Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

October 21 - October 26


This weekend, Hudson welcomes the FilmColumbia film festival, which is expanding geographically to stage part of the festival this year in the City of Hudson.  Screenings, panel discussions, and appearances by filmmakers and others will be held in Hudson at what was once the Hudson Elks Lodge and is now simply called Hudson Lodge.  The “venue,” as we are wont to call such gathering places these days, is at 601 Union Street.  Hail, FilmColumbia!



Tuesday, October 21

A Celebration of the Life of Perry Cooney – Guests are invited to share their remembrances – Information at 828-3657 – 6 pm – Red Dot, 319 Warren Street


Wednesday, October 22

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


Wednesday-Sunday, October 22-26

15th Annual FilmColumbia Festival – Hosted by The Chatham Film Club and Crandell Theatre, the festival offers film buffs a long weekend of independent film screenings and meet-the-filmmaker events, panel discussions, a local filmmakers program, award-winning foreign films, and a sneak preview – The festival is known for introducing audiences to outstanding new films before they are released to the general public.  Many of the films shown have gone on to garner industry and critic awards and nominations. – Most of the festival takes place in Chatham, but for the first time, there will be a full weekend of screenings in Hudson. The Hudson schedule includes Wayne Wang’s film about San Francisco restaurant owner Cecilia Chiang, with Wang and Ruth Riechl (who appears in the film) present at the screening.  In addition to film screenings, other Hudson offerings include a screenwriting panel with actor Scott Cohen and a filmmaking panel led by David McDonald, and a local filmmakers’ project with screenings of five films by local filmmakers – Information, schedule and tickets at www.filmcolumbia.org or 392-3459 – Chatham venues:  Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street; Tracy Memorial Hall, at the Traffic Circle, Main Street; Hudson venue: Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street

Upstreet Market – Only a few more weeks to see your favorite farmers in the park and take advantage of the fall abundance including kale, rainbow chard, spinach, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, squash, rainbow carrots, beets, whole fresh chickens, strudel, and more – Pro-Sharp will be set up to sharpen knives – If there is more than a drizzle, the market will be cancelled - Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm through November 19 – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square)

Thursday, October 23

Ask the Experts – Small Business Roundtable for entrepreneurs just starting out and small business owners looking for higher levels of success – Topics and speakers include “Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Incorporations, and Limited Liability Companies” by attorney Kristal Heinz; “How to Find the Right Capital to Fund Your Business” by Nathan Winch from Kinderhook Bank; and “Small Business Bookkeeping & Paying the Taxman,” by A. Michael Bucci and N. Therese Wolfe from the accounting firm of Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci – Hosted by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation and the Columbia County Clerk’s Office – There is no cost to attend but reservations are required – Call Carol Wilber at 828-4718 or e-mail her at cwilber@columbiaedc.com – From 8 to 11 am – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street


Columbia County Tax Foreclosure Sale – The sale of 30 parcels of land acquired through tax foreclosure, including vacant land and homes in towns throughout the County – For a complete list of properties go to www.ColumbiaCountyNY.com and click on “Tax Foreclosures” or contact Lisa Brightly at 828-3303 ext. 335 – Properties to be sold by sealed bid – Bids to be accepted no later than 2 pm at Office of the Columbia County Attorney, 401 State Street, Suite 15B, 401 State Street, Hudson 12534


Breast Health & Wellness – A Q&A with Dr. Samira Khera of Columbia Memorial Hospital and Dr. Constance Chen, a plastic surgeon based in New York City – Get your questions answered on breast health, cosmetic and medical breast reconstruction, and lymphedema surgery – Refreshments – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 –5 to 7:30 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street


HD screening of The National Theatre of London’s  production of David Hare’s Skylight – Directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase with John Sebastian and Happy Traum joined by fingerstyle guitarists Craig D’Andrea, Macyn Taylor, and Kinloch Nelson in a preview of the Showcase, a festival of handmade acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments, featuring some of the world’s finest guitars and guitar builders – For information on the festival visit www.woodstockinvitational.com – For information on the preview performance go to 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Geronimo Getty with Woodsy Pride – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26

Films at TSL:

20,000 Days on Earth – Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave

The Young Ones – “…a futuristic western…set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet…”

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


Friday, October 24

The Big Takeover – Upstate New York’s own ska-reggae group specializes in a signature blend of upbeat, horn-inflected ska; deep, funky, reggae grooves; soulful melodies; and dub dropouts – Fronted by Jamaican-born and raised vocalist NeeNee Rushie  – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


SCB presents The Jam Messengers & The Schoemer Formation – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 9 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, October 24-25

