Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

Week of July 18, 2016, and beyond


Monday-Sunday, July 18-24

Exhibition – Summer Color – A group show of four gallery artists:  Stephen Walling, Vincent Pomilio, Marion Vinot, and Anne Francey – On view through August 28 – Information atcarriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Wednesday-Sunday, July 20-24

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Kander & Ebb’s Broadway musical Chicago  – The all-professional cast is directed by John Saunders, who directed this year’s opening production of My Fair Lady – Check the website for schedule – Order tickets early at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Thursday-Sunday, July 21-24

TSL Films

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary – Centers on a 1995 meeting and filmed interview at Timothy Leary’s home in Los Angeles – Leary has announced that he is dying of cancer and intends to approach his condition with the same curious enthusiasm… that marked the rest of his life…Visiting him is his old friend and Harvard collaborator Ram Dass (nee Richard Alpert), now an esteemed spiritual guide steeped in Eastern and Western religious traditions …Their wise exchange offers food for thought as the filmmakers revisit the history and impact of two remarkable lives.

The Witness – In March 1964 Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens.  Her name became synonymous with urban apathy after 38 eyewitnesses did nothing while an attacker stabbed her to death…Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to re-examine the details of the crime.  In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.

Indian Point – Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square.  With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the plant’s operators and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  At the same time it has stoked a great deal of controversy in the community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that the kind of disaster that happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant could happen here….Director Ivy Meeropol presents a balanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.

> The Fits – “…a meditation on movement as seen from the perspective of adolescent girls.” – Toni becomes fascinated by the dance team that practices at a local community center.  One day the dance captain faints during practice.  By the end of the week most of the girls on the dance team suffer from episodes of fainting, swooning, moaning and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis.  Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing – She is caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance.

Kamikazi ’89 – A film by Wolf Gremm – In his last film role, legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays Jansen, an expert cop living in a dystopian future where a mysterious organization known as The Combine controls all media.  After The Combine’s headquarters receives several bomb threats, Jansen is tasked with infiltrating the nefarious conglomerate. – In German with English subtitles

Beware of a Holy Whore – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brazen depiction of the alternating currents of lethargy and mayhem inherent in moviemaking – Involves an aloof star, an abusive director, and a financially troubled production – A vicious look at behind-the-scenes dysfunction – In German with English subtitles

Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Friday, July 22

South Bound performs country and rock as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – Food available – Schedule at www.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport


Chances With Wolves performs – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, July 22-23

The Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents The Frog Prince which offers squirmy critters for little boys and romance for little girls – Information and tickets atwww.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months leaving Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:30 pm – Details below under HUDSON CRUISES.


PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) presents Vanaver Caravan’s Turn, Turn, Turn! Celebrating Pete Seeger in Dance & Music — Original choreography and musical arrangements inspired by Livia and Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary musician and activist, Pete Seeger – The performance includes a variety of dance styles, from clogging and swing to Zulu Gumboot dancing and Body Percussion.  Audience members will be up and dancing as part of the show – (A performance for children takes place on Fridayfrom 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm) – Information and tickets at www.ps21chatham.org  or 392-6121 – Tickets may also be ordered  through 1-800-838-3006 – 8 to 10 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, Chatham


Friday-Sunday, July 22-24

Francine Hunter McGivern |&The Frank Institute @ CR10  present The Birds & the Bees – An installation by Harrison Atelier – The installation proposes a locus of cohabitation for pollinators and humans.  A suite of drawings, molds, and prototypes traces the development of panels for a multi-species façade system.  Panels test out varied materials and aperture size in an ongoing exploration of new dwelling typologies for local cavity-nesting birds and solitary bees.  This is part of a series of Harrison Atelier speculative building projects that explore human/non-human species cohabitation in the Anthropocene period. – Last chance to view this installation  – Information by email to info@cr10.org – 12 noon to 6 pm – The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo (between Routes 9G & 31)


