Ellen’s Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (April 6 and Beyond)

New Area Library

A selection of events in and around the City of Hudson by Ellen Thurston.  All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.  All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.



 New Hudson Area Library

Saturday, April 9 – Join the celebration and see Hudson’s new 21st Century library.  The dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new Hudson Area Library in the former Armory building at the corner of Fifth & State takes place at 10 am this Saturday, April 9.  After the ribbon cutting, the library will be officially open to the public and all are invited to take a look inside.  The Senior Center on the second floor and the Perfect Ten After School program space on the third floor, both accessible by stairs or elevator, will also be open and welcoming visitors.  10 am – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (More details below.)


Wednesday, April 6

Hudson Common Council Youth & Aging Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Arts, Entertainment, and Tourism Committee Meeting – 6:45 pm – City Hall

Friday, April 8

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall

Next Monday, April 11

Hudson Common Council Informal Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall

Hudson City School District Board of Education Meeting – 7 pm – Hudson High School Library

Next Wednesday, April 13

Columbia County Board of Supervisors Full Board Meeting – 7:30 pm – 401 State Street


Wednesday, April 6

Local Albany public television station WMHT will be showing the short version of the film The Saving of Olana: An American Treasure on its “AHA!” program – 7:30 pm – WMHT (In the City of Hudson, that is Channel 2.)

Chris Garneau and Cameron Niven – Visit www.soundcloud.com/cameronjniven and www.chrisgarneau.com – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wednesday-Thursday, April 6-7

Twisted, a new comedy series written by Jody Brookes and performed live at the Red Dot in three episodes over three weeks – The play is set in a bar and the plot revolves around five eccentric characters, including the bar manager.  Jody Brookes hails from Brighton, England and moved to the United States in 2011 – She is the Program Director at Camphill Hudson where she continues to use her theatre skills.  The first episode is performed April 6 and 7, while the second episode will be April 20 and 21 and the third on May 4 and 5 – Information at 828-3657 or e-mail to [email protected] – Reservations at 828-3657 – Admission fee includes a house wine or beer and a 10% dinner discount – Arrive early, as beverage and food orders will not be taken between 6:45 and the end of the show at roughly 7:30 pm. – Curtain at 7 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

Thursday, April 7

Reading/Signing/Screening – Author Barney Hoskyns will read from his new book, Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock, followed by a screening of David McDonald’s film, Woodstock Can’t Get There From Here, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the rise and eventual fall of the American counterculture through events in the Town of Woodstock. This is the first time the film will be shown publicly in its entirety, since it was shut down by legal threats ten years ago. Versions of the film have appeared in film festivals around the globe.  Of Hoskyns’ book, Rolling Stone has said “[Small Town Talk] goes inside the myth, debauchery and creative fire of one of rock’s legendary towns….” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 6:30 to 9:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

ProJam#15 – A Night of the Region’s Best Blues Musicians!  – Vocalist/mouth harpist Kellie Rucker, guitarist Petey Hop, singer Trisha Marie Pallo of the Differents, saxophonist Andy Stahl of Chris O’Leary Band, bassist Pat Perkinson, drummer Sonny Rock, and 50 Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in! – A bi-monthly event – A Sonny Rock/Gary McKeever Production – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, April 7-10

Films at TSL:

No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman‘s final film is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.  In French with English subtitles.

One More Time – Aspiring rock star Jude is stuck in a rut, relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands.  Evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she moves into the Hamptons home of her wealthy father, an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback.  Jude is forced to confront her troubled family relationships and her wobbly career.

Marguerite – A film by Xavier Giannoli that won eleven 2016 Cesar Award nominations – The film takes place at the beginning of the Golden Twenties.  It is a party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle.  Every year music lovers gather at the castle around a great cause.  Marguerite’s passion is music.  She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune….

Marinoni/ The Fire in the Frame – Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman.  Bur after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him.  At age 75, feeling in top shape, he decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago.  Described as “incredibly entertaining!”  – – Q&A with the filmmaker on Friday and Saturday

Rabin: The Last Day – This tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin on the twentieth anniversary of his death sheds light on an ever-growing crisis of hate in Israeli society today – Directed by Amos Gitai – In Hebrew with English subtitles

Embrace of the Serpent – Set in the Colombian Amazon, the film tells the story of two Western explorers who search for rare botanical species in this remote and lush South American jungle.  Based on the diaries of two white men who traveled in the region, one in 1909, and the other 30 years later.  An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. – In Spanish and Amazonian tribal languages with English subtitles.

