Ellen’s Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (March 8 and Beyond)


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.





Wednesday, March 9

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

Columbia County Board of Supervisors Special Committee Meetings beginning at 6:45 pm, followed by Full Board of Supervisors Meeting at 7:30 pm – 401 State Street

Hudson Housing Authority Board Meeting – 7 pm – Bliss Towers

Thursday, March 10

Hudson Planning Board Public Hearing on a proposed rooming house at 258-260 State Street, followed by the regular Planning Board Meeting – 6:30 pm – City Hall

Friday, March 11

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall

Next Monday, March 14

Columbia County Board of Supervisors .1 Committee  Meeting – 2 pm – 401 State Street

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

Next Tuesday, March 15

Columbia County Board of Supervisors Health & Medical Services Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – 401 State Street

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

Hudson Common Council Formal Meeting – 7 pm – City Hall

Next Wednesday, March 16

Columbia County Human Services Committee Meeting – 5 pm – 401 State Street

Hudson Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing, followed by regular ZBA Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall


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 the 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 fierce competition – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Thursday, March 10

Exhibition Opening – New Ground: Paintings & Drawings by Christine Hughes – On view through April 22 – 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Foundation Gallery, Arts Center, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13

Films at TSL:

The Club – A film by Pablo Larrain – In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men…All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts…They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.  Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate.  Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they thought were deeply buried – In Spanish with English subtitles

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.”

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art – Set in the desolate spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.  The film is ultimately a story of renegades and firebrands all willing to risk their future careers on radical change and experimentation—a marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

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.”

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.

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

Friday, March 11

Naytronix / Young Nudist / 013 – A trifecta – Naytronix is Nate Brenner, bassist for the mighty tUnEyArDs.  Naytronix’s second full-length album,” Mister Divine,”  is out now on City Slang – Visit http://naytronix.com – Young Nudist is composer and pianist Michael Coleman (Beep!, CavityFang, Chris Cohen, tUnEyArDs).  He began recording himself alone in his rehearsal studio in Oakland, CA., filled with casio keyboards, curious synths, abandoned percussion, etc, Young Nudist emerged  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wes Buckley & Lorkin O’Reilly perform songs of folk, love, dreams, and the economy – Buckley is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from New England – Scottish balladeer O’Reilly plays an intriguing mix of folk music on a six string guitar, complemented with deft lyrics and dreamy rhythms.  He has made a name for himself around the Hudson Valley, headlining his own shows and sharing bills with established artists including Charlie Parr, Simi Stone, and the Stacks. –  Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday, March 12

Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The winter market is open and continues each Saturday through the month of April – Spring microgreens are available . 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

Auction – George Subkoff Antiques: The Warehouse – Includes a selection of Chinese Export furniture – Information at 751-1000 – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com. Previews: Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday from 9 am with auction starting at 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

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

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series – Presentations by artistsClaire Hero and Danielle Vogel – Hero, from Esopus in Ulster County, and Vogel from Providence Rhode Island, “…both use the theme of migration to think about people and animals, ideas and thoughts.  Each work takes us deep into memory, and in turn translates the familiar into the wild and untamed.” The presentation is followed by Q&A – Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  — 1 to 3 pm – Olana’s Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

Chatham Public Library’s Authors & Artists series presents Margaret Roach, speaking on Non-stop Plants: Making a Garden for 365 Days – Roach was Martha Stewart magazine’s first gardening editor and has also written on gardening subjects for The New York Times and Newsday – Followed by Q&A and a reception and book signing – Information at 392-3666 – 3 pm – Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dinner – All You Can Eat – 50/50 Raffle – Information at 828-1329 – Takeout available from 4 to 5 pm; table service from 5 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street (near corner of East Court Street)

Wine and Chocolate Tasting – Try samples of rich chocolate Berkshire Bark, chock full of nuts, fruit, cocoa nibs, and much more, paired with wines chosen by Fairview Wines & Spirits – Information at 828-3139 or e-mail at [email protected] – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea and Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

