Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of April 13 and beyond


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.




Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15

Films at TSL

Held Over:  The Rape of Recy Taylor; I, Tonya; The Silence; Persona; Claire’s Camera; The Young Karl Marx; Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

New This Week:  Hour of the Wolf

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

Friday, April 13

Paul De Jong – You Fucken Sucker – Live Music –  Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org   – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Portraits of Us – Camphill Hudson’s theatre troupe will perform an original play at the historic Hudson Opera House.  The piece, called Portraits of Us, features members of The Camphill Hudson Players in a series of nine vignettes examining the daily challenges and unique strengths of those with special needs.  The play uses experimental mixed media to compliment the stories being told.  Camphill Hudson is a group of individuals dedicated to creating a community with people of all abilities in the City of Hudson.  The Camphill community centers around Solaris, a center for the social arts on Warren Street.  The play was developed in collaboration between Director Jody Brookes, Co-Director Michael Hoy, and members of the Camphill Hudson community. Each vignette focuses on the personal history of a community member or a larger issue people face in society that can cause discrimination or confusion.  The play was first performed at Camphill Hudson, Camphill Ghent, Camphill Triform, and Temple Israel in Catskill.  Hudson Hall’s Executive Director Tambra Dillon saw the play at its premiere at Camphill Hudson and offered to bring it to Hudson Hall. – The performance is free and open to the public.  Information and reservations at hudsonhall.org or by calling 518-822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Lorkin O’Reilly, Scottish acoustic songwriter – with Brad Armstrong & Niall Connolly – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Suitcase Junket, aka Matt Lorenz  – “A one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a dumpster guitar, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, and belting out mountain ballads till the house sings back, Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket, should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.  The Northhampton, Mass.-based-indie-blues singer-songwriter brings his box of creative tricks and a load of new songs from his recent album, ‘Pile Driver’” – As one critic aptly summed up:  “The Suitcase Junket is a lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues.  It’s crude; it’s magnificent…one man band leader Matt Lorenz incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird. Take the singer-songwriter idiom, give it a low-grade fever and a guitar, and this is what you get.  Captivating, mesmerizing, and gone…real gone.” –Rochester Times – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday, April 14

The Hudson Farmers’ Market’s indoor market is open for business every Saturday through the month of April.  You will find prepared foods, bread, cookies, spring greens, spring flowers, eggs, meats and cheeses, and more – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 10 am to 1 pm – Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents its production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller – Has not been seen at the Met since 2006 – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Please note start time! – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Duo 1717 performs Krik Krak!: Animal Tales from the Philippines, Haiti and ‘Round Here – Songs and storytelling for children of all ages – Duo 1717 is comprised of Haitian baritone Jean Bernard Cerin and Indian-Filipino-American pianist Veena Kulkarni-Rankin, – The program features art and folk music about animals from the United States, the Philippines, and Haiti alongside two original musical adaptations of the Haitian and Filipino folktales Tezen and Allah’s Favorite Butterfly. This free performance is sponsored by Sparks & Wiry Cries through The Casement Fund Song Series –All are welcome – Information at 518-828-1792 – 2:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present Family Concert 2018:  Iva Bittova: Force of Nature, an enchanting afternoon of Czech folk-inspired music for the whole family.  Iva will be joined by the children of Harmony Project Hudson, who will perform works developed with Bittova over the course of a month-long workshop series at Hudson’s John L. Edwards Primary and Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate Schools. – “Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall have collaborated for four years in presenting free or low-cost family concerts that acquaint youth with the breadth of classical and contemporary music composition and performance,”  says Classics on Hudson Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman.  “Iva is a consummate artist and has generously shared her skill and talent with the next generation of Hudson Valley musicians.  We can’t wait to hear what she and the talented youngsters of Harmony Project Hudson have in store for us,”  Tickets for adults and children can be purchased online at www.hudsonhall.org or by calling 518-822-1438.  The concert is free for children 18 and under. – 3 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Concerts in the Village presents its fourth concert of this spring season—A 19th century German Songbook for Voices and Piano Four-hands – With this concert CITV celebrates and supports the impressive talents of four singers from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program and two Bard collaborative Piano Fellows – Featured will be duets and quartets by Johannes Brahms, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Franz Schubert.  Included will be Brahms’ beloved Liebeslieder, op 52 (1868) and his Three Quartets, op. 31 (1859-63), as well as Schubert’s four polonaises, D. 599 (1818) for piano four-hands. – David Smith, Artistic Director of CITV, says:” For the past five years, we have enjoyed the outstanding contributions of graduate students from the Bard Vocal Arts Program, which is directed by the distinguished American soprano Dawn Upshaw.  It has seemed to me a perfect relationship: one that meets our essential need for top-drawer solo singing while at the same time providing promising musicians substantial ‘real life’ performing experience.  …” The singers include soprano Paulina Swierczek, mezzo-soprano Chloe Schaaf, tenor Eric Carey, bass Luke Macmillan, and pianists Florence Mak and Bethany Pietroniro –Reservations and information at concertsinthevillage.org – Students admitted free – 4 pm – Van Buren Hall, (lift available to 2nd floor) 6 Chatham Street (US Route 9), Kinderhook

