Ellen’s Weekend Picks – Week of December 15


All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.




Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17

Films at TSL:

The Florida Project – Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, the film follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother over the course of a single summer.  They live at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby (William Dafoe) whose stern exterior hides a reservoir of kindness and compassion. – “Warm, winning, and gloriously alive…a poignant look at childhood.”

Wonderstruck – Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel.  Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.  Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook.  When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry

Felicite – The film follows a singer working in a bar in Kinshasa, DR Congo, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her son falls victim to an accident.  To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams.  Franco-Sengalese director Alain Gomis paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will not accept compromise, who tackles everything head on, and who refuses to give in no matter what. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

1945 – “A superb cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama.” – In Hungarian with subtitles

The Paris Opera – “…tells the story of life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.” – In French with subtitles

The Divine Order – Winner of Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival – The film is set in Switzerland in 1971 where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. – In Lingala and French with subtitles

Brimstone and Glory – The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other…revelry engulfs the town for days….a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old business of making fireworks by hand. – In Spanish with subtitles

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

Friday, December 15

HWM Free Tasting – A representative from High West Whiskey in Park City, Utah will be pouring samples, paired with Robin’s Fruitcake (A high-end local version!) – Information at 518-828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 Warren Street

Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – Visual artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others come together to share thoughts, conversation, artwork, and a meal.  All are welcome – This month is the Artists & Friends Christmas party.  Bring a dish to share, and be ready to discuss the group’s plans for 2018. – There is still opportunity this month for interested artists to share your new projects or recent work.  Send e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected]  to express your interest – Sher Stevens is at the Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.  Feel free to stop in and talk to her if you have any questions about the artists’ potluck dinner – The potluck is held on the third Friday of each month – All are welcome – 6 pm – Senior Center, Second Floor, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Saturday, December 16

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

Chatham WinterFest – Holiday sales throughout the village, free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa and more! – For a full schedule visit ttps://visitchathamny.com/chatham-winterfest/ – 10 am to 6 pm – Main Street and throughout Chatham

Christmas at Clermont Open House – A great day for families to explore the mansion at their leisure, enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room – Free admission – Cider and cookies available in the Visitors’ Center – Information at 518-537-4240 – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

National Theatre of London / NT Live presents the Broadway musical Follies  – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Book Signing –Photographer Michel Arnaud presents Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings by Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker with photographs by Arnaud– Information at tkhomeandgarden.com – 1pm to 4 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street

Kwanzaa! – Operation Unite, in partnership with Hudson Hall, celebrates African-American culture and unity between friends and family.  Includes an afternoon of arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a performance by the Harambee Dance Company, acclaimed for their blending of the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance.  Attendees are invited to stay for a light Karamu supper, the sharing of Nguzo Saba (the seven principles of Kwanzaa), and the giving of Zawadi (gifts for children). – Information and tickets at www.hudsonhall.org or call 518-822-1438. – 7 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Music of Traffic – The legendary English jam-rock band Traffic, led by Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, is best known for its early 1970s albums “John Barleycorn Must Die” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” and the Dave Mason-penned rock standard, “Feelin’ Alright.” – The all-star group of regional rock ‘n’ roll talent paying tribute to Traffic with renditions of familiar songs and deep catalog cuts, include drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Bruce Katz, woodwinds player Bill Harris, vocalist Joey Eppard, bassist Scott Petito, and guitarist/vocalist Andy Stack — Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –Doors open at 6 pm; show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Hot Jamz! – Information at thehalfmoon.com or call 518-828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17

Artist Arnie Zimmerman’s Holiday Sale of cups, teapots, and vases – Information at [email protected] or [email protected] – 2 to 5 pm –  Izzy’s Room, 84 Green Street

Sunday, December 17

The Bolshoi Ballet HD presents The Nutcracker — Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen – Tickets required – Information and tickets at 518-537-4240 – 3 pm to 6 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9G)

