Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of October 7 and beyond

Hudson Valley Dance

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Sightseeing Tours

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises, including fall foliage tours, are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays until the end of October.   See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.

Ongoing Exhibitions

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS are listed near the end, in no particular order.  Call to find out gallery hours.

Where to Take the Kids

A new occasional section called FUN & GAMES can be found near the end of this edition.

Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8

> Films at TSL

Walk With Me – “…a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Yhich Nhat Hanh….This visceral film is a meditation on a community whose members have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.” – Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch – In Vietnamese, French, and English, with English subtitles.

Kakehashi: A Portrait of Chef Nobuo Fukuda – Born of a strict culture, the Chef had the desire to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world (known as kakehashi) –Facing many challenges, he started as a dishwasher at Benihana and went on to create a cuisine that bridged the gap

Spettacolo – “Villagers in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play.  Every summer their piazza becomes their stage and residents of all ages play a part—the role of themselves.  Monticchiello’s annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years.  But with an aging population and a future generation interested more in Facebook then farming, the town’s 50th anniversary performance just might be its last.” – In Italian with English subtitles.

My Brothers and Sisters in the North – What do we know about the citizens of North Korea?  The country seems to be inhabited by robotic soldiers and its leader’s hysterically loyal subjects.  But what about the everyday life of the people?  Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sung-Hyung Cho was the first South Korean director to receive an official permit to film in North Korea.  Traveling the country, she accompanies ordinary people during their everyday lives and work routines, talking to them about their hopes and dreams.  In German and Korean with English subtitles

The Little Hours  – Bored, volatile, and sexually repressed Renaissance nuns live in a monastery under the watchful eye of Father Tommasso.  Their dull lives are shaken up by the arrival of a handsome new groundskeeper, whom Father Tommasso introduces as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation.  Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the situation erupts into a frenzy of debauchery and hormones….

Beach Rats – Frankie, an aimless teenager, suffocates under the oppressive glare cast by his family and a toxic group of delinquent friends.  As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurling toward irreparable consequences.  Eliza Hittman’s award-winning Sundance hit is a powerful character study that is as visually stunning as it is evocative.

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library –“In his 43rd film in 50 years, Frederick Wiseman cracks open the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style.  If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big wonderful surprise.  The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman building is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.  ‘Libraries are the pillars of our democracy,’ says Toni Morrison, as Wiseman’s opus makes abundantly clear.”

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

Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8

Claverack Free Library Fall Book Sale – Browse a huge selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles, and children’s books

> Friday – A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception  – A modest entry fee allows Early Bird Shoppers to get first dibs – 5 to 7 pm

> Saturday – The sale begins – Lunch is available along with home-baked specialties and beverages – 9 am to 3 pm

> Sunday – The sale continues – Home-baked specialties and beverages are available – 10 am to 2 pm – Purchase a Library tote bag and fill it with books for free

> Library Trustees will lead tours of the new Claverack Library all weekend. Proceeds from the book sale support the Library’s annual budget.

– Information by email to [email protected] or by calling 518-851-7120 – Claverack Free Library, 629 Route State Route 23B (at intersection with Route 9H), Claverack

Opening week of Ghent Playhouse’s production of Greater Tuna, directed by Brian Wagner  – “A hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores.  Two actors portray 20 characters—men, women, children, and animals—all wacky citizens of Tuna–Texas’s third smallest town.”  Reservations and information at 392-6264 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Runs on weekends through October 22 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, October 7

Hudson Farmers’ Market –The market is still going strong.  – Hudson Area Library’s “Story Time On-the-Go” is in the Community Tent – Information at hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at Sixth & Columbia Streets

OK Fall Festival – A fun-filled day for the family. – Hay rides, ghost making, a bake-off and live music – Pumpkin painting and ghost making supplies are provided, or bring your own – Food available for purchase – Information at www.kinderhookbusiness.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Kinderhook Village Square, intersection of Route 9 and Hudson Street, Kinderhook

