Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of June 16 and beyond


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

Wednesday-Sunday, June 14-18

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The stage version of the hilarious movie of the same name – The Broadway version was nominated for 11 Tony Awards – Information and tickets at 518-392-9292 or www.MacHaydnTheatre.org – Final performance is Sunday, June 18 – Opening on June 22 is Cole Porter’s Anything Goes – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17

Occupant – Jonah Bokaer, “Basilica’s guardian angel of dance,” returns with his dancers to Basilica’s Main Hall for a three-day performance run of their repertory piece, Occupant, a work inspired by Edward Albee’s 2001 play of the same name.  The play stages the late, wildly flamboyant sculptor Louise Nevelson against an anonymous interviewer for posthumous questioning – Bokaer’s production takes place on a monochromatic, blue-hued stage where Daniel Arsham, Bokaer’s long-time collaborator, uses various scenic elements and original sculptures to set the scene – Bokaer will make a special appearance in Study for Occupant, preceding the main piece – Music by Ryoji Ikeda – Information and tickets at basilicahudson.org – 8 pm each night – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, June 15-18

TSL Films:

> Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – The story of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile between 1936 and 1942.  Having been driven into emigration at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig falls into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall, which he had anticipated early on.  “…the story of a refugee, a tale of losing one’s homeland, and of the search for a new one….”

> Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent“Both a biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of ‘celebrity chef’….” – Produced by Anthony Bourdain

> Manifesto – Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is featured in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.  From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before.  Director Julian Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this contemporary call to action.

> Obit – there are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world and none are better than at The New York Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism.  This is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries via the legendary obit desk at The Times. “Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time….”

> Kedi (2016) Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely.  For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich…Critics and cats agree, this documentary will charm its way into your heart as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul – In Turkish with English subtitles

> The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016) – Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary. Who is Hieronymus Bosch?  Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever?  Featuring the exhibition, “Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius” at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time.

> Burden (2017) Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in the 1970s with a series of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances.  After having himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations. In this film, his work and private life are seen through a mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal films and audio recordings, and comments from friends and critics, peppered with Burden’s musings through the years.

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

Friday, June 16

Free HWM Tasting – Jared Rumsey from Verity Wines hosts our Friday complimentary in-store tasting – He will be pouring wines perfect for warm weather including Beaujolais Rose, Savoie sparkling, and Momo Sauvignon Blanc, and more.  Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artists and Friends Community Potluck Dinner – A monthly gathering for discussion on art and spirituality – Several artists are presenting:  Sher Stevens will give a presentation on the sculptor Javier Marin.  Laurie Sheridan will be talking about her own sculpture that gives imaginative expression to the values of harmony and environmental responsibility.  She says, “I work with resin because of its unique qualities and appearance. Like organic amber, it preserves and protects the natural elements I use. It also conducts light, which gives each of the works the feeling of aliveness. It is as if the specimens embedded were just sleeping, and could be reanimated sometime in the future.” – Laura Summer will also be present, with students from Free Columbia, who will lead a discussion about art in relation to spirit. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy the conversation! – If you wish to share your work with the group at the next dinner, please send an email to [email protected] – 6 pm – Hudson Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, (corner of State Street)

The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society hosts a “sneak preview” that will launch its summer exhibit, All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic TollhousesPeter Cipkowski, President of the Society, has said, “We’re excited to acknowledge the enormous importance of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  The turnpike was the first in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution.”  Two tollhouses stand on either end of Route 23 in Columbia County—the East Gate in Hillsdale, and the West Gate in Greenport They mark the beginning and the end of Columbia County’s first turnpike, established in 1799 by the NYS Assembly.  The summer exhibit will explore the story of the Turnpike and its part in demonstrating the Hudson River’s importance as an artery of inland commerce and its place in Columbia County’s history.  – Refreshments will be served. – Information at www.roeliffjansenhs.org or call 917-679-0584 – 6 to 8 pm – RJHS Museum, 8 Miles Road, opposite the Copake Falls Post Office and the Taconic Wayside Inn, Copake Falls

Triform Camphill Community’s 15th Annual Benefit Concert presents John Hall of the band Orleans.  He will be joined by Laurel Masse of The Manhattan Transfer, as well as Triform’s students with special needs who form the Triform Bell Choir – Best known as the founder of Orleans, John Hall has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon, and others.  His community activism led him into politics from the Ulster County legislature to a seat in congress in 2006.  He returned to his music career in 2011.  The program will be followed by a strawberry shortcake social – Information and tickets at 528-851-9320 x 13 or purchase tickets online at www.triform.org – 7 pm – Triform Phoenix Center, 20 Triform Road, Hudson

Every Other Summer – Solid Sound Documentary Screening – Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s documentary film shot at 2013’s incarnation of the Solid Sound Festival. – Featuring performances from Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rose, and The Relatives, with appearances by Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others – The film offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA – Free Admission – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Shaker Museum / Mount Lebanon opens its 2017 season on Friday, June 16.  Visitors may enjoy the grounds and visit the shop anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Fridays through Mondays through October 9.  Guided tours are available Friday through Monday at 11 am and 2 pm – Access to the buildings, exhibitions, and installations is by guided tour only.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon stewards the historic site in New Lebanon, which is open from June to October, and offers tours, exhibitions and public programs.  The museum also has a campus in Old Chatham, open year round by appointment, where the administrative offices, collections, library, and archives are housed.  The museum’s collection of over 56,000 Shaker items is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world.  Information at shakerml.org – (See under Saturday, June 17.below for community picnic to celebrate the opening.)

