Ellen’s Weekend Picks – September 8th and beyond


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Ongoing Exhibitions are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call to find out gallery hours.


Friday-Sunday, September 8-10

Films at TSL – TSL is now showing films Monday through Sunday

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.

Four Days in France – Pierre’s only guide is his “Grindr” dating app, which leads him on a series of encounters with a cast of characters across the French countryside.  Paul sets out after him, using his own phone to track Pierre’s movements in a strange and wonderful game of Grindr cat-and-mouse…” Film Society of Lincoln Center calls it “an erotic road movie like no other.” – 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

The Midwife – Two of French cinemas biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Beatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father – In French with English subtitles.

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory – An intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen.

The Exterminating Angel – (1962) – A group of high society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave – This film, full of eerie, comic absurdity, furthers filmmaker Luis Bunuel’s wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes. – In Spanish with English subtitles.

The Pulitzer at 100 — …an independent documentary released in conjunction with the Pulitzer Centennial.  The film is told through the riveting stories of the artists that have won the prestigious prize….

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

Dawson City: Frozen Time – This meditation on cinema’s past, pieces together the bizarre history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s.  Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush.  It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon.  The films were seldom, if ever, returned.  The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer… dug up a horde of film cans.

>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

Friday, September 8

Olde Hudson presents a free Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie Tasting – Also presentation of a selection of whites, reds, and sparklers  from Domaine Moutarde-Dilligent, whose founders have been documented back to the year 1642 – Information at www.OldeHudson.com – 4:30 pm to 6 pm – Olde Hudson, 449 Warren Street

HWM Free Friday Wine Tasting –This in-store wine tasting features Spanish wines—two reds: a ripe, intense, and focused full-bodied Rioja and a Mencia from Ribeira Sacra with soft tannins and lush fruit; and a Xarel-lo—a crisp, herbal and fruity white  – Free and open to the public – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Our Domestic Insurrection Circus- Time & Space Limited  presents the Bread & Puppet Theater’s giant puppet spectacle addressing the urgencies and absurdities of our current political moment.  Bread & Puppet is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance, and slapstick – Their shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper mache and cardboard. This performance takes place in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – A modest admission price is collected at the entrance – Seating is limited, so bring a chair or blanket – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.orgg – 6 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via the Broad Street grade crossing, past the Amtrak Station on South Front Street

Friday-Saturday, September 8-9

The Hudson-Athens Ferry runs on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months, between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half-hour.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Saturday, September 9

The 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, and fresh fish, – The Pie Guy from Churchtown Gardens has fruit pies and tarts. – Trixie’s Oven has gluten-free coconut macaroons and vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, while supplies last! – Columbia Greene Farm Service Agency will be in the Community Tent and Ron Renniger  performs in the Music Tent – Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

Auction: Art & Design – “…a curated selection of furniture, objects and fine art that add an element of interest to traditional and modern interiors.” – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 518-751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society–Tour one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the Hudson River. This gem still has its spiral staircase, working fog bell, and wonderful architecture – Learn its history and what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family who lived on the lighthouse.  The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active aid for navigation for water traffic.  Tours are available on the second Saturday of each month, through October. This is the next-to-the-last  tour date for this season, the last tour date being October 14. – Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at www.hudsoncruises.com  or by calling  888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org  or call 518-828-5294 – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pm and  depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour –Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. –  In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, accessed via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Panel Discussion: Women Picturing Revolution in conversation with Catherine Morris – A conversation about how photography proposes acts of everyday resistance in connection with race, invisibility, mothering, and art.  Women Picturing Revolution highlights the work of female photographers who have documented conflicts, crises, and revolution in private realms and public spaces.  It sheds light on personal and political experiences that are often overlooked or underrepresented.  Part of the LightField Festival.  Catherine Morris is Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and co-organizer of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum – The panel discussion is free and open to the public – Information and reservations (recommended) by calling 518-822-1438 – 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

BeLo 3rd Gallery Stroll – Various art and design locations welcome visitors to view a broad range of artwork including paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, antiques, artifacts and furnishings  – This spring-to-fall monthly open gallery event presents twelve galleries on Warren and Front Streets open for viewing, some with artist receptions – See listings for details

>Participating galleries on Warren Street are:  Kea Tribal Rug Gallery, 238 Warren Street; J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; FRG Objects and Design/Art, 2nd Floor, 217 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street, Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; and Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