Dalmatian Day – Celebrate the dalmatian and National Fire Prevention Week with this family- friendly event featuring dalmatians, games, shows, demonstrations and more. All shows and activities, including admission to the Museum, are free for this special day.  See Mr. Twisty’s Fabulous Magic Show, games and crafts for kids, a puppet show and lots of live dalmatians  -Information at 518-822-1875 or www.fasnyfiremuseum.com – 10 am to 3 pm – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue

Hillsdale’s Pumpkin Festival – Activities throughout the Town of Hillsdale, all day! – Preserve tasting, pumpkin carving, donkey hugs, grab bag discounts, games, hay rides, wine tasting, bake sale, movie night and a Pumpkin Pie bake off – Information at 518-325-3310 or www.hillsdaleny.com/2017/10/pumpkin-festival/ – 10 am to 6 pm – Town of Hillsdale

Handmade in America:  Artisans Along Main Street – An annual event presented by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association – Meet the artisans and get a jump on your holiday pantry and gifts – Live acoustical music by Kid Kurt Blues Band – Artisans are selling cheeses, breads, condiments, beverages, ceramics, soaps, fabric and textile objects, jewelry, and other distinctive goods – Maps will be available in most Main Street businesses – Information at http://www.veravalatie.com/HandMade_in_ America.html 11 am to 5 pm – Main Street, Valatie

OctoberFeast – Celebrate the harvest with local food and family fun including a mini petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin painting, craft projects, local bands, a pretzel eating contest, a dog costume contest, a German costume contest, a stein heist, and two chili contests! – A Farmers’ Market, beer steins and pretzel necklaces for sale, baby goats for petting, a raffle to support local food pantries – Information at VisitChathamNY.com – 11 am to 4 pm all along Main Street; and 4 pm to 11 pm at Chatham Brewery parking lot,  Chatham Village

Community Drum Circle – Free and open to the public – 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Pocket Park, 328 Warren Street (directly across from Hudson Opera House)

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Bellini’s Norma – Live in HD – Information at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Hudson Valley Dance Festival – Presented by Dancers Responding to AIDS – This year’s performances (at 2 pm and 5 pm) include choreography by Rob Ashford, Joshua Beamish, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Jeffrey Cirio, American dance legend Merce Cunningham, Moses Pendelton, Emmy Award nominee Sonya Tayeh, Manuel Vignoulle, and others. This is the fifth year of this annual event which raises funds to provide grants to AIDS and family service organizations nationwide, including ten based in the Hudson Valley.- The schedule includes a performance at 2 pm, a cocktail reception for orchestra and VIP ticket buyers  at 3:30, a second performance at 5 pm, and a VIP reception at W&G SPACE on Catskill Creek at 6:30 pm – Information and tickets available at dradance.org or 212-840-0770, ext. 229 – 2 and 5 pm – Historic Catskill Point, Catskill

Exhibition Opening  – Not Just Flowers: New Photography by John Lipkowitz – Also exhibiting gallery artists – On view through October 29 – Information at 518-822-0510 or www.510warrenstreetgallery.com –3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening & Book Signing –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 Were, The Sting, and Sophie’s Choice.  – Join the artist and special guests for an opening reception event featuring music by Carolyn Mix (violin) and Darcy Doniger (cello) of 2Note Hudson, and the launch of a new fragrance by Source Adage – Exhibition on view through November 26 – A musical salute to Marvin Hamlisch takes place on October 21 – Information at 518-822-1438 – 5 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Meet Hudson-based artist Filiz Soyak, and enjoy a glass of wine and artisanal cheeses from Lime Kiln Farm – Soyak’s work draws from places and experiences to create abstracted landscapes.  A number of pieces incorporate symbols, relics and other found objects of the places she’s been recalling in the work. – Free and open to the public – Information at 828-0033 or valleyvariety.com – 5 to 7 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture – James O’Shea’s abstract paintings will be the focus of Carrie Haddad Gallery’s front room this fall, as part of Mixed Media: Painting & Sculpture, an exhibit that also includes paintings by Adam Cohen and Ginny Fox, with encaustic pieces by Susan Stover and wall sculptures by Dai Ban. – On view through November 12 – Information at http://carriehaddadgallery.com/ or 518-828-1915 – 5 to 7 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Exhibition Openings – Two Solo Exhibitions and a Portfolio Showcase on the theme of Identity in America: Who are we? – The city of Hudson in upstate New York (population 6,700 est.),

home of the Davis Orton Gallery, is a diverse community. Twenty-five percent of our population is African American, 7% Asian (predominantly from Bangladesh), and 8% Hispanic.

