Events in Hudson NY, March 25 to March 30, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Wednesday, March 25

Tenants’ Rights Forum – Information on your legal rights as a tenant, leases, Legal Aid, etc. – Open to all – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – American Legion, 7 Fairview Avenue

Thursday, March 26

A Tour of Southern Italy – Ca’Mea Ristorante, Fairview Wine and Spirits, and Vias Imports offer a special regional wine dinner – Reservations at 822-0005 – 6:30 pm – Ca’Mea Ristorante, 333 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 26-29

Films at TSL

> Girlhood – A film by Celine Sciamma – In French with English subtitles

An Honest Liar – A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James “The Amazing Randi…”

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

The Leopard – Luchino Visconti’s Gattopardo is an epic on the grandest possible scale – In Italian with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 27

Honey Blood and Better Pills – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue – A mini festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins – This performance will feature the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson, and other special guests – The house band for the evening will be Chops and Sauerkraut, featuring Travins on guitar and Chops Laconte on bass – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, March 27-28

Bread and Puppet Theatre, on its annual visit from Glover Vermont, presents Fire, which tells the story of seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by fire bombs, followed by the self-immolation of a woman,… Performed with life-size puppets – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29 

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden  – Final performances this weekend – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 28

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Sts.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party – The Fund gives students the opportunity to attend the festival and purchase a book directly from the author of their choice – Proceeds are also used for scholarships given to graduating seniors for college books, and book gift certificates for sixth- and eighth-grade students – Food by Talbott & Arding, Bonfiglio & Bread, and caterers Susan Simon and Chris Jones; music by Darcy and Caroline from 2Note Botanical Perfumery – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – RSVP and information at 822-1951 – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Trees and Skies: The Landscape Show – Over 45 artists welcome Spring with landscapes in all their magnificent forms – Juried by Hudson artist Gretchen Kelly – Information at 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – This “for adults only” monthly wintertime tradition features a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers – This month’s line-up includes the witty and original tunes of Sabrina Chap, aerialist Amy Chen, the bizarre physical comedy of Ambrose Martos, adorable yo-yo geek Justin Weber, Kinko the Clown, and Ringmistress Philomena – “…an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle.” – (Also see the  family-oriented matinee below.) – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Passion and Love – A piano concert featuring masterpieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev performed by pianist John Kamitsuka – Post-concert reception with the pianist – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Flutist Allison Kiger, cellist Robert Tennen, and violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger perform works by Handel, Haydn, Bach, Telemann, Gliere, and Villa-Lobos – Information at 325-5020 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (I mile south of the intersection of Route 22 & 23)

Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29

 Easter Bunny Appearance – Mr. Bunny is making his repeat appearance at Vasilow’s Confectionery – Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Information at 828-2717 – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley Spring Yarn Crawl – A tour of yarn and fiber shops and farms in Columbia, Greene, and Dutchess Counties and beyond – Four on the tour are located in Columbia County—Spruce Ridge Farm in Old Chatham, The Warm Ewe in Chatham, and Countrywool and Blackberry Hill Farm, both in Livingston – A special bonus is that Spring is lambing time, so there is plenty to watch – A list of participating shops and farms, as well as some virtual shops, can be found at HudsonValleyYarns  – Most shops open from 10 am to 4 pm but do call ahead

Sunday, March 29

HD screening of the National Theatre of London’s production of A View from the Bridge – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Matinee – Bindlestiff’s professional circus cast presents a scaled-down, family-friendly, 60-minute show that is fun for all ages – A special pre-show by students from Bindlestiff’s After School programs in Hudson and Chatham will be presented – Young stars will perform juggling, stilt-walking, plate spinning, and acrobatics – A portion of the proceeds benefit Bindlestiff’s free circus arts education programs in Columbia County, now in its ninth year – Information at 828-4800 – 3 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Third Annual State of Our Community: “Black Lives Matter” Showcase – Youth and community members use poetry, music and various media to express how Black lives matter in Hudson –  Followed by a reception – Sponsored by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Information at 291-9415 – 5 to 7 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street – Showcase is followed by an After Party called “Turn-up for Social Justice”  with music by DJ Big Vern and DJ Clint – 9 pm – The Half Moon Bar, 48 South Front Street

Free Cake For Every Creature and Trace Mountains and Bridezilla – Free Cake “is the product of Katie Bennett’s internal world.  She sings about books, soup, and feels with directness and warmth.” – “Trace Mountains crawls out from the depths of the DDW record label.” – Bridezilla “is what Ben Hopkins does when he drinks too much orange juice.” – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Concerts in the Village presents Schubert & Beethoven: The Dawn of the Romantic Age – David Smith, Artistic Director, conducts The Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra, with Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano;, Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano; Jon Morrell, tenor; and Andrew Robert Munn, bass – Information at 758-6401 – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Monday, March 30

Parker Millsap – Twenty-one-year old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is already drawing comparisons to Elvis Presley – He was been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and has received praise from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, the Boston Globe, and NPR – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

 

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Events in Hudson NY, March 19 to March 24, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

DOWN AND OUT-OF-IT

Profuse apologies for the lateness and non-appearance of Much To Do About Hudson over the past two weeks.  Who to blame?  The thuggish Verizon and my sluggish computer are easy targets, and then there’s the really bad cold that’s going around.  But things are looking up.   Spring is here, so they say….     

Thursday-Sunday, March 19-22

Films at TSL

> Girlhood – A film by Celine Sciamma – In French with English subtitles

Timbuktu – Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film

Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

Children of Paradise (1945) – Widely considered one of the greatest French films ever made

A Night at the Opera (1935) – A Marx Brothers classic

> Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday, March 20

First Day of Spring!

Artist and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – If you would like to show your work, send examples to christinehales@me.com along with contact information – Held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm –  First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets

 Lower Dens, Palm, and Sunatirene – Lower Dens is  “Baltimore’s dream pop-band” – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 The Sadies – This Canadian punk-country band celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year – They have released 16 studio albums – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, March 20-22

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden – Runs on weekends through March 29 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 21

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Sts.

 HD screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago with two bel canto superstars, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition  Openings – (1) Veiled Actions: George Hildrew – Guest Curator and choreographer for this installation, Phyllis Stigliano (2) Everyday Places (on the move): An installation by Cathryn Griffin  – Guest Curator Jon Jicha – Both exhibitions on view through May 7 – Information at 537-6029 – Curatorium, 60 South Front Street

 Lady Moon with Loumingo Night and special guest Sis – All proceeds benefit the Perfect Ten Dream Reality trip to Washington, DC – Information at 822-1438 – 7 to 9 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 PWR  BTTM, Diet Cig, and Earl Boykins – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Maple Syrup Demonstration – To celebrate Maple Weekend – Also a Pancake Breakfast to benefit St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown – Information at 851-2331 – 9 am to 12 noon – Farm @ Miller’s Crossing, 81 Roxbury Road, Claverack

Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22

Easter Bunny Appearance – Mr. Bunny will be making his annual appearance at Vasilow’s Confectionery – Saturday from 11 am to 5 pmSunday from 11 am to 4 pm – (and he’ll be back next weekend) – Information at 828-2717 – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 22