Saturday, July 23

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Brett Miller will be performing in the Music Tent and Hudson Standard will be in the Guest Tent with shrubs and bitters. – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com  – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Behold! New Lebanon is in its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – A variety of summer tours are offered from June 4 through October 15 – This Saturday, Behold!  offers four of its most popular programs: auto familiarization and repair, the making of jazz, hops farming, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the local speedway – The presenters are not costumed actors or docents recalling old-world skills; they are the real townspeople of today, whose lives and work challenge the quaint myths about country life.  Aside from the rendezvous point for transportation to these venues, there is no museum building; the programs all take place “where it is happening.” – The programs this Saturday are: 10:00 am—Speed Demons:  Led by Howard Commander, long-time owner of the Lebanon Valley Speedway; 10:30 am –-Hops Make the Beer – An up-close view of a commercial-scale hops farm; 1:00 pm –“What you “auto” know about your car, led by Bud Godfroy, of Godfroy’s Service Station; and 4:00 pm – Making Jazz with Juilliard graduate Monte Wasch – Learn how you can turn your favorite tune into a jazz song – Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org  – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon


Tousey Winery Third Annual Release Party – Five new vintages, from Queen of Clermont to Killer Red, will be released.  There will be live music and food from the Lost Sailor Seafood Company – Information at 537-5353 – 12 noon to 6 pm - Tousey Winery, 1774 Route 9, Germantown


In Plain Air – Omi Visual Artist Residency alumnae Peggy CyphersRosemarie Fiore and Portia Munson, and Fields artist Margaret Evangeline create one-day temporary pieces in The Fields Sculpture Park.  Works include sculptures, on-site installations, and hanging works in the trees.  The artists will engage in a combination of performances and informal talks throughout the day. – Free and open to the public – Information at artomi.org or 392-4747 – 2 pm – The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


Exhibition Opening – Mysterious & Unexpected: The Merger of Art and Science – Features the work of six artists who incorporate science to create their art--Carrie Crane, Kay Hartung, Larry Kagan, Gwenn Mayers, Karen Schoolman, and Catherine Wilcox-Titus – “The processes used are unique and the results outstanding and unusual.” – On view through August 14 –

Information at spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693 – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy Art Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


Dance Omi Salon – Featuring the Art Omi Dancers-in-Residence – With a diverse group of dancers from all over the world, the Salon provides a forum for the residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month.  This is an intimate evening of live performance set in the studio spaces, and gives context to the individual artists’ work at the start of the residency program – Information at artomi.org or 392-4747 – 5 to 6:30 pm – The Studio Barns, Omi International Arts Center, County Route 22 & Letter “S” Road, Ghent


Chatham Meadows – Columbia County Council on the Arts Summer Sculpture Exhibition and Fundraiser -  A kickoff fundraiser/opening reception to a season-long outdoor sculpture show – More than 50 sculptures by local and regional artists on 15 acres - Curated by John Cooley and Stepan Kubicek – Wine and hors d’oeuvres – Music/performance by Ryder and Friends – Prizewinning sculptures  awarded at 6:30 pm – Tickets at ArtsColumbia.org or at the door – Open summer viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm throughSeptember 10 (Find self-guiding maps on the front porch) – Rain date July 24 – 5 to 7 pm – 101 Harmon Heights Road, Chatham


Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.  See details under HUDSON CRUISES below.


The Sylvia Center’s 9th Annual Farm to Table Dinner in the fields of Katchkie Farm, hosted by Great Performances – Featuring dishes inspired by The Sylvia Center’s Learning Garden – Proceeds benefit The Sylvia Center’s farm to table programs serving Columbia County youth – Information at sylviacenter.org or 212-337-6075 – Tickets at http://www.fttdinner.com – Cocktails at 6 pm; dinner at 7 pm – Katchkie Farm, 745 Fischer Road, Kinderhook


Exhibition Opening – John Davis Gallery exhibits the work of four artists – In the Main Gallery-- Yi Zhang: Sculpture; in the Sculpture Garden and Carriage House--Willard Boepple: Sculpture; in the Carriage House—John Dugdale: Photography; and in the Carriage House—Mark Tambella: New Paintings 2015-2016 – On view through August 14 – Information atjohndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street


