Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of Nov 22 and beyond


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.




Wednesday-Sunday, November 22-26

Films at TSL:

The Square – Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum.  His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals.  Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. – Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.”  The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. – Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. – In English, Danish, and Swedish with subtitles

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene – In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed film history forever with its taboo shower scene.  With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of three minutes, Psycho redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the moviegoing experience…..78/52 pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock’s dense web of allusions and double meanings.  The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that’s nirvana for film buffs.

Aida’s Secrets – A web of family secrets unravels in this moving documentary following a family fractured by war.  Two brothers, Izak and Shep, were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and separated as babies, never told of the other’s existence.  Nearly 70 years later, the discovery of family records leads the brothers to an emotional reunion with their elderly mother, Aida, who hid more from Izak and Shep than just each other.  In Hebrew with English subtitles

Chavela – “…the captivating portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular Ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico…After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of international fame late in life.” – In Spanish with English subtitles

The Sacrifice – (1986) – A new restoration of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film.  As a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of its patriarch, news of the outbreak of World War Three reaches their remote Baltic island and the happy mood turns to horror – In Swedish with English subtitles

Faces Places – Eighty-nine-year-old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to direct this enchanting documentary…Together they travel the villages of France in JR’s truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.  The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects and themselves.  – In French with English subtitles.

Jane – Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

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

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Hudson’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Since the 1980s, the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been an opportunity to bring the community together, feed those less fortunate and extend the church’s ministry through a day of outreach.  This year, forced to shut the doors of the church due to emergency roof repair, the festive meal has been more difficult to organize.  However, Christ Church Episcopal Church has risen to the occasion and agreed to host the event again this year.  Rev. Beilke at First Pres emphasizes that this event is not just for those in need, but a means to bring the whole community together.  The meal is prepared and served by volunteers.  At this point, all available volunteer jobs are filled, including those who deliver meals to shut-ins.  Last year 150 meals were delivered and 70 meals were served in-house.  Those who missed this year’s volunteer opportunity might  consider dining at Christ Church and enjoying the company and conversation with other community members –A gofundme campaign has been established at www.gofundme.com/1st-pres-annual-thanksgiving-meal for those who wish to contribute to the event expenses. – Information at 518-267-9322 – Thanksgiving Dinner served from  to 12 noon to 2 pm – Fellowship Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street (at East Court Street)

Friday, November 24

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre – Olana offers a marionette show to thrill the young and the young at heart.  The program celebrates theatre in miniature, an ancient art form with popular 19th-century links.  This marionette theatre is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and not-so-traditional puppetry.  Their work incorporates marionette traditions of Central Europe with histories layered with adventure and travel. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x105 – at 9 am and 10:30 am – Olana  State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26

5th Annual Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market – The market returns to the Hudson Valley as an antidote to Black Friday – Inspired by the talented farmers, collectors and artisans in the Hudson Valley, Farm & Flea was born on Thanksgiving weekend 2013 as an alternative to the big box, mass-manufactured nature of Black Friday – with over 90 of the 100+ vendors coming from the Hudson Valley, the 2017 Holiday Market is designed to be locally-focused, serving as testament to the growing region and reflecting the abundance of makers in the Hudson Valley. – > This year the organizers have announced a host of immersive activities designed to encourage participation and cultural exchange and to showcase the abundance of creative talent in the Hudson Valley and beyond.  These activities include:

Jimbo’s Airbrush Hut, an art project of Catskill artist Jim Krewson housed in Basilica’s Green Trailer – Jim will be bringing a little Jersey boardwalk to upstate NY with airbrush paintings, celebrity portraits, and Hudson themes in a trashy style

The Basilica Hudson Art Shop will showcase a number of emerging painters, sculptors, musicians, record labels, and furniture-makers who have previously performed or exhibited at Basilica Hudson

The Art Bus Project, will be parked at the entrance to Basilica Farm & Flea for the weekend.  The Project is a nonprofit organization and mobile exhibit dedicated to art exposure, education, and engagement, that encourages visitors to think about what their art would look like, to show that creative minds can respond in an infinite variety  of ways.

