Ellen’s Picks: Weekend of January 13 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.

Hudson’s Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street – The Hudson Area Library History Room presents a video exhibition featuring the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977).  Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. The footage contains an astonishing record of haunting images – familiar and vanished streetscapes – that tell the story of South Front Street.  Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski, who was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ exotic world on South Front Street, has digitized this historic footage and made it available. – On view January through March during library open hours – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or 828-1792, ext. 101 – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Extended – RedGreenBlackWhites: Works by Taylor Davis – By appointment through Thursday, January 12 – Contact [email protected] – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, January 12-15

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

Friday, January 13

HWM free SpiritsTasting – Spirit importer Haus Alpenz, will be on the premises for an instore tasting of hand selected vermouths, amaros and more, accompanied by small bites – Information at 828-6411 or hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

New Year’s Exposition Auction – English, Continental and Asian furniture, decorations, lighting, paintings, works on paper, and textiles –Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 751-1000 – 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – The Adult Show – Hosted by Ringmistress Philomena with Kinko the Clown and a plethora of phenomenal performers – Acts include trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns.  On the Bindlestiff stage, internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent,” perform alongside local legends.  Live music is a feature of the show, with witty, original tunes by a variety of brilliant accompanists.  Bindlestiff’s  unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theatre, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theatre.  This performance is for grown-ups only; a family matinee will be offered on Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm  – This month’s cabaret features composer Peter Bufano, aerialist Susan Voyticky, juggler Kelsy Strauch, louche lounge singer Wilfredo, and local multi-disciplinary artist Brian Dewan – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, January 13-15

Winter Selections – A changing group exhibition featuring work by gallery artists including Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Barbara Friedman, Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, Richard Butler, Karen Moss, Scott Reynolds, and others – On view through February 12 – Information at [email protected] or 828-4539 – 12 noon through 4 pm or by appointment – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

Saturday, January 14

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Closed for the month of January.

Two Exhibitions 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

The Chatham Film Club presents a free community screening of  Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People – The film is shown in association with the community photo exhibit, Reflecting on Race:  Photography Invitational ( opening at the Chatham Bookstore on Monday, January 16 from 1 to 3 pm, and on view through March 31) –The film, directed by Thomas Allen Harris, is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.  It probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.  The film brings to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers – The film is followed by a panel discussion with curators Wesley Brown and Karen Halverson and is moderated by Thomas Chulak of the Chatham Bookstore – Information at 392-3445 – 12 noon – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham

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 – Architecture Omi presents 5X5: Participatory Provocations – The exhibition presents an architectural response to a series of significant issues we face today, from a growing income gap, immigration, and globalization, to technology’s impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.  Curators Julia van den Hout, Kyle May and Kevin Erickson invited 25 young architecture and design firms to tackle one of five prompts each—“some fictional, some real, and all deeply engaged with the economic and cultural forces that wander into the voting booth with each citizen’s decision to pull the lever.” – Each team produced only a single model and short text based on one of the prompts.  The five “prompts” or “provocations” were:  Droneports (various locations in the U.S.), InveStment TowerS (Any Cosmopolitan City), Lunar Resort (Dark Side of the Moon), National Security Administration (NSA) Community Branch (Around the corner on Main Street, USA), and the Trump Wall (Mexico-United States border) – On view through March 12 – Information at  www.artomi.org/architecture — 2 to 4 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Equality, Solidarity, and the Future of Columbia County – Hosted by the Hudson Pride Foundation – A moderated community forum bringing together political leaders and representatives of local social justice organizations, to engage in a dynamic discussion centered around “community collaboration, our political future, and the intersections of our collective liberation .”  The forum will be moderated by Charlie Ferrusi, Executive Director of the Hudson Pride Foundation.  The panel includes Assemblymember Didi Barrett (NYS 106th District), Hudson City Democratic Committee Chair Michael Chameides, Hudson Common Council Majority Leader/and Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center Chair Tiffany Garriga, City of Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin-Hamilton, Executive Director/CEO of the Pride Center Capital Region and City of Hudson Police Commissioner Martha Harvey, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Minority Leader Bill Hughes, Fordham University Associate Law Professor Zephyr Teachout, and representatives from Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Operation Unite, Time & Space Limited, and Kite’s Nest. The forum will provide a platform for local leaders to discuss the services and resources available, how to volunteer and organize, where to find common ground, and ways organizations can collaborate in the future.  The panel discussion will be followed by an open forum, with questions from the audience – An informal reception, with panelists and community members, will take place at The Shaker, 119 Warren Street from 5 to 7 pm – Information at Hudson Pride Foundation facebook page – Free and open to the public –  Forum from 3 to 5 pm – Hudson High School Auditorium, 208 Harry Howard Avenue

