Events in Hudson NY, April 21 to April 28, 2014

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Looking Ahead and Open MICs are at end of list.

 Monday April 21

Daniel Bachman with Alexander Turnquist – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, April 22

 The Novel Ideas with Kayln Rock – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Workforce New York Career Fair – Sponsored by the Workforce NY Career Center at Columbia-Greene Community College and Congressman Chris Gibson – The fair features businesses with job openings, educational and training opportunities, and programs for veterans – A resume critique is available – More than 60 businesses and organizations from the fields of health, manufacturing, insurance, construction trades, retail, and grocery stores are expected to participate – Information at 828-4181, ext. 5510, orwww.columbiagreeneworks.org  10:30 am to 3 pm (Special session for veterans from 10 to 10:30 am)

The History of Dutch New York through 1737- A lecture by Geoff Benton, Historic Site Assistant at Crailo State Historic Site – Sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society volunteers – Information at 758-9265 orwww.cchsny.org – 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook

Wednesday, April 23

Hudson Pride Foundation Annual Educational Symposium – A workshop/open discussion forum geared toward educators and administrators on such topics as bullying, safe schools, diversity, and compliance with DASA – With special guest presenter, Thomas Krever, CEO at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, who has spent many years in gang intervention throughout the country – Limited seating – Registration appreciated  by e-mail atMartha@HudsonPrideFoundation.org  or call 917-715-7623 – Information atwww.HudsonPrideFoundation.org – 4 pm to 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

 Liv Carrow, Emily Bate, and Zachary Fay – Liv Carrow (Pocatello) returns to the Dog, accompanied by Philadelphia indie folk musicians Emily Bate and Zachary Fay – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Stump Trivia – Every Wednesday night through November – Go towww.stumptrivia.com/ – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Thursday, April 24

Dining Out for Life – Eleventh Annual Dining Out For Life, a benefit for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Seven Hudson restaurants–Baba Louie’s Sourdough Pizza Company, Ca’Mea Ristorante, Club Helsinki, Park Falafel & Pizza, Red Dot Restaurant and Bar, Relish Hudson, and Swoon Kitchenbar, plus Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens--will donate a percentage of the price of your meal to the AIDS Council to help people in the region who are living with HIV/AIDS – The donation applies to both lunch and dinner, for those restaurants that are open for lunch – Local ambassadors will  greet you at the restaurant and give you a chance to enter a drawing for a trip to the Bahamas – Information on participating restaurants atwww.aidscouncil.org  – Reservations are necessary!!

Thursday, April 24

Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting – Guest speaker isRebekkah Smith-Aldrich, from the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation is Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries. – Information at 828-1792 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Preparing for the Hudson Valley’s Energy Future – To provide information about increasing energy efficiency for homes, businesses, farms and municipalities – The first panel will feature industry professionals with experience in energy-efficiency projects.  A second panel will focus on financial incentives for homeowners and municipalities – Presented by theNY League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and NY State Assemblymember Didi Barrett – Registration at 212-361-6350 ext. 205 or e-mail rsarivan@nylcvef  – 6 to 8 pm – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 County Road 44A, Millbrook

Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27 

Films at TSL:

The Missing Picture – “…recounts Director Rithy Panh’s firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot’s communist regime….Panh utilizes beautifully-sculpted clay figures and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory.”

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – “…a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the archipelago itself…”

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

Friday, April 25

Omar Sosa and his New Cuban Quartet – “…Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music—a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart.” – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 If, Bwana & Leslie Ross, plus Stick Sellers – Bassoonist Leslie Ross performs with multi-instrumentalist If, Bwana (aka Al Margolis) – Stick Sellers uses whatever is at hand to construct sound and/or video – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Patrick Sweeney Celebration – According to lore, Pat Sweeney was a Paul Bunyanesque figure at six feet, seven inches.  In 1862, at age 60, he worked as a switchman at the Stuyvesant Depot…  The story of how he defied a commanding officer at bayonet point to save a packed troop train from a head-on collision also includes: a gilded switch key on an eelskin necklace, a 20 gallon keg of rum, and knocking out a sturgeon with his fist.  Former Assemblyman Tim Gordon will play the role of Sweeney and recount the story.  Fiddler Colin McCoy will perform music of the era.  This date also honors the 149th anniversary of the passage of the Lincoln funeral train through Columbia County in 1865.  Refreshments will be served – 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Stuyvesant Railroad Station, 55 Riverview Street, Stuyvesant

Friday-Saturday, April 25-26

Eclipse – A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall, Eclipse is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audio-visual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance.  This work was first imagined while the artists were in residence in Hudson in 2012, and is Basilica Hudson’s 2014 Season inaugural event – The piece features four dancers and Bokaer, dancing at the center of a site-specific freestanding seating configuration – Viewers are invited to experience the piece from all sides – Reservations and information at www.basilicahudson.com – 7:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Saturday, April 26

This is the last Saturday of the Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church on Union Street – The outdoor Hudson Farmers’ Market will open at its usual site at Sixth & Columbia Streets next Saturday, May 3rd.  – Information atwww.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Indoor Market this Saturday is from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, Union and East Court Streets

 Exhibition Opening – Nancy “Weezy” Forman – New giclee prints of flowers – Information at tkhomeandgarden@gmail.com – 12 noon to 5 pm – 441 Warren Street

 Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Songs for Unusual Creatures – Featuring Michael Hearst and his five-piece band, One Ring Zero, with an audio-visual presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet.  From the blobfish to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as the theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylephone - During his varied career as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer, Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world.  He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and NBC’sThe Today Show. – His album, Songs for Ice Cream Trucks, has been used by at least 50 ice cream trucks around the world. – Information and reservations atwww.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – Two shows: 2 pm and 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

International Community Dinner – This thirteenth annual family event features a potluck dinner with traditional cuisine, music, and dance from diverse nations and cultures – Participants are asked to bring an ethnic dish or other contribution from their kitchen to share – Information at 366-2551 or 672-7901 – 5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets

 Exhibition Opening – Under the Influence (of the New York School) – Featuring works by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom, and William Bond Walker – On view through June 1 – Information atwww.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Yura Adams – A solo exhibition of recent oil paintings – On view through May 18 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 Comrade Question performs – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 Boombox Legends – Listen at www.boomboxlegends.com/ – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarandbistro.com – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Drug Disposal – Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal – 10 am to 2 pm – Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 85 Industrial Tract, Greenport or Hillsdale Sub Station, 2684 State Route 23, Hillsdale

Authors’ Reading – Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers – Four authors: Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, Joan Potter, and Lori Toppel, share memories of their mothers and the process of writing memoir – The book is a reflection on the authors’ formative years and grapples with the circumstances that shaped their mothers’ lives – Information at 325-4101 orwww.roejanlibrary.org – 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Hudson ReStore Earth Day Celebration – Cornell Cooperative Extension will have Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions and test your soil (1/2 cup of soil needed for pH testing); crafting demonstration; music; food; free balloons, popcorn and cookies; games and prizes; and a 25% off “April Showers” sale – Rain or shine – Information at 828-0892 or www.columbiacountyhabitat.org – 11 am to 3 pm – Columbia County Habitat ReStore, 829 Route 66 at 9H (behind Village Dodge)

Bluegrass at Beattie – C.B.Smith & The Lucky Devils –The group is rooted in bluegrass, but draws from jazz, rock, gypsy, Celtic, classical and other musical influences to create their own unique sound – Reservations by e-mail torhoveninc@gmail.com – Information atwww.beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com – 5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27

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

 Upstage Productions presents “Broadway, Here I Come” – A reminiscent journey through the last twenty years of Upstage productions, featuring songs from their past, present and future – The cast and crew of more than 40 is directed by Christina Viggers – Information atwww.upstageproductionsinc.org or 821-4449 – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue

Monday, April 28

The Faux Meek Residency – A relatively new indie-rock group comprised of members of some of the region’s most popular bands – Lead vocals are shared by John Miesmer (Two Gun Man) and keyboardist Damara Rose Stolfo(Luxury Flats), who also contributes songwriting.  Gabe Schaftlein provides the group’s underpinning on bass guitar, and Rob Williams, who shared membership in Mother Fletcher with Miesmer and Schaftlein, holds down the drum chair and contributes backup vocals. – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Next Saturday, May 3

Ramp Fest at the Basilica

 Hudson Children’s Book Festival at Hudson High

Hudson Farmer’s Market Opening Day at Sixth & Columbia

 Spring Fling – Hudson Opera House party in the upstairs performance space

Saturday, May 24

Clean Out and Clean Up! – Start planning now for the Hudson City-wide Memorial Day Weekend Tag Sale – The designated day is Saturday, May 24, but sellers can set up again on Sunday if they wish.  Be a part of this giant flea market – Register with the Hudson Development Corporation atwww.hudsonfirst.com to get your sales address on the Tag Sale Map. – Information at 751-1045.

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

 

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

For more information on Columbia County events, visitwww.columbiacountytourism.org

 

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Events in Hudson NY April 15 to April 22, 2014

ELLEN’S PICKS 

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open mics and other notes at bottom

PLANNING AHEAD

Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, takes place on Thursday, April 24. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their sales that day to the AIDS Council in support of their programs and services.  For the last few years, the generous restaurants in Hudson have been among the top contributors through this event, and we need to make a good showing again this year.  Make your reservation now at one of the participating restaurants:  Baba Louie’s, Ca’Mea, the restaurant at Helsinki, Park Falafel, Red Dot, Relish, or Swoon.  Lunch counts too!

Clean Out and Clean Up! – Start planning now for the Hudson City-wide Memorial Day Weekend Yard Sale (Tag Sale, Sidewalk Sale, Garage Sale, whatever) – The designated day is Saturday, May 24, but sellers can set up again on Sunday if they wish.  Be a part of what could be a giant flea market, from the boulevards to the waterfront, and every place in between – Shops will be holding sidewalk sales, organizations will be trying to make a little cash to support their causes, and you could end up with a clean(er) garage or closet. Please do not set up on someone else’s turf (including on public property) without asking, but do register with the Hudson Development Corporation at www.hudsonfirst.com to get your sales address on the Yard Sale Map.  Questions?  Call Sheena Salvino, Executive Director at HDC at 751-1045.

Tuesday, April 15

It’s Tax Day.  Forget your troubles and get lost in the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show, Match Game, hosted by Trixie Starr.  Prizes and frivolity —and cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

 Wednesday, April 16

Bunnybrains Tour Kick-off Party – With John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida – Man Forever is his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance – With guests Odwalla88, Piglet Angelino, and DJ Dog Dick – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Stump Trivia – Every Wednesday night through November – Go to www.stumptrivia.com/ – Information atwww.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Thursday, April 17

The Mountain Goats – “…the nom de bande” of indie-folk-rock singer-songwriter John Darnielle – At Helsinki he will offer one of his “legendary, intimate solo performances…” – He has been called “near the most affable, most charming frontman in current rock music.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 17-20 

Films at TSL:

Particle Fever – “Mind-blowing.  Delightfully dramatic.  A fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists…Enormously suspenseful….”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

> Nostalghia – “…Andre Tarkovsky’s brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile.  It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return.”

Enter Here – A documentary by Amei Wallach in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum – “…a double portrait…of the lives and work of Russia’s most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia….”