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – Tour the Clermont mansion after dark and meet ghosts from Clermont’s past – “Guests will be welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with an eccentric spiritual medium, crystal ball, and a reproduction 1916 Ouija board.  When the séance goes wrong however, the lights go out, and the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250-year history.  Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them tell true stories.” – The tour continues as guests are led onto the grounds for a lamp-lit adventure along the Hudson River – For ages seven and up – These tours are very popular and tickets sell out early – Pre-paid reservations are strongly required – Reservations and information at 537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org – Tours run every half-hour from 6 to 9 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue (off Route 9G), Germantown


Friday-Sunday, October 24-26

The Ghent Playhouse presents the 1955 version of Noel Coward’s comedy, Fallen Angels – “…Coward’s wit and farcical fun at their most delectable.” – Directed by Kate Gulliver – This is the final weekend of the run – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, October 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, baked goods, meat, and more – Rinku Bhattacharya will be in the Book Tent, signing copies of her two cookbooks, The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles, and her new book, Spices and Seasons, both offered at a 20 percent discount – In addition to her appearance at the market, she will be conducting a cooking demonstration from 2 to 4 pm at Valley Variety (See listing below for details.) Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – The Market is held Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson

Saturday Salons:  The Guided Gallery – Families are invited to share ideas on art with guided tours and workshops, led by inspirational teaching artist Hawley Hussey – This is the last in a series of  tours designed to help families with children discover and discuss Hudson’s burgeoning arts scene –This week’s tour and workshop will take place in the Opera House itself, as participants view the Patricia Larsen painting exhibition hanging in the center hall and create three-dimensional journals based on the art – Space is limited so registration is required by calling 822-1438 – 10 am to 12 noon – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s Macbeth – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Trick or Treat in The Fields at Omi – Family activities featuring trick-or-treating amongst the sculptures, hay rides through The Fields, crafts, and songs around the campfire – Information by e-mail to ahiatt@artomi.org or call 392-4747 – 1 to 3 pm – The Fields, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent


Solar Cider Tour – Sundog Cider Grand Opening – Hard cider tastings as well as tours of the carbon neutral building – Sundog Cider is made from New York State apples using 100% solar power – Information at www.sundogcider.com – 1 to 5 pm – Sundog Solar/Kling Magnetics Building, 343 Route 295, Chatham (just outside the Village of Chatham)


Tea Time Tasting – Cookbook author Rinku Bhattacharya will be cooking several recipes from her newest cookbook, Spices & Seasons: Simple Sustainable Indian Flavors, and offering tastings of ginger spice tea; roasted cauliflower with sage, black pepper and fenugreek; roasted red  bell pepper chutney; and kale and potato patties – Copies of the cookbooks will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.valleyvariety.com or 828-0033 – 2 to 4 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street


Steamboats on the Hudson – Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and author if Looking for Work: A Guide to the Industrial History of Columbia County, will present a lecture on the steamboats and their captains that plied the Hudson River from 1824 to 1839, the heyday of river travel – Following the lecture, Marianne Courville, co-founder of The Hudson Standard, will give a brief presentation, including samples, of her line of shrubs and bitters—non-alcoholic concoctions typical of the steamboat period.  Also “on tap” will be Sun Dog Hard Cider, a new product produced in Chatham – The lecture is a benefit for the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library – Reservations and information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org/2014/10/steamboats/ -- 4 to 6 pm – TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Harvest: Paintings by Abstract Expressionist Patricia Larsen – “Larsen’s paintings evoke the work of a Zen monk, someone who has mastered the elements of purity, while grounded in abstraction and a profound sense of place.” – On view through December 14 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – A Show of Heads – This annual show features the work of 25 contemporary artists—a diverse group of regional New York artists, artists from across America and artists from Canada, Israel and the Caribbean – Information at www.www.limnergallery.com or 828-2343 – 5 to 7 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – John Dilg:Paintings/Pete Schulte:Drawings – Work by Jered Sprecher is also on view – Exhibition on view through December 14 – Information at 828-6680 or www.baileygallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street


Grey Green Canals – Concrete Temple Theatre returns to HOH to show a work-in-progress – This multimedia theatrical event contemplates the tension between conservation and regeneration, both in the management of vital resources and in human relationships – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Hudson Cruises Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise – Become an amateur detective during this Hudson River cruise aboard The Marika – Actors from The 2 of Us Productions give a “who dunnit” performance for a fun, suspense-filled evening of murder and mayhem – Full dinner buffet included – Full cash bar – Information at 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993– Reservations at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/Murder -- 7 pm to 9:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Power Animal System – “…a species and gender-queer trans-missional-dimensional experiential service by Jason Martin and friends via performance and video.”  Martin is a performance artist and musician whose current work includes performances, videos, and photographs as part of the Power Animal System – He has worked in community media and Public Access television both as a creator and a teacher – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Lia Ices, Last Good Tooth, and DJ Effie – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com or 828-1562 – 8 pm  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Guy Blakeslewith guest Sun Foot (Chris Johanson) – Information at 653-6892 – 8 pm – John Doe Records, 434 Warren Street