Friday-Saturday, June 16-17

Hidden Gardens 2017 – Spencertown Academy’s annual celebration of the art of the garden – A full line-up of events designed to inform, inspire and intrigue garden enthusiasts – All proceeds benefit the Academy

* Friday

> 6 to 9 p.m. – Twilight in the Garden Party – Friends and neighbors paired with delicious food and libations, all served up in a bucolic setting.  Enjoy this annual kick-off to the summer season.  Cocktails, sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a light supper are served.  – Held at “Falling Waters,” the home of John and Denise Dunne, Spencertown – Tickets may be purchased for the party only or as a package with the garden tour

* Saturday

> 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Breakfast and garden lecture—“Vegetable Gardening: It’s Never Too Late to Start”– by Ron Kujawski, garden columnist and author – Continental breakfast with home-baked goodies and more, while enjoying an illustrated lecture by the co-author of the Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook – Lecture includes basic information on preparing the garden for planting, planting tips, how to make up for lost time, and planning for fall harvest. – Included in tour ticket package or pay at the door or in advance.

> 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Garden Market on the Green – Showcases more than a dozen vendors offering plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books, and expert garden advice – Bargains on choice garden items and accessories at the White Elephant Booth – At 12 noon, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Lisbeth Karlsson gives a talk about invasive vs. native species; at 2 pm, Zema’s Nursery reps lead a workshop on how to your own hummingbird-friendly planter (Advance registration needed) – Food options include an ice cream sundae booth; grilled  burgers, hot dogs and sausages prepared by the Spencertown Volunteer Fire Company; and salads served by Friends of St. Peter’s.

> 9 to 4 p.m. – Art from Farm to Table – In this exhibition, fifteen area artists depict everything found in an agricultural environment that might (or might not!) end up on a table. – In the Academy Gallery.

> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – A self-guided garden tour  to 6 private gardens in Spencertown, Ghent, and North Hillsdale, plus the restored grounds and gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop, her historic home in Austerlitz, all included in the Hidden Gardens admission fee. The six gardens include an exquisite private garden in Spencertown, and a naturalist’s garden in Harlemville – The four additional locations in North Hillsdale include the grounds of a historic B&B, a landscape designer’s garden, a charming 18th-century home with lush edible and flower gardens, and a country house with a parterre, pond, and extensive perennial and edible gardens.  The tour takes place rain or shine.

* Information and tickets at spencertownacademy.org – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

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

Friday-Sunday, June 16-18

Wild Queendom – OUT Hudson NY’s Pride Weekend 2017 – A family-filled weekend of fun at the 2017 parade and a weekend of festivities


> 7 to 9 p.m. (Board at 6 p.m.) – Sunset Boat Cruise on the Hudson River – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – Tickets at outhudson.com

> 10 p.m. – Trixie’s Whorehouse – with DJ Prephab – Admission payable at the door – 10 p.m. – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


> 11 a.m. – Remembering Stonewall – A Listening Party with David Isay –  Brought to you by radio station WGXC-90.7-FM, Oral History Summer School, and the Hudson Area Library – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

> 12 noon to 2 p.m. – Line-up for the Parade – Warren Street side of Seventh Street Park (Unofficial food and drink available from House Rules Café – Runners near the Information Booth and Registration Table, will take orders and deliver food off a special menu for cash only.  Think bagels with rainbow cream cheese!)

> 2 p.m. – OUT Hudson Parade – Begins at Seventh Street Park and proceeds down Warren Street to Front Street

> 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Etsy Craft Party – Promenade Hill Park, at the foot of Warren Street

> 3 to 6 p.m. – Poke the Bear Beer Blast – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

> 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Wild Kiddom Family Proud – “Bevies” for adults – Fun activities for kids – Wm. Farmer & Sons, Corner of Union & Front Streets

8 p.m. (Doors open at 6 pm) – Cabaret Night with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul Leschen – Tickets at outhudson.com – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (corner of Fourth Street)


> 4 to 9 p.m. – …Lions & Tigers & Queens, oh my… – Tea dance sponsored by Girlgantua Jones – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street

