Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

August 18 - August 25


Monday, August 18

Hudson FORWARD Meeting – “Government 101” at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce conference room, 1 North Front Street


The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz, but rock, funk, soul and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, August 19

Movie Tuesdays – Frances Ha (USA 2012) – “Shot in glorious monochrome and packed with gentle, subtle comedy, Frances Ha is a sweet, could-be-real tale, powered by an excellent Greta Gerwig leading performance.” – Introduced by choreographer Takehiro (Take) Ueyama – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Wednesday, August 20

Winds in the Wilderness concert with Sharon Powers, flute; Judith Dansker, oboe and English horn; John Myers, guitar; and Pete Toigo, bass – 6 pm – St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls


Taj Mahal – A Living Legend – Grammy Award-winning blues musician Taj Mahal is a pioneer of world music, blending American blues with global roots music representing virtually every corner of the world—West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands and more – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Wednesday-Friday, August 20-22

Caravan Stage Company presents Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire!, an operatic, circus theatre spectacle performed on the decks and rigging of a Tall Ship called the Amara Zee and viewed from the ground – The play is “a tale of pirate activists who, through virtual and creative manipulation, battle the corrupting icons of our past and present world.”  Described by The New York Times as “Experimental opera that might be described as Cirque du Soleil meets Occupy Wall Street” – Bring a chair – Mature content; recommended for ages 13 and up – Information at 504-715-7152 or http://caravanstage.org – 9 pm – Athens Waterfront Park, Athens


Wednesday-Saturday, August 20-23

Films at TSL:

>Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem – “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst.”  

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step – Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff – A documentary on “one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America.” – Director David L. Lewis will make a special guest appearance on August 23

Ida – A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation – In Polish with English subtitles

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


Wednesday-Sunday, August 20-24

World Premiere Theatre Revival – Stageworks Hudson revives its 2012 award-winning hit, Tomorrow in the Battle, by Kieron Barry  – “…one of the most remarkable pieces of theater in recent memory.  Brilliant would be the word.”—Albany Times Union – Directed by Laura Margolis – Runs on weekends through August 31 – Information and tickets at 822-9667 – Wed-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm (Special matineeAugust 30 at 2 pm) – Stageworks Hudson, 41 Cross Street


Thursday, August 21

Captain’s Log and The Buffalo Trio – Captain’s Log is  “…a duo of genre-bending improvisers dedicated to sonic and temporal explorations…” – Featuring Mike Gamble on guitars, effects, and loops, and Tony Falco on drums – Buffalo Trio is led by pianist Tony Kieraldo and features electric bassist Noah Jarrett (son of Keith Jarrett), and Nick Halley (son of Paul Winter Consort keyboardist Paul Halley) – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Thursday-Sunday, August 21-24

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The Full Monty – “…the steel mine has closed and the guys are out of work…They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a male strip show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all”….  Information, schedule and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Friday, August 22

Wine Tasting – Alvaro, of Selections de la Vina, will be pouring little-known Spanish gems, including Eva de los Santos and other affordable, unique natural wines – Stop in for small bites, good neighbors, and tasty wine research – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


King of the Forest performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport


The Wiyos – A Hudson valley-based trio, “beloved for their unique blend of early swing, jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music... Their sound is reminiscent of days gone by, when live bands could be heard both on the radio and at community dances, juke joints, and house parties.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, August 22-23

Mac-Haydn Theatre’s Children’s Theatre presents Rumplestiltskin— Guess a name to save the prince! – Information and reservations at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens ferry service during the summer months – Tickets available on the boat for cash only – Advance purchase of 10 tickets available at a discounted price on the boat – Also discounts from participating restaurants upon presentation of ticket – Information at 822-1014 or www.hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:15 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


TakeDance performs Somewhere Familiar Melodies, a memory piece by Takehiro Ueyama, artistic director, and two premieres, including Chatham, based on memories and movements of four local residents – Friday’sperformance is followed by Q&A with the company and participants in the Chatham community workshop – Part of the Chatham Dance Fest – Information at 392-6121 or www.ps21chatham.org – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Friday-Sunday, August 22-24

