Ellen’s Weekend Picks – September 23 and beyond…


All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.



 Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24

Films at TSL – Now showing films through Sunday

Machines – Moving through the corridors of an enormous and disorienting structure, the camera navigates through a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship, a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.  In his thought-provoking and intimate portrayal, the director observes the lives of the workers, the suffering, and the almost unescapable environment.  The film tells a story of the hugh divide between rich and poor, and the perspectives of both.  In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

Time To Die (1966) – This classic Mexican neo-western was the first realized screenplay of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and legendary Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. The film represents one of the earliest examples of New Mexican Cinema and one of the most accomplished Mexican films from the 1960s. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Beach Rats – Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.  As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurling toward irreparable consequences.  Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library –“In his 43rd film in 50 years, Frederick Wiseman cracks open the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style.  If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big wonderful surprise.  The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman building is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.  ‘Libraries are the pillars of our democracy,’ says Toni Morrison, as Wiseman’s opus makes abundantly clear.”

Hare Krishna – A documentary on the life of the 70-year-old Indian Swami, Srila Prabhupada, who arrived in America in the 1960s.

Polina – A promising classical ballet dancer discovers contemporary dance and faces the realization that determination and hard work don’t always lead to success – In French and Russian with English subtitles.

Lost in Paris – “….a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.” In French with English subtitles.>

Elevator to the Gallows (1958) – In his mesmerizing debut feature, twenty-four-year-old director Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decae and a now legendary score by Miles Davis….a richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity….” – In French with English subtitles

Menashe – (2017) Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind , but hapless, grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven, after his wife passes away….One of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community.  In Yiddish with English subtitles

Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense – “Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made… Directed by Jonathan Demme”

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

Saturday, September 23

The Hudson-Athens Ferry has suspended its service for this year.  The ferry will be back in service in the spring.

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24

Performing Olana – The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the Ancram Opera House, presents an original play that moves both the actors and the audience through the Olana landscape.  The play has been written by nationally recognized playwright and TV writer. Darrah Cloud, and is co-directed by the Directors of the innovative Ancram Opera House, Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, along with the Partnership’s Director of Education Amy Hufnagel.  The result is an immersive, promenade style theatre production to be performed in the Olana landscape.  The piece draws inspiration from Frederic Church’s paintings, letters, family life, archival material, and the celebrated landscape itself. – Tickets at www.olana.org;/calendar – Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk about ¾ of a mile. –  Information at 518-828-1872 ext.105 – Performances on Friday at 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, 4 pm. and 6 pm. – Start at Wagon House Educational Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

Saturday, September 23

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Corn, peppers and tomatoes of all kinds and colors, eggplant, prepared foods,  fresh ginger, eggs, cheeses, pasture -raised meats, nuts, pesto, pickles, breads, herbs and greens, apples, the fall harvest veggies, and fresh fish, – WGXC 90.7 FM programmers will be in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com –

9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Greenport Community Day – Featuring Asia Hickman, Miss NY State Outstanding Teen; a rock climbing wall from 12 to 4; Tots the Clown from 2 to 5; Flacho Gymnastics from 11 am to 12 noon, Oldies 93.5, Bill Williams and his prize wheel, and music by Southbound from 1 to 4 pm; Also pumpkin painting, face painting, bounce houses, slides, craft vendors, contests, and kids games – Free admission – Information at 518-828-4656 – 10 am to 5 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard

Unreserved Estate Auction with select additions – Featuring 18th and 19th century furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more – Information at 518-329-1142 or by email to [email protected] – 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

Hudson River Harvest Concerts 2017 series – Andrew Appel and The Four Nations Ensemble present the first concert in the series celebrating beautiful music and the season, and look to the landmark workshops of Venice, Paris, Meissen, and London for inspiration.  This first concert—Venetian Glass/ Vivaldi’s Seasons features arias and songs from Venice, including arias of Vivaldi and Strozzi  – Information by email to [email protected] or call 212-928-5708 or go to www.Fournations.org – Begins at 3:30 pm with wine and cider to enjoy the grounds – Concert at 4 pm with reception following the concert, at a private home in Linlithgo

