Ellen’s Meeting & Weekend Picks – Week of March 17 and beyond


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





Next Tuesday, March 21

Hudson Common Council Finance Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Formal Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall

Next Wednesday, March 22

Hudson Common Council Public Works Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Legal Committee Meeting – 6:15 pm – City Hall

Next Thursday, March 23

Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency Board Meeting – 12 noon – 1 North Front Street

Next Friday, March 24

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall



Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19

TSL Films:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Friday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

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

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


Friday-Sunday, March 17-19

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

Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally –“A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.” – 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play – Directed by Cathy Lee -Visscher – Runs on weekends through April 2 – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 1-800-838-3006 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, March 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, March 19

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

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

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

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

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


Next Tuesday, March 21

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

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

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

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


Next Wednesday, March 22

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


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