Ellen’s Pick’s: Week of March 27 and beyond


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





Tuesday, March 28

Hudson Development Corporation Board Meeting – 12 noon – 1 North Front Street

Next Tuesday, April 4

Mayor’s Public Hearing on Local Law Creating a Lodging Tax in the City of Hudson –4 pm – City Hall

Hudson Conservation Advisory Council Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Next Wednesday, April 5

Hudson Common Council Youth & Aging Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

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



Tuesday, March 28

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, March 29

The Golf Sale–An Online Auction – This auction highlights the world of golf with fine and decorative arts from the 18th to the 20th centuries – Included are early British mezzotints and engravings, 19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and watercolors; views of Britain’s most famous golf courses, silver trophies and golf-related objects, early golf-themed magazine covers and advertising prints, glass and ceramics decorated with golfing subjects, and portraits of famous golfers – Online and absentee bids only – All lots sold with no reserves – Information at 751-1000 – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com  – Previews Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28 from 10 am to 5 pm; Wednesday, March 29 from 10 am, with Auction beginning at 2 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Struttin’ with the Stars Act II – A Fashion Show hosted by Trixie Starr and featuring fashions from The Second Show modeled by local luminaries – Celebrity look-alikes and musical guests – Presented by The Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation to benefit CMH’s Family Birthplace and CMH’s Women’s Health Center – Information and tickets at 828-8239 or helsinkihudson.com/theclub.html – Doors open at 5:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday. March 30

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Annual Agricultural Business Brunch – The program includes brunch by Simons Catering and a presentation called “Invasive Species: Something for Everyone!” presented by Marilyn Wyman from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties.  Sponsors include Columbia County Land Conservancy, Farm Credit East ACA, Fix Brothers, Inc., Hawthorne Valley Association and Hudson Valley Fresh – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 11 am to 12:30 pm – Love Apple Farm, 1421 State Route 9H, Ghent

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

The Chatham Film Club presents a screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring Simon Russell Beale – A filmed live theatre production from the London stage – Information at [email protected]  or 392-3331 – 7:30 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

Chops & Sauerkraut & the Hudson Valley Honky Tonk Two Step Class – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ –Doors open at 8 pm, class at 8:30 pm, Chops & Sauerkraut at 9:30 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, March 30-April 2

TSL Films:

The Salesman – After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment.  However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.  In Persian with English subtitles.

Apprentice – When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country’s highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim.  Aiman’s desire to become the hangman’s apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him.  In English and Malay with English subtitles.

I, Claude Monet – A fresh look at arguably the world’s favorite artist – Based on his letters, the film reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism, but who also was perhaps the most influential painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism – In 1886, a French art dealer brought his impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in the US forever.  Americans cheered the French new wave—painting outdoors with a newfound brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against Monet, Degas, and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism

Simone de Beauvoir – Two interviews illuminate the historic role and personality of Simone de Beauvoir, the novelist and philosopher who paved the way for Second-Wave Feminism.  In a 1959 interview, de Beauvoir explains her existentialism and theories on atheism and free love.  In the second 1975 interview about her book, The Second Sex, de Beauvoir speaks with conviction about feminism and its future.  In French with English subtitles

Staying Vertical – “During an excursion in the south of France, filmmaker Leo is seduced by a free-spirited shepherdess who nine months later gives birth to their child.  Marie abandons them both and Leo finds himself alone with a baby to care for.  Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, struggling to find inspiration for his next film, Leo will do whatever it takes to stay standing“ – In French with English subtitles

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

Ghent Playhouse presents Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally –“A timely and touching new play about change, reconciliation and becoming a family.” – 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – This is your last chance to see this production. – 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

Friday, March 31

HWM Free Friday Tasting – The tasting series continues with great value wine from importer David Bowler.  Taste bottlings from the Savoie, the Loire Valley, Austria and Italy – Eat, drink, and be merrily educated by wine expert Kevin Eidens – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express with the Bottle Rockets – With the aid of Mission Express, his band of heartbreakers, Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock,  folk-rock, and plain old rock ‘n’ roll. – Since the mid-1990s, The Bottle Rockets have been making a unique brand of populist, Midwestern, brawny rock ‘n’ roll. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  –  9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 1 

Spring Gardening Day – Presented by the Master Gardener Volunteer Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension – Keynote speaker is Peter Bowden, well-known Capital Region gardener and writer – A wide range of classes are offered including Rain Gardens, Shade Gardening, Starting Your Farm Dream, Worm Composting, and more – Information and registration at 828-3346 ext. 100 – Walk-ins are welcome but class choice may be limited – Speaker at 10:45 am; classes given in two sessions: 9 am to 10:30 am and 12 noon to 1:30 pm – Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

The Hudson Winter Farmers’ Market – The market is still going strong, with favorite vendors providing the essentials including greens, eggs. cheeses, meats, breads, quiches, soups, pot pies and other prepared foods, tarts and cookies, nuts, fair trade coffee, and more – 10 am to 1 pm – 601 Union Street, at the southern end of Sixth Street

The Metropolitan Opera, live in HD, presents a rare revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by James Levine – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Brian Dewan: Local Landscapes/Ink & Watercolor – Information at www.catskillfineart.com – 3 to 5 pm – Catskill Fine Art & Antiques, 410 Main Street, Catskill

