed by Theo Anthony

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of their patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

> Columbus – When an architecture scholar falls ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus Indiana, a small Midwestern city, celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings.  Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the library.  As their intimacy develops Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions—Jin’s estranged relationship with his father and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.  Columbus is a showcase for Director Kogonada whose striking eye translates how physical space can affect emotions –

> Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Many artists and musical forms played a role in the creation of rock, but arguably, no single piece of music was more influential than the 1958 instrumental Rumble by American Indian rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Link Wray.  This is the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence.  Featuring musical icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and others.  Rumbles shows how these talented Native musicians shaped the soundtracks of our lives.

> The Departure – Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But his work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself.  The film captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?  This is the second documentary by award-winning director Lana Wilson.  It is a poetic and deeply moving film that contemplates death as a way of better understanding how we should live.  – In Japanese with English subtitles

> Jane Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

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

Thursday, November 9 and Saturday, November 18

A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera by composer Sheila Silver with libretto by Stephen Kitsakos – Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini – The opera is set in contemporary Afghanistan, “…more than a story of survival in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds….it is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.”—Contemporary Literature –– WetterauerZeitung Germany said of Sheila Silver: “Only a few composers in any generation will enliven the art form with their musical language and herald new directions in music.  Sheila Silver is such a visionary.”

> Thursday, November 9  – Film of Act I – The film shows a workshop performance of Act I that took place in Key West, Florida, and was filmed by John Feldman of Hummingbird Films. (See reservation information below.) – 6 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

> Saturday, November 18 – Live Workshop Performances of Act II  – at 1 pm and 4 pm – Performers include Katy Pracht, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Michael Scarcelle, with an ensemble of seven instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri and Jonathan Singer on tablas.  Music direction by Sara Jobin, and stage direction by Leslie Swackhamer.  The world premiere will be presented by Seattle Opera in 2020. – 1 pm & 4 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

> This two-part program is an opera in progress.  It is presented by the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with American Opera Projects and is free and open to the public.  Donations are accepted. – Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Information and reservations at 518-828-1792 x101 or by email to brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org

Friday, November 10

HWM Free Friday Tasting – Sample several selections from Blue Danube Wine – HWM’s Ellen Boyce will be opening interesting, natural wines from Georgia and Austria – (Also see Sunday tasting below) – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Hudson Parks Conservancy Meeting – This is the second meeting of this fledgling grassroots (pun intended) group eager to help improve Hudson parks.  All are welcome – Join in and see how you can become involved – This meeting’s agenda includes Jeevan Goff from Lotus Energy who will present his ideas for upgrading the Seventh Street Park fountain with updated technology – 6 pmColumbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

Lydia Loveless:  Ballroom Session – Sarah Borges opens – A “firebrand alt-country singer …[who]…combines the honky tonk sound and style of classic country stars like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline with the no-quarter attitude and spunk of punk rock divas…” – .She was born in Coschocton, Ohio and raised on a farm, but her father was also a music fan who booked bands at a local bar, and Lydia became accustomed early on to seeing bands play and discovering an out-of-town act asleep on the living room floor in the morning.  By the time she was 13, she had taken up songwriting and was doing shows with local bands. – Sarah Borges has been entertaining audiences for years with her diverse brand of punk-inflected noir-rock.  She cuts an alluring figure on stage, and was seemingly born to play rock ‘n’ roll. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The famous Wickers Creek Band is back at the Philmont Pub – Great food and great bluegrass equals a great time!  – Information at wickerscreekband.com or 518-672-73468 to 10 pm – Main Street Pub, 12 Main Street, Route 217, Philmont

Saturday, November 11

Veterans’ Day

Hudson Farmers’ Market – There are still plenty of reasons to go to the market this weekend –  Apples, pumpkins, peppers,  potatoes of all kinds, colors and sizes; and greens, squash, pesto, cookies, cheeses, eggs, bread, fair trade coffee, pies and tarts, meats and fish, and beautiful cut flowers! – The final market of the 2017 outdoor season will be November 18 – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Open Studio with Resident Artists at Drop Forge & Tool – Stop by and meet the artists currently in residence – See some of their work and their works in progress. This week’s residents include six talented women from far and wide, working in a wide range of mediums.  They are Jenny Lee Fowler and Caitlin Parker, CoCo Harris and Brady Fern, and Ellen Adams and Yang Leyi – Refreshments are provided. – Information by email to Katharine@dropforgeandtool.com2 to 6 pmDrop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

Hudson River Harvest Concerts 2017 series – Andrew Appel and The Four Nations Ensemble present the third and final concert in the series celebrating beautiful music and the season, and look to the landmark workshops of Venice, Paris, Meissen, and London for inspiration.  This  concert—Wedgewood: Gainsborough’s Musicians- features the music of J.C. Bach, J. Abel, F. J. Haydn, and theater songs by Linley, Chilcott, & Jackson  – Information by email to fournationsinc@aol.com or call 212-928-5708 or go to www.Fournations.org – Begins at 3:30 pm with wine and cider to enjoy the grounds – Concert at 4 pm with reception following the concert, at a private home in the County.

Author’s Reading – Author Paula Josa-Jones  will read from her book, Our Horses Our Selves, Finding our Common Body – The reading will be followed by a conversation with Tom Chulak, owner of the Chatham Bookstore – This is part of the Gallery’s Celebration of Light – 4:30 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to art@johndavisgallery.com or call 518-828-59076 to 8 pm John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

VOLUME – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, held every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – This month featuring D. Foy, Shanekia McIntosh, and Peter Fiore

> D. Foy is the author of the novels Made to Break, Patricide and Absolutely Golden.  His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Salon, Hazlitt, Post Road, Electric Literature, BOMB, The Literary Review, and the Georgia Review.

> Shanekia McIntosh is a writer, poet, programmer, and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  She has performed her writing at The New Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts TBA Festival, September Gallery, Powrplnt, and Basilica Hudson.

> Peter Fiore is the author of text messages, a book of tanka poetry; flowers to the torch, a book of tanka prose; and when angels speak of love, a novella.  His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Rattle, Atlas Poetica, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

>The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Ariel Hellwitz

>VOLUME is hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French. – Information at www.facebook.com/volumehudson7 pm– Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Alexis P. Suter Band – This band first gained regional fame when the late drummer/vocalist Levon Helm invited them to warm up the crowds at the Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY – Helm then brought them on the road as the opening act for his band, where they won new fans at the Beacon Theater and the Central Park Summerstage in NY City, Bethel Woods outside of Boston, and the Paramount in Asbury Park, NJ – Since then the group has been a fixture on the blues festival circuit, where Suter stands out from the pack with her extraordinary voice and powerful stage presence.  The kudos go on and on, but this one, from the Brewster, MA “Wicked Local” tops them all:  “If Alexis P. Suter had been at the Battle of Jericho, Joshua could have put his ram’s horn away.” – Extraordinary! – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –  9 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

SaturdaySunday, November 11-12

Wednesday, November 15 &

Saturday-Sunday, November 18 -19

*PICK OF THE WEEK* – Opera at the Opera House! – To celebrate the opening of its second floor performance hall and the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State, Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House is producing Virgil Thomson’s rarely performed opera, The Mother of Us All, about the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthony and her struggles to get the vote for women.  The opera has a libretto by Gertrude Stein. and is directed by R. B. Schlather with music direction  by Tony Kieraldo, and a vocal and instrumental ensemble of over 30 Hudson Valley residents.  Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens plays the lead role of Susan B. Anthony.  Not only are the cast and directors  local, but the lighting, set and costume design are all the work of talented local individuals as well.  The entire cast and crew is a reflection of the community of artistic talent that resides in the Hudson Valley, and draws attention to the Hudson Opera House, and its history as a cultural and civic beacon in the City of Hudson .

