Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of March 23 and beyond


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.




Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 2018

Films at TSL:

Persona (1966) Part of the Ingmar Bergman Centennial, celebrating Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday

The Disaster Artist – (2017) – James Franco transforms the tragicomic true story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau, an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable, into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds.  Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disaster piece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”)

Have a Nice Day – A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate move to find money to save his fiancee’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang , a mere driver, steals a bag containing one million  from his boss.  News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money. Filmmaker Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation. – In Mandarin with subtitles.

A Ciambra – Pio wants the respect of his older brother whom he emulates in every way, including his career as a petty criminal.  When both his father and brother are arrested, Pio is determined to prove that he can step up and be the head of this sprawling Romani family.  But a fateful night and a wrenching decision soon test just how ready he is.  The action is steeped in the complex social fabric of Southern Italy where Italians, Romani, and African migrants coexist in uneasy tension.  In Italian with subtitles

Double Lover – Crafting a deliriously cinematic web of suspense, shock, eroticism, and power dynamics, writer/director Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool) returns to master the thriller genre. – In French with subtitles

In the Intense Now – An exploration of the revolutions of 1968 across four countries – The film reflects on footage of the French students’ uprising; the images captured by amateurs  during the invasion of Czechoslovakia when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from the filmmaker’s own childhood in Brazil during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship – In Portuguese with subtitles

24 Frames –“In his final film the late Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to create a dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and his work as a photographer.  He selected twenty-four still images, most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife, and digitally animated them into subtly evolving vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. A graceful and elegiac farewell from one of the giants of world cinema.”

Raphael – Raphael Sanzio died at the age of 37 and yet managed to leave an indelible  mark in art. In a well-balanced dialogue between historical reconstructions and artistic commentary, the film retraces the most significant moments of his life… — In Italian with subtitles

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

Friday, March 23

Members Event – New York Times reporter John Leland reads from his book Happiness is a Choice You Make –– In 2015 Leland set out to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group, which upended his notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise.  His book is a collection of lessons that emphasize the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives – Information and reservations at 518-822-8100 or [email protected] – Supper at 6:15 pm, reading at 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, March 23-April 1

Ghent Playhouse presents its production of the Broadway musical, Cabaret, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb – Directed by Matthew Teichner – Plays weekends through April 1 – Reservations and information at www.ghentplayhouse.org  or 1-800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, March 24

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)

Book & Bake Sale – The Hudson Area Library History Room and Friends of the Hudson Area Library have joined forces for their second book and bake sale.  Proceeds from History Room sales will benefit the work and collection of the History Room, and proceeds from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will benefit the Friends organization which supports library collections and programming.  The History Room sale includes some books outside its collection, and extra copies of books they have in the collection.  Some prints of a bird’s-eye view of Hudson are also available.  This is a good opportunity to purchase unique books on local history.  The Friends will be selling current books, art books, and CDs and DVDs, in addition to fresh baked goods.  Information at 518-828-1792 x101 or by email to [email protected] – 10 am to 2 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Auctions at Stair Galleries – Jeremiah Goodman:  The Art of the Interior and East Meets West: Fine and Decorative Arts Across Cultures – Information at 518-751-1000 or stairgalleries.com – 11 am – Stair Galleries , 549 Warren Street

The National Theatre of London/NY Live presents its production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Concerts in the Village presents its second concert of this spring season—French Music from the Early 20th Century:  Vocal and Instrumental Works of Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy with sopranos Amanda Boyd and Andrea Bargabos, tenor Jon Morrell, violinist Elizabeth Silver, cellist Jay Shulman, flutist Elizabeth Chinery, and pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith – The concert acknowledges the centennials of the deaths of Lili Boulanger and Claud Debussy with eight pieces by Lili Boulanger, and seven songs from Lili’s renowned sister Nadia, as well as works of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy – In sum, Paris in the early 20th century, impressionism and post-impressionism, with remembrance of  “The Great War.” – Information at www.concertsinthevillage.org  or 518-758-6869 – 4 pm – Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – 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 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Learn for Our Lives Teach-In –In support of March For Our Lives –Also includes NY-19 Democratic Congressional candidates – On March 24, students from all over the nation will join the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC and over 400 other locations with their families, teachers and other activists, to demand “that Congress immediately enact comprehensive and effective legislation that will protect and save children from gun violence.” – To complement the marches, Indivisible CD19 NY has put together an informative and inspiring Learn for Our Lives Teach-In. – Speakers from a broad spectrum of expertise and experiences will share their perspectives, including local students, educators, elected officials, and law enforcement, public health and faith community leaders. Students are especially welcome at this event. In addition, all the NY-19 Democratic Congressional candidates, including the newest candidate, Erin Collier, have been invited to present their positions on combating gun violence followed by a Q&A  – At the teach-in attendees will be helped to register to vote.  ICD19 NY is working to establish non-partisan voter registration drives at local high schools and colleges in support of Vote for Our Lives.  To learn more about March for Our Lives, or the Learn for Our Lives Teach-In, go to https://marchforourlives.com/  or [email protected] or call 917-482-3539 – 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia 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 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