Eighth Annual Celebration of Lessons & Carols – A Gift to the Community – Readings & Music of the Season including choral and organ works of Sweelinck, Bach, Ord, Rutter, Smith, Morley, Vittoria, and others – David Smith, Music Director; Rev. Rudy Visser, Pastor  – Information at www.kinderhookreformedchurch.com or 518-758-6401 – Early arrival is recommended!  Preludes begin at 3:45 pm – Program at 4 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, – 21 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall present the annual Messiah Sing, a Hudson holiday tradition for over twenty years. – Messiah Sing gives the audience an opportunity to enjoy Handel’s Messiah, and also to sing one of four parts, accompanied by professional vocal soloists and a five-instrument ensemble. –  Gwen Gould, conductor; with soloists from the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program: Tatum Robertson, soprano; Sarah Ann Duffy, mezzo-soprano, Eric Carey, tenor, and Mark Chan, baritone; and The Tecchler Quartet (violins, viola, cello, and piano) from the Bard Conservatory of Music – This is the first Messiah Sing to be held in the newly restored, magnificent 1855 performance hall in the Hudson Opera House – The audience is invited to seat themselves in the soprano, alto, tenor or bass sections to sing the Christmas portion, plus the “Hallelujah Chorus,” of Handel’s masterpiece – Scores will be  provided.  – Reservations and information at www.hudsonhall.com or call 518-822-1438 – 4 pm – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

The Lettuce Rejoice Holiday Spectacular with Hedda Lettuce and pianist Paul Leschen – Hedda calls herself the “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen.” Her annual holiday cabaret includes such favorites as “Here Comes Tranny Clause,” about a mean tyrant who ruins Xmas; the classic song, “Sleigh Ride,” turned into a gay man’s quest for sex on Grinder; and “Do You Hear What I Hear” rendered as “Do You Think That He’s Queer?” about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man.  – Ms. Lettuce, aka Steven Polito, is a six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner from HX Magazine, among other honors. – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Tickets also available at GayHudson.com – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, December 19

House Rules Café is in the middle of its schedule of free Harry Potter film showings – Prisoner of Azkaban is being screened next week.  Come early if you are ordering food – Screening is at 6 pm – Information at 518-828-5938 or www.houserulescafe.com – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

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



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

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] – – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street, # 3 (Third Floor)

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] – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Hudson Valley Landscapes – On view through December 31 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com  or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

Touched by Light: New Work by photographer Ellen Lynch – 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 – Ellen Lynch Photography, 34A Main Street, Chatham

Survey Lens: Small Works by Peggy Reeves  – Also showing works by gallery artists – On view through December 31 – Information at 518-822-0510 or .510warrenstrretgallery.com -510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

Walnut Hill Fine Art Staff Group Show – Works by Elbert Perez, Bryan Zimmerman, Lorn Barnes, John Lebbeus MacArthur, Paige Simpson, Sarah Van Buren, Dave Cole, Jamie Israelow, Stephen Mallon, Nurya Chana, and Maude White – Information at 843-324-5614 or by email to [email protected] – Walnut Hill Fine Art, 551 Warren Street

SPOON – A winter group show of artworks and artists empathetic to each other – Featuring works by more than 20 artists – On view through February 4, 2018 – Information at 518-828-4539 or by email to [email protected] – BCBArt, 116 Warren Street

Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale – Over 60 contemporary artworks under 18 inches – On view through December 30 – Information at 518-828-2343 or visit www.slowart.com – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

En Masse 2017 – The fourth annual  by-invitation only, salon-style show featuring over 50 artists and an incredible range of affordable work—sculpture, glass art, oil paintings, collages, and much, much more. – On view through January 7, 2018 – Information by email to  [email protected] or call 518-392-3336 – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Columbia County Photo Club Annual Exhibition – All photos are for sale, with a percentage of proceeds benefitting the Hudson Area Library. – The exhibition is hosted by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library – Karen Davis of the Davis Orton Gallery assisted in developing the show. – The exhibition is open to the public during library open hours. – Information at 518-828-1792 x101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Djelloul Marbrook’s Hudson Photos – A Video Installation  – The Hudson Area Library is featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. – Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing.  Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press) won the 2007 Wick Prize and the 2010 International Book Award for poetry. He also won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award and four honorable mentions in fiction from New Millennium Writings. He is the author of six books of poems and six of fiction, and four more books of poems and three of fiction are forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been widely published in such journals as American Poetry Review and Barrow Street and collections such as New Millennium’s 2017 anthology, Red Sky (the 2016 Sable Books anthology about violence against women), and Dove Tales, the 2016 Writing for Peace anthology. A retired newspaper reporter and editor and a U.S. Navy veteran, he grew up in New York and lives in Germantown with his wife Marilyn. He maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter. Many of his poetry books are available at the library.  This installation will be on display through December and is viewable during library open hours and is wheelchair accessible. For more information send email to [email protected], call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to [email protected]  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

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