VOLUME Reading & Music Series – Volume is a free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set that takes place every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, NY – Featured writers this month are:  Monika Woods, Rachel Lyon, and Bud Smith.

> Monika Woods is a writer, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, and an editor at Triangle House.  Her writing has appeared in Brooklyn MagazineJoyland, and elsewhere.  She lives in Brooklyn with her family, and teaches at Catapult.  Find her at booksijustread.com and @booksijustread

> Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018).  Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa ReviewMcSweeney’s, and other publications.  She teaches for Sackett Street, Catapult, and elsewhere, and co-founded the reading series Ditmas Lit.  Visit her at rachellyon.work

> Bud Smith is the author of nine books, including the novel Teenager (Tyrant Books, 2018), and the short story collection Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018).  He lives in Jersey City and works heavy construction.  He blogs at tinyletter.com/Bud_Smith, and tweets at @bud_smith.

> The reading is followed by book signing and a set by DJ Taylor Larsen.

> Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French.  To learn more, please visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson

> 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents the staged reading of Trust Me by Paula Fell – “John has everyone, including his wife, in the dark about his nefarious business activities until a mysterious stranger arrives at his door.” – Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Shemekia Copeland – If you ever wondered what happened to old-fashioned R&B, soul, and blues belting, seek no further. Shemekia Copeland carries on the tradition while carving out her own niche.  The Grammy Award-nominated vocalist—who already has a closet full of W.C.Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards–can show you how it’s done!  “While she is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, it’s her passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice that gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency.  Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets of Harlem where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city—street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks, and so much more.” – She has opened for the Rolling Stones and headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Madonnathon – Madonna all night…and a little bit of Cher – With DJ Prephab – Pay cover at the door –– Information at halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – Doors open at 10 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15

Opening Night of PS21’s new state-of-the-art Black Box Theater! – Caleb Teicher & Company  sends its two top dancers—Caleb Teicher and Nic Gareiss–to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of the  99-seat Black Box Theater – Teicher and Gareiss are “two of  America’s  most elegant interpreters of traditional American dance forms, including tap, clogging, flatfooting, Irish step, and contemporary hybrids.” – The Saturday night performance at 8 pm is followed by a champagne reception; Sunday’s performance is at 2 pm – Tickets and information at 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6121 — PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of Chatham Village)

Sunday, April 15

Stage Russia HD presents Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya– This production won the Golden Mask Winner for best Drama – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org   – Please note start time! – At 11:30 am, TSL is serving a Proletarian Platter of pork sausage, cabbage salad, beef barley soup and peasant bread – At intermission, audience members will be given a shot of vodka, compliments of the house. – Performance starts at 1 pm – In Russian with subtitles – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Substance Abuse Treatment program  – Claverack Free Library hosts a program detailing local resources available for prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction.  Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann will discuss the successful program he launched in 2016, “Chatham cares 4U,” which encourages residents who want to overcome their addiction to walk into the police station, turn over their drugs, and ask for help. Instead of arresting them, police find a treatment program appropriate to the situation and insurance coverage, and often will drive the resident to that program and stay in touch during and after treatment.  Since its inception in July 2016, it has placed 175 participants into treatment.  In addition, Columbia County Public Health Educator Victoria McGahan will talk about the many additional resources available throughout the county.  Ms. McGahan notes that the effects of substance abuse use in the community are more pervasive than people realize.  Concurrently, the library will host the Columbia Pathways to Recovery traveling collection of 22 books on addictions and substance abuse.  The books, appropriate for teens and adults, may be borrowed.  The Claverack Library urges residents to “Bring your questions. Stay for refreshments.” – Information at 518-851-5667 or go to [email protected] – 2 pm – Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B (at intersection with Route 9H)

