Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

September 30 - October 5

Now - October 2

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


Wednesday, October 1

Christ Church Episcopal resumes its Wednesday Lunch season – The menu changes each week and consists of a hot main course such as soup, stew, or pasta, a beverage, and dessert – Donations are requested, according to the donor’s ability – All donations go back into the lunch program – Church volunteers cook and serve the meal – Take-out is not available – All are welcome – Information at 828-1329 - 11:30 am to 1:15 pm every Wednesday through Memorial Day weekend – Fellowship Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street


Upstreet Market – A mid-week market, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, crafts, music, and art – Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm through November 19 – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square)


Author Elizabeth Sheffield will read from her book, Helen Keller Really Lived – Copies will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Free Dance Film Series – Leading up to the Second Annual Hudson Valley Dance Festival on October 11 – This Wednesday two films by Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer, Pontus Lidberg, will be shown—The Rain (2007) and the award-winning Labyrinth Within (2011) – Information by e-mail to ddang@worksandprocess.org – 8 pm – Publication Studio Hudson, 460 Main Street, Catskill


Wednesday-Tuesday, October 1-7

Pop-Up Exhibition – Asian Art on the Hudson – Contemporary Chinese art, featuring the work of nine artists in media including painting, calligraphy, embroidery, and traditional Chinese ink wash shown at an historic Hudson Valley estate – Information by contacting Joanna Virello at jvprpr@gmail.com or 860-709-7399 – Wed/Thurs/Fri, October 1 through 3, hours are 12 noon to 3 pm; Sun/Mon/Tues, October 5 through 7, hours are 12 noon to 5 pm; or by appointment by calling 845-867-7916 – Southwood, 726 Woods Road, Germantown


Thursday, October 2

Buy Local Business Expo – A business to business trade show that gives companies the opportunity to present their products and services to buyers and business leaders – Sponsored by the Columbia and Greene County Chambers of Commerce – Information at 828-4417 or www.columbiachamber-ny.com – 4 to 7 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, October 2-5

Films at TSL:

A Man with a Camera – An experimental silent documentary about life as it is lived, by Russian director Dziga Vertov – Original music composed and performed by Claudia Bruce, Bryce Courbois and Ogden Courbois

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

> Through a Lens Darkly – This film “considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery.”

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


Friday, October 3

Shemekia Copeland – Grammy Award-nominated vocalist who has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, and has scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic, has also won several W.C. Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards for her patented blend of modern blues, funk, soul and R&B - Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


SmashCrashBash!!  – Featuring  the New York punks, The Virginia Gentlemen, and the Western Massachusetts garage trio, Hill Haints – This is the 12th installment of this semi-regular, rock ‘n’ roll-themed party, featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, handpicked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – DJs are Sean McDevitt (Retouch Records), Alix Brown (Golden Triangle), and Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks, WGXC’s “The PA System”) – Information at 822-1913 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday, October 4

Guided hike to Catskill Mountain House and North-South Lake– Part of the Art Trail Hikes program – Guided hikes to the nearby places that inspired Thomas Cole and other artists of the Hudson River School. See the views that appear in some of the most beloved landscape paintings of the nineteenth century – Hikes range from easy walks to moderately vigorous climbs – Rain or shine – Reservations required at 943-7465, ext. 5 or www.thomascole.org – 9 am – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, baked goods, meat, and more – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson


Blessing of the Animals – Animals of all sizes, shapes and stripes will be blessed by Rev. Eileen Weglarz, interim rector of Christ Church, in celebration of the feast day of St. Francis.  Rev. Weglarz has blessed iguanas, chickens, cows and horses in the past, in addition to dogs, cats and birds.  All animals are welcome, as long as they are leashed or crated.  Those who have lost a pet in the last year are welcome to bring a photo of that pet for a special blessing –  Refreshments will be served for pets and their people – Information at 828-1329 – Rain or shine – 10 am – Circle Drive, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street


