Ellen’s Picks: Meetings & Events, Week of February 8 and beyond


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





Thursday, February 9

City of Hudson Planning Board Meeting & Public Hearings – Public Hearings include applications for 866 Columbia Street, 6-12 Hudson Avenue, and 34 Allen Street, followed by the Meeting – Meeting Agenda includes discussion and possible votes on the three Public Hearing applications, and discussion of site plan applications for 124 North Second Street, 426-428 State Street, and an amended site plan application for 78-80 Green Street – 6:30 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

Next Monday, February 13

City of Hudson Common Council Informal Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street



Monday-Thursday, February 6-9

Fairview Cinema3, our locally owned, independently operated movie theatre is showing one of the Oscar nominated films, Lion, “…an engaging and inspirational true life drama…” The Washington Post says: “Lion is based on one of those improbable stories that’s almost too incredible to be true. It is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves….” – Schedule/ trailer at FairviewCinema3.com/previews/Lion.htm – Monday through Thursday at 7 pm – Fairview Cinema3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport

Thursday, February 9

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

Thursday-Sunday, February 9-12

TSL Films:

Strike a Pose (2016) – In 1990, seven young dancers joined pop star Madonna on her most controversial world tour.  Wild, talented, and barely twenty, they set out on a trip of a lifetime.  A self-proclaimed mother to her dancers, Madonna used the tour to take a stand on gay rights, freedom of expression, and the fight against AIDS.  Twenty-five years later, the dancers reveal the truth about life during and after the tour.

20th Century Women – “…the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion….”

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

Reset – Depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied…as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as director…a delightfully aesthetic affair, a moving portrait of a landmark moment for one of the ballet’s oldest institutions and one of its brightest new stars.  In French with English subtitles.

The Sunshine Makers – The untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture.  United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, Orange Sunshine, all while staying one step ahead of the feds.

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

Friday, February 10

Double Feature: Sublime Frequencies’ Rob Millis + Rock – From 5 to 6 pm: Sublime Frequencies’ activist Rob Millis will show video and talk about his new book, The Indian Talking Machine, about 78rpm record collectors in India; from 8 to 11 pm:  PGsix, Rob Millis, and Decimus – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events  – 5 to 11 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Noam Pikelny –Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pro’s top banjo picker.”  He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble that The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide ranging and restlessly imaginative.”  In September 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, February 10-12

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March – with Damaras Obi as Lynda Blackmon – Directed by Ally Sheedy – The Bridge Street Theatre celebrates Black History Month with this electrifying first-hand account of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery based on Lynda Blackmon’s award-winning book.  This is a true story of one of the youngest participants, Lynda Blackmon, who struggled nonviolently alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to help secure the right of African-Americans to vote. She was jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday.  The play was originally developed at the High School of Music and Art in New York City and was adapted for the stage by actress, author, director and teacher Ally Sheedy.  It was performed last year in Hudson.  Both Saturday performances will be followed by a talk-back with author Lynda Blackmon Lowery, actress Damaras Obi, and director Ally Sheedy – Tickets will be available at the door – Special group rates can be arranged by calling 943-3894 – Information at bridgestreettheatre.org – Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street, Catskill

Saturday, February 11

Hip Hip Hooray! – The Hudson Farmers’ Winter Market has re-opened – 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

Brahms and the Spirit (Specter) of Beethoven – Violinist Eugene Drucker, founder and first  violinist of the Emerson String Quartet), cellist Roberta Cooper, and pianist and Artistic Director Gili Melamed-Lev perform Brahms Violin Sonata in G Major No.1 Op.78, Brahms Cello Sonata in E Minor No. 1 Op. 38, and Brahms Piano Trio in C Major No.2 Op. 87 – Part of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent series – Information and tickets at 392-2760 or www.camphillghent.org – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Churchtown Fire Company No. 1 presents the 39th Annual Wild Game Supper – The Fire Company is known for its culinary expertise. A bountiful wild game meal featuring numerous hot dishes of locally harvested wild game, refreshments, and homemade desserts – Also featured  are raffles, games of chance and door prizes –– This is a festive fundraising event and helps support the Company’s mission of providing fire protection and rescue services to the community – Information and tickets by email to [email protected] or by calling 851-5194 or 851-9766 – Doors open at 3:30 pm, hors d’oeuvres at 4 pm, dinner at 5:30 pm – Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 Route 27, Churchtown

Volume Reading & Music Series ––  Volume is a free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set that takes place every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY. – Featured writers this month are Kassi Underwood, Franz Nicolay, and Roselee Blooston

> Kassi Underwood is the author of May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion (Harper One). She frequently speaks about personal transformation, social justice, and the spirituality of abortion. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic online, Guernica, and elsewhere.

> Franz Nicolay is a musician (the Hold Steady, Against Me, World/Inferno) and writer who lives in New York City. His first book, The Humorless Ladies of Border Control (The New Press), is about underground music and touring in the formerly Communist world.

> Roselee Blooston is a Hudson Valley writer whose plays have been produced internationally, and whose prose has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies. Dying in Dubai: A Memoir of Marriage, Mourning and the Middle East (Apprentice House Press) is her first book.

