Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

September 16 - September 21


Now-Thursday, September 18

Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Fast Food Nation, Slacker) – Filmed annually over a 12-year period and starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Elijah Smith, Jamie Howard, and Tess Allen – Schedule and trailer at www.FairviewCinema3.com – Each evening at 7 pm, matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue, Greenport

Tuesday, September 16

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire captured live at the Young Vic – Repeat broadcast shown on Saturday  (See below) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Wednesday, September 17

Upstreet Market – A mid-week market, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, crafts, music, and knife sharpening – Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square), Hudson


Haunt the House with Penn Sultan – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday, September 18

Landlady and Breakfast in Fur – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21

Films at TSL:

Expedition to the End of the World –  “On a three-mast schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, a crew sets sail for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of Northeast Greenland.” – “an irreverent, philosophical look at humanity and our effect on the world around us.”

> A Coffee in Berlin – This film swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards – Paints the day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. – In German with English subtitles

Closed Curtain – Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking, and creates a masterpiece that surpasses his previous work – In Farsi with English subtitles

Rocks in My Pockets – In this new animated gem, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness.

> This Ain’t No Mouse Music – Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a “detective of deep American music” – Join Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, Flaco Jimenez and the Treme Brass Band for a delightful hip-shaking romp

Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, September 19

Diane Cluck and Liv Carrow – For Diane Cluck, listen at www.dianecluck.info – Liv Carrow, a local favorite, can be heard at www.livcarrowmusic.bandcamp.com/  – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Buffalo Stack with special guests, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra – “With slide guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, bluesy root-rockers Buffalo Stack can’t help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band.” – Visit www.buffalostack.com  – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, September 19-20

BasilicaScope Weekend – A Film Festival with the entire run dedicated to screenings of films made in the 1980s by featured filmmaker Alex Cox, including the cult classics Repo Man (combines punk teenagers, automobile repossessors, and aliens from outer space)Straight to Hell Returns (a slightly tweaked re-release of the 1987 Spaghetti Western comedy)and Walker (the story of 19th-century American adventurer William Walker who abandoned a series of careers to become a soldier of fortune, and for several years, dictator of Nicaragua.) – Cox will be present for Q&A and discussion – Rudy Wurlitzer, screenwriter of Walker, will also be present – Presented in association with Rooftop Films – Further information, schedule and tickets at www.basilicahudson.com – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Saturday, September 20

Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour – Three routes—10, 25, and 62 miles – Registration at www.TownofCopake.org or Facebook: Roe Jan Ramble – Sponsored by the Towns of Copake, Hillsdale, and Ancram – Sign-in at 7:30 am; First riders (62 mile run) leave at 8 am, other rides leave at 8:45 am – All rides begin and end at Copake Memorial Park


2014 Red Apple Run – A 5K orchard run, a 10K trail run, and a 1 mile kids’ run – Sponsored by the Kinderhook Runners Club – Awards and raffle prizes and “the most scenic trail run in Columbia County.” – Online registration and information at www.kinderhookrunnersclub.com/assets/rar_registration_2014.pdf - On-site registration from 7:30 to 8:00 am, Kids’ Run at 8:30, Run starts at 9 am – Samascott’s Orchards, 5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, baked goods, meat, and more – Hudson Historic Boat & Sailing Society visits with information on the restoration of The Eleanor and activities for children – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson


Hudson Valley Apple Festival – Hosted by the Germantown Lions Club – Live music by Anthony Michael one-man band, Taconic Ridge, and Southbound; local, beer, wine and spirits  tasting; horse-drawn hayrides through the park; baking contest; the Wacky Apple Crate Derby, a hay bale maze; Wild Goose Chase border collie demonstration; and fireworks at 7:15 pm! – Information at 537-6833 or www.hudsonvalleyapplefestival.com  – 9 am to 8 pm – 50 Palatine Park Road, Germantown


Cooking Classes – This week, Pie Making with Allison Kave, first prize winner of the annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off and author of First Prize Pies – Participants will make a pie from scratch with a choice of two fillings – Pies will be available for tasting – Each person will leave with a pie ready to be baked at home, plus dough for a second pie, both of which can be frozen – Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing – Seating is limited – Reservations at 828-0033 or www.valleyvariety.com – Class from 10 am to 12 noon; Book signing from 1 to 2 pm  – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street


Double Lighthouse Lunch Buffet Tour & Cruise – Visit the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse and the Kingston Rondout Lighthouse, both still operating in the upper Hudson River and each with its own special history – Admission includes a full tour of both lighthouses and a lunch buffet – Reservations and information at www.ZERVE Esopus Meadows/Kingston Lighthouse Lunch Buffet Tour –10 am to 2 pm - Sails from Kingston, NY


Garden Conservancy Open Day – See the private garden of Margaret Roach in Copake Falls – Information, schedule and directions at www.gardenconservancy.org – 10 am to 4 pm – 99 Valley View Road, Copake Falls


Smokey the Bear and His Forest Friends – Meet a wildlife rehabilitator who will introduce you to her rescued forest friends – Then meet Smokey and find out how you can help him keep forest animals safe from fire – Part of the Super Saturday Days program – Information at www.fasnyfiremuseum.com or 822-1875 –10:30 am – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue


Repeat broadcast of The National Theatre of London’s production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire captured live at the Young Vic – Live simulcast shown on Tuesday (see above)  – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