> The Black Soiree – Friday night from 6 to 9 pm, Basilica Farm & Flea hosts the Black Soiree, with a wide range of activities and offers.  Artist/designer Aurel de St. Andre will provide and print free portraits of attendees using an Afghan box camera he found in Kabul – Some vendors will provide demonstrations giving insight into their crafts.  Music by Sauerkraut Seth, cocktails by Fish & Game and dinner by Alimentary Kitchen and Raven & Boar –

Information at basilicahudson.org or call 917-385-0554 –  Free entry to those under 12 years of age – Weekend Pass available – Hours – Friday: 12 noon to 9 pm (includes Black Soiree from 6 to 9 pm);  Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

A SuMoNo Pop-up featuring the Kimono Made Modern – Susan Kotulak brings SuMoNo, the ultimate luxury brand for one-off raincoats, wraps, jackets, and shrugs made with fine Japanese textiles—Kasuri (ikat), Shibori, Indigo, Silk, Shirimen, and Meisen – Through a painstaking in-house process, carefully selected vintage Japanese kimono and kimono bolts have been lovingly taken apart by the SuMoNo team in Clermont, NY and transformed into one-of-a-kind featherweight raincoats and fashion garments that defy eras – Come to the Pop-Up Shop at the Jim Wach Salon to enjoy trying on these casual designs – Information by email to [email protected] – Friday from 3 to 6 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm – Jim Wach Salon, 234 Warren Street (between Second & Third Streets)

Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 10

The Annual Panto: The Little Mermaid – Written by the Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher –Tickets and information at 518-392-6264 or by email to [email protected] – Runs on weekends through December 10 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, November 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market –– The market has closed its outdoor season, but will return as The Winter Market next Saturday, December 2 – (See listing below)  — Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Traveling Talks: Walking in Search of the Gobble – Join in the walk to learn all about the bird at the center of this holiday weekend. Fran Martino, environmental educator, will lead the walk on Olana’s carriage roads. – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x105 – 10 am  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Explore & Craft: Paper Windows –Scherenschnitte artist Pamela Dalton will help participants craft their own beautiful masterpieces, inspired by Frederic Church’s windows. Dalton’s work is created in the tradition of early American paper-cutting, popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.  Scherenschnitte is a German term meaning “scissor cutting.” – A guided tour of the windows inside Olana’s Main House, will be followed bya paper-cut design lesson. – Refreshments will be served.  – Information at www.olana.org or call 518-828-1872 x105 – 1 pm  – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents The Exterminating Angel, conducted by its composer Thomas Ades – The opera is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel for his 1962 film of the same name – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Book Reading & Conversation – Jim Carroll, Chatham resident and acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, will present his two books—The Boy and the Moon and Papa’s Backpack – Both books are rendered in a method Carroll cites as similar to collage, using painting, drawing, photography and textures from nature which are layered digitally. – Children ages 6 to 9 will be delighted to meet the animals in his stories and howl at the moon.  – A free event – Part of a series running through the end of December in celebration of light, beauty and community. – Information at 208-390-9088 or www.EllenLynch.com – 1 pm –Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

The National Theatre of London/NT Live presents Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies – “There is a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre.  Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after the final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.” – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Tarbox Ramblers, a unique roots-music trio led by Michael Tarbox from Boston, used to play frequently at the original Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, MA…”digging deep into the place where Appalachian music, ancient blues, and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations.”  – NPR describes the sounds of Tarbox Ramblers as “Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,” while music critic Seth Rogovoy writes, “The music is evocative of a world gone by and a world gone wrong, but also a world that lingers on into the 21st century.” – The trio returns to Club Helsinki this Saturday – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, November 26

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents  The Taming of the Shrew with music by Dmitri Shostakovich and choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 6 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, November 28

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

Next Saturday, December 2

Opening Day! – Hudson Farmers’ Market opens its Indoor Market for the month of December, closes for the month of January, opens again in February and will remain open through April. – 10 am to 1 pm, Former Elks Lodge at 601 Union Street (at Union and Sixth Street) –  Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com