Film Screening & Panel Discussion – Uranium Drive-in, a documentary that humanizes the conflict behind nuclear power in Colorado, followed by a panel discussion with local activists, with a focus on Hudson Valley issues and regional pressures from energy development.  – Panelists include Manna Jo Greene, environmental action director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Gary Shaw of the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; farmer and former State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk; and activist Jennifer Thurston, who is featured in the film –  Information at 822-1438 – 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Just Jim Dale – Tony Award winner, direct from Broadway – “Light-footed and utterly lovable, Just Jim Dale will stay with you as long as you are capable of joyous remembrance”—The New York Times – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 –  Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Deep Air Art Series: Jonathan Skinner and Ecology, Language, Spoils of the Landscape – Explore the environment, history and literature with professor and writer Jonathan Skinner who has had several published poetry collections to his name – His essays on urban landscape and poetics have appeared in numerous anthologies – His work has taken up the idea of planned landscapes of Church’s contemporary, Frederick Law Olmstead – Followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments  – Information and tickets at 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center,  Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G,, Greenport

Tuesday, March 24

Fermented Feast Workshop & Dinner – Presented by Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm and David Chicane of Hudson Food Studio – Featuring a hands-on workshop on the fundamentals of the fermentation process and a three-course dinner that highlights ways to integrate fermented foods into gourmet dishes – Participants will prepare ginger carrots, beet kvass, preserved lemons and soda – The dinner will be prepared by Chicane – Participants will take home jars of fermented goods, recipes, and a starter culture for fermented soda – Information and reservations at 828-0033 – Space is limited – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – Valley Variety, 705 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 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

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Events in Hudson NY, March 9 to March 16, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Monday, March 9

Jenny Hval and Slow Collins – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, March 10

March Match – Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15

Films at TSL

> Mommy – A passionate widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son.

Timbuktu – Nominated for 2015 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film

Jean Paul Sartre & Simone De Beauvoir – In this rare documentary, two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society.

> She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

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

Friday,March 13

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Rum Tasting – The French West Indies produce distinctive rhum agricole.  This clean, light and refreshing artisanal rum is made in Martinique from freshly pressed cane juice.  The importer, Rhum Clement, will be pouring several versions of this uniquely styled and wonderfully mixable spirit – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue, Greenport

The Wickers Creek Band Spring Tour – The Band, including Peter and Charlene Paden, journeys to Philmont on spring Fridays to serve up tasty Bluegrass alongside the Pub’s renowned local cuisine – Information at www.wickerscreekband.com and/or www.facebook.com/philmontpub — 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, aka the Philmont Pub,112 Main Street, Philmont

Friday-Sunday, March 13-15

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden – Runs on weekends through March 29 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, March 14

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April – Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens! – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Street

Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago with two bel canto superstars, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Corsets: Building Fashion from the Inside Out – Clermont State Historic Site Curator of Education Kjirsten Gustavson presents a lecture and demonstration on this indispensable part of women’s wardrobes through the years – Three very different corsets, from the American Revolution, the Empire (or Regency) era, and the mid-Victorian period, will be modeled during the lecture – Information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 2:30 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Hernes Mallea, author of Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamourpresents “a nostalgic celebration of the glamour of warm-weather destinations in the Caribbean and Florida, from the great escapes of ambitious patrons to the most exclusive resorts of the mid-twentieth century.”  – Part of Olana’s Armchair Travel Series – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information and reservations at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Bring on the Heat! – Spicy chocolates paired with wines from Fairview Wines & Spirits – Chocolate offerings include such flavors as” Holy Mole” from Tumbador, “Habanero & Jalapeno Truffles” from John Kelly, and “Spicy Orange Espresso” from Cowgirls – Information at 828-3139 or www.VerdigrisTea.com – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

A Taste of Piedmont at VICO– A special dinner menu with pairings featuring Italy’s premier wine region – Vico teams up with Fairview Wines & Spirits and Tradizione Imports to bring you a four-course tasting menu paired with four affordable small-production Piemontese wines – Information and reservations at 828-6529 – VICO, 136 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Richard Merkin: Some of His Favorite Things – A solo exhibit featuring defining selections from the estate of the celebrated American painter, illustrator, and arts educator – A prolific survey of American music, literature, and sports spanning four decades from the 1960s through the 2000s – On view through April 19 – Information at 828-1915 or www.carriehaddadgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening –  Two solo exhibitions:  Duncan Hannah: Distant Marvels and Meg Lipke: Players Removed from the Field – Duncan Hannah is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has had over 60 solo exhibitions – The title of his exhibition is taken from Jack Kerouac’s short story, “Good Blonde.” – Meg Lipke lives and works in Ghent, NY and Bushwick, Brooklyn – Her exhibition features hybrid works, including paintings and sculptures, which are “fragments…like players removed from the field.” – Both exhibitions on view through April 19 – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery/Hudson, 127 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Interior – Five artists—Jane Dell, Fred Fleisher, Joan Fitzsimmons, Brant Moorefield, and Meridith Passabet—reveal their unique vision and interior exploration – On view through April 11 – Information at www.conceptohudson.com – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 743 Warren Street

 Two simultaneous Exhibition Openings at Retrospective Gallery’s two gallery spaces:  

Lightning – New Works by Jane Corrigan – A solo show which continues her comical and poignant depictions of human nature, this time at the dawn of its creation – 711 Warren Street

>  Josh Mannis’s detailed ink-on-paper drawings, Brian Rochefort’s unedited “gloop” sculptures, and Mason Saltarrelli’spaintings on paper  – 727 Warren Street

Both exhibitions on view through April 19 – Both exhibitions from 6 to 8 pm – Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288

The Lives of Hamilton Fish – A cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival – Rachel Mason–who will perform the songs live for this screening–wrote, directed and stars in the film, much of it shot on location at historic sites in the Hudson Valley.  The film follows two men—a serial killer and a statesman, both named Hamilton Fish—who died one day apart in 1936.  Hamilton Fish II was a descendant of one of the most prominent families in NY State, and Hamilton “Albert” Fish was a psychopath and a most notorious child murderer.  A newspaper editor becomes obsessed with this coincidence after publishing their obituaries on his front page – The story is told entirely through songs in the editor’s voice, as a surreal tale unfolds where supernatural events and historic facts merge in a wild, musical journey – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Pine Hill Project – Featuring critically-acclaimed new-folk singer/songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell with multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, an icon of Americana music for the past 40 years – Information at www.helsinkihudson.comor 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Trixie’s Whorehouse – Beware the Ides of March! – DJ JayFourWorld – Live performances with show at midnight – Give your Trixie Dollars to your favorite performer and the one with the most Trixie Dollars wins real dollars – Trixie’s cookies available – Information at 828-1562 – 10 pm  to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15

Auction – English, Continental, and American Furniture, Porcelain, Silver, Glass, and Carpets – Preview Mon through Thurs from 10 am to 5 pm, Fri from 10 am to 8 pm, Sat & Sun from 9 am,  Auction at 11 am  – Information at 751-1000, Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Sunday, March 15 