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> Videos by Keith Sonnier and by Jeffrey Gibson; sculpture by Judy Pfaff; installation by Francine Hunter McGivern; and work by Daniel Rothbart; a GIF Sequence selected by Mark Dorf

> Documentary film series on Sundays at 4 pm (See details below under Sunday)

> On view through September 20 – Information at www.cr10.org – 12 noon to 6 pm – CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Taconic Stage Company presents The Portable Dorothy Parker starring Margot Avery – Fri/Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm – St. John in the Wilderness, 261 Route 344, Copake Falls


Saturday, August 23

Riders Mills Schoolhouse Art Show – Sponsored by the Riders Mills Historical Association – An outdoor art show featuring 40 invited artists – Dixieland music and food – Information at www.RidersMillsSchoolhouse.org or 794-7146 – 10 am to 4 pm – Grounds of the restored Riders Mills Schoolhouse, intersection of Riders Mills Road & Drowne Road, Malden Bridge (.8 mile from intersection of Riders Mills Road and Route 66)


Junior Firefighter Challenge Grand Opening – Try out the Museum’s new challenge course and see if you can hoist the tools, climb the ladder, slide down the pole, and much more – 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


Community Block Party – Organized by the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Hudson PROMISE Corps, and the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Lots for kids to do:  dancing, jump roping, face painting, bouncy houses, hula hooping, music, and food – Information at 828-4619, ext. 202 – 12 noon to 5 pm – Columbia Street between Second & Front Streets


Dance Omi Showing in The Fields – Dancers from all over the world come to share ideas with one another and create unique pieces in Omi’s International Residency Program – This year’s dance residents will share the works they created in collaboration with each other while in residence at Omi.  Each year’s iteration varies based on the interests of the Residents, but generally involves site specific performance events which lead visitors through Omi’s sculptures and grounds.  Though the residency does not emphasize creating a finished product, the arts will present the fruits of their exchange –Information at www.artomi.org or 392-4747 – 2 to 4 pm – The Fields at Omi, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


Knife Sharpening – Pro Sharp Mobile Sharpening will bring its mobile workshop to TK’s backyard garden and provide sharpening services for everything from kitchen knives, utility blades and scissors, to garden tools and more –Also seasonal sales inside the store – Information at www.tkhomeandgarden.com or 697-0909 – 2 to 6 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street


Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more – Online catalogue available – Information atwww.copakeauction.com or 329-1142 – Previews Thurs from 11 am to 5 pm, Fri from 11 am to 7 pm, Sat from 12 noon to 2:45 pm – Auction at 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake


Exhibition Opening – BUMP: An Interactive Whale Exhibit by Frank and Dan DenDanto – The installation includes bones from three different whales, suspended at eye level in Basilica’s Main Hall and are accessible for hands-on touching.  Once touched, the bones are set in motion, causing shadows that dance around the space – The artists will be available at the opening for Q&A and discussion – On view through September 1 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 or by appointment by e-mail to info@basilicahudson.com – A closing celebration with special music performances by Black Sea Hotel, Charlie Looker, and Patrick Higgins takes place onAugust 29 – Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 5 to 7 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street 


Open House/Closing Doors Reception “to thank Hudson for supporting culture+commerce project for the last 3 ½ years and to celebrate the next chapter in the growth of our company.” – Information at 828-9219 or www.cultureandcommerceproject.com – 5 to 7 pm – culture+commerce project, 428 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Playful: Stephen Walling, Fernando Orellana, Phyllis Palmer& Joseph Kurhajec – On view through September 21 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Hudson Cruises Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise – Looking for intrigue on the water?   The play unfolds around you as actors from The 2 of Us Productions enact a fully scripted murder mystery.   The guest who figures out “the plot” leaves with a Murder Mystery prize of the evening.  Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/ or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Board at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 pm to 8:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