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – “…a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the archipelago itself…”

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

Friday, April 18

Brandy Tasting – Taste artisanal brandy created in 1981 by Cognac producer Germain-Robin – These California brandies have become a favorite of bartenders, critics, and presidents – The spirits cannot technically be called “Cognac,” since they are made here, but they are crafted in traditional Alembic Stills using the classic, centuries-old style – “The best brandies in the USA!” – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Exposition Auction – English, Continental, American, Asian & Ethnographic Furniture, Decorations, and Art – Previews Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am, Auction at 6 pm – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Ben Taylor with special guest Simi Stone – Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the UK, Taylor–a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences dating back to the club’s origins in Great Barrington, MA—is touring with a new batch of songs, slated for a new album…due to be released in May 2014 – Yes, he is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon – Visit www.bentaylormusic.tumblr.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Wickers Creek Band 2014 Spring “Tour” consists of three Friday nights at the Pub in Philmont! – Musicians Peter and Charlene Paden, Rob Bradley, Andy Bing, and special guest, Viv Walsh, will travel north to perform on April 18, May 16 and June 20 – Information at 672-7346 – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

Saturday, April 19

31st Annual Fishing Derby – Oakdale Lake will be stocked with $1,000 worth of brook and rainbow trout – Prizes, such as medals, t-shirts, and rod and reel combinations will be awarded in three different age groups for the largest trout caught each half hour – Registration at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Front Street from 8:30 am to 5 pm through April 18 – Sponsored by the Hudson Department of Youth – 8 to 10 am – Oakdale Lake, 132 North 6th Street

 Reminder:  Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer spring greens, fresh mushrooms, meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Information at 828-4047 – 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Herbalist Lauren Giambrone, founder of The Good Fight Herb Company, discusses the benefits of spring herbs and flowers –See, taste, smell and touch such plants as nettles, dandelions, burdock, yellow dock, violets, and more, while learning about their health supporting properties – Giambrone will discuss her own herb-based products as well as corresponding teas from the shop’s extensive inventory – Reservations required – Information and reservations at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

The Annual Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase and a Yarn Burst! – This history and cultural festival presents live musicians; shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations; an exhibition of various breeds of sheep; and wool artisans and vendors –– Working border collies herd ducks in Clermont’s historic sheep fold – The Acoustic Medicine Show and Tamarac provide music for dancing – For the first time, the showcase hosts a brilliantly-colored Spring Yarnburst where a coalition of local knitters create original works made especially for Clermont’s landscape – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or 537-4240 – Rain date April 27 – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Woods Road (off Route 9G), Germantown

Exhibition Openings – Cat Food:  A two-person exhibition of New Works by Brian Belott and Joe Bradley – On view through May 18 – Runs concurrently with a Retrospective show of new paintings and an installation by Robert Davis—Our Houses Dream in Blueprints at a row house at 438 Carroll Street – For information on both exhibitions, or for open hours go towww.retrospectivegallery.com or 205-8387 – 5 to 7 pm – Cat Food at Retrospective, 727 Warren Street and Robert Davis at 438 Carroll Street

 Mind Over Mirrors and Koen Holtkamp – A double bill – MOM is “the solitary reeling of American harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly.”  Pitchfork wrote: “What makes Fennelly’s work rise above homage is his use of Indian pedal harmonium, which cuts through his web of tape delays and synths and gives ‘Storing the Winter’ a singular timbre.” – Holtkamp, a multi-instrumentalist, “plays with ideas of scale and space…” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Spottiswoode & His Enemies – Referred to as a genius and a downtown ringleader by The New Yorker, Jonathan Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman.  WNYC’s John Schaefer describes him as “one of New York’s more colorful band leaders …” – The group celebrates the release of its brand-new recording (release date April 15) at Helsinki.  It’s an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. – Information at www.helsinkihudson.comor 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Tribal Dance Party - Music by Young Paris and Fula Thela– Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 Saturday Night at Wunderbar – Lick the Toad – Listen at www.reverbnation.com/lickthetoad  – Information atwww.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Sunday, April 20

Community Easter Egg Hunt – Sponsored by Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – 2:30 pm – Promenade Hill Park, Front & Warren Streets

Tuesday, April 22

Workforce New York Career Fair – Sponsored by the Workforce NY Career Center at Columbia-Greene Community College and Congressman Chris Gibson – The fair features businesses with job openings, educational and training opportunities, and programs for veterans – A resume critique is available – More than 60 businesses and organizations from the fields of health, manufacturing, insurance, construction trades, retail, and grocery stores are expected to participate – Information at 828-4181, ext. 5510, orwww.columbiagreeneworks.org – 10:30 am to 3 pm (Special session for veterans from 10 to 10:30 am)

The History of Dutch New York through 1737- A lecture by Geoff Benton, Historic Site Assistant at Crailo State Historic Site – TheColumbia County Historical Society is celebrating Dutch heritage this year, which is the 50th anniversary of its acquisition of the Luykas Van Alen farmhouse on Route 9H – Sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society volunteers – Information at 758-9265 or www.cchsny.org – 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook  

HUDSON PRAXIS

An indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise funds for a feasibility study, planning sessions and concept development, all to support the idea of creating an Aquarium, Art & Natural Science Center in the old Dunn Warehouse on the Hudson waterfront.  Go towww.indiegogo.com/projects/hudson-praxis to learn more about the project and to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

FAIRVIEW CINEMA 3

Only a few hours left to contribute to the indiegogo campaign to help Fairview Cinema 3 in Fairview Plaza buy a new digital projector the theatre needs to survive.  Be sure to review the perks that can come with contributing.  Go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-fairview-cinema-3 .

 OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

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

 

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

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Events in Hudson NY April 7 to April 15, 2014

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

open mics and other updates at end

ROAD TRIP (Catskill)

Words do not do justice in describing Jason Hackenworth’s glorious suspended 6,000-balloon sculpture called Aviary.  Transported this week in two trucks from NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to downtown Catskill, it is now being “reimagined” into several sculptures which will later, unlike poor Humpty Dumpty, be put back together again only to be destroyed in a large-scale public balloon-popping event at some later, undetermined date.  And you thought popping bubble wrap was fun!  Take a look at the sculpture on www.greenearts.org or see it up close at several venues in the Village of Catskill through May 3.  The installation is being unveiled as part of Catskill’s Second Saturday Strolls.  Details below.

 Wednesday, April 9

Man Forever with Bunny Brains – John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida – Man Forever is his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance – Part of theBunny Brains tour kickoff party – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, April 10

Projam 5 – The Club Helsinki Blues Pro Jam has quickly caught on, with over 50 professional musicians having taken part since it was first launched in 2013.  This fifth installment features the Greg Allman Band keyboardist Bruce Katz anchoring the Helsinki house band, with Sonny Rock (drums), Cameron Melville (Hammond B-3 organ), Petey Hop(guitars and vocals), Shorty King (horns), and Vinny Leggiere (bass). All working musicians in the region are invited to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or  828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13 

Films at TSL:

Particle Fever – “Mind-blowing.  Delightfully dramatic.  A fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists…Enormously suspenseful….”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

> Nostalghia – “…Andre Tarkovsky’s brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile.  It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return.”

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

Friday, April 11

Shana Lee Jewelry Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Opening – The new collection is a combination of 1920s meets punk rock meets Indian Princess – More than fifty percent of the pieces sparkle with stones – Information at www.shanalee.com or 828-8789 – 6 to 8 pm – Shana Lee Jewelry, 315 Warren Street

 Tough Day Tubing – The Logan Visscher & Anastasia Clarke Duoopens – Tough Day Tubing (Al Margolis, Crank Sturgeon, Walter Wright, and Steve Norton) has found its soul at the Spotty Dog, and promises to deliver another captivating set of improvised, experimental music – Margolis runs the indie cassette label Sound of Pig Music. Among the label’s diverse offerings, you will find numerous releases by Margolis under the name If Bwana…– Information at 671-6006 orwww.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Greg Fox, Beech Creeps, and the Peter Aaron/Brian Chase Duo – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 The Budos Band with DJ Effie Asili opening – The band is part of the great 60s and 70s soul-funk revival exemplified by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and the late Amy Winehouse – Come prepared to dance all night – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 12

Reminder:  Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer spring greens, fresh mushrooms, meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts –Information at 828-4047 – 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

 Monaco the Magician – An interactive magic show – Astonishing magic tricks are intermingled with fun fire safety facts and comedy – Part of the Museum’s Super Saturdays program – Information atwww.fasnyfiremuseum.com or 822-1875 – Seating begins at 10:30 am; performance at 11 am – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

 HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s La Boheme  – Information and reservations atwww.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening and Book Signing – Two installations:  Weinrib’s Pocket – Installation by experimental sculptor/painter David Weinrib – Weinrib was artist-in-residence at Black Mountain College (NC) in the 1950s – By the late 60s, he was recognized as one of the important artists experimenting with plastic resin.  His work is in the collections of a number of major museums – He is the former head of sculpture at the School of Visual Arts and is currently the main curator of Pratt Institute’s 25-acre Sculpture Park. This installation is curated by guest curator  Daniel Jocz – Weinrib will also be signing copies of a forthcoming monograph on his work – On view in the “second storey space” is PULL: Chronically Undifferentiated, a clothesline type installation of 50 plus prints – Both installations on view through June 28 – Information at www.curatoriumhudson.org or 212-537-6029 – 3 to 5 pm – Curatorium, 60 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening – Meditation – The inaugural exhibition of a new gallery in the 800 block, introduces six gallery artists—Malin Abrahamsson, Daniel Derwelis, Juan Hinojosa, Kiyoshi Ike, Dallas Owens, and Zach Seeger – The exhibition explores various manifestations of the creative process—“how these artists find their eureka moment when inspiration becomes tangible.” – On view through June 1 – Information at 697-5130 or www.conceptohudson.com – 5 to 7 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

 Chocolate and Wine Tasting – The best artisanal selections from both worlds–Taste Christopher Norman Chocolates–chocolate with maple ganache, or with rum spice or with banana–paired with wines selected by Lewis Dimm, owner of Fairview Wines and Spirits, to enhance flavors and textures – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Neoteric Abstract –Art inspired by nature and science – On view through May 3 – Information at 828-2343 orwww.limnergallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – OBJECTS  Relics: Photographs by Robert Moran andMaterial World: Photographs by  David Welch – Also featured inObjects—a portfolio showcase—are Still Life by Walter Crump andDark Light by Andrea Rosenthal – On view through May 11 – Information at 697-0266 or www.davisortongallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

BeLo3rd Dine/Art Gallery Stroll –Ten restaurants and ten art galleries pair up to serve restaurant tastings at gallery receptions – Participating galleries include J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren; Geoffrey Good, 238 Warren; Gallery at Tommy’s & Hudson Jewelers, 228 Warren; FRG Objects & Design, second floor, 217 Warren; Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren; BCB Art, 116 Warren; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren;  Limner Gallery, 123 Warren; Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 1 North Front; Great South Bay Gallery at Stageworks, 41 Cross Street – Participating eateries include DA/BA, Bruno’s, VICO, Apperitivi (the new café at J. Damiani Gallery), Tanzy’s, Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, Café LePerche, River City Essentials, (p.m.) Wine Bar, and Relish – Information at 828-8750 – 5 to 8 pm – Galleries on Warren Street and beyond, all below Third Street

 Exhibition Opening – Guest artist Anthony Masina: Bronze Animal Sculptures – On view through June 1 – Information at 828-5490 orwww.jdamianigallery.com  – 5 to 8 pm – J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street

 Artists’ Reception & Poetry Reading – Faces: Portraits by Christine Hales, Barbara Willner, Cynthia Mulvaney, and Gretchen Kelly – Poetry reading by Ifetayo Cobbins and Irene Mitchell with Laura Summers from Free Columbia – Exhibition on view through May 16 – Information at 671-6213 or www.artscolumbia.org – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