Live simulcast of the National Theatre of London’s production of Behind the Beautiful Forevers – David Hare’s “tumultuous play on an epic scale.” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Ferdinand and Friends: A Musical Menagerie! – Classics on Hudson presents a free family concert featuring world-renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman, Ryan Kamm on double bass,  Helena Baillie on violin, and Joseph Luzzi as narrator –  Join Ferdinand the Bull and his raucous coterie of furry and feathered friends in this enchanting journey through classic tales – Followed by an instrument “petting zoo.” with a variety of classical and world instruments loaned by Musica, the music store in Hudson – Information and reservations at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Seventh Annual Farm Film Festival – Featuring films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that are meant to entertain and educate – The films are made by professional and amateur filmmakers and offer local and national perspectives – Local films range from the four-minute film by Cathy Grier entitled Honey Bee to 8 Moons Ripe, which documents one woman’s quest to grow her own food, made by Gretchen Wall and filmed in Columbia County.  The feature film, running at 44 minutes is Farmland, an intimate look at the lives of several farmers and ranchers, all in their twenties, and all responsible for running their own agriculture businesses – For a listing of and information about the films go to                         www.movies@crandelltheatre.org– Attend as many of the screenings as you wish – Admission is free, with a requested donation of a nonperishable food item for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry or a cash donation – Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy, Chatham Film Club, and the Chatham Agricultural Partnership – Information at www.clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, Chatham

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon – Artist Elyn Zimmerman is widely regarded as one of today’s most important sculptors working in stone.  She is best known for her large scale, site-specific projects. including a fountain in NYC to memorialize the World Trade Center bombing – She is one of three artists to present their work in the Sunday Salon series in conjunction with the exhibition of contemporary art to open in May at the Thomas Cole site and at Olana – The presentation is followed by a reception – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill  (The Salons are held at Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole site)

A Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration Event – Underwhere? in the 1860s: Women’s Clothing in the mid-19th Century – Join Clermont State Historic Site’s curator of education  Kjirsten Gustavson as she digs deep into the layers of Victorian women’s clothing – Find out what social pressures and personal needs women were balancing each day they got dressed, and how long it really took.  Corsets, cage crinolines, and more are all included.  The talk includes elaborately-reproduced costumes and is illustrated with photos and period fashion plates – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015 – 2 pm – Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant

An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss – Dreyfuss, a well-known Hollywood actor for the last forty years, talks about his career making films such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti, and The Goodbye Girl, as well as his work as an activist addressing the environment, substance abuse, and education, through his Dreyfuss Civics Initiative.  The event is the first of three scheduled to benefit Columbia Memorial Health – Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of Dreyfuss – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Doors open at 6 pm, Show at 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, March 17

Livestream simulcast of  the TED Conference in Vancouver – The Hudson Opera House partners with Club Helsinki to present a free viewing of the annual “official” TED conference via livestream from Vancouver – This year’s conference theme is “Truth & Dare.” – The conference is divided into four sessions:  “What Are We Thinking” from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm, “Machines That Learn” from 2 pm to 3:45 pm, “Out of This World” from 5:15 pm to 7 pm, and “Life Stories” from 8 pm to 9:45 pm – For information on the speakers and their subject matter go to www.hudsonoperahouse.org –There is no admission fee, but reservations are encouraged – Call Club Helsinki at 828-4800 to reserve a table for from one to all of the sessions – Standing room will be on a first come, first served basis – 11:30 am to 9:45 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

“Ellen’s Picks” may also be found on www.artinhudson.org and www.gotohudson.net under “Arts & Entertainment/This Week in Hudson”

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

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Events in Hudson NY March 2 to March 9, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Tuesday, March 3

Charlie Parr – A critically acclaimed songwriter from Minnesota – With the release of the album “1922,” he boomed onto the folk scene with extensive tours of the U.S., Europe and Australia – He now has 12 full length albums under his belt. – Information at 828-1562 – 7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

March Match – Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Thursday, March 5

Peter Jung, proprietor of Peter Jung Fine Art Gallery will speak on the art of the Hudson River School painters (1825-1875) as part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series – The talk will include details of the artists’ lives and circumstances and will be illustrated by paintings and images – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 5:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

 Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event – Jack McEneny, author of Albany: Capitol City on the Hudson, speaks on “Lincoln’s Final Journey to Albany” – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015 – 7 pm – Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8

Films at TSL

> Mommy – A passionate widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son.

Ballet 422 – A documentary that takes you from first rehearsal to world premiere of a new ballet created for the New York City Ballet by 25-year-old, up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck

Noam Chomsky  & Michel Foucault – Part One of Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues documents the now-legendary 1971 debate between two very different heroes of the intellectual Left: linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and cultural theorist and historian of ideas Michel Foucault

> Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> The Humbling – Tells the story of an aging, suicidal stage actor and his struggles to find passion for life again – Stars Al Pacino

Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

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

Friday, March 6

SmashCrashBash!! – Hard-rocking bands Blockhouses and Private Parts perform at the 16th installment of this monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – Blockhouses is fronted by former Figgs guitarist Guy Lyons – DJing are NYC scene maker and Stalkers front man Andy Animal and taste-making record collector/merchant Sean McDevitt of Retouch Records – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm doors – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday, March 7

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April – Some 20 vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers,cheeses and more – David Ludtke, the pie man, tells me that the first of the spring salad greens and micro greens will be at the Hudson Winter Farmers Market  available from Blue Star and others.  – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Exhibition Opening – Cow Portraits – New paintings by Nancy Ghitman – Works by gallery artists also exhibited – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Caprices – A solo exhibition of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes’ sculptures made from recycled and found materials, such as cardboard boxes, wire hangers and plastic bottles.  For his animation film, The Song of Roland, he used corks and toothpicks, and he filled Grand Central Station in New York City and the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires with his musical bicycle sculptures – Bruno created IntegrArte, a program of social integration that recycles the discards of the world into art and inspires the young, the old, the rich and the poor in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of community.  He directed the program in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, then brought it to Hudson, NY and to his native France.  The exhibition is curated by the award-winning illustrator and animator, R.O. Blechman – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Emerging Artists 2015 – An annual exhibition – On view through March 28 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or 828-2343 – 5 to 7 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

Hudson Pride 2015 Fundraiser Kickoff to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation – Information at www.hudsonpridefoundation.org – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Botanica – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – DJ Effie Asili with Special Guests MC Ari Gato and DJ Truemaster Trimingham – Soul, funk, disco, boogie, Afro, Latin, and Reggae –Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Brazilian Girls – They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but they play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of  David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo – They have established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band –  Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 8

HD screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Deep Air Poetry & Art Series: Geography and Gender with poet, artist bookmaker, curator and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka presenting their art and “exploring complex issues of geography and power while staying deeply committed to beauty.” – Curated by artist/poet Lee Gough – This is the second in a series of events designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to ecology, local geography and landscape – Artist presentations will be followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments – Information and tickets at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Monday, March 9

Jenny Hval and Slow Collins – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

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Events in Hudson February 26 to March 3, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Thursday-Sunday, February 26-March 1

Films at TSL:

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter – …the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America….

Ballet 422 – A documentary that takes you from first rehearsal to world premiere of a new ballet created for the New York City Ballet by 25-year-old, up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck

Marx Reloaded – “…a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx’s ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis.”

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> The Third Man – “…a legendary tale of love, deception, and murder….that only grows in stature as the years pass.”

