Ellen’s Weekend Picks – December 8 and beyond


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.



Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10

Films at TSL:

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

The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. – His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.  In English, Danish, and Swedish 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

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene – In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

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

Friday, December 8

HWM Free Tasting–– Josh Holly from Haus Alpenz Importers will be offering samples of several festive spirits in addition to a genepy-spiked hot chocolate.  Yum! – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook – A Celebration of Holiday Music & Merriment with The Adirondack Baroque Consort, Caroling, DJ Jared Widjeskog, members of the Broad Street Chorale, the Nat Phipps Jazz Trio, Sax-O-Klaus, and violinist Dan Bauman – Plus lots of food choices and holiday specials;, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus; a special Teen Night of music and games; horse-drawn wagon rides;  kids entertainment including Tots the Clown, cookie decorating, free cotton candy, and more – Sponsored by the Village of Kinderhook and Kinderhook Business & Professional Association – Information at http://www.kinderhookbusiness.com/candlelight-night.html – 6 pm to 8:30 pm – Village of Kinderhook

Rocco Anthony Jerry, with the Progression Ensemble, plays works for accordion, with samplestra, experimental video, and electronics – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Dances of Universal Peace – Karuna, Dahlia and Farid will be leading Dances of Universal Peace, honoring Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet and original “whirling dervish.”  – The public is invited to attend.  Prior experience is not necessary; participants of all ages and physical abilities are welcome and are encouraged to bring a friend and a favorite Rumi poem to share. – Information at www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org – 7 pm – Sadhana Center for Yoga & Meditation, 403 Warren Street

CCSM’s Fiesta! – The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement celebrates the resistance and community building it has been a part of in 2017.  The celebration will be a night of local food, live music, DJs and dance.  With Claire Cousin, Rudolfo Solis, the Soul Victory Orchestra, DJ Clint and DJ Geova among the performers.  A sliding scale cover charge, with all door proceeds benefitting the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement – Information at 518-828-1562 or thehalfmoomhudson.com – 7 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Wickers Creek Band once more journeys to Philmont from the Southern regions of our county – Come fill up your belly and warm up your toes at the Philmont Public House – Information at wickerscreekband.com or facebook.com/mainstpublichouse – 8 to 10 pm – Philmont Public House, 112 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont

The Ballroom Thieves with The Harmaleighs duo opening – “Roots-music trio Ballroom Thieves plays a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, classical textures, and Delta blues grit with rich harmonies.  They describe themselves as a ‘rock band disguised as a folk band,’ and indeed they occasionally go electric….”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, December 8-10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to [email protected] – Runs on weekends only – December 10 is the final performance – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, December 9

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)

National Theatre of London – NT Live presents Young Marx, a new comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Holiday House Tour – A self-guided tour of the interiors of five historic homes, all within walking distance of Warren Street, and all decorated for the holidays – Houses include Westcott House, Croff House, Inn at 34, Hudson B&B, and William Farmer & Son –Each stop on the tour is a functioning Inn or Bed & Breakfast – Ticket holders can meet for a complimentary holiday drink and live music from 5 to 6 pm at The Merchant House, 10 South Front Street. – There is a discount on tickets purchased in advance. – Tickets are limited.  To avoid disappointment and save $5, buy your tickets online now.  Tickets and tour materials may be picked up in advance at The Barlow, 542 Warren Street, starting at noon on tour day. – The tour is sponsored by the Hudson Lodging Association  as a benefit for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival –Information and tickets at www.HudsonHolidayHouseTour.com – The tour is from 2 to 5 pm, concluding with a reception at William Farmer & Son from 5 to 6 pm

Valatie’s Winter Walk & Winter Parade – Santa Claus, accompanied by the Winter Parade, rings in the season’s festivities throughout the Village of Valatie.  Shops remain open for the evening, holiday food and live music and entertainment are all available until 9 pm –  The parade will be led by Grand Marshall Guy Gamello and is populated by local firetrucks and rescue vehicles, carolers, and parade-stopping performances by KJ’s Gymnastics and the Roz Dancers, and, of course, Santa Claus riding through the Village on his sleigh – Live musical performances by singer-songwriters Abby Lappen and Marilyn Miller,  rock ‘n’ roll by The Reverberators, and classical harp music by Dawn Danis.  Santa will land at the Valatie Community Theatre for a chance to listen to kids’ wishes.  Other entertainment includes the Heldeberg Marionettes, Roger the Jester, and Carapace Farm Puppetry with a debut of its new holiday production. – WinterWalk is sponsored by the Village of Valatie, the Valatie Santa Claus Club, and the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association. – For an informative map showing where these performances take place, go to http://www.veravalatie.com/WinterWalk. – The Parade starts at 5 pm sharp! WinterWalk is from 6 to 9 pm, Village of Valatie

Copake’s Holiday Light Parade – Brightly lighted fire trucks, emergency vehicles, bicycles and almost anything with wheels is decorated with lights and joins the parade, starting at the Copake Firehouse, and  proceeding through town to the Park Building where hot chocolate and cookies will be served.   A bonfire will be in the parking lot, and Santa will arrive with gifts for all children – 5:30 p m, Copake Firehouse, Copake

Exhibition Opening – 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 – Information by email to [email protected]  or call 518-828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Volume Reading & Music Series – A free series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set held every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale – This month’s reading is the Third Annual Crew Reading with Hallie Goodman, Dani Grammerstorf French, and Anna Victoria –

> ​Hallie Goodman’s writing has appeared in many publications including Glamour MagazineCondé Nast Traveler and Redbook Magazine. A personal essay in Hunger Mountain is forthcoming. Hallie was a NYFA MARK fellow, and holds a GED and an MFA.

