Ellen’s Picks – Weekend of Jan 7 and Beyond


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



Winter Time

Spontaneous Snowshoeing and Sledding – Snowshoeing and sledding will take place all winter long at public conservation areas in Columbia County, when conditions allow – Join the Columbia Land Conservancy email list by sending a message to [email protected].  John will send a message to you with a time and location when conditions are right for outdoor recreation.  For further information contact John Horton at the Columbia Land Conservancy at 392-5252. 


Thursday-Sunday, January 5-8

TSL Films:

Hogtown – Set in 1919 Chicago against the backdrop of the race riots of that year.  The story follows an investigation into the disappearance of a millionaire theatre owner during a snowstorm.

Lost and Beautiful – A humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello… One day he is seized by a heart attack and dies, but not before making a final wish – This film is “a ravishing work that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new filmmaker” – In Italian with English subtitles.

Neon Bull – Iremar, whose work is to transport bulls from one rodeo to another, dreams of a career in the fashion industry. – In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray – A determined single mother, with nothing but guts and vision, breaks through notorious art world barriers to become one of the preeminent painters of our time.

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


Saturday, January 7

Winter Wildlife Walk – Naturalist and tracking expert Josh Wood of Flying Deer Nature Center leads a walk to explore the world of winter wildlife.  While some species go into hibernation or dormancy, many cold-hardy souls are still out and about.  Participants will learn how to spot signs of wildlife and how different species adapt to the cold to survive throughout the winter.  Dress in weather-appropriate layers  – Registration, information, and directions at www.clctrust.org – 10 am to 12 noon – Hand Hollow Conservation Area, 4079 County Route 9, New Lebanon (just north of the intersection of County Route 34 – Parking lot next to a beige farmhouse with a large pond.)

Two Exhibition Openings at Jack Shainman’s The School:

Andres Serrano: Selected Works 1984-2015 – For over three decades, Andres Serrano has pushed the boundaries of what has been accepted in the medium of photography…Serrano’s name, along with Robert Mapplethorpe’s was at the crossroads of the 1989 Culture Wars when Serrano’s photograph, Piss Christ (1987), became the subject of a national debate on freedom of artistic expression… Included in this exhibition are selected photographs from various series….

Home Room, a multimedia group exhibition featuring works by Huma Bhabha, Nick Cave, Turiya Magadlela, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Claudette Schreuders, Laurie Simmons, Michael Snow, Becky Suss, and Carlos Vega – Information at [email protected] or 758-1628 – On view Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment – The School/Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Winter Exhibit –A group exhibit featuring some of the region’s most innovative and intuitive artists working in a variety of media.  Featuring Kate Hamilton, Andrea Moreau, Louise Laplante, Allyson Levy, Elizabeth Coyne, Laura Von Rosk, and Eileen Murphy offering a stunning mix of both large scale fabric installation and finely detailed drawing, painting and collage.  – On view through January 22 – Information at 828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com – 11 am to 5 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Opera in HD –– James Levine conducts Nabucco, the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s early drama of ancient Babylon – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Broken America: New Work by George Spencer and Paintings by Guest Artist Will Clark – On view through January 29 – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Annual Chatham Animal Haven (CAH) Benefit – To support the nonprofit farm animal sanctuary whose mission is to provide a safe and loving home to farm animals in need.  The Haven is currently home to the well-known and beloved Yorkshire pig, Nancy Willa Jean, and many other farm animals that have traveled difficult roads to finally call the Haven home – The event features a buffet dinner, drinks, dancing, a silent auction and live music by Abby Lappen and Pete Tenerowicz, McJones, The Reverberators; and Sideshow Willie – Sponsored by The Blue Plate Restaurant and CAH – Information at 218-6885 or by email to [email protected] – Purchase tickets in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com to be entered in a special drawing – 5 pm – Blue Plate Restaurant, 1 Kinderhook Street, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Future Now: Michael Richison: Sculptures  / Joseph Conrad-Ferm: New Paintings – On view through March 7 – Information at 646-483-9109 or frgdesignart.com – 5:30 to 8:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Katherine Mojzsis: Shapes Effect – A solo exhibition of paintings – On view through January 29 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-597 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Abandoned Luncheonette – A group exhibition featuring paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture by Conor Backman, Lisa Beck, Francis Cape, Jennifer Coates, Adriana Farmiga, Frederick Hayes, Richard Klein, Tracy Miller, Walter Robinson, Nancy Shaver, Amy Talluto, and Tony Thompson – The title of the exhibition is taken from the 1973 Hall and Oates song of the same title.  The couple, “he was the dishwasher,” meet many years later inside the derelict luncheonette where they first were attracted to each other, now “drawing faces in the tabletop dust.” – On view through February 19 – Information at 828-6680 or by email to [email protected] – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 – 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, January 8

National Theatre Live – No Man’s Land – Starring Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in a revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site announces the first in its 2017 Sunday Salons series, now in its 14th year, and a new series of Winter Tours that will provide a sneak preview into the installation of the Parlors Project.  Both events take place on the second Sunday of each month from January through April:

Sunday Salon:  Reinventing Thomas Cole’s Home – The Parlors Project has been in the making for over a decade.  Join Elizabeth Jacks, Executive Director of the Cole site; Alan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History and Professor of American Studies Emeritus at the College of William and Mary; and Nancy Siegel, Professor, Art History, Museum Studies Area Coordinator, Towson University, for a sneak preview of this highly innovative installation. – 2 to 3 pm – Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-salons-reinventing-thomas-coles-home-tickets-

Behind-the-Scenes Winter Tour — A sneak preview into the restoration, preservation, discovery and digital integration of the Parlors Project.  The Parlors Project integrates a meticulous historic restoration with interactive audio visual technology to bring to life the two main parlors of Thomas Cole’s home – Tours at 1 pm and 3:30 pm – Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-winter-tours-tickets-30223910530

Information at 943-7465 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Next Tuesday, January 10

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


Riverfront Antiques & Design Center (RADC) & more – You’ll be amazed the first time you walk into the big white building which formerly housed the L & B chair factory.  The building is now populated by entrepreneurs and small businesses, including a large number of antique dealers and art galleries, creating a whole new neighborhood within the building.  Put on your walking shoes and take an indoor hike.  To gain entrance to the building, drive out 9G (South Third Street) and find the RADC sign at 99 South Third Street or go to South Front Street and enter at Door 21 in the big white building behind the Basilica at 110 South Front Street – You will be amazed.

Inky Editions, a print workshop and gallery, has its own entrance to the left of Door 21.

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