Lip Talk and Yassou Benedict  – Brooklyn-based Lip Talk and San Francisco rockers Yassou Benedict both revel in ethereal female vocals that float atop a bed of dream-pop. Both groups are originally from our region—Lip Talk formed in Saratoga Springs and Yassou Benedict was started right here in Hudson – Hudson’s resident rock star, Melissa Auf der Maur, contributed vocals to one of their early recordings – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Ill Funk Ensemble performs – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarbistro.com/ – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Columbia & Greene Counties – Speakers, organization information available, a memory board, memory art activities, and a Lifekeeper Memory Quilt Display – Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Registration at 9:30 am, speakers at 11 am, walk from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street (over the grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on South Front Street)


Artist Talks & Performance – Cannon Hersey and Patrick Terenchin, two artists currently showing their work in the gallery, will talk about their work – The talks will be followed by a performance on the Tibetan Longhorn by Dhondup Nagyal Khorko who has written film sound tracks and has lectured and performed extensively, including a performance with Philip Glass and his ensemble at Lincoln Center – He has served as the personal representative of the Dalai Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and as Assistant to the Dalai Lama‘s Representative to the United Nations – Information at 212-518-7551 or www.mcdarisfineart.com – 3 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


 Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26

Auction – English, Continental & American fine art, furniture, decorations, and jewelry, featuring the Collection of Alfred Bullard, Inc. – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Preview Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 9 am; Auction begins both Saturday andSunday at 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Hudson Cruises Weekend Fall Foliage Cruises – The perfect fall weekend getaway – See the  autumn colors in the Hudson Valley, close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles, ospreys, and herons and 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 –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


Sunday, October 26

The Ghostly Gallop 5K Race & Community Walk – An annual race in honor of William F. Cranna – In addition to the race and walk, there will be a one-mile Kids Race for those ages 12 and under – A group of four can enter in the Team Category – All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library – Information and pre-registration at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – Registration from 7:30 to 8:30 am, Race and Walk begin at 9 am, Kids Race begins at 9:45 am – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Live simulcast of The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of The Legend of Love, loosely based on Theophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie– A new production choreographed by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte – “…this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire.” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


33 Years of HIV in the Lives of Gay Men: Stories from the AIDS Generation – Part of the Hudson Pride Foundation Speaker Series – Psychologist Perry N. Halkitis, examines the intersections among the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health challenges, primarily in LGBT populations.  His latest book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, is the first book to document the life experience of long-term HIV survivors. – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 1 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


“Jazz as it is Meant to be Heard” – David Ostwald and his renowned Louis Armstrong Eternity Band – A concert to benefit the Hudson Opera House – Information and reservations at www.richard.collens@yahoo.com – 2 pm – At a  private home in Hillsdale


I’m Still Here – A solo performance by Flo Hale to benefit the Beattie-Powers restoration fund – Reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc.@gmail.com – Information at 943-4751 – 2 pm – Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill


Mayan Hands: Transcending Poverty through Fair Trade – Claverack resident Liva Jacoby and her colleagues will talk about their work with indigenous women weavers of Guatemala, and discuss Fair Trade and how it helps families in our hemisphere and around the world.  Followed by Q&A and a chance to purchase Mayan Hands products such as textiles, toys and table linens – Information at 851-7120 – 3 to 5 pm – Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B at the intersection with Route 9H, Claverack


Hudson Trick or Treating & Halloween Parade – Children come in costume and bring their your own bags for Trick or Treating at participating businesses on Warren Street from 3 to 5 pm – Gather at Seventh & Warren Streets at 5:15 pm for the parade lineup – Parade kicks off at 5:30 pm and marches down Warren Street to Third Street and then to the Hudson Youth Center at 18 South Third Street where there will be a Costume Contest and prizes for the funniest, scariest, prettiest, and most original costumes at 6 pm – Entertainment begins at 6:45 pm with the Circus Theatricks Show - Refreshments will be served – Information at www.hudsonhalloween.com/2014/schedule/ or call the Hudson Department of Youth at 828-0017 – Trick or Treating from 3 to 5 pm on Warren Street – Halloween Parade down Warren Street at 5:30 beginning at Seventh Street – Costume Contest at Hudson Youth Center at 18 South Third Street at 6 pm


Haute Cature Fashion Show & Auction to benefit Animalkind, Hudson’s cat rescue organization – Steve Hartman, host of CBS’s On the Road, is Master of Ceremonies – All outfits in the fashion show will be auctioned off, as will a new 60” Sharp Smart Aquos TV – General admission, VIP seating, and VIP Tables available – Information and tickets at 822-8643 or at Animalkind at 721 Warren Street – Doors open at 5 pm, show at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


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