Exhibition Opening – Textures and Colors – Photography by H. David Stein – Also Mixed Media Collages by Guest Artist Rebecca Becker – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Fayal’s Scarf & Textile Sale – Fayal Greene, who is downsizing and moving to Maine, is offering her large collection of scarves and shawls for sale, with proceeds from the sale to help support the renovation costs of the upstairs performance hall at the Hudson Opera House. – Fayal says it best:  “I worked with textiles most of my career, advising designers, writing about their products and seeing the developing textile production in India, Nepal and Cambodia.  I lived in Europe, where I bought, or often was given, scarves and shawls of great beauty and luxury.  Some I wore; others I just admired and put away.” – Knowing that she has more than she can use, she goes on to say: “I think others might enjoy the look and feel of silks from Hermes, Gucci, and Balinese and Cambodian dyers; fine wool, cashmere and pashmina from France, Nepal and India; cotton sarongs by Ungaro and Asian weavers.”  —  Wine and soda will be offered and Fayal will speak about the history of the pieces. – Information at 822-1438 – 4 to 6 pm – West Room, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

New day!  New time! But the same great bluegrass music from the Wickers Creek Band – Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com/OKBTapHouse – 5 to 7 pm – Old Klaverack Brewery’s Taphouse, 12 Main Street, Philmont

Hudson Children’s Book Festival Literacy Fund 5th Annual Fundraising Cocktail Party – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – Celebrate the efforts of the Literacy Fund to help sustain the literacy efforts of the Hudson City School District – The Literacy Fund has given more than 1,200 certificates to help students buy books at the Book Festival.  The Fund has also given ten awards to college bound students for the purchase of books necessary for their courses, and 100  coupons for summer reading purchases to students moving up from the first, fifth and eighth grades.  – Information by email to [email protected] or visit the website at www.HCBFLiteracyFund.com – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – I AM HERE: Photographs by Sasha Sicurella – The first solo exhibition by this Canadian-born artist who specializes in the use of arts education to repair trauma victims around the world.  She is the founder and director of  I AM: International Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for people around the world to explore identity through photography. She has worked with children and adults in Rwanda during the 20th commemoration of the genocide and with a similar population in Bosnia twenty years after the Bosnian war.  She has worked with transgender teens and young adults in Milwaukee, the Palenque tribe in Columbia, silver miners in Bolivia, adults with disabilities in Hudson, and millennials in today’s Russia.  I AM HERE demands the viewer take notice and hear a wide variety of underserved individuals crying out:  “I am here.  Look at me!  Do not forget about me.” – Information at 303-6446 or [email protected] – 5 to 8 pm – Gallery@46 Green Street Studios, 46 Green Street

Exhibition Opening – PERFORMANCE Paintings by John Fallon – Fallon approaches abstract painting from a constructivist point of view with a linear focus, utilizing color and symmetry while exploring spatial illusion in his large scale canvases and modular pieces.…He credits his former painting instructor, Stan Brakhage, for inspiring his choice to work in a dynamic fashion where form becomes less predictable and the process takes on a life of its own.  Consequently, PERFORMANCE is an exhibition of paintings that, though appearing to be contrived, are more about the process of their creation than the end result. – On view through the month of May – Information at [email protected] or 646-483-9109 – 5:30 to 8:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Vilaykorn Sayaphet: Cross Country with Ari – Information at 828-5907 or [email protected] – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

une tache d’imbeciles – Live Jazz with Otto Hauser, Terence Murren, Tyler Wood, and Stuart Quimby – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Guilty Pleasure rocks the Fool’s Run After Party – a fundraiser for the Hudson Rotary Club – After three years together, Guilty Pleasure has become one of the most respected rock cover bands in the Hudson Valley.  These veteran musicians have developed an electric, on-stage chemistry, and pride themselves in giving their audiences a high energy show from start to finish – The group plays hit songs from nearly every genre that always keeps the dance floor rocking, with Kacey Quirk on lead vocals, Sean McLaughlin on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Illsley on lead guitar, AJ Ricci on bass guitar and Tom Buffe on drums – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –  Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8:30 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, April 2

Concerts in the Village presents its final concert of the 2016-17 season – Haydn and Cherubini: 18th Century Elegance Meets 19th Century Drama – Performed by The Broad Street Chorale and The Broad Street Orchestra – David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor – The performance celebrates one of the most exciting periods in music history, as the elegantly balanced musical world of late classicism is disrupted by the dawn of the Romantic Age – The program includes Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante of 1792, featuring principal players violinist Elizabeth Silver, oboist Karen Hosmer, cellist Erica Pickhardt, and bassoonist Cornelia McGiver – Cherubini’s Cantata on the Death of Joseph Haydn (1805) features soprano Caroline Dunigan, and tenors Olivier Gagnon and Jon Morrell – It is followed by Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor (1816)Reception to follow – For information and assured seating go to  www.concertsinthevillage.orgg – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Joseph Keckler – “A singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries…”—The New York Times – Keckler is a widely acclaimed singer, writer, songwriter, and artist, with a rich, versatile three-plus octave voice and a sharp wit. His compelling performances combine humor, autobiography, and classical themes from a unique perspective.  The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist,” and The New York Times declared him a “major vocal talent.” – All proceeds to benefit Animalkind, our local cat rescue organization – Tickets and information at www.AnimalkindNY.org or www.Eventbrote.com or at Red Dot restaurant, 321 Warren Street – Doors at 6 pm; performance at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, April 4

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

Next Wednesday, April 5

Vieux Farka Toure/Last Good Tooth  – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/  or 828-1562 – 7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


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