The HCBF Literacy Fund Fundraising Cocktail Party – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – The Literacy Fund was founded six years ago to support the Hudson Children’s Book Festival – The goal was to give free vouchers to children who were otherwise unable to buy a book of their choice at the festival.  In later years the organization instituted a Thumbs Up program in the elementary and middle schools wherein students read books of authors who were attending the festival and the author with the most “thumbs up” is honored at the festival.  The organization has also started a Young Writers’ Competition for grades 9 through 12 with cash prizes in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.  The Literacy Fund has also been fulfilling its mission to enrich the school libraries by soliciting donations from publishers. – Information at 518-822-1591 – Admission is payable at the door, or on the website at hcbfliteracyfund.com or by check to HCBF Literacy Fund, P.O. Box 5, Hudson NY 12534 – 6 to 8 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

To Lenny With Love: Bernstein at 100 – An homage to the iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is being celebrated this year around the world.  Bernstein favorites are performed by three superb voices—Arianna Zukerman, Bob McDonald, and Vale Rideout—and accompanied by Joy Schreier—Praised by Placido Domingo as an “orchestra at the piano.”  As a special addition to the program, Classics on Hudson Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman performs a solo of Sir Edward Elgar’s Salut D’Amour. – Tickets and information at 518-822-1438 or visit www.hudsonhall.org – 7 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25

SEPTEMBER Gallery is hosting the New York- and Chicago-based curatorial collective, Her Environment, for a pop-up evening of Small Living, a transient show of performance and new media works with artists Rena Anakwe, Lorn Barnes, Jessica Barness, Becc Van K, Jen Kutler, Isabella Maroon, Tannaz Motevalli, and Aleia Murawski – Her Environment is a curatorial project based in New York and Chicago, aiming to create space for queer artists, artists of color, and feminine-spectrum artists to show experimental and genre defying work that incorporates new media:  Saturday – A performance by local musician and sound artist Jen Kutler, followed by projected visuals and sounds by DJ Rena Anakwe.  – 7 pm – SEPTEMBER, 449 Warren Street #3;  Sunday – Small Living continues with performances by local musicians and artists, Rebecca Becker and Amelia Moon – 8 pm – 190 Fairview Avenue.  Information by email to [email protected]

Sunday, March 25

The Actors’ Ensemble Spring Benefit & Celebration – The program includes:

> Live music by Living Roots, with Seamus Maynard and Meaghan Witri,

> Excerpts from Dick Latessa: A Life in Theatre, a film portrait by Ragnar Freidank, produced by Jonathan Hilton, and

> A taste of work in progress from Chairs by Ionesco, with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan

Information at 518-392-5497 – 2 to 4 pm – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

Next Monday, March 26

Online Auction – Antonio Lopez:  The Art of Fashion – Information at 518-751-1000 or stairgalleries.com – 2 pm – Stair Galleries , 549 Warren Street

Next Tuesday, March 27

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  (following the Story Slam) –  Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)


Katrina Hude: Harmonic Cognizance – The artist says: “Pattern studies and visual arrangements are my sanctuary.  The investigation of harmony in pattern is the study of nature and of our sentient needs.” – On view through March 25 – Information at 518-392-3336 or call thompsongirouxgallery.com  – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

The Deployment Project and Other Works: Paintings by Marilyn Orner – On view through April 1 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  or call 518-822-0510 – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

The Eighties – Works by Sandro Chia, Arch Connelly, Rick Dillingham, Vincent Dion, Joan Fitzsimmons, Federico Guzman, Kiyoshi Ike, Antonio Lopez, Gerald Saladyga, and Herman Spoerel – On view through April 1 – Information at www.conceptohudson.com  – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Platinum & Palladium: Photographs by Betsy Crowell – “As a kid I was a Private Eye.  Nancy Drew and Dick Tracy were my heroes.  We used tiny spy cameras.  One of mine was worn on my pointing finger.  Not much has changed in 75 years.  The hidden, waiting to be found, and the deeply seen still command my attention.  The pictures in this exhibition were taken with film in small plastic cameras and large, vintage view cameras.  Each is handcrafted in a darkroom using the noble metals, platinum and palladium, which yield the most beautifully nuanced and exquisite image.” – On view through March 25 – Information at 518-828-5907 or www.johndavisgallery.com  – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Emerging Artists 2018  – Twenty-three artists from around the world exhibit work in all media:  abstract, realist;  subtle, extreme; and political – On view through March 24 – Information at http://www.slowart.com/limner/ or call 518-828-2343  – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

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)

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