FilmColumbia Festival Preview – The Chatham Film Club, producers of the 15th annual international film festival, to be screened this year in Chatham and Hudson, will hold a one-time, members-only preview of the 2014 festival at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham – Festival Executive Director and Co-Programmer Peter Biskind, Festival Director Calliope Nicholas, and Co-Programmer Laurence Kardish will host the preview, sharing trailers of featured films, and offering program highlights and insights – The event is free for members – Membership registration is available atwww.filmcolumbia.org and in the lobby the day of the event – 4 pm – Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham


Light Into Night – The first annual showcase, art auction, dinner, and barn dance to benefit Omi International Arts Center – Brings together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for an exclusive evening of installations and performances against the striking backdrop of the Omi Studio Barns  – Features pieces commissioned especially for this event by Omi residency alumni – Guests will enjoy an open bar and a farm-to-table dinner while children will attend a  Little Stars event featuring a night-themed sculpture project using shadows, and a campfire with songs and storytelling – For information and tickets go to www.artomi.org/lightintonight   or 392-4747  -- 5 to 9 pm – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


Exhibition Opening – Martin McMurray: The Case for Dream Insurance – An exhibition of new faux books – “McMurray uses the familiarity of a well-worn book and its standard format as a way to explore a wide range of current and historical events, personal relationships and emotional states…As physical objects, McMurray’s books are paintings as much as they are sculptures.” – On view through October 18 – Erik Schoonebeek’s paintings and drawings are also on view – Information at www.baileygallery.com or 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery/Hudson, 127 Warren Street


Dance Party with DJs T-Bone and Builda – 21+ with ID - Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 9 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


The Reverberations perform – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarbistro.com/ – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street


Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21

Charles Atlas Screenings – Presented by the Hudson Opera House, Second Ward Foundation and Luhring Augustine – Charles Atlas had been a pioneering figure in film and video for over four decades, extending the limits of his medium and forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques.  He has worked with such artists as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Antony & The Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, for whom he served as in-house videographer from the early 1970s through 1983.


Screening of Turning – Originally staged at St. Anne’s Warehouse as part of the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the film is a 78-minute musical documentary featuring the award-winning tour of the live multi-media performance concert by Antony & The Johnsons – Preceded by a reception with the artist

. Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – Reception at 7 pm; screening at 8 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


> Continuous Screenings of Atlas’s films and videos – Viewer discretion is advised Complimentary Virgin and Bloody Marys

 Hail the New Puritan (1985-86) – Documenting a fictional day in the life of British dance celebrity Michael Clark

 Mrs. Peanut Visits New York (1992-1999) – A video portrait of the legendary late performance artist and dancer Leigh Bowery 

  A variety of drag-centered videos including Son of Sam & Delilah (1988-1991) and Butcher’s Vogue (1990)

  Information at www.facebook.com/secondwardfoundation – 12 noon to 5 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street (Parking behind the building)


Sunday, September 21

Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Cruise – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee  or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Board at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


A Gallery Talk on Belkis Ayon – Edward Sullivan, Professor of Art History at NYU, and a specialist in Latin American and Caribbean art, will speak on the work of Cuban artist Belkis Ayon, whose exhibition is currently on view at the gallery and has been extended through October 25 – Prof. Sullivan is the author of 30 books and exhibition catalogs and the curator of exhibitions at numerous museums in Latin America, the US and Europe – Katia Ayon, sister of the artist, will be present – This event is co-sponsored by the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba -- Information at www.FRGobjectsanddesign.com or Facebook, or 646-483-9109 – 3 pm – FRG Objects & Design, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street


The Columbia Chamber Players perform a benefit concert to raise funds for the maintenance of the Roe Jan Library’s donated Mason & Hamlin piano – The Players include Karen Bogardus, flute; Ellen Katz Willner, oboe; and Wenhan Anderson, piano – They will perform trios by Mathias, Dring, and Jacobs, and Gaubert’s Nocturne and Allegro for flute and piano – Reservations are requested – Call 325-4101 – Further information at www.roejanlibrary.org – 4 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 & 23), Hillsdale


Marilyn Maye and her trio led by Tedd Firth – Celebrate autumn with this legendary and iconic jazz and cabaret vocalist as she makes her Hudson Valley debut – Johnny Carson called her a Super Singer and Ella Fitzgerald said she was “The Greatest White Singer in the World.” – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 7 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street




Walking the Living Land Outings – The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is seeking participants for a series of participatory research outings that offer a cultural and artistic exploration of different habitats in the landscape at natural areas throughout the County.  The outings will be led by Farmscape Ecology Program scientists, along with a guest artist, and will involve 6 to 8 participants in an afternoon of multi-sensory activities, “botanical portraits,” and reflections as the group travels through different habitats with cameras, notebooks and botany bags in hand. Spaces are limited, and participation is generally limited to one outing – Information and registration (required) by contacting Anna Duhon at 672-7994 or by e-mail to Anna@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  or visit www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org – Weekends in August and September



Wunderbar B Movie Mondays – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street 


Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street



Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street



Stewart House Open Mic – Hosted by Justin Smith – 7 to 9 pm – The Stewart House, 2 North Water Street, Athens


Stump Trivia at Wunderbar – Every Wednesday night through November – Go to www.stumptrivia.com – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 9:30 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street



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