Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

November 18November 24

Tuesday, November 18

Youth Justice: A Learning Experience – Panel discussions on juvenile justice issues; community engagement; school environments; arrest, detention, and intake and victim services; treatment and supervision services; and aftercare and re-entry.  Followed by an afternoon interactive motivational exercise with youth when the panelists will share their expertise. – Presented by the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center – Information at 291-9415 or www.staleybkeith.org – Panels from 9 am to 12 noon; afternoon exercise from 3:30 to 5:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Mary Beth Wenger, author and long-time Albany-area TV news anchor and reporter, will talk about her book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes – Information at 758-9265 – 7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook


Mitski & Johanna Warren – “Two ladies with guitars coming to town to make you feel stuff” – Visit www.mitski.com/ and www.johannawarren.com/ -- Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Wednesday, November 19

Taina Asili with Gaetano Vaccaro + Monica McIntyre – Puerto Rican vocalist Taina Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro come together as a captivating duo intertwining potent vocals and guitar, performing original fusions of Afro-Latin, reggae and folk sounds, as well as unique and unforgettable renditions of Spanish flamenco and Latin American folk.  They appear with Monica McIntyre, who is on tour from New Orleans, blending blues, soul, classical, jazz, reggae and Middle Eastern sounds with the unique cello techniques of slapping, plucking and strumming – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Thursday, November 20

Cider Tasting – Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider is fresh, unfiltered, unsulphited, authentic farmhouse cider produced in Staatsburg.   This certified Eco-Apple cidery produces both English and French style ciders  Phyllis Johnson will introduce their authentic traditional ciders – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 3 to 6 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport


Hudson FORWARD Community Meeting – 7 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street


ProJam #8 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians – Vocalist Lex Grey, who leads her own band, the Urban Pioneers, is featured guest – The Club Helsinki House Band anchors the event and welcomes all working musicians in the region to sit in for a freewheeling blues jam – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  


Botanica: An Evening of Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – DJ Effie Asili with special guest sets with Otto Hauser, and a special Fela Kuti tribute – All vinyl awesomeness! – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, November 20-23

Films at TSL:

> Force Majeure –  “…this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family…” – Won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival – With English subtitles

The Better Angels – Sheds new light on the formative years of Abraham Lincoln and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history – Feature debut of producer Terrence Malick’s longtime protégé, A. J. Edwards

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


Friday, November 21

HWM Friday Tasting Series – Here’s the capper to Hudson Valley Cider Week – Taste products from Eve’s Cidery, recognized by Bon Appetit as one of New York’s top cideries. Eve’s ciders come from a small family run orchard and cidery in the Finger Lakes region where they grow apples and other tree fruits to create delightful, artisanal ciders – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com  or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Wine Tasting – Taste a selection of “must haves” for your holiday table – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport


Mike Wexler/Rhyton/Pigeons/Garcia Peoples/and DJ Lunar Moss – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


The Wickers Creek Band serves up tasty bluegrass – Other scrumptious food and beverage available – Information at www.facebook.com/philmontpub or 672-7346 – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont


Friday-Sunday, November 21-23

Walking the dog Theater presents the umbilical point – Written and performed by Gabriel Rodriguez and directed by David Anderson – “…a vibrant blend of devised theater, elemental movement, folklore, hip hop and spoken word.” – Information and reservations at 610-0909 or by e-mail to info@wtdtheater.org – To learn more about the play and the artistic process behind the scenes visit www.theumbilicalpoint.com – Runs on Fridays through Sundays  through November 30 – 8 pm – Solaris, 360 Warren Street


Saturday, November 22

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Last Saturday of the outdoor market.  The Hudson Standard, creator and purveyor of bitters and shrubs, will be at the Guest Table.  The indoor Winter Market will be open three weekends in December—the 6th, 13th, and 20that Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets – It will be closed in January and will resume the first Saturday in February and remain open through April – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church Annual Food Sale – All food is handmade by members of the church – Apple pies (baked that morning), pyrohy (pierogies), and holubtsi (cabbage rolls) will be available – This is a very popular sale, so either arrive early or order in advance by calling 828-9308 – 10 am to 12 noon – St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, 206 Union Street


Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack’s Annual Bazaar – Lunch and holiday shopping:  Trifles and treasures, silent auction, homemade baked goods, knitted apparel, hand sewn home boutique items, wreaths and arrangements, gift baskets, and holiday ornaments – Ample parking and assistance with bundles and purchases – 10 am to 2 pm – Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9H, Village of Claverack (¼ mile north of the traffic light)


Cider Tasting – Nine Pin Ciders will be in the store pouring a selection of ciders made from Columbia County apples – Information at www.fairview-wines.com or 828-0934 – 12 noon to 5 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue, Route 9, Greenport


