Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, May 25 to May 30, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Thursday, May 25

A relatively new group, Affordable Housing in Hudson, sponsors the second forum in its series on affordable housing – The forum will bring together the current providers of affordable housing in Hudson to speak on their initiatives to create and develop more units for low- and middle-income residents.  The organization encourages residents to attend the forum to “find out more about the issues at stake for all of Hudson, decisions being made now, and how you can be part of the solution.”  – The speakers include Brenda Adams from Habitat for Humanity, Jason O’Toole from the Galvan Foundation/Housing Resources, and Anthony Laulette, Executive Director of the Hudson Housing Authority/ Bliss Towers.  Peter Meyer will moderate.  The forum is coordinated by Rebecca Wolff, Tiffany Garriga, and Michael Chameides – 5 pmCommunity Room, Hudson Area Library, Galvan Armory, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Bob Dylan Birthday Show with Pat O’Shea and Special Guests – Hudson Valley rocker Pat O’Shea hosts a tribute concert for Bob Dylan, featuring O’Shea and special guests performing a broad array of songs by the Nobel Prize-winning rock poet – Dylan celebrates his 76th birthday the day before the show. – O’Shea’s musical connections to Dylan run deep, including his six years playing guitar for the legendary Levon Helm of The Band, who formed the Dylan-influenced group after touring the world with Dylan in 1965-66. The group went on to record several albums with Dylan – O’Shea has also collaborated with longtime Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell, who served as music director for Levon Helm’s Ramble concerts  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – Doors open at 6 pm, show at 8 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Opening night! – Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. opens its 49th season of presenting professional musical theatre in its unique theatre-in-the-round – The season opens with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running from Thursday, May 25 through June 4. – All shows are given at least a two-week run with matinee and evening performances ; curtain times will vary. – In addition to the opening show, the season includes the following: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, SaturdayNight Fever, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, and Hello Dolly, as well as a children’s theatre series. Group rates are available, as are discounts for children under 12 and seniors – The box office is open and theatregoers are urged to make their plans and order their tickets now  – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org

Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28

TSL Films:

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

> Last Men in Aleppo – Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival – Follows the White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush toward explosions in the hope of saving lives. – “…heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty…”

> Tony Conrad: Completely in the PresentA non-fiction film examining the life and works of avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. – The film mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art making.

> Bang! The Bert Berns Story – Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steve Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of.  His hits include Twist and Shout, Hang On Sloopy, Brown Eyed Girl, Here Comes the Night, and Piece of My Heart  He helped launch the careers to Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made.   .

> I Called Him MorganIn 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Modern Times (1936) – A classic Charlie Chaplin film

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

Friday, May 26

Free HWM Wine Tasting – Hudson Wine Merchants holds its weekly in-store complementary tasting – In preparation for summer, this week they will be pouring (not rose’) “light body chill-able reds.” – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 528-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

The Hudson-Athens Ferry starts regular runs this weekend and each Friday and Saturday during the summer, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour, and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Lily and Horn Horse, Max Hamel, Scott Kellerhouse, with Lily Konigsberg and Matt Norman performing as Horn Horse – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60068 pm – The  Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Morgan O’Kane / Vic Thrill – Listen at http://www.morganokanemusic.com/ and http://www.victhrill.com/  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones  – Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Rockabilly Female and named the “Best Up-and-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara & the Tones turn back the clock sixty years to the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll—the days of Bill Haley and “Rock Around the Clock”— with a joyful immediacy that makes them seem like only yesterday. They will also be celebrating the release of their brand-new album, “Love You to Life.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

FridaySunday, May 26-28

Let Me Tell You:  Tiny Books, Big Ideas – An exhibition of handmade miniature books, many made through workshops at Drop Forge & Tool – The exhibition opened on May 22 and remains on view through June 25 – Fri. from 3 to 6 pm, Sat. from 12 noon to 6 pm, Sun. from 12 noon to 5 pm, or by appointment,  or e-mail to katharine@dropforgeandtool.comDrop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

Ghent Playhouse presents True West by Sam Shepard  –“A dark comedy that has become a contemporary masterpiece.” – Directed by Patrick White with Kevin Kilb, Nathaniel Drake, Stephanie Sloane, and Rob Weber – Runs on weekends through June 4 – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, May 27  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is now back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation  – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Note earlier starting time! –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Openings at John Davis Gallery – A group of artists open the season with a medley of exhibitions on display in the Main Galleries, the Sculpture Garden, and the Carriage House – These six solo shows feature sculpture, photography and painting – Artists include Isidro Blasco, (Main Galleries); Weixian Jiang (Sculpture Garden), and Thaddeus Radell, Pauline Decarmo, Janice Nowinski, and Robert Simon, (Carriage House) – All on view through June 18 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by e-mail to art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pmJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Paper Covers Rock: Artwork by Brie Ruais / Letha Wilson – Information by email to kristen@septembergallery.com – On view through July 2 – 6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Joan Buck Reveals the Price of Illusion – Author Joan Juliet Buck talks and signs copies of her memoir,The Price of Illusion – In addition, 20th-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Fine Art from the Collection of Camilla & Earl McGrath will be on view in the galleries  – Information at stairgalleries.comor 518-751-1000  – 5 to 7 pm – Stir Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises start this Saturday (May 27) and are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Hillsdale Flea Market – A variety of sellers eager to share their items with bargain hunters – Antique appraiser David Gallagher will be there from 11 am to 1 pm – The Fire Department will be offering food and beverages – Rain date is Sunday, May 28 – Early Bird entry for a fee at 8 am – Free entry from 9 am to 3 pm – Hillsdale Hamlet Park (just southwest of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale

Summer in Spencertown —Welcome warm weather and kick off summer and the  Memorial Day weekend at this annual open air celebration on the village green – Features local vendors such as davistudio fine porcelain and Joseph and Connie Mondel Antiques; organic food, vegetables and plants from the Farm at Miller’s Crossing; handmade goods from Frances Culley’s Apothecary; Australian pit barbecue; animals for adoption and much more – Entertainment throughout the day by a young troupe of singing jugglers and live music by the Amy Ryan Band and Kid Kurt. – During the event, Spencertown resident Olga Moreland will display her collection of one hundred handmade afghans, many of them vintage granny squares, creating a kaleidoscope of color draped over the pews, galleries and railings of adjacent St. Peter’s Church. The event benefits Friends of St. Peter’s, a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization created to support the physical maintenance of St. Peter’s Church, erected in 1771, and an example of the classic 18th-century New England Protestant clapboard church and steeple. The church itself is always open, in the tradition of sanctuary – Current fundraising efforts are dedicated to replacing the roof. – Free admission – Rain or shine – 10 am to 3pm – The Village Green, Spencertown

Exhibition Opening – 100 Years of Collecting –– The exhibition surveys the history of the Columbia County Historical Society.  It includes CCHS institutional history, featuring early documents and significant artifacts that describe a transition from social club to an organization centered around a coherent, strong cultural focus.  Some of the Historical Society’s early acquisitions are on view for the first time in many years; other institutional documents and objects will be on exhibit for the first time.  In addition, new acquisitions, old favorites and often overlooked objects will be on display in the recently revitalized gallery spaces. – Information at http://www.cchsny.org/100-years-of-collecting.html12 noon to 4 pm – Museum Galleries, Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook

The Fields Summer Opening – Art Omi introduces new works on view for the summer season – The works include: new sculptures by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch, and Matt Wedel in The Fields; a site-specific installation by Andre Kruysen, shown with drawings by Joan Banach, in an exhibition curated by artist Folkert de Jong in the Benenson Visitors Center; and Godia Wlodarczack’s site-specific, large-scale drawing on the glass wall of the café. – At 2:30 the Artichoke Dance Company will performLiberate the Earth Dance!, an interactive performance taking place in The Fields.  The performance is the culmination of a collaboration between Operation Unite, Art Omi, and NYS Dance Force – Food will be available at Café Omi and from special guest vendors – Children will be able to enjoy art activities and a tractor ride – Free and open to the public – Information by e-mail to info@artomi.org1 to 4 pm – Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Figure 2: The Sense of Being: Spencer Hall and David Paulson – “…features two artists working with what it means to be human, in both form and context….These two artists work with emotional responses to form.  Hall reaches deep to turn the self inside-out and force the unseen to be visible, while Paulson navigates from the outside in—through the surroundings, past the obvious, and into the essence of being.” – On view through July 9 – Information by e-mail to thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or 518-392-33364 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

North Indian Bansuri Flute Raga Concert – with Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson – Eric Fraser (Bansuri Flute) is founder of SoundandNature and the Brooklyn Raga Massive.  He is a Fulbright Senior Research scholar for Indian music and is one of the world’s leading exponents of the Gayaki (vocal) style of Indian Bansuri flute. – Ehren Hanson (Tabla) is a renowned tabla player and recipient of the prestigious American Institute for Indian Studies grant.  He is one of the most sought after tabla artists in the US, and has performed with several of the great legends of Indian classical music.  He is founder of the Anindo Chaterjee School of Tabla and the Brooklyn Raga Massive. – Information at 347-404-0140 or by e-mail to eric.bansuri.fraser@gmail.com – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 to 9:30 pm – Mettabee Farm and Arts, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale – (Five minutes from Hawthorne Valley Farm Store)

Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28

Exhibition continues– Street Photography and the urban scene:  Photographs from classic to contemporaryFeatured artists are Catskill photographer Richard Sandler (Eyes of the City), whose photographs were captured in New York City between 1970 and 1990, and the late William Hellermann (Lights at the End of the Tunnel) who in 1980, walked the night streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, where he shot 35 mm Kodachrome slides.  Also featured are two portfolios:  Susan Bowen (New York Walking) and Peter Donahoe (The Nightline: A Memoir of Work)Information at 518-567-4056 or DavisOrtonGallery.com – The exhibition opened on May 20 and is on view Saturdays and Sundays through June 1811 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment

Hudson Berkshire Wine Festival – A unique, interstate festival featuring award-winning beverages from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region – Artisans, vendors, food and music – Children’s activities – Sat from 11 am to 6 pm, Sun 11 am to 5 pm – Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Street, Chatham

Saturday-Monday, May 27-29

Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Group Huge! Spring Yard Sale – Lunch available – Information at 965-3273 or 755-7851 – Sat from 9 am to 4 pm, Sun from 11 am to 3 pm, Mon from 9 am to 3 pm – Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Sunday, May 28

Book Signing – Authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams will be signing their new book, Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat – The book includes photographs by John Gruen – Information at 518-828-3430 or finchhudson.com2 to 4 pmFinch Hudson, 555 Warren Street

A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years  of Letters from the Lower Eastside to the Jewish Daily Forward – For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward’s legendary advice column, “A Bintel Brief,” (Yiddish for “a bundle of letters”), dispensed shrewd, practical and fair-minded advice to its readers.  Created in 1906 to help bewildered Eastern European Jewish immigrants learn about their new country, the column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support in the face of problems and challenges ranging from wrenching spiritual dilemmas to family squabbles, and predicaments when old world meets new.  Directed by Carol Rusoff – Features live musical accompaniment and a diverse cast of actors who will bring to life the history, the humor, and the struggle of the Jewish Immigrant experience.  Refreshments will be served following the reading.  – A free event, but reservations are recommended – Information at www.hudsonhall.org  or 518-822-14383 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Blotched Surface: Work by Wayne Montecalvo – On view through July 1 – Information at 518-822-8448 – 6 to 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Performance Night at Red Dot – Proceeds to benefit Animalkind – Hosted by Girlgantua and John Philip, with pianist Woody Regan and Special Guest, New York cabaret artist Bronwyn Rucker – Come sing, recite, or listen! – Suggested donation at the door – Information at 518-828-365710 pm to 12 midnightRed Dot, 321 Warren Street

Next Monday, May 29

Memorial Day

Next Tuesday, May 30

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

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – A bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown! – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pm – The  Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

HUDSON CRUISES, INC.

*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

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

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson and Beyond, May 2 – May 10, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Tuesday, May 2

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Spotty’s bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown – Free admission – Information at  www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-60066:30 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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

Thursday, May 4

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-45037 pm to 9:30 pmOr Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7

TSL Films:

> The Dinner – When a popular congressman running for governor (played by Richard Gere), invites his troubled younger brother and his wife to join him and his wife for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night

> The Death of Louis XIV – Versailles, August 1715 – Back from hunting, Louis XIV feels pain in his leg.  A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France.  Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come to his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. – In French with English subtitles

> Finding OscarIn a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family.  Nearly thirty years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible, by finding the missing boy, whose name is Oscar – In Spanish and English with English subtitles

> I, Olga Hepnarova – Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a cold-hearted family, who couldn’t play the part society desired of her.  Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.  The film shows the human being behind the murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. – In Czech with English subtitles.