Dani Grammerstorf French has an MFA in creative fiction from The New School and has been published in PlaygirlBroken Pencil, and othersDani is the co-founder of both Volume and the long-running Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. Dani lives in Hudson with her husband and daughter.

> Anna Victoria is a writer and freelance photographer based in Hudson, NY. She studied English Literature at the University of Connecticut, and her writing has appeared in the Long River Reviewexistentia and on Mac.Appstorm. When she’s not taking photos for Volume, she’s working at Etsy, or staring blankly into the void.

> The readings are followed by a DJ set from Anna Victoria. For more information, including full author bios, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/volumehudson

> 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Baby It’s Cold Outside –  Holiday Jazz Concert & Album Launch – Hudson Valley-based trumpeter Chris Pasin is joined by vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell, pianist Armen Donelian, bassist Ira Coleman, and drummer Jeff Siegel for a concert sure to capture the holiday spirit.  Come warm up your jazz hands with holiday favorites performed by an ensemble of jazz musicians who regularly perform at home and abroad with some of the biggest names in music.  This spirited evening of holiday favorites infused with traditional jazz flare, also launches their new album, Baby its Cold OutsideJazz Global Beat reports: “From subtle to sexy to swinging, Chris Pasin and friends shine a brilliant light on the best yuletide favorites.” – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Lady Moon & The Eclipse – Lady Moon celebrates her return to Hudson, NY and her recent role in the opera The Mother of Us All, and she brings her jazzy, soul-funk outfit, The Eclipse, with her.  The multicultural seven-piece band is led by Ngonda Badila, whose name means “moon” in Congolese (hence, “Lady Moon”) – The band includes her two sisters, all of whom grew up in an artistic, very musical family in Hudson, where they are well known and beloved by the community. – The Eclipse explores relevant issues through a unique tapestry of cultural perspectives born out of its African, Asian, and European band members – Lady Moon & The Eclipse will be performing two sets, with special guest performers, Samba do Mundo – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, December 10

The Perils of Mr. Punch — Modern Times Theater presents a puppet show for children of all ages —Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

The David Atcher Trio:  Rip, Snort & Stomp – Bring a dance partner, meet a new one, or just come and listen . David Atcher, Lauren McDonald, and Susie Deane will perform traditional and contemporary folk music.  Fans of contra dance music will recognize “rip and snort” as a dance move.  Add to that some rousing foot movements and the result is “Rip, Snort & Stomp.”  The trio’s globally-eclectic repertoire includes Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian and Eastern European tunes as well as the music of Breton.  This is a free event and is a part of “Touched by Light,” a celebration of the arts and community. – Information at www.EllenLynch.com or call 208-390-9088 – 1 to 3 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Upstage Productions, Inc. presents The Upstage Company Holiday Party – A festive musical cabaret performed by members of the Upstage company, joined by internet sensation Christina Kokonis-Viggers – Seating is limited;  reservations are recommended – To make a reservation call Barbara at 518-828-3824 – After the show, mingle with the performers and enjoy desserts and beverages. – 1:30 pm – Columbia County Sons & Daughters of Italy, 27 Bridge Street

First Annual Ancram Winterfest Celebration – A sing-along, refreshments, hot cider, crafts for kids, a tree lighting and a bonfire – Featuring Hudson Valley Troubadour, Mark Rust, who will include original songs about Ancram, written by local camp kids and set to the tunes of well-known holiday carols and songs – Information at http//www.ancramny.org/ws – 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram

Columbia County Bail Fund (CCBF) – A celebration and fundraiser for the newly formed CCBF, established to help poor people pay bail, prior to any determination of guilt. The gathering provides an opportunity to learn more about the NYS bail system and how individuals can help. The CCBF Board president, Linda Mussmann, is joined by other Board members including IBM executive Craig Bender, NYU Professor Mark Dickerman, local attorney Cheryl Roberts, and criminal defense attorney Susan Tipograph – Information at www.timeandspace.org – Open to the public – 3 to 5 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street

Everton Sylvester & Searching for Banjo – Presented by The Rogovoy Salon music, literary, and art series curated and hosted by cultural journalist Seth Rogovoy – “Combine roots-rockin’ reggae with slam poetry and you get Jamaican-born funk-poet Everton Sylvester and his band  Searching for Banjo, bringing their unique blend of spoken word and deep reggae grooves…Sylvester is a product of downtown poetry slams from their heyday at the Nuyorican Café. He began combining spoken word with music as a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials (BFE).  Sylvester and Searching for Banjo will perform tracks from their brand new album, as well as some BFE classics – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Doors at 5 pm, Show at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, December 12

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


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

Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages–to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to [email protected] – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

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)

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