> To accompany the performances of the opera, Hudson Hall is offering a series of free pre-and post-performance gatherings called the “Not Talk Back Salon Series,” which invite the public to hear from creative thinkers, local historians and contemporary artists to explore the opera’s themes that are increasingly relevant today.  Some of these gatherings are included in the opera ticket price, while others are free and open to the public.  Brochure available at the Opera House. – Other highlights include a pop-up canteen by local Hudson restaurant/installation/performance project, Lil’Deb’s Oasis, and a mobile Experimental Reading Room where visitors and cast can immerse themselves in Stein’s world through the written and spoken word.

> The Mother of Us All runs for five performances only on November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19.  The tickets for the Wednesday performance are sold at a reduced rate.  Opening night is already sold out, and other performances are going fast.  In order to make the opera accessible to as many members of the community as possible, a limited number of “General Admission-Standing” tickets for every performance have just been put on sale. Standing Room ticket holders are invited to stand on the periphery of the performance area, to sit on the carpeted floor, or a combination of both. – All performances start at 4 pm. To purchase tickets, go online to www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438.

Sunday, November 12

HWM Free Tasting – Jillian Muller from Blueprint Spirits will be in the store pouring tastes of bourbon, rye, and barrel-aged gin from F.E.W Spirits, distilled in Evanston, Illinois  (Also see Friday tasting above) – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 2 pm to 3:30 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Taylor Mali brings his tender and funny spoken word art to the Rogovoy Salon, a music, literary,  and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – Mali’s incisive work is often about family, masculinity, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, race, and education.  He is perhaps best known for the poem “What Teachers Make,” a question he expands in his bestselling book, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World – Add to his accomplishments, several published books and poetry collections, and a jury prize for “the best solo performance”  for his one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math  at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival – Information at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800–   Doors open at 5 pm; show at 7 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Concerts in the Village presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt: High Drama from the Baroque in England – with the Broad Street Chorale, Cantilena Chamber Choir from Lenox, the Broad Street Orchestra, and Countertenor Daniel Moody – Conducted by David Smith – Information at www.concertsinthevillage.org3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Monday, November 13

Crafting Night – Yarncraft, Papercraft, Anycraft! – Every other Monday, join a group at the House Rules Café for a session of crafting and discussion of our favorite topics—be it nerdy, books, movies, local events, national events, or personal events—anything is up for grabs – Drop cloths will be put down for any potentially messy activity – Information at 518-828-5938 or go to www.facebook.com/events6 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of 8th St.)

Next Tuesday, November 14

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

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate / Bunnybrains – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street 

FUN & GAMES

House Rules CaféHudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938 House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions  email  Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

* Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pmInky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* Identity in America: Who are we?: Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase – The city of Hudson in upstate New York (population 6,700 est.), home of the Davis Orton Gallery, is a diverse community. Twenty-five percent of our population is African American, 7% Asian (predominantly from Bangladesh), and 8% Hispanic.  In 2016, the Davis Orton Gallery presented its first show highlighting questions of identity in America. Now, a year later, the gallery presents four artists who address the conversation with  vibrant portraits of young American Muslims, video portraits of older Bangladeshi women who fought in their country’s war for independence, a Peruvian-American artist’s journal of her life story in photocollage, and light-filled photographs of Quaker Meetinghouse interiors that convey the artist’s love for the religion’s tenets. All on view through November 12.

> Two Exhibitions: America 2.0 – Muslim American Youth, Mark Bennigton, photography

 Women Fighters, Hidden Memories – Bangladeshi women who fought in 1971 war for independence, Carlos Saavedra, video portraits and photography

> Portfolio Showcase:

The Journey (el vieje) –   Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, photocollage

The Witness Within – Jean Schnell, photographs

> Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

*BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stover and wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/ or 518-828-19155 to 7 pm Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

* Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680 Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Eric Rhein: 360 Moons – Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*A Show of Heads – Works by 25 artists on view through November 11 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or call 518-828-23436 to 8 pmLimner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

*Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

*Susan Wanklyn: New Paintings – A solo exhibition – On view through December 10 – Information at 518-828-1677 or by email to info@grisnewyork.com6 to 8 pmGalerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

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ADDENDA

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call the gallery to find out gallery hours.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Hudson Ward Meetings

Coming Soon to Your Ward – Meet the Hudson Mayor Presumptive   – Though he is not yet officially our Mayor, Rick Rector has been endorsed by the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Conservative Parties, and he is running unopposed, so his chances are pretty good!.  Looking ahead to when he is Mayor, he has announced a series of five conversational meetings –one in each ward— Meetings in the First, Third and Fourth Wards have already taken place. The Fifth Ward meeting is Tuesday, October 24 at 6 pm at the Crosswinds complex on Harry Howard Avenue; and the Second Ward meeting is Monday, October 30 at 6 pm at the Chamber of Commerce building at 1 North Front Street

Calling all Veterans

Questar III invites local veterans to a free Veterans Day Lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Program to be held on Thursday, November 2 – Information at 518-828-4157 or by email to lseftner@questar.org – All veterans are invited to bring a guest – Reservations are necessary and may be made at 518-828-4157 – There will be two seatings:  from 11 am to 12 noon, and from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Questar III, Columbia-Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66)

ELLEN’S PICKS

Monday, October 23

Hudson Democrats Third Ward Reception to meet Peter Volkmann, County Sheriff candidate; Rick Rector, candidate for Mayor; Michael Chameides, Third Ward Supervisor candidate; and Calvin Lewis, candidate for Third Ward Alderman – 6:30 pm to 8 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Monday-Sunday, October 23-29

FilmColumbia – The eighteenth annual film festival produced and presented by the Chatham Film Club began with a two-day tribute to actor Frank Langella.  The festival film screenings run through Sunday, October 29 and include a sneak preview, a children’s program, a shorts program, and animation for grownups – Over the course of eight days, the festival screens over seventy major studio and independent features, award-winning foreign films, documentaries, animation and meet-the-filmmaker events  – Screenwriting workshops led by Scott Cohen and Anastasia Traina are also offered – The films in which you are interested may be sold out at this late date, but try anyway!  – Information, tickets, and schedule at filmcolumbia.org  – All screenings are in Chatham Village at the Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street; Morris Memorial, 17 Park Row; or Tracy Memorial, 77 Main Street, Chatham

> Films at TSL

> Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait – The personal life and public career of the celebrated painter and filmmaker …whose acclaimed work has turned him into a superstar in the international art world.

> Kill, Baby…Kill! (1966) – A new restoration of director Mario Bava’s horror masterpiece – In Italian with English subtitles

> Extraordinary Ordinary People – At a time when the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, this documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs; the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.  Featuring a breathtaking array of men and women who have been awarded fellowships,  including musicians, dancers, quilters, wood-carvers and more, the film demonstrates the importance of the folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America….

> Lucky – “The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (played by Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters who inhabit his off-the-map desert town.”

> Two Trains Runnin’ – In June, 1964—Freedom Summer—hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi.  That same month, another group of musicians, students and record collectors also traveled to MS.  Unaware of each other, the two groups had come with the same goal—to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement.  Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era – The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in current day America.

> Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards – An in-depth portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons.

> Dries – For the first time fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life…This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization.” – In English and Dutch with subtitles

> Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda Born of a strict culture, the Chef had the desire to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world (known as kakehashi) –Facing many challenges, he started as a dishwasher at Benihana and went on to create a cuisine that bridged the gap

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

Tuesday, October 24

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

TuesdaySaturday, October 24-28

This week at House Rules Café
Tuesday at 6 pm: Free Movie Night – A screening of Beetlejuice
Saturday at 1 pm: Halloween Game Day
Saturday at 5 pm – Halloween Party
Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth St.