In 2016, the Davis Orton Gallery presented its first show highlighting questions of identity in America. Now, a year later, the gallery presents four artists who address the conversation with

vibrant portraits of young American Muslims, video portraits of older Bangladeshi women who fought in their country’s war for independence, a Peruvian-American artist’s journal of her l   life story in photocollage, and light-filled photographs of Quaker Meetinghouse interiors that convey the artist’s love for the religion’s tenets.

> Two Exhibitions:

America 2.0 – Mark Bennigton, photography

    Women Fighters, Hidden Memories – Carlos Saavedra, video portraits and photography

> Portfolio Showcase:

The Journey (el vieje)– Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, photocollage

    The Witness Within – Jean Schnell, photographs

Information at davisortongallery.com or 518-567-4056 – Reception from 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – 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 – Reception at 5:30 pm – FRG Objects & Design Gallery/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

From Russia with Love – Leaf Peeper Concerts presents The Voxare Quartet playing Russian music of the early 20th century alongside a screening of Vertov’s silent Russian movie classic—The Man with a Movie Camera – The film captures citizens from dawn to dusk in all aspects of life—mundane, athletic, dangerous and breathtaking.  The quartet draws on the feast of Soviet-era music composed during the same time period as the film – “a unique visual and sonic experience” –  Followed by a reception with the artists – Information and tickets at www.leafpeeperconcerts.org – 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Sunday, October 8

Autumn in Austerlitz Festival –Antiques, live music, entertainment for children, vendors, silent auction, quilt raffle, and a variety of foods to satisfy your hunger. A bountiful Farmers’ Market and Tasting Area. – Rain or shine – Information at www.oldausterlitz.com/2017-autumn-in-austerlitz-festival/  — 11 am to 4 pm – Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz

The Spotty Dog International Short Film Festival – A free one-night celebration of short films – Local and non-local filmmakers, both highbrow and lowbrow – Information at 518-671-6006 – 7 to 10 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

For Puerto Rico – DJ Hank Flick, Raices, and DJ Shanny – 100 % of admission fees goes toward Puerto Rico relief  – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or 518-828-1562 – 8 to 11 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Tuesday, October 10

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


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 at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Samascott’s Corn Maze – Now that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, its time to find your way through Samascott’s seven-acre corn maze.  Bring a friend to keep you company and help find all hidden stations.  Get a punch on your card at every station, and win a free ice cream!  The path can be muddy, so be prepared – Information at 518-758-9292 – 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday through October 29 – Samascott’s Garden Market, 66 Chatham Street, (Route 9), Kinderhook

See OK Fall Festival, Dalmatian Day, Hillsdale’s Pumpkin Festival, OctoberFeast, and Community Drum Circle, all under Saturday above.

Think Ahead to Halloween – Hudson Halloween festivities will happen on Sunday, October 29:

> Trick or Treating at businesses on Warren Street from 2 to 4 pm

> Gathering in Seventh Street Park at 4 pm for a Halloween Parade down Warren Street to the Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street

> A Costume Contest at Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street at 4:30 pm.

The Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop race, taking place on Sunday, October 22, also involves a Costume Contest.  So those who come in last, could still be winners!  Find all the details at http://www.ghostlygallop.info/

Apple Picking – The “U-Pick” signs are up in Columbia County, so its time for a family trip to the orchard.  Look for pumpkins along the way. – Here are two suggestions:

> Philip Orchards at Route 9H, Claverack, 9 am to 5:30 pm daily through October – Phone 518-851-6351

> Fix Brothers Fruit Farm, 215 White Birch Road, – Open now through the end of October – Phone 518-828-4401

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


*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises has suspended its ferry runs until next spring.