Seth ‘Sauerkraut’ Travins has been hosting his own old-fashioned old-style roots-music revues at Club Helsinki.  Travins is a one-man marvel of old-time country, Western swing, honky-tonk, and early rock ‘n’ roll styles, and he’s got a direct line into likeminded artists and bands all over the US and the globe who mine these styles with authenticity, virtuosity, and creativity, just like he does…He is often seen performing with Michael ‘Chops’ Laconte, one of the best rockabilly bass players around.  As the Chops ‘n’Sauerkraut Trio, the boys are joined by Jim ‘Krewtons’ Krewson, who sings and plays drums… – The trio will kick off Club Helsinki Hudson’s new Ballroom Sessions for the spring/summer 2018 season…Known regionally for their mix of hard-edged rockabilly, honky-tonk, and garage-rock, the Chops ‘n’ Sauerkraut Trio will be singing and stomping through originals and favorite rock tunes while showcasing brand new songs upstairs in Helsinki’s gorgeous party ballroom on the venue’s second floor above the Restaurant  –  Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Dinner service begins at 5 pm in the Restaurant, doors to the ballroom open at 6 pm, performance begins at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Monday, April 16

Sidi Toure – Information at halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Tuesday, April 17

On the Fly Story Slam: – “The Aftermath” – On the Fly is joining forces with the Helsinki Open Mic series which takes place every Tuesday night.  On the Fly will be a monthly event, and will take place on the third Tuesday of every month, occupying the space one hour before the Helsinki Open Mic.  Story Slam’s sign-up starts at 5:30 pm and the slam begins at 6 pm – The Slam is a Moth-style event where storytellers are given five minutes to tell a story based on personal experience relating to a specific theme. This week’s theme is “The Aftermath.” According to the dictionary, the word “aftermath” can either mean “the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event” or “new grass growing after mowing or harvest.”  Whether stories of regeneration or fundamental change, you are invited to come tell your personal stories about “that which followed.”  Neither notes nor props are allowed on stage. The slam is produced by Christina Thyssen and Debra Gitterman, On the Fly welcomes local storytellers and those who love stories to participate by telling a story, volunteering to judge, or simply by enjoying the events.  Storytellers are selected at random from those who sign up on the night of the story slam. – For more information, or to see further explanation of what is meant by “Aftermath,” please follow On The Fly Storyslam on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ontheflystoryslam/ and Instagram #ontheflystoryslam. – Sign-up at 5:30 pm; performance at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia 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 (Call ahead to confirm!) + Story Slam (See above)

Next Thursday, April 19

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, presents Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley, a lecture by Dr. William A. Starna, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at SUNY Oneonta.  Dr. Starna is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations.  For many years he was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. – The lecture will be followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information by email to [email protected] or call 518-828-1792 x 101 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)


Christie Scheele: Atlas/Hudson River Valley – A walk through the Hudson River Valley’s open spaces from Albany south to Manhattan – On view through May 6 – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Peculiar Rarities – “For over 27 years, Carrie Haddad Gallery has prided itself on exhibiting some of the finest artworks in the Hudson Valley, from breathtaking Hudson River School-style landscapes to intense and unforgettable abstract-expressionist works.  Now, its time for something a little different…. Peculiar Rarities is exactly what it sounds like.  The exhibition includes media from porcelain to Play-Doh, and subject matter that includes icebergs, Victorian steampunk characters, conniving housewives, and Judy Garland.  From the moment you walk through the door, each space will house its own experience: here, spectral and Seuss-like; there, off-kilter and gritty, all of it richly blending beauty with provocation….”  Twelve artists are showing their work in this exhibition. – On view through June 10 – Information at [email protected]  or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Edition –A group show highlighting the multiple/edition artwork, in various media from stone lithography to digital prints, including works by Justin Baker, Jef Bourgeau, Garth Evans, Eric Fischl, Emily Gui, Willlem de Kooning, Julian Opie, Lucio Pozzi, David Salle, Ed Smith, and others – On view during gallery hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment  – On view through April 15 – Information at [email protected]   – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street