> Karl Marx City – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic, filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past….In German with English subtitles

> My Scientology Movie – Experienced in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable, and unexpected human behavior, documentarian Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s headquarters is turned down.  Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members, in an attempt to better understand the way the Church operates.  In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

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

Friday, May 5

Hudson Wine Merchants’ weekly Wine Tasting welcomes Peter Jacobi from Grand Cru Selections – Peter will be pouring several selections from around the globe perfectly suited for summer weather! – 5 to 7 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

TEEN / Miles Francis– The group is back with its strongest release to date: the third full-length of their discography, “Love, Yes.” – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

FridaySunday, May 5-7

ReActor: Encore Performance by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley – Schweder and Shelley return to Art Omi for a three-day encore performance in ReActor, the tilting house that has been featured in The New York Times and Art Forum, and became a global viral sensation.  The architects will live in delicate balance in full view of their audience for the three-day performance, exploring the intersection of art, architecture, and social relationships – ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of “social relationship architecture” by internationally renowned architect-artist team Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley.  The 44-foot by 8-foot structure rotates 360-degrees atop a 15-foot concrete column in response to its inhabitants’ movements, exterior forces, and interior conditions, making visible the intimate relationship between architecture and its inhabitants.  ReActor is part of the 2016-17 Architecture Omi exhibition WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure. – Information at artomi.org – On view in Architecture Field 01, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Saturday, May 6  

Ninth Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival – Some 75 Children’s and Young Adult authors & illustrators will be meeting their readers and selling their books – Featured Author Jack Gantos, author of forty-nine books for children from the Rotten Ralph picture books and collections of Jack Henry short stories, to upper elementary and middle school and young adult books, will be attending the festival from 10 am to 12 noon – Authors will be reading from their books in two Read to Me Corners – Award-winning author, songwriter, storyteller and peace educator, John Farrell will perform at the Festival.  John travels the world sharing stories and writing songs.  In June, he is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, to help a school in Zambia.  He will bring with him a banner expressing the hopes and cares of thousands of children from across the planet, including writing and art from local schools.  This session will feature area children singing with John and sharing songs they’ve helped create.  This session is for all ages – Free admission to the Festival – Also free bus transportation from downtown Hudson and Greenport traveling in a continuous loop from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm – Map available in The Register-Star – Parking is available at the M.C. Smith Intermediate building for bus pick-up –Information at hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com – Festival is from 10 am to 3 pm – Hudson Jr. /Sr. High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is back in its usual outdoor spot and celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary!  – Assemblywoman Didi Barrett will be on hand to offer a proclamation and to help cut the ribbon – Favorite vendors will be there with such provisions as greens, radishes, eggs, honey, maple syrup, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheeses, pasture-raised meats, sausages and bacon, cut flowers and bedding plants, prepared foods such as quiches, soups, and pot pies, tarts and cookies. – Locally distilled gin, vodka, bourbon and rye, beers and ales are also available – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, offering over 23 varieties of fresh, locally-caught fish, and Dairy Direct, selling milk in glass bottles, butter, crème fraiche, eleven flavors of ice cream, and other milk products.  The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Note earlier starting time! – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Exhibition Opening – CELLS: Two Hour Portraits: by Carl Grauer with a Special Opening Event of live portrait painting;  and “InsideOUTthere”: Installation by guest artist George Guarino; Also showing work by gallery artists – On view through May 28 – Information at 518-822-0510 or 510warrenstreetgallery.com3 to 6 pm510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

National Theatre of London Live screens its production of Tom Stoppard’s “brilliantly funny situation comedy,” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Information and reservations at 822-8448 –1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Inky Editions presents  Terry James Conrad: Builder’s Alchemy , an exhibition of sculptures and relief monoprints produced with found object presses and handmade inks. – During a nine-month fellowship at the University of Iowa, Conrad built found objects printing presses out of which he produced several unique prints.  All inks were handmade from found materials such as rock, copper, steel, oxidized metal, walnut ink, sawdust and water.  The printing process for these prints takes place over the course of several days.  The impressions and forms evolve over time.  This slow and inefficient process is in contrast with Conrad’s highly skilled and precise methods of craftsmanship.  An educator, printmaker, and sculptor. Conrad is also a carpenter—a job that requires being methodical and efficient.  In his artwork however, he decides to bring common materials into a different platform that defies their known function.  By introducing time, pressure and embossing on paper, he creates unpredictable and innovative forms, giving these materials a new “voice.”  Conrad uses print media and its language to explore process-based themes of systems, geology and architecture.– On view through June 25 –  Information at www.inkyeditions.com or 518-610-5549Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white  building behind the Basilica)

Exhibition Opening – Carrie Haddad Gallery presents Gathering Ground, a group exhibit of figurative painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and works on paper that blur the lines between painting and photography – Artworks by artists David Koningsberg, Birgit Blyth, David Dew Bruner, and Linda Cross will be on view in the first floor galleries through June 18 –  In addition, the upstairs gallery features a solo exhibit of the latest work by Brooklyn-based photographer Anna Collette.  In this series, Collette captures vignettes of live oaks that were devastated by a flood in Central Texas – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 5 to 7 pmCarrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School May Day Celebration & Spring Fair – Traditional May Day dancing and music, community games, student exhibits, artisan vendors, and entertainment – Magical Puppet Tree presents The Mermaid’s Gift at 1 pm and 2 pm – Information at 672-4465 or hawthornevalleyassociation.org – 10 am to 3:30 pm – Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent

The Fiery Sword of Justice, a critically acclaimed solo show written and performed by Lauren Letellier, will be presented as a benefit for the Roe Jan Library – Set in the high-octane world of NYC public relations, the show skewers big Pharma, boozy bosses, and the hilarious, harrowing similarities between dysfunctional families and corporate America – A reception follows the performance – Tickets available at eventbrite.com, or by calling 518-325-4101 – Performance at 3 pm at Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82, Ancram

Beattie-Powers Place presents jazz pianist Dan Tepfer, “…one of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians.”—New York Magazine – and the accolades continue to pour in!  Dan Tepfer has made an international name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive—“A remarkable musician” in the words of The Washington Post, and one who “refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Telerama.  The New York City-based Tepfer has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, from Pharaoh Sanders to veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. Reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

 

Exhibition Opening – Neumann Fine Art presents Kenneth Young: Oil PaintingsThe exhibition features some of Young’s popular urban scenes of Warren Street in Hudson which were used in two wall calendars in 2015 and 2016.  Other works include  figurative work, landscapes, and a recent seascape. – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or call 413-246-5776 – Reception at 5:30 p.m. – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market – Farmers, artisans, vintage collectors, chefs and makers of handmade goods will populate the annual Farm & Flea Spring Market, the little sister goddess of the large-scale Holiday Market that takes place every Thanksgiving weekend at Basilica. – With a broad variety of makers, collectors and farmers harnessing the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley in their own way, Spring Market becomes a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal. The Market promotes the talents and resources within the Hudson Valley and represents its abundance and splendor – Food and drink are available during the hours of the Market.  Outdoor family activities will help keep kids busy – Information at basilicahudson.orgSaturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm– Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Sunday, May 7

Fourth Annual Book It 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Claverack Free Library and the Philmont Public Library – All are invited to support the two libraries while enjoying a 5K run or walk through scenic Columbia County.  The course passes beautiful active farms and rolling hills of historic Claverack – The run/walk begins at 9 am, rain or shine, at the Churchtown Firehouse, goes north on County Route 27, turning left on Schoolhouse Road, continues on Stickles Road, then onto Millbrook Road, and then County Route 12 back to the Firehouse.  A post-race celebration at the finish line includes local refreshments, race awards, and a random prize drawing – Registration can be done in person at either library, or downloaded from www.claveracklibrary.org or www.philmontlibrary.com and mailed in, or register online at www.active.com  – There is a modest registration fee – All fitness levels are welcome – Information at www.claveracklibrary.org or www.philmontlibrary.com  – 9 am – Churchtown Firehouse, County Route 27, Churchtown

The Hudson Opera House opens the doors of the newly restored second floor performance hall with Classics on Hudson’s season of cutting-edge music starting with this concert by Brooklyn Rider.  The season features three groups of musicians who are “smashing stereotypes, electrifying audiences, and redefining the world of classical music.” – Brooklyn Rider  consists of  “four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place,” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. – Members of this “post-classical string quartet” are Johnny Gandelsman, violin ; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Michael Nicolas, celloBrooklyn Rider’s Hudson debut features works by Beethoven, Glass, and Janacek, plus an original piece by violinist Colin Jacobsen –  Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 518-822-14385 pmHudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Roeliff Jansen Community Library presents clarinetist Paul Green with Joe Rose on piano,  playing Klezmer classics and contemporary Klezmer-influenced pieces.  Mr. Green will discuss the pieces and how they fit into the development of Klezmer music in the United States. Since his TV debut at age 13 with Leonard Bernstein, Paul Green has blazed new paths as a clarinet soloist and lecturer.  Grounded in the classical tradition, he has pursued his passion for jazz and explored the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career.   He has collaborated with numerous world renowned artists and released three CDs. Joe Rose is one of the most sought after pianists and keyboard artists in the Berkshires. A master of many styles, he collaborates often with outstanding artists. Information and reservations at 518 325-4101, or go to www.roejanlibrary.org  – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, approximately a mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23.

Spotty Dog Series  Authors’ Reading – Tinker Street, an art/literary journal published out of Woodstock, NY, is staging a reading to celebrate its inaugural issue – Readings will be by contributing authors Violet Snow, Sparrow, Dawn Casteel-Lorick and possible surprise guests – Issue #1 will be available for purchase.

> Dawn Casteel-Lorick has been entranced by the animal world her entire life.  She has worked in many fields, including sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue, and now is an interspecies communicator and healer.  She currently lives in Woodstock, NY and is completing a collection of nature-based writing.

> Sparrow lives in a doublewide trailer in vertiginous Phoenicia, NY with his wife Violet Snow.  Every morning Sparrow attempts to write a poem insulting Donald Trump.  Sparrow’s latest book is How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints).

> Violet Snow writes for The Woodstock Times and other periodicals.  Her fiction has been published in Otter Magazine and recorded for The Strange Recital podcast series. A personal essay, “First Arrest,” appeared in Pilgrimage magazine.  She is writing a book about her ancestors.

> Information at www.thespottydog.com  or 518-671-60066 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tear of the Clouds – A Musical Ritual for the Earth – Performances by Dust Bowl Faeries & Luis Mojica – The compositions of Dust Bowl Faeries have roots in Gypsy, klezmer, and vaudeville music.  Accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lapsteel, electric guitar and percussion combine to create the Faeries’ otherworldly sound.  The band was founded by artist-musician Ryder Cooley, co-hostess of the Helsinki Open Mic.  She is accompanied by Karen Cole, Jen DuBois and JoAnn Stevelos. – Hazel, a taxidermy sheep, performs with the Faeries as mascot spirit animal.  Luis Mojica weaves words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal combining Baroque-style compositions with beatbox and pop percussion. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21+ — Doors open at 6 pm, performance at 8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Next Tuesday, May 9

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

Next Wednesday, May 10

The Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School Drama Club presents Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, in part with the Columbia County Youth Theatre – The performance features several student actors from the after school program. – Directed by Eileen Maloy and Don Dolan and produced by retired teacher Edgar Acevedo – Free and open to the public – Information at 518-948-78467 pm – Auditorium, M.C. Smith Intermediate School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue

Charlie Parr / Lorkin O’Reilly / Brett Miller  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com  or 518-828-15628 to 11 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

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

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Ellen Thurston

ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, April 27 to May 5, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30

TSL Films:

> Finding OscarIn a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family.  Nearly thirty years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible by finding the missing boy, whose name is Oscar – In Spanish and English with English subtitles

> I, Olga Hepnarova – Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a cold-hearted family, who couldn’t play the part society desired of her.  Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.  The film shows the human being behind the murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. – In Czech with English subtitles.

> Frantz – In the immediate aftermath of World War I, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé, encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave – In French and German with English subtitles

> Karl Marx City – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic, filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past….In German with English subtitles

> My Scientology Movie – Experienced in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable, and unexpected human behavior, documentarian Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s headquarters is turned down.  Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members, in an attempt to better understand the way the Church operates.  In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

> After the Storm – A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife, and eleven-year-old-son.  As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go well for this fractured family. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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

The Bridge Street Theatre presents the world premiere of Kieron Barry’s play The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade – Barry will be remembered for the 2012 production of his hit play, Tomorrow in the Battle, at Stageworks Hudson, hailed by The Albany Times-Union  as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre in recent memory.” – Kieron and Jade, his current play, is described as a “1930s style screwball comedy.” – It is directed by John Sowle – Information and reservations at http://official.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006, or contact the theatre at 518-943-3818 – This is the last weekend of the play, presented on Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee at 2 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

Friday, April 28

Greg Brown  – This singer-songwriter is one of the titans of the new-folk movement of the early-mid 1980s, a mostly acoustic, back-to-the-roots movement that rebelled against the slick folk-rock of the previous decade.  Along with the likes of Patty Larkin, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin, Brown has remained one of its leading lights, and his contemporaries paid tribute to his legacy on the 2002 album, “Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown,” which featured guest vocals by Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Shawn Colvin. – Brown is known as much for his portraits of small-town America and the characters who reside there as for his gruff vocals that belie a kindness and generosity of spirit – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Blackout Dark Dance Party – Blackout is Hudson’s Dark Dance party on the last Friday of every month – Post Punk, Goth, Synth, EBM, Industrial, New  Wave, etc. – Resident DJ and Projections by ChaDD – No cover – Information at http://www.orgalleryandtavern.com  – 9 pmOR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

For the Love of House – DJ Tedd Patterson – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Passing of Arthur – Told by The Third World Collective and hosted by The Actors’ Ensemble – Taken from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s collection of narrative poems about the Arthurian legend The Idylls of the King. – Performed by Seamus Maynard and Meaghan Witri – The performance is followed by an optional conversation with the actors – Suggested donation at the door – Information at spencertownacademy.org7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Saturday, April 29  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is back in its usual outdoor spot!  Favorite vendors will be on hand offering such provisions as greens, radishes, eggs. honey, maple syrup, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheeses, pasture-raised meats, sausages and bacon, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, cut flowers, bedding plants. – Locally distilled gin, vodka, bourbon and rye, beers and ales  – Bob Sheets will be sharpening knives, scissors, shears and loppers while you shop – (Coming soon: new vendors including fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Jacuterie, Cooperstown Cheese, Atina Foods and Destino Taco Cart.) – Note earlier starting time! – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

Geek & Sundry’s International Tabletop Day hosted by House Rules Café –An annual celebration of all tabletop games–RPG, card, board, etc.  Established in 2013, Tabletop Day is a great way to not only share your love of games, but also to learn about new games.  House Rules staff and friends of the café will be teaching and demoing games from the café library—everything from Africana to Zombies –  Space is limited, so arrive early and put your name on the list for one of the events –– 1nformation at the House Rules facebook page – Drop in any time from 10 am to 8 pmHouse Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley People’s Climate March in Hudson – Hudson Resistence invites residents of the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region to join the march – On April 29th citizens across the United States and the rest of the world will be marching, demonstrating and standing up for our planet, supporting clean energy jobs, and calling for a just future for all.  Be part of a global movement by joining more than a million people around the globe to fight for a cleaner, healthier future.  The largest march will be in Washington, DC, as it should be.  That is where Donald Trump and his Republican allies are rolling back environmental regulations that scientists and citizens know were not even enough to begin with – Info at.hudsonresistance.blogspot.com/

Schedule: 11 am – Rally in the Public Square (Seventh Street Park) at Seventh & Warren Streets – Speakers include: Ned Sullivan from Scenic Hudson; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett; Will Yandik, fourth generation farmer and environmental activist; Michelle O’Leary, from the NY Water Project in Hoosick Falls; and Karen Frishkoff from the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby – The Hudson Dusters will perform  – 12 noon – March down Warren Street to Front Street – 1 pm: Join the Meetup at the solar array behind Basilica Hudson/Kite’s Nest, 110 South Front Street to learn even more.