Wednesday, October 25

Upstreet Market – Bringing food mid-week to Hudson – By the local, of the local, for the local! – 4 to 7 pmSeventh Street Park (between Warren and Columbia Streets)

On the Fly Story Slam – Tell a story, volunteer to judge, or simply enjoy the show – This week’s theme is “Spooky Stories.” – On the Fly stories are told, not read.  No notes are allowed on stage.  Storytellers are selected at random on the night of the story slam. Come early to put your name in the hat. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up at 6 pm; show at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, October 26

Historian Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Supervisor and President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, presents an illustrated talk called “A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal.”   The talk will focus on Hudson’s experience in the 1970’s, when a massive urban renewal undertaking impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.  –Part of the Hudson Area Library History Room’s Local History Speaker Series –  Free and open to all – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 or hudsonarealibrary.org6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Public Meeting – The Local Planning Committee of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (the program that is giving Hudson $10 million dollars) holds its first public meeting specifically to hear comments from the public and answer their questions.  Open to all – 6 pm – Auditorium, John L. Edwards Primary School, behind the old library building at 400 State Street

ProJam #21 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians – Featuring Pat O’Shea, Jeremy Baum, Jay Collins, Pat Perkinson, and Sonny Rock, with Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in – A Sonny Rock Production  – A bi-monthly event – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday, October 27

SUSAN B LISTEN TO ME – An Open Rehearsal of Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein’s opera, The Mother of Us All  –– Free and open to the public – This is the first in a series of events leading up to five performances of the rarely performed opera at Hudson Hall in mid-November –  Information at 518-822-14382 to 5 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

HWM Free Friday Tasting – The local food purveyor Atina Foods will be i offering tastings of selected Indian chutneys – HWM will be pairing a white, a red, and a sparkling wine to complement the chutneys. – Yum! – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-64115 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Hope On the Hudson – Basilica Hudson, in collaboration with the Good Work Institute and Hudson River Stories, presents an evening of celebration and success to recognize the positive effort to preserve the Hudson River and the beautiful region that surrounds us.  Meet organizations and people committed to protecting the environment in the Hudson River Valley, including Riverkeeper, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Schooner Apollonia, Columbia Land Conservancy, the SS Columbia project, and Clearwater – Watch a special preview screening of two new films from Ocean’s 8 Films, Hudson River Stories web series.  All films are directed by filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.  The series reports on a handful of serious and growing threats to the river.  – Information at basilicahudson.org/hope-on-the-hudson/Social hour at 6 pm; Program at 7 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Willie Watson / Suzanne Santo  *For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions.  He is a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.  On his most recent album, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.  Southern gospel, railroad songs, Delta blues, Irish fiddle tunes, Appalachian music–he does it all.  *Caught halfway between the dark swoon of pop-noir, the raw rasp of soul music, and the honest punch of Americana, Suzanne Santo’s album Ruby Red, tells the story of a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who, more than ten years into an acclaimed career, is turning a new corner. .> Information at  518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors at 6 pm; show at 9 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, October 27-28

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – Take a tour of the Clermont mansion decorated as it was for Halloween in 1921.  Something goes wrong and the house is filled with ghosts from the Livingston family’s past. Separated lovers, servants, pirates, and more will all be uncovered in this lively evening.  Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them tell true stories!  Tours are followed by toasted marshmallows and a rare “Clermont After Dark” tour featuring dozens of hand-carved flickering jack-o-lanterns – Reservations are required – Information and reservations at 518-537-4240 – Tours start every half hour from 6 to 9 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Off Route 9G, Germantown

Saturday, October 28

Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is still going strong. – Apples, including historic varieties; pumpkins, peppers in all colors—sweet, mild, hot, and hotter; potatoes of all kinds, colors and sizes; and greens, squash, pesto, cookies, cheeses, eggs, bread, fair trade coffee, pies and tarts, meats and fish, and beautiful cut flowers! – The Wickers Creek Band performs in the Music Tent from 10 am to 12 noon – The Hudson Library Story Time On-the-Go will be in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflote – Live in HD – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pmTime & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Syrup Tasting – Fall is time for waffles and ice cream and roast pork and roasted vegetables and milk shakes and stewed fruit, and on and on to anything that requires delicious varieties of syrup. Come taste  L’Epicerie Fig Syrup, L’Epicerie Rose Syrup, Trees Knees Spicy Syrup, and Crown Maple Syrup.  Syrup—it’s not just for pancakes. – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or call 518-828-3139Verdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street).

Tousey Winery Halloween Vintage Release Party at a new venue—The Tin Barn – Taste four new vintages including the Grim Reaper; prizes for the best costume (encouraged but not required), live music, dinner menu available for purchase – Party starts at 6:30 pm, Costume contest at 8:30 pm, followed by live music and a spooky dance party – Information and tickets, which may be purchased in advance at https://www.touseywinery.com/summer-party — Tickets also available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-vintage-release-party-tickets-36936544198 – 6:30 pm – Tousey Winery, 1783 Route 9, Germantown

Halloween Party with And The Kids + Hammydown – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29

Stair Galleries’ Fine Auction of English, Continental & American fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver, and  jewelry including property from the Collection of Princess Frederika Ann Guiry, whose father, Sir Frederick Sigrist, built the famous Sigrist House in Nassau in 1936; and other collections of note – Absentee and phone bidding accepted for this sale – Previews Monday through Thursday, October 23 through 26 from 10 am to 5 pm; Friday, October 27 from 10 am to 8 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, October 28 & 29 from 9 am until Auction at 11 am  – Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 518-751-100011 am Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Sunday, October 29

Hudson Halloween:

> 2 to 4 pm – Trick or Treat – Hudson kids make the rounds to Warren Street businesses.

> 4 pm – Gather at Seventh Street Park for a Halloween Parade down Warren Street to Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street – Parade steps off at 4:05 pm

> 4:30 pm – Judging of the Costume Contest at Hudson Hall.

Nest Tuesday, October 31

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

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown, held at Spotty since 2006! – Information at 518-671-6006 – 630 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

FUN & GAMES

Hudson Halloween on Sunday this year – Trick or Treat on Warren Street, a Halloween Parade, and a Costume Contest – (See above under Sunday!)

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. Here is this week’s schedule:

Tuesday at 6 pm: Free Movie Night – A screening of Beetlejuice

Saturday at 1 pm: Halloween Game Day

Saturday at 5 pm – Halloween Party

Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – An annual event featuring a tour through the spooky ghost-populated  Clermont Mansion – (See Legends by Candlelight Ghost tours under FridaySaturday above.)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-929211 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29 – Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

Apple Picking – The “U-Pick” signs are up in Columbia County, so its time for a family trip to the orchard.  Look for pumpkins along the way. – Here are two suggestions:

> Philip Orchards at Route 9H, Claverack, 9 am to 5:30 pm daily through October – Phone 518-851-6351

> Fix Brothers Fruit Farm, 215 White Birch Road, – Open now through the end of October – Phone 518-828-4401

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises has suspended its ferry runs until next spring.

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

*Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pmInky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

 *Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at OlanaAn innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

*David Eustace: notes from the sky and other material — Curated by Victoria Anstead – David Eustace is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Hudson Valley.  For this work, Eustace prepared his canvases by exposing them to three years’ worth of local wind and weather.  He “works the canvases as is they were hides, scraping and beating them…and then adds materials including salt, ammonia, oil and iron filings before exposing them to the natural elements.  Intention and accident collide during this ‘curing’ process….” – On view by appointment  through October 29 – Information at 917-902-6667 Third Floor Gallery, 341 Warren Street (above Hudson Wine Merchants)

*Not Just Flowers: New Photography by John Lipkowitz – Also exhibiting gallery artists – On view through October 29 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com – – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* Identity in America: Who are we?: Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase – The gallery presents four artists who address the conversation with  vibrant portraits of young American Muslims, video portraits of older Bangladeshi women who fought in their country’s war for independence, a Peruvian-American artist’s journal of her life story in photocollage, and light-filled photographs of Quaker Meetinghouse interiors that convey the artist’s love for the religion’s tenets. All on view through November 12.
America 2.0 – Mark Bennigton, photography
 Women Fighters, Hidden Memories – Carlos Saavedra, video portraits and photography> Portfolio Showcase:
The Journey (el vieje) –   Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, photocollage
The Witness Within – Jean Schnell, photographs

> Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stover and wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/ or 518-828-1915 – 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

*Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*John Davis Gallery presents the work of six artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including constructions by the featured artist–La Wilson – This is the 16th exhibition of Ms. Wilson’s work that the artist and dealer have presented together.  It also marks Ms. Wilson’s eighth exhibition in Hudson.  She visits Hudson, New York from Hudson, Ohio where she lives. Her work has been shown extensively in the mid-west and in New York City. The other works being shown are: recent work by Brandt Junceau, photographs by Paul Hamann, and paintings by Brian Rego, Tine Lundsfryd, and Priscilla Derven. All on view through November 5 – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

* Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680 Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Eric Rhein: 360 Moons – Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

A Show of Heads – Works by 25 artists on view through November 11 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or call 518-828-2343 – 6 to 8 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

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Sightseeing Tours

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises, including fall foliage tours, are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of October.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call to find out gallery hours.

