Ellen’s Weekend Picks – December 21 and beyond


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December 21 through Saturday, December 23

Films at TSL:

Thelma – Thelma, a shy student, has left her religious family in a small town on the coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo.  While at the library, she experiences a violent seizure.  Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction.  Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja.  As it becomes clearer that her seizures are a symptom of supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.  In Norwegian with subtitles.

Harry & Snowman – This film follows the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse named Snowman that he rescued off a slaughter truck.  In less than two years, Harry and Snowman would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods and traveling the world together as they became the media darlings of the 1950s and 60s.  Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that would last a lifetime, as told by 86-year old Harry, firsthand.

The Florida Project – Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.  They live at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (William Dafoe) whose stern exterior hides a reservoir of kindness and compassion. – “Warm, winning, and gloriously alive…a poignant look at childhood.”

Wonderstruck – Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel.  Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.  Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.  When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

Felicite – The film follows a singer working in a bar in Kinshasa, DR Congo, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her son falls victim to an accident.  To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.  Franco-Sengalese director Alain Gomis paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will not accept compromise, who tackles everything head on, and who refuses to give in no matter what. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Thursday, December 21

Winter Solstice Raga Concert: An Indian Classical Flute duet with Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser – with Ehrn Hanson on Tabla – Information and tickets at www.sadhanayogahudson.com – 8 pm – Sadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation – Third Floor, 403 Warren Street

Friday, December 22

HWM Free Tasting – The weekly tasting will feature some of the “greatest hits” from the HWM Wine Club – A selection of both reds and whites will be accompanied by small bites. – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, December 22-23

Holidelic – The brainchild of Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Bruce Springsteen sideman Everett Bradley, Holidelic puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes, and a theatrical stage show. This Yuletide-themed event features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, Frosty the SnowmanLittle Drummer BoyTwas the Night Before the Funk, and the like.  Partygoers will leap to their feet and populate the dance floor once Bradley and his 12-piece outfit take the stage at Helsinki – Everett Bradley is currently a member of the cast of the Broadway musical, After Midnight – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, December 23

The Hudson Farmers’ Market has opened its Indoor Market for the month of December – It will close for the month of January, open again in February and remain open through the month of April. – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 10 am to 1 pm – Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –

Artist Arnie Zimmerman’s Holiday Sale continues – Vintage and new vases, teapots, cups, tiles, and more surprises are still available – Information at [email protected] – 1pm to 5 pm or by appointment until January –  Izzy’s Room, 84 Green Street

The Spotty Dog Christmas Spectacular and Unholy Night – The Spotty Dog’s annual holiday event starring Brian Dewan, Stephen Bluhm, Alex Turnquist, Dale (from Musica), Jonathan Talbot, and Rebecca Becker – Unholy Night is harsh noise group therapy for holiday season survival.  Escape the holiday nonsense with your loving noise family.  Experience harsh noise sets by Max Hamel, Matt Luczak, My Wife and live visuals by Corey Bauer A portion of the proceeds will benefit public radio station WGXC 90.7 FM – The performance will be broadcast live on Wave Farm Radio and WGXC 90.7 FM – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com  – 6 pm to 10 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Unsilent Night Hudson 2017 –In partnership with Wave Farm, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night returns to Hudson for its second year.  Last year Unsilent Night  made its Hudson debut as part of Winter Walk 2016.  Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event.  It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer.  Each participant gets one of four tracks of music.  Originally the music was played using only cassette tapes in boomboxes, but as vintage boomboxes have become harder to find, more people use smartphones with portable speakers to blast the music.  Together, all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night.  Visit unsilentnight,com for more information. – This year, led by the composer Phil Kline himself, participants will gather in Hudson’s Public Square (aka Seventh Street Park) at Warren and Seventh Streets and march to Hudson’s Promenade Hill, at the foot of Warren Street for the parade’s culmination.  This year’s parade route celebrates Hudson’s lesser traveled alleys and enclaves, winding through corridors and byways that shade the city’s historic streetscape.  All are invited to participate.  To do so, arrive at the Public Square no later than 6:45 pm with a boombox or smart phone with external speakers.  (If you plan to use your smartphone, it is recommended that you visit unsilentnight.com/participate before the event to download a track or the Unsilent Night app.)  A limited supply of boom boxes will be available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.  Participants will begin marching just after 7 pm.  The event will be broadcast live on WGXC 90.7 FM, and on your device at www.wgxc.org  – Information at unsilentnight.com or call the WGXC Hudson studio at 518-697-7400 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), Seventh & Warren Streets

Sunday, December 24

Christmas Eve Service at the First Presbyterian Church on Warren Street in Hudson will also serve as the congregation’s celebration of the re-opening of the historic church since the emergency repair of the building’s roof. During the period when the building could not be occupied, services were held in borrowed spaces.  Pastor Kathryn Beilke said: “We particularly want to invite all those who opened their doors to us while we were without a building.  The hospitality we received on all fronts has truly been the definition of community.”  Service at 5 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Warren and Fourth Streets

Next Tuesday, December 26

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday through Saturday, December 26 through 30

House Rules Café is in the middle of its schedule of free Harry Potter film showings – Goblet of Fire is being screened on Tuesday, December 26, followed by Order of the Phoenix on December 27, Half-Blood Prince on December 28, Deathly Hallows Part 1 on December 29, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 on December 30—All screenings are at 7 pm –  Go early if you are ordering food – Information at 518-828-5938 or www.houserulescafe.com –  7 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

May your holidays be filled with comfort and joy…See you in January  –Ellen



Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at [email protected] – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to [email protected] – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstrretgallery.com –   510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to [email protected] – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539 or by email to [email protected] – BCBArt, 116 Warren Street

Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  [email protected] or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition – All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to [email protected], call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to [email protected]  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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