Exhibition Opening – Joseph Haske: Paintings – On view through May 21 – Information at 828-5907 or art@johndavisgallery.com6 to 8 pmJohn Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents its production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Information and reservations at 822-8448 –12:55 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Claverack Library Community Game Day – Friends of the Claverack library is hosting a Community Game Day series beginning this Saturday at the Claverack Dutch Reformed Church from 1 to 5 pm – Other Game Days will be on May 21 and June 18, also at the church – If the series is successful, the library will host more in the future.  Everyone is welcome and may bring games of their own, and a snack to share.  Drinks and paper products will be provided – Several new games will be taught, including “Mystery at Hogwarts,” the “Oregon Trail” and “Escape.”  Classic board games will also be available.  For a full list of games being taught, to sign up to learn one, and for more information, call 518-851-71201 to 5 pm – at Dutch Reformed Church, Route 9H, Claverack

The acclaimed Neave Trio performs Debussy, Foote, and Dvorak – The Trio has built an international reputation not only for superb musicianship, but for its mission to create new pathways to bring classical music to a wider audience – Information and reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street,  Catskill

Grammy Winner Malcolm Cecil’s 80th Birthday Bash Concert – Featuring legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland with special guests Amy Bateman, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, Patrice Dalton, George DeLeon, John Esposito, Rob Petrides, Charlie Apicella, and Jose Cuevas – Information and tickets at 518-828-4181, ext. 0 – 7:30 pm – Arts Center Theater, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30

The Third Annual 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music – Featuring PHURPA, the Russian-based musical collective and performance group of ritual musicians upholding performative practices from the Bon—one of the oldest Buddhist traditions from Tibet – “Drones, or sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation, transcend time, genre and music itself.  The 24-Hour Drone is an immersive event and all-encompassing experience…a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm/WGXC, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone.  The initial lineup includes Victoria Keddie & Scott Kiernan ESP TV Unit 11 Residency project with Rose Kallal and Katherine Bauer; return of the Quelque Show Montreal DRONE block, curated by DRONE alum Jessica Moss; Endurance Reading of Testimonies of Mother Ann Lee presented by the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon; composer Phil Kline; and Bonnie Kane – Go to basilicahudson.org for latest additions – 24-Hour Drone will start with a bang, in tandem with the Hudson version of the People’s Climate March, and will end on a high note, with the WGXC Record and Media Fair in Basilica’s Back Gallery.” – Information at basilicahudson.org – From 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on SundayBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

16th Annual Sean’s Run Weekend – Produced in memory of Sean Patrick French, a 17-year old high school junior, community volunteer, honor student, and record-setting athlete at Chatham High School, who lost his life on January 1, 2002, as a passenger in a drunk driving car crash. For fifteen years, the money raised at Sean’s Run from sponsorships, donations and participant registration fees has been given to support two specific areas of interest: Scholarships to deserving high school students; and grants to schools and youth groups to implement programs to combat underage drinking, impaired driving and lax use of seatbelts by teenagers.  Since 2002, 173 grants totaling $208,266 have been given to school groups and community-based organizations in the region to support these areas of interest.  Sean’s Run events include:

On Saturday: 10-mile, 20-mile, and 50-mile Bike Rides; a Zumbathon;  and Jaime’s Race for People with Special Needs – On Sunday: 5K Run/Walk, Meghan’s Mile Run/Walk, a Prevention Education Expo, Presentation of Scholarships & Grants; and the World Championship Battle of the Belts –  For information, registration, and schedule go to www.SeansRun.com – Bike Rides start at Chatham Fairgrounds, most other events at Chatham High School – All events start and end in Chatham

 

Sunday, April 30

WGXC Record & Media Fair – Featuring eclectic vinyl, CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs, plus books, musical instruments and radio-related ephemera – The Fair features more than 30 tables of merchandise from more than 20 vendors, including WGXC’s own table, featuring a tremendous variety of affordably priced records and CDs of all genres, many available for just $1 – Diggers will be deeply rewarded for arriving early. – A number of tables will be occupied by familiar WGXC programmers – The Fair overlaps Basilica Hudson’s 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, which gathers hundreds of serious music fans for a 24-hour festival. –  Food and beverage is available on the Basilica grounds throughout the day. – At the conclusion of the broadcast of 24-Hour Drone at 12 noon, tune into WGXC 90.7FM to hear a round robin of WGXC DJs and vendors live from the Fair – Admission to the Record & Media Fair is free for attendees of 24-Hour Drone – For those not attending Drone, early-bird admission, from 10 am to 11 am, is $15; regular admission, from 11 am to 5 pm, is $3.  Admission and table fees benefit creative community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM – Information at wgxc.org or 697-7400 – 10 am to 5 pm Basilica Hudson, Back Gallery, 110 South Front Street

Serious Fun – with Very Young Composers Classics on Hudson & the Hudson Opera House present a family concert that combines great classical music with a chance to hear some of the Very Young Composers, a program created by composer, educator, and bassist Jon Deak to answer the question: “What is children’s’ music?” – Very Young Composers promotes the innate creativity of children, gives them a sense of empowerment, and inspires them to tap into their own creative spirit.  This performance will feature original works by several young composers, all from  6 to 10 years old.  Flutist Eugenia Zukerman (Director of Classics on Hudson) and Mr. Deak will accompany the students and play some of their pieces alongside them, as well as more recognizable work. – Information and reservations at hudsonoperahouse.org or call 518-822-14383 pm – West Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Backdoor Boys, aka Kevin Weldon & Craig Cunningham, present their new cabaret show, Bring on the Men to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation – In the show they will draw on material from the musical theater, pre-rock pop standards, and the counterculture music scene – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Doors open at 5 pm, show goes on at 7 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Opening Day – Opening of The Parlors: An Immersive Experience in the Main House and the Sanford Gifford exhibition, Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills in the New Studio – Curator’s Talk by Kevin Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 2 pm at Temple Israel, adjacent to the Thomas Cole Site – Reservations for the talk at 943-7465 or thomascole.org – Free admission throughout the historic site from 11 am to 2 pm – Thomas Cole National  Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Bend the Knotted Oak Chamber Music Concert: Four musicians, seven hands – Hosted by Uel Wade – In its latest example of unique programming, BKO Chamber Music will present solo piano music for left hand alone, string trios, and a quartet that combines it all.  The performers include BKO regulars: Mitsuko Suzuki, violin; Ron Carbone, viola; Robert Reed, cello; and artistic director/pianist Uel Wade – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 2 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Next Monday, May 1

The Mac-Haydn Theatre Box Office opens for its 2017 season, taking orders for single tickets, season subscriptions and groups, for all seven musicals as well as the three Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre productions and Mac-Haydn Monday shows – The theatre opens its 49th season on May 25 with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Anything Goes, Saturday Night Fever, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot, and the season closer, Hello, Dolly! – The children’s shows will be The Trials of Alice in Wonderland, Hi, Ho Robin Hood, and The Wizard of Oz. – Order tickets online at any time at www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at 392-9292 – The pre-season box office is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Next Tuesday, May 2

Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The Spotty’s bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown – 6:30 pmSpotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or 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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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY, April 20 to April 25, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Thursday. April 20

Exploring the Music of the Erie Canal with Dave Ruch – To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal, the Greenport Historical Society hosts a musical evening featuring Dave Ruch, performer and researcher of historical and traditional music.  The program features songs, stories and dance pieces from the workers, captains, passengers and crew of “Clinton’s Ditch,” along with related material from the Great Lakes and the Hudson River areas.  Dave Ruch is a Public Scholar for the New York State Council for the Humanities, a writer for The Huffington Post, and a member of the New York State Historical Association, the Canal Society of New York State, the New York Folklore Society and the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies. The program is free and open to the public –Information by email to  info@greenporthistoricalny.org7 pm – The Falls, 158 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Greenport

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-45037 pm to 9:30 pm Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23

TSL Films:

> Frantz – In the immediate aftermath of World War I, a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé, encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave – In French and German with English subtitles

> Karl Marx City – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic, filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past….In German with English subtitles

> My Scientology Movie – Experienced in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable, and unexpected human behavior, documentarian Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s headquarters is turned down.  Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization, Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members, in an attempt to better understand the way the Church operates.  In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux.

> Neruda – In 1948 the Cold War reached Chile – In congress, Senator, and poet, Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached.  He is to be arrested, but tries to flee the country and is forced into hiding.  In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities—a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.  In French and Spanish with English subtitles.

> After the Storm – A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife, and eleven-year-old-son.  As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go well for this fractured family. In Japanese with English subtitles.

> The Lure – “In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup, a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate 1980s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land.  Their tantalizing siren songs and other worldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of director Smoczynska’s imagining.  In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival are blurred.”  In Polish with English subtitles.

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

The Bridge Street Theatre presents the world premiere of Kieron Barry’s play The Official Adventures of Kieron and Jade – Barry will be remembered for the 2012 production of his hit play, Tomorrow in the Battle, at Stageworks Hudson, hailed by The Albany Times-Union  as “one of the most remarkable pieces of theatre in recent memory.” – Kieron and Jade, his current play, is described as a “1930s style screwball comedy.” – It is directed by John Sowle – Information and reservations at http://official.brownpapertickets.comor call 800-838-3006, or contact the theatre at 518-943-3818 – The play is being presented on Thursdays through Sundays for two consecutive weeks: Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

Friday, April 21

Free HWM Tasting – Hudson Wine Merchants’ Isabel Newlin will be pouring “several expressive summer wines from small growers.” – Information at 828-6411 or hudsonwinemerchants.com5 to 7 pm – 341 Warren Street

Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork and a meal.  All are welcome – This week all artists are invited to share their work, so bring your artwork, sculpture, music, etc. and talk about what you are up to with other artists – The evening will be hosted by Sherry Stevens and Dan Rupe.  Pizza will be furnished by Christine and Michael Hales (who will be out of town!) so attendees are urged to bring salads, or other main dishes, or desserts – If you would like to show your work at next month’s meeting, please contact artistspotluck@gmail.com – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 pmSenior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Friday-Saturday, April 21-22

Copake Auction’s 26th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction – Features a Swap Meet on Friday  and a Slide Show of unexpected, humorous and whimsical early cycling photographs from the Lorne Shields’ collection ; The Saturday Auction at 9 amfeatures the Bob Trimble Collection and Part II of the Jim Carpenter Collection – Information at 518-329-1142 or copakeauction.comThursday & Friday, Gallery Preview from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 to 9 am; Friday Swap Meet from 6 am ‘til dusk – Free admission for buyers, vendor fee required; Slide Show at 1:30 pmSaturday – Auction starts at 9 am; Ten Mile Ride through beautiful Columbia County countryside leaves the parking lot at 3 pm –  Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Saturday, April 22  

The Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is back in its usual outdoor spot!  Favorite vendors will be on hand offering such provisions as greens, eggs. cheeses, meats, sausages and bacon, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies,  cut flowers and flowers in pots, and more – 10 am to 1 pmParking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

 

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents its production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Information and reservations at 822-8448 –12:55 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Kea Carpets & Kilims celebrates the launch of the new Flatweave Collection by Ptolemy Mann.   Launching in New York for the first time this spring, Kea will be showing rugs from Ptolemy’s existing collection, including some new designs and runners.  Craftsmanship lies at the heart of these rugs–exquisite hand-dyed and woven flat weaves with a focus on “Gelim,” an ancient technique from northern Iran which consists of dip dyed weft threads woven in careful harmony to create gentle grades of ikat color.  A weaver and dyer of textile artworks herself, Ptolemy has transferred her knowledge of hand weaving to the art of rug weaving.  Relishing the glorious colors of India, the result is a collection of chromatically elegant and modern flat weaves.  Uniquely double sided and beautifully woven, they feel like artworks that are perfect for both wall and floor. – On view through April 29 – Information at 917-952-1654 or  by email to info@keacarpetsandkilims.com  – 5 pm Kea Carpets and Kilims, 238 Warren Street

Sixteenth Annual International Community Dinner – A family-friendly potluck meal, plus socializing and an entertaining program of international music and dance – Traditional dishes prepared by members of diverse national and ethnic groups living in the local area will be shared. – A great way to meet and get to know your neighbors – Admission is an offering of your choice of an ethnic food dish from your kitchen, large enough to feed from 8 to 12 people, or a $$ donation at the door.  Information at 929-1726 or 392-5892 or go to https://facebook.com/HudsonInternationalDinner – 5 to 8 pm – The Hudson Lodge (formerly The Elks Lodge), 601 Union Street (at the southern end of Sixth Street)

Witches Performance Night – In conjunction with the current exhibition – Featuring Ryder Cooley, Sarah Falkner, Pam Grossman, Melinda Kiefer, Shanekia McIntosh, Phaedras, and Laurel Sparks – Information at septembergallery.com6 to 8 pmSeptember Gallery, #3, 449 Warren Street

Tragic Instant – Presented by Instar Lodge at Basilica Back Gallery for the month of April –Seven artists (and friends) converse multi-disciplinary works that explore the strange urgency of instants.  Curated by Sonia Corina – There will be many opportunities for dialogue with performances, dinner conversations, and open house discussions.  This week: A Seat at the Table—an Inter-faith/ Intersectional/ Secular Passover Seder/ Persian New Year Feast/ and Easter celebration  — 7 pm (RSVP required)  – Back Gallery,  Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

National Theatre of London Live screens its production of Tom Stoppard’s “brilliantly funny situation comedy,” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Information and reservations at 822-8448 –7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Up from Stardom by Lawrence DuKore –The play takes place in Hollywood in 1944, where a middle-aged white reporter falls for a young black actress in segregated America.  What are their chances?  Barbara Waldinger, Artistic Director of HRC Showcase, directs a cast of professional actors including Phillip X. Levine, Robert Meksin, Sadrina Renee, and Kim Wafer.  Bob Pagnani narrates the play. –  The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and artistic director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins are welcome – 7:30 pmAuditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Bridget Kearney – Best known as a member of the soul-pop sensation Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney is stepping out on her own this spring, hitting the road in the wake of the release of her first solo effort, “a wry, big-hearted pop album”…While still a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, Kearney won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a harbinger of things to come. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