Where to Take the Kids

An occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Hudson Ward Meetings

Coming Soon to Your Ward – Meet the Hudson Mayor Elect – Though he is not yet officially our Mayor, Rick Rector has been endorsed by the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Conservative Parties, and he is running unopposed, so his chances are pretty good!.  Looking ahead to when he is Mayor, he has announced a series of five conversational meetings –one in each ward— Meetings in the First, Third and Fourth Wards have already taken place. The Fifth Ward meeting is Tuesday, October 24 at 6 pm at the Crosswinds complex on Harry Howard Avenue; and the Second Ward meeting is Monday, October 30 at 6 pm at the Chamber of Commerce building at 1 North Front Street – Feel free to go to either one of these meetings, even though they may not be held in your ward.

MondayFriday, October 16-20

Free Double Feature Screenings of Twilight Zone Monday through Thursday, with a Quadruple Feature Screening on Friday – Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Monday-Sunday, October 16-22

> Films at TSL

> Lucky – “The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (played by Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters who inhabit his off-the-map desert town.”

> Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge – A sweeping biographical film about the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.  In French with English subtitles

> Two Trains Runnin’ – In June, 1964—Freedom Summer—hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi.  That same month, another group of musicians, students and record collectors also traveled to MS.  Unaware of each other, the two groups had come with the same goal—to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement.  Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era – The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in current day America.

> Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards – An in-depth portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons.

> Dries – For the first time fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life…This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization.” – In English and Dutch with subtitles

> Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda – Born of a strict culture, the Chef had the desire to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world (known as kakehashi) –Facing many challenges, he started as a dishwasher at Benihana and went on to create a cuisine that bridged the gap

> My Brothers and Sisters in the NorthWhat do we know about the citizens of North Korea?  The country seems to be inhabited by robotic soldiers and its leader’s hysterically loyal subjects.  But what about the everyday life of the people?  Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sung-Hyung Cho was the first South Korean director to receive an official permit to film in North Korea.  Traveling the country, she accompanies ordinary people during their everyday lives and work routines, talking to them about their hopes and dreams.  In German and Korean with English subtitles

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

Tuesday, October 17

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown, held at the Spotty since 2006 – Free admission – Information at 518-671-60066:30 pmSpotty 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 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Wednesday, October 18

Taconic Toastmasters Open House – All are welcome – Meet club members and learn how Toastmasters can help you gain confidence and find your voice when speaking in public – Experience a sample meeting, followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information at taconic.toastmastersclubs.org or 518-828-75205:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

Cyrus Gengras / Kinsey – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-15628 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, October 19

The first meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee takes place in the auditorium at John L. Edwards Primary School (behind 400 State Street). This meeting is intended to be a working meeting for the twenty-three member Planning Committee. The agenda includes an overview of the DRI program, process, roles and responsibilities, and schedule.  There will also be a review of Hudson’s DRI application.  This meeting is intended to be a working meeting for the members of the LPC. There will be opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting. – 6 pm – Auditorium, John L. Edwards Primary School, behind 400 State Street

Friday, October 20

Mrs. Greenthumbs Calls a Meeting – Last month a small informal group calling itself the Mrs. Greenthumbs Hedge Fund announced an initiative to turn the Fund into a full-blown Hudson Parks Conservancy to support the preservation and enhancement of Hudson’s parks.  Since then, a Facebook group–ninety-two members strong at last count–has been formed and great interest and support for the idea has been voiced.  This inaugural meeting has been scheduled to talk about a long-term vision and to explore what immediate projects might be undertaken.  All those who care about Hudson’s parks and want to help maintain, preserve, and improve them are invited to attend – Information and RSVP by going to Facebook and searching for “Hudson Parks Conservancy” – 6 pmConference Room, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

 Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome.  This week Sue Cornell, aka Deja Sue, will be sharing her new quilt work.  Sue says: “A lot of my work is done with items that are sentimental to the people who bring them to me.  They cannot be used for one reason or another, but there’s an attachment to them…that is very personal and unique.” – Also sharing their work will be Helen and Karl Wolff of Camphill Village in Copake – All are welcome – Please bring a dish to share – Anyone who wishes to share their work at the next meeting can contact artistpotluck@gmail.com– The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmHudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Friday-Sunday, October 20-22

Ghent Playhouse’s presents Greater Tuna, directed by Brian Wagner  – “A hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores.  Two actors portray 20 characters—men, women, children, and animals—all wacky citizens of Tuna–Texas’s third smallest town.”  Reservations and information at 392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Runs on weekends through October 22 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 29

FilmColumbia – The eighteenth annual film festival produced and presented by the Chatham Film Club begins with a two-day tribute to actor Frank Langella.  Four of Langella’s films will be shown and followed by Q&A with the honoree – A cocktail party in Mr. Langella’s honor follows the Q&A on Saturday – The festival film screenings begin on Sunday, October 22 and run through Sunday, October 29and include a sneak preview, a children’s program, a shorts program, and animation for grownups – Over the eight days, the festival screens over seventy major studio and independent features, award-winning foreign films, documentaries, animation and meet-the-filmmaker events  – Screenwriting workshops led by Scott Cohen and Anastasia Traina are also offered – Information, tickets, and schedule at filmcolumbia.org  – All screenings are in Chatham Village at the Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street; Morris Memorial, 17 Park Row; or Tracy Memorial, 77 Main Street

Saturday, October 21

Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is still going strong. – Apples, including historic varieties; pumpkins, peppers in all colors—sweet, mild, hot, and hotter; potatoes of all kinds, colors and sizes; and greens, squash, pesto, cookies, cheeses, eggs, bread, fair trade coffee, pies and tarts, meats and fish, and beautiful cut flowers! – The Wickers Creek Band performs in the Music Tent from 10 am to 12 noon – The Hudson Library Story Time On-the-Go will be in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

The Metropolitan Opera production of Bellini’s Norma Live in HD – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Bed Races – This traditional Hudson frolic moves to Front Street – 3 pm Starts around William Farmer & Sons (22 South Front Street) and ends at The Half Moon (48 South Front Street

A Show of Heads -Reception – Works by 25 artists on view through November 11 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or call 518-828-23436 to 8 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

A Musical Salute to Marvin Hamlisch –– Pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Charles Yang are highly sought-after crossover artists, equally at home in classical,  jazz, and pop idioms.  Yang’s masterful improvisational skills on violin, electric violin, and as a vocalist, have led him to perform with artists such as Twyla Tharp and Misty Copeland, and to the stages of the Aspen Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival.  Dugan has performed in tributes to Marvin Hamlisch with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell, and his collaborations with Charles Yang have been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo,” earning critical acclaim across the United States – A prolific composer, Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice –His Broadway musical A Chorus Line won him a Pulitzer – This concert follows an exhibition of photographs by Len Prince which paid tribute to Hamlisch – Information at hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-14387 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Elvis Perkins – “Of all the legions of world-class musicians who call Hudson home, psychedelic-folk singer Elvis Perkins has to be numbered near the top….Come out to cheer on a hometown hero.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Pyramid Power presents a dance floor explosion featuring DJ sets by Legendary Bishop and SVB with visuals by Logan R. Visscher – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-156210 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, October 22

The Ghostly Gallop in support of the Hudson Area Library starts at 10:30 am with the judging of a pre-race Costume Contest, followed by the  Kids Fun Run at 11 am and the 5K Run/Walk at 11:30 am Cash prizes will be awarded to the top adult runners. –– Refreshments are available at the High School at the end of the race – The race course, certified by USA Track & Field, can be seen at www.GhostlyGallop.info The course will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race – Pre-registrants can pick up their bib numbers and timing chips at Steiner’s Sports, 301 Warren Street on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm On race day, costume judging starts promptly at 10:30 am followed by the races –  All races start and end at Hudson High School on Harry Howard Avenue