A Tale of Two Houses: Two Centuries of Change at the Bronson & Vanderpoel Houses –  Architectural historian Peter Watson presents Part 2 of a two-part lecture series on the theme of transformation. Watson will take an in-depth look at the evolution of the Dr. Oliver Bronson House in Hudson (a project of Historic Hudson) and the Vanderpoel House in Kinderhook, both reputedly originally designed by Hudson “master mechanic” Barnabas Waterman (1776-1839).  The talk will begin with a consideration of the Colonial Revival lore that surrounded Barnabas Waterman, followed by a side-by-side comparison of the two houses’ plans, elevations, construction, and millwork. Watson will employ a series of digital renderings to illustrate the manner in which these two houses were altered over time to reflect the changing needs and tastes of their owners, highlighting the difficult restoration choices facing past and present stewards of these properties. – Information and advance tickets at 758-9265, www.historichudson.org or  www.cchsny.org – 5 pm – The School/Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – Anticipation: Three Installation Works – Man Enough by Kevin Curran, Fluid Ground by Karine Falleni, and High Hopes by Meridith Passabet – Each artist evocatively visualizes and conveys a sense of anticipation in a range of interpretations.  Curran’s room of a young boy and the journey/anxiety of becoming a man is apparent.  The minimalist installation of Falleni conveys a journey through uncertain space, both exciting and unsettling.  In High Hopes, Passabet shows a sense of anticipation and emptiness as a realization that the party’s over is put forth – On view through April 9 – Information at  www.conceptohudson.com or 697-5130  – 5 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Two Exhibition Openings – (1) Don Voisine: New Paintings – “Can a painting be minimal and maximal at the same time?  Don Voisine’s  paintings are.  They are subtle and bold. Opaque and translucent.  Simple and complex.  Micro and macro.  Matte and shiny.  Flat and deep.  It is these shifts between alternate states that impart Voisine’s work with a sense of drama, of playfulness, of sculptural heft.”    (2) Lonnie Holley: Drawings – Holley is well-known for his assemblages.  His drawings are an integral part of his practice and, like his assemblages, are made with found materials.  The drawings are executed with the same force and dexterity as the assemblages, and deal with themes of hope, survival, and romantic and familial love. – Both exhibitions on view through April 24 – Information at www.baileygallry.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases four writers—Cara Benson, a writer and performer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.  She is a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Literature and taught poetry in a New York State prison for eight years; Andrea Kleine, a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow, a NY Foundation for the Arts fellow and a critically acclaimed performance artist and choreographer.  Publishers Weekly called her debut novel, Calf, “unsettling, scary, and often brilliant,” and named it a Best Fiction Book of 2015; Jim McDermott, a nationally recognized business litigation attorney who lives in Portland OR with his wife and two daughters, and whose first novel, Bitter Is the Wind, opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect; and Rebecca Keith, whose poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Joyland, Vol. I Brooklyn, The Rumpus, BOMBlog, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.  She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, hosts the MIXER Reading & Music Series, and sings/plays with her bands, Little Hustle and the Roulettes.  The readings are followed by DJ Julian Nagy (AKA DJ Salinger) – The series is hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to [email protected] – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Exhibition Closing & Performance – Anne Lindberg: Fold and Unfold – Part of the artist’s new series, Building Drawings, which blurs the lines between drawing, sculpture, textiles and conceptual art on an architectural scale – The exhibition concludes with a special performance featuring “hyperpianist”  Denman Maroney – Maroney’s hyperpiano performance involves bowing and sliding the piano’s strings with copper bars, steel cylinders, singing bowls and other household objects to provide a unique sonic vocabulary – Both Lindberg and Maroney are alumni of Omi’s arts residency program – The concert is followed by a reception featuring Joto Sake – Information at 392-4747 or by e-mail to [email protected] – 7 pm – Newmark Gallery, The Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Choices, by Donald Drake – Choices is about a decision that no parent would ever want to make.  Conjoined twins share a single heart that can support only one of them.  The very religious Jewish parents debate whether it is a sin to sacrifice one twin to save the other.  The play was inspired by a real life drama that unfolded at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital in 1977.  Donald Drake wrote a detailed account of this case for the Philadelphia Inquirer.  The attending surgeon happened to be C. Everett Koop, who later became Surgeon General of the United States.  The play is one of only five selected from a field of 220 submissions.  It is the fourth Donald Drake play to be chosen by the HRC judges in the past eight years.  Considering that each play is evaluated without knowing the name of the playwright, this is a remarkable achievement.  The reading is directed by Barbara Waldinger.  The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Tarbox Ramblers – “Before there were blues-rock revivalists…there was Tarbox Ramblers, digging deep into the place where Appalachian music, ancient blues, and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations.  NPR described their sound as ‘Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,’….”  Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Saving Time begins.  Turn your clocks ahead one hour.

