Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of June 8 and beyond

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




Thursday, June 8

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opening night of 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 – Plays Thursdays through Sundays with final performance on Sunday, June 18 – Tickets available for both matinee and evening performances – Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Minna’s Opening Party – In owner Sara Berk’s words, “We are an ethically made home textile brand collaborating with artisans based in Mexico, Guatemala and Uruguay. Until recently, we sold through our website and wholesale to stores worldwide. We’ve just expanded to our first storefront where we carry a mix of homewares and accessories. – Wine from Hudson Wine Merchants; snacks from ‘Lil Deb’s Oasis –Information on Minna’s facebook page – 6 to 9 pm – Minna, 421 Warren Street

Liv Carrow / Omkar Lewis / Ursula Kennedy – Liv, the prodigal daughter of Hudson’s elusive underground, returns — Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jonathan Scales, brings its steel pans and jazz-funk fusion to Club Helsinki – Scales is to the steel pan what Bela Fleck is to the banjo; he reimagines the instrument’s possibilities from the ground up, bringing to it a visionary musical imagination that at once defies description, yet is utterly funky and danceable – “Scales is likely the most innovative steel drummer on the planet.”  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday-Sunday, June 8-11

TSL Films:

> 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  What do we choose to remember?  What never dies?

> 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

> A Quiet Passion (2017) – Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.  British director Terence Davies exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores, and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

> 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.

> I Called Him Morgan – In 1972, the 33-year-old jazz trumpet star Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City.  The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans.  Helen served time for the crime and, following her release, retreated into obscurity.  Over 20 years later, a chance encounter led her to give a remarkable interview.

> Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary – “A thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful, and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.”

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

New Exhibition Opens – American Women Painters and Summer LandscapesInformation at 646-286-2639 – On view Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment – East River Fine Arts, 356 Warren Street

Exhibition Extended – Terry James Conrad: Builder’s Alchemy –An exhibition of sculptures and relief monoprints produced with found object presses and handmade inks – Exhibition extended to July 30 – Information at www.inkyeditions.com or 518-610-5549 – Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:30 pm to 5 pm – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street

Friday, June 9

Free HWM Tasting – The distiller from Orange County Distillery in New Hampton, NY will be offering tastings of their small batch bourbon, vodka, corn whiskey, and rye!  Come on by! Information at hudsonwinemerchants.com or call 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Basilica Hudson launches this year’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series with award-winning Baltimore filmmaker Theo Anthony’s RAT FILM – The film explores the history of Baltimore via the rat, and the humans that love them, live with them and kill them. – Anthony will be present for a discussion of the film following the screening – The series is part of Basilica’s long-standing film program, which is now in its sixth year and continues to present an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art.  The Non-Fiction Screening Series is produced in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative non-fiction film.  – Screening at 7 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Endless Boogie – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Trummors with Zachary Cale & Gregg Skloff– Trummors is the project of Taos, NM-based (formerly West Saugerties/NYC) musicians – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Friday-Saturday, June 9-10

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, June 10 

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

Exhibition Opening & Artist’s Talk – The oil paintings of Taghkanic artist Bob Crimi are featured in an exhibit at Camphill Ghent – A talk by the artist takes place at 3 pm – Information at 518-392-2760 ext. 104 – The exhibition is free and open daily from 9 am to 5 pm –On view through July 31 – Joan Allen Art Gallery, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Ghent

Multi-family Yard Sale – A portion of vendor proceeds benefits WGXC-90.7-FM community radio station – Lots of great finds from multiple vendors – Takes place at Wave Farm where visitors are invited to tour the WGXC Acra Studio, Wave Farm Study Center, and property installations – A lemonade stand by Echo Roe – Information by e-mail to [email protected] or call 518-622-2598 – 10 am to 2 pm – Wave Farm/WGXC Acra, 5662 Route 23, Acra

Hudson Elks Flag Day Parade & Waterfront Festival – This is an all day/night event, featuring Hudson’s biggest parade, food and entertainment on the waterfront, and a huge fireworks display at the end.  The parade includes a variety of community groups, churches, fire companies, youth groups and businesses – Marching bands include the popular Hawthorne Caballeros, 20th Century Limited, and Brass-O-Mania, high school marching bands, drum lines and more – Some of these groups will give additional performances at the waterfront where trophies will be awarded.

> 10 to 11 am – Seventh Street Park – Informational displays and vendors, and entertainment by Christine Dellea

> 11 am – Seventh Street Park – Elks Annual Flag Day Ceremony

> 2 pm – Green and State Streets – The parade steps off and proceeds down Warren and Front Streets to the Amtrak Station

> 3 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Water Street – Accessed via the Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street – A variety of food vendors; entertainment by Dusk to Dawn and Side Show Willie; and an amusement area with rides for the young at heart