 Ledig House International Writers’ Residency Reading – A distinguished group of nine writers and translators from around the world who are currently in residence at Omi International Arts Center will read their work, allowing the audience to see and hear their creative process in person.  The work spans the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and translation.– Reception follows the reading – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com  – 5:30 pm – Third Floor Gallery, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Les chemins de l’amour – Lyric baritone Wheelock Whitney traces the path of love and all its ups and downs through the words and music of remarkable composers.  Whitney makes his debut at the Hudson Opera House with a recital of works by Marc Blitzstein, Noel Coward, Joseph Kosma, Francis Poulenc, and Erik Satie – Edward Cremo accompanies on the piano –  Reservations and information atwww.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Sybil Rosen’sBrink of Devotion, directed by Barbara Waldinger – The play was chosen for the 1986 Sundance Playwriting Institute   – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

 A concert to benefit The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus with Jim Wann, an acclaimed singer/guitarist/composer/lyricist known partly for the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, Elana Belle Carroll, a well-known performer from Chatham to Hudson to Brooklyn, and Rob Caldwell, “who is somewhat well-known” and the owner of Musica, the music store in Hudson – Reservations, information or donations at 828-1045 or www.goodmusica.com – 7:30 pm – The Loft at Musica, 17 North Fourth Street (at Columbia Street)

 Double D’s and The Minivans – The Double D’s—a Hudson-based group comprised largely of Helsinki staffers—play original country-folk tunes boasting jazzy melodies and close harmonies by their female vocalists, Deborah McDowell and Damara Rose.  The Minivans are regional country-music favorites featuring sisters Kiki and Melissa Dufault on vocals, Lukas Schwartz on fiddle, Peter Adams on pedal-steel guitar, and Jim Krewson on drums – This country music double bill represents Helsinki’s commitment to programming the best emerging, rising, and regional performers – Information atwww.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Jukebox Junkies – Listen at http://www.thejukeboxjunkies.com/ – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Songs and Stories of Old New York – Musician/children’s performerThomas Hooker Hanford presents a celebration of New York’s rich legacy of history, folk music and legend, through songs and stories of Dutch settlers, African-American slaves, Revolutionary War soldiers, Hudson River boatmen, and New York City street vendors – Accompanied by nineteenth-century parlor guitar, fiddle, and harmonica – Reservations and information at 828-1872 ext 109 orshasbrook@olana.org – 2 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Second Saturday Stroll in Catskill – A village-wide celebration with art, live music and tastings on Main Street, with a special installation – After being suspended in the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum in New York on the occasion of the Works & Process 30th anniversary gala, artist Jason Hackenworth’s large scale installation Aviary, made of over 6,000 balloons and measuring 35 feet tall and 29 feet in diameter, has traveled upstate to be reconfigured and displayed in various places in the Village of Catskill, including in the Bridge Street Theatre and at404 Main Street.  These smaller works—Aviary (Re)imagined– will be shown through May 3 and will come back together as one sculpture to be displayed “in its full-fledged glory” in the Greene County parking lot in May. For a look at the sculpture and information about venues and events for Aviary (Re)imagined, go to www.greenearts.org or 943-3400 – Second Saturday Stroll is on Main Street, Catskill  from 12 noon to 8 pm; Reception and unveiling of the balloon sculpture is from 12 noon to 4 pm at Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

60 Years of Great Jazz, Reggae & Rock – Featuring Malcolm Cecil and a diverse group of master musicians showcasing a wide range of musical styles – Information at 828-4181, ext 3344 – 7 pm – Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, Greenport

23rd Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction – Featuring The Davis Metz Museum Collection from Freehold, NJ, the last group of items from the Pedaling History Museum in Buffalo, and a small museum from Arizona – Swap meet from 6 am until dusk and a ten-mile ride(TBA) on Friday, April 11 – Preview on Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 8 to 9 am – Online catalog atwww.copakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – 9 am – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Poetry in Song – Ellen Mandel and Daniel Neer present some of the world’s greatest poetry set to music – The concert will feature poems ranging from Shakespeare to E.E. Cummings set to music written by Ellen Mandel and sung by Mandel and Neer – Both are accomplished musicians with many compositions and performances to their credit – Information at 325-5020 or www.roejanlibrary.org  – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22 (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Pianist Sebastien Cornut plays Faure, Poulenc, Ravel, and Busoni – Reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc@gmail.com – 5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13

Our friend, the Easter Bunny, will be visiting one of his favorite sweet spots in Hudson over the weekend and would be happy to see you – Information at www.vasilows.com or 828-2717 – Stop by and say hello any time from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday or from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Sunday, April 13

A beloved Hudson custom revived – Palm Sunday Celebration in Washington Park – Rev. John Perry of Christ Church Episcopal (who after 10 years of service will retire in May) and Rev. Kathryn Beilke of the First Presbyterian Church (who has been with the church for just over a year) will join to distribute palms to their congregations and members of the public in Washington Park – Information at 828-1329 – 10:30 am – Washington Park (in front of the Columbia County Courthouse), Union Street

Lyme Disease Teach-In – Two physicians affiliated with Columbia Memorial Hospital—Ananthakrishnan Ramani and Ilya Szilak—infectious disease and internal medicine specialists, will discuss the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme Disease – Columbia County has one of the highest rates of the disease in the country! Treatment is complicated by a contentious debate in scientific and medical circles over the long-term use of antibiotics – Panel discussion will be followed by Q&A – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 4 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22 (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Full Pink Moon/American Woodcock Walk – Spring’s first full moon! – Wild ground Phlox, aka pink moss, lent the name to this month’s full moon.  Bird expert Will Yandik will help participants interpret the many signs of returning birds, especially the American Woodcock, the only species of Woodcock inhabiting North America – Information atwww.clctrust.rg or 392-5252 – 7 pm – Meet at Hand Hollow Conservation Area, 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon

Tuesday, April 15

Match Game, hosted by Trixie Starr  It’s Tax Day.  Forget your troubles and get lost in the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show.  Prizes and frivolity —and cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

HUDSON PRAXIS

An indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise funds for a feasibility study, planning sessions and concept development, all to support the idea of creating an Aquarium, Art & Natural Science Center in the old Dunn Warehouse on the Hudson waterfront.  Go towww.indiegogo.com/projects/hudson-praxis to learn more about the project and to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

FAIRVIEW CINEMA 3

Only a few days left to contribute to the indiegogo campaign to help Fairview Cinema 3 in Fairview Plaza buy a new digital projector the theatre needs to survive.  Be sure to review the percs that can come with contributing.  Go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-fairview-cinema-3 .

 OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

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

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Events in Hudson NY April 1 to April 7, 2014

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This Week

Films at Fairview Cinema 3

>The Wind Rises – An Academy Award nominated Japanese animated historical drama written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki – Through Thursday, April 3

> On My Way – An award-winning comedy/drama about a woman facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, who hits the road with her grandson – Starring Catherine Deneuve – In French with English subtitles – Begins Friday, April 4

> Also Showing: Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody & Sherman

> Schedule at www.FairviewCinema3.com – The theatre is at Fairview Plaza, just off the intersection of Fairview Avenue & Healy Boulevard

Monday, March 31

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information atwww.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Stree

Tuesday, April 1

What better way to spend April Fools’ Day than to play Hudson’s version of the 60s/70s television show, Match Game, hosted by Trixie Starr.  Prizes and frivolity —and cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Wednesday, April 2

Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable – Representatives from the Hudson River Estuary Program will speak about streams and stream buffers, crucial to maintaining high regional water quality – Sponsored by the Columbia land Conservancy – Open to the public – Information at www.clctrust.org – 5:30 to 7 pm – Trinity Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Landlord/Tenants Rights Forum – Sponsored by the Columbia County Housing Advisory Board to celebrate Fair Housing Month – Topics to be covered include landlord-tenant law, landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, conflict resolution, accessing low-cost rental housing, and an overview of fair housing laws – Information and pre-registration at 828-3346 ext. 100 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Second Floor Conference Room, Columbia County Human Services Building, 325 Columbia Street

Thursday, April 3

Open House to Meet The Bridge – The Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy, also known as The Bridge, is a newly-formed alternative learning program created through the partnership between the Berkshire Union Free School District, the Catskill Central School District and the Hudson City School District – Tour the building, meet the students, and enjoy light refreshments – Local businesses will hear about opportunities for school-to-work connections – RSVP to Melissa Daley at 781-1803 or by e-mail at medaley@berkshirefarm.org – 2:30 to 4:30 pm – 364 Warren Street (the former Register-Star building)

Hudson Rotary presents A Night at the Races – To benefit the homeless children attending the Hudson City School District – Hosted by Helsinki Hudson – Hors d’oeuvres – Bucket auction – Information at 828-4800 – Doors open at 5 pm – First race starts at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Shemekia Copeland – While only in her 30s, this daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, has established her primacy in the field with a distinguished performance and recording history and critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic – She has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama –  Visit www.shemekiacopeland.com – Club Helsinki Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm –

Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6

Films at TSL:

Child’s Pose –– A “…well-to-do- Bucharest architect [is] determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash.  A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism….” – Top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival

Enter Here – A documentary by Amei Wallach in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum – “…a double portrait…of the lives and work of Russia’s most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia….”

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

Friday, April 4

Annual Legislative Breakfast – Meet NY State legislators and learn about their plans for 2014 and beyond – Speakers include Senator Kathleen Marchione, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Assemblymen Steve McLaughlin and Pete Lopez, a representative from Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, and Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pat Grattan – Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Information and reservations at 828-4417 or www.columbiachamber-ny.com – 7:30 am to 9 am – Student Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

 Friday Tasting – Welcome Spring with Cassis Cocktails – Gilles Bensabeur from Lejay Lagoute, will be on hand to offer samples of this bright Cassis, and explore its use in a variety of sun-inspired cocktails.  Lejay Lagoute was recently featured in The New York Times – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemercahnts.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Heather Maloney – “Her unique blend of folk, rock, jazz and pop and her distinctive voice have garnered her comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and the Beatles” – Jonny Lang has called her “…an extremely talented songwriter and incredibly great singer” – Visit www.heathermaloney.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Shana Falana, No Valley, and Robert Earl Thomas (Widowspeak) – A night of psych-folk and dream pop– Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Saturday, April 4-5

Colossal Cookbook Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – This is the Friends biggest “and best” book sale of the year – From vintage cookbooks to classics that everyone should have, both new and gently used books will be offered at discounted prices – Included are cookbooks for quick and easy meals, baking, gourmet recipes, entertaining and menu guides, as well as many ethnic cuisines – In addition to this special sale, there are thousands of titles to choose from in the Book Sale Room.  There are books in over forty categories, and hundreds of children’s books for all reading levels – Movies, audio books, and music are also available – The Friends organization is an advocacy and support group dedicated to increasing public awareness, literacy, and services of the Library – Information at 828-1792 – Friday 1 to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm – Book Sale Room, Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Friday-Sunday, April 4-6

Rent Hair – Columbia Arts Team presents two performances of a new comedy by Sandy McKnight starring local actor Andrew Joffe and a cast of other regional actors directed by Liv Cummins – Information and reservations at 828-4234 or www.columbiaartsteam.org – Friday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The Ghent Playhouse presents How the Other Half Loves, a “wickedly funny play” by Alan Ayckbourn – Final Weekend – Information and reservations at www.ghentplayhouse.org or     1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, April 5

Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Spring has sprung at the indoor market – Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Blue Star Farms has microgreens, spinach and baby carrots  – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s La Boheme  – Information and reservations atwww.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Kathy Korn:  Works on Paper – On view through April 27 – Also exhibiting work by gallery artists – Information atwww.510warrenstgallery.com or www.kathykorn.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Launch Party to celebrate the inauguration of Davis Orton Editions—an online shop for fine art prints and photobooks by a curated list of photographers – An exhibition of small format, fine art photography by more than 35 selected photographers will be on view.  The new website will also be launched that day and available for those who cannot attend – Information at 697-0266 orhttp://DavisOrtonGallery.com – 5 to 8 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Artist Talk – Artist Shinique Smith will show and discuss her work in the second of a series of Artist Talks.  Smith, who lives and works in Hudson, creates artwork based on consumerism and personal narrative, drawing from influences ranging from graffiti to Japanese calligraphy – She has shown at the Brooklyn Museum, MOMA P.S. 1, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, with works in the collections of LACMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Denver Art Museum – The discussion will be moderated by Linda Earle, former head of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and currently the director of Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program – Information atwww.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 4 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Love, Nature and Time Well Spent – Mary Deyerle Hack, Martin Mansfield, and Gili Melamed-Lev perform works by Schumann, Bernstein and Berlin – To benefit Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA – 4 pm – Christ Church, at Union & East Court Street

Cocktail Party in support of the Hudson Children’s Book Festival Scholarship Fund – The Fund will give students the opportunity to purchase a book directly from the author of their choice at the Festival – Information at 646-256-4797 or e-mail cjonesfarm@yahoo.com – 5 to 7 pm – Donation at the door – 127 Union Street (at 2nd Street)

Exhibition Opening – Hudson Rails: A Collection of Works by Bisco Smith – These works were specifically created for Harvey’s Counter and inspired by Hudson itself – “The work captures the weathered feel of found objects using a rough mix of paint, paper, and ink displayed on handmade wood panels.” – Music by DJ Mr. Chips – Information at 347-725-1301 – 6 to 9 pm – Harvey’s Counter, 443 Warren Street

Eviyan – The trio consists of Iva Bittova, violin and vocals; Gyan Riley, guitar; and Evan Ziporyn, clarinet – Bittova is a singer with one foot in the world of Eastern European folk music and the other in the contemporary avant-garde.  Riley is a nimble guitarist with an exploratory ear and a technique steeped in both Western and Indian classical traditions.  Ziporyn has built his career around ideals of cultural cross-pollination as a composer for both Western instruments and Balinese gamelan – As a clarinetist he has played for two decades with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a quintessentially genre-bending ensemble of which he was a core member – Reservations and information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

A Trifecta – Ancient Ocean, Chalaque, and Slow Collins – John Bohannon’s Ancient Ocean is described as “shimmering ambiance made from guitar and samples.” – Chalaque is “charting new territory in the psychedelic space scene.” – Slow Collins is a psychedelic rock duo featuring Hudson-based guitarist Alexander Turnquist and John Rosenthal on bass. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

SmashCrashBash!!#6 with New York punk trio, Blockhouses and Troy lo-fi pop faves, Pony in the Pancake, with DJs Jeff the Chef(Empire State Soul Club) and Peter Aaron (the Chrome Cranks) – SCB is “a semi-regular, rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands, and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school soul and R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure.” – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Ill Funk Ensemble performs – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk – Jim Torok: Drawings – Torok is known for his photorealistic, miniature  portraits and his narrative storyboard, cartoon-like paintings, both based on acute observation. – Exhibition on view through May 31 – Information at www.artomi.orgor 392-4747 – 2 to 5 pm – Visitors Center Gallery, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22 (at Letter S Road), Ghent

Spring Gardening Day – This annual event is offered by The Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties – Fifteen informative classes on a wide range of subjects such as vegetable gardening 2014, invasive earthworms, beginning beekeeping, shade gardening, rain gardens, and “Starting Your Farm Dream” – For a complete listing of class descriptions and a registration form, go to www.ccecolumbiagreene.org or call 828-3346  – Classes are given in two, 60 minute sessions (9 to 10 am and 10:30 to 11:30 am) – Register by 8:30 am – Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Reading and Book Signing by poet Mark Wunderlich who will read from his new book of poetry, The Earth Avails – Sponsored by theGermantown Library and the Friends of Clermont – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or 537-6622– 4 pm – James D. Livingston Library, Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (Use the back entrance.)

Sunday, April 6

Open Public Day at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary – Meet 85 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most rescued from slaughter, abuse or neglect, and all now happily enjoying their new life – Graphics are posted so that visitors can learn about each animal – Pets are not allowed, and visitors will need to sign a release form upon arrival – Feel free to picnic at the pond – Information at 392-0175 orwww.equineadvocates.org – 11 am to 4 pm – Equine Advocates, 3212 Route 66, Chatham (2 miles north of the Village of Chatham)

Together Again: Frederic Church as Thomas Cole’s Pupil – Dr. Gerald L. Carr offers a preview of the topic of Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s 2014 exhibition.  He considers the relationship between teacher and pupil, especially during their shared years in Catskill, 1844-46, and their enduring rapport on a personal level. – This lecture is part of the Sunday Salons series – Information atwww.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – Admission fee is paid at the door on a first-come, first-served basis – 2 pm – Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill – The lecture is held next door, at Temple Israel

Poet Mark Wunderlich reads from his most recent book of poetry, The Earth Avails, as part of a National Poetry Month celebration – Wunderlich is a Hudson Valley resident who has been a member of the Literature faculty of Bennington College in Vermont since 2003 – To sample  his poetry, go to http://markwunderlich.com – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 4 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22 (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Jim Dale, five-time Tony nominee and a Tony Award winner for his role in Barnum, presents Just Jim Dale, his all new one man show, being presented in Hudson prior to a twelve-week off-Broadway run. “More than cabaret, it’s a theatrical evening of song and dance and story from a Broadway icon.”  Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Reservations and Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Monday, April 7

The Faux Meek Residency – A relatively new indie-rock group comprised of members of some of the region’s most popular bands – Lead vocals are shared by John Miesmer (Two Gun Man) and keyboardist Damara Rose Stolfo (Luxury Flats), who also contributes songwriting.  Gabe Schaftlein provides the group’s underpinning on bass guitar, and Rob Williams, who shared membership in Mother Fletcher with Miesmer and Schaftlein, holds down the drum chair and contributes backup vocals. – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

HUDSON PRAXIS

An indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise funds for a feasibility study, planning sessions and concept development, all to support the idea of creating an Aquarium, Art & Natural Science Center in the old Dunn Warehouse on the Hudson waterfront.  Go towww.indiegogo.com/projects/hudson-praxis to learn more about the project and to contribute to the fundraising campaign.

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays (note new hours)

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

 

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Events in Hudson NY Monday March 24 thru Monday March 31, 2014

 ELLEN’S PICKS – WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2014

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

PICKS OF THE WEEK

There is much to see and do in Hudson this weekend, but several things are particularly worth noting.

> The Monthly Nut (How Much Misery Does It Take to Be Happy?) at Café Le Perche at 6:30 pm on Saturday night is a chance to see a work-in-progress and a new performance space all at the same time. The Monthly Nut is a new comic monologue by James Braly, who recently finished a 14-city national tour of his Off-Broadway show, Life In A Marital Institution, presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. He is developing his new show in Hudson. This may be the beginning of Hudson as a try-out town. You saw it here first! (but only if you secured tickets in advance for this “limited seating” venue. Details below.)

Sunday requires a coin toss or two. The world-renowned Indian classical musician, Ustad Shafaat Khan, performs at 2 pm on Sunday at TSL. Reservations necessary. Details below.

On Sunday at 3 o’clock, the Concerts in the Village series at Kinderhook Reformed Church presents The Glory of Purcell: Sacred and Secular Music of the Baroque in England, including Henry Purcell’s one-hour opera Dido and Aeneas performed by 55 musicians, including a chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble, all under the direction of David Smith.

This weekend is your last chance to see Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Cirkus during its Winter Cabaret season at Helsinki. The cabaret performance is on Saturday night, while a family-friendly matinee is performed on Sunday.

For detailed information on the Picks of the Week, see listings below.

ELLEN’S PICKS

Tuesday, March 25

Please the Trees with Slow Collins – Please the Trees is from the Czech Republic and plays “totally awesome psychedelic music” – Slow Collins features our own John Rosenthal and Alex Turnquist – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wednesday, March 26

Meursault with Locust Heads and Ember Schrag – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30

Films at TSL:

> Aatsinki – The story of Arctic cowboys – One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland

> Tokyo Story – A classic film now celebrating its 60th year – “The story of an aging couple on their journey from their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling, postwar Tokyo….one of cinema’s greatest masterpieces.”

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

Friday, March 28

25th Annual Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple Award Gala – The Crystal Apple is awarded each year to a Columbia County business “to recognize an extraordinary contribution to economic progress, community improvement, and the quality of life in Columbia County over the previous year.” – This year’s nominees are Bodhi Holistic, Chatham Brewing, Family Eyecare Center, Pondside Nursery, The Barlow Hotel, and The Spine Institute of Columbia Memorial Hospital – The winner will be announced at the Gala – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 6 to 8 pm – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

Party Boat plus Careers – Spotty welcomes these neighbors to the north for a rollicking semi-local rock show – Listen at http://partyboat.bandcamp.com/ and http://careersmusic.bandcamp.com/ – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Two Gun Man – The members of this Americana quartet are longtime friends and musical collaborators – All four—Reid Waring and Josh Miesmer, guitar; Jonathan Talbott, upright bass and violin; and Julian Seidenberg, drums—either hail from or are residents of Columbia County, NY and currently live in and around Hudson – This program represents Helsinki’s commitment to programming the best new, emerging, and regional performers – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Trixie’s Whorehouse Reopens! – With DJ JayFourWorld – Stupid performances win real money – There is a limit to the amount of stupidity that can happen on one stage. If you have a stupid performance you want to present, contact Trixie beforehand. – Information at 828-1562 – 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30

The Ghent Playhouse presents How the Other Half Loves, a “wickedly funny play” by Alan Ayckbourn – Directed by Sky Vogel – Runs on weekends through April 6 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 29

Columbia Land Conservancy Annual Pancake Breakfast – To thank the members, donors, and volunteers for their support of Columbia County land protection and to celebrate the Conservancy’s successes – Information and registration at www.clctrust.org/breakfast or 392-5252, ext.202 – 8:30 am to 11 am – The Mansion, 601 Union Street

Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Spring has Sprung and greens are here! Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Blue Star Farms has microgreens and spinach and David Ludtke is selling mushrooms. – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Wine and “Green” Chocolate Tasting – Taste Grenada Chocolate – Island grown. Island harvested. Processed using solar power. Shipped to America on sailboats! This is the best-tasting example of a non-polluting product you’ll ever try! Lewis Dimm, owner of Fairview Wines and Spirits, will offer selections of alcoholic beverages perfectly paired to enhance the flavor of this award-winning chocolate – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – A solo exhibition of work by R.O. Blechman, the prolific illustrator, cartoonist, author, and animator with 14 New Yorker covers and a MOMA animated film retrospective to his credit. Blechman has won many honors and awards, among them a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society and induction into the Society of the Illustrators Hall of Fame. He is a Hudson Valley resident – For a glimpse of Blechman’s work, go to www.roblechman.com – Exhibition on view through May 11 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

State of Our Community: It’s All About the Youth – An opportunity to hear Hudson youth express their view of the state of our community – Presented by the Staley B. Keith Justice Center – Information at 249-9415 – 6 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Stephen Reynolds: New Work – A solo exhibition of sculpture and etchings – “Composed principally of wood and steel, Stephen Reynolds’ sculptures reference architecture, anatomy and scientific instruments.” – On view through April 20 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street.