Children of Paradise – “…widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time.” – In French with English subtitles

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

Friday, February 27

Artists & Friends Community Potluck Dinner to celebrate the artist community and share artwork in “a supportive, encouraging environment” – There will be five to eight  5-minute artist presentations – Information by e-mail to chales@halesart.com – Potluck dinner at 6 pm (bring a dish to share) and slide share at 7 pm – Parish Hall, Hudson First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street at Fourth Street

WGXC Fourth Anniversary Cocktail Party – The evening will honor Alan Skerrett, whose contributions to the station as advisor and programmer since the beginning are jubilee-worthy! – Proceeds support WGXC 90.7FM, the community radio station serving Greene & Columbia Counties – Information and tickets at 828-0290 or www.wgxc.org – 6 to 9 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 Lady Moon & The Eclipse provide dinner music – Information at 822-8938 – 7 pm – Swoon Kitchenbar, 340 Warren Street

Saturday, February 28

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – The winter market will be open Saturdays through the end of April – Some 20 vendors are selling a surprising array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

 Exhibition Opening –The Beauty of Black – A community art show presented by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Information by e-mail to pgbasiesla@gmail.com or at 215-237-0825 –12 noon to 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 HD Screening of the Stratford Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Lady Moon & The Eclipse plus King Holiday and special guests – Information at 828-1562 –8  pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret  This “for adults only” monthly wintertime tradition features a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers – This month’s line-up includes Kendra Greaves, a contortionist on aerial rope, hometown superhero Brianna Clements with fantastic hula hoop manipulations, and Mr. Pennygraff’s death-defying sword swallowing, while the Fly By Night duo brings juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty to the mix – Live music with original tunes by Robert Cowie – “…an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle.” – (A family-oriented matinee will be offered on Sunday, March 29.) – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Snowshoe Walk at Olana – A guided snowshoe walk on Olana’s  scenic carriage drives, led by environmental educator Fran Martino – Perfect for beginners and families – Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from Olana – Snowshoe supply is limited, so register by Thursday! – Information and registration at 828-1872 – 1 pm to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Exhibition Opening – Art and Soul Abstractions – To honor Black History Month at RPI – Featuring works by Lamerol Gatewood and Reginald Madison – On view through March 31 – Information at 755-3356 or dudell2020@gmail.com – 2:30 pm to 6 pm – Shelnutt Gallery, RPI Union, 15th Street & Sage Avenue, Troy

Candlelight Concert featuring Jazz Quartet Sha’ar – “A fusion of global jazz sounds with a Jewish sensibility” – Drummer/percussionist David Freeman, guitarist Oren Neiman, Ivan Barenboim on clarinet and bass clarinet, and bassist Doug Drewes – Reservations by e-mail to  info@artomi.org – 6:30 pm – Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Sunday, March 1

Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) Fair – Hudson River Exchange, in collaboration with Hudson Valley Farmers, presents its second C.S.A. Fair –  Twenty-two farms offering seasonal shares in the bounty of the season are participating. The Fair allows attendees to shop the various shares, from fruits and vegetables and herbal wellness to meat and dairy products.  CSAs are vital to independent farms and help them to plan the season ahead and pay for salaries and equipment.  CSA buyers can find the shares that best fit their schedules, convenience of location for pick-ups, and type of agricultural products they would prefer.  Truck Pizza will be serving brick oven pizza topped with local farm ingredients.  Publication Studios will be on hand with their handmade publications related to food and farming.  There will be creative activities for children as well – Information at media@hudsonriverexchange.com – 11 am to 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The  North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne present N.M.O. (the North Mississippi Osbornes), “…pairing the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne’s unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion…”—Visit www.nmallstars.com and www.andersosborne.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Farm On! Sunday Supper to benefit the Farm On! Foundation – In partnership with Organic Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley – Ticket price includes a Chef’s Farm to Table plated dinner, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, sparkling wine & dessert – Silent and live auctions –  Information at 329-FARM – Tickets at www.farmon.info – Cocktail reception from 4 pm to 4:30 pm, Dinner from 4:30 pm to 6 pm – Terrapin, 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck

Next Tuesday, March 3

Charlie Parr – A critically acclaimed songwriter from Minnesota – With the release of the album “1922,” he boomed onto the folk scene with extensive tours of the US, Europe and Australia – He now has 12 full length albums under his belt.  – Information at 828-1562 –7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

March Match – Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70’s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

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Events in Hudson, February 19 to February 22, 2015

ELLEN’S PICKS

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.  

Thursday-Sunday, February 19-22

Films at TSL:

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter – …the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish modern dance as a legitimate art form in America….

Point & Shoot – A documentary that follows a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.”

20,000 Days on Earth – A fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave

The Lady Vanishes – “In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty) who then seems to disappear into thin air.”

> The Third Man – “…a legendary tale of love, deception, and murder….that only grows in stature as the years pass.”

Rocco & His Brothers – Luchino Visconti’s operatic masterpiece tells the story of the Parondis, a poor family from a village in southern Italy who come to Milan seeking a better life.

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

Friday, February 20

“Black Lives Matter”  Potluck & Discussion – The Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center talks with the community about the Black Lives Matter movement currently taking place – 5 pm – Promise Neighborhood office, 6 South Second Street

 HWM Wine Tasting – Sample tastings from David Bowler – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341½ Warren Street

Remembering Lincoln –  Congressman Chris Gibson speaks about President Abraham Lincoln as a complex historical figure worthy of our close study – This is the kickoff event for the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration in Columbia County – The Commemoration marks the 150thanniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln and the journey of the train carrying his body and that of his son from Washington, DC to Springfield Illinois, making a brief stop in Hudson and other stations along the way – The talk will be followed by a reception – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015  — 6 to 8 pm – Ichabod Crane Central School, High School Auditorium, 2910 Route 9, Valatie

Friday-Saturday, February 20-21

Kids Book Sale & Magic Show – Thousands of children’s books at bargain prices including picture books, early reader books, chapter books, and a large selection of titles for teens – Includes both hardcovers and paperbacks, plus movies, games and music – Sponsored by The Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Friday 1 to 4 pmSaturday 10 am to 2 pm – Magician Michael Runak will perform magic tricks, illusions and balloon sculpting from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Saturday, February 21

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – The winter market will be open Saturdays through the end of April – Some 20 vendors are selling a surprising array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, cheeses and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

 Two Auctions:  Objets de Vertu, Silver and Jewelry followed by an Exposition Auction featuring English, Continental and American furniture, art, decorations, textiles, and an offering of Chinese and Japanese furniture and decorations – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries,com – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 HD Screening of a double bill of The Metropolitan Opera productions of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bela Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Diamond Opera Theater inaugurates a new concert series called Voices at Christ Church with Wanderlust, An Evening of Adventurous Music featuring mezzo-soprano Mary Deyerle Hack and baritone Martin Mansfield, accompanied by pianist Noah Palmer – The concert includes songs by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Gustav Mahler, as well as a song from Mitch Leigh’s Man of La Mancha and a little-known song by Stephen Sondheim – Information at 828-4047 or 822-1438 – 5 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, East Court Street at Union Street

