Ellen’s Weekend Picks: Week of March 29 and beyond


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.




Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 1

Films at TSL:

The Rape of Recy Taylor – (2017) – Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother, was raped by six white men in 1944 Alabama.  Recy Taylor bravely identified her rapists.  The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who triggered an unprecedented cry for justice.  The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

I, Tonya – (2017) Nominated for three 2018 Academy Awards – A darkly comic tale of one of the most sensational scandals in sports history.  Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, she was defined by her infamous and poorly executed attack on fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan – Alison Janney plays her acid-tongued mother.

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

The Silence (1963) –  Part of the Ingmar Bergman Centennial – In Swedish with subtitles

Hour of the Wolf (1968) – Part of the Ingmar Bergman Centennial: – In Swedish 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

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

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


Thursday, March 29

Bread & Puppet Theater presents Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, March 30

Good Friday

Bread & Puppet Theater presents The Basic Bye-Bye Show – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  –Benefit Supper at 6:30 pm, Performance at 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

DJ Uncle Rudy –  Information at halfmoonhudson.com or call 518-828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday, March 30 through Sunday, 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 – This is the final weekend of  this production – Reservations and information at www.ghentplayhouse.org  or 1-800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent


Saturday, March 31

Passover begins

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 Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

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

The Revelers – Today’s avatars of swamp-pop, the Grammy Award-nominated supergroup The Revelers, brings its Louisiana jukebox music to Hudson – The group’s latest album, “Get Ready,” was nominated in the Best Regional Roots category at the Grammy Awards.  This Helsinki appearance is co-produced with Oldtone Roots Music. – The musicians comprising the Revelers, are founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys, unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance.  With the Revelers, the musicians have formed a Louisiana supergroup blending swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful blend of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Sunday, April 1

Easter Sunday

Plant Medicine Tour of 2018 with Johanna Warren (Portland, OR) at the Spotty Dog – Featuring the Goof Fight Herb Company, Vesper Thyme Designs and The People’s Cauldron – “On the record release tour for her new album, “Gemini II,” out February 16 on Spirit House Records, Portland singer-songwriter Johanna Warren is aligning with local herbalists, farmers and activists in every city to share herbal medicine and weave community around connection to the Land.” – “A minutely examined and revelatory emotional upheaval, a view of a failed romance sung with meditative grace.”—The New York Times.  Pitchfork calls it “Heartbreaking and stirring” – Rolling Stone calls Warren “one of ‘4 singer-Songwriters you Need to Know”.  – Information at www.thespottydog.com/events/all-events or call 518-671-6006  – 7 to 10 pm –  Doors at 7 pm, Music at 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Next Tuesday, April 3

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!)


Next Wednesday, April 4

Public Meeting – Hudson Development Corporation will hold a Special Board Meeting to hear a sub-committee’s assessment of three proposals for development of the Kaz warehouse property on the Hudson waterfront – The meeting is open to members of the public – Information at 518-751-1045 – 12 noon – Conference Room, 1 North Front Street


Next Thursday, April 5

Hudson Area Library’s Nonfiction Book Group will be discussing Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – The book is available to borrow in print or e-book, and on CD through the library.  To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the main desk at the library. – The nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America.  The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today.  All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through community and discussion.  Mark Orton, a library board member, is the moderator for discussions.  Information at 518-828-1792 x 101 – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)



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

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


For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org

All content herein copyright 2018 Ellen Thurston, [email protected]

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