The Monthly Nut (How Much Misery Does It Take to Be Happy?) – Ideasmyth presents a workshop performance of a new (darkly) comic monologue by James Braly – Braly, whose critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, Life In A Marital Institution, recently finished a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions, is developing his new show in Hudson. This work-in-progress inaugurates Café Le Perche’s upstairs dining room as a performance space. – Information and tickets at http://ideasmyth.com/315-the-monthly-nut-a-new-darkly-comic-monologue-by-james-braly-2/ — 6:30 pm – Café Le Perche, 230 Warren Street

Pairings: Art Songs and Cabaret – Gilda Lyons, vocalist, and Daron Hagen, pianist/composer, perform works by Marc Blitzstein, Jacques Brel, Chabuca Granda, Jennifer Higdon, David Macbride, Ned Rorem, Stephen Sondheim, Ken Steen, Kurt Weill, and Judith Weir – Reservations and information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret – Hudson’s own circus troupe presents its monthly winter cabaret featuring a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers from the worlds of the variety arts, circus, vaudeville, sideshow, and burlesque. The lineup includes acts such as trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Performers range from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers featured performers to local legends, all accompanied by live music. This show is for grown-ups only. (A family-oriented show takes place on Sunday. See below.) – Audience members are encouraged to dress for the festivities and be part of the show. Those attending in costume will receive a discounted admission. – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Builda, Mike Fame & Channelr, and Center Cut – A night of forward thinking dance music – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Chimps in Tuxedos perform – Listen at www.chimpsintuxedos.com/ — Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 249-3755 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Sunday, March 30

Ustad Shafaat Khan performs live – Khan is a world-renowned Indian classical musician who has distinguished himself as the first known artist to attain simultaneous excellence in performing the sitar, surbahar, and tabla – He has released three CDs produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra. His musical heritage can be traced back to the sixteenth century to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar – Followed by an authentic Indian meal in the café – Reservations required – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 2 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

The Glory of Purcell: Sacred and Secular Music of the Baroque in England – Includes Henry Purcell’s one-hour opera Dido and Aeneas and other Purcell masterpieces such as orchestral dances, songs and anthems – Part of the Concerts in the Village series – Performed by a chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble, the concert features 55 performers including the Broad Street Chorale and soloists Amanda Boyd, Jon Morrell, Karneryn Lueng, Vicki Smith and Katie Roppolo – David Smith, Artistic Director – Reception follows the concert – Information at www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or 758-6401 – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Bindlestiff Family Matinee – Hudson’s own hometown circus troupe presents its monthly winter cabaret featuring a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers. The lineup includes acts such as trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. Performers range from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers featured performers to local legends, all accompanied by live music. This family-friendly program is tailored for audiences of all ages – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 3 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

March History Talk – The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library presents Dr. Thomas Mounkhall who will talk about the connections between local history and world history – Dr. Mounkhall will look at the City of Hudson’s history within the broad perspective of world history, linking the city to the Grand Banks, South America, Polynesia, Siberia, and Western Europe – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 3 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

My Anne – Sarah Schaeffer will perform an original solo performance piece adapted by Ms. Schaeffer from The Diary of Anne Frank – The hour-long piece was adapted with the permission of the Otto Frank Foundation. It was developed and directed by Carol Rusoff and first performed at the Hudson Opera House in April 2013 – A reception will follow the performance – Information at www.templeisraelofcatskill.org or 943-5758 – 3 pm – Temple Israel, 220 Spring Street, Catskill

Monday, March 31

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.” The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street;

Tuesday, April 1

What better way to spend April Fools’ Day than to play Hudson’s version of the 60s/70s television show, Match Game, hosted by Trixie Starr? Prizes and frivolity —and cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson

 

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Events in Hudson NY, March 17 to March 25, 2014

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open mics at end of list

Monday, March 17

The Felice Brothers with Dawn Landes opening –  “…simply one of the best rock and roll folk bands playing today…a close knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends.” – They are all self-taught musicians who started in 2006 by busking in the NYC subways and recorded most of their work in a converted chicken coop near their hometown of Palenville – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Elison Jackson with Wet Spell – Elison Jackson is a garage-folk band from New Haven, CT – Wet Spell features Columbia County’s finest—Pat Linnan, Seth Travins, and Jim Krewson.  Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, March 18

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Cookies from Trixie’s Oven as prizes – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

New Lebanon Shaker Village, Then and Now – A lecture and presentation  by representatives of the Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon – David Stocks, President of the Museum, will talk about the Shakers arrival at New Lebanon and the early history of the community there – Peter Watson, a museum trustee and creator of The Great Stone Barn Project exhibition, will present photos and slides of the ongoing stabilization of the barn – The New Lebanon Village, including the barn, has been listed on the World Monuments Watch List – The lecture is sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society – Information at 758-9265 or www.cchsny.org – 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook

Wednesday, March 19

From Flour to Fettuccine  Pasta Making with Gianni Scappin – Scappin, chef and owner of Cucina in Woodstock and Market Street in Rhinebeck, and Assistant Professor at the Culinary Institute of America, will demonstrate how to make, roll and cut several types of pasta by hand and with a pasta machine – Tasting will be paired with wines selected by Hudson Wine Merchants – Admission fee includes a signed copy of Scappin’s most recent cookbook, Pasta – Information and reservations at www.valleyvariety.com or 828-0033 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Thursday, March 20

Spring Equinox!

Mike Tamburo – Alexander Turnquist – John Lindaman – Tamburo’ s current work features electric guitar, electric zither, and gongs.  He is greatly inspired by American folk and minimalist music traditions as well as Indian classical music – Alexander Turnquist has been writing and recording since 2004 and has two full length solo albums on VHF records as well as various limited edition titles and compilations.  In the last three years he has toured extensively in the eastern US and in Europe – The music that John Lindaman makes has been self-described as “prepared guitar.” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Justin Townes Earle – with Natalia Zukerman opening – “Having migrated from his birthplace, Nashville, to NYC, the critically acclaimed folk-rock singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle…pairs the sage wisdom of Americana music with themes that relate to life in the Big Apple.”  He is the son of musician Steve Earle – He has received the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year, as well as the 2009 Americana Music Award in the Best New and Emerging Artist category – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

First Day of Spring Birding Event – Larry Federman, Audubon NY Education Coordinator, will talk about local birds found at Olana and in the Hudson Valley – Following the presentation, participants will take a guided walk in Olana’s artist-designed landscape – Space is limited – Pre-register by 3 pm Tuesday at shasbrook@olana.org or call 828-2872, ext. 109 – 9 to 11 am – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22

The Crane Acting Troupe presents Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film – Information and reservations by e-mail at Michele.nadeem@gmail.com – 7:30 pm – Ichabod Crane High School Auditorium, Valatie

Thursday-Sunday, March 20-23

Films at TSL:

Child’s Pose –– A “…well-to-do- Bucharest architect [is] determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism….” – Top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival

Aatsinki – The story of Arctic cowboys – One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland

The Last of the Unjust – Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, and the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war.

Friday, March 21

Exposition Auction – Featuring modern and contemporary fine and decorative arts plus property from various estates and collectors – Information at www.stairgalleries.com or 751-1000 – Previews Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Auction begins Friday at 5 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 Untitled #21: the heart of d cheney & other stuff   – A Mussmann/Bruce Production – Information at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 Glen David Andrews – With his group’s jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul, this singer-trombonist-bandleader always turns Helsinki into Mardi Gras.  He combines a voice and stage presence worthy of Louis Armstrong, updated for the hip-hop era – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hand Habits with Bearchild opening – Meg Duffy and Hand Habits is a favorite local(ish) band.  This is their first performance at The Half Moon– Listen at www.handhabits.bandcamp.com – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Sunday, March 21-23

Spring Fling Weekend – Hudson-Chatham Winery will be releasing its 2012 Chelois, a Pinot Noir-type wine made from French hybrid grapes grown in Athens, NY – This small batch wine is on the wine list at St. Andrew’s restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America – There will also be daily specials in honor of spring – Information at www.hudson-chathamwinery.com or 392-9463 – 12 noon to 5 pm – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent

The Ghent Playhouse presents How the Other Half Loves, a “wickedly funny play” by Alan Ayckbourn – Directed by Sky Vogel – Runs on weekends through April 6 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 22

Chopin & Chardonnay – An evening of wine and music to benefit the capital campaign of the Hudson Area Library – Featuring pianist and composer Morey Hall in a program including  Chopin’s Nocturne in B-flat minor and a group of four etudes, with additional works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Debussy and Beethoven – Wines selected by Hudson Wine Merchants – Seating is limited – Tickets must be purchased in advance at 828-1792 or by e-mail to cconsaga@hudsonarealibrary.org – 6 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Special Saturday Night Spring Gala Opening of Helsinki on Broadway, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Presenting two-time Tony Award winner, Judy Kaye, in An Evening with Lenny & Steve, featuring the songs of two iconic Broadway composers—Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim – Reservations and Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Electronic Dance Music Party – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 249-3755 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Massenet’s Werther – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Not necessarily Black & White – A group photography exhibit juried by Ken Bovat, Jr.  and featuring the works of local and regional artists including photograms, anamorphic, panoramic, sepia, palladium prints in traditional film, and darkroom and digital photography – On view through May 16 – Information at www.artscolumbia.org or 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Greens are here!  Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Blue Star Farms has  microgreens and spinach.  They sell out quickly, so come early – David Ludtke is selling mushrooms. – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Celebrate New York State Maple Weekend with a pancake breakfast and a tour of the maple operation at The Farm at Miller’s Crossing – The breakfast, complete with pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and (of course) maple syrup, is being prepared by St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown – All proceeds from the breakfast go to the church.  Three free tours of the maple operation will be conducted by Justin Vergottini-Wexler, who will provide history about the first people who tapped maple trees.  Participants will also learn about maple collection, and boiling of the sap – Information at www.farmatmillerscrossing.com or 851-2331 – Tours at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Road (off Route 217), Claverack

Appraisal Day – Hosted by the Adult Learning Institute – Bring an antique or collectible to be appraised by Anthony Patsky of Lincoln Antiques and Bill Johns of Coxsackie Antique Center – No weapons or coins are allowed – A silent auction, raffle and bake sale will also be part of the activities – Information and appointments at 828-4181, extension 3431 or by e-mail to ali@sunysgcc.edu – 12 noon to 4 pm – Professional Academic Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, Route 9, Greenport

Gasland II (2013), directed by Josh Fox – This film shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.  Free admission – Information at 542-4194 – 3 pm – Town Hall, 1647 County Route 5, Canaan

Exhibition Opening – Civilization – Featuring the work of Irving Kriesberg and Donna Moylan – Information at 392-3336 orwww.thompsongirouxgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Sunday, March 23

The Infamous Stringdusters – with Fruition opening – This Grammy Award-nominated quintet is comprised of virtuoso string players with one foot firmly planted in tradition and another in experimentation.  The resulting blend of the two is a jazzy style of Appalachian roots music – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Bard at Beattie – Talented young musicians from the Bard College Conservatory of Music play music for piano and strings including works by Janacek, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms – Limited seating – Reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc@gmail.com – Information atwww.beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com – 2 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

