Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Much To Do About Hudson (July 15 and Beyond)


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




Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Kander & Ebb’s sizzling musical Chicago for a three week run ending on July 24 – The all-professional cast is directed by John Saunders, who directed this year’s opening production of My Fair Lady – Check the website for schedule – Mac-Haydn recommends that patrons order tickets early at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org   – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16

Exhibition Extended – thefirstlieaboutthestars: Richard Butler – New paintings to replace the ones sold – Information at [email protected] – Each day from 12 noon to 5 pm –  BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17

TSL Films – TSL is taking a break.  No films will be shown during the first two weeks of July.  Film schedule resumes Thursday July 21 through Saturday July 23 – Fortieth anniversary celebration takes place on Sunday, July 24 – Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd. 434 Columbia Street

Shakespeare’s Supernaturals – Presented by Walking the dog Theater in collaboration with Nikita Productions – Adapted and directed by Melania Levitsky – A devised show about faeries, witches, magic, and other ordinary mysteries drawn from the works of William Shakespeare – Brings seasoned Shakespearean actors together with children from the community – Information at 392-3399 or by e-mail to [email protected] – Thursday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Hawthorne Valley School Hall, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent

Friday, July 15

Just For Fun: Free performances for kids – Zuckerman, Rothman and friends bring wacky skits and shticks just for laughs – Presented by PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21nst Century) —Information  at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

A Midsummer’s Evening Exposition Auction – English, Continental and American furniture, decorations, textiles, paintings, works on paper, and more! – Previews: Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am, with Auction at 6 pm – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Artist and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – To celebrate the artist community through monthly potluck dinners by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – Visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and their friends are all welcome.  Please bring a dish to share or a give a donation – Organizer Christine Hales will be presenting the program – This month the group will have a discussion/dialogue after viewing several short videos on artists and spirituality. The videos are:  An interview with painter Agnes Martin; “Painting with the Spirit” from Tokyo; “Waterfall of Creativity” from Italy; and “Making Painting Great Again,” a video of a recent art opening in New York City – In addition, Terry Fugate-Wilcox, a NYC/Hudson transplant, will be sharing his work.  He is an NEA laureate with creations in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Australia, NYC parks and other museums. Christine issues A Special Call for Musicians:  If you can bring your guitar and play a few songs, we will treat you to dinner.  This is an effort to encourage more musicians to join the group – If weather permits, we will picnic on the lawn before the presentation takes place If you would like to show your work at a future meeting, send examples to [email protected] along with contact information – The Potluck is held the third Friday of each month – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street.)

Symposium on Women Creating Public Art – Anita Glesta, Kate Gilbert, Paula Hayes, and Melissa McGill gather for a conversation on the topic of women’s unique voice in the creation of public art. – Each of these women has created or administered the creation of ambitious public art works.  In places ranging from public parks in Sydney, NYC, and Boston; to an island in the middle of the Hudson River, and a federal building in Washington, DC.  The artists will each share some of their completed projects, as well as their experiences creating and caring for them once they are in place, and being the voice behind an artwork which becomes part of the public sphere. – Information at artomi.org or 392-4747 – 6:30 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

King of the Forest performs rock ‘n’ roll as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – Food available – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport

The Skivvies – To benefit Animalkind, Hudson’s cat rescue organization – The duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, singers/actors/musicians, perform “stripped down” arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals – Nominated for the 2015 MAC Award Show of the Year – Out Magazine says:  “…part Weird Al parody and part sexy burlesque…an unusual explosion of satire and sultry – Tickets at www.animalkind.info or at Animalkind, 721 Warren Street or Red Dot, 321 Warren Street – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Saturday, July 15-16

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents The Frog Prince which offers squirmy critters for little boys and romance for little girls – Information and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Moving Sale – Everything Must Go! – The Columbia County Council on the Arts is moving out of its Warren Street Gallery and downsizing and reorganizing in an effort to move forward.  – Available for sale are furniture items, office supplies, art supplies, and odds and ends – Information at 671-9812 or [email protected] – Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:30 pm

Summer Shtick: An Evening of Comic Mayhem, Volume 2 – Comedy and music galore!  Nancy Rothman, Robert Zuckerman and friends perform two nights only of Summer Shtick, Volume 2 – Presented by PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21nst Century) — Information and tickets at www.ps21chatham.org  or 392-6121 – Tickets may also be ordered  through 1-800-838-3006 – 8 to 10 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

Saturday, July 16

Guided hike to Sunset Rock and Catskill Mountain House – Part of the Hudson River School Art Trail Hikes program – Walk in the footsteps of the painters who created the first great American art movement – Hikes range from easy walks to moderately vigorous climbs – Be sure to wear comfortable shoes – Rain or shine – Reservations required at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 9 am – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Abby Lappen will be performing in the Music Tent – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will be in the Community Tent, and, Rocker Box Spice Company will be in the Guest Tent with mixed spices – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com  – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Tree-torials: Species Tour – Learn more about native and foreign trees in the Hudson Valley – explore the carriage roads and enjoy panoramic views with environmental educator Fran Martino.  Frederic Church planted thousands of trees while living at Olana.  Learn about these trees lives—how they grow, and the nuts and fruits they produce – Some of the trees you will see have been here since the Church family lived at Olana in the nineteenth century. – Information and pre-registration at 828-1872 ext 105 – Walk-ins are welcome – 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Greenport