The Movable Feast  – Enjoy a delectable dinner and meet new friends – Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House presents this annual event to benefit the organization’s programs, including free community arts programs – Tickets go quickly for this popular evening of drinks at the Opera House, dinner in a private home or shop, and dessert and coffee and the “Foodie” raffle drawing back at the Opera House – Information and tickets at hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438 – Cocktail reception at 6 pm; dinner at 7:30 pm – Dessert, coffee and raffle drawing at 9:30 pm –  Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Backdoor Boys debut their new satirical revue, “Better with a Man,”  a cabaret to benefit the Columbia County Democrats – The Backdoor Boys are not quite like other boy bands.  They put a new spin on some old favorites and explore lesser-known socially and politically satirical numbers – The Boys—Craig Cunningham and Kevin Weldon–sing and joke their way through contemporary life, looking at the world through lavender-colored glasses, as it were. – Their performances are described by Time Out New York as “…shot through with a tough kind of self-irony that is intriguing, and ultimately inspiring – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, September 24

Author’s Reading – Author Richard Boch will read from his memoir, The Mudd Club, followed by Q&A, book signing and a reception with the author – Introduction and Q&A moderated by filmmaker Amos Poe – “More than the well-known doorman of the Mudd Club, Richard Boch played a pivotal role in why it was the coolest club in the world back then.  Richard was the  crowd curator, carefully letting in the right mix of the wildly creative downtown movers and shakers who made it our hangout, leaving the squares and the unhip outside in the cold.  Richard is now letting everyone into the Mudd Club by way of this well written book that details the who’s who and all the fun we had while infiltrating, changing and disrupting pop culture.”—Fab 5 Freddy — Information and reservations at 518-822-1438 or hudsonhall.org – 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Community Day and the first ever Skywalk Arts Festival –Join in the fun, rain or shine – Guests can explore Thomas Cole’s home and studios and view the exhibition and the immersive installation called “The Parlors.”  – Games, demonstrations, refreshments and activities for the whole family – Free admission  from 1 to 4 pm – The Skywalk Arts Festival at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is presented in collaboration with Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site – It is presented by Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley and the NYS Bridge Authority and celebrates the art of the Hudson Valley and the in-progress Skywalk pedestrian crossing at the bridge – At the festival, area artists’ landscapes will be on view in the Rip Van Winkle Administration building on the Catskill side of the bridge.  – Information at www.thomascole.org – 1 to 4 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Monday, September 25

Bark! – The Knoxville alt-duo of husband/wife Tim Lee (bass. vi, vox) and Susan Bauer Lee (drms, vox), both formerly of the TimLee3 – They released their debut self-titled EP in 2015.  Their new full-length LP, Year of the Dog, lands on October 16.  The Knoxville Mercury calls them “a lo-fi post-punk garage-rock combo inspired by American blues and roots revisionists like Cramps, the Gun Club, and R.I. Burnside. – Information at 518-671-6006 –8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Tuesday, September 26

Common Ground Cocktail Fundraiser – Common Ground is a nonprofit organization that provides the citizens of Columbia and Greene Counties an efficient way of resolving disputes of any kind, whether it involves family or neighbors, or disagreements that occur in the workplace or at school. – Since the 1980s, the organization’s services have been delivered by certified volunteer mediators who are trained to give confidential counsel on a wide range of issues – This party is meant to raise awareness and build community outreach for the organization. – Proceeds will support Common Ground’s free and low-cost programs including youth and anti-bullying workshops, peer and family mediation, and parent education classes – The party includes live music by Randy Burns, a silent auction, a beer and wine bar, and delicious hors d’oeuvres – Information and tickets  at 518-943-0523 or by email to [email protected] – 5 to 7 pm – Home  of Carrie and Nick Haddad, 127 Union Street (at Second Street)

Public Meeting with representatives of the NYS Department of Transportation and Amtrak regarding the plans for the escarpment below Promenade Hill and the Hudson Terrace building.  – All are welcome – 5:30 pm – City Hall, 520 Warren Street

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

Wednesday, September 27

Mode Moktar  / Aaron Roche  – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 518-828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Thursday, September 28

Public Meeting — “Airbnb:  Who are you and what are you doing to my city?” – An Affordable Housing Hudson public forum – Panelists include Bill McKenna, Supervisor, Town of Woodstock NY, who will speak on the effects of Airbnb on community life, and initiatives he has taken to control and shape how Airbnb is allowed to do business in his town; and Michael O’Hara, First Ward Alderman, to discuss resolutions that can help Hudson follow in the footsteps of other cities around the nation that have been proactive in protecting affordable housing and workforce housing. – Free and open to all – 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street


House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. – Information at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-9292 – 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29 – Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

See Greenport Community Day under Saturday above.

See the Thomas Cole House Free Community Day and the Skywalk Arts Festival under Sunday above.