A guitar and flute recital  performed by flutist Larra Agate and guitarist Charles Robitaille and featuring folk-themed classical music from the renaissance to the present including works by George Gershwin, Jay Ungar, and Mason Williams – Limited seating – Reservations at 851-7120 or sign up on Facebook – 3 pm – Claverack Free Library, at the intersection of Routes 23 & 9H, Claverack

Pat Fecher, former Peace Corps volunteer, talks about her service in Armenia, a former Soviet country, from 2010-1012 – Information atwww.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 3 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Tuesday, March 25

Please the Trees with Slow Collins – Please the Trees is from the Czech Republic “and plays totally awesome psychedelic music” – Slow Collins features our own John Rosenthal and Alex Turnquist  – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays (note new hours)

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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

 

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Events in Hudson NY March 12 to March 18, 2014

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open Mics at end of list

 Wednesday, March 12

Annual Agricultural Brunch – Feeding Families and Our Local Economy –  Co-sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Farm Bureau – The premier event for county residents who are involved in or concerned with our local farms and food systems – Learn about agricultural businesses, network, and taste great local fare – Reservations and information at 828-4417 or by e-mail to akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com –11 am to 12:30 pm – Club Helsinki , 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, March 13

CKS Band – “… a kind of Woodstock All-Stars group featuring members of the Greg Allman Band, the Levon Helm Band, and The Band….as a trio they specialize in a funky blend of blues, soul and rock…,”  Their gig here in Hudson will be recorded for an upcoming live album. – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Quiet in the Head – The ongoing musical project of guitarist Seamus Maynard and violinist Jonathan Talbott – “Their original acoustical music has evolved over many years of playing together and is always an exploration of texture and melody.  There are echoes of familiar influences such as tango, middle eastern and eastern European gypsy music….”  With Jonah Thomas on cello. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Pocatello Reunion Show – Hudson favorites Pocatello reunite for this special performance. – Donny Dinero from Mail the Horse opens – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 13-16

Films at TSL:

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq – Le Clercq was a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance—George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, until, at the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed

Stranger by the Lake – “This stunning psychological drama takes place in an atmosphere of frank homoeroticism, utterly without inhibition or taboo.”—The Guardian – Winner of the Queer Palm and Un Certain Regard Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival

The Last of the Unjust – Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, and the only “Elder of the Jews” not to have been killed during the war.

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

Friday, March 14

Lady Moon (Ngonda Badila)  and her band, The Eclipse, present The Gospel, with Lady Moon, King Holiday, Gabriel Garzon Montano, and a special guest appearance by Young Paris – Lady Moon & The Eclipse’s first single was mastered and recorded by Tommy Stinson and released on March 4th – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Jack Name (Drag City/God? records) with Wild Boy – This is Jack Name’s first performance in Hudson – Ariel Pink says: “Operating everywhere outside the narrow spectrum of Pitchfork’s dow jones years best & Mojo’s staple Smp500, you have the mysterious world of Real People.  This is music from that place.” – Wild Boy features Clare Felice and this is their debut performance – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Full Worm Moon Walk – Enjoy great views of the Hudson River and find out why this month’s moon is called a “Full Worm Moon” – Wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight – Sponsored by the Columbia land Conservancy – Information at www.clctrust.org – 6:30 pm – Greenport Conservation Area, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Saturday, March 15

Motoko: Folktales from Japan – Parents’ Choice Award-winning storyteller Motoko enchants audiences of every age with her weaving of ancient lore, original tales, lyrical movement, and traditional music.  She has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “CarnegieKids” – Followed by an origami workshop – Reservations and information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 10 am – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Greens are here!  Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Blue Star Farms will have microgreens and spinach.  They sell out quickly, so come early – David Ludtke is selling mushrooms – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Live simulcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Massenet’s Werther – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 Artist Rebecca Allan gives a gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibition , Ground/Water –Allan has for many years concentrated on rivers, tributaries, and watershed environments as primary sources of investigation – She is currently the Head of Education at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture in NYC – Informationwww.hudsonoperahouse.org or  822-1438 – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner – This traditional meal will be prepared and served by the Christ Church Youth Group –– A 50/50 raffle and the dinner will benefit Ritchie’s Angels – Advance tickets are recommended for this popular feast and may be obtained at the church office weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm or at the Wednesday lunch from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm – Information at 828-1329 – Takeout available from 4 to 5 pm, sit-down dinner from 5 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

Back-to-Back Exhibition Openings – Retrospective Gallery presents two exhibitions in two different locations – This is the first in a series of shows planned for spaces throughout Hudson.

New Works by Jason Middlebrook & Letha Wilson – Both artists use landscape as a subject for investigating the space between image and materiality, nature and culture, order and entropy. – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 727 Warren Street

Landon Metz: Michael Jackson Penthouse – Metz is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad, including last year’s Venice Biennale – Reception from 7 to 9 pm – 438 Carroll Street

> Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 205-8387

 Exhibition Opening – Fascinated by Photography – Jonathan Hallam and David Dew Bruner present an exhibition and sale of selected images from their personal collections.  The images have been collected for over 30 years and are far reaching and highly personal.  They range from 19th-century “Grand Tour” and the refined beauty of Princess Wittgenstein posing for her carte-de-visite in 1963 to an early glowing nude of David Lachapelle.  Included will be photographs by Marcus Leatherdale, George Dureau, Sally Mann, Jed Devine, Regina Delouise (Devine’s student), Phillipe Halsman and Clarence John Laughlin – On view through May 1 – Open Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment at 821-3158 or e-mail to hallambruner@gmail.com – 6 to 8 pm – Hallam + Bruner, 876 Columbia Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Walter L. Thinnes’ play, Will of Bond Street, directed by Barbara Waldinger – The play revolves around the aftermath of the New York City Draft Riots of 1863 when a well-to-do family takes in a black victim of the riots to work with their Irish household staff.  – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

 Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue – A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins – Featuring Miss Tess, Melora Creager of Rasputina, Pat Linnan of Nature Films, the Minivans, Robby Lee Coalter, Chris Neumann, and a reunion of Jim Krewson and Jennie Benford of the Pinetops – The house band for the evening is Chops and Sauerkraut– Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Tallahassee and Toy Soldiers with special guests These Wild Plains – “two serious, up-and-coming bands” – The New England-based Tallahassee “strives to pioneer uncharted sonic territory, harnessing diverse influences ranging from indie to classic rock, folk and blues all filtered through band members’ diverse backgrounds in professional football, fine art and classical music.” – Toy Soldiers, formed in 2007 by frontman Ron Gallo, “love a good song and dance with no pretense or wall between the band and audience (as members often times end up in the crowd.)” – These Wild Plains is named one of Esquire magazine’s “Top 15 Bands to Watch for in 2014.” – Look no further. They are here. – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 Music at the Wunderbar with DJ T-Bone – (www.facebook.com/TateCozza ) — Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 249-3755 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Dine with the Trustees – Friends of Clermont is sponsoring festive dinner parties in private homes in Southern Columbia and Northern Dutchess Counties, hosted by members of the Board of Trustees – To support Friends programs and initiatives held at Clermont State Historic Site –Information and reservations at 537-6622 or e-mail amcgrath@friendsofclermont.org – 6 pm

Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – Online catalog at www.copakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Sunday, March 16

Kite’s Nest Winter Expo – An end-of season expo to learn what the alternative learning program, Kite’s Nest, has been up to – See the hanging nest, designed and built by children – Hear a series of kids-produced radio pieces, investigating questions like, “What is the impact of violent video games on society?” and “Why are cats so popular?”  Hear a public reading of creative works by the Winter Writers’ Group, ages 6 to 15 –Information at 945-8445 or www.kitesnest.org – 2 to 4 pm – Kite’s Nest, 108 South Front Street (Basilica Hudson building)

Farm Film Fest 6 – Featuring eight films on subjects such as urban agriculture, the cider comeback, the rise of hop farming,, and electricity created from cow manure – A Meet Your Maker reception at Peint O Gwrw follows the screenings – Sponsored by The Chatham Agricultural Partnership, The Chatham Film Club, and Columbia Land Conservancy – Information athttp://chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest.html – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, Main Street, Chatham

Monday, March 17

The Felice Brothers with Dawn Landes opening –  “…simply one of the best rock and roll folk bands playing today…a close knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends.” – They are all self-taught musicians who started in 2006 by busking in the NYC subways and recorded most of their work in a converted chicken coop near their hometown in Palenville – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Elison Jackson with Wet Spell –  Elison Jackson is a garage-folk band from New Haven, CT – Wet Spell features Columbia County’s finest—Pat Linnan, Seth Travins, and Jim Krewson.  Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, March 18

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Cookies from Trixie’s Oven as prizes – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 7 pm – Performance from 8 to 11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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Events in Hudson NY, February 27 to March 4, 2014

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open Mic info at end of listings

ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW…

Don’t blink or you will miss the next great opening.  A new gallery, Concepto Hudson, has opened quickly but quietly at 741 Warren Street, the former Neefus Photography building.  Stop and say hello to gallery owner Kiyoshi Ike, who has moved his Concepto gallery from Brooklyn to burgeoning Upper Warren Street, aka Hudson’s East End.  The Grand Opening will be April 8 with an exhibition of contemporary art. Meanwhile the gallery is displaying its own collection through March 31.  Concepto Hudson is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm.

Belo3rd’s  J. Damiani Gallery, now in its tenth year, has announced that it will open a small café called Apperitivi at the front of the gallery.  Pre-dinner fare such as salumi and formaggi prepared in the Italian style will be served along with select wines and craft beers.  A mid-March opening is projected.  The café will be open from 4 to 8 pm from Wednesday through Saturday.  J. Damiani Gallery is at 237 Warren Street.

Changes have been announced at The Dogs of Hudson retail shop and the group class studio are both closing.  The good news is that new extended training hours are being offered in the form of in-home training with evening and weekend hours available.  call Erica Nance at 822-8242.

Tuesday, February 25

A Special Radio Tribute to Maggie Estep – Hosted by Victor Mendolia – Richard Boch, Laura Shea, Karen Schoemer and others will discuss Maggie’s work and life in NYC and upstate – 2 pm – WGXC, 90.7-FM, or streamed live on www.wgxc.org

Schwervon! with Ferriday – A two-piece American rock band with Nan on drums and Matt on guitar – They have produced five full length albums, two seven-inch vinyl only singles, and have toured the world – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, February 27

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s original stage production of War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford – Takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. “…astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, bring breathing, galloping charging horses to thrilling life on stage.”  – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street – Repeated on Sunday. See below.