The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Le Corsaire in HD – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and visual artist Natalia Zukerman, daughter of flutist Eugenia Zukerman and violinist Pinchas Zukerman, premieres her new multimedia program called The Women Who Rode Away: Songs and Portraits as part of the monthly Rogovoy Salon series, hosted by music journalist Seth Rogovoy.  The program features a new body of work in which her songs and paintings engage in a dialogue.  Some of her artwork is inspired by her songs; and some of her music is inspired by her paintings, and in this project, both are inspired by women who define and defy boundaries – The women portrayed include Jane Avril, a dancer made famous by French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; black feminist poet Andre Lorde; and the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, among others – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Diane Cluck and Sam Moss – Returning as part of their 2017 Northeast tour – Information at 518-671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street 

Nest Tuesday, October 24

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

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. – Information at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-929211 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29– Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

Think Ahead to Halloween – Hudson Halloween festivities will happen on Sunday, October 29:

> Trick or Treating at businesses on Warren Street from 2 to 4 pm

> Gathering in Seventh Street Park at 4 pm for a Halloween Parade down Warren Street to the Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street

> A Costume Contest at Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street at 4:30 pm.

The Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop race, (See above under Sunday) also involves a Costume Contest.   Find all the details at http://www.ghostlygallop.info/

Apple Picking – The “U-Pick” signs are up in Columbia County, so its time for a family trip to the orchard.  Look for pumpkins along the way. – Here are two suggestions:
> Philip Orchards at Route 9H, Claverack, 9 am to 5:30 pm daily through October – Phone 518-851-6351
> Fix Brothers Fruit Farm, 215 White Birch Road, – Open now through the end of October – Phone 518-828-4401

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises has suspended its ferry runs until next spring

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

*Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Incident Report: Reports Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 27.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturdayafternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 –Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pmInky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at OlanaAn innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

*David Eustace: notes from the sky and other material –– Curated by Victoria Anstead – David Eustace is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Hudson Valley.  For this work, Eustace prepared his canvases by exposing them to three years’ worth of local wind and weather.  He “works the canvases as is they were hides, scraping and beating them…and then adds materials including salt, ammonia, oil and iron filings before exposing them to the natural elements.  Intention and accident collide during this ‘curing’ process….” – On view by appointment  through October 29 – Information at 917-902-6667Third Floor Gallery, 341 Warren Street (above Hudson Wine Merchants

*Not Just Flowers: New Photography by John Lipkowitz – Also exhibiting gallery artists – On view through October 29 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com – – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

*Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stover and wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/or 518-828-1915 Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Identity in America: Who are we?: Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase – The city of Hudson in upstate New York (population 6,700 est.) is a diverse community. Twenty-five percent of our population is African American, 7% Asian (predominantly from Bangladesh), and 8% Hispanic.  The gallery presents four artists who address the conversation with  
>Vibrant portraits of young American Muslims,   >America 2.0 – Mark Bennigton, photography
>Video portraits of older Bangladeshi women who fought in their country’s war for independence: Women Fighters, Hidden Memories – Carlos Saavedra, video portraits and photography
>a Peruvian-American artist’s journal of her life story in photocollage,  The Journey (el vieje) –   Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, photocollage
>Light-filled photographs of Quaker Meetinghouse interiors.     The Witness Within – Jean Schnell, photographs
All on view through November 12 > Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

* BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stover and wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/or 518-828-19155 to 7 pm Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses – The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to brends.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

*Selection ’17  – Concepto Hudson presents the first juried exhibition of its six-year run in Hudson – Twenty artists were chosen from an extensive number of submissions – The quality of the submitted works was exciting and unexpected, with a diversity of emerging, mid-career and self-taught artists.  The result is an exciting representation of present artists from in and around our region. – On view through November 19 – Information at concepto.gallery@gmail.com – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

John Davis Gallery presents the work of six artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including constructions by the featured artist–La Wilson – This is the 16th exhibition of Ms. Wilson’s work that the artist and dealer have presented together.  It also marks Ms. Wilson’s eighth exhibition in Hudson.  She visits Hudson, New York from Hudson, Ohio where she lives. Her work has been shown extensively in the mid-west and in New York City. The other works being shown are: recent work by Brandt Junceau, photographs by Paul Hamann, and paintings by Brian Rego, Tine Lundsfryd, and Priscilla Derven. All on view through November 5 – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

* Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to info@baileygallery.com or call 518-828-6680Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Eric Rhein: 360 Moons Eric Rhein has gained international recognition as a significant and widely exhibited artist, whose artwork embodies themes of love, sexuality, and identity through his ever-evolving experience of HIV.  Rhein tested positive in 1987 at age 27; 360 Moons now honors his three decades of creating artwork through this profound experience.  The selected works of photography, sculpture, and wire drawings evoke the physical, ethereal, and mystic, and his personal connection to the natural world.  Resilience and vulnerability, loss and survival co-exist in these light and shadowed works, reflecting Rhein’s spiritually driven understanding of being human. – Also on view is Ribbon Corner, a site specific installation by Lynn Itzkowitz, made of 23 graphite ribbons, floor to ceiling in a confined space, creating interplay of illusion and reality. – Work of gallery artists is also being shown – All on view through November 19 – Information by e-mail to brucecbergmann@hotmail.com or call 518-828-4539BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

*Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond October 2 to October 10 plus

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Sightseeing Tours

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises, including fall foliage tours, are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of October.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call to find out gallery hours.

Where to Take the Kids

A new occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Monday-Sunday, October 2-8

> Films at TSL

> Walk With Me – “…a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Yhich Nhat Hanh….This visceral film is a meditation on a community whose members have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.” – Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch – In Vietnamese, French, and English, with English subtitles.

> Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda – Born of a strict culture, the Chef had the desire to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world (known as kakehashi) –Facing many challenges, he started as a dishwasher at Benihana and went on to create a cuisine that bridged the gap

> Spettacolo – “Villagers in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play.  Every summer their piazza becomes their stage and residents of all ages play a part—the role of themselves.  Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years.  But with an aging population and a future generation interested more in Facebook then farming, the town’s 50th anniversary performance just might be its last.” – In Italian with English subtitles.

> My Brothers and Sisters in the North – What do we know about the citizens of North Korea?  The country seems to be inhabited by robotic soldiers and its leader’s hysterically loyal subjects.  But what about the everyday life of the people?  Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sung-Hyung Cho was the first South Korean director to receive an official permit to film in North Korea.  Traveling the country, she accompanies ordinary people during their everyday lives and work routines, talking to them about their hopes and dreams.  In German and Korean with English subtitles

> The Little Hours  – Bored, volatile, and sexually repressed Renaissance nuns live in a monastery under the watchful eye of Father Tommasso.  Their dull lives are shaken up by the arrival of a handsome new groundskeeper, whom Father Tommasso introduces as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation.  Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the situation erupts into a frenzy of debauchery and hormones….

> Beach Rats – Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.  As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurling toward irreparable consequences.  Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

> Ex Libris – The New York Public Library –“In his 43rd film in 50 years, Frederick Wiseman cracks open the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style.  If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big wonderful surprise.  The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman building is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.  ‘Libraries are the pillars of our democracy,’ says Toni Morrison, as Wiseman’s opus makes abundantly clear.”

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

Thursday, October 5

Meet the Hudson Mayor Elect – Though he is not yet officially our Mayor, Rick Rector has been endorsed by the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Conservative Party.  Looking ahead to when he is Mayor, he has announced a series of five conversational  meetings –one in each ward—beginning with aFirst Ward Meeting held on Thursday, October 5 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Hudson Lodge at 601 Union Street – Stay tuned for announcements of the other ward meetings!

Friday-Saturday, October 6-7

The Hudson-Athens Ferry has suspended its service for this year.  The ferry will be back in service in the spring.