A night of 60s soul, pop and rock ‘n’ roll with DJ Sheila B. – Record collector and DJ Sheila Burgel has spent most of her life in the dusty old record shops of New York, Tokyo, London, and Paris, in pursuit of the liquorice-black vinyl that has been the foundation for much of her work as a DJ, music historian, compilation producer, and radio host.  She has produced and written the liner notes for several compilations …She DJs her record collection at parties and events worldwide and currently hosts “Sophisticated Boom Boom” on WFMU, the longest running freedom radio station in the US. – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/  or 828-1562 – 9:30 pm to 1:30 amThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site opens for the 2017 visitor season – Tours of the Van Buren mansion will be given on the weekend at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm through May 14.  Full-time operations begin on May 20 and run through  October 31, when tours will be given more frequently,.  – There is no admission fee charged to tour Lindenwald, the Van Buren mansion – Visitors may sign up for a tour at the Visitor Center located across Old Post Road from the visitor parking lot – To learn about special events and recreational trails on the site, go to www.nps.gov/mava or call 518-758-9689 ext. 2008 – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook

Habitat for Humanity’s Restore EcoFair – Tons of Fun!  Expert green advice, demonstrations, local farm products, local food, live music, crafts, a raffle and a Silent Auction, and much more! – 10 am to 4 pm – Hudson ReStore, 829 Route 66, Claverack (near intersection with Route 9-H)

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase 2017 – A family festival that celebrates historic fiber arts, culture, and craft. – A day of demonstrations, exhibitions, music, and food –  Includes a shopping concourse featuring over 30 skilled artisans and local craftspeople –Activities include spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving—all planned to spark the interest of young and old alike – Herding and sheep shearing, using three different historic techniques, form the centerpiece of the action – Crafts for kids – 18th century reenactors, and live traditional music all in one beautiful location – Information at 537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org/sheep-wool11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Lost Catskill – Catskill historian Ted Hilscher returns with his presentation of early photos of Catskill buildings that are gone forever–victims of fire or the wrecking ball – Hilscher is a wonderful custodian of local history, and his library of historic photographs is a must for lovers of historic Catskill –  Information at beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com – Reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com2 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect & Bridge Street, Catskill

Concerts at Camphill Ghent presents Remembrance & Celebration, a unique collaboration between faculty and students from the Bard Conservancy of Music, guest Composer Larry Wallach, and Gili Melamed-Lev, the Camphill Ghent concert series artistic director – The performance includes Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor Op. 9 No. 3, and Larry Wallach’sString Quartet, to be introduced by the composer – The musicians include Bard Conservatory of Music director and cellist Robert Martin, faculty member and violist Marka Gustavsson, violinists Shuang Yang and Tianpei Ai, students from the Bard Conservatory of Music, and pianist and concert series artistic director Gili Melamed-Lev – A reception follows the performance – Information and reservations at 392-2760 or www.camphillghent.org  – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Frederic Church’s Artistic Process – Olana launches its 2017 program season with an illustrated lecture by Caroline O’Connell from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on Church’s artistic process leading up to his paintings. The exploration of his methods and inspirations will include his trips to Maine in the 1850s.  Rarely seen sketches and studies from archival storage at the Cooper Hewitt will be seen.  O’Connell has selected works that provide an intimate journey into Church’s personal communion with nature and his moments as an artist struggling to get it right.  The lecture is intended to “set the stage” for Olana’s forthcoming exhibition OVERLOOK: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at Olana which opens to the public on May 14. – This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up – Information and advance registration  at 828-1872 or www.olana.org/education  – 4 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23

Stair Galleries Fine Arts Exposition Auction – English, Continental and American Fine Art, Furniture & Decorations – Property from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, Jr. and property from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. James R. Houghton, The Field, Corning, NY – Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com  – Information at  751-1000 – 11 am each day – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The Hudson Valley Choral Society presents its Spring Concert, featuring Schubert’s Mass in G and selections from Handel’s Messiah– Conducted by Gretchen Rueckheim – Information at 794-9831 or 828-3698 – Saturday at 7:30 pm. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook; Sunday at 3:30 pm at Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street, Hudson

Sunday, April 23

Gabriel Tajeu performs for this Columbia-Greene Humane Society fundraising event – Growing up in a household that appreciated diverse music, he was provided a mash up of influences across the spectrum from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind, & Fire, to Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra.  Gabriel will be presenting his songs acoustically in a stripped-down fashion, and sharing some of the inspirations and stories behind the songs, and also playing some of his favorite covers, in this fundraiser for the Humane Society – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 5 pm, show goes on at 7 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Fabulous Versatones – This five-man local band plays for dancing and general fooling around – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – Music and dancing from 7 to 9ish pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, April 25

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

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY, April 13 to April 18, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

The Bedroom – An immersive installation experience by The Women Artist Team (TWAT) has transformed this Chatham gallery from an ordinary white cube into a totally black room – The collaborative exhibition is the work of nearly forty women artists from all over the United States and beyond.  On view through May 6.  In keeping with the collaborative nature of The Women Artist Team, events related to the subject matter of the exhibition will take place during the run of the show.  On Saturday, April 15, the gallery will host a video screening from 12 noon to 5 pm at House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street, Hudson, followed by a panel discussion at 5:30 pm, and a gaming event. – Wisebodies of Chatham will host a tour of The Bedroom and a writing workshop at a date to be announced – There will be readings and performances at the closing on May 6 from 4 to 7 pm – Information at 764-8989 – Joyce Goldstein Gallery, 16 Main Street, Chatham

Thursday. April 13

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-45037 pm to 9:30 pmOr Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

ProJam #19 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians including Pat O’Shea,Vito Petroccitto, Jay Collins, Pat Perkinson, Sonny Rock  and other Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in – This is a Sonny Rock-Gary McKeever Production – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Showtime Goma & Nancy Feast/Alexandra Schmidt, Jennifer Vanilla, & Annie Bielski – Showtime Goma and Nancy Feast is a special, live only, collaboration that features music from two solo projects:  Nancy Feast (Teeny Lieberson of the band TEEN) and Showtime Goma (Jen Goma of the band A Sunny Day in Glasgow).  Two performers in conversation and collaboration, melding music and performance, figuring it all out before your very eyes.  Funny at times, moving at times, but always highly entertaining – PLUS experimental comedy with Annie Bielski, Jennifer Vanilla, and Alexandra Schmidt – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/  – 8 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Faso’s Town Hall – A WMHT-TV Special Edition of New York Now—A Town Hall with Congressman John FasoNew York Now’s Managing Editor Matt Ryan and Casey Seiler of The Times Union will moderate this special Town Hall meeting with Congressman John Faso (R – Kinderhook) –  The program will be broadcast live from WMHT studios in Troy and aired on WMHT-TV in the Hudson area and WSKG in Binghamton (if you happen to be there) and will also be livestreamed at wmht.org, nynow.org and WMHT’s Facebook page – Questions can be directed to WMHT during the Town Hall by using #FasoTownHall on Facebook and Twitter.  The livestream will include an additional 15 minutes of web-exclusive Q&A.  – 8 to 9 pm – WMHT-TV, Channel 2 on Mid-Hudson Cable

Thursday-Sunday, April 13-16

TSL Films:

> Neruda – In 1948 the Cold War reached Chile – In congress, Senator, and poet, Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached.  He is to be arrested, but tries to flee the country and is forced into hiding.  In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities—a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.  In French and Spanish with English subtitles.

> After the Storm – A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife, and eleven-year-old-son.  As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother’s Tokyo apartment, but things don’t go well for this fractured family. In Japanese with English subtitles.

> The Lure – “In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup, a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate 1980s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land.  Their tantalizing siren songs and other worldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of director Smoczynska’s imagining.  In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival are blurred.”  In Polish with English subtitles.

> The Salesman – After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment.  However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.  In Persian with English subtitles.

> ApprenticeWhen ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country’s highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim.  Aiman’s desire to become the hangman’s apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him.  In English and Malay with English subtitles.

> Simone de Beauvoir – Two interviews illuminate the historic role and personality of Simone de Beauvoir, the novelist and philosopher who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism.  In a 1959 interview, de Beauvoir explains her existentialism and theories on atheism and free love.  In the second 1975 interview about her book, The Second Sex, de Beauvoir speaks with conviction about feminism and its future.  In French with English subtitles

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

Friday, April 14

Free HWM Tasting – Hudson Wine Merchants’ Ellen Boyce will be opening several excellent wine selections for Easter celebrations – Come have a taste – Information at 828-6411 or hudsonwinemerchants.com5 to 7 pm – 341 Warren Street

Special Event – Bread & Puppet Theater presents its production of FAUST 3 Information and reservations at 822-8448 –  Benefit Supper at 6:30 pm; Performance at 7:30 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

The Roughouts with Miss Maybell and Slimpickens – A mini-festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by Seth “Sauerkraut” Travin – Featuring country-roots and old=time sounds from the Roughouts and old-jazz, ragtime and blues from Miss Maybell & Slimpickins – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pm Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 15  

The Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market –The market moves outside on April 22!  Meanwhile, the indoor market is still going strong, with favorite vendors offering such provisions as wonderful greens, eggs. cheeses, meats, sausages and bacon, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, Passover and Easter cakes, cut flowers, flowers in pots, and blooming  branches and more – 10 am to 1 pm601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

Exhibition Opening – Tragic Instant – Presented by Instar Lodge at Basilica Back Gallery for the month of April –Seven artists (and friends) converse multi-disciplinary works that explore the strange urgency of instants.  There will be many opportunities for dialogue with performances, dinner conversations, and open house discussions.  The exhibition is curated by Sonia Corina –Opening on April 15 from 6 to 8 pm – A Seat at the Table—an Inter-faith/ Intersectional/ Secular Passover Seder/ Persian New Year Feast/ and Easter celebration on April 19 at 7 pm (RSVP required); and a Closing Conversation with the artists on April 23rd at 4 pm – Exhibition Opening from 6 to 8 – Back Gallery,  Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

National Theatre of London Live presents its production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic play, Saint Joan – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 6:30 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Michael Hurley/Willy Mason/Tom Carter – Presented by John Doe Records Hudson – Tickets available through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-hurley-willy-mason-tom-carter-tickets-32688706802 — Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/7 pm –    The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

This exhibition was listed last week as being in Catskill.  Mea culpa! – It is in Chatham!!!

Time and Tide: Frank Curran – Painter and printmaker Frank Curran has been with the Gallery since it opened in 2010.  His work has been included in several group shows; Time and Tide is his first solo show at the Gallery. – Since 2002, Curran has been making painting trips to a pair of unique locations—Perce, Quebec, Canada and Monhegan Island, Maine.  All of the work in this exhibition is based on his visits over the years.  One oil on canvas  and twelve etchings from Perce are on view.  The Monhegan work consists of oil paintings and sketches on paper, as well as woodcuts and block prints using artwork done on the island as source material – The Gallery maintains a flat-file collection of Curran’s earlier work in all sizes and media, available for viewing any time. – Exhibition on view through May 21 – Information at 392-3336 or by email to thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com  – Gallery hours: Thursday through Monday from 11 am to 5 pm; Friday from 11 am to 7 pm  – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Bluegrass at Beattie with C.B. Smith & The Lucky Devils – Information at beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com – Reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com5 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect & Bridge Street, Catskill

Next Monday, April 17

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting – This meeting is preceded by a demonstration by Bug Nichols of Google Drive and its benefits for all the organization’s written communication – Members should bring their tablets or laptops – Also bring your own snacks and your smart phone to use during the organization’s texting action. – Agenda includes reports on (1) the March CCL Northeastern Regional Conference; (2)  Congressman John Faso who, in the House of Representatives, has recently joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and co-sponsored the Republican Climate Resolution; (3) the upcoming Hudson Valley People’s Climate Sister March in Hudson on April 29; and (4) our National CCL Conference and Lobbying Day in Washington, DC in June.   Interested parties are welcome – If this is your first meeting, please call Karen Frishkoff at 518-672-7901, or send an email to kfrishkoff@gmail.com. – Information at citizensclimatelobby.org6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street (gray house on the right side just before the church; doorway at the far end of the side porch), Chatham

Next Tuesday, April 18

Urbanism and Housing Reading Group organized by Nolan Boomer – 6 to 8 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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

Palatines I Have Known – A lecture by Columbia County Historical Society Senior Research Librarian Jim Benton – Presented by the CCHS Volunteers group – The first of the Palatines arrived in New York in 1708.  This lecture tells the story of why 3,000 Germans settled in the Hudson Valley between 1708 and 1710. Using personal reminiscences and family references, Benton will illustrate the political intrigues and rumors and the behind-the-scenes international deals and bargains that brought an influx of Germans to upstate New York.  Benton was born and raised in Southern Columbia County and is the latest in a long line of historical storytellers. – Free and open to the public – Information at cchsny.org or 758-9265 – 7 pm – James Vanderpoel House, “Below Stairs”, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

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

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY and beyond, April 4 to April 11, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Tuesday, April 4

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

Wednesday, April 5

The Hudson, A River at Risk – The Hudson River, like many waterways around the world, has long been treated like an infinite waste barrel, a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and trash.  But for the past fifty years an amazing collection of environmental groups—Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater, and many more—have worked to revive the Hudson and the beautiful valley that surrounds it.  These accomplishments remind us what a resilient resource the river is.  The expanding web series, The Hudson, A River at Risk, by Oceans 8 Films, reports on a handful of serious and growing threats to the river.  The film will be screened and followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and representatives from Hudson River advocacy groups including Andy Bicking, Director of Public Policy & Special Projects at Scenic Hudson; Cliff Weathers, Communications Director at Riverkeeper; Jon Bowermaster, filmmaker of The Hudson: A River at Risk; and Sam Merrett, Captain of the Schooner Apollonia.  A suggested donation at the door will help support the work of the filmmakers and Basilica Hudson – Information at basilicahudson.org7 pmBasilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Vieux Farka Toure/Last Good Tooth – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 – 7 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday. April 6

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-45037 pm to 9:30 pmOr Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8

TSL Films:

> The Lure – “In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup, a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate 1980s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land.  Their tantalizing siren songs and other worldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of director Smoczynska’s imagining.  In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival are blurred.”  In Polish with English subtitles.