Exhibition Opening – Caprices – A solo exhibition of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes’ sculptures made from recycled and found materials, such as cardboard boxes, wire hangers and plastic bottles.  For his animation film, The Song of Roland, he used corks and toothpicks, and he filled Grand Central Station in New York City and the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires with his musical bicycle sculptures – Bruno created IntegrArte, a program of social integration that recycles the discards of the world into art and inspires the young, the old, the rich and the poor in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of community.  He directed the program in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, then brought it to Hudson, NY and to his native France. The exhibition is curated by the award-winning illustrator and animator, R.O. Blechman – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Chances with Wolves performs – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Mirror Visions Ensemble sings its way to far-flung destinations, real and imagined, through travel songs by Barber, Berlioz, Blangini, Duparc, Haydn, Poulenc, Schwartz, Hugo Wolf and various commissioned works – The poetry of Baudelaire, Joyce and Metastasio is also featured, as well as the correspondence of Paul Bourget, Henry James, and Edna St. Vincent Millay – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)

Sunday, February 22

Closing Reception for Vilma Mare Baltic Style’s Queen of Serpents: Myth Interfaces Routine – Lithuanian fashion designer Vilma Mare explores contemporary meanings through a lens of Baltic mythology – She will give an artist talk explaining how her purpose today is distinct from fashion design and an industry perspective, but rather, it is to bring wise and meaningful semantics to the clothes we wear and save ourselves from fruitless beautification.  Vilma will discuss the importance of portraying the studious cultural history of ethnic minorities who observed and valued above all the powers of nature – Information at www.mcdarisfineart.com or 917-992-4726 – 2 to 4 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Mavis Staples – The Staple Singers, led by Roebuck “Pops” Staples, began as a folk-gospel group in the early 1950s and achieved critical and commercial success in the late 1950s and early 1960s – They became identified with the Civil Rights Movement owing to Pops’ close friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King – Mavis Staples began making solo recordings in the late 1960s.  She is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, and was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Academy Awards Ceremony on the Big Screen at the Dot – Information at 828-3657 – Red Dot, 319 Warren Street

 

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Events in Hudson, February 9 to February 17, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.   

Monday, February 9

Press Conference – Congressman Chris Gibson announces plans for the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration events to take place in the City of Hudson and the Town of Stuyvesant on and around April 25 of this year.  April 25 marks the 150th anniversary of the journey of the train carrying the body of President Abraham Lincoln and that of his son from Washington DC to Springfield, Illinois.  The train made a brief stop in the City of Hudson. – Information at 828-7217 – 11:30 am or 12 noon (Time depends on incoming trains.  If the weather is bad, call the Mayor’s Aide at 828-7217 to find out if the press conference has been cancelled) – Amtrak Station, Front Street

Monday-Thursday, February 9-12

Films at Fairview Cinema 3:

Foxcatcher – Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Steve Carell; Best Supporting Actor, Mark Ruffalo; and Best Director, Bennett Miller

The Imitation Game – Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director

Birdman Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor

> Information and schedule at www.fairviewcinema3.com or 828-1900 – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

Thursday-Sunday, February 12-15

Films at TSL:

A Tale of Winter – A 1992 Eric Rohmer film that tells the story of a young couple who meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love – In French with English subtitles

> Beloved Sisters – Depicts the unconventional romance between two devoted aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet – Takes place in the late eighteenth century – In German with English subtitles

Human Capital – The lives of a well-to-do family intertwine with those of a family struggling to keep their comfortable middle class life – This taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative – In Italian with English subtitles

Oscar Shorts: Live Action – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

Oscar Shorts: Animation – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

Oscar Short: Documentary - An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

Modern Times- Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee

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

Friday, February 13

HWM Wine Tasting – Sample VIAS Italian Wine – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

The Voodoo Orchestra North The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, February 13-15

WGXC Pop-Up Shop Opening – A selection of handmade goods organized by Elizabeth Powell of Local are offered, with 25% of sales benefitting  the community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM – The selection includes jewelry, ceramics, paintings, books, clothing, kitchenware, furniture, accessories and children’s clothing –– An opening reception on Friday features a wine and chocolate tasting from Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar and a performance by artist/cellist Tianna Kennedy and friendsimprovising to the music of Jantar – On Sunday, “In the Cut” with DJ Effie will be broadcast live from the shop from 12 noon to 2 pm – Information at 697-7400 or www.wgxc.org – Friday opening from 6 to 8 pm; Shop hours are Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 Pm – WGXC Pop-Up Shop, 117 Warren Street

The Actors’ Ensemble’s workshop production of  Washington Square,  adapted from Henry James’ 1880 novel – Directed by Craig Mathers and starring Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan, Bethany Caputo and Chris Smith – No reservations accepted – First-come, first-served – Information at  www.spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693 – Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Saturday-Sunday, February 14-15

Sweetheart Wine Trail Passport Special – Explore six family-owned farms and businesses and taste their hand-crafted wines and spirits – Purchase the Trail Passport at the first location you visit, and use it all along the way – Information and the wine trail map at www.hudsonberkshireexperience.com – 11 am to 4 pm  – Passport locations include Brookview Station Winery, Castleton, (Closed on Sunday); Furnace Brook Winery, Richmond, MA; Harvest Spirits, Valatie;  Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent; Hudson Valley Distillery, Clermont; and Tousey Winery, Germantown

Saturday, February 14

Love Love – A Valentine’s Day Happening/Art Opening showcasing Sarah Berney’s series of paintings centering on “Love and the everythingness of the letter ‘E’” – DJ Abel Ramirez will be serving his amazing Valentine cookies – On view Friday through Sunday both this weekend and next – Information at 917-494-8780 – Happening/Opening from 6 to 9 this Saturday –  Steve & Abel’s, 554 Warren Street

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – The winter market will be open each Saturday through the month of April – Some 20 vendors are expected – Note later start time – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Live in HD—a double bill of The Metropolitan Opera productions of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bela Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Love Show – Small works by established and emerging local and regional artists including Hudson High School and Hawthorne Valley School artists – All work for sale at $150 or less – Reception will also feature music and refreshments – On view through March 29 – Information at 303-6446 or by e-mail to gallery.at.46@gmail.com – 5 to 8 pm – Gallery@46, 46 Green Street Studios

Dumpling Dinner – A four-course dinner of Japanese/French flavors wrapped in delectable dumplings prepared by guest chef Marja Simpson – Dinner is preceded by a demonstration of dumpling making. The dinner will highlight surf and turf dumpling creations and the chef’s infamous chocolate dessert dumplings – Wines selected by Hudson Wine Merchants – Space is limited – Reservations and information at www.valleyvariety.com or 828-0033 – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 Dan Tepfer’s Goldberg Variations/Variations  Presented by Classics on Hudson – Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and a formidable jazz musician on the international stage.  With this solo project, he approaches J.S. Bach’s masterpiece with his own improvisations – “This is no stunt, but a fresh musical exploration.  Mr. Tepfer invites you to hear this masterpiece through his ears.  I bet Bach would recognize a kindred spirit in Mr. Tepfer.”—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times – Followed by a post-performance reception – Proceeds to benefit Classics on Hudson – Reservations and information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 Nicole Atkins – This Brooklyn-based indie-rock singer-songwriter, blends pop-fueled hooks and moody introspection in songs that veer from rootsy to classic to psychedelic – She has been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal, as well as in Relax and Paste magazines – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Kook Love – with DJs Musty Chiffon and Slink Moss and Special Guest Girlgantua Jones – Cash prizes for Best in Red – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon  — 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friends of Clermont Valentine’s Dinners – Cocktails in the mansion at Clermont followed by dinners in private homes – This is a Sold Out event, but your name can be placed on a waiting list by calling 537-6622 or by e-mail to fofc@gtel.net – 5:30 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, off 9G, Germantown