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8

Claverack Free Library Fall Book Sale – Browse a huge selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles, and children’s books

> Friday – A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception  – A modest entry fee allows Early Bird Shoppers to get first dibs – 5 to 7 pm

> Saturday – The sale begins – Lunch is available along with home-baked specialties and beverages – 9 am to 3 pm

> Sunday – The sale continues – Home-baked specialties and beverages are available – 10 am to 2 pm – Purchase a Library tote bag and fill it with books for free

> Library Trustees will lead tours of the new Claverack Library all weekend. Proceeds from the book sale support the Library’s annual budget.

– Information by email to info@claveracklibrary.org or by calling 518-851-7120– Claverack Free Library, 629 Route State Route 23B (at intersection with Route 9H), Claverack

Opening week of Ghent Playhouse’s production of Greater Tuna, directed by Brian Wagner  – “A hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores.  Two actors portray 20 characters—men, women, children, and animals—all wacky citizens of Tuna–Texas’s third smallest town.”  Reservations and information at 392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Runs on weekends through October 22 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, October 7

Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is still going strong.  – Hudson Area Library’s “Story Time On-the-Go” is in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Community Drum Circle – Free and open to the public – 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Pocket Park, 328 Warren Street (directly across from Hudson Opera House)

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Bellini’s Norma – Live in HD – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Openings – Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase on the theme of Identity in America: Who are we? – The city of Hudson in upstate New York (population 6,700 est.), home of the Davis Orton Gallery, is a diverse community. Twenty-five percent of our population is African American, 7% Asian (predominantly from Bangladesh), and 8% Hispanic. In 2016, the Davis Orton Gallery presented its first show highlighting questions of identity in America.

Now, a year later, the gallery presents four artists who address the conversation withvibrant portraits of young American Muslims, video portraits of older Bangladeshi women who fought in their country’s war for independence, a Peruvian-American artist’s journal of her l   life story in photocollage, and light-filled photographs of Quaker Meetinghouse interiors that convey the artist’s love for the religion’s tenets.

> Two Exhibitions: America 2.0 – Mark Bennigton, photography
 Women Fighters, Hidden Memories – Carlos Saavedra, video portraits and photography

> Portfolio Showcase:
The Journey (el vieje)– Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, photocollage
 The Witness Within – Jean Schnell, photographs

> Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening  – Not Just Flowers: New Photography by John LipkowitzAlso exhibiting gallery artists – On view through October 29 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening & Book Signing –Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  – Join the artist and special guests for an opening reception event featuring music by Carolyn Mix (violin) and Darcy Doniger (cello) of 2Note Hudson, and the launch of a new fragrance by Source Adage – Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-14385 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Meet Hudson-based artist Filiz Soyak, and enjoy a glass of wine and artisanal cheeses from Lime Kiln Farm – Soyak’s work draws from places and experiences to create abstracted landscapes.  A number of pieces incorporate symbols, relics and other found objects of the places she’s been recalling in the work. – Free and open to the public – Information at 828-0033 or valleyvariety.com5 to 7 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stoverand wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/ or 518-828-19155 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 – Reception at 5:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

From Russia with Love – Leaf Peeper Concerts presents The Voxare Quartet playing Russian music of the early 20th century alongside a screening of Vertov’s silent Russian movie classic—The Man with a Movie CameraThe film captures citizens from dawn to dusk in all aspects of life—mundane, athletic, dangerous and breathtaking.  The quartet draws on the feast of Soviet-era music composed during the same time period as the film – “a unique visual and sonic experience” –  Followed by a reception with the artists – Information and tickets at www.leafpeeperconcerts.org7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley Dance Festival – Presented by Dancers Responding to AIDS – This year’s performances (at 2 pm and 5 pm) include choreography by Rob Ashford, Joshua Beamish, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Jeffrey Cirio, American dance legend Merce Cunningham, Moses Pendelton, Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh, Manuel Vignoulle, and others. This is the fifth year of this annual event which raises funds to provide grants to AIDS and family service organizations nationwide, including ten based in the Hudson Valley.- The schedule includes a performance at 2 pm, a cocktail reception for orchestra and VIP ticket buyers  at 3:30, a second performance at 5 pm, and a VIP reception at W&G SPACE on Catskill Creek at 6:30 pm – Information and tickets available at dradance.org or 212-840-0770, ext. 229 – 2 and 5 pm – Historic Catskill Point, Catskill

OK Fall Festival – A fun-filled day for the family. – Hay rides, ghost making, a bake-off and live music – Pumpkin painting and ghost making supplies are provided, or bring your own – Food available for purchase – Information at www.kinderhookbusiness.com9 am to 1 pm – Kinderhook Village Square, intersection of Route 9 and Hudson Street, Kinderhook

Dalmatian Day – Celebrate the dalmatian and National Fire Prevention Week with this family- friendly event featuring dalmatians, games, shows, demonstrations and more. All shows and activities, including admission to the Museum, are free for this special day.  See Mr. Twisty’s Fabulous Magic Show, games and crafts for kids, a puppet show and lots of live dalmatians  -Information at 518-822-1875 or www.fasnyfiremuseum.com10 am to 3 pm – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

Hillsdale’s Pumpkin Festival – Activities throughout the Town of Hillsdale, all day! – Preserve tasting, pumpkin carving, donkey hugs, grab bag discounts, games, hay rides, wine tasting, bake sale, movie night and a Pumpkin Pie bake off – Information at 518-325-3310 or www.hillsdaleny.com/2017/10/pumpkin-festival/ – 10 am to 6 pm – Town of Hillsdale

Handmade in America:  Artisans Along Main Street – An annual event presented by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association – Meet the artisans and get a jump on your holiday pantry and gifts – Live acoustical music by Kid Kurt Blues Band – Artisans are selling cheeses, breads, condiments, beverages, ceramics, soaps, fabric and textile objects, jewelry, and other distinctive goods – Maps will be available in most Main Street businesses – Information at http://www.veravalatie.com/HandMade_in_ America.html 11 am to 5 pm – Main Street, Valatie

OctoberFeast – Celebrate the harvest with local food and family fun including a mini petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin painting, craft projects, local bands, a pretzel eating contest, a dog costume contest, a German costume contest, a stein heist, and two chili contests! – A Farmers’ Market, beer steins and pretzel necklaces for sale, baby goats for petting, a raffle to support local food pantries – Information at VisitChathamNY.com – 11 am to 4 pm all along Main Street; and 4 pm to 11 pm at Chatham Brewery parking lot,  Chatham Village

Sunday, October 8

Autumn in Austerlitz Festival –Antiques, live music, entertainment for children, vendors, silent auction, quilt raffle, and a variety of foods to satisfy your hunger. A bountiful Farmers’ Market and Tasting Area. – Rain or shine – Information at www.oldausterlitz.com/2017-autumn-in-austerlitz-festival/  — 11 am to 4 pm – Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz

The Spotty Dog International Short Film Festival – A free one-night celebration of short films – Local and non-local filmmakers, both highbrow and lowbrow – Information at 518-671-60067 to 10 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

For Puerto Rico – DJ Hank Flick, Raices, and DJ Shanny – 100 % of admission fees goes toward Puerto Rico relief  – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 518-828-15628 to 11 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, October 10

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

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. – Information at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-929211 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29 – Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

See OK Fall Festival, Dalmatian Day, Hillsdale’s Pumpkin Festival, OctoberFeast, and Community Drum Circle, all under Saturday above.

Think Ahead to Halloween – Hudson Halloween festivities will happen on Sunday, October 29:

> Trick or Treating at businesses on Warren Street from 2 to 4 pm

> Gathering in Seventh Street Park at 4 pm for a Halloween Parade down Warren Street to the Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street

> A Costume Contest at Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street at 4:30 pm.

The Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop race, taking place on Sunday, October 22, also involves a Costume Contest.  So those who come in last, could still be winners!  Find all the details at http://www.ghostlygallop.info/

Apple Picking – The “U-Pick” signs are up in Columbia County, so its time for a family trip to the orchard.  Look for pumpkins along the way. – Here are two suggestions:

> Philip Orchards at Route 9H, Claverack, 9 am to 5:30 pm daily through October – Phone 518-851-6351

> Fix Brothers Fruit Farm, 215 White Birch Road, – Open now through the end of October – Phone 518-828-4401

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises has suspended its ferry runs until next spring.