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, if there is room – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front 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

*Encaustic Paintings: New Work by Carol Brody – Also works by guest artist Sam Sebren and by gallery artists – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

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

*Photography Exhibition curated by Greenwich Village, NYC gallerist Robin Rice – Featured artists include Benjamin Heller, Bill Phelps, Jose Picayo, Lynda Churilla, Patricia Heal, Pete Kelly, Robin Rice, and Todd Burris, among others – On view through October 2 – Information at finchhudson.com or 518-828-3430 – FINCH Hudson, 555 Warren Street

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 15.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to [email protected] – 6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

*Up River: The Journey Home – An exhibition/installation by Kingsley Parker – For artist Kingsley Parker, the Hudson River has served as a metaphor for his personal and professional journey from New York City to the Hudson Valley.  His 67-foot-long multimedia installation is a “deeply felt and lovingly-executed meditation on the waterway that continues to shape commerce, history, environment, recreation, politics, art, and daily lives in New York State…This installation is his tribute to the immense power of the Hudson River, its impact on the natural world and the communities along its shores, and its profound influence on an artist as his life has changed along with it.”  – On view through September 24 – Information at walnuthillfineart.com or 843-324-5614 – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

 *Just the FactsLightfield Festival of Photography & Multimedia Art – Lightfield’s second annual festival features photography and video work by six distinguished artists: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Brenda Kenneally, Phyllis B. Dooney, Stacy Kranitz, Zoe Strauss, and Masterjia, and a screening of a documentary by director Manfred Kirchheimer. – The exhibition projects delve into the lives of working class people who struggle daily to keep their dignity in a social landscape that is increasingly hostile to immigrants and the working poor.  The festival also looks past common stereotypes to show how marginalized people, largely invisible to mainstream culture, have been left behind by technology and globalization –– The festival runs through September 30.  – Free and open to the public – Information at www.lightfield.vu  or call 347-254-0009 – Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

*Summer Exhibition – Featuring works by Jenny Nelson, Stephen Walling, Christopher Engel, Bruce Murphy, Juan Garcia-Nunez, Joe Wheaton & John Griebsch – On view through September 24 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

*Tim Freccia: Next of Kin – “Striking photography that will spike discussions” – Information at [email protected]   or call 718-450-6801 – On view through the month of September – Hudson on the Green, First Floor, 704 Columbia Street

*Kiyoshi Ike: Silver Landscape – Exhibition extended through October 1 – Information at https://www.conceptohudson.com/ – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

*Halaburda:  Contemporary Paintings on Cardboard – “Philippe Halaburda’s highly unusual body of work is inspired by his 2015 move to New York City, when he made the daring decision to paint on cardboard, a material easily acquired in the streets of Brooklyn.  Flattened packages, tubes used for carpet or fabrics, and even cereal boxes provided an exciting deviation from traditional shapes and canvas surfaces and increased the urban narrative of Halaburda’s work.  The works on cardboard seem to channel the metropolitan energy of New York.  Applying the language of abstract expressionism has created intense, emotional paintings while retaining a fierce sense of identity and independence.  With each painting, Halaburda embarks on an improvisational journey, the outcome being vivid, rhythmic compositions of geometric shapes and staccato brushstrokes, always spontaneous yet precisely executed….” – On view through the month of September – Information at 646-483-9109 or by email to [email protected] –   FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

*Two Worlds: The Art of Dan Peterson and Christina Painter – The exhibition features two artists, sharing life as husband and wife, and sharing a passion for exuberant self-expression.  The Florida natives live in two worlds, with studios and homes in Miami Beach during the winter months, and in Hillsdale, where they live and work each summer.  This will be their first joint exhibition. – On view through October 7 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or 413-246-5776 – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

*New to Earth: Paintings by Donna Moylan – On view through October 1 – Information at 518-392-3336 or by e-mail to  [email protected] – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or [email protected] – 5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)

*Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase on the theme of photocollage/photomontage – These exhibitions show collage that incorporates photographs and photographs that incorporate collage; mixed media and photography that mine memory and tell women’s stories with images, thread, fabrics and more; plus composited photographs of impossible scenes with true emotional impact.

* Two Solo Exhibitions:

Pat Horner, collage – Collage Montage

Astrid Reischwitz, photocollage, pigment prints – Stories from the Kitchen Table

* Portfolio Showcase:

Carol Erb, composites – Dominion: Portraits of Animals in Captivity

Teresa Meier, composites – The Witness Within

On view through October 1 – Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street 

*John Davis Gallery presents the work of five artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including works by Benjamin Butler, Louis & Henry Finkelstein, Laurel Sucsy, and Lee Marshall – On view through October 8 – Information at [email protected] or 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

*Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at Olana – An innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site,

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