> 9 pm – Fireworks display – Best seen from the waterfront

> There is no rain date – Information at www.hudsonflagdayparade.org

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

(Freak) Flag Day – Presented by Basilica Hudson – Hudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations are a David Lynch-Americana dream come true.  Cloaked by night and surrounded by colorful explosions, Basilica’s sixth annual Flag Day is a freakier counterpoint to the city’s festivities, with performances and dancing into the wee hours. – The evening kicks off at sundown with the best seat in town for Hudson’s spectacular fireworks display, launched from the Basilica parking lot, and the freaky festivities take off from there.  From 6 pm on, the visual arts are on display including Jim Krewson’s Local Character, the culmination of his May artist-in-residence stint, resulting in beautifully realistic portraits of Hudsonites, open all night in Basilica’s Back Gallery; Dave Cole’s large-scale work, Flags of the World, in the Main Hall, presents a patchwork quilt of an American flag comprised entirely of an official United Nation Flags of the World set; Flatsitter’s Lily Dale, is a virtual reality experience in an econoline shuttle bus; Kris Perry’s Revolution begs to be seen as the sun sets.  See this monumental kinetic sculpture, on the southwest corner of the Basilica grounds, with the Catskill mountain sunset as backdrop. Inside the Basilica, at 8 pm, a Gothic electronic rave set by SEVEN T*TS, Alger Moy, DJ Danny Cash Cash + DJ Lavish and SVB – Tickets for this dance party are available at the door. – Information by email to [email protected] – 6 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Music in the Stacks – Klezmer and Jazz – This inaugural cabaret event will resound throughout the library – Performed by the musical group Two Worlds, consisting of Paul Green, clarinet; Ben Kohn, keyboard; and Richard Syracuse, string bass.  Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Area Library – Tickets and information at 518-828-1792 x 101 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org  – 6 to 8 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition Opening – Silver Landscape – Kiyoshi Ike’s gallery installation inspired by the memory of his upbringing,  combined with works from a ten-year span of his life in Brooklyn, NY – On view through August 13 – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Opening Party for designer/painter Marine Penvern’s new Atelier, showing her new collection of clothes for women and men, in addition to a preview of a new series of her abstract paintings – The jazz duo of Ed Cherry (guitar) and Jesse Collins (alto sax) will perform. – 6 to 8 pm – 701 Warren Street (corner of Seventh Street)

Columbia County Historical Society presents its annual benefit–First Columbians 2017: Celebrating CCHS Rural Properties – Cocktails and dinner, silent auction, new exhibitions –  Live music by Stone Soup – Reservations at www.cchsny.org – 6:30 to 10:30 pm – On the lawn of Luykas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, 2589 State Route 9H, Kinderhook

Volume – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set presented every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale, Hudson, NY. Authors reading this Saturday are Jessie Chaffee, Emma Smith-Stevens, and Mark Allen

> Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders.

> Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

> Mark Allen has contributed to The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, FourTwoNine, The Awl, and Vice, performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Cutting Room, and 92Y Tribeca, and hosted his own show at WFMU, as well as the show Pitch! at Dixon Place.

> The readings are followed by a book signing, and DJ Holly Watson – Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – Information at the Volume Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/volumehudson  or call 917-535-8225

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

The Teresa Broadwell Sextet performs The Music of Nat King Cole – Teresa Broadwell, jazz vocalist, violinist, band leader and arranger, leads the sextet through Cole’s repertoire which included some of the most popular standards of his day, as well as some of his rarely heard songs – The band features Mike Novakowski on guitar, bassist Pete Toigo, legendary sax man Leo Russo, pianist Michael Lamkin, and drummer Cliff Brucker – Information and reservations at spencertownacademy.org – 7 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Kimock brings its world-fusion psychedelic jams featuring diverse composed and improvisational sounds to Club Helsinki – Led by guitarist Steve Kimock, long associated with the Grateful Dead and its offshoots, the group promises a listening experience that spotlights Kimock’s remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, reinvented classics, and contemporary compositions – Kimock has been closely associated with many offshoots of the Grateful Dead. – His new group, KIMOCK, features drummer John Morgan Kimock, bassist Bobby Vega, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson.  This current tour celebrates the release of two new singles; the complete album will be released in the fall.  – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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

Sunday, June 11

Construction and Elaboration – Historic Hudson presents the first in a chamber music series performed by The Orchestra Now, an innovative training orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College – The ensemble will perform string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven – Seating is limited – For ticket information go to www.historichudson.org or email  [email protected] – 2 pm – Dr. Oliver Bronson House, enter the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility from Worth Avenue (Route 9) and follow the signs to the Bronson House.

Swords in the Hands of Children:  Reflections of an American Revolutionary – Launch of Jonathan Lerner’s new memoir of his days as a young member of SDS and the Weather Underground on the forefront of the radical movement in the 60s – This short, lyrical memoir chronicles the rise and fall of one of America’s most notorious radical groups of the Vietnam Era.  Lerner, a Hudson resident who is now a journalist specializing in environment and urbanism and Chair of Hudson’s Conservation Advisory Council, was the Weather organization’s “minister of propaganda” and editor of its publication, Fire!. He speaks against the group’s misogyny and violence, but stands by its rejection of the Vietnam War and endemic racism. – Reading and book signing will be followed by a reception with the author – Information at 518-822-1438 or www.hudsonhall.org – 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Ahn Trio performs works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Pat Metheny, and others as the inaugural concert of the Rogovoy Salon series, curated and hosted by cultural journalist and

music critic, Seth Rogovoy – The Trio has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “exacting and exciting musicians.”  The three sisters comprising the Ahn Trio (Lucia on piano, Angella on

violin, and Maria on cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. – They have also gained

renown for their innovative arrangements of music from the rock canon. – The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Information and reservations at helsinkihudson.com or 518-828-4800 – 7 pm — Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, June 13

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly, all-nerd throwdown – This Spotty Dog quiz night has been held since 2007 – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 518-671-6006 – 6:30 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People – A live radio rendition of the Oscar Wilde classic, with sound effects by Andrew Joffe – The cast includes Scott Baldinger, Logan Rando, Andrew Joffe, Patrick O’Connor, Nancy Rothman, Loralee Ecobelli, Alana Hauptmann, and Justin Weaver (Girlgantua) as Lady Bracknell – Directed by Mathew Tombers and Andrew Joffe – Suggested donation at the door –  Proceeds benefit your local hands-on radio station, WGXC-FM – Seating is limited  (Doors open at 6 pm) – Food and beverages available – Live broadcast at the Red Dot, 321 Warren Street at 7 pm, or tune in to WGXC 90.7 FM at 7 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


*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, 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

*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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