Ellen’s Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (Feb 29 and Beyond)

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A selection of meetings and 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.

 

 

MEETINGS

Tuesday, March 1
Hudson Conservation Advisory Council Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Wednesday, March 2
Hudson Industrial Development Agency Board Meeting – 2 pm – City Hall
Hudson Common Council Youth & Aging Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall
Hudson Common Council Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee Meeting – 6:45 pm – City Hall

Thursday, March 3
Tours for seniors of the new Senior Center space in the Armory building – 12 noon – Large building at the corner of Fifth and State Streets

Next Monday, March 7
Hudson Common Council Special Meeting at 6:30 pm to consider an amendment to the zoning code for Cross Street, followed by the Common Council Informal Meeting at 7 pm – City Hall

ELLEN’S PICKS

Tuesday, March 1

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

HEY EXIT/Logan Visscher/Seth Chrisman – “HEY EXIT is Brendan Landis, a resident of Brooklyn.  His music aims for an ambiguous middle ground between loud and quiet, dense and sparse, bleak and optimistic—seeking not so much to oscillate between extremes as to find a space where they can coexist and influence each other.  The resulting aesthetic is informed by his experience with punk bands, electronic music, traditional Japanese music, improvisation, and harsh noise…” – Listen at http://www.heyexit.com/ – 8 pm – 533 Warren Street

Thursday, March 3

Tours for seniors of the new Senior Center space in the Armory building – 12 noon – Large building at the corner of Fifth and State Streets

Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6

Films at TSL:

Requiem for The American Dream – The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time—the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.  The film shows personal and thought-provoking interviews with Chomsky that provide penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time—the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy.  “…required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.”

Art House – Some artists don’t just create masterpieces—they live in them.  This film is photographer Don Freeman’s poetic journey through eleven houses artists built for themselves.    “A love song in film to the places art lives.”  Director Don Freeman will be present at the Saturday, March 5 (7:15 pm) screening and available for Q&A after the screening.

Aferim – Set in early 19th-century Romania.  A policeman is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.  In Romanian with English subtitles

Rosenwald – The story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the president of Sears.  Influenced by Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African-American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.  He used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists.

Room – Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her five-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Rams – A hard-drinking Icelandic farmer and his estranged brother band together to save their sheep from authorities who want the animals destroyed – “The film lovingly captures a deeply rooted rural culture.”

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

Friday, March 4

The Wood Brothers – Seth Walker opening – After performing individually with various bands, The Wood Brothers—Chris and Oliver– brought it all home when they discovered a musical affinity in 2004 and formed a duo, bringing their vast and broad musical backgrounds to their unique sound. – Percussionist Jano Rix was later added to the group – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Sunwatchers & Megafortress – Castle Face Records’ next up and coming psych-jazz instrumental freak-out band, Sunwatchers, makes its debut performance in Hudson with Bill Gillim’s project, Megafortress – If you didn’t get the chance to see Megafortress last year you won’t want to miss this locally casted group of heavyweights – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday, March 5

Exhibition OpeningMichael Tice Selective Paintings 1997 – 2016 – “My work is inclusive and paradoxical in scope: using images from everyday life, art history, popular culture, children’s books, patterns, personal symbols, and in some works—fragments of text and written commentary—mixing and containing the dualities of abstraction and representation, the geometric and the painterly, the graphic and the intensely coloristic.” – On view through March 31 – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 10 am on – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Word is that spring greens will be available in the market this Saturday. You’ll also find flowers, bread, cookies, pies, other prepared foods, cheese, fair trade coffee and nuts, meats and poultry, eggs, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescault – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Snowshoeing – Snowshoe rentals available – A guided snowshoe walk led by environmental educator Fran Martino – Perfect for beginners and families – If there is a lack of snow, this will become a walk without snowshoes – Information at www.olana.org – 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Exhibition Opening – First Impressions – Including original fine art and edition prints such as monoprints, woodcuts, engravings, and other mediums – Jurors are George Tsalikis, founder of Inky Editions, a multidisciplinary art studio and exhibition space in Hudson, focusing on  production in the mediums of printmaking and the collaborative arts, and Beth Thielen, a recent recipient of a Rauschenberg Fellowship and an artist in Residence at the California Arts Council for over twenty years – On view through April 6 – Information at 671-6213 or artscolumbia.org – 4 to 6 pm – Columbia  County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Kingsley Parker: Oceans Apart – A multi-media installation using the entire gallery space and focusing on the current state of  the earth’s oceans and how they got that way. – Live jazz by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – On view through March 27 – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Trio Nota, an ensemble comprised of Amanda Boyd, soprano; Joseph Rutkowski, clarinet; and Michael Clement, piano, will perform Shepherds’ Heights to Neon Nights, a recital of music by Meyerbeer, Brahms, Arne, Cooke, Hovhaness, and Gottlieb – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale

Exhibition Opening – Scrap Wrenn:  Fall in to Whole – “These recent works invite viewers to look into and beyond the picture plane in the spirit of exploration and openness to surprise.  The process giving rise to her hand-constructed paper photomontages is a daily practice of looking deeply, taking photographs, and then falling into studio focus sessions to bring forth optically engaging color-tracking motions and ground-shifting composite landscapes that allude to our photo-prolific cultural state. “ – On view through March 27 – Information at 828-5907 or johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Simultaneous Exhibition Openings in Retrospective’s two galleries – (1) Jim Krewson: Multiple Personalities – 711 Warren Street (2) Jason Fox: Criminal Minds – 727 Warren Street – Both exhibitions on view through March 27 – Information at 828-2288 or retrospectivegallery.com – 6 to 8 pm

Two Exhibition Openings – Maria Manhattan: New Porcelain Vessels and Joseph Stabilito: New Paintings – On view through April 3 – Information by e-mail to [email protected] or 212-518-7551 – 6 to 8 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – with special guest Suitcase Junket – “Its big-city grit and down-home sweetness together with a bit of Americana….All in all, you couldn’t ask for a more suitable outfit to provide the musical rhythms and excitement to power a soul-funk dance party.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili and special guest DJ Lunar Moss – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – 9 pm – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, March 6

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Co-op Record Fair – All local sellers – DJ sets by Patrick Higgins, Effie Asili, and SIS – Costa Rican eats by Edwin – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 1 to 5 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Dust Bowl Faeries Album Release Concert– Dust Bowl Faeries, an ethereal gothic-folk ensemble founded by performer Ryder Cooley, celebrates the release of its debut album.  At this concert, Cooley will be joined by band members Karen Cole, Jen DuBois, JoAnn Stevelos and Hazel, the band’s mascot-spirit animal (a taxidermy ram), along with a selection of guest musicians including Melora Creager, Pete Toigo and Luis Mojica – Special guest Wally Hughes will open the show with a short set of vaudevillian sketches  – The album, produced by music critic Seth Rogovoy, was recorded, mixed and mastered in the Hudson Valley – It was recorded by Bobby Previte at Three Horses in a Wood Studio, and by Tommy Stinson at Bipolarbear Studio.  It was edited, mixed and mastered by Rachel Alina at Allen Street Studio.  Cooley, known locally for co-hosting Helsinki’s open mic performances, plays accordion, 6-string ukulele, and singing saw.  She is accompanied by Karen Cole (lap steel and vocals), Jen DuBois (electric guitar and vocals), and JoAnn Stevelos (percussion).  Sara Ayers, an original member of the Faeries, contributed keys and vocal harmonies on the album.  The recording includes contributions from guest musicians Tommy Stinson, Melora Creager, Pete Toigo, Fredo Viola, Luis Mojica, Elric Walker and Cameron Melville – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 7 pm; show at 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, March 8

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

Cian Nugent/Nap Eyes/Alexander Turnquist – Cian Nugent’s third album, “Night Fiction,” is his first in which he takes on the role of singer-songwriter.  His first two albums saw him exploring extended guitar-based instrumentals with his band.  Here he has reined things in and focused on his songwriting skills.  Guitar fans, do not fear.  There is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty has been holding this bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown since 2007, so expect some strong competition – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

MISCELLANEOUS

Hudson High School Swimming Pool – Who knew?  It seems to be a little-known fact that the Hudson High School swimming pool is open for regularly scheduled public swimming sessions.  Adult lap swimming, open swimming, and water aerobics classes are available throughout the week.  Swimming lessons are available on Saturday mornings.  Parent/Infant Swimming Lessons and a Lifeguard Class are also available.  Cost to use the pool is $2.00 for adults and $1.50 for students and for adults over 65 years of age.  The pool is also available for pool parties and rentals.  For information, schedules, etc. go to http://hudsoncityschooldistrict.com/athletics/pool.php – If you have questions, contact Mat Leonard at 828-4360, ext. 3115, or e-mail [email protected]

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 13!

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