> The Salesman – After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment.  However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.  In Persian with English subtitles.

> ApprenticeWhen ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country’s highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim.  Aiman’s desire to become the hangman’s apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him.  In English and Malay with English subtitles.

> The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism – In 1886, a French art dealer brought his impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in the US forever.  Americans cheered the French new wave—painting outdoors with a newfound brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against Monet, Degas, and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism

> Simone de Beauvoir Two interviews illuminate the historic role and personality of Simone de Beauvoir, the novelist and philosopher who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism.  In a 1959 interview, de Beauvoir explains her existentialism and theories on atheism and free love.  In the second 1975 interview about her book, The Second Sex, de Beauvoir speaks with conviction about feminism and its future.  In French with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgTime & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Friday, April 7

The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II – Sarah Kilborne’s Performance & Release Party – “People commonly believe that the LGBT movement began in 1969 with the Stonewall Riots, but a hundred years ago queer men and women were claiming their identities in the public sphere, and singing about it too. “ Written and performed by cabaret artist Sarah Kilborne, “The Lavender Blues is a musical journey to a courageous and colorful time in America’s past when artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity—something daring even for today, and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.” Chosen as one of 2017’s “exciting new works in development” by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com8 pmClub Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Xylouris White / Pigeons – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 – 8 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday, April 8  

The Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The market is still going strong, with favorite vendors providing the essentials including greens, eggs. cheeses, meats, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, nuts, fair trade coffee, and more – 10 am to 1 pm 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

Hudson Area Library Open House Celebrating One Year at the Armory See what the library has done, enjoy Music in the Stacks, learn about the wide array of library programs and services available, record your memories of the historic Hudson Armory, see a sampling of the History Room’s unique and rare historic photo collection, enjoy refreshments, and help the Library celebrate! – Open House activities and entertainment include “Music in the Stacks” on the hour, and “Highlights of the Hudson Area Library’s First Year at the Armory” on the half hour – For a complete schedule of events, including music and dance acts, teen digital media presentations, a story hour, a Bengali language and culture presentation, and a Beginner Yoga class, visit http://hudsonarealibrary.org/ – Regular library  programs and services will be available, but this will not be a regular day at the library.  Expect some noise! – 10:30 am to 3 pm Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, at the corner of State Street

Cookie Tasting – Meet the baker! – Andre Kreft, founder of the aptly-named Savor Cookies, offers a free tasting of his product – Sample sweet, savory and spicy shortbread cookies such as the Emma Jean, a trio of coconut, lime and hot pepper, or the Naugatuck, with birch concentrate that gives a zesty, root beer-like zing – All will be paired with, of course, Verdigris’s delectable teas – Free and open to the public – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pmVerdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street (corner of Second Street)

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll 5-7 pm– Various art and design locations welcome visitors to view a broad range of artworks including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, and artifacts – This spring-to-summer monthly open gallery event presents thirteen  galleries on Warren and Front Streets open for viewing, five with exhibition openings – See listings for details – All open from 5 to 7 pm; the five galleries in Riverfront Design & Antique Center are open until 8 pm.
Participating galleries on Warren Street are:  Kea Tribal Rug Gallery, 238 Warren Street; Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; FRG Objects and Design/Art, 2nd Floor, 217 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street
Participating galleries off Warren Street are: Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (big white building behind the Basilica); Riverfront Antiques & Design Center (RADC), 99 South Third Street, Door 21—Five galleries within RADC: ART HOUSE, Earle Mitchell Gallery, Wasserbach Fine Art, Sarah Berney Art, and Tery Fugate-Wilcox Gallery

> Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm

Photographic Exhibition Opening – Flora – Using alternative processes—both 19th century and the 21et –artists respond to personal loss amidst the fortitude of trees and comment on the tangled  beauty of the natural world
> To Capture a Shadow – Carla Shapiro – Sanded, platinum-palladium prints
> Bloom – Carol March – Collaged pigment prints
>Portfolio Showcase: Emily Hamilton Laux – Invasive: Beauty vs. Beauty, Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh – Meditations: Flora
On view through May 14 – Information at davisortongallery.com or 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

RADC Exhibition Viewings and Openings:  Riverfront Antiques & Design Center (RADC), 99 South Third Street, Door 21—Five galleries:
> ART HOUSE – Grand Opening of the Gallery – On the Jersey Side – Exhibition features artworks by American artist Ron Erickson – Information at 201-920-3920
> Earle Mitchell Gallery – Exhibition Opening features artwork from the past 15 years by local Hudson artist Reggie Madison – Information at 518-852-0622
> Sarah Berney Art – New and existing work by Sarah Berney – Information at 491-3692
> Tery Fugate-Wilcox Gallery – Features artworks by Barry Gerson, Amanda Park Taylor, Jethro Nisson, Tom McGill, and Tara Angell – Information at 646-544-7139
> Wasserbach Fine Art – Features found objects sculptures by Mark Wasserbach – Information at 518-368-5340
Information at 518-368-53405 to 8 pmRiverfront Antiques & Design Center (RADC), 99 South Third Street, Door 21

Two new exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery:
> Timothy Hull: Sophist Leaving Syria – Syria was an important hub of Greek and Roman trade and learning.  The fact that the man of reason is leaving Syria has contemporary parallels with the current mass exodus of refugees.
> Seth Koen: Wayward – Recent sculptures – At first glance, these sculptures could be characterized as lines in space.  Meticulously carved from single pieces of wood and seeming to float on the wall or floor, their apparent simplicity belies their hard won forms.  The exhibition title—Wayward—refers not only to a material that can be hard to control, but also to the unusual and precarious shapes of the sculptures themselves.
> Both exhibitions are on view through May 7 – Information at info@baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – Open Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm and by appointment – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Art Omi Writers’ Reading – The Art Omi Writers spring 2017 writers and translators in residence read and share their work with an intimate, live audience.  This is the first in a series of readings hosted by Art Omi in 2017.  The Art Omi Writers residency program provides opportunities to literary voices working in all genres of literature.  Participating writers in this reading are from Germany, Nigeria, Vietnam, France, South Africa, Tibet, Syria, Italy, and Belgium – Reading is followed by refreshments and a chance to meet the writers – Hosted by Hudson Wine Merchants – Free and open to the public – Information at 828-6411 or hudsonwinemerchants.com5:30 pmThird Floor Gallery, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

James McMurtry – with Ray Mason opening – “Award-winning rock singer-songwriter James McMurtry writes literate, politically charged songs with country, folk, Americana, and Texas influences – Son of famed novelist Larry McMurtry, James has a strong cult following, devoted to his smart lyrics, laconic vocals, and deft guitar playing….Pioneer Valley-based rock singer-songwriter Ray Mason has been on his own never-ending tour since 1982.  Accompanying himself on his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar, he writes classic-style catchy garage-rock tunes with a laid-back vibe…”  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

National Theatre of London Live presents its modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece, Hedda GablerInformation and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Stockholm, Pennsylvania A Special Screening of a film written and directed by filmmaker Nikole Beckwith – The film premiered at Sundance in 2015, and follows a young woman who was abducted as a child and is returned home to her biological parents after living seventeen years with her abductor.  She struggles to feel at home in the life she doesn’t remember, as her mother wrestles with the reality that her daughter is more lost to her than ever. Discussion with the filmmaker after the screening – All proceeds benefit TSL – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 7 pmTime & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set – Every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. – This month’s program features Melissa Febos and Paul La Farge.
> Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, Vogue, and Lenny Letter.  She lives in Brooklyn.
> Paul La Farge is author of the novels The Night Ocean (2017), Luminous Airplanes (2011), Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001), and The Artist of the Missing(1999). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He lives in Red Hook, NY.
The reading is followed by a book signing, with DJ Blake to follow. Volume is produced by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French – For information, please visit: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or call 917-535-8225

Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary first Public Open Day of the 2017 season – Spend a few hours meeting the Sanctuary’s 80 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most of whom have been  rescued from slaughter, abuse and/or neglect, but are now happily enjoying their new life at the sanctuary. Graphics are posted at each paddock so visitors can learn about the animal and its history. Feel free to picnic at the pond, one of the most serene spots at the sanctuary.  Please note that all visitors will need to sign a release form upon arrival. No pets are allowed. This is a free program, but donations are greatly appreciated – Equine Advocates is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the protection of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules – Open from 11 am to 4 pm – Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, 3212 State Route 66, (2 miles north of the Village of Chatham)

The Chatham Film Club in partnership with WMHT Public Media, presents a free Indie Lens Pop-up preview screening of National Bird, a film directed by Sonia Kennebeck – The film follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time—the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries – The film’s director and local activists will be available after the film for Q&A.  Please note that the film has been edited down to one hour from its full length of 92 minutes to provide time for the Q&A – The film will premiere locally on Monday, May 1 at 10 pm on WMHT-TV – Information at movies@crandelltheatre.org – This screening is at 12 noon, Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Hot Jazz and Cool Blues – A fundraising benefit to help air condition The Ghent Playhouse, featuring The Joe Adee Band and Celebration of the theater’s “ Costumer Extraordinaire, Joanne Maurer – Dessert bar and libations, a silent auction, and music for dancing in the aisles! – Information and tickets at ghentplayhouse.org or 392-6264 – Doors open at 7 pm; program starts at 7:30 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Rob Fisch’s Intentional Jazz Ensemble celebrates and pays tribute to Miles Davis’s 1959 recording, Kind of Blue, “the best-selling jazz album of all time, and the spearhead of an artistic revolution.  Everyone, even people who say they don’t like jazz, like Kind of Blue…” says  music critic Fred Kaplan – Information at spencertownacademy.org7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Exhibition Opening – Time and Tide: Frank Curran – Painter and printmaker Frank Curran has been with the Gallery since it opened in 2010.  His work has been included in several group shows; Time and Tide is his first solo show at the Gallery. – Since 2002, Curran has been making painting trips to a pair of unique locations—Perce, Quebec, Canada and Monhegan Island, Maine.  All of the work in this exhibition is based on his visits over the years.  One oil on canvas  and twelve etchings from Perce are on view.  The Monhegan work consists of oil paintings and sketches on paper, as well as woodcuts and block prints using artwork done on the island as source material – The Gallery maintains a flat-file collection of Curran’s earlier work in all sizes and media, available for viewing any time. – Exhibition on view through May 21 – Information at thompsongirouxgallery@gmail.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Catskill

Sunday, April 9

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents A Hero of Our Time, a new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov—“a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Rose* WineTasting – Meet the “lady farmers” from Ironwood Farm and hear about their summer veggie CSA program – Tender vittles from the farm and a selection of roses* from Hudson Wine Merchants will be offered –Free and open to the public – Information at 828-6411 or hudsonwinemerchants.com1 to 3 pmHudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street  (*rose the wine, not the flower)

Varla Jean Merman – Varla Jean is a character originated and portrayed by Jeffery Roberson, an American actor, singer, and drag performer.  Varla’s fictitious pedigree boasts that Ernest Borgnine is her father and Ethel Merman is her mother.  Varla has been a star of stage, screen, TV, cabaret and concert halls.  Her cabaret shows are a staple of summer entertainment in Provincetown, Massachusetts – Presented by GayHudson.com, BigGayHudsonValley.com, and Trixie’s Bed, Bath & Biscotti  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Dinner is available.  Please make dinner reservations at 828-4800 – Doors open at 5 pm, show starts at 7pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Fabulous Versatones – This five-man local band plays for dancing and general fooling around – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/Music and dancing from 7 to 9ish pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon – A Painter’s Paradise: Thomas Cole and His Transformative Experience in Florence, 1831-32 – Although Thomas Cole’s fame as a largely self-taught American artist was launched in 1825, it was his tutelage in Florence, Italy in 1831-32 with two of the most eminent artists then working in Tuscany—Giuseppe Bezzuoli, who became his drawing master, and Pietro Benvenuti, president of the Accademia delle Belle Arti—and the seminal influence of Scottish landscape painter George Augustus Wallis, that heralded Cole’s shift from being a gifted artist to his emergence as a great one.  At this month’s  salon, independent scholar John McGuigan explores the critical twelve months Cole lived and worked in Florence, the place Cole’s biographer called “next to home itself, the happiest place in which he ever lived,” and where he produced some of the finest paintings of his career. – In addition to the Salon, Winter Tours, scheduled at 1 pm and 3:30 pm, provide a sneak preview into the installation of the Parlors Project – Information and tickets at 943-7465 or www.thomascole.org  – Salon at 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Bard at Beattie – Award-winning young artists from the Bard College Conservatory of Music—cellist Chris Beroes-Haigis; and the pianists Domantas Karalius and JongSun Woo–will perform Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Sonata No. 7, the Schumann arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3, and the Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 – Free admission, but reservations are required. – Information and reservations by email to rhoveninc@gmail.com2 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill

An Afternoon of Korean Culture & Food – The Won Dharma Center and the Claverack Free Library invite adults and teens to a free program introducing Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. The program begins with a documentary film about Korean history and culture along with a demonstration of the traditional Korean wedding ceremony in traditional costume. Following the program, a traditional Korean meal will be served. Works of art, including paintings, objects, and costumes, will be on display. – The program is part of the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world – This is a free program, but donations to either the Claverack Library or Won Dharma Center will be welcome. – Space is limited, so attendees are asked to pre-register by email to info@claveracklibrary.org , or info@wondharmacenter.org , call 851-7120, or sign up at the library desk – 2 pm – Won Dharma Center, 361 State Route 23, Claverack.