Sunday, February 15

Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) Fair – Hudson River Exchange, in collaboration with Hudson Valley Farmers, presents its first C.S.A. Fair –  Twenty-two farms offering seasonal shares in the bounty of the season are participating  – The Fair allows attendees to shop the various shares, from fruits and vegetables and herbal wellness to meat and dairy products – CSAs are vital to independent farms and help them to plan the season ahead and pay for salaries and equipment – CSA buyers can find the shares that best fit their schedules, convenience of location for pick-ups, and represent the type of agricultural products they would prefer – Truck Pizza will be serving brick oven pizza topped with local farm ingredients.  On February 15Tessa Edick of FarmOn will be signing copies of her new book, Hudson Valley Food & Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That? and Publication Studios will be on hand with their handmade publications related to food and farming.  There will be creative activities for children as well – A second fair will take place on March 1 at the Opera House – Information at media@hudsonriverexchange.com – 11 am to 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon – Artist Thomas Nozkowski, known for richly colored, improvisational abstract paintings, will give a talk in conjunction with the exhibition of contemporary art to open in May at the Thomas Cole site and at Olana – Nozkowski is the first of three artists to speak in this year’s series.  During his career, he has had 70 one-person shows.  His work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, among many others. – The talk is followed by a reception – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill  (The Salons are held at Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole site)

18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count – Join fellow birders and expert Larry Federman of Audubon NY to identify and count birds at feeders, and collect data for a nationwide survey – Binoculars and bird guides will be provided, or bring your own – Dress in warm layers – Information at www.clctrust.org/events/ or 392-5252 – 9 am – Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond, Main Parking Area, 480 Rock City Road, Chatham

Next Tuesday, February 17

Old House Project – An illustrated talk presented by Tom Moreland and Michael Rebic about the Austerlitz Historical Society’s project to document old houses in Austerlitz – The project attempts to document any existing house that appears on the 1888 map of the town.  There are presently 160 such houses out of the 350 shown on the map, with the oldest dating to about 1760.  The end result will be a book, which will also cover other aspects of the history of Austerlitz – Sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers – Information at 758-9265 or e-mail to director@cchsny.org – 2 pm – The McNary Center, 6 Sylvester Street, Kinderhook

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Events in Hudson NY, February 2 to February 9, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.   

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Monday-Thursday, February 2-5

Films at Fairview Cinema 3:

Foxcatcher – Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Steve Carell; Best Supporting Actor, Mark Ruffalo; and Best Director, Bennett Miller

Into the Woods – Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep – Last screening Thursday, February 5

The Imitation Game – Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director

Birdman - Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor – Opens Friday, February 6

> Information and schedule at www.fairviewcinema3.com or 828-1900 – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

Thursday, February 5

Enjoy drinks and repartee with Tim Federle, author of Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist Both books combine classics with witty humor and delicious drink recipes.  Federle, who describes himself as “a pun-slinging guru of drinking,” is a Broadway actor who has received several awards for his cocktail books.  Federle will offer samples of drinks such as “Eeny, Martini, Miny, Mo” and “One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest” during this informal evening of story-telling over cocktails.  The event is free with 20% of proceeds from all book and cocktail sales benefiting the campaign for the new Hudson Area Library – There is no admission fee, but attendees are asked to RSVP to 828-1792 or by e-mail to info@HudsonArealibrary.org – 6 to 8 pm – Café Le Perche, 230 Warren Street (Café Le Perche will be open for dinner following the party, but reservations are required by calling 822-1850)

 Projam #9 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians – including Slam Allen, Petey Hop, Bruce Katz, Rick Knapp, Sonny Rock, and some fifty Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in  – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, February 5-8

Films at TSL:

A Tale of Winter – A 1992 Eric Rohmer film that tells the story of a young couple who meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love – In French with English subtitles

> Beloved Sisters – Depicts the unconventional romance between two devoted aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet – Takes place in the late eighteenth century – In German with English subtitles

Human Capital – The lives of a well-to-do family intertwine with those of a family struggling to keep their comfortable middle class life – This taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative – In Italian with English subtitles

Oscar Shorts: Live Action – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

Oscar Shorts: Animation – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

Modern Times- Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee

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

Friday, February 6

Barnstar, an all-star collective of bluegrass and roots-music talent, has chosen to celebrate the release of its new album, “Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!,” at Helsinki – “Barnstar forges its own brand of song-based bluegrass, gloriously harmonized and raucously played.”  Listen at www.wearebarnstar.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 SmashCrashBash!! – The Mystery Lights & Pony in the Pancake – This is the 15th installment of a monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – The Mystery Lights are Brooklyn-based while Pony in the Pancake are upstate faves – DJing are Lunar Moss (WGXC’s “Lunar Moss Radio Show”) and Peter Aaron (the Chrome Cranks, WGXC’s “The P.A. System”)  – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm doors  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front  Street

Friday-Sunday, February 6-8

The Ghent Playhouse presents Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French comedy Les Vent des Pupliers by Gerald Sibleyras – At a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – Runs on weekends through February 8 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, February 7

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – The winter market reopens this Saturday and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Some 20 vendors are expected – Note later start time – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

 Mah Jongg:  The Art of the Game – A book discussion and signing with authors Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain, and photographer Michel Arnaud – Learn the beautiful and ancient game of Mah Jongg, enjoy tea and refreshments, and join in the discussion.  Books available for purchase and signing – Information at 697-0909 or www.tkhomeandgarden.com – 12 noon to 4 pm – TK Home & Garden, Second Floor, 441 Warren Street

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera production of Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org– 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library welcomes Arthur Smith as guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series – Smith will offer a presentation discussing the history of the Hudson Masonic Lodge – Smith is a Hudson native who was active in the lodge and became Master in 1960, a post he held five more times.  In 1986 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master.  He celebrates 62 years of continuous membership this year – Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis – Information at www.hudsonarealibrary.org or 828-1792 – 3 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street

Exhibition Opening – Black and Blue: Recent work by Peggy Reeves – Gallery artists’ work also on display  – Exhibition on view through February 22 – Information at www.510warrenstgallery.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510  Warren Street

 Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Be prepared for Valentine’s Day – Taste chocolates from the award-winning artisanal chocolate maker, Oliver Kita, with complimentary wines from Fairview Wines and Spirits – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Compositions – The Hudson debut exhibition of abstract painter Drew Boughton, from Los Angeles via Toronto – On view through Spring – Information at www.frgobjectsanddesign.com or 483-9109 – 6 to 8 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street, Second Floor

 Exhibition Opening – Red/Valentine  Artworks by eleven artists – On view through March 7 – Information at www.conceptohudson.com – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