*Hudson Cruises’ Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the month of October. – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are on the route.– Fall foliage tours will be offered as soon as the leaves turn.  Information and tickets at www.HudsonCruises.com or call 888-804-9716 – Tickets may be purchased on board, 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.


*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

*Incident Report: Reports – Incident Report is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson for the past ten years.  It offers an interface between the many publics on the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers.  It engages in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations.  In this exhibition September Gallery presents a framework for looking at Incident Report overall.  IR has been an unpredictable series of projects; a storefront space that is sensitive to a constantly shifting town.  For this exhibition, IR migrates up the street and into the gallery to present new works and the entire archive of all past 100 projects.  Artist Tyler Rowland has constructed a replica of the storefront to scale, and incorporated his original project within it. Reports also includes works by IR artists  Nancy Shaver, Allyson Strafella, Maximilian Goldfarb, Tyler Rowland, Carla Herrera-Prats, Taylor Davis, Joan Linder, Nick Tobier, Edna Arloween, Chris Lee, and Helen Mirra, and an accompanying publication documenting this project and including all participants and projects over the course of ten years.  Concurrently, Incident No.101 will be installed by Bruce Dow in the IR viewing station at 348 Warren Street.  Dow installed Incident No.1 in 2007.  The exhibitions will be on view through October 15.  Events will be programmed at September Gallery for subsequent Saturday afternoons – For information about the exhibitions visit SEPTEMBER or send email to [email protected] – 6 to 8 pm – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, #3.

*Kiki Smith: From the Creek – This is the second annual exhibition in the series “OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole” which connects artists and ideas across centuries.  This year, the internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith creates a unique multidisciplinary exhibition inside and out of the 200-year old home of the artist Thomas Cole.  Across time, both artists are responding to the Catskills, which so captivated Cole and inspired America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  The exhibition is curated by Kate Menconeri in collaboration with the artist and will be on view at the historic site through Sunday, October 29 – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

*Two Worlds: The Art of Dan Peterson and Christina Painter – The exhibition features two artists, sharing life as husband and wife, and sharing a passion for exuberant self-expression.  The Florida natives live in two worlds, with studios and homes in Miami Beach during the winter months, and in Hillsdale, where they live and work each summer.  This will be their first joint exhibition. – On view through October 7 – Information at www.neumannfineart.com or 413-246-5776 – Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water Street, Hillsdale

*Catherine Howe: Monoprints – An exhibition exploring the artist’s recent collagraphic monoprints and the objects they have inspired. – While this body of work is process-based, it emerges from Howe’s expressionistic brushwork that balances both abstraction and representation.  The works potentially resemble still life references such as Dutch flower painting, botanical illustrations and American post-war abstraction.  These sources eventually take on a life of their own. – On view through November 19 – Information at 518-610-5549 or [email protected] – 5 to 7 pm – Inky Editions, Door 21, 112 South Front Street (large white building behind the Basilica)


*John Davis Gallery presents the work of five artists in its Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House, including works by Benjamin Butler, Louis & Henry Finkelstein, Laurel Sucsy, and Lee Marshall – On view through October 8 – Information at [email protected] or 518-828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

*Overlook: Teresita Fernandez Confronts Frederic Church at Olana – An innovative collaboration between The Olana Partnership and the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, artist Teresita Fernandez examines Fredric Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th century Latin American travels.  Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernandez’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation in Olana’s Sharp Family Gallery – On view through November 5 – Information at 518-828-1872 x103 – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

*David Eustace: notes from the sky and other material — Curated by Victoria Anstead – David Eustace is a Canadian artist currently living and working in the Hudson Valley.  For this work, Eustace prepared his canvases by exposing them to three years’ worth of local wind and weather.  He “works the canvases as is they were hides, scraping and beating them…and then adds materials including salt, ammonia, oil and iron filings before exposing them to the natural elements.  Intention and accident collide during this ‘curing’ process….” – On view by appointment  through October 29 – Information at 917-902-6667 – Third Floor Gallery, 341 Warren Street (above Hudson Wine Merchants)

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