Next Tuesday, April 11

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

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Ellen Thurston         ellenthuston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in HudsonNY, March 28 to April 5, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Tuesday, March 28

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

Wednesday, March 29

The Golf Sale–An Online Auction – This auction highlights the world of golf with fine and decorative arts from the 18th to the 20th centuries – Included are early British mezzotints and engravings, 19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and watercolors; views of Britain’s most famous golf courses, silver trophies and golf-related objects, early golf-themed magazine covers and advertising prints, glass and ceramics decorated with golfing subjects, and portraits of famous golfers – Online and absentee bids only – All lots sold with no reserves – Information at 751-1000 – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com  – Previews Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28 from 10 am to 5 pmWednesday, March 29 from 10 am, with Auction beginning at 2 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Struttin’ with the Stars Act II – A Fashion Show hosted by Trixie Starr and featuring fashions from The Second Show modeled by local luminaries – Celebrity look-alikes and musical guests – Presented by The Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation to benefit CMH’s Family Birthplace and CMH’s Women’s Health Center – Information and tickets at 828-8239 or helsinkihudson.com/theclub.html – Doors open at 5:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

ThursdayMarch 30

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Agricultural Business Brunch – The program includes brunch by Simons Catering and a presentation called “Invasive Species: Something for Everyone!” presented by Marilyn Wyman from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties.  Sponsors include  Columbia County Land Conservancy, Farm Credit East ACA, Fix Brothers, Inc., Hawthorne Valley Association and Hudson Valley Fresh – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 11 am to 12:30 pm – Love Apple Farm, 1421 State Route 9H, Ghent

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm to 9:30 pm – Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Chops & Sauerkraut & the Hudson Valley Honky Tonk Two Step Class – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ –Doors open at 8 pm, class at 8:30 pm, Chops & Sauerkraut at 9:30 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Chatham Film Club presents a screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring Simon Russell Beale – A filmed live theatre production from the London stage – Information at movies@crandelltheatre.org or 392-3331 – 7:30 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Thursday-Sunday, March 30-April 2

TSL Films: 

The Salesman – After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment.  However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.  In Persian with English subtitles.

Apprentice – When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country’s highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim.  Aiman’s desire to become the hangman’s apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him.  In English and Malay with English subtitles.

I, Claude Monet – A fresh look at arguably the world’s favorite artist – Based on his letters, the film reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism, but who also was perhaps the most influential painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism – In 1886, a French art dealer brought his impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in the US forever.  Americans cheered the French new wave—painting outdoors with a newfound brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against Monet, Degas, and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism

Simone de Beauvoir – Two interviews illuminate the historic role and personality of Simone de Beauvoir, the novelist and philosopher who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism.  In a 1959 interview, de Beauvoir explains her existentialism and theories on atheism and free love.  In the second 1975 interview about her book, The Second Sex, de Beauvoir speaks with conviction about feminism and its future.  In French with English subtitles

Staying Vertical – “During an excursion in the south of France, filmmaker Leo is seduced by a free-spirited shepherdess who nine months later gives birth to their child.  Marie abandons them both and Leo finds himself alone with a baby to care for.  Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing“ – In French with English subtitles

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

Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally –“A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.” – 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – This is your last chance to see this production. – Information and tickets available 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

Friday, March 31

HWM Free Friday Tasting – The tasting series continues with great value wine from importer David Bowler.  Taste bottlings from the Savoie, the Loire Valley, Austria and Italy – Eat, drink, and be merrily educated by wine expert Kevin Eidens – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express with the Bottle Rockets – With the aid of Mission Express, his band of heartbreakers, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock,  folk-rock, and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. – Since the mid-1990s, The Bottle Rockets have been making a unique brand of populist, Midwestern, brawny rock ‘n’ roll. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  –  9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 1  

Spring Gardening Day – Presented by the Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Keynote speaker is Peter Bowden, well-known Capital Region gardener and writer – A wide range of classes are offered including Rain Gardens, Shade Gardening, Starting Your Farm Dream, Worm Composting, and more – Information and registration at 828-3346 ext. 100 – Walk-ins are welcome but class choice may be limited – Speaker at 10:45 am; classes given in two sessions: 9 am to 10:30 am and 12 noon to 1:30 pm – Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

The Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The market is still going strong, with favorite vendors providing the essentials including greens, eggs. cheeses, meats, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, nuts, fair trade coffee, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents a rare revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by James Levine – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Textures and Colors – Photography by H. David Stein – Also Mixed Media Collages by Guest Artist Rebecca Becker – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Fayal’s Scarf & Textile Sale – Fayal Greene, who is downsizing and moving to Maine, is offering her large collection of scarves and shawls for sale, with proceeds from the sale to help support the renovation costs of the upstairs performance hall at the Hudson Opera House. – Fayal says it best:  “I worked with textiles most of my career, advising designers, writing about their products and seeing the developing textile production in India, Nepal and Cambodia.  I lived in Europe, where I bought, or often was given, scarves and shawls of great beauty and luxury.  Some I wore; others I just admired and put away.” – Knowing that she has more than she can use, she goes on to say: “I think others might enjoy the look and feel of silks from Hermes, Gucci, and Balinese and Cambodian dyers; fine wool, cashmere and pashmina from France, Nepal and India; cotton sarongs by Ungaro and Asian weavers.”  —  Wine and soda will be offered and Fayal will speak about the history of the pieces. – Information at 822-1438 – 4 to 6 pm – West Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Literacy Fund 5th Annual Fundraising Cocktail Party – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – Celebrate the efforts of the Literacy Fund to help sustain the literacy efforts of the Hudson City School District – The Literacy Fund has given more than 1,200 certificates to help students buy books at the Book Festival.  The Fund has also given ten awards to college bound students for the purchase of books necessary for their courses, and 100  coupons for summer reading purchases to students moving up from the first, fifth and eighth grades.  – Information by email to hcbfliteracyfund@gmail.com or visit the website at www.HCBFLiteracyFund.com – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – I AM HERE: Photographs by Sasha Sicurella – The first solo exhibition by this Canadian-born artist who specializes in the use of arts education to repair trauma victims around the world.  She is the founder and director of  I AM: International Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for people around the world to explore identity through photography. She has worked with children and adults in Rwanda during the 20th commemoration of the genocide and with a similar population in Bosnia twenty years after the Bosnian war.  She has worked with transgender teens and young adults in Milwaukee, the Palenque tribe in Columbia, silver miners in Bolivia, adults with disabilities in Hudson, and millennials in today’s Russia.  I AM HERE demands the viewer take notice and hear a wide variety of underserved individuals crying out:  “I am here.  Look at me!  Do not forget about me.” – Information at 303-6446 or gallery@46greenstreetstudios.com – 5 to 8 pm – Gallery@46 Green Street Studios, 46 Green Street

Exhibition Opening – PERFORMANCE Paintings by John Fallon – Fallon approaches abstract painting from a constructivist point of view with a linear focus, utilizing color and symmetry while exploring spatial illusion in his large scale canvases and modular pieces.…He credits his former painting instructor, Stan Brakhage, for inspiring his choice to work in a dynamic fashion where form becomes less predictable and the process takes on a life of its own.  Consequently, PERFORMANCE is an exhibition of paintings that, though appearing to be contrived, are more about the process of their creation than the end result. – On view through the month of May – Information at frg@frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 – 5:30 to 8:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Vilaykorn Sayaphet: Cross Country with Ari – Information at 828-5907 or art@johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

une tache d’imbeciles – Live Jazz with Otto Hauser, Terence Murren, Tyler Wood, and Stuart Quimby – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Guilty Pleasure rocks the Fool’s Run After Party – a fundraiser for the Hudson Rotary Club – After three years together, Guilty Pleasure has become one of the most respected rock cover bands in the Hudson Valley.  These veteran musicians have developed an electric, on-stage chemistry, and pride themselves in giving their audiences a high energy show from start to finish – The group plays hit songs from nearly every genre that always keeps the dance floor rocking, with Kacey Quirk on lead vocals, Sean McLaughlin on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Illsley on lead guitar, AJ Ricci on bass guitar and Tom Buffe on drums – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –  Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8:30 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Brian Dewan: Local Landscapes/Ink & Watercolor – Information at www.catskillfineart.com – 3 to 5 pm – Catskill Fine Art & Antiques, 410 Main Street, Catskill

New day!  New time! But the same great bluegrass music from the Wickers Creek Band– Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com/OKBTapHouse – 5 to 7 pm – Old Klaverack Brewery’s Taphouse, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Sunday, April 2

Joseph Keckler – “A singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries…”—The New York Times  Keckler is a widely acclaimed singer, writer, songwriter, and artist, with a rich, versatile three-plus octave voice and a sharp wit. His compelling performances combine humor, autobiography, and classical themes from a unique perspective.  The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist,” and The New York Times declared him a “major vocal talent.” – All proceeds to benefit Animalkind, our local cat rescue organization Tickets and information at www.AnimalkindNY.org or www.Eventbrote.com or at Red Dot restaurant, 321 Warren Street – Doors at 6 pm; performance at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Concerts in the Village presents its final concert of the 2016-17 season – Haydn and Cherubini: 18th Century Elegance Meets 19th Century Drama – Performed by The Broad Street Chorale and The Broad Street Orchestra – David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor – The performance celebrates one of the most exciting periods in music history, as the elegantly balanced musical world of late classicism is disrupted by the dawn of the Romantic Age – The program includes Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante of 1792, featuring principal players violinist Elizabeth Silver, oboist Karen Hosmer, cellist Erica Pickhardt, and bassoonist Cornelia McGiver – Cherubini’s Cantata on the Death of Joseph Haydn (1805) features soprano Caroline Dunigan, and tenors Olivier Gagnon and Jon Morrell – It is followed by Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor (1816) – Reception to follow – For information and assured seating go to  www.concertsinthevillage.orgg – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Tuesday, April 4

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

Next Wednesday, April 5

Vieux Farka Toure/Last Good Tooth  – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/  or 828-1562 – 7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

 

 

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

All content herein copyright 2017

Ellen Thurston

ellenthuston1@gmail.com

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 16 to March 22, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Thursday, March 16 

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm to 9:30 pm – Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19

TSL Films: 

Simone de Beauvoir – Two interviews illuminate the historic role and personality of Simone de Beauvoir, the novelist and philosopher who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism.  In a 1959 interview, de Beauvoir explains her existentialism and theories on atheism and free love.  In the second 1975 interview about her book, The Second Sex, de Beauvoir speaks with conviction about feminism and its future.  In French with English subtitles

Staying Vertical – “During an excursion in the south of France, filmmaker Leo is seduced by a free-spirited shepherdess who nine months later gives birth to their child.  Marie abandons them both and Leo finds himself alone with a baby to care for.  Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing – In French with English subtitles

> Love & Taxes – “…tells the story of Josh, a legal secretary who has gone seven uneventful years without filing his tax returns.  But when his boss, a prominent tax attorney, demands that he get back into ‘The System,’ Josh rapidly falls down a rabbit hole of ever-deepening tax miseries.  His instinct, honed over a lifetime of being a slacker, would be simply to ‘drop out’ again, but, as it happens, he has fallen in love.”

In the Steps of Trisha Brown – Choreographer Trisha Brown revolutionized the world of contemporary dance.  Her work, with costumes by Robert Rauschenberg, moves to Paris to be performed by a new generation of dancers – In English and French with English subtitles

> Behemoth – Documentarian Zhao Liang offers intoxicating and terrifying images of the ravages wrought by his country’s coal and iron industries on both the land and its people.  In Chinese with English subtitles

Bird on a Wire – This long-lost documentary, never released theatrically until now, captures Leonard Cohen during his 1972 “Bird On a Wire” tour.

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

 

Friday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

Artists’ Potluck Dinner & Salon – Come celebrate Str. Patrick’s Day with the artists of Hudson!  Bring a dish to share and your creative thoughts and ideas. – The last meeting was a continuing discussion on the purpose and mission of the group—forums, art talk, show & tell, guest artists, etc., and we posed the question—“What is art?” – Painter Dan Rupe will be leading the discussion at this meeting.  Sher Stevens is hosting the potluck and discussion – Christine Hales will provide a projector and will show a film short on one of the abstract expressionist’s paintings – Any artist who has work to share may put the images on a flash (thumb) drive and bring it along – The Potluck Dinner is held the third Friday of each month – All are welcome – Information by email to chales@halesart.com – 6 to 9 pm – Hudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Glenn Jones and Laura Baird – Glenn Jones is a master of American Primitive Guitar, a style invented in the late 1950s by John Fahey, whose traditional fingerpicking technique and wide ranging influences were used to create modern original compositions.  Jones, who led the post-rock ensemble Cul de Sac, brings his own made-up tunings, the use of custom-crafted partial capos, and a highly skilled picking style on both banjo and guitar, to create personal compositions that are lyrical, emotive and elegant.  Laura Baird will also perform. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

FridaySunday, March 17-19

The Last Picture Show (1971) – The final movie showing at Fairview Cinema 3 – How fitting that the last movie to be shown in our beloved neighborhood movie theater should be this classic film starring Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepard, Timothy Bottoms, and Cloris Leachman.  The film was directed and co-written by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from the 1996 novel by Larry McMurtry – The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and in 1998 was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry – The film will be shown Friday through Sunday at 7 pm, and at Saturday and Sundaymatinees at 1 pm – The theatre will be closing its doors after Sunday evening’s show.   Our gratitude and best wishes go to Bruce Mitchinson, who has provided a home for some of our best film experiences (including popcorn, Milk Duds and Junior Mints.) – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue, Greenport

Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally –“A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.” – 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play – Directed by Cathy Lee -Visscher – Runs on weekends through April 2 – Information and tickets available 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, March 18

Pancake Breakfast at St. Peter’s Church – Sponsored by Friends of Historic St. Peter’s Church in Spencertown – All proceeds to help pay for much needed repairs to the church roof – Children under 8 admitted free – 8 to 11 am – St. Peter’s Church, 2519 County Route 7, Spencertown

Petals & Pancakes – Columbia Land Conservancy’s Annual Pancake Breakfast to thank its members for their support of land protection in Columbia County – Pancakes with local maple syrup, live music, and kids’ crafts about local wildflowers, and a chance to meet other donors  – Free for all donors, volunteers, and their families – Check your membership status and RSVP to john.horton@clctrust.org or 392-5252, ext. 210 – 8:30 am – Triform Camphill, 20 Triform Road, Hudson

Sailboat Eleanor’s Restoration Site open to the public – Learn about Eleanor’s history and her restoration: what has been completed and what lies ahead – Coffee and muffins – Information at www.hudsonriverhistoricboat.org – 10 am to 11:30 am – Hudson River Industrial Park, 99 South Third Street, Door 19, behind Basilica Hudson – Look for the Welcome Aboard flag – Once inside, proceed to the back and to the right

The Winter Hudson Farmers’ Market is going strong – Greens such as arugula, spinach, lettuce mix, and Asian greens are available, and so are breads, eggs, meats and cheeses, prepared savories and sweets, quiches, pies, tarts, nuts, fair trade coffee, soups and stocks – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents Verdi’s La Traviata – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Exhibition Opening – Collage Chambers: A Survey of Collage Paintings & Printed Editions by Robert Gullie – On view through April 29 – Information by email to info@inkyedictions.com or call 857-719-7008 –   4 to 6 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (behind Basilica Hudson, next to Door 21)