 Exhibition Opening – Thomas Micchelli:  Bacchantes and Bivalves – Two bodies of work are presented and both represent a concern with the dualities that play out in the creative act—the self-conscious and the instinctual, the rational and the irrational – The Bacchantes derives from the play by Euripides as well as its adaptation by the Performance Group in 1969.  The Bivalves was first shown in Bushwick in 2011. – On view through March 1 – Information at art@johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 Winter Blast – Food, drink. dancing, and a silent auction – Music by The Holmes Brothers – Snow or shine – To support Columbia Memorial Hospital and Kaaterskill Care Skilled Nursing & Rehab – Information at 828-8239 – 6:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 Botanica with DJ Effie Asili & Guest DJ Fulathela – Vinyl Healing and Good Vibes – Soul, Funk, Afro, Latin, Disco, Boogie, Reggae – Information at 828-1562 –10 pm until – The Half Moon, 48 South Front  Street

87th Annual Churchtown Firehouse Wild Game Dinner – Tickets include beverages, dinner, dessert, door prizes and entry to the gaming hall – Games of chance, gun and sporting goods raffles, door prizes and a wonderful eclectic wild game feast – Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation and the Churchtown Fire Company Youth Fund – Information and tickets by e-mail to preu313@yahoo.com or 851-9766 – Doors open at 3:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 4 pm, dinner at 5:30 pm – Churchtown Firehouse, Route 27, Churchtown

Alan Devoe Bird Club bird walk to look for shrikes and hawks – Children welcome if accompanies by an adult – Information at 249-4711 – Meet at 9 am – Lindenwald parking lot, Route 9H

Winter’s Silver Lining – The heights and depths of the woodwind family in a musical program that spans the centuries – Gili Sharett, bassoon; Ronald Feldman, cello; Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Gili Melamed-Lev, piano; and Sheila Silver, guest composer – Reservations and Information at 392-2760 or www.camphillghent.org  – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Deep Air Art Series: Human Ecologies/Changing Landscapes with visual artist Tanya Marcuse and poet Peter Lamborn Wilson – Curated by artist/poet Lee Gough – In this series, visual artists are paired with poets who both create works that at once reflect, reject and/or extend themes explored directly by Frederick Church and his contemporaries. – Artist presentations will be followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments – Snow date February 8 – Information and tickets at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center,  Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G,, Greenport

Sunday, February 8

Glen David Andrews brings his jazzy, horn-laced New Orleans funk and soul band back to Helsinki for an afternoon gospel brunch – Andrews is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and has played himself on three seasons of HBO’s “Treme.” –  Chef Hugh Horner will draw on his cache of family recipes to create a Southern Grandma-inspired all-you-can-eat buffet featuring low country, Appalachian, Creole and Delta cuisine  – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 12 noon to 4 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Bird Call Identification – Biologist, writer, and local farmer Will Yandik will acquaint participants with the behavior and song calls of resident and visiting winter birds – 1 pm – The program is weather dependent and will take place either at Borden’s Pond Conservation Area, 1628 Route 203, Ghent, or in CLC’s office, 49 Main Street, Chatham – Confirm the location by contacting either 392-5252 or www.clctrust.org

Next Monday, February 9

Press Conference – Congressman Chris Gibson announces plans for the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration events to take place in the City of Hudson and the Town of Stuyvesant on and around April 25 of this year.  April 25 marks the 150th anniversary of the journey of the train carrying the body of President Abraham Lincoln and that of his son from Washington DC to Springfield, Illinois.  The train made a brief stop in the City of Hudson. – Information at 828-7217 – 12 noon – Amtrak Station, Front Street

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Events in Hudson NY, January 26 to February 3, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.   

Monday, January 26

Rounds! Rounds! Rounds! – “Not your grandmother’s ‘Frere Jacques’” – Last in the series of community sings led by Sheri Bauer Mayorga – Singers of all levels are welcome – Information at 392-6121 – 7 to 9 pm – Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham

Monday-Thursday, January 26-29

Films at Fairview Cinema 3:

Foxcatcher – Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Steve Carell; Best Supporting Actor, Mark Ruffalo; and Best Director, Bennett Miller

Into the Woods – Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep

The Imitation Game – Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director

> Coming Attraction:  Opening on Friday, January 30 – Birdman – Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Best Actor, Michael Keaton

> Information and schedule at www.fairviewcinema3.com or 828-1900 – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 27-28

Taste of India is now serving Indian food at the Half Moon every Tuesday and Wednesday night  – Information at 828-1562 – 6 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wednesday, January 28

Tasting Dinner – Vanderbilt House is hosting guest chefs to showcase their talents and cuisine – This Wednesday chef Tyler Cluthe will prepare a seven-course tasting menu, from soup to dessert – Vegetarian choices available – Information and reservations at 672-9993 – Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont

Thursday-Sunday, January 29-February 1

Films at TSL:

The Humbling – The story of an aging, suicidal stage actor (played by Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life again.  Also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, and Dianne Wiest

> Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

The Better Angels – Sheds new light on the formative years of Abraham Lincoln and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history – Feature debut of producer Terrence Malick’s longtime protégé, A. J. Edwards

Oscar Shorts: Animation and Oscar Shorts: Live Action – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

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

Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1

Exhibition Viewing – Interventions II – Isidro Blasco, an award-winning artist and Art Omi alumni, invites 14 artists to apply their artistic processes and ideas to his new State Street home before he begins renovation – The exhibition will “investigate how the architectural elements of a house might turn out differently from what is generally accepted as normal,”  says Blasco – Participating artists include Beth Campbell, Clare Churchouse, Andrew Dupond, Max Goldfarb, Laetitia Hussain, Mala Iqbal, Laura King, Tom Kotik, Jaime Munarriz, Ivan Navarro, Ruby Palmer, Karina Skivirsky, Grace Sullivan, and Dannielle Tegeder – On view Friday-Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm with a reception on Saturday at 1 pm – 257 State Street (corner of Third Street)

The Ghent Playhouse presents Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French comedy Les Vent des Pupliers by Gerald Sibleyras – At a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – Runs on weekends through February 8 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, January 31

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

 Postponed from last weekend:  Margaret Roach, author of the oft-praised website, A Way to Garden, presents a lecture on Starting from Seed. The best flower, vegetable and herb gardens start with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions – Roach will demystify the politics and the practicalities to get participants growing with confidence – The talk will be followed by Q&A – Participants will receive a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules – Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand with their offerings – Come at 2:30 or stay after the lecture to shop for seeds – Refreshments from Olde Hudson and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar – Proceeds benefit the new Hudson Area Library campaign – Information and reservations at www.Armory.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 3 to 5 pm – Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – On and Off the Wall – Annual Columbia County Council on the Arts sculpture show featuring CCCA members’ three-dimensional works that are freestanding, wall mounted, relief or assemblage – Juried by Chatham sculptor John Cooley – On view through March 21 – Information at www.artscolumbia.org or 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Spencertown Revels – Annual mid-winter movable feast – Starts with cocktails and hors d’oeurves at the Academy, then guests move to one of more than a dozen dinners hosted by friends of the Academy – Dinner tickets are sold out; tickets to the cocktail hour are available at the door – Information at 392-3693 or www.spencertownacademy.org – 5:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

 Exhibition Opening – Cityscapes – A group show of urban scenes in oil, acrylic, works on paper, and watercolor – Featuring works by Margaret Crenson, Darshan Russell, Arthur Hammer, Robert Goldstrom, Dan Rupe, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski, Joseph Maresca, Richard Merkin, Bill Sullivan, Edward Avedisian, and Patty Neal – On view through March 8 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, February 3

Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70’s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street

Half Waif and Liam Singer – Half Waif kicks off its February 2015 tour at The Half Moon – Joined by Liam Singer, “the night promises to be steeped in dark & dreamy sounds and otherworldly atmospheres.” – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon — 8 pmThe Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

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Events in Hudson NY, January 19 to January 26, 2015

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

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.   