> Participating galleries off Warren Street are: Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica); and Art House, Earle Mitchell Gallery, Sarah Berney Art, and Wasserbach Fine Art, all accessible by Door #21, The Warehouse, 99 South Third Street (large white building behind the Basilica) – Information on the Gallery Stroll at 567-4056 – 5 to 7 pm – Below Third Street, on Warren and Front Streets

Exhibition Opening – 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)

Exhibition Opening – 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

Columbia-Greene Community Foundation’s Fourth Annual Scholars Ball – This annual event benefits scholarships and  collegiate programs at Columbia-Greene Community College – A festive evening with great food and dancing to the music of Just in Time – Information and reservations at 518-828-3727 – 6:30 pm – Main Building, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson

Volume  Reading & Music Series features authors’ readings of prose and poetry, followed by a short DJ set. Volume is a monthly event, taking place every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, NY – Admission is free – Featured writers this month are : Samantha Hunt, Adrian Shirk, and Anne Korkeakivi

> Samantha Hunt is the author of four books: Mr. Splitfoot, a ghost story; The Invention of Everything Else, a novel about inventor Nikola Tesla; The Seas; and The Dark Dark, her debut short story collection.  She is a Guggenheim Fellow.

Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint, 2017). She’s a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in the The Atlantic and others. She teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Visit www.adrianshirk.com

Anne Korkeakivi is the award-winning author of the novels Shining Sea and An Unexpected Guest. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications in the US, UK, and online. Born in NYC, she currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. www.annekorkeakivi.com

>The readings are followed by book signings and DJ Joe Hagan.  Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. To learn more, please visit the Volume  Facebook Page at  www.facebook.com/volumehudson – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Mother Fletcher! !! – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com  or 518-828-1562 – 9 pm to 11:30 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, September 10

Tenth Annual Barry Hopkins Memorial Run on Olana’s 3.8 mile course traversing  Frederic Church’s  historic carriage roads – The run is a joint effort between The Olana Partnership and the Onteora Running Club –Barry Hopkins was a beloved art teacher in the Catskill School District.  He loved to run on the scenic and historic carriage roads at Olana.  His family developed this run in his memory and to carry out the vision Hopkins had for students to learn about and appreciate the cultural resources, art and nature of their communities.   Proceeds from the run support arts education in the Catskill School District  and at Olana. The event is open to all ages and happens rain or shine – Information at 518-828-1872 x 105 or go to www.olana.org  to register,  or register on race day – Registration opens at 8:30 am, a short (approximately 1 km) Children’s Run begins at 9 am, and the Adult Run begins at 9:30 am –  Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Twisted Cabaret starring Lydia and Casey in a fusion of classic songs, first-rate comedy and audience interaction – Admission price includes dinner – Cash bar – Information and reservations at 518-672-9993 or vanderbilt-house.com – 4 pm – Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont

The Rogovoy Salon presents John S. Hall and his current band, Unusual Squirrel – Hall is described as a “poet-rocker.”  He is also an attorney specializing in intellectual property law – The Rogovoy Salon is curated by music journalist Seth Rogovoy:  “With King Missile [Hall’s former band], Hall took his witty, culturally trenchant spoken-word observations and gave them the punk-rock setting they naturally cried out for.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com  – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Tuesday, September 12

Hudson Democratic Primary Election ––For information on your voter registration, clarification on which ward you reside in since the redrawing of ward boundaries, qualifications for an absentee ballot, or to find out your polling place, call the Columbia County Board of Elections at 518-828-3115 – Polls open from 12 noon until 9 pm

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

*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

Jason Middlebrook: Glow – An exhibition of new planks and outdoor sculpture – Middlebrook’s planks (from either vertical or horizontal cross sections of trees) bridge divides between painting and sculpture, surface and ornament, and point abstraction back to its roots in naturally occurring pattern….

Joshua Marsh: Paper Garden – In the fall of 2016, Joshua Marsh spent two months at an artist residency in the mountains of Nikko, Japan.  Aspects of a moss garden there date back centuries.  Its rock walls, indigenous plants, stream and pond fostered the vocabulary for Marsh’s new graphite drawings….

>Both exhibitions on view through September 17 – Information at [email protected]  or 518-828-6680 –– Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*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

John Davis Gallery Exhibitions – The work of six artists is being shown. – In the Front Galleries – Michael David:  Navigators, Golems and Geishas; in the Sculpture Garden – Bruce Gagnier:  Animula; and in the Carriage House – Works by Larry Brown, Kinnea Paskow, Daisy Craddock, and Stephen Reynolds. -– All on view through September 10 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to [email protected] – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

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



*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat  – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at hudsoncruises.com or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months through Labor Day weekend and beyond – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased onboard, 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.

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