Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Week of April 6 and beyond

Firefighting Museum

All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.



Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8

Films at TSL

Held Over:  The Rape of Recy Taylor; I, Tonya; The Silence; Persona

New This Week:  Claire’s Camera; The Young Karl Marx; Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

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

Friday, April 6

Supertone presents Jackson and the Janks with Sam Doores and Nick Panken – “…a rare and amazing show once again filling the Half Moon with the sounds (and smells) of New Orleans – Jackson and the Janks are a New Orleans based rock and roll and rhythm and blues garage gospel band.  Playing for about two years now, they’re known to light up the floor with old fashioned good dancin’ music, and songs about good news, bad situations, and poor fools stumblin’ in the dark.  Bass sax holding it down and sacred steel lifting you up.”  Sam Doores of The Deslondes, and Nick Panken of Spirit Family Reunion will each play solo sets.  – Information at halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – From Thursday at 8 am to Friday at 12 am  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

HWM’s Big Rose Tasting – Jess will be opening the new vintages of Pomponette, Gobelsburg, and the new standout Loire Valley producer Sylvain Bailly, as well as pre-selling favorites like Cammanderie de Peyrassol, Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose, Chateau Pradeaux Rose, and Magnums of Isle Saint Pierre – Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

New Research on Thomas Cole! – As part of the Annual Fellowship Program, the 2017-18 Cole Fellows will reveal new discoveries about Cole and the historic site where he lived and worked .  Subjects range from revelations about “the women artists of Cedar Grove,” including Cole’s sister Sarah and his daughter Emily; to a discussion of how Cole “ consciously changed certain aspects of the American landscape in order to convey ideas and inspire emotions.”

Admission is free – Information at www.thomascole.org – A toast and reception at 5 pm will be followed by presentations starting at 5:15 pm  – The New Studio, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Friday-Saturday, April 6-7

Cooking Classes – On Friday, Valley Variety begins a series of classes beginning with Knife Skills, demonstrated by Chef Tim Forringer – The class will cover how to cut, slice, chop, and mince, plus some advanced techniques – Participants are encouraged to bring their kitchen knives to use during the class – Chef Tim will use the cut vegetables to prepare a popular Korean noodle dish called japchae for the class to enjoy – Saturday’s class – Cheese Making will be taught by Brent Zimmerman , who will explain the process and the variables that affect the qualities and tastes of cheese –-Advance registration is recommended for all classes – Information at valleyvariety.com or call 518-828-0033 – Friday: 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Saturday: 9:30 to 11:30 am – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Saturday, April 7

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)

ONE FAIR: Our New Energy – A new event at Basilica Hudson sets out to equip Hudson Valley residents with affordable tools for environmentally sustainable living – The event is presented by Basilica Hudson and Virago Futures – Admission is free – ONE Fair features a marketplace of local sustainability organizations to serve as an information resource for those concerned about climate and energy challenges.  Local organizations will share stories of their efforts to preserve and enliven the Hudson River region.  A creative studio workshop series will also be in place, so that attendees can connect with their neighbors and the region’s broader sustainability ecosystem to exchange ideas, tips, and practical advice.  “The Hudson Valley is the birthplace of the American environmental movement…The investment and engagement of local organizations gives us hope for the future, and we are proud to be joining the dialogue and bringing the Hudson Valley community together to imagine how to make a sustainable and amazing place to work.” Said Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica’s co-founder and director.  – Basilica will once again partner with the Good Work Institute and writer, filmmaker and six-time National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee Jon Bowermaster.  The ONE Fair event will include a screening of Seeds of Hope, the latest film from Oceans 8 Films’ Hudson River Stories series and part of the Hope On The Hudson screening tour from Saratoga to Battery Park.  Seeds of Hope follows the Akwesasne Tribe of Northern New York, Hudson Valley Farm Hub and Seedshed, from planting to harvest as they honor Native American seeds that are at risk of disappearing.  Can they preserve their rich agricultural heritage and stories that each seed holds?  ONE Fair will conclude with a 4 pm screening of Seeds of Hope followed by group discussion.  Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster will be present for Q&A.  – Information at basilicahudson.org – 10 am to 5 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Super Saturday – Abracadabra!  It’s Mr. Twisty! – Spend a magical morning at the Firefighting  Museum with Mr. Twisty as he performs an interactive magic show that is sure to amaze you – Kids will learn all about fire safety as Mr. Twisty astounds them with his magic. – After the show, kids can make their own magical wands to take home with them, so they too can be magnificent magicians!  There are sure to be lots of surprises from Mr. Twisty’s bag of tricks, so don’t miss the fun!.  – Free admission – Information at 518-822-1874 – 10:30 am – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

Tousey Winery’s Spring Release Party – The long wait is over.  The Rebellion Rose and the Chardonnay are back on the shelves.  Be the first to taste the new vintages.  But wait—there is more.  Tousey will be releasing its very first Sauvignon Blanc at the Spring Release Party.  Come and help celebrate – Information at 518-567-5462 or [email protected] – 11 am to 8 pm – Tousey Winery, 1774 Route 9, Germantown