A hearty St. Patrick’s Day and Welcome to all—young and old!  It’s time for the Christ Church Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner – Take-out meals can be ordered in advance and can be picked up as early as 4 to 5 pm – A 50-50 raffle will be held; must be present to win – Information and take-out orders at  828-1329 (office hours 9 am to 1 pm) — 5 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

Stage Russia presents its production of The Black Monk in HD, based on a story by Anton Chekhov – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 6:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Garden of Memories by Jessica Bashline –  The play was chosen from submissions to a nation-wide playwriting contest open to new, aspiring, or established playwrights. – In this tense drama, three siblings plan their mother’s funeral and discover a woman they barely knew. – Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger  directs the cast, including Amy Drown, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Andrew Joffe, Melissa Macleod, and Giovanni Pucci.  Robert Pagnani narrates the play. – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and artistic director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins are welcome – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

The March Party – To benefit Lumberyard:  Contemporary Performing Arts – Food, drink, merriment, and a soul-stirring performance by Jomama Jones – Jomama Jones is the creation and alter-ego of Daniel Alexander Jones, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, named by American Theatre magazine “one of the artists whose work [would] change American stages for decades to come.” – Information and tickets at 212-587-3003 or go to  www.thelumberyard.org/march-party  –  6 pm – Joe’s Garage, 443 Main Street, Catskill

Exhibition Opening – Windows: Paintings by Lois Dodd – American painter Lois Dodd is best known for her contemplative depictions of landscapes and interiors found around her homes in New York, New Jersey and Maine.  She is also notable as a founder of the artist-run cooperative Tanager Gallery in NYC. The opening includes an artist talk between Lois Dodd and widely-published critic and editor, Faye Hirsch at 2 pm. – Exhibition on view through May 7 – Information at 392-4747 or by email to info@artomi.org – 1 to 3 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

Learn about the Shakers – Writings on the Walls: The Brethren’s Workshop – The Brethren’s Workshop was the center of a range of the North Family’s industries, including their packaged seed business, broom-making, and cabinetry.  Take a tour inside the Workshop to examine up close and personally the signatures, sketches, dates, graffiti, markings and other remnants left by its inhabitants since its construction in 1829, while learning more about some of the stories that they tell us. Tours are also scheduled for next Saturday, March 25. Tour dates are weather-permitting and subject to change. – Directions at https://shakerml.org/pages/directions –2 pm – Tours leave from The Forge, Shaker Road, Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon

Concerts at Camphill Ghent presents the Lev-Evans Duo – Pianists Mark Evans and Gili Melamed-Lev will explore the rich repertoire of four-hand and two-hand piano literature in the performance called, “A Domestic Relationship at the Keyboard.” – The program includes works by Schubert and Brahms, and a Madrigal Fanfare by Philip Lasser.  Guest Composer Lasser will introduce his piece – Tickets available at 392-2760 or online at www.camphillghent.org – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Sunday, March 19

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents A Contemporary Evening,…taking on a new challenge in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons.  This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis.…” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Clermont State Historic Site presents Scuttlebutt and Scandals in the Livingston Family, a talk by curator of Collections Geoff Benton, Education Assistant Emily Robinson, and NYS Interpretive Programs Coordinator Kjirsten Gustavson that will explore three scandals from the Livingston family’s past.  Subjects covered include: Chancellor Robert R. Livingston’s involvement with Benedict Arnold and his wife; Serena Livingston’s paramours; and Nancy Shippen, a Philadelphia socialite who found her marriage to the black sheep of the Livingston family to be anything but what she hoped for.  In other words, a whole afternoon of gossip! – Information and reservations at 537-4240 – 1 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, l Clermont Avenue, (off Route 9-G), Germantown

Farm Film Fest 9 – Presented by Chatham Keep Farming – The fest is devoted to films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that are meant to entertain and educate.  This year’s films are made by professional and amateur filmmakers, offering local and national perspectives.  The films are selected by a panel representing the sponsoring organizations—the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and Columbia Land Conservancy – The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local farmers and A Meet the Maker reception at the People’s Pub, 36 Main Street – The films include: Next Stop Chatham – An aerial view that gives a unique perspective of the town and surrounding farmland; How Does It Grow? Potatoes – A food education video series that follows America’s favorite vegetable from field to factory; Grazin’s Grassfed Burgers – Meet Andrew Chiappinelli, the owner of the world’s first farm-to-table direct 100% Animal Welfare Approved grassfed and finished burger joint; The Beekeeper – A Boulder beekeeper discusses the value of high quality honey and the importance of maintaining our relationship with the honeybee; How Does It Grow? Hydroponic Spinach – Explains how spinach, one of the most nutrient-packed foods on the planet, grows even in the dead of winter; 60 Tortillas! – Learn what it takes to grow enough wheat to make one tortilla every day for a year.  Shot in Columbia County and features local musicians; Milking Robots – A dairy farmer discusses his experiences with robotic milking machines and his transition from beef to dairy farming; Forgotten Farms – Shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming  – Admission is free, with a requested donation of a nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry – Information at the Chatham Keep Farming website or call 392-3331 – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham.

Family Game Day at the Claverack Library – The Friends of the Claverack Free Library welcome game lovers of all ages to an afternoon of warmth, fun and community at the A.B Shaw Fire Company. Come play your old favorites or try something new! Bring your favorite games to share or try some of ours. We will have classic games (i.e. Scrabble, Memory, Monopoly, and Clue) as well as “Euro-style” games (ie. Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne) and cooperative games (i.e. Escape, Pandemic, and Forbidden Island) in which we work together as a team to beat the game. Pizza and drinks will be provided thanks to a generous community member. Admission is free but pre-registration is requested.. Registration and information at the library.  Call 851-7120, or email info@claveracklibrary.org.- 2 to 5 pm – Please note: This event will be held at A.B. Shaw Fire Company, 67 Route 23, Claverack

The Fabulous Versatones –This five-man swing band plays for dancing and general fooling around – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/– Music & dancing from 7 to 9ish pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, March 21

Urbanism and Housing Reading Group – Led by Nolan Boomer – A bi-monthly forum on the urban history of Hudson and New York State, as well as an informal space to share skills, discuss issues facing our community, and to put our knowledge into practice. – Information at nolanboomer@gmail.com – Meets the first and third Thursdays of each month – 6 to 8 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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

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

Hudson River Historic Boat Eleanor Seventh Annual Reunion & Meeting – Appetizers – Cash Bar – Trivia – Drawing for “A Night at the Saugerties Lighthouse” to benefit the boat restoration – Information at 828-7884, or www.hudsonriverhistoricboat.org – 6:30 pm – Wunderbar Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Next Wednesday, March 22

Wednesday Community Lunches – Christ Church’s Hospitality Committee has been offering these lunches for 40 years – All are welcome to enjoy a substantial main course, a beverage , and a choice of homemade desserts.  The menu is posted Wednesday morning on a sign on Union Street in front of the entrance to the Parish Hall, or call the church office at 828-1329 any time from 9 am to 1 pm – There is no set price for the meal, but all diners are asked to donate according to their ability to pay.  Table service is provided by a volunteer wait staff – Information at 828-1329 – Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

 

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Ellen Thurston

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Art Events in Hudson NY, March 6 to March 12, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Monday-Thursday, March 6-9

Films at Crandell Theatre in Chatham – Moonlight, awarded this year’s Oscars for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay; Lion, nominated for six Oscars; and I Am Not Your Negro, starring Samuel L. Jackson, speaking the words of James Baldwin – Schedule and trailers at movies@crandelltheatre.org or call 392-3331 – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Wednesday, March 8

Wednesday Community Lunches – Christ Church’s Hospitality Committee has been offering these lunches for 40 years – All are welcome to enjoy a substantial main course, a beverage , and a choice of homemade desserts. The menu is posted Wednesday morning on a sign on Union Street in front of the entrance to the Parish Hall, or call the church office at 828-1329 from 9 am to 1 pm – There is no set price for the meal, but all diners are asked to donate according to their ability to pay. Table service is provided by a volunteer wait staff – Information at 828-1329 – Lunch is served from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

All Women’s Eve – Celebrating the divine feminine through music, art and film on International Women’s Day – A two-part celebration at Drop Forge & Tool and Spotty Dog:

6:00 to 7:30 pm – Art at DF&T- Work-in-progress drawings of female musicians by DF&T’s current artist-in-residence, San Francisco-based illustrator Rachel Frankel

7:30 pm – Music at Spotty Dog – Sounds by beloved local sound-makers Power Animal System, Emily Ritz, Rebecca Becker and Goldee Dust, joined by Rachel Frankel in an east-meets-west coastal sonic exchange. Katherine Bauer’s films will provide a visual accompaniment to the evening.

Information at  http://www.dropforgeandtool.com/events/2017/2/24/all-womens-eve — 6:00 pm at Drop Forge and Tool, 442 Warren Street, and 7:30 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale at 444 Warren Street

Long Table Harvest presents a screening of Just Eat It! by Peg Leg Films – Proceeds from ticket sales will support the expansion of Long Table Harvest’s Gleaning Program for the 2017 growing season. – A suggested donation will be collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. – Information at longtableharvest.org – 7 pm – Time & Space, Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Thursday, March 9

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm to 9:30 pm – Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12

TSL Films:

> Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone describes it as “an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” – In this film, Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music.

> Oscar Shorts: Live Action and Oscar Shorts: Animation – The Oscar ceremony took place on Sunday February 26. This is your annual chance to second-guess the winners in these two “shorts” fields. Estimated running time for the Animation films is one and one-half hours, and two hours for the Live Action films. – For information about the films visit timeandspace.org

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

Friday, March 10

Say Goodbye to Winter and Hello to Bluegrass! The Wickers Creek Band will be serving it up alongside great food at the Tap House – Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com.OKBTapHouse – 7 to 9 pm – Old Klaverack Brewery’s Tap House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Saturday, March 11

The Winter Hudson Farmers’ Market is going strong – Greens such as arugula, spinach, lettuce mix, and Asian greens are available, and so are breads, eggs, meats and cheeses, prepared savories and sweets, quiches, pies, tarts, nuts, fair trade coffee, soups and stocks – Big blossoming branches are available, as are tulips, daffodils and ranunculus – It’s spring (almost)! – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

Fine Auction – Americana at Stair: 18th & 19th century fine and applied arts, as well as later 19th century British and Continental examples – The sale includes property from various collectors, including the collection of Joan Oestreich Kend, the estate of Paul & Clara Kellner, the estate of Charlton M. Theus, Jr., and the collection of Seward Kennedy – Of featured interest is property from the Jean and William Appell Collection, Kinderhook, NY – Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Previews Wed & Thurs from 10 am to 5 pm, Fri from 10 am to 6 pm, Sat from 9 am, Auction at 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents Verdi’s La Traviata – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Congolese Cultural Celebration with Pamela Badila – Featuring Pamela Badila, the Badila Family, and Perfect Ten teens presenting traditional music, songs, dance, and folk life stories of the Congo. A special dance from the First National Ballet of Congo will be performed by the well-known Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, and the Badila Family ensemble. The ensemble will share history, imagery and contemporary music. A brief percussion and dance workshop will be offered during the day. The acoustic trio of Loumingou Night, Badila sisters, will perform songs especially selected for a tribute to their father’s homeland – Foods from Congo and other African origins will be available for sampling – Information at 828-1792, ext. 100 – 2 to 4 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – Volume is a free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set that takes place every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY. – Featured writers this month are Alana Massey, Kris D’Agostino, and Cynthia Huntington

> Alana Massey is the author of All The Lives I Want and is a regular columnist at the Guardian, Elle, New York, Hazlitt, and more. She splits her time between her home in the Catskills and Brooklyn. She loves books, cats, glitter, and One Direction.

> Kris D’Agostino is the author of The Antiques and The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a GlimmerTrain fiction open finalist. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and lives in Brooklyn.

> Cynthia Huntington’s newest work is a book-length poem in many voices, titled Terra Nova. Her previous volume, Heavenly Bodies, was a National Book Award finalist. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, Huntington teaches at Dartmouth College and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The reading is followed by a book signing and a DJ set by Peter Aaron – Books are available for purchase –Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at www.facebook.com/volumehudson — 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – “An intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle…” Bindlestiff brings a new lineup of Cirkus and variety arts stars to Helsinki Hudson’s stage with the unique flair and twist that is their hallmark style. In a Bindlestiff show you may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, artists made known by “America’s Got Talent” and local legends, live, on stage, and having a great time together. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater. As always, your trip down the sawdust and glitter trail is led by Ringmistress Philomena and vaudevillian charmer Mr. Pennygaff. Be part of the glamour of the evening. Those in costume or circusy makeup can ask for a discounted ticket at the door. This Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only, but a family matinee is offered on Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm. (See below) – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 7 pm; show is at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Art Omi Architecture Residency Final Review of work by architect residents will be led by Alexandra Lang, architecture critic, teacher, and writer – These final presentations give the ten international residents an opportunity to pin up and show their design projects at the conclusion of their two-week residency. The public is welcome to see the early stages of the thinking and design process of making architecture in a classic design-jury review. The reviews will be in two sessions—the first from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and the second from 1:30 to 4:00 pm with a lunch break in between. Following the juried presentations, visitors are invited to enjoy a public reception at Reynolds Cottage from 4:00 to 5:00 pm with refreshments and conversation with the 2017 Architecture Omi Residents – Information at http://www.artomi.org or 392-8031 – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Lex*i*con (#1) – Instar Lodge’s first reading of the season – Featuring the inaugural Virginia Scholar Karen Schoemer, alongside Dawn Breeze, Annie Bielski, and Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl from the women’s writing group, Tailspinning – Information by e-mail to director@instarlodge.com – 7 to 9 pm– Instar Lodge, Second Floor, 4 Church Avenue, Germantown

Sunday, March 12

Stage Russia presents its production of The Black Monk in HD, based on a story by Anton Chekhov – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