Lenore Malen: Scenes from Paradise – Lenore Malen will direct a live performance excerpted from Scenes from Paradise, her upcoming movie featuring two characters and six sheep.  Adam and Eve, like time travelers, find themselves on a sheep farm and learn to be human.  Naked and unashamed, with a life span of an hour, they interact with the sheep and the audience. – Featuring actress Jessica Weinstein, mime Blake Haberman, and the herd from Dan Devine’s Sheep Farm (a permanent installation in The Fields).  Followed by a reception in the Benenson Visitors Center – Rain date July 17 – Information at artomi.org or 392-4747 – 4 pm – The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Francine Hunter McGivern |&The Frank Institute @ CR10  present The Birds & the Bees – An installation from Harrison Atelier – The installation proposes a locus of cohabitation for pollinators and humans.  A suite of drawings, molds, and prototypes traces the development of panels for a multi-species façade system.  Panels test out varied materials and aperture size in an ongoing exploration of new dwelling typologies for local cavity-nesting birds and solitary bees.  This is part of a series of Harrison Atelier speculative building projects that explore human/non-human species cohabitation in the Anthropocene period. – On view through July 24 – Information by email to [email protected] – 4 to 6 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo (between Routes 9G & 31)

Exhibition Opening – Blue Sky – Featuring the work of Adam Brent, Jeff Kell, Donna Moylan, Asya Reznikov, and Robin Whiteman – “Making art is a hopeful act. The artist has the need to communicate, the desire to create something new, the willingness to take a risk.  This exhibition brings together five contemporary artists who aren’t afraid to ask ‘what-if?’ as they explore possibilities and resist placing limits on their work.” – On view through August 21 – Live jazz by Josh Connors and Otto Gardner – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Derby and His Badges – Aaron Patrick Decker – Visitors to Ornamentum will remember Aaron Decker as Ornamentum’s  intern two summers ago.  With an MFA degree and several awards under his belt since then, Decker has put together a body of work made recalling childhood scribblings of toys and weapons.  Oddly cartoonish compositions of military badges, stuffed toys and silver scribblings come together in Decker’s first solo exhibition – On view through August 14 – Information at 671-6770 or www.ornamentumgallery.com  – 6 to 8 pm – Ornamentum Gallery, 506 Warren Street

Breaking the Frame – A rare screening of the feature film of artist Carolee Schneemann’s life and work by Marielle Nitoslawska, as well as a selection of Schneemann’s artwork featuring her performances over the years – Carolee Schneeman will be present and will be signing the recent catalog form her retrospective exhibit at the Salzburg Museum der Moderne, Kinetic Painting,as well as the monograph book Unforgivable. – This is a free event – Reception at 7 pm, Screening at 7:30 pm, Book Signing at 9 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

Real People Real Stories—An evening of homegrown stories told by local residents – The Ancram Opera House presents six local residents in an evening of personal stories about leaps of faith, forgiveness, loss, family secrets, and really bad dates – The storytellers are Peter Cipkowski from Hillsdale, Martha Holmes from Pine Plains, Sarah Jackson from Ancramdale, Debby Mayer from Hudson, Bobbie Slovinsky from Ancram, and Aaron Stewart from Highland – Inspired by The Moth Radio Hour, the new directors of the Opera House, Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, created the program to bring communities in the region together through storytelling – Information and tickets at www.ancramoperahouse.org or 329-0114 – 8 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7,  just north of the intersection with Route 82 – Parking is available on the adjacent lawn

Marissa Nadler – Wrekmeister Harmonies – Muscle and Marrow – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Okkervil River – With Bird of Youth opening – Led by New Hampshire native Will Sheff – The New York Times has said, “[Sheff] writes like a novelist.  His songs are full of elegant phrases and unexpected images.”  Sheff’s idol, Lou Reed, named Okkervil River one of his favorite contemporary bands, asked them to open for him, telling  Sheff, “You have a classic rock and roll voice.”  — Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, July 17

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit The Tilden Japanese Garden in New Lebanon, Rockland Farm in Canaan, and the garden of Linda Horn in Spencertown, where Pondside Nursery will be on site with a pop-up plant sale – There is an admission fee at each garden – Information and directions at www.gardenconservancy.org/events/all-events/columbia-county-ny-open-day-10 – 10 am to 4 pm