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

John Henry’s Other Daughter – A Livingston family history talk about Katherine Livingston Timpson, the Livingston daughter guests don’t hear about on Clermont’s regular tours – The talk, by Clermont’s Curator of Education Kjirsten Gustavson, explores the long-lost history of the Gilded Age daughter who briefly inherited Clermont.  Katherine lost her mother just a few months after her birth and was raised by her wealthy maiden aunts.  In adulthood, her relationship with her father became tumultuous when he forbade her to marry her first love.  A few years later, her grandfather willed the family’s prized estate, Clermont, to Katherine, skipping over her father entirely.  Information at 537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org – 1 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, (off Route 9G), Germantown

Farm Film Fest 8 – Featuring films about farms, farming, farmers, and farming issues that are meant to entertain and educate.  This year’s films are made by both professional and amateur filmmakers and offer local and national perspectives.  The films were selected by a panel representing the sponsoring organizations including the Chatham Film Club, Chatham Agricultural Partnership, and the Columbia Land Conservancy – The film showing is followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local farmers led by Peter Paden, Columbia Land Conservancy Executive Director, with panelists Chris Cashen from The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, and Dan Mannis from Common Hands Farm – The festival is followed by a free “Meet the Maker” reception at the Peint O Gwrw pub for farmers, filmmakers and movie-goers – Complimentary snacks featuring local foods will be available – Cash bar – Information about the films and filmmakers at www.ChathamKeepFarming.org.  Admission to the film showing is free, with a requested donation of a nonperishable food item or a cash donation for the Chatham Silent Food Pantry – 1 to 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Thomas Cole’s Country Houses – For a number of years Thomas Cole National Historic Site has presented a Sunday Salon series, featuring distinguished speakers on subjects related to the Hudson River School.  This year the lectures are being held in a new building—the reconstructed New Studio, which Cole himself designed.  To celebrate the studio’s rebirth, the 2016 series addresses the topic of architecture.  Thomas Cole designed a new house for himself and his family, and even ordered the building materials, but then promptly cancelled the entire project.  Cole’s surviving drawings for a new Italianate villa just across the lawn from his home in Catskill tell a story of ambition, frustration, and resiliency in the face of professional setbacks.  Country houses occupied a prominent and intriguing role in Cole’s wide-ranging engagement with architecture.  This Sunday’s speaker, William Coleman, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, will offer an exploration of the insights the recently rebuilt New Studio offers into the artist’s notion of how best to inhabit the landscape.  The talk will be followed by a reception with the speaker – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – The New Studio, Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Tasting – HWM’s On The House cocktail series celebrates Daylight Saving Time – Kathleen will be pouring Margarets (Grande Classicos), a refreshing, less sugared alternative to the classic Margarita.  Small bites will be served – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 2 to 4 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening and Slide Presentation – Carla Namuth, Hawthorne Valley high school student joined a group of health care providers led by a Buddhist lama, Tempa Dukte Lama, and Heidi Harding, a local acupuncturist, on a service trip in fall, 2014, when she was a junior.  Now she is a senior and the exhibition of photographs from her trip is part of her senior project at Hawthorne Valley.  Prints from the show are for sale, with one hundred percent of the proceeds benefiting the Humla Fund, the first organization to bring free Tibetan medicine, acupuncture, midwifery care, and natural forms of medicine as primary care to the Humla Valley – The exhibition is on view through April 24 during open store hours – Information at 392-3353 – 3 to 5 pm – Upstairs Community Room, Chatham Real Food Market Co-op, 15 Church Street (Route 203), one block west of the intersection of Routes 66 & 203, Chatham

Next Monday, March 14

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting in Hudson – This Columbia County chapter of the national organization is organizing itself into groups to focus on: Outreach and Education, Media, the 2016 Election, Lobbying, Volunteer Coordination, Administration, and Technology – Those who cannot make the monthly meetings, can still participate by joining one of these smaller groups – Information at 917-282-2395 or by e-mail to [email protected] – Learn more about the organization at citizensclimatelobby.org – 6 pm – Second Floor, 209 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, March 15

People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice: the Underground Railroad Revisited – A lecture by Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, independent scholars and co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, a public history organization dedicated to the research, preservation and celebration of Underground Railroad history and its relevance to us today – Presented by CCHS Volunteers – Information at www.cchsny.org/volunteer.html  or 758-9265 – 7 pm – James Vanderpoel House, Below Stairs, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook


Hudson High School Swimming Pool – 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]

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