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

Friday, April 8

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast – This event offers legislators an opportunity to outline their plans for 2016 and beyond for the local business community – Speakers include Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblymen Pete Lopez and Steve McLaughlin, Assemblyperson Didi Barrett, and Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murrell. – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 7:30 am to 9:00 am – Student Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

HWM Free Friday Tasting –Taste a selection of value whites and reds, imported by Martin Scott Wines. Think Spring with affordable bottlings of Gavi, Arneis, Trebbiano and Vinho Verde,   Bordeaux, and Montepulcianos, plus small bites, cheeses, and great neighbors – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341½ Warren Street

Singer/songwriter Abby Lappen returns to the Pub to play duo with guitar stylist Aaron Martin – Information at 672-7346 – 8 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont

DiTrani Brothers (post-apocalyptic originals, traditional gypsy jazz, and ragtime) and Dana Hubanks (dark country folk) – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday, April 9

Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the new Hudson Area Library in the former Armory building at the corner of Fifth & State.  Daniel Kent from The Galvan Foundation, Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, State Assemblyperson Didi Barrett, and Congressman Chris Gibson will participate in the dedication.  After the ribbon cutting, the library will be officially open to the public and all are invited to take a look inside.  The Senior Center on the second floor and the Perfect Ten After School program space on the third floor, both accessible by stairs or elevator, will also be open and welcoming visitors.  Information at 607-588-9828 – The Library will be open from the end of the ribbon cutting ceremony until 3 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (Corner of Fifth & State Streets)

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – This is the last Saturday of this year’s indoor market  – Next Saturday (April 16) find your favorite vendors at the market at its usual outdoor location at Columbia and Sixth Street – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

Cookie Contest/Welcome Event – To open the new Hudson Senior Center – Bake and bring your favorite cookies and enter the contest – Information at 929-0105 – 10 am to 3 pm – Senior Center, 2nd Floor, Armory Building, Corner of State & Fifth Streets

Live HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk – Playground by Iran do Espirito Santo is a monumental interactive sculpture that was originally installed in Central Park in New York City.  It has now been moved to Ghent to be installed in The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi. – The exhibition is a celebration of the inauguration of Playground – Exhibition on view through May 15 – Information at www.artomi.org or 392-4747 – 2 pm – Newmark Gallery, Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Author’s Illustrated Lecture & Book Signing – Andrea Wulf, acclaimed author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, will talk about her latest New York Times bestseller, which reveals the extraordinary life of German naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt.  Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and inspired Frederic Church on many levels.  Humboldt’s travels inspired Church to follow in his footsteps, culminating in Church’s largest masterwork, “The Heart of the Andes.”  Wulf is the author of The Brother Gardeners and the co-author of This Other Eden.  Her book Founding Gardeners was published to great acclaim in 2011.  Her Chasing Venus was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century.  Her latest book—the subject of this lecture—has received rave reviews and has been named one of the ten best books of 2015 by The New York Times – Information at 828-1872, ext. 105 or www.olana.org/education/  – Walk-ins are welcome – Reduced admission for members of Olana and/or the Columbia Land Conservancy – 4 pm – Hudson High School auditorium, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

Exhibition Opening – Hudson River StoriesMuseum of Illegal Art – Works by J Damiani – Best seen from a moving train – Information at www.jdamianigallery.com or 828-5490 – 4 to 7 pm – J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street

Writers Omi Reading – Art Omi’s Spring 2016 international writers and translators in residence at Ledig House read and share their work.  Writers Omi provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature. This is their first reading of the year, giving them a chance to present their work to the public.  The readings will be followed by a reception with select wines and cheeses from around the world provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Third Floor Gallery, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – An open house event at seven galleries, highlighting the diversity of art offerings on Warren Street below Third Street – In addition, several galleries will be holding opening receptions for exhibiting artists (See additional listings.)

Open galleries include:

200 Block, Warren Street:  Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238 Warren Street; J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street ; FRG Objects & Design, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

100 Block, Warren Street: Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street; Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB Art, 116 Warren Street; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Information at 617-645-1616 – 5 to 7 pm – Warren Street below Third Street

The Chancellor’s Dinner – A community event to bring people together for a celebratory evening, starting with wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Clermont mansion followed by dinner at various private homes – To benefit the programs at Clermont State Historic Site – Reservations (required) and information at www.friendsofclermont.org/4th-annual-chancellors-dinner/ or 537-6622 – 6 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown

Exhibition Opening – Plant Life – Two Solo Shows:  Karen Bell:  Flotsam & Jetsam and Dana Matthews: Cyanotypes—an homage to Anna Atkins plus Two Portfolios chosen through competition – Native, indigenous, invasive.  Leaves, vines, branches and bramble by Angilee Wilkerson and Invasive by Michael O’Shea – On view through May 8 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com 6 to 8 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Art & Music Moving Party– Cause for Celebration – Ryder and Hazel are moving out of the cat rescue, after 2.5 years – Music: Dust Bowl Faeries & Friends at 8 pm; Tiers (from Brooklyn) at 9 pm – Art:  Works by Ryder Cooley, Tatiana Klacsmann, Dennis Herbert, Kathy Osborne, Marty Smalline, and more – Art is for sale; cats are free – 6 to 11 pm – Animalkind, 721 Warren Street