*Information at www.outhudson.com

Saturday, June 17 

Columbia County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day – Your chance to get rid of old paint (oil-based only), household batteries, old furniture polish, toilet and drain cleaner, car wax, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, and a long list of things that should not go into the landfill or the garbage – What Not to Bring:  empty containers, latex paints, fire extinguishers, prescription medicines, syringes, asbestos, ammunition, non-contaminated motor oil, fireworks, or 55 gallon drums – For information and a complete list of what is allowed and what is not allowed, call Gennifer Westover at the Columbia County Solid Waste Department at 518-828-2737, or go to the Columbia County website – 8 am to 12 noon – Columbia County Highway Garage, Route 23B, Greenport

The Hudson Farmers’ Market – Columbia County’s largest (and perhaps oldest) farmers’ market is back in its usual outdoor spot for its 21st year of operation – New Vendors include the fishmonger Pura Vida, Dairy Direct, Atina Foods, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, and Jacuterie.   The Destino Taco Cart is also on hand. – Accepting SNAP and WIC – Bob Sheets will be at the market the first Saturday of each month to sharpen knives, scissors, shears, and loppers –Information at http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth and Columbia Streets

18th Annual Agricultural Awareness Tour – Presented by the Columbia County Farm Bureau and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Three farms are on the tour.  The first stop is the Ooms Dairy Farm in Valatie where guests will experience a glimpse of what it takes to run a large-scale dairy farm and see the facility’s state-of-the-art milking robots.  Next stop is the Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, a 900-acre Demeter certified biodynamic farm, A tour of the farm will also include the creamery where cheeses and yogurt are made. A farm fresh lunch will be provided at this stop.  The final stop is the scenic Hudson-Chatham Winery where guests will have the opportunity to meet the vintners and learn about the wine making process, in addition to sampling a variety of wines. – Admission to the tour includes bus transportation and lunch – Reservations and directions for finding the bus by calling the Chamber at 828-4417 – 10 am to 2 pm – Tour leaves from the back parking area of The Chatham Plaza, 15 Dardess Drive, Chatham (across from Trustco Bank)

A One-day Wedding Expo – Featuring a sale of 80 designer wedding gowns – Many of the gowns are valued at more than $2,500, but each dress is now priced at an affordable $300.  All proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health – The joint fundraising venture is built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations.  The event is also meant to draw attention to the talented wedding services available in the area. Wedding service providers, such as DJs, caterers, regional make-up and hair stylists, florists, and lodging establishments, will be available to consult with attendees at the Expo – The Expo is free and open to the public; complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day.  A light breakfast will be provided during the morning hours,  and wedding-style refreshments, including rose, prosecco and appetizers will be available later in the day. – Information by email to [email protected] – 10 am to 4 pm – Second Floor, Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Disco & Donuts: March with Poke the Bear – Join this group and express your inner (and outer) bear – Meet at the garage at 809 Warren Street for Disco and Donuts from 11 am to 12:30 pm, then proceed to Seventh Street Park to help set up for the parade, then promenade down Warren Street to the Poke the Bear Beer Blast at the Half Moon with special guest Big Dipper, DJ Prephab, Gogo bears, Cubs and Otters – To begin, meet at 11 am at 809 Warren Street; Beer Blast from 3 to 6 pm at The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of J.M. Barrie’s much-loved tale of Peter Pan – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon hosts a free community picnic to celebrate the opening of its 2017 season – The picnic takes place in the North Pasture, near the Great Stone Barn.  Jonathan Dixon, Hudson Valley chef, and author of Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America, will provide pulled pork sandwiches.  Soft drinks and various sides will also be available.  Guests are welcome to bring additional beverages.  The food is free and available until it runs out. Guests will have the opportunity to preview the summer exhibition, Break Every Yoke: shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage and the installations, Shaker Woodworkers and Shaker Blacksmiths, all in the 1829 Brethren’s Workshop.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon opens for the 2017 season on Friday, June 16  (See above) – Information at 518-794-9100, ext. 220 or by email to [email protected] – Picnic at 6 pm – North Pasture, Shaker Museum, Shaker Road, New Lebanon

Exhibition Opening – New Paintings by Cynthia Carlson – On view through July 17 – Information at 518-828-1677 or by e-mail to [email protected] – Opening reception from 6 to 8 pm – Galerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Sunday, June 18

Father’s Day Breakfast – Assorted egg bakes, scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon, sausage, home fries, corned beef hash, cereals, juices, fruit bowl – All proceeds benefit the Churchtown Fire Company Youth Fund – 8 am to 12 noon – Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 County Route 27, at intersection of County Routes 27 and 12

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise – Offered by Hudson Cruises, Inc. – Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Cruise from 11:30 am to 2 pm – Board at 11 am at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

The National Theatre of London / NT Live presents its production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?– Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser – “Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotion of rasa, space and essence of raga…Joined on tabla by Ehren Hanson, this ensemble carries tradition forward with interactive spontaneity and heart.” – Suggested donation at the door – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7:30 to 9:30 pm – OR Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street

Next Tuesday, June 20

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

Zach Schmidt / Hudson Valley Honky Tonk Two Step Class – Two Step Class with Ben & Sarah at 8:30 pm; Zach Schmidt  at 9:30 pm – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm to 11 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


*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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