Ellen’s Picks – Week of January 24 and beyond


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




Monday-Thursday, January 23-26

Fairview Cinema3, our locally owned, independently operated movie theatre offers 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

Tuesday, January 24

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting– (Postponed from last week.) Agenda includes an update on the organization’s upcoming community forum focusing on agriculture  (See January 29 below); a progress report on relationships with our members of Congress—Rep. John Faso (Chris Gibson’s replacement), and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer; planned work with local media, upcoming outreach activities, education and skill building, and more – Information by calling Karen Frishkoff at 672-7901 or by email to [email protected]  – 6 pm – 11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham (Enter from the porch on the right-hand side of the house.)

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events — Free — 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

Wednesday, January 25

Stair Galleries Online Auction – Modernism and the Provincetown Art Colony: American Prints and Drawings: 1925-1975 – Featuring works on paper from the “Golden Age” of American printmaking and drawing, including works by Cecil Bell, Louis Lozowick, John Sloan, Marguerite & William Zorach, Maurice Sterne, George Luks, and others from the American Modernist school – Online and absentee bids only – All lots sold with no reserve – Online catalogue and preview information at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 2 pm – Stair Galleries

Cate Le Bon / Tim Presley – Cate & Tim have announced a co-heading tour “to bring their many great solo songs to life in a social eye.” – “The Cate and Tim Show” will appear in 19 cities spread across our brave new country, following their respective 2016 solo records –  Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm –  The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, January 26

The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee presents The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson, a presentation by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr., a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area – The Proprietors were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island, who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement.  In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers.  In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots.  The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city.  Mr.Whitbeck is a partner in the Rapport Meyers law firm in Hudson, is attorney to a number of municipalities in Columbia County and serves on a number of community boards.  The presentation is part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series.  The presentation will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments – Admission is free and open to the public – Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis – 6 pm – Community Room, First Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

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, January 26-29

TSL Films:

Fatima – Fatima is a single mother with two daughters to support—a 15-year old and an 18-year old – She speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her inability  to communicate.  One day she falls and while on leave from her job, she begins to write to her daughters in Arabic, saying things she has never been able to express in French – In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Je Tu Il Elle (1975) – Chantal Akerman stars as an aimless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend – This is Akerman’s most sexually audacious film. In French with English subtitles.

Land and Shade –Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his gravely ill son.  He rediscovers his old house where the woman who was once his wife still lives with his daughter-in-law and grandson.  Seventeen years after abandoning his family, Alfonso tries to fit back in.  Spanish with English subtitles .

Late Spring (1949) – One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, which tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved  only daughter – “…a poignant tale of love and loss in postwar Japan….” – In Japanese with English subtitles.

Harry Benson: Shoot First – …charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles…

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World  – A documentary on the internationally renowned painter – Shot over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002, her ninetieth year – Interspersed with interviews and photographs from archival footage

The Handmaiden – From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama – In Korean with English subtitles.

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

Friday, January 27

Daniel Bachman/Alexander Turnquist – An evening of solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar by two original players expanding on deep traditions – Visit https://alexanderturnquist.bandcamp.com/ – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Overcoats – A New York-based female duo consisting of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell.  “Their sound captivates, combining electronic backdrops with soaring, harmonic intimacy…. The duo’s voices glide over shivering chords and minimal electronics.  Their songs alternately surge with dance-floor energy and unfold in gentle, soulful waves.  More than just a band, Overcoats is a friendship, an artistic duo whose songwriting is musical empathy that verges on telepathy.  They approach music-making with both freedom and focus, but the strength of their connection, in both voice and as artists, is what makes Overcoats so distinct.  They share a sonic intuition—and the result is mesmerizing.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, January 27-29

Ghent Playhouse presents Once Upon a Mattress, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer – Directed by Teri Conte – Runs on weekends through February 5 – 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, January 28

Opera Live in HD –– The Metropolitan Opera production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

The Broad Street Chamber Players present a concert to benefit the Claverack Free Library – The Players, consisting of flutist Elizabeth Chinery, pianist David Smith, and cellist Jay Shulman will perform music by Loeillet, Arensky, Haydn and Ravel – A reception with the performers follows the concert. – Reservations are necessary since space is limited – Reservations by email to [email protected], by phone at 851-7120, or by check to Claverack Library, PO Box 417, Claverack NY 12513 , or pay online at https://npo.justgive.org/claveracklibrary.   In case of snow, the concert will take place on February 4 – 5 pm – Home of Lisa Vahradian & John Tillotson, 6163 Route 9H, Claverack  (Parking is available across the street in the Claverack Post Office lot.)

Spencertown Revels – An annual benefit for the Spencertown Academy Arts Center – Starts with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversation at the Academy and then on to an intimate dinner hosted in a private home in the area – Tickets and information at www.spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693 – 5:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Chinese New Year – Celebrate Chinese New Year learning to cook Beijing style dishes with Chef Amelia Telc – Chef Amelia grew up cooking and experiencing Chinese culture through her mother and their trips across China .  She honed her modern take on traditional Chinese cuisine while cooking at Mission Chinese Food in New York – Chef Amelia will acquaint participants with the preparation of this popular cuisine which is rarely prepared at home.  While composing the dumplings for the first course, she will share the basics about the ingredients and cooking techniques for preparing these Chinese dishes.  A four-course dinner, accented by the strongly flavored roots and vegetables indicative of Beijing style dishes, will be accompanied by a specially selected wine. – View the menu at www.valleyvariety.com – Information at 828-0033 – 6:30-8:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Sunday, January 29

Stage Russia HD presents the Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina, a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Solutions for a Livable Planet – Come learn what forward-thinking farmers are up to! The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Education/ Citizens’ Climate Lobby has organized a community forum to bring together experts and practitioners to talk about old and new ways of keeping planet Earth healthy and productive, and to learn how farms and farmers can be part of the climate solution –- The Climate Lobby is especially concerned with how local farmers can prosper despite the changing climate and how they can work their land in ways that help solve the climate problem.  Participants will also learn about the potential of carbon sequestration.  Dr. Gary Kleppel, professor, farmer, and author, will speak on “Carbon Farming for a Cooler Planet.”  His remarks will be followed by a panel and community discussion.  The panelists are Paul & Phyllis Van Amburgh, the owners of a grass-fed dairy farm (http://savory.global/news/Holistic-Management-Realized-at-Dharma-Lea-Savory-Hub); Connor Stedman, a representative from AppleSeed Permaculture (http://www.appleseedpermaculture.com/) and Andrianna Natsoulas of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (www.nofany.org.). The program is free and open to all and will end with a reception. – Information at 929-7082 or [email protected] – 3 pm to 5:30 pm  (Doors open at 2:45 pm) – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Community Music Space Winter Performance – Young Performers’ Showcase – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Swing at the Half Moon –  Join the fabulous Versatones–Hudsonians Peter Jung, Peter Tenerowicz and the rest of the band–for dancing and listening – Swingin’ standards and beboppin’ blues, and a great dance floor and drink selection – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – 7 to 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Monday, January 30

Conservation Advisory Council Roundtable – Columbia Land Conservancy holds a series of Roundtables throughout the year where members of CACs and others share news about Conservation Advisory Council activities and related topics – These meetings are open to all CAC members and interested residents – Information at 392-5252, ext.208 or by email to [email protected] – 5:30 pm to 7 pm – Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

Next Tuesday, January 31

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

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