Ellen’s Weekend Picks: January 20 and beyond


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




Thursday-Sunday, January 19-22

TSL Films:

Fatima – Fatima is a single mother with two daughters to support—a 15-year old and an 18-year old – She speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her inability to communicate.  One day she falls and while on leave from her job, she begins to write to her daughters in Arabic, saying things she has never been able to express in French – In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

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.

Land and Shade –Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his gravely ill son.  He rediscovers his old house where the woman who was once his wife still lives with his daughter-in-law and grandson.  Seventeen years after abandoning his family, Alfonso tries to fit back in.  In Spanish 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.

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.

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.

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 20

The Wickers Creek Band is at it again.  Come on out and warm your toes on some real hot bluegrass music – Information at www.facebook.com/OKBTapHouse — 7 to 9 pm – Old Klaverack Brewery’s Tap House (formerly The Main Street Public House—Philmont Pub), 12 Main Street, Philmont

Ghent Playhouse presents Once Upon a Mattress, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer – Directed by Teri Conte – Runs on weekends through February 5 – Information and tickets available at www.ghentplayhouse.org or 1-800-838-3006 – Fri & Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Lady Moon & The Eclipse / Robbing Johnny – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – 9 pm to 1 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday, January 21

Opera Live in HD –– The Metropolitan Opera production of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Women’s March in Hudson – This march is planned in conjunction with the Washington DC event and along with many other cities throughout the country.  The organizers describe this as “a peaceful march spreading love and solidarity for equality and human rights.”  Marchers are encouraged to bring signs or any décor to bring attention to this movement and the powerful message it carries.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  – The gathering will begin with a rally at 1 pm.  The march steps off at 2 pm and moves down Warren Street to the waterfront – At the end of the march, participants may wish to join the meeting of the Columbia County Sanctuary movement being held at Kite’s Nest, 108 South Front Street – Information at “Women’s March – Hudson” on facebook – Rally at 1 pm; March at 2 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), Seventh Street between Warren and Columbia Streets

Elvis Birthday Bash – Featuring Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings with Ian Carlton, Taylor Floreth, and Mike “Chops” LaConte, and special guests – Gamsjager and the Kings have been keeping the sound of early rockabilly alive in the region, and across the US, and around the world.  – This would have been Elvis’ 82nd birthday – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Inauguration Daze at The Half Moon – Featuring DJs  Seven Tits, SVB, Alger Moy, and T-Bone – 21+ – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, January 21-22

Block Printing Weekend at Drop Forge & Tool with Jen Hewett & Rebecca Layton:

Saturday – Jen Hewett teaches her ever-popular block printing on fabric workshop – Pre-registration required – Contact [email protected] – 10 am to 3:30 pm

SaturdayHistory, Craft & Culture of Indian Hand Wood Block Printing. – Artist and textile designer Rebecca Layton discusses the history, craft, and culture of hand wood block printing in India, as well as the process and collaboration behind her own contemporary block prints. Having spent many years traveling, working, and researching textiles in India, Rebecca shares her experiences developing unique prints and working with artisans who use these ancient printing and dyeing techniques. She’ll share the hands-on process from sketch to finished product in her textile collections, showing the studio design process and the rewards and challenges of working on site in another country. – Free and open to the public – Information by e-mail to [email protected] – 5 to 6 pm.

Sunday – Block Printing Pop Up Shop – Works by textile artists Jen Hewett and Rebecca Layton will be on view and for sale in the front gallery – 10 am to 6 pm

Information – All these events at Drop Forge & Tool, 442 Warren Street

Sunday, January 22

Dance in HD — Bolshoi Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Nellie McKay: A Girl Named Bill:  The Life and Times of Billy Tipton – Nellie has released six full-length albums, including “Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day” and her latest, “My Weekly Reader,” featuring music from the 1960s.  She has also written three acclaimed musical biographies—“I Want to Live,” the story of Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; “Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature,” an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson,; and “A Girl Named Bill—The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” which she will feature in this performance at Helsinki – She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of “The Threepenny Opera.” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, January 23

Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting– (Postponed from last week.) Agenda includes an update on the organization’s upcoming community forum focusing on agriculture,  to be held on 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.

Next Tuesday, January 24

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

Next Wednesday, January 25

Café Le Bon / Tim Presley  – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


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