“A Night on the Hudson” Boat Ride – On Hudson Cruises’ new luxury cruise ship Marika – To benefit the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Food, music by DJ Clint, live performances –Information and tickets atwww.staleybkeith.org or 291-9415 – Board at 8:30 pm, Cruise from 9 to 11 pm – Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Ryan Montbleau – The winner of a Boston Music Award, he sounds equally at home backed by a New Orleans-flavored outfit or covering soul classics…He’s written songs for Trombone Shorty, and he’s recorded with members of Galactic, the Meters and the Neville Brothers – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


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


Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24

Hudson Cruises Sightseeing 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 atwww.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

 – On SaturdayIn Celebration of Barns a Barn Photography Exhibit by members of the Columbia County Photo Club, on display in the Society’s Morey-Devereaux Barn along with writings about barns by local children who attended an AHS writing workshop in July – On Sunday, the exhibit will be open at 1 pm, with a brief AHS membership meeting at 2 pm and an illustrated talk by guest speaker Cynthia Falk, author of Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State –  Refreshments – Live music from High Country, an old time group from the Finger Lakes – Presented by the Austerlitz Historical Society – Information at www.oldausterlitz.org or 392-0062 – 1 to 5 pm – Austerlitz Historical Society, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz


Sunday, August 24

Screening of Children in War – First film in a Micro Retrospective of Alan & Susan Raymond Documentary Films: 1976-2011 – Received Primetime Emmy Award for best Feature Documentary – Alan & Susan Raymond will be present to open the series – A special showing of drawings made by the children to honor the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide will be on view– The Documentary Film Series runs on Sundays through September 14 – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – The Screening Room, CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Monday, August 25

The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz, but rock, funk, soul and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street




Chatham Farmers Market – Information at 392-3353 or www.chathamrealfoodcoop.net

– Fridays from 4 to 7 pm – Chatham Real Food Co-op, 15 Church Street, Chatham


Copake Hillsdale Farmers’ Market – Open every Saturday through October 25 – Music every week as well as special events and cooking demonstrations – Information at copakehillsdalefarmersmarket@gmail.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Harvest Barn, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce; vegetable, flower, and herb plants; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods and more – This week is the Martin Farm Corn Roast – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson


Kinderhook Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm through October 11 – Town Square, in front of Kinderhook Bank at 1 Hudson Street, Village of Kinderhook


Philmont Farmers’ Market – Three market days – Fridays from 4 to 8 pm, a To-Go-Market, promoting locally-sourced, healthy to-go foods; Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, is the Thrifting & Artisans MarketSundays from 10 am to 2 pm is the Farmers’ Market-- to stock up for the week ahead – Each market will also feature farm-to-market foods – All markets at 116 Main Street, Philmont


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




Through August

Free Auction Appraisal Day – Bring your treasures for a free verbal appraisal – Photographs can also be sent to info@stairgalleries.com – Every Friday in August – Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Eat Ice Cream and Support the Hudson Area Library – LICK, the ice cream store at 253 Warren Street and 2 Note Botanical Perfumery, a new store next door at 255 Warren Street, have joined forces in support of the library and its move to new quarters – On Tuesday evenings, Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger, the Perfumery owners, who happen to play cello and fiddle, will be playing Celtic, contemporary, folk and fusion outside Lick beginning around 7 pm – A portion of all sales made between 7 and 10 pm on Tuesdays in August will be donated to the library’s campaign – Lick, listen, and donate, all at the same time!


Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies offers free public tours of the summer exhibitions – Information at www.bard.edu/ccs or 845-758-7562 – Sundays only at 12 noon – Depart from the Lobby of the Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 33 Garden Road, Annandale-on-Hudson (Off Route 9-G)


The Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Tasting Room is open all summer Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm – Happy Hour is held on Fridays through August 29 from 5 to 7 pm – Information at 392-9463 or www.hudsonchathamwinery.com – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent


Walking the Living Land Outings – The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is seeking participants for a series of five late summer participatory research outings that offer a cultural and artistic exploration of different habitats in the landscape.  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 and reflections as the group travels through different habitats with cameras, notebooks and botany bags in hand.  Information and registration by contacting Anna Duhon at 672-7994 or by e-mail to Anna@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 at 6:30 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 


For more information on Columbia County events, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org


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