Korean BBQ – A primer on authentic Korean barbeque – Chef Tim Forringer will unmask the secrets of preparing and enjoying this popular style of cooking – This is a fun way to share a meal with a large group – While the meat sizzles on the tabletop grill, Chef Tim will share the process of prepping the sides and bringing the components together on the plate – Enjoy the definitive bold flavors and mix of textures with specially selected wine and beer – Seats are limited.  Advance reservations are required – For information or to view the menu, go to www.valleyvariety.com – Reservations at 828-0033 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A new reading series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases three writers:  Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things and Dept. of Speculation, a finalist for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and one of The New York Times “10 Best of 2014.”  She teaches at Syracuse University.  Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and the chapbooks Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and Flounders, coming soon from Essay Press.  Courtney Maum is the author of the debut novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, rated a book of the year by Real Simple, Bustle, and Flavorwire, and book of the month by Amazon, iTunes, and the Library Journal.  She is currently working on a second novel.  The readings are followed by a DJ set by Joe Moore – Books will be available for purchase and signing – The series is hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to [email protected] – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Folk-country singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox is an American Idol finalist who was the first contestant in the program’s history to have one of her original songs played on the show – She is critically acclaimed for her considerable vocal prowess. – She has gone on to enjoy a successful post-American Idol career… She is also an actress and is slated to portray country legend Patsy Cline in the Broadway musical, Always, Patsy Cline – Information and tickets at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

DJ Sheila B. – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or the Half Moon facebook page or 828-1562 – 9:30  pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, April 10

HD screening of The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Don Quixote  – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

A Tale of Two Toll Houses: How the Columbia Turnpike Changed Columbia County – A presentation by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society,  and David Hart, Co-president of the Greenport Historical Society, about the history of the Columbia Turnpike (Now Route 23), established in 1799 as a commercial trade route to and from the City of Hudson, and the two surviving toll houses – The speakers will use original artifacts and old photos during their presentation – Information at [email protected] – 2 pm – Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum, 8 Miles Road (next to the Copake Falls Post Office and opposite the Taconic Wayside Inn), Copake Falls

Artists’ Homes and Studios as Archive and Romance – The last in the 2016 series of Sunday Salons, presenting today’s most engaging speakers on the subject of the Hudson River School.  This year’s series has focused on artists’ engagement with architecture.  Dr. Wanda M. Corn, nationally renowned art historian and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University, will explore American artists’ homes and studios that have been preserved and opened to the public.  She examines what these special places can teach us about the creative process and the history of art.  Dr. Corn, chair of the advisory council for the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a scholar of late 19th– and early 20th-century American art and has produced numerous books and exhibitions – Her talk will be followed by a reception – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – The New Studio, Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Exhibition Opening & Artists’ Talks – Point  of Intersection – A group show with paintings by Christopher Engel,  minimalist sculptures by Dai Ban, black & white monochromatic photo realistic scenes by Scott Nelson Foster, and new experimental works using new materials by Paul Chojnowski – On view through May 22 – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Concerts in the Village presents Masterpieces of the Romantic Age including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Schicksalslied, and Mendelssohn’s Psalms 95 and 42 – The Broad Street Chorale and the Broad Street Orchestra—70 strong–come together for this concert and welcome special guest Marjorie Elinor Dix, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, to perform Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody – Soloists are Amanda Boyd, soprano; Jon Morrell, tenor; and Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano – David Smith is Artistic Director and Conductor – A reception follows the concert – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Climate: What’s the Big Deal? – A Community Conversation – The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is hosting community conversations throughout Congressional District NY 19 around Earth Day to build public support for climate action.  The group will be highlighting interests and concerns each community would like to hear about.  Each event will allow ample time for questions and answers. – These meetings are seen as a good way to meet other CCL members, to learn the latest news about climate, national and international momentum toward reducing carbon emissions, and how CCL is building political will toward putting a price on carbon. This is the first of such community meetings – Information at 392-3256 or by email to [email protected] – 3 to 4 pm – North Chatham Public Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham

Next Monday, April 11

The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting – Join forces with kindred spirits to solve climate change – Information at 917-282-2395 or by e-mail to [email protected] –  6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Next Tuesday, April 12

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 – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 16

Olana’s Travellers Club: Tracing Frederic Church’s Roots:  Hartford CT from Birthplace to Burial – A trip to Hartford CT to visit the birthplace, childhood stomping grounds, and final resting place of Frederic Church.  The Charter Oak Tree Monument, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Mark Twain House, and a walking tour of the Church family graves are included.  Pre-registration is required by Sunday, April 10 – Information at www.olana.org

Monday, April 18

The Hudson Conservation Advisory Council is beginning a multi-year project to inventory the City’s open spaces and natural resources.  As a contribution to this effort, specialists from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program have prepared summaries of existing data about the condition of natural habitats within the city, the challenges we face from severe climate events, and the state of our wetlands, streams and water systems.  They’re coming to discuss these findings, and how this kind of information can help us plan for Hudson’s future.  Join in learning about the natural environment of our city – Information at 404-892-4964 – 6:30 pm – new Hudson Area Library, Corner of Fifth & State Streets


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