Exhibition Opening – To Attract Bees: Peter Acheson: Recent Work –  Live music by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – On view through March 26 – Please note:  The gallery will be closed from February 1 to March 8 – Information at 392-3336 or www.thompsongirouxgallery – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Author’s Reading – Author Phyllis Carito reads from and discusses her novel, Worn Masks -– Information at 392-3005 or www.chathambookstore.com – 5 to 7 pm – Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – No Parking:  The Alleys and Garages of Hudson – Photographs by Lisa Durfee, William Hellermann, and Peter Spear – For a number of years, three local photographers have found unconventional beauty beyond Hudson’s more well-trafficked main streets – Exploring the parallel realities that exist in the city, No Parking features photographs dating back nearly two decades.  While major streets such as Warren Street offer a panoply of architectural spectacle to enjoy, No Parking tells the story of those small streets that run parallel to the main thoroughfares, and exposes the hidden barns, garages, storehouses, and studios nestled along them.  “I happened to notice in the summer of 1998 that gentrification had unmistakably taken off in Hudson,” William Hellermann recounted to fellow photographer Valerie Shaff.  “However, by contrast, I found that the garages were often more visually interesting than the buildings on the main thoroughfares.  They have an accidental beauty.”  This exhibition offers viewers the rare opportunity to travel back to a time in Hudson’s not-so-distant past with works from three talented photographers who draw attention to the hidden beauty right in our own back yards – Lisa Durfee has a Fine Arts degree from Bard College, is primarily a collage artist, and has owned and operated the vintage clothing store Five & Diamond since 2002.  William Hellermann is a composer, photographer, and mixed-media artist, whose work has been performed internationally.  In addition, he is a classical guitarist, specializing in the performance of New Music, and has premiered numerous works for the guitar in many parts of the world.  Peter Spear was born in the suburbs of Rochester, NY and now lives in Hudson, his adopted hometown – On view through February 19 – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler – Renowned photographer Jim Peppler will be present at the opening to talk about his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and, tragically yet still inspiringly, the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – The exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a nonprofit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965-1968. – The talk will be followed by Q&A and a reception. After this exhibition, which will be on view through February 28, the photographs will be part of the permanent collection at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Community Center Library in Kingston NY – Information at 828-1792 x 101 – Free and open to the public. – 6 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Volume Reading Series – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set – Held every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. – This month’s program features writers Tobias Carroll, Sheela Clary, and Gabriel Squailia,

Tobias Carroll is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. He is the author of the novel Reel (Rare Bird Books) and the short story collection Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms). His writing has appeared in Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, Men’s Journal, and elsewhere.

Sheela Clary is a Moth StorySlam winner, and co-host of Fuel Stories, a storytelling series in Great Barrington. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Berkshire Edge and Numero Cinq, while letters to the editor have been published by The New Yorker.

Gabriel Squailia studied storytelling and literature in India, Europe, and the Middle East before settling in the Berkshires with their partner and daughter. Squailia’s first novel, Dead Boys, was published by Talos Press in 2015, and his second, Viscera, came out in October.

The reading is followed by a DJ set by local favorite Stephen Bluhm  – Books are available for purchase and signing –Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at 671-6006 or www.facebook.com/volumehudson — 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Burt Murder/ John Andrews & The Yawns – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Club D’Elf with special guest John Medeski – Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club D’Elf, featuring superstar keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood fame, returns to Club Helsinki to celebrate the long-awaited release of “Live at Club Helsinki” — an epic live concert double album that showcases the band’s genre-leaping improvisational acumen, in a performance at Club Helsinki Hudson in 2011 – “One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz…”—Jazz America – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, January 15

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 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Rally to Save the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare – The public is invited to be part of this nationwide rally to send a message to the Republican Congress–the body that wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no plans for replacing it.  Join in to tell Congress:  “Show us what your replacement plan is, then we’ll talk!  Until then, leave our health insurance plans alone!” – Information by calling Cyndy Hall at 518-888-5574 or Keith Kanaga at 518-336-0356 – 2 pm – Seventh Street Park, corner of Seventh & Warren Streets

Lincoln & Sheri Mayorga & Friends perform 100 Years of Cole Porter – A benefit concert for Kids Need Music.  All proceeds will go to purchase musical instruments for the Hudson City School District music program – Sponsored by The Chatham Synagogue and Spencertown Academy – Information and tickets at spencertownacademy.org  or 392-3693 – Two performances: 2 pm (SOLD OUT!) and 5 pm (Tickets available) – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Time to Talk:   Reflections on a Forty-year Career in Women’s Reproductive Health – Beginning in 2003, Dr. Mark Heller served as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Mohawk-Hudson, which served 20,000 patients each year and conducted 40,000 patient visits providing cancer screening, well-woman care, contraception, and 3,000 abortions.  He was also one of the physicians that performed abortions.  Dr. Heller will discuss his personal story and  the stories of the patients who inspired his career – His goal is to use these stories to deepen the discussion regarding women’s reproductive health.  Q&A and comments are encouraged. – Admission fee at the door – Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 5:30 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service – Presented by the Hudson Interfaith Council – 6 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street

Next Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed

Screening of the Netflix documentary, 13th, followed by a community conversation on race, mass incarceration, and the 13th Amendment  – The 13th Amendment read:  “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, nor any place subject to their jurisdiction.” – When the 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition.  That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of this film.  Director Ava DuVernay takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color – Information at www.staleybkeith.org or 291-9415 – Presented by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – 6 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Tuesday, January 17

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting– Agenda includes an update on the upcoming community forum focusing on agriculture  (January 29), 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.

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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