Thursday-Sunday, February 27-March 2

Films at TSL:

Liv & Ingmar – Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman met when she was 25 and Ber­gman was 47 – Now, five decades later, Ullmann tells the story of their life together, using excerpts from their films, still photos,  behind-the-scenes footage, and personal letters

The Great Flood – The story of the Mississippi River flood of 1927 which forced the displacement of sharecroppers to Northern cities, fueling the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands

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

Saturday, March 1

Learn to Make Puff Pastry – Mushroom and gruyere vol au vents, sesame sticks, apple tarts, millefeuille,  palmiers petit fours—these are just a few of the treats you can make with puff pastry dough – Chef Madeline Delosh, from Mado Patisserie in Chatham, will demonstrate the steps to create this versatile dough and will prepare a variety of savory and sweet treats – Participants will leave with easy-to-make recipes and a gift box filled with Madeline’s own puff pastry creations – Reservations and information atwww.valleyvariety.com or 828-0033 – 10 am to 12 noon – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Featuring Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offering meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Live simulcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Alexander Borodin’s epicPrince Igor – This is its first Met performance since 1917, in a new production by noted Russian opera director Dmitri Tchermiakov in his Met debut – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12 noon – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Nancy Johnson: Recent Paintings/Dori Latman: Recent Drawings– On view through March 30 – Information at 822-0510 orwww.510warrenstgallery.com – 2 to 5 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

 Artist Talk – Artist Elise Gardella will show her work in the first of a series of Artist Talks.  A discussion of Gardella’s work will be moderated by Linda Earle, former head of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and currently the director of Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program – Gardella, who received her MFA from Bard College, is an artist who “tracks the disruptions and harmonies that occur in individual lives and social groups.”  Her work has been published in MaximumRocknroll and Punk Planet.  She has shown internationally and participated in 16 Beaver, New York, and FEEL TANK Pathogeographies, Chicago – Information at www.hudsonoperahouse.orgor 822-1438 – 4 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 A Poetry Reading by Gerard Malanga – Presented by McDaris Fine Art and the Edna St Vincent Millay Society – Malanga is the recipient of the 2014 Steepletop Poet of Distinction Award and Official Poet of the Glasgow International Arts Festival to take place in April, 2014 – Information at 212-518-7551 – 5 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Apocypha: The Birth of Consciousness & Trials by Ordeal – A solo exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculpture by artist Herbert Reichert – This is Reichert’s third exhibition at the gallery – On view through March 23 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 

Hudson Wine Merchants 3rd Floor Gallery presents Still Resounding. An Evening of Poetry and Music – Introduction and reading by Susan H. Gillespie from Corona, Selected Poems of Paul Celan (Station Hill Press), followed by a concert performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza, and Paul Hindemith’s Eight Pieces for Flute, performed by Eugenie Zukerman. Susan H. Gillespie is a noted translator of German philosophy, musicology, fiction, and poetry.  Her translation ofThe Correspondence of Paul Celan and Ilana Shmueli (The Sheep Meadow Press) was a finalist for the National Translation Prize.  Renowned flutist Eugenie Zukerman has performed as a soloist with leading orchestras worldwide.  Her most recent recording, Flesh & Stone: The Songs of Jake Heggie was released with all proceeds benefitting Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. Space is limited to 50 guests – Reservations at elenasiyanko@gmail.com or 917-502-2012 – Suggested donation at the door – Wine and light refreshments will be served – 5:30 pm – Third  Floor, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street, Hudson 

The Big Takeover – Upstate New York’s own ska-reggae group has chosen Club Helsinki Hudson to celebrate the release of its third album, “Children of the Rhythm” – Visit www.bigtakeoverband.com – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com  9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band with special guest Zachary Cale and DJ Lunar Moss – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Arte Trio in concert – Three Yale School of Music graduates:  Miki-Sophia Cloud, violin; Katsura Tanikawa, piano; and Laura Usiskin, cello, will play music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Ravel – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

18th-Century Tavern Night – Step back in time to learn about 18th-century food and drink, music, dancing, and gambling – Music by Salmagundi – Sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society – Information and reservations at 758-9265 orwww.cchsny.org – 4 to 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook

Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries and Swamp Baby in An Evening of Enchanting Music and Projections – This is Ryder Cooley’s Albany debut of a new musical adventure  – She is a multi-media artist who often performs with Hazel, a disembodied taxidermy ram – The Dust Bowl Faeries includes keyboardist/vocalist Sara Ayers and steel guitarist/cellist Karen Cole – Cooley sings and plays accordion, ukulele and musical saw in the group – Swamp Baby consists of guitarist Mike Hotter and multi-instrumentalists Nick Matulis, Frank Moscowitz and Megan Prokorym, drummer Nicholas Kopp and bassist Stephen Orsini – Reservations and information at 438-5503 or www.steamer10theatre.org or Ryder Cooley at rydercooley@gmail.com or 429-0046 – 8 pm – Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Avenue, Albany

Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2

The House, a puppet show for adults and children (12 and up) – Award-winning Danish puppeteer Sofie Krog, with Spanish puppeteer David Faraco, have created an ensemble of weird and wonderful puppets, all united by the story of The House, a character in itself.  This is no ordinary house; it is a funeral home with its own disembodied voice. – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – Two shows:  Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 4 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Sunday, March 2

 HD screening of The National Theatre of London’s original stage production of War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford – Takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. “…astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, bring breathing, galloping charging horses to thrilling life on stage.”  – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street – Also shown on Thursday. See above.

 North Mississippi Allstars – Luther and Cody Dickinson, sons of the late, legendary Memphis musician and producer, Jim Dickinson, formed this southern blues-rock band in 1996.  Their 2000 debut album, “Shake Hands with Shorty,” garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues album – Listen at www.nmallstars.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Brunch for Habitat – Featuring singer-songwriter Jim Wann, the Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist of Pump Boys and Dinettes – To benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity – Listen at www.jimwann.com – Reservations and information at 828-0892 – 11 am to 1 pm – The Blue Plate, 1 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Sunday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 12

Radio On! – Turn your radio on and tune into WGXC’s on-air fund drive or listen on your computer by going to www.wgxc.org – WGXC is a community radio station serving Columbia and Greene Counties and this is the winter version of its twice-a-year appeal.  The goal for this drive is $35,000 – To pledge, call 697-7400 or 828-0290 or pledge online at www.wgxc.org

Monday-Tuesday, March 3-4

US Environmental Protection Agency Public Information Sessions for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site in the Town of Nassau – Members of the project team will provide information and answer questions about current and planned activities, including the startup of the treatment plant at the site which discharges treated water into the Valatie Kill – For information contact Larisa Romanowki atromanowski.larisa@epa.gov or 747-4389 – Monday from 6 to 9 pm at St. Paul’s Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook; Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall, 26 Church Street, Nassau

Tuesday, March 4

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Cookies from Trixie’s Oven as prizes – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn atliveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted byCameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 7 pm – Performance from 8 to 11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

 

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Events in Hudson NY February 18 to February 25, 2014

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open mics posted at end

TOPSY TURVY

There is, perhaps, a new trend loose upon the cultural landscape, or maybe I just haven’t been paying attention.  Galleries now stage exhibition “closings” as well as “openings.”  At least two closing receptions took place in Hudson just this past weekend:  one at the new Retrospective Gallery on Upper Warren, where artist Jamian Juliano-Villani’s show closed on Friday night, and a second closing of a group of installations at the Curatorium gallery on South Front Street, also on Saturday night.

Now Bruce Bergmann at BCB Art on Lower Warren (BeLo3rd) will have a closing reception next weekend for the current exhibition of works by such artists as Antonio Alvarez, Gilbert & George, Phyllis Hjorth, and Will Pflaum. Doors close at 8.Open Mics posted at the end of this section

Tuesday, February 18

Green Drinks – A monthly networking opportunity to learn more about clean energy sources, how to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint – Michael O’Hara from Lotus Energy will join the group to talk about ways to help generate sustainable energy – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – Information at 392-5252, ext. 207 – 5:30 pm – Second Floor, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Cookies from Trixie’s Oven as prizes – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Thursday, February 20

Morgan Evans-Weiler, Martin Freeman, TJ Borden & Pat Caine, and Jesse Collins in an evening of electro/acoustic drone, psych, and experimental performances – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Taj Mahal – Grammy Award-winning blues musician Taj Mahal is a pioneer of world music, blending American blues with roots music representing virtually every corner of the world….He plays guitar, piano, banjo and harmonica and is a living legend who has worked with blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy, as well as Ry Cooder, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones.  In 2014 he celebrates 50 years of making music as a professional – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 20-23

Films at TSL:

> Liv & Ingmar – Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman met when she was 25 and Ber­gman was 47 – Now, five decades later, Ullmann tells the story of their life together, using excerpts from their films, still photos,  behind-the-scenes footage, and personal letters

> The Great Flood – The story of the Mississippi River flood of 1927 which forced the displacement of sharecroppers to Northern cities, fueling the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands

> Faust – The final part pf the Tetralogy: Moloch, Taurus, The Sun – A hallucinatory re-imagining of Goethe’s masterpiece – Winner of the 2011 Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion

> Generation War, Part I and Generation War, Part II – Depicts the lives of “five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.”  Eight years in the making – In German with English subtitles

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

Friday, February 21

Wine Tasting – Ryan from Domaine Select will be pouring some uncommon wines from their portfolio – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Exposition Auction – English, Continental and American furniture, decorations and art, along with Asian and ethnographic works of art – Previews Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday beginning at 10 am – Auction at 6 pm – Information at 751-1000 or www.stairgalleries.com – 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 Weeknight with Klaus and Stephen K – Three great synth pop groups!  Get your dance on! – Listen at www.weeknightmusic.bandcamp.com – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Holly Williams – The granddaughter of the legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams and daughter of country star Hank Williams Jr., the 32-year old Holly Williams has established a reputation in her own right as a convincing singer and songwriter in the Americana vein – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, February 21-22

Kids Book Sale & Magic Show – The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are holding a special two-day sale of thousands of children’s books at bargain prices, including picture books, early reader books, chapter books and titles for teens, plus movies, games, and music – On Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm D3mAglc will perform magic tricks and illusions – Raffle tickets for a gift basket of kids’ books will also be available – Information at www.hudsonarealibrary.org  or 828-1792 – Friday from 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Saturday, February 22

Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Featuring some of the Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offering meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

 (MOVED TO MARCH 8)
Authors’ Readings – In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work so candid and penetrating it soon became the gold standard for personal essays.  In a new collection, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving New York, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy, sharing their own New York stories.  Goodbye essayists Sari Botton, Chloe Caldwell, and Rebecca Wolff, are scheduled to appear, and will be joined by local writers to share their stories about loving and leaving NYC. – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information and reservations at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 5 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Singer-songwriter Diane Cluck accompanied by Otto Hauser – “An unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell, Cluck’s singing is unaffected yet unusual.”—NPR – Listen at www.dianecluck.info – Hauser will also perform a solo set – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 Aoife O’Donovan – The release of her album, Fossils, last June led her on a whirlwind summer tour to the Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Stage, Tanglewood, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and Garrison Keillor’s tour – She is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the alt- bluegrass band Crooked Still – She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and now calls Brooklyn home – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Cassandra Jenkins with special guests, The Top – This is NYC-based Jenkins’ first performance in Hudson – Listen at www.cassandrajenkins.bandcamp.com – Brooklyn chamber pop wizards, The Top, open – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 Exhibition Opening – Color, Shape & Form – A group exhibition with works by Marina Cappelletto, Jenna Bauer, Joanne Freeman, Kylie Heidenheimer, Robert Cronin, and Marina Adams – On view through March 24 – Information at 828-1677 – 6 to 8 pm – Galerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

Friend of a Friend: Tales of the Underground Railroad of the Capital Region – A staged reading by Teresa Meza and Paul Michael Carter in celebration of African-American History Month – The reading is an excerpt from a play written by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Jill Rafferty based on the book, Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup – Information at 828-1333 – 5 pm – Solaris, Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street