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

*Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com– Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 15.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

*Two Worlds: The Art of Dan Peterson and Christina Painter – The exhibition features two artists, sharing life as husband and wife, and sharing a passion for exuberant self-expression.  The Florida natives live in two worlds, with studios and homes in Miami Beach during the winter months, and in Hillsdale, where they live and work each summer.  This will be their first joint exhibition. – On view through October 7 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or 413-246-5776 – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

 

*John Davis Gallery presents the work of five artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including works by Benjamin Butler, Louis & Henry Finkelstein, Laurel Sucsy, and Lee Marshall – On view through October 8 – Information at art@johndavisgallery.com or 518-828-59076 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

*Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at OlanaAn innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

*David Eustace: notes from the sky and other material — Curated by Victoria Anstead – David Eustace is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Hudson Valley.  For this work, Eustace prepared his canvases by exposing them to three years’ worth of local wind and weather.  He “works the canvases as is they were hides, scraping and beating them…and then adds materials including salt, ammonia, oil and iron filings before exposing them to the natural elements.  Intention and accident collide during this ‘curing’ process….” – On view by appointment  through October 29 – Information at 917-902-6667 – Third Floor Gallery, 341 Warren Street (above Hudson Wine Merchants)

 

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, September 18 to 28, 2017

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Sightseeing Tours

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises, including fall foliage tours, are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of October.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call to find out gallery hours.

Where to Take the Kids

A new occasional section called  FUN & GAMES can be seen near the end of this edition.

 Monday-Sunday, September 18-24

> Films at TSL – Now showing films Monday through Sunday

> Machines – Moving through the corridors of an enormous and disorienting structure, the camera navigates through a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship, a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.  In his thought-provoking and intimate portrayal, the director observes the lives of the workers, the suffering, and the almost unescapable environment.  The film tells a story of the hugh divide between rich and poor, and the perspectives of both.  In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

> Time To Die (1966) – This classic Mexican neo-western was the first realized screenplay of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and legendary Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The film represents one of the earliest examples of New Mexican Cinema and one of the most accomplished Mexican films from the 1960s. In Spanish with English subtitles.

> Beach Rats – Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.  As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurling toward irreparable consequences.  Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

> Ex Libris – The New York Public Library –“In his 43rd film in 50 years, Frederick Wiseman cracks open the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style.  If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big wonderful surprise.  The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman building is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.  ‘Libraries are the pillars of our democracy,’ says Toni Morrison, as Wiseman’s opus makes abundantly clear.”

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

> Polina – A promising classical ballet dancer discovers contemporary dance and faces the realization that determination and hard work don’t always lead to success – In French and Russian with English subtitles.

> Lost in Paris – “….a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.” In French with English subtitles.>

> Elevator to the Gallows (1958) – In his mesmerizing debut feature, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decae and a now legendary score by Miles Davis….a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity….” – In French with English subtitles

> Menashe – (2017) Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashefollows a kind , but hapless, grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven, after his wife passes away….One of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community.  In Yiddish with English subtitles

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

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

Wednesdays

Upstreet Market is held in Seventh Street Park every Wednesday until the end of October – If your cupboard is bare, save yourself a trip to the supermarket and take a look at the offerings of the vendors who bring fresh-picked vegetables, salad greens, prepared foods, baked goods and more – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park, between Park Place and Seventh Street

Friday, September 22

Free In-Store Tasting – Haus Alpenz, importer of historic and exotic spirits, is in the house! – Taste amaro, rum, cocktails and eclectic spirits.  Josh Holly will be serving up Navy Strength daiquiris, and a liquid edification, all for you! – Small bites, fine sippin’, and a jolly start to the weekend – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Continental & Asian Exposition Auction – Offering furniture, decorations and art –– Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com/ — Online bidding accepted – Information at 518-751-1000 — Preview on Friday from 10 am until auction at 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – David Eustace: notes from the sky and other material  – Curated by Victoria Anstead – David Eustace is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Hudson Valley.  For this work, Eustace prepared his canvases by exposing them to three years’ worth of local wind and weather.  Before exposing them to the weather, he “works the canvases as is they were hides, scraping and beating them…and then adds materials including salt, ammonia, oil and iron filings before exposing them to the natural elements.  Intention and accident collide during this ‘curing’ process….” – On view by appointment from September 16 through October 29 – Information at 917-902-66676 to 8 pm –  Third Floor Gallery, 341 Warren Street (above Hudson Wine Merchants)

Ana Popovich, L.A.-based guitar-player and singer, is back on the road promoting her new triple album “Trilogy,” her most ambitious project yet.  With “Trilogy” Ana releases three albums in one including twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award-winners Warren Riker and Tom Hambridge, and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today.  Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Rudolph, and many others. Ana was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was important.  She started playing guitar at age fifteen, and now has a legion of fans throughout the world. Her previous albums were named Pick-of-the-Week by USA TODAY, and featured on NPR Music.  Nearly all of her albums have made it to the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are played regularly on US radio. –Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Doors at 6 pm; show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, September 22-23

The Hudson-Athens Ferry has suspended its service for this year.  The ferry will be back in service in the spring.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24

Performing Olana – The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the Ancram Opera House, presents an original play that moves both the actors and the audience through the Olana landscape.  The play has been written by nationally recognized playwright and TV writer. Darrah Cloud, and is co-directed by the Directors of the innovative Ancram Opera House, Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, along with the Partnership’s Director of Education Amy Hufnagel.  The result is an immersive, promenade style theatre production to be performed in the Olana landscape.  The piece draws inspiration from Frederic Church’s paintings, letters, family life, archival material, and the celebrated landscape itself. – Tickets at www.olana.org;/calendar – Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk about ¾ of a mile. –  Information at 518-828-1872 ext.105 – Performances on Friday at 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, 4 pm. and 6 pm. – Start at Wagon House Educational Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

Saturday, September 23

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Corn, peppers and tomatoes of all kinds and colors, eggplant, prepared foods,  fresh ginger, eggs, cheeses, pasture -raised meats, nuts, pesto, pickles, breads, herbs and greens, apples, the fall harvest veggies, and fresh fish, – WGXC 90.7 FM programmers will be in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Greenport Community Day – Featuring Asia Hickman, Miss NY State Outstanding Teen; a rock climbing wall from 12 to 4; Tots the Clown from 2 to 5; Flacho Gymnastics from 11 am to 12 noon, Oldies 93.5, Bill Williams and his prize wheel, and music by Southbound from 1 to 4 pm; Also pumpkin painting, face painting, bounce houses, slides, craft vendors, contests, and kids games – Free admission – Information at 518-828-4656 – 10 am to 5 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard

Unreserved Estate Auction with select additions – Featuring 18th and 19th century furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more – Information at 518-329-1142 or by email to info@copakeauction.com3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Hudson River Harvest Concerts 2017 series – Andrew Appel and The Four Nations Ensemble present the first concert in the series celebrating beautiful music and the season, and look to the landmark workshops of Venice, Paris, Meissen, and London for inspiration.  This first concert—Venetian Glass/ Vivaldi’s Seasons features arias and songs from Venice, including arias of Vivaldi and Strozzi  – Information by email to fournationsinc@aol.com or call 212-928-5708 or go to www.Fournations.org – Begins at 3:30 pmwith wine and cider to enjoy the grounds – Concert at 4 pm with reception following the concert, at a private home in Linlithgo