Bash Bish Falls – Produced by and first shown at Roeliff Jansen Historical Society..  The exhibit celebrates the rich history of the Falls—one of New England’s tallest and most dramatic waterfalls.  Bash Bish has been the Roe Jan region’s single biggest attraction for more than 150 years.  The exhibit presents the geology of the falls, early Native American mythology, the artists associated with the Hudson River School of Art who painted the falls, several commercial enterprises, and the efforts to preserve and protect this spectacular cascade.  In addition there is a related video installation at the History Room of the library and anyone who wishes to have their images of Bash Bish included in the installation can send them to  [email protected]   The exhibit was originally curated by Greg Keffer and Darin Johnson. –  On view through April 30 – Information at http://hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Stephanie Bernheim: Pixels and Particulates – Using glass windows, Pine Plains oilcloth, simple mechanical devices, printers and camera phones, and even discarded awnings from Sausbier’s in Hudson, Stephanie Bernheim has for many years explored the limits of common materials and simple mechanical devices through her work.  In Pixels and Particulates, Bernheim uses her PalmPilot as her sketchbook.  In it, she draws on complex photographs to try to capture today’s accelerated frenzy of seeing and responding to images.  In addition, her Tower of Tires Project will be on view – On view through May 13 – Information at 518-822-1438  – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

LINE AND CURVE: The Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection from the Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon with prints by Ellsworth Kelly – Generously donated to the Museum in 2016, the Shaker objects provide an overview of Shaker design and aesthetics.  Featured is Kelly’s worktable, purchased in 1970 near Kelly’s home in Columbia County and used throughout his life – A rare oval box is reminiscent of shapes that can be found in Kelly’s  prints, as are the simple lines of a three-drawer chest and the curved slats of a chair.  The juxtaposition of the curved and the straight is a hallmark of Kelly’s work – On view through May 13 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

John Lees:  Drawings – On view through April 22 – Information at 518-828-5907 or www.johndavisgallery.com   – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

SIT-IN – The exhibition is described by the curator, Kristen Dodge, as “a collective look at the split behavior of a familiar form.”  She goes on to say, “In an interrogation room, two chairs face each other across a desk.  At the birthday party, the guest of honor sits at the head of the table.  In the museum, seating is placed at regular intervals for rest.  At the principal’s office, the student is instructed to ‘sit down.’  Beside a comedian stands a tall, empty stool.  At an auction, everyone sits, save the auctioneer. – A seat is a frame and a proposition.   A person sitting either subscribes to or rejects suggestion; their body gives in to the framework, or contradicts it: settles into an armrest or sits forward, lounges on a chaise or perches on edge….”  The exhibition includes work by 18 women artists – On view through May 20 – Information at septembergallery.com  or call 518-822-1333 – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street #3

Orchid Homunculus: Photography by H. David Stein – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – On view through April 29 – Information at 518-822-0510 or go to www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Memories of Childhood – Two solo exhibitions and a portfolio showcase—all on the theme of “memories of childhood.” — Solo Exhibitions:21 Magnolia Rd.: Kev Filmore, photography and mixed media and Orchard Trail: Michal Greenboim, photography – diptychs ; Portfolio Showcase: Memories of Childhood: Flynn Larsen, photography and Memories of Childhood by the Sea: Leslie Jean-Bart, photography – diptychs – On view through May 6 – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to [email protected] – DavisOrton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Neoteric Abstract – Works by twenty-one abstract artists – Featuring “lyrical, expressive, precise, and emotionally raw works of art including  photography, sculpture, painting, and varied medias.”  – Information at 518-828-2343 or www.slowart.com/limner  – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

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