Spencertown Revels – An annual mid-winter movable feast to support the Spencertown Academy Arts Center – Begins with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Academy; guests then move on to one of more than a dozen dinner parties hosted by friends of the Academy – Information and reservations at www.spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693 – Cocktails at 5:30 pm, dinner at 8 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Beyond the Poetry: Treasures from Steepletop: A Special Exhibition of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Country Home Treasures – The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society debuts a new exhibition of rare photographs never before seen by the public, and personal treasures from Millay’s estate in Austerlitz, NY – A limited edition photo print of historic Steepletop by photographer Glynnis McDaris will be featured in a silent auction at the reception – Proceeds from the reception will benefit the restoration of Steepletop  – Tickets for the reception are available at 392-3362 or www.millay.org – 5:30 to 9:30 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Farming Our Future: Growing Food, Farms, and Community – This third annual conference brings together farmers and non-farmers alike, along with suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders, and students, for a full day of speakers, workshops and plenty of time for networking – Succession Planning is the topic of this year’s conference, referring to farmers handing the reins to the next generation of farmers – Stories about succession from the region will be highlighted in the keynote speech by Don R. Rogers, an expert in the field of helping farmers move their operations into the future – Other conference speakers will share practical strategies and some new concepts to assure that farms will continue to thrive in our region.  Workshops will cover topics such as bee-keeping (because bees are the best at succession planning), the restaurant-community link to locally-produced food, farmer training programs, and vital skills training for new farmers.  A Legislators’ Roundtable with Congressman Chris Gibson and State Assemblymember Didi Barrett precedes the conference and gives attendees a chance to hear what’s new at the federal and state levels, to learn about the Farm Bill, and to ask what local officials are doing to help farmers. – Morning refreshments, lunch, and snacks are included in the registration fee – Information and registration at 329-0890 or www.FarmingOurFuture.org – 9 am to 4:30 pm – Taconic Hills Central School, Performing Arts Center, 73 County Route 11A (Beauty Highway), off Route 23,  Craryville

Maple Sugaring Today and in the Past – Meet up at a local sugar bush to learn about the modern and traditional techniques of tapping trees, collecting sap, and boiling the sap down to syrup – Experts will explain the present day gravity-fed collection system and environmental expert Justin Vergottini-Wexler will talk about Native American traditions of maple sugaring – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – Information at www.clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 2 pm – The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Road, Claverack A Haunting at the Vanderbilt House – Local tales of treachery, legends and lore based on Lisa LaMonica’s book, Haunted Catskills performed by the Murder Café Players – Includes a three course dinner and live music – Your hostess will be none other than Hilda Mansfield who owned the Vanderbilt until 1939.  Known to haunt the Vanderbilt since her death in 1959, Hilda will give a history of the property, which includes known sightings of other ghosts both funny and frightening – Reservations required at 672-9993 – Doors open at 6:30 pm, dinner and show at 7 pm – Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont

Sunday, February 23

Education Options in the Hudson Area – A community forum with a keynote address, a panel discussion and a Q&A session – Michael Strong, educator and author, will open the forum and will lead a panel discussion with Maria Suttmeier, Superintendent of the Hudson City School District; Martin Ping, Executive Director of the Hawthorne Valley Association which runs the Hawthorne Valley School; and Jennifer Stockmeier, a home schooling advocate – Exhibitors from area organizations that provide services for youth will provide information about their programs – The forum is free and open to the public – A child care activity for children 5 and up will be provided – The forum is followed by a reception – Seating is limited – Information and reservations at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 2 to 4 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

An Evening with Noam Pikelny & Friends – Featuring Pikelny, banjo; Bryan Sutton, guitar; Luke Bulla, fiddle; Barry Bales, bass; and Jesse Cobb, mandolin – This is an historic collaboration between five of the most celebrated acoustic instrumentalists and singers of our time…With each member being a front man in his own right, the band will present an evening of original and classic bluegrass music – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Author’s Reading – Author Mary Beth Wenger will read from her book Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes, inspired by her grandmother’s recipe book – Books will be available for purchase and signing – 2 to 4 pm – Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham

Tuesday, February 25

Schwervon! with Ferriday – A two-piece American rock band with Nan on drums and Matt on guitar – They have produced five full length albums, two seven-inch vinyl only singles, and have toured the world – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Author’s Reading – Ashley Hopkins-Benton will speak on her recent book, Breathing Life Into Stone: The Sculpture of Henry DiSpirito – Born in Italy in 1898, DiSpirito worked most of his life as a stonecutter and bricklayer in Utica.  In 1941 he studied with sculptor Richard Davis and began carving in stone.  His sculptures have been exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art – Sponsored by the Volunteers of the Columbia County Historical Society – Information at 758-9265 or www.cchsny.org – 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 7 pm – Performance from 8 to 11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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Events in Hudson NY, February 10 to February 18, 2014

Ellen’s Picks

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

Open Mics posted at the end of this section

Monday, February 10

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information atwww.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Friday, February 13-14

Valentines’ Special - Vasilow’s Confectionery will be offeringchocolate-dipped strawberries on Thursday and Friday, and also by request over the weekend.  They will be available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or a mix of both – Place your order by phone at 828-2717, by fax at 828-3118, or e-mail at jim@vasilows.com – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 13-16

Films at TSL:

Aatsinki: the Story of Arctic Cowboys – One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland

In Bloom – In the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country faces violence, war, and vigilante justice, but for two 14-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds – “…a gently profeminist message about young girls defying ancient patriarchal traditions…” – In Georgian with English subtitles

Generation War, Part I and Generation War, Part II – Depicts the lives of “five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.”  Eight years in the making – In German with English subtitles

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

Friday, February 14

 Exhibition Closing Reception for artist Jamian Juliano-Villani – Information at 205-8387 or www.retrospectivegallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 727 Warren Street

 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret – Hudson’s own circus troupe presents its monthly winter cabaret featuring a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers from the worlds of the variety arts, circus, vaudeville, sideshow, and burlesque.  The lineup includes acts such as trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns.  Performers range from Cirque du Soleil, America’s Got Talent, and Ringling Brothers featured performers to local legends, all accompanied by live music.  “Its old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists.”—The New York Times – For grown-ups only – Audience members in circus costume will receive a discounted admission. – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 –9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Music at the Wunderbar with DJ Spice – Information atwww.wunderbarandbistro.com or 249-3755 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Full Snow Moon Walk – Takes advantage of moonlight reflecting on snow and illuminating the evening woods – Dress in layers with plenty of warm clothing and bring a flashlight (even though it may not be needed) – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – Information at clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 5 pm – Meet at the Pavilion, Schor Conservation Area, 58 Shoreview Drive, Canaan

Saturday, February 15

Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Featuring some of theHudson Farmers’ Market vendors offering meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Information at 828-4047 – Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street

Indoor Copake Farmers’ Market – Produce, crafts, specialty foods, herbal skin care, and baked goods – Potluck Lunch—Bring your favorite dish – Chocolate Extravaganza—prizes for the best chocolate creation – Information at 329-0384 – 10 am to 2 pm – Copake Grange, Empire Road, Copake

 HD screening  of The Metropolitan Opera production of Dvorak’s Rusalka, starring Renee Fleming – Four hours long – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Closing Reception – for three current installations at EB Fine Art’s space:  Toil, a 24/7 drive-by installation by New York-based British sculptor David Packer with large scale post-industrial photographs and ceramic sculpture; The Two Nancies, featuring   Nancy Arlen and Nancy Wysemen–one a sculptor and one a painter; and Indeterminacies, an installation in a pop-up space in the second “storey” above the main installation space – Information at www.curatoriumhudson.org or 212-537-6029– 2 to 4 pm – Curatorium, 60 South Front Street

Exhibition Opening – Rebecca Allan: Ground/Water – Coinciding with The Crossroads Project concert (see below) – Known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings, Allan has for many years concentrated on rivers, tributaries, and watershed environments as primary sources of investigation.  Allan says, “I think what artists and scientists have in common is that we share a deep curiosity about the world around us.” – She has exhibited nationally and abroad for more than 25 years and is the Head of Education at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts – On view through March 23 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 The Crossroads Project – In response to one of society’s greatest challenges, this multi-media work on climate change weaves together a chorus of artistic and scientific voices.  At the center is theFry Street Quartet playing a commissioned work by Laura Kaminskyalong with classical works by Haydn and Janacek, interwoven with scientific commentary from physicist Dr. Robert Davies exploring mankind’s impact on the climate.  This takes place against a backdrop of imagery from artists Rebecca Allan, Garth Lenz, and Lyman Whitaker – Coinciding with the concert is an exhibition of Rebecca Allan’s paintings shown in the Opera House’s Center Hall Gallery – Information and reservations atwww.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Saturday Evening Post: Works by Van Hanos – On view through March 9 – Information at 205-8387 orwww.retrospectivegallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 727 Warren Street

Country French Feast – Savoring the Languedoc-Roussillon Region – Just back from traveling in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, Chef Jeff Loshinsky will share his experience by preparing a six-course dinner.  Throughout the dinner he will explain his cooking techniques and talk about the local culinary treasures that inspired the meal.  Wine pairings with each course selected by Hudson Wine Merchants – Information and reservations at 828-0033 or www.valleyvariety.com – Limited seating – 7:30 to 10:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 Singer-songwriter Spencer Day performs his original music as well as heart-themed favorites – Chocolates and prosecco reception follows – Information and reservations at 822-9667 orwww.stageworkshudson.org – 8:30 pm – Stageworks/Hudson, 41-A Cross Street

 Steve Earle – “An alternative artist before there even was such a thing as ‘alt-country,’ Steve Earle is in the pantheon of legendary Texas songwriters…” – His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, the Pretenders, and Joan Baez – He has produced 15 albums beginning with his 1986 debut record, “Guitar Town,” which shot to number one on the country charts – Visit www.steveearle.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 The Half Moon’s One Year Anniversary Party with special guest DJsEFFIE, Lunar Moss, and others – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Listen, Love!: A Valentine’s Day Concert – Pianist Lincoln Mayorgaand vocalist Sheri Bauer-Mayorga will present an eclectic musical tour inspired by the greatest journey of all:  the journey of love – An afternoon of songs and piano solos including classical, folk and jazz from Brecht to Liszt to Bolcom – Reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – Featuring 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, folk art, accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more – Online catalogue atwww.copakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – PreviewsThursday 11 am to 5 pm, Friday 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 12 noon to 2:45 pm – Auction at 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Author’s Reading – Enid Futterman, author of Bittersweet Journey, will read and discuss her novella and offer local and regional chocolate tastings from Vasilow’s, the Chocolate Bar, Olde Hudson, Chocolate Springs, H.R. Zeppelin, and Rubiner’s – Adults only – Limited seating – Reservations at 851-7120 – 3 pm – Claverack Free Library, corner of Routes 23B & 9H

Exhibition Opening – Music in Motion features two “active camera” photographers, Myron Schiffer and Paul Solovay, who share an approach to “painting light through motion” –  On view throughMarch 15 – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 –5:30 to 7:30 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Sunday, February 16

An awesome double bill: Generifus (K Records) with special guest Liv Carrow – Generifus is a Washington state native who has taken his songs all over the United States and Japan – Local songbird Liv Carrow opens – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sixteenth Annual Great Backyard Bird Count – Join a birding professional and Columbia Land Conservancy staff to become a citizen scientist for the morning by identifying and counting birds at feeders and collecting data for a nationwide survey – Bring your binoculars and bird guide, if you have them – Sponsored by theColumbia Land Conservancy – Information at www.clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 9 am – Meet at Main Parking Area, Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, 480 Rock City Road, Chatham

Cupid: Curse or Kiss? – An afternoon Valentine’s Day concert withSteve Dahlin, bass-baritone; Nina Fine, mezzo soprano; and Trevor Kahlbaugh, pianist, performing selections from Purcell, Schumann, Brahms, Broadway, and American jazz standards – Information atwww.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Monday, February 17

Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, February 18

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Cookies from Trixie’s Oven as prizes – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

OPEN MICS

Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Tuesdays

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 7 pm – Performance from 8 to 11 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

For more information on Columbia County events, visitwww.columbiacountytourism.org

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