Mrs. Greenthumbs Day Garden Tour – To honor the memory of Hudson’s most talented, most exuberant, and most famous gardener, Cassandra Danz, who had a local radio show, appeared on national television, and wrote books as Mrs. Greenthumbs –  The tour is a great opportunity to see Hudson gardens hidden behind houses and fences, many only approachable through an alley entrance.  Fifteen gardens located throughout the city will be open to visitors from 11 am until 4 pm – A map showing the location of the gardens is online at http:/mrsgreenthumbsday.blogspot.com/ and will be available on the day of the tour at Nolita Café, 454 Warren Street; Red Dot, 321 Warren Street; and The Secret Gardener, 250 Warren Street.  Maps will also be available in all participating gardens.  Entrances to the gardens are marked by balloons. – The Garden Tour is free and open to the public.  Visitors may show their appreciation and support for the preservation and beautification of Hudson’s public spaces by making a contribution to the Mrs. Greenthumbs “Hedge Fund” at any of the gardens. – 11 am to 4 pm

Evenings of the Non Retinal – Brian Dewan is Master of Ceremonies – Arone Dyer leads Dronechoir Trace, the third evolution of Dronechoir, involving 6-8 unrehearsed vocalists – Each vocalist will have a set of directions fed to him/her during the performance, and the audience will see/hear how each individual interprets these directions.  Also performing will be Peptalk with Michael Carter, Shayna Dunkelman, and Angelica Negron  – Information by e-mail to [email protected] – 5 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo  (between Routes 9G & 31)

Aoife O’Donovan – With Special Guest Haas Kowert Tice –  Boston native O’Donovan is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still for the last ten years – She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma on his “Goat Rodeo Sessions” project, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.  During the summer of 2013 she toured with Garrison Keillor and his “A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour.”  Instrumental string-band trio Haas Kowert Tice is rooted in traditional music, but veers easily into jazz, classical, and rock territory without skipping a beat – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 7 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, July 18

House Rules Café – For the past five years, Kathleen Miller has curated Hudson’s wine and spirits collection at Hudson Wine Merchants.  Now she is curating board games.  House Rules meets every Monday night at the Red Dot to talk, play games, and introduce newbies to the fun of tabletop.  No experience required.  Just bring yourself and a willingness to learn.  The entry fee buys your first drink—beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic.  So come out to Red Dot and play with—or against—your friends and neighbors.” – Instruction is available – Information at [email protected] – 6:30 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

Summer Sings – Second in the series – All are welcome to join the chorus conducted by David Smith, Broad Street Chorale Director, three Monday evenings in July – July 11 the  group sang  “Handel beyond Messiah”  — This Monday they will sing “An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan,” and on July 25,  “Five Centuries of Partsong” – Information and registration at 392-6121 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)

The Voodoo Orchestra North  – The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  – One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, “Bitches Brew” (1970), changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.  Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time.  “The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where ‘Bitches Brew’ left off, and begins anew,” says Previte.  “Even better than the real thing,” says local music critic Seth Rogovoy. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

MacHaydn Mondays – Elvis is in the building! – Elvis, and more, will be in the building for the Mac-Haydn Monday show, when Bill McGrath and Meg Morrow present A Night of Elvis and Friends:  Favorite Songs of Favorite Stars from the Past – The couple are popular Capital District entertainers who play to packed houses throughout the area.  Well known for his Elvis Presley looks, sounds, and swivel, McGrath is an energetic performer who doesn’t limit his musical style to just “The King.”  You’ll hear Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and many more.  Ms. Morrow adds her own considerable talents to the program.  This popular Monday series is now in its fourth year.  The rest of the series is scheduled for August 1 and 15 – Information, schedule and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 8 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Next Tuesday, July 19

Bonfiglio Pop-Up Summer Series at Rivertown Lodge – Bonfiglio continues its pop-up with a summery seafood indoor picnic – The three-course meal is offered between 6 and 10 pm – See the menu and make reservations by e-mail to [email protected]  – Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren Street

Devon Allman Band – The son of Greg Allman, leader of the legendary Southern-rock group, the Allman Brothers Band – He never actually met his father until he was 16 years old, but ended up touring with the Allman Brothers Band for their reunion tour in the early 1990s.  Devon Allman is finding his own sound, making a distinctive mark in familiar territory of Southern blues and Southern rock, the music that runs through his blood – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Movie Tuesdays: Music & Dance Film Series— Pete Seeger: the Power of Song – “A great testament to the mind-changing ability of music…Great footage here from Pete’s early career…” – A free program presented by PS21 – Information  at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm to 10:15 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham

Next Wednesday, July 20

Christ Church Episcopal presents a summer lunch hour music program, its own version of “Bach’s Lunch,” every Wednesday during July and August.  Various composers are featured and  both sacred and secular works are presented.  Bring a bag lunch and listen to recordings of music by popular composers on an exceptional sound system that will convince you that you are listening to a live orchestra and singers.  While listening to the “concerts,” the audience is also invited to enjoy the ambience of the beautiful historic church.  Cold beverages will be available, and hostesses will be on hand to answer questions. The program on Wednesday, July 20, is  Haydn’s Mass in F Major, and Mass in C Major with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church. – Information at 828-1329 or christchurchepiscopalhudson.org – 12 noon to 1 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, corner of Union and East Court Streets


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