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

Delicate Steve (on tour) / Slow Collins –Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Author’s Reading – Author Tim Murphy will be reading from and discussing his new novel, Christodora, recently chosen as an American Library Association 2017 Notable Book.  Christodora tells the story of a family living in the East Village of New York City who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic.  It is the story of the brave people who fought for this epidemic to be recognized and for its victims to be treated humanely.  It is also the story of people who survived and how their fight and their grief impacted them for the rest of their lives.  Tim Murphy is a journalist who has reported in HIV/AIDS for two decades.  He has worked for Out, Advocate, New York magazine, and The New York Times, and has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism.  The reading will be followed by Q&A.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing – Information at 828-1792, ext 101 – 6 pm – Community Room , Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Sunday, February 12

National Theatre of London presents Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Concerts in the Village presents 2oth Century Music for Strings and Women’s Voices – Performed by The Broad Street Chorale and The Broad Street Orchestra – David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor – Program includes works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, and Foote – Featuring soprano Amanda Boyd – For information and assured seating go to www.concertsinthevillage.org – 2 pm – The School/Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook – (The School will be open to the public at 1 pm.  The current exhibitions are Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015 and Home Room, a multi-media group exhibition (These exhibitions contain graphic imagery including violence, nudity, and sexual content.)

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Sunday Salon and Winter Tours – The Influence of the Dutch Golden Age on the Hudson River School – Dr. Lloyd DeWitt, Chief Curator and Irene Leache Curator of European Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, will explore the transformational influence of 17th-century Dutch landscape painting on Cole and other Hudson River School artists – 2 pm – In addition to the Salon, Winter Tours, scheduled at 1 pm and 3:30 pm, provide a sneak preview into the installation of the Parlors Project – Information and tickets at 943-7465 or www.thomascole.org – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Birds of Chicago – Levon Henry opens –“Husband-wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell anchor Birds of Chicago, a sprawling collective of soul-inflected, groove-based Americana from the Midwest.  The Birds’ music seamlessly spans genres, drawing on the soulful balladry of the gospel tradition while simultaneously embracing deep grooves of country and soul.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, February 13

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting – The agenda will be full and lively including, among other topics, review of the organizations’ recent Community Forum on climate and agriculture, work with members of Congress, and upcoming regional and national conferences. – Information at [email protected] – 6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham (a white house on the north side of the street right before a church.  Entrance by the side porch.)

Tim Darcy (Ought) / Emily Ritz – Information at  http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 –8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, February 14

St. Valentine’s Day

STOP in the Name of Love! – A call has gone out for a “February 14th Tuesday Action” – The organizers say: “In the spirit of standing up to tyranny, let’s stop in the name of love.  At 12 noon on Valentine’s Day, let’s all stand still for five minutes in silent reflection in support of equality, human rights and our beloved Constitution.” – This action was inspired by the classic film The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).  The alien Klaatu lands on Earth and makes a plea for peace and non-violence…or else there will be consequences.  As a gentle warning, he brings the Earth to a complete standstill.  …He departs with these words: “The decision rests with you.”  – Let’s keep on marching, but this time by standing still in silent contemplation for five minutes at noon on Valentine’s Day.  Information at “Stop in the name of Love” on facebook.

Hudson Soul Session #2 – The Sweet Life Music Project plays funky jazz with a blues-rock influence.  The Hudson-based group includes bandleader Randall “Stix” Martin, vocalist Faith Grumberg, guitarist Rick Warren, bassist/keyboardist Aaron Martin, and saxophonist Harold Kimble. – Albany-based Motown-style ensemble Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band will also perform – A portion of the proceeds will help support local youth music programs. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


These two exhibitions opened on January 28 and will be available for viewing into March.

Americana – Featuring works by Frank Litto, Linda Newman Boughton, Andrew Buck, Harry Orlyk, David Halliday, John Cross, Russell De Young, Carol Grauer, and Arthur Hammer – This exhibit stages concrete and abstract symbols of American values.  A striking selection of ballpoint pen drawings, wood and cardboard constructions, and painting and photography that recall contemporary “artifacts” relating to American history, culture and tradition defined by previous centuries. – On view through March 12 – Information at 828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com  – Open daily from 11 am to 5 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Post-Election Show – Co-organized by Kristen Dodge and Kate Gilmore – Features work by 170 visual artists – The opening day also featured more than 10 performances – The exhibition was conceived in conversation between Kristen and Kate a few days after the U.S. Presidential Election.  With the intention of providing a reason, space, and context for artists to respond to the current circumstance, they agreed to set a show in motion, and allow the call to take on a life of its own.  Word spread between artists, and within a short time the number of participants rose from 50 to 170. The organizers say:  “If we stop to comprehend the ‘unrealistic’ endeavors that we pursue, we would never do them.  This show has been a leap of faith and a truly collaborative endeavor.” – A portion of all sales will be donated to the local branches of Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter. – On view through March 5 – Information at septembergallery.com – Open Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment ([email protected])  – September, Third Floor, 449 Warren Street

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