Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

March 25 -  March 30

Wednesday, March 25

Tenants’ Rights Forum – Information on your legal rights as a tenant, leases, Legal Aid, etc. – Open to all – 6:30 pm to 9 pm – American Legion, 7 Fairview Avenue


Thursday, March 26

A Tour of Southern Italy – Ca’Mea Ristorante, Fairview Wine and Spirits, and Vias Imports offer a special regional wine dinner – Reservations at 822-0005 – 6:30 pm – Ca’Mea Ristorante, 333 Warren Street


Thursday-Sunday, March 26-29

Films at TSL

> Girlhood – A film by Celine Sciamma – In French with English subtitles

An Honest Liar – A feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James “The Amazing Randi…”

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

The Leopard – Luchino Visconti’s Gattopardo is an epic on the grandest possible scale – In Italian with English subtitles

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, March 27

Honey Blood and Better Pills – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street 


Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue – A mini festival of regional Americana and honky-tonk performers hosted by “Sauerkraut” Seth Travins – This performance will feature the Hootinologists, Jim Krewson, and other special guests – The house band for the evening will be Chops and Sauerkraut, featuring Travins on guitar and Chops Laconte on bass – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday -Saturday, March 27-28

Bread and Puppet Theatre, on its annual visit from Glover Vermont, presents Fire, which tells the story of seven days in a Vietnamese community which is incinerated by fire bombs, followed by the self-immolation of a woman,… Performed with life-size puppets – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday-Sunday, March 27-29

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical review of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits – Directed by Tom Detwiler, with musical direction by Paul Leyden  – Final performances this weekend – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, March 28

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April –Vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers, cheeses and spring salad greens – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Sts.


Passion and Love – A piano concert featuring masterpieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev performed by pianist John Kamitsuka – Post-concert reception with the pianist – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham


Flutist Allison Kiger, cellist Robert Tennen, and violinist Jeffrey Ellenberger perform works by Handel, Haydn, Bach, Telemann, Gliere, and Villa-Lobos – Information at 325-5020 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (I mile south of the intersection of Route 22 & 23)


Hudson Children’s Book Festival Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party – The Fund gives students the opportunity to attend the festival and purchase a book directly from the author of their choice – Proceeds are also used for scholarships given to graduating seniors for college books, and book gift certificates for sixth- and eighth-grade students – Food by Talbott & Arding, Bonfiglio & Bread, and caterers Susan Simon and Chris Jones; music by Darcy and Caroline from 2Note Botanical Perfumery – Hosted by Colin & Katrina Stair – RSVP and information at 822-1951 – 5 to 7 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Trees and Skies: The Landscape Show – Over 45 artists welcome Spring with landscapes in all their magnificent forms – Juried by Hudson artist Gretchen Kelly – Information at 671-6213 –5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street


Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret – This “for adults only” monthly wintertime tradition features a variety of circus, theatre, comedy and musical entertainers – This month’s line-up includes the witty and original tunes of Sabrina Chap, aerialist Amy Chen, the bizarre physical comedy of Ambrose Martos, adorable yo-yo geek Justin Weber, Kinko the Clown, and Ringmistress Philomena – “…an intimately-scaled but grandly imagined variety spectacle.” – (Also see the  family-oriented matinee below.) – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29

Hudson Valley Spring Yarn Crawl – A tour of yarn and fiber shops and farms in Columbia, Greene, and Dutchess Counties and beyond – Four on the tour are located in Columbia County—Spruce Ridge Farm in Old Chatham, The Warm Ewe in Chatham, and Countrywool and Blackberry Hill Farm, both in Livingston – A special bonus is that Spring is lambing time, so there is plenty to watch – A list of participating shops and farms, as well as some virtual shops, can be found at HudsonValleyYarns  - Most shops open from 10 am to 4 pm but do call ahead


Easter Bunny Appearance – Mr. Bunny is making his repeat appearance at Vasilow’s Confectionery – Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Information at 828-2717 – Vasilow’s Confectionery, 741 Columbia Street


Sunday, March 29

HD screening of the National Theatre of London’s production of A View from the Bridge – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Matinee – Bindlestiff’s professional circus cast presents a scaled-down, family-friendly, 60-minute show that is fun for all ages – A special pre-show by students from Bindlestiff’s After School programs in Hudson and Chatham will be presented – Young stars will perform juggling, stilt-walking, plate spinning, and acrobatics – A portion of the proceeds benefit Bindlestiff’s free circus arts education programs in Columbia County, now in its ninth year – Information at 828-4800 – 3 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Concerts in the Village presents Schubert & Beethoven: The Dawn of the Romantic Age – David Smith, Artistic Director, conducts The Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra, with Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano;, Vicki Smith, mezzo-soprano; Jon Morrell, tenor; and Andrew Robert Munn, bass – Information at 758-6401 – 3 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, Broad & Church Streets, Kinderhook

Third Annual State of Our Community: “Black Lives Matter” Showcase – Youth and community members use poetry, music and various media to express how Black lives matter in Hudson –  Followed by a reception – Sponsored by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center - Information at 291-9415 – 5 to 7 pm – Shiloh Baptist Church, 14 Warren Street – Showcase is followed by an After Party called “Turn-up for Social Justice”  with music by DJ Big Vern and DJ Clint – 9 pm – The Half Moon Bar, 48 South Front Street

Free Cake For Every Creature and Trace Mountains and Bridezilla – Free Cake “is the product of Katie Bennett’s internal world.  She sings about books, soup, and feels with directness and warmth.” – “Trace Mountains crawls out from the depths of the DDW record label.” – Bridezilla “is what Ben Hopkins does when he drinks too much orange juice.” – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Monday, March 30

Parker Millsap – Twenty-one-year old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is already drawing comparisons to Elvis Presley – He was been nominated for the Americana Music Association’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and has received praise from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, the Boston Globe, and NPR – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street



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