Annual Art Book Sale – Featured are hundreds of gently-used books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design, as well as titles on art history, artists’ monographs, biographies and various art techniques – Hardcovers, paperbacks, catalogues, magazines, and coffee table books will be offered, all priced to sell – Sponsored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, to benefit the library – Sale continues on Friday and Saturday of ArtsWalk weekend, October 10 and 1l – Open each day of the sale from 10 am to 1 pm – Book Sale Room, Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Open House and Master Gardener Plant Swap & Sale – Bring your unwanted perennials and houseplants and swap or buy new ones – Master Gardener Volunteers will answer horticultural questions – Soil testing available – Three seminars: “Cooking Up a Fall Favorite—Squash!,”  “Putting Your Garden to Bed,” and “How to Winterize Your Lawn & Garden Equipment” – Live music by Nancy Carey Johnson, a singer-songwriter from Millerton – Food available – Information at 828-3346 or www.ccecolumbiagreene.org – Rain or shine – 10 am to 2 pm – Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, 479 Route 66, Ghent


Won Dharma Center Meditation, Health & Wellness Festival/Open House – The Center celebrates its Third Anniversary by hosting more than a dozen local practitioners and vendors offering holistic products, services, and consultations – Activities offered include traditional Korean dance, Tai Chi, guided nature walks, sitting/moving meditation, music, and much more – A Silent Auction with a wide variety of donations from local businesses and healing practitioners – Korean lunch available at noon by reservation at RSVP@wondharmscenter.org – Rain or shine – Information by calling Karen Rosand at 851-6517 or e-mail to Karen@wondharmacenter.org – 10 am to 4 pm – Won Dharma Center, 361 Route 23, Claverack


Exhibition Opening – Search Portrait – Brings together five artists exploring contemporary portraiture across a range of media – Featured artists are Margot Curran, Dan Devine, John Hampshire, Mark LaRiviere, and Jack Shear – On view through November 16 – Information at www.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham


Artist Talk – Iranian-American artist Afruz Amighi will give a slide presentation on her body of work – Her piece, Far From God, is installed in front of the Visitors Center and references early Christian architecture and spirituality – Information at 392-4747 or www.artomi.org – 5 pm – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


Exhibition Opening – Voiced – A group show featuring the work of Fred Fleisher, Kiyoshi Ike, Guy Romagna, Annette Rusin, Manju Shandler, and Jeremiah Teipen – On view through November 2 – Informationat www.conceptohudson.com or 697-5130 – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street


Lantern tours of Lindenwald, the home of President Martin Van Buren – Lanterns are provided to visitors who are guided by park rangers – Appropriate for all ages and free of charge – Also available on October 11 – Information at www.nps.gov/mava/ or 758-9689 – 7 pm – Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 1013 Old Post Road (Route 9H), Kinderhook


Beat the Devil – A play about Faust written and performed by Glen Williamson – Reservations and information at 392-2760 – 7 pm – Camphill Ghent, Culture Hall, 2542 Route 66, Chatham


Film historian John Epperson, best known for his Lypsinka persona, presents his idiosyncratic interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 suspenseful sex mystery, Marnie – The evening begins with Epperson’s introduction to the screening of the film and concludes with a post-screening illustrated talk and Q&A – Reservations at 822-8448 – Information at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Al Margolis/Walter Wright/Dave Seidel trio will perform – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Steve Gunn with Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 8 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5

Artists’ Reception – Under Siege: Monuments of Syria – Photographs by Peter Aaron and Lynn Davis – Aaron’s photographs of Syria were taken in 2009, before the civil war and the destruction and damage to many of these monuments.  Here they are displayed with Lynn Davis’ large photographs of the Roman ruins of Syria – Aaron’s photos were shown earlier this year in Germantown’s ARTSpace.  This brief showing is sponsored by James Male of HOUSE Hudson Valley Realty – On view both Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm; reception is Saturday from 5 to 8 pm – Mark McDonald, 555 Warren Street


Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 19

Windows on Warren – Columbia County Council on the Arts’ ArtsWalk opens with Windows on Warren – Over 250 works by member artists are displayed in the windows of shops on Warren Street and can be viewed any time of day or night – For a complete listing of artists and other ArtsWalk programs go to www.cccaartswalk.webs.comor www.artscolumbia.org or call 671-6213 or pick up a brochure at the Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street



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