Live simulcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville – Information and reservations at 822 -8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Jim Cusick, award-winning TV producer and writer, will talk about his latest novel, Death of an Anchorman, and about the underlying true story of “how the news business has been turned into the business of news” and what this means for journalism and the public. Cusick was news director of WCBS-TV and held positions as producer, editor and writer at WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio in New York City, and has had his own New York-based international communications company. – Information at www.roejanlibrary.org or 325-4101– 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23)


Exhibition Opening –– En Masse – Featuring small works by more than 40 artists – Live jazz by Josh Connors and Ben Lanphear – On view through January 4, 2015 – Information atwww.thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham


Exhibition Opening – Members Annual Holiday Small Works Show – Original art at reasonable prices – On view through January 10, 2015 – Information at info@artscolumbia.org or 671-6723 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street


Classics on Hudson presents the pioneering post-classical string quartet ETHEL in its first appearance in Hudson – The quartet (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; and Kip Jones and Tema Watstein, violins) perform a program entitled Grace, honoring the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s seminal album – The program includes an adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s score to the film The Mission, and works by Mary Ellen Childs, Marcelo Zarvos, and Carlo Mombelli, as well as music composed by members of the quartet.  The quartet has been described as “unfailingly vital”  by The New York Times, “downtown’s reigning string quartet” by The New Yorker, and “one of the most exciting quartets around by Strad Magazine – It has also been called the “string quartet that sometimes thinks it’s a rock band.” – Seating is limited – Reservations and information at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of James McLindon’s Dead and Buried – This comedy-drama centers on one girl’s search for a connection to her recently deceased mother which ultimately leads her to a cemetery in a small New England town where she finds much more than her mother’s grave. – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street


The debut performance of Otto Hauser’s new ensemble, Expectations – Featuring Dan Lead (guitar), Michael Block (guitar), Tony Kieraldo (keyboard), Terence Murren (upright bass), Jon Shaw (electric bass), Anders Griffen (percussion), and Otto Hauser (drum set & compositions) – Featuring a mix of original music and cosmic standards, drawing from the books of Sun Ra, Funkadelic, Paul Motian, Thomas Mapfumo, etc. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express – “With the aid of the Mission Express…Prophet embraces a host of traditional and classic sounds, including country, soul, LA rock, indie-rock, folk-rock, and plain old rock ‘n’ roll” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  


Sunday, November 23

Live simulcast of The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Pharaoh’s Daughter – Information and reservations at 822 -8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Alexander Turnquist with Sontag Shogun and Julia Kent – “This unique triple bill of Hudson-based composer-guitarist Alexander Turnquist, Brooklyn-based piano trio Sontag Shogun, and experimental cellist-composer Julia Kent is a full-fledged mini-festival of contemporary ambient sounds, offering an evening of peaceful, calm, quiet listening and relaxed, shimmering beauty.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street  


Monday, November 24

Mondays with Melora – A residency during the month of November with Melora Creager and her band the Calico Indians, featuring Chops LaConte, Ryder Cooley, Luis Mojica, and Timothy Oakley – Special guests include singer-violinist Eszter Balint,  Kiki * d, and Wild Boy with Clare Felice – Creager, who sings and plays cello and banjo, says the performances, will include a mix of old originals re-orchestrated, old covers re-organized, and new songs, including a few songs about Columbia County – The performances are intended as a live “lab” with “an ear to recording.” – Creager is best known as founder and leader of the cello-rock band Rasputina – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street




The Hudson Development Corporations’ Hudson Business Climate Survey - Since the City of Hudson shares a zip code with Greenport, it has been historically difficult to gather information about the businesses in Hudson. We know that Hudson is an economic driver of the county but we do not know precisely what's fueling it.  With many new businesses moving into Hudson, now is the time to gather information .  With this survey HDC aims to get a gauge on the entire landscape of the economy in Hudson. Note that this survey is meant for business owners on and off Warren Street, self-employed individuals, nonprofits, and members of the creative economy (craftspeople, artists, IT, etc.). The only requirement is that the business be located within the city limits of Hudson proper or that their business be conducted in Hudson. Here is the link to the survey.




Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore celebrates November’s Month of Plenty – A triple-header of events and opportunities will take place all month long – Customers/visitors are asked to share their own abundance by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to food pantries in Hudson and Chatham in time for the holidays – The store is abundantly stocked at the moment with extraordinary values with multiples of many items including 20 terracotta wall sconces, a Wolf commercial range with custom hood, and a sauna. – A super-abundant donation of solid wood doors, baseboard heaters, fireplace grates, Kohler tubs, showers and toilets, etc. will be available at the store in mid-November – The third part of the celebration is a party to celebrate the store’s Fifth Birthday on November 22, with Five Prizes of Plenty raffle drawings each hour from 1 to 5 pm – Information by e-mail to gmoore@columbiacountyhabitat.org or call 828-0892 – ReStore, Route 66, just north of the Route 9H intersection


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


All content herein copyright 2014


To receive this list directly to your in box, send request to Thurston@mhonline.net

All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.