I’m Your Man – A film by Liam Lunson about the life and career of Leonard Cohen. Rufus Wainwright, U2, Nick Cave and others take part in a musical tribute to Cohen at Australia’s Sydney Opera House – Information at crandelltheatre.org or call 392-3331 – 12 noon – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Ancram Build Community Meeting – Columbia County Habitat for Humanity invites the farming community to a meeting to learn about the Ancram Rural Build program and the Habitat home ownership program – This informational meeting is meant foremost for families interested in purchasing their first home in Ancram. Attendees will learn about qualifications and the application process for the Habitat home ownership program, and much more. – Information at 828-0892 – 1:00 pm – Ancram Firehouse, 1300 County Route 7, Ancram

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon and Winter Tours – Buried Treasure: Thomas Cole’s Decoration of Cedar Grove – Jean Dunbar of Historic Design, Inc. and Matthew Mosca of Artifex, Ltd. reveal the real story behind the amazing discovery of Thomas Cole’s detailed decorative paintings on the walls of his home that had been hidden from view for over a century and will be uncovered with the completion of the Parlors Project opening May 2017. These experts, with a combined 100 years of experience in the field, have painstakingly brought Cole’s original design to life, while establishing Cole’s reputation as the foremost interior decorator among 19th century American painters – They will recount their journey of uncovering these fascinating new discoveries about Cole’s Catskill home. – In addition to the Salon, Winter Tours, scheduled at 1 pm and 3:30 pm, provide a sneak preview into the installation of the Parlors Project – Information and tickets at 943-7465 or www.thomascole.org – Salon at 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society hosts Rich Rosenzweig, a drummer and screenwriter who will recount the scandalous history of a town now called Boston Corners—a place that inspired his screenplay adaptation of the local cult classic novel Hell’s Acres. In the nineteenth century, this tiny hamlet in the southeastern corner of Columbia County was known as a lawless, controversial territory that some called “a den of thieves.” Today, Boston Corners is a quiet hamlet nestled up against the Taconic Mountains, and probably the last place you’d expect to host a championship prizefight. Yet that’s exactly what happened more than one hundred years ago when John Morrissey bested James “Yankee” Sullivan in a 37-round bare-knuckles bout. Back then, boxing was illegal in most places. However, Boston Corners offered some advantages that hindered the local constabulary. For one, mountainous terrain made it difficult for police to even find the village. The hamlet was particularly favored as a handy place to dye racehorses stolen from Saratoga so that they could be raced incognito on Long Island. Rosenzweig will also show a 10-minute clip from his screenplay, which he shot and produced in Hillsdale and Boston Corners last year – Information at 646-373-5002 – 2 pm – Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, off Route 22 at NY-344 and 8 Miles Road, Copake Falls (Opposite the Taconic Wayside Inn and adjacent to the Post Office)

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Art Events in Hudson NY, February 20 to March 1, 2017

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

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

Monday-Sunday, February 20-26

WGXC Hands-on Community Radio at 90.7 FM  is in the midst of its Radical Radio Winter 2017 Pledge Drive with a goal of $20,000 – Independent radio has never been more critical – Make a tax-deductible contribution by going online at www.wgxc.org/donate, by calling 518-697-7400, or by stopping in at the Hudson Studio on the second floor at 704 Columbia.  Or, attend WGXC’s Sixth Anniversary Soiree on Saturday, February 25 (See below)

Thursday, February 23 

Affordable Housing in Hudson Public Forum –“A meeting to discuss how we can make more affordable housing in Hudson a reality”  –  The organizers say:  “The City of Hudson is great by virtue of its diverse population: working people, families, artists, artisans, students, shopkeepers, and civil servants, whose lives cover a range of economic and cultural realities. To preserve the greatness of our city, we must create and preserve affordable housing. But first there are challenges to address. Learn about those challenges–technical, logistical, and financial–facing current initiatives.  Discuss your ideas for new ones. And let’s talk about how we can help move things forward.”   The panelists include: William Hughes, Jr., Minority Leader of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and a member of the Hudson City Democratic Committee; Tiffany M. Garriga, Majority Leader of the Hudson Common Council, Board Member of the Hudson Community Development Planning Agency, and a member of the Hudson City Democratic Committee; Matthew Nelson, VP Mortgage Officer, Community Preservation Corporation, and

Former Deputy Commissioner and President of the Office of Community Renewal, NYS Home and Community Renewal.  The panel will be moderated by Michael Chameides, Chair of the Hudson City Democratic Committee  – 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

The Hudson-Chatham Outfit plays jazz at Or Gallery & Tavern every Thursday – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm to 9:30 pm – Or Gallery and Tavern, 35 South Third Street

John Doe – With Exene Cervenka, John Doe was a co-founder, co-vocalist, and chief songwriter of the legendary California punk-rock outfit X, which still tours to this day.  On his own, Doe has been a prolific solo recording artist with ten albums to his credit, and an actor with roles in over fifty films and TV productions.  On his current tour, Doe will perform solo renditions of songs from his latest self-described “psychedelic soul” album, “The Westerner,” along with selections from his entire career – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 23-26

TSL Films: 

I Am Not Your Negro – In 1979, James Baldwin planned to write a personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Now, in this Oscar-nominated documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book that James Baldwin never finished – The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material.

> Mr. Gaga – Ohad Naharin is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. This spirited and insightful documentary introduces a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision… – In Hebrew and English with English subtitles

> Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper – The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time.  Rolling Stone describes it as “an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art, and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.”  – In this film, Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at the album from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music.

Oscar Shorts: Live Action and Oscar Shorts: Animation – The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday February 26.  This is your annual chance to predict the winners in these two “shorts” fields.  Estimated running time for the Animation films is one and one-half hours, and two hours for the Live Action films. – For information about the films visit www.timeandspace.org

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

Friday-Saturday, February 24-25

Exhibition Opening / Closing –Instar Lodge’s latest pop-up exhibition, Nasty Women HV, is the Hudson Valley edition of the Nasty Women series, created in collaboration with the eponymous NYC-based collective as a response to the presidency of Donald Trump – The exhibition features works by an international group of artists coming together to support women’s rights, especially reproductive rights.  All works in the exhibition are on sale from $10 to $100, with all proceeds donated to Hudson Valley Planned Parenthood – Information by email to director@instarlodge.com – Opening on Friday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Closing on Saturday from 12 noon to 5:00 pm – Instarlodge, 228 Main Street, Germantown

Saturday, February 25

The Winter Hudson Farmers’ Market is going strong – Greens such as arugula, spinach, lettuce mix, and Asian greens are available, and so are breads, eggs, meats and cheeses, prepared savories and sweets, quiches, pies, tarts, nuts, fair trade coffee, soups and stocks – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

Stair Galleries Fine Auction – Objects & Curiosities from Around the World – Includes property from the Collection of Seward Kennedy, the Estate of Rose Choron, and the Estate of Alexander Bing III, including property from ancient and later civilizations  –­ Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents its new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka– Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

House Rules Café, Hudson’s first board game café, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding for its grand opening in April, The café will host several free events, open to the public, during the campaign.  The first is a panel discussion called Representation Matters: Gender Identity and Sexuality in Comics and Comic-related Media – The panel discussion will be moderated by Eoghann Renfroe, recipient of an award for outstanding activism in the LGBTQ community for the Pride Center of the Capital Region – Panelists include Steve Orlando (GLAAD nominee 2016 and 2017, DC Comics writer), Jillian Hanlon (former journalist for Taconic Press, 12-year veteran of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office as Public Information Officer), and Kat Ivanova, who works in the comics industry –Wine and snacks will be available – Information at 828-5938 – RSVP to houserulescafe@gmail.com – 1 to 3 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hudson Area Library Volunteer Fair – February is Library Lovers’ Month and the Hudson Area Library is holding a volunteer fair for all library lovers!  The library relies on its talented and committed volunteers to ensure it can provide the services and programs that the community benefits from, and to raise much needed funds. Anyone who can spare a few hours per year, per month or per week is welcome to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, contribute to the community, and to give input on the services and programs offered.  The fair offers an opportunity to learn about the library’s resources, programs and events planned for 2017 and how volunteers can get involved.  Attendees can learn about volunteering for fundraising events, the library’s History Room, various programs and classes, and working at the circulation desk. Members of the Library Board and staff will be attending the event. Refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  It will take place in the community room and on the main floor of the library, both of which are wheelchair accessible.  Information at 828-1792  – 4 to 6 pm –  Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of Fifth & State Streets)

Exhibition Opening – Chloe Zerwick: Inside the Box –  Delve into the surreal with Chloe Zerwick’s intriguing, ethereal work that transforms everyday objects into enigmatic three-dimensional statements that reveal, as the artist states, “secrets from an alternate reality…” – On view through March 26 – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Drawings by Will Duty, Ceramics by Cody Hoyt, and Sculpture by Fabienne Lasserre – On view through March 26 – Information at baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

WGXC 90.7 FM Sixth Anniversary Soiree –  Celebrate our community radio station’s endurance and diversity and give thanks to the commitment of its extraordinary volunteer programmers, its dedicated staff, and its growing audience of generous listeners – Enjoy music, wine, and refreshments – The evening also provides an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions  of WGXC programmer Philip Grant, and Underwriting and Marketing Volunteer Matthew Tombers – Tickets at http://wgxc6.brownpapertickets.com  – Space is limited – Information at 697-7400 – 6 to 8 pm – Third Floor Gallery (above Hudson Wine Merchants), 341 Warren Street

Radio Wonderland Record Release with Tom Roe and Echo Roe, Crazed, and Fulathela – Seize the Means, the debut album from “Radio Wonderland,” a  weekly live broadcast heard Saturdays at 10:30 am on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM, on which Joshua Fried remixes FM radio.  The evening begins with Tom Roe and his daughter Echo Roe, in a reprisal of their recent performance at the international radio art festival, Radio Revolten in Halle, Germany.  “Crazed” is the improvised musical project of Hudson’s Max Hamel and Jack Schoonover.  Their live sets and recorded output utilize unconventional sounds and rhythms.  Late night hours will feature sounds from Hudson-based DJ Fulathela – A modest admission fee, payable at the door, benefits Wave Farm.  The event will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM and Wave Farm Radio – Information at 697-7400 or wgxc.org – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Between the two of them, this husband-and-wife duo have the entirety of Americana music flowing through their veins.  While best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Campbell has been a stalwart of the roots-rock scene since the 1970s.  Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured the role of Sara Carter, who was lead singer of the Original Carter Family, in the story of the Carters, “Keep on the Sunny Side,” and appears as Sara in the PBS documentary “Lost Highway,” and in the PBS documentary, “The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Classical Concert in Spencertown – Pianist Dan Shulman and violinist Kaori Washiyama present Melodious Music to Lift the Spirit – The program includes a variety of expressive violin and piano pieces from Tartini baroque to Bartok Romanian dances.  Mozart and Schubert will also be featured – Tickets available at the door – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 7:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

The Fourth Farming Our Future Conference brings together a diverse audience from the community including established and beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders, and students – The morning begins at 8 am with registration and a light breakfast provided.  Prior to the general session at 9 am, participants will have an opportunity to network with fellow attendees and exhibitors.  Brian Donahue, Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, and Environmental Historian at Harvard Forest, will be the keynote speaker. At Brandeis, he teaches courses on environmental history and sustainable farming and forestry, and chairs the Environmental Studies Program.   His keynote address is entitled “Wildlands, Woodlands, Farmlands, and Communities: Envisioning New England and the Northeast.”  His address is followed by a panel discussion with Amy Klein of Capital Roots, Jesse Tolz of Field Goods, and Brian Donahue himself.   The panel will bring their perspectives on ways that nutritious food can be obtained in the various places they serve. Following the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one of the various workshops planned for the day, such as:  “Land Access Tools to Support Farmers,” led by Terence Duval of the Columbia Land Conservancy; “How Big Does My Business Need To Be,” led by David Rifenburgh from Farm Credit East; “Seed Saving Techniques,” led by Ian from Turtletree Seeds; and “The Journey to Farm Succession,” led by Stephen Hadcock from Cornell Cooperative Extension. – The day will culminate with lunch and a final opportunity for participants to network with each other and with exhibitors. Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/farmingfuture_2100  — For additional information on exhibiting or attending, contact Steve Hadcock at 518-828-3346, ext 106 – 8 am – Taconic Hills Central School, 73 County Route 11-A, Craryville

Sunday, February 26

The National Theatre of London presents its production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus  Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Books Rock! – With authors Peter Aaron and Tony Fletcher – Peter Aaron is Music Editor of Chronogram magazine and front man of the influential New York punk band the Chrome Cranks. He is author of If You Like the Ramones… and The Band FAQ – Tony Fletcher is author of seven non-fiction books including In the Midnight Hours: the Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett, a biography of drummer Keith Moon and a biography of R.E.M.  His latest biography is A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths.  Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Fabulous Versatones – Doing their best to make America great again! – Bring your dancing shoes – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 – Music & dancing from 7 to 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, February 28

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

Nest Wednesday, March 1

Spark Freelancers Event – The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy has teamed with the Freelancers Union to present Spark Freelancer Networking events on the first Wednesday of every month.  The events will meet in a different upstate city each time, starting with this initial meeting in Catskill, then Glens Falls on April 5, and Albany on May 3.  Share your passions and meet people who can help you achieve your goals. This Spark meeting is dedicated to a Freelance Tax Workshop.  Register at upstatecreative.org – 5:30 to 7:30 pm – The HiLo Café, 365 Main Street, Catskill

Long Table Harvest presents a screening of an Agnes Varda film, The Gleaners and I – Proceeds from ticket sales will support the expansion of Long Table Harvest’s Gleaning Program for the 2017 growing season. – A suggested donation will be collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  A second film—Just Eat It by Peg Leg Films– will be shown by Long Table Harvest on March 8. – Information at longtableharvest.org – 7 pm – Time & Space, Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

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

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P.S.

Wednesday Community Lunches – Christ Church’s Hospitality Committee has been offering these lunches for 40 years – All are welcome to enjoy a substantial main course, a beverage , and a choice of homemade desserts.  The menu is posted Wednesday morning on a sign on Union Street in front of the entrance to the Parish Hall, or call the Church Office at 828-1329 from 9 am to 1 pm – This week’s meal is Polish sausage, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, with spiced applesauce on the side.  There is no set price for the meal, but all diners are asked to donate according to their ability to pay.  Table service is provided by a volunteer wait staff – Information at 828-1329 – 11:30 am to 1:15 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street

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