Ellen’s Weekend Picks – February 2 and beyond


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Thursday-Sunday, February 2-5

TSL Films:

Reset – Depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied…as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as director…a delightfully aesthetic affair, a moving portrait of a landmark moment for one of the ballet’s oldest institutions and one of its brightest new stars.  In French with English subtitles.

The Sunshine Makers – The untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture.  United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, Orange Sunshine, all while staying one step ahead of the feds.

Je Tu Il Elle (1975) – Chantal Akerman stars as an aimless young woman who leaves self-imposed isolation to embark on a road trip that leads to lonely love affairs with a male truck driver and a former girlfriend – This is Akerman’s most sexually audacious film. In French with English subtitles.

Late Spring (1949) – One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu’s family portraits, which tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved  only daughter – “…a poignant tale of love and loss in postwar Japan….” – In Japanese with English subtitles.

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 – Filmed over a period of four years, from 1998 through 2002, her ninetieth year – Interspersed with interviews and photographs from archival footage  

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

Friday, February 3

Winter Exposition Auction – English, Continental and Asian furniture, decorations, and textiles, as well as paintings, works on paper, and more – Online catalog, preview, and online bidding registration at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Bella’s Bartok – “…a brassy, theatrical six-piece ensemble that melds Gypsy swing, Balkan brass, Bohemian punk with pop sensibilities….With an aura of theatricality, Bella’s Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite listeners to partake in the wild party they are having on stage.  In a word: a spectacle.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, February 3-5

Ghent Playhouse presents Once Upon a Mattress, based on the popular fairytale, The Princess and the Pea, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer – Directed by Teri Conte – This is the final weekend of this run – Information and tickets available at 1-800-838-3006 0r www.ghentplayhouse.org  – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, February 4

Stage Russia HD presents the Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina, a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – My Work Through Time: Works by Barbara Willner – Artist Talk at 3:30 pm – On view through March 31 –Information at 392-2760 or  www.camphillghent.org – 3 to 5 pm – Joan Allen Art Gallery, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Featuring Moving Images: Photography by B. Docktor – Also showing  Pastels by Guest Artist Nora Adelman and  recent work by gallery artistsOn view through February 26 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or 822-0510 – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Pre-Pair – A wake-up call for Valentine’s Day – Verdigris Hudson is offering a free Wine & Chocolate Tasting in advance of the Valentine’s Day rush, featuring samples from Rhinebeck chocolate maker Oliver Kita and others, paired with wines chosen by Dominique Devito, co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery – Information at [email protected] or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Hudson, 135 Warren Street, corner of Second Street

Exhibition Opening – Jared Buckhiester: Cessation of Violence – Installation made in conversation with Catherine Lord – A solo exhibition – On view through February 24 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Winter Blast – Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation presents the seventh annual Winter Blast in support of Columbia Memorial Health – The event features dinner, drinks, dancing, a live performance by KJ Denhert and her band, and a silent auction.  The Blast will also honor longtime volunteer and philanthropist Anne Schomaker with the first Columbia Memorial Health Clara Kellner Award – Online bidding for silent auction items may be made in advance by calling 828-8239 or by email to [email protected]  by 5 pm on Thursday, February 2 – Information at [email protected]  – 6:30 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at  http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 828-1562 –9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, February 4-5

The Life, Art &Films of Margo Pelletier

The Gift Bearer – A display of Margo’s artwork in the TSL Gallery

Freeing Sylvia Baraldini – A documentary on the revolutionary struggle of Silvia Baraldini, the national leader of the May 19th Communist Organization who, in 1982, was brought into FBI custody during a sweep of the radical left (2009)

Thirsty – Based on the life of Scott Townsend aka Thirsty Burlington, Provincetown’s number one Cher impersonator.

Both films are followed by a Q&A with Lisa Thomas, the film’s producer and Margo Pelletier’s wife

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

Sunday, February 5

Super Bowl Sunday – 6:30 pm

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents Swan Lake with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography and libretto by Yuri Grigorovich – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, February 7

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events  — Free — 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

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


These two exhibitions opened on January 28 and are available for viewing into March.

Americana – Featuring works by Frank Litto, Linda Newman Boughton, Andrew Buck, Harry Orlyk, David Halliday, John Cross, Russell DeYoung, Carol Grauer, and Arthur Hammer – This exhibit stages concrete and abstract symbols of American values.  A striking selection of ballpoint pen drawings, wood and cardboard constructions, and painting and photography that recall contemporary “artifacts” relating to American history, culture and tradition defined by previous centuries. – On view through March 12 – Information at 828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com  – Open daily from 11 am to 5 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Post-Election Show – Co-organized by Kristen Dodge and Kate Gilmore – Features work by 170 visual artists – The opening day also featured more than 10 performances – The exhibition was conceived in conversation between Kristen and Kate a few days after the U.S. Presidential Election.  With the intention of providing a reason, space, and context for artists to respond to the current circumstance, they agreed to set a show in motion, and allow the call to take on a life of its own.  Word spread between artists, and within a short time the number of participants rose from 50 to 170. The organizers say:  “If we stop to comprehend the ‘unrealistic’ endeavors that we pursue, we would never do them.  This show has been a leap of faith and a truly collaborative endeavor.” – A portion of all sales will be donated to the local branches of Planned Parenthood and Black Lives Matter. – On view through March 5 – Information at septembergallery.com – Open Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment ([email protected]) – September, Third Floor, 449 Warren Street

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