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Observed

Barside Manner presents Lefty’s Lounge—A Hudson Speakeasy celebrating an important day in prohibition history – Featuring prohibition era cocktails created and served by mixologist  Kat Dunn and stride piano jazz by Tony Kieraldo – For more information and to RSVP go to email at leftysloungehudson@gmail.com – Basic information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 6:30 pm – Ballroom, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Animal Tracking Walk – Join environmental educator Justin Wexler to look for signs of wildlife and learn how different species adapt to winter’s cold weather and limited food supply – If snow cover allows, snowshoes will be used – Dress in weather appropriate layers – Information and registration at www.clctrust.org/events or contact Sara Hart at 392-5252, ext. 214 – 10 am to 12 noon – Hand Hollow Conservation Area, 387 Gale Hill Road, New Lebanon

 

Wednesday, January 21

House Concert – Featuring the Schoemer Formation plus Nate Smallwood Solo and the Nate/Destefano Duo – 8 pm – Ryan LaPointe, Second Floor, 533 Warren Street

 

Thursday, January 22

Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Fifth Annual Reunion & Annual Meeting – Hear plans for the coming year – Information by e-mail to Louise Bliss at leb32438@verizon.net – 6:30 pm – Back Room, Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

 

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island – A story of “murder, money and mutiny” that starts on a dark and stormy night – (Also shown on Saturday – See below.) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Thursday-Sunday, January 22-25

Movies at TSL:

The Humbling – The story of an aging, suicidal stage actor (played by Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life again.  Also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, and Dianne Wiest

Little Accidents – A boy goes missing in a town already devastated by a fatal mining accident

> Awake: The Life of Yogananda  About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

Actress – A film about starring in the movie of your life.

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

 

Friday, January 23

Friday Tasting – First HWM Tasting of 2015 – Features selections from David Bowler, a top New York-based importer focusing on naturally made small batch wines – Eat, drink, learn and chat.  Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

 

Kevin Morby and Widowspeak – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon — 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

Friday-Sunday, January 23-25

The Ghent Playhouse presents Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French comedy Les Vent des Pupliers by Gerald Sibleyras – At a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – Runs on weekends through February 8 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

 

Saturday, January 24

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow starring Renee Fleming – New staging by Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Margaret Roach, author of the oft-praised website, A Way to Garden, presents a lecture on Starting from SeedThe best flower, vegetable and herb gardens start with seeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions – Roach will demystify the politics and the practicalities to get participants growing with confidence – The talk will be followed by Q&A – Participants will receive a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules – Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Librarywill be on hand with their offerings – Come at 2:30 or stay after the lecture to shop for seeds – Refreshments from Olde Hudson and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar – Proceeds benefit the new Hudson Area Library campaign – Information and reservations at www.Armory.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 3 to 5 pm – Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – John Cleater: Rafter – On view through March 22 – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

 

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island – A story of “murder, money and mutiny” that starts on a dark and stormy night – (Also shown on Thursday – See above.) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 5 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Author’s Reading and Book Signing – Author Philip Gefter reads from Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, his biography of Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, who emerges as a cultural visionary in this groundbreaking book – Gefter, who wrote about photography on staff at The New York Times, captures Wagstaff’s indelible influence on the world of late-20th-century art. – Books available for purchase and signing – Information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 5 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

On and Off the Wall – Annual Columbia County Council on the Arts sculpture show featuring CCCA members’ three-dimensional works that are freestanding, wall mounted, relief or assemblage – Juried by Chatham sculptor John Cooley – On view through March 21 – Information at www.artscolumbia.org or 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

 

Two simultaneous Exhibition Openings at Retrospective Gallery’s two gallery spaces:

>Space Machine – New works by Guillame Gelot, in which the artist expands on a series of grid paintings that explicitly explore units of measurement as content – 711 Warren Street

>Badaude: Industry, Too – New work by Keith J. Varadi – 727 Warren Street

Both exhibitions on view through March 1 – Both exhibitions from 6 to 8 pm – Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288

 

Exhibition Opening – The Musical Box: John Newman & Cary Smith; Evie Falci & Robert Otto Epstein – The exhibition features two pairings of artists – On view through March 8 – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery/Hudson, 127 Warren Street

 

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena with Kinko the Clown, the Winter Cabaret features a variety of acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns from the worlds of circus, theatre, and comedy.  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 theatre.  The Winter Cabaret is for grown-ups only.  (A family-oriented matinee is offered on March 29.)  Audience members dressed in costume will receive a discounted admission.  The cabaret will be presented once a month during the winter months – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Dance Party with beats provided by DJ T-Bone – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon — 10 pm to 2 am– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Artist Talk – Joan Linder will speak about her work in the exhibition Drawn Home, currently on view at Omi – The exhibition features large wall drawings and oversized accordion style books depicting domestic interiors of three generations of the artist’s family – Also on view is Documents, consisting of 100 pieces of Linder’s mail and press clippings, meticulously recreated in pen and ink – Information at www.artomi.org or 392-4747 – 1 pm – Charles B. Benenson Gallery, Omi Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

House Concert – The Broad Street Chamber Players – Elizabeth Chinery, flute; David Smith, piano; and Jay Shulman, cello perform works of Handel, Haydn and Lefevbre – Presented by the New Claverack Free Library – Information and reservations by e-mail to newbuilding@claveracklibrary.org or pay at the door – 5 pm – A private home at 6163 Route 9H, Claverack (opposite the Claverack Post Office)

 

Sunday, January 25

HD screening of The Bolshoi Ballet production of Swan Lake – “A…universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama….” –- Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Community Music Space presents the Young Performers Showcase – The Community Music Space, located at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, is an artistic educational center that provides a voice for music and acting in the Hudson Valley.  The school’s goal is to prepare people to live a musical life. Groups from the school perform extensively in the community from festivals to public venues and street fairs, as well as at this annual showcase. – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Author’s Reading – Joanne Dobson reads from her new historical novel, The Kashmiri Shawl.  The novel is set in the nineteenth century in an India in violent rebellion and an America on the verge of the Civil War.  The novel follows the epic journey of Anna Wheeler from her life as a missionary wife in India to the streets of New York City in search of her daughter – Followed by Q & A – Information at www.chathambookstore.com or 392-3005 – 2 to 4 pm – Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham

 

Monday, January 26

Rounds! Rounds! Rounds! – “Not your grandmother’s Frere Jacques” –  One of a series of community sings led by Sheri Bauer Mayorga – Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) has shared several of his unpublished rounds for these sessions.  Among them is “Say John,” a tribute to John Lennon – Singers of all levels are welcome – Information at 392-6121 – 7 to 9 pm – Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham

 

 

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