The Movable Feast  – Enjoy a delectable dinner and meet new friends – Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House presents this annual event to benefit the organization’s programs, including free community arts programs – Tickets go quickly for this popular evening of drinks at the Opera House, dinner in a private home or shop, and dessert and coffee and the “Foodie” raffle drawing back at the Opera House – Information and tickets at hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438 – Cocktail reception at 6 pm; dinner at 7:30 pm – Dessert, coffee and raffle drawing at 9:30 pm –  Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Backdoor Boys debut their new satirical revue, “Better with a Man,”  a cabaret to benefit the Columbia County Democrats – The Backdoor Boys are not quite like other boy bands.  They put a new spin on some old favorites and explore lesser-known socially and politically satirical numbers – The Boys—Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon–sing and joke their way through contemporary life, looking at the world through lavender-colored glasses, as it were. – Their performances are described by Time Out New York as “…shot through with a tough kind of self-irony that is intriguing, and ultimately inspiring – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, September 24

Author’s Reading – Author Richard Boch will read from his memoir, The Mudd Club, followed by Q&A, book signing and a reception with the author – Introduction and Q&A moderated by filmmaker Amos Poe– “More than the well-known doorman of the Mudd Club, Richard Boch played a pivotal role in why it was the coolest club in the world back then.  Richard was the  crowd curator, carefully letting in the right mix of the wildly creative downtown movers and shakers who made it our hangout, leaving the squares and the unhip outside in the cold.  Richard is now letting everyone into the Mudd Club by way of this well written book that details the who’s who and all the fun we had while infiltrating, changing and disrupting pop culture.”—Fab 5 Freddy — Information and reservations at 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Community Day and the first ever Skywalk Arts Festival –Join in the fun, rain or shine – Guests can explore Thomas Cole’s home and studios and view the exhibition and the immersive installation called “The Parlors.”  – Games, demonstrations, refreshments and activities for the whole family – Free admission  from 1 to 4 pm – The Skywalk Arts Festival at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is presented in collaboration with Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site – It is presented by Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley and the NYS Bridge Authority and celebrates the art of the Hudson Valley and the in-progress Skywalk pedestrian crossing at the bridge – At the festival, area artists’ landscapes will be on view in the Rip Van Winkle Administration building on the Catskill side of the bridge.  – Information at www.thomascole.org1 to 4 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Monday, September 25

Bark! – The Knoxville alt-duo of husband/wife Tim Lee (bass. vi, vox) and Susan Bauer Lee (drms, vox), both formerly of the TimLee3 – They released their debut self-titled EP in 2015.  Their new full-length LP, Year of the Dog, lands on October 16The Knoxville Mercury calls them “a lo-fi post-punk garage-rock combo inspired by American blues and roots revisionists like Cramps, the Gun Club, and R.I. Burnside. – Information at 518-671-60068 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tuesday, September 26

Common Ground Cocktail Fundraiser – Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that provides the citizens of Columbia and Greene Counties an efficient way of resolving disputes of any kind, whether it involves family or neighbors, or disagreements that occur in the workplace or at school. – Since the 1980s, the organization’s services have been delivered by certified volunteer mediators who are trained to give confidential counsel on a wide range of issues – This party is meant to raise awareness and build community outreach for the organization. – Proceeds will support Common Ground’s free and low-cost programs including youth and anti-bullying workshops, peer and family mediation, and parent education classes – The party includes live music by Randy Burns, a silent auction, a beer and wine bar, and delicious hors d’oeuvres – Information and tickets  at 518-943-0523 or by email to dwallant@commongroundinc.org5 to 7 pm – Home  of Carrie and Nick Haddad, 127 Union Street (at Second Street)

Public Meeting with representatives of the NYS Department of Transportation and Amtrak regarding the plans for the escarpment below Promenade Hill and the Hudson Terrace building.  – All are welcome – 5:30 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

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

Wednesday, September 27

Mode Moktar  / Aaron Roche  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 518-828-15628 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, September 28

Public Meeting — “Airbnb:  Who are you and what are you doing to my city?” – An Affordable Housing Hudson public forum – Panelists include Bill McKenna, Supervisor, Town of Woodstock NY, who will speak on the effects of Airbnb on community life, and initiatives he has taken to control and shape how Airbnb is allowed to do business in his town; and Michael O’Hara, First Ward Alderman, to discuss resolutions that can help Hudson follow in the footsteps of other cities around the nation that have been proactive in protecting affordable housing and workforce housing. – Free and open to all – 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

 

 

FUN & GAMES

House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. – Information at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-929211 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29– Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

 

See Greenport Community Day under Saturday above.

 

See the Thomas Cole House Free Community Day and the Skywalk Arts Festival under Sunday above.

 

 

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises has suspended the ferry runs until next spring.

 

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

*Sanford R. Gifford In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

 

*Encaustic Paintings: New Work by Carol Brody – Also works by guest artist Sam Sebren and by gallery artists – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

 

* The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

 

*Photography Exhibition curated by Greenwich Village, NYC gallerist Robin Rice – Featured artists include Benjamin Heller, Bill Phelps, Jose Picayo, Lynda Churilla, Patricia Heal, Pete Kelly, Robin Rice, and Todd Burris, among others – On view through October 2 – Information at finchhudson.com or 518-828-3430 – FINCH Hudson, 555 Warren Street

 

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 15.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to Kristen@septembergallery.com6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

 

*Up River: The Journey Home – An exhibition/installation by Kingsley Parker – For artist Kingsley Parker, the Hudson River has served as a metaphor for his personal and professional journey from New York City to the Hudson Valley.  His 67-foot-long multimedia installation is a “deeply felt and lovingly-executed meditation on the waterway that continues to shape commerce, history, environment, recreation, politics, art, and daily lives in New York State…This installation is his tribute to the immense power of the Hudson River, its impact on the natural world and the communities along its shores, and its profound influence on an artist as his life has changed along with it.”  – On view through September 24 – Information at walnuthillfineart.com or 843-324-5614 – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

 

 *Just the Facts: Lightfield Festival of Photography & Multimedia Art – Lightfield’s second annual festival features photography and video work by six distinguished artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis B. Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe Strauss, and Masterjia, and a screening of a documentary by director Manfred Kirchheimer. – The exhibition projects delve into the lives of working class people who struggle daily to keep their dignity in a social landscape that is increasingly hostile to immigrants and the working poor.  The festival also looks past common stereotypes to show how marginalized people, largely invisible to mainstream culture, have been left behind by technology and globalization –– The festival runs through September 30.  – Free and open to the public – Information at www.lightfield.vu  or call 347-254-0009 – Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

*Summer Exhibition – Featuring works by Jenny Nelson, Stephen Walling, Christopher Engel, Bruce Murphy, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Joe Wheaton & John Griebsch – On view through September 24 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

 

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

 

*Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions” – Information at rsvp@nextofkinshow.com   or call 718-450-6801 – On view through the month of September – Hudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

 

*Kiyoshi Ike: Silver Landscape – Exhibition extended through October 1 – Information at https://www.conceptohudson.com/ – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

 

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

 

*Two Worlds: The Art of Dan Peterson and Christina Painter – The exhibition features two artists, sharing life as husband and wife, and sharing a passion for exuberant self-expression.  The Florida natives live in two worlds, with studios and homes in Miami Beach during the winter months, and in Hillsdale, where they live and work each summer.  This will be their first joint exhibition. – On view through October 7 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or 413-246-5776 – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

 

*New to Earth: Paintings by Donna Moylan – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-392-3336or by e-mail to  thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

 

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or info@inkyeditions.com5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

 

*Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase on the theme of photocollage/photomontage – These exhibitions show collage that incorporates photographs and photographs that incorporate collage; mixed media and photography that mine memory and tell women’s stories with images, thread, fabrics and more; plus composited photographs of impossible scenes with true emotional impact.

* Two Solo Exhibitions:

> Pat Horner, collage – Collage Montage

>Astrid Reischwitz, photocollage, pigment prints – Stories from the Kitchen Table

* Portfolio Showcase:

> Carol Erb, composites – Dominion: Portraits of Animals in Captivity

> Teresa Meier, composites – The Witness Within

On view through October 1 – Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

 

*John Davis Gallery presents the work of five artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including works by Benjamin Butler, Louis & Henry Finkelstein, Laurel Sucsy, and Lee Marshall – On view through October 8 – Information at art@johndavisgallery.com or 518-828-59076 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 

*Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at OlanaAn innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site,

 

 

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