Winter Walk! – Mark Your Calendar – The Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall annual holiday celebration, comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest, and most colorful event of the year. – For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique, creative community and independent retailers transform Hudson’s mile-long historic main street into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday cheer, and family fun.  Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year” in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Winter Walk has been known to draw an estimated crowd of 20,000, comprised of  Hudson and Columbia County residents, and visitors from outside the region, to help Hudson kick off the holiday season.  At least one Santa will be seen playing the saxophone, but the real Santa will be in his new location at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, attending to his business of checking up on small children and handing out gifts.  So be there, with bells on!  5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond



House Rules Café – Hudson’s first board game café offers a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults. — Information by email to @houseruleshudson or call 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Hip-Hop Dance – The Hudson Opera House and Operation Unite NY offer an ever-popular weekly hip hop dance workshop taught by Alicia Salvatore on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for ages 6 and up.  No experience necessary.  Information at 518-822-1438 – To accommodate demand, classes take place at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Third Street


Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– Information at [email protected] – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer: Photographs by Len Prince – Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons.  Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards.  His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rodgers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.)  A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We WereThe Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  –Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

BRESCHI: Acrylic Paintings on Canvas – “Crisp geometric shapes and a Mondrian-like emphasis on negative space are at the core of Breschi’s non-objective compositions, softened by meticulously executed gently shifting color spectra.” – On view through November – Information at frgdesignart.com or 646-483-9109 –FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses – The summer exhibition of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, comprised of an exhibition and video installation – The exhibition tells the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its role in the development of early Hudson and Columbia County.  It was the first turnpike in Columbia County and became part of a giant network of roads designed to promote commerce after the American Revolution. – The video installation consists of a presentation on the same topic, given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. – Both are on view through the month of November and are viewable during library hours – Information by email to [email protected] or call 518-828-1792, ext. 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street

Life’s Rich Pageant, a group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by 33 artists – On view through November 26 – Information by email to [email protected] or call 518-828-6680 – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

Paintings by Joseph Yetto – Yetto’s paintings have been included in many group shows at the gallery.  This is his first solo show and provides a unique opportunity to view the full range and depth of his talent and artistic concerns.  Yetto is “fascinated by beautiful deterioration.”  – For example, he paints sunflowers in the process of withering and drying—“ghosts of their former, radiant selves but no less worthy of appreciation.” – “Along with his sunflowers, the work in this show depicts other natural and man-made objects transformed by time and their surroundings.  Yetto’s willingness to be fully present with his subjects—seeing them as they are, as well as how they were, illuminates the commonplace to reveal the sublime.” – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-392-3336 or thompsongirouxgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Influences and Next Steps: New paintings by Karen Roth – Guest Artist Matt Bua – Also showing gallery artists – On view through November 26 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com  – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Sheila Gallagher: Gone Here – The exhibition is described as “a meditation on healing and haunting, things that go away and come back—the recipe for concrete, the stories of the dead, crafts and cures—Gallagher draws upon diverse sources including Shaker gift drawings, Aesclipion temples of ancient Greece, and recent archeological findings of mass graves at Irish orphanages, to create an installation of dedicatory phenomenon, petition and remembrance.” – On view through December 23 – Information by email to [email protected] – 6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

Like and Unlike: Pamela Blum – On view through December 3 – The Carriage House will be closed for the winter months – Information by email to [email protected] or call 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

8th Annual Self-Published Photobooks Exhibition  – Books by twenty photographers selected via an international competition juried by Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, curator at the Davis Orton Gallery – Includes hand-made multiples – On view through December 23 – Gallery hours: Sat & Sun from 11 am to 5:30 pm or by appointment – Information at 518-567-4056 or by e-mail to [email protected] – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Hudson Valley Landscapes -On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Artists’ reception from 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – The photographer asks, “What is photography if not a celebration of light?” – Featuring large-scale images of horses and landscapes illuminated by the sun, emphasizing the interplay of light and shadow. – On view through December 27 –   Information at www.EllenLynch.com or 208-390-9088 – 4 to 7 pm – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

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