Passive Solar House Tour:  Net Zero Retrofit – The owners of 81 Summit Street in Philmont are offering a rare opportunity to examine the building science behind the remarkable transformation of a 1960s ranch house (dependent on fossil fuels) into a no-energy cost, carbon-free, two-story vacation retreat.  Combining existing and new construction with passive house measures such as air barrier placement, thick insulation, high-performance windows, and energy recovery demonstrates how this extraordinary result can be accomplished within the realm of conventional building.  Furthermore, all house services are powered through on-site energy generation consisting of an appropriately sized, net metered, solar-panel system which enables Passive House Plus certification.  Meet the architect, the building science engineer and the solar panel designer to discover how passive house HERS rating below 40 and net-zero can be accomplished on commonplace projects through smart, coordinated and strategically sequenced planning.  This mid-construction phase will only happen once, so don’t miss it! – Since this is a construction site, be sure to wear appropriate shoes. You will be asked to sign a required waiver at the site.  Free admission. – No toilet facilities are available.   Required RSVP by email to [email protected] – 12 noon to 2 pm – 81 Summit Street,  Philmont  – (Park on the adjoining Union Court Street)

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents its production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Orchid Homunculus: Photography by H. David Stein – Also exhibiting recent work by gallery artists – Information at 518-822-0510 or visit  www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings –- 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

Orchard Trail: Michal Greenboim, photography – diptychs

Portfolio Showcase:

Memories of Childhood: Flynn Larsen, photography

Memories of Childhood by the Sea: Leslie Jean-Bart, photography – diptychs

– Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to [email protected] – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – 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 – Information at septembergallery.com  or call 518-822-1333 – 6 to 8 pm – September, 449 Warren Street #3

Bettye LaVette  – One of the most amazing comeback stories of the last decade in popular music has been that of Bettye LaVette.  LaVette had been a rising star on the R&B scene in the mid-1960s, but as so often happened even with the most talented of performers, she just couldn’t catch a break.  For LaVette, it was always one step forward, two steps back, through no fault of her own.  Yet she has never lost her perspective or sense of humor.  “I’m not a has-been.  I’m an old never-was,” she says.  In fact, The New York Times calls her “one of the greatest of all soul singers.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Botanica with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Sunday, April 8

Sunday Salon Series – Thomas Cole National Historic Site is celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America from England in 1818.  The Sunday Salon Series is part of the celebration – This Sunday it presents Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. candidate,  History of Art, Yale University, speaking on Idyllic and Industrial Visions: Thomas Cole, William Guy Wall, and the Hudson  River – Her presentation  will tell the story of the relationship between Thomas Cole and another British-born artist who painted the Hudson Valley in the 1820s, William Guy Wall.  Immigrating to the United States in 1818, the same year Cole arrived, Wall provided the watercolors for the popular volume, The Hudson River Portfolio.  The book’s release coincided with the transformation of the Hudson Valley into a destination for landscape tourism, likely encouraging Cole to visit the region.  But the Portfolio showcased the industrialization springing up in the Hudson Valley, while Cole purposely omitted signs of such commercial activity in his early canvases.  Toward the end of the 1820s, however, the two artists enjoyed a relationship characterized by reciprocal influence.  While the Portfolio may have drawn Cole to the Hudson Valley, Cole’s first canvases of the area encouraged Wall to revisit the region, to try his hand at painting in oil, and to experiment with more idiosyncratic compositions similar to those he saw in Cole’s work.  The Salon takes place in the New Studio on the Thomas Cole site.  A map of the site can be found on the website – Information and tickets at http://thomascole.org/visit/ or call 518-943-7465 – 2 to 3 pm – The New Studio, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Concerts in the Village presents its third concert of this spring season – Beethoven and Mendelssohn:  Second Symphonies from the Romantic Age – Performed by The Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, sopranos Caroline Dunigan and Chloe Schaaf, and tenor Jon Morrell.  David Smith conducts – Three important works of early 19th century Romanticism: Mendelssohn’s seldom heard concert aria Infelice (1843), Beethoven’s spirited Symphony No. 2 in D major (1801-02), and Mendelssohn’s monumental Symphony-Cantata,  Lobgesang (1840), for large orchestra, chorus and soloists.  Lyricism and grandeur brilliantly combined in one listening experience – Information at www.concertsinthevillage.org  or 518-758-6869 – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

The world-renowned Merlin and Polina Shepherd Klezmer Duo brings its innovative blend of world music, jazz, classical, Islamic, Russian, Yiddish, and klezmer sounds to Club Helsinki as part of the Rogovoy Salon, the music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy – “Merlin Shepherd is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential klezmer clarinetists of our time.  As a teacher, the Welsh-born and-raised Shepherd has mentored several generations of young, emerging, and rising klezmer artists—especially clarinetists. It is no exaggeration to say that the sound of klezmer clarinet as it is widely played across the globe today has in large part been shaped and molded by Merlin Shepherd” – Polina Shepherd’s diverse musical background and her extraordinary native talent as a vocalist and pianist have quickly propelled her to the top rung of Yiddish and Russian performers.  Polina was born in Siberia and grew up in a Russian Jewish home where songs were regularly sung at table. – Growing up in the Republic of Tatarstan placed her close to Islamic ornamentation and timbre, which can be heard in her unique vocal style and her stunning four-octave range….” – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors at 5 pm, performance at 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, April 10

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!)


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

Marianne Stikas: New Work – On view through April 8 – Information at 518-828-5489 –  Vince Mulford Antiques, 419 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

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