Kick Up Your Heels! – A benefit event to support High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center’s mission to offer programs to people with special needs through equine assisted activities – Great food, a silent auction, music and dancing, games, and a bonfire – Information and tickets at www.high-n-mighty.org or 672-4202 – 6 to 11 pm – High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center, 71 County Route 21C, Ghent


An Evening with Jack & Amanda Palmer with Thor & Friends – Basilica Hudson presents an evening with father-daughter power duo Jack & Amanda Palmer, supported by an opening performance by percussive polymath Thor Harris and his group, Thor & Friends – Amanda & Jack Palmer will perform a set of covers from their carefully selected new release, “You Got Me Singing.”  The album marks the first collaboration between new mother Amanda and her father, written and recorded while her baby boy was in utero—a fluid family dialogue between Jack, Amanda, and her unborn son.  Amanda sings and plays piano and ukulele, and Jack, a semi-professional choral singer, plays guitar and lends his rich bass voice to a variety of cover songs that span decades.  It is rumored that Jack and Amanda may bring other family members onto the stage during the performance – Information and tickets atbasilicahudson.org – Doors open at 7 pm –Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Ancram Opera House presents cabaret artist Carol Lipnik, winner of the Broadway World 2015 New York Cabaret Award for Best Alternative Cabaret Show – Ms. Lipnik is a regular at cabaret hot spots in NYC including Joe’s Pub and Pangea and has also performed as part of Weimar NYC and, locally, at Bard Spiegeltent.  Lipnik's music evokes a shadow-world of mysterious, often misunderstood creatures, from sideshow freaks and b-movie monsters to love's obsessive victims.  In a recent review of her show, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "What separates Ms. Lipnik from every other conjurer of the otherworldly is her phenomenal voice. With a four-octave range, impeccable pitch and several distinct personalities within that voice…her instrument is, in a word, phenomenal.”  Accompanying Ms. Lipnik will be her longtime collaborator Matt Kanelos on piano.   As an option for traveling to the Ancram Opera House, for a modest fee Hudson residents and audience members can catch the yellow bus, leaving the Red Dot Restaurant (321 Warren Street) at 8pm and returning back after the show – Alana at the Dot is offering 10% off the price of your entrée if you present your bus ticket –  Information and tickets at ancramoperahouse.org or 329-0114 – 8:30 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82 – Parking is available on the adjacent lawn.

Sunday, July 24

Fortieth Anniversary Celebration – Linda & Claudia celebrate forty years of collaboration – The celebration includes  (1) the launch of the Archive of TSL: 1982-1987 including photographs, texts, and other items selected and organized with the help of intern Bailey Connolly; (2) Free screenings of classic films:  2:00 pm - The General; 2:30 pm – A Night at the Opera; 3:45 pm –Modern Times; 4:15 pm – Mr. Hulot’s Holiday and (3) Cake and Libations at 6:00 pm – Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Francine Hunter McGivern and The Frank Institute at CR10 present An Evening of the Non Retinal – Brian Dewan is Master of Ceremonies – Ross Goldst4ein & Friends; and Brian Dewan playing accordion, autoharp & magnetic tape – Information by e-mail to info@cr10.org – 5 pm - The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo  (between Routes 9G & 31)


Ephraim Asili & Lunar Moss Patio Session – Vinyl Selections – An Evening Out of Doors – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 6 to 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys – Texas-raised Mexican-American Escovedo, the uncle of pop-funk star Sheila E., is a one-time punk-rocker mostly playing original alt-country music since before there was such a term – He has recorded with Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown and Jon Dee Graham, is both a critic’s darling (No Depression magazine, the bible of alt-country, called him Artist of the Decade in the 1990s) and a musician’s musician – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Next Monday, July 25

House Rules Café – For the past five years, Kathleen Miller has curated Hudson’s wine and spirits collection at Hudson Wine Merchants.  Now she is curating board games.  House Rules meets every Monday night at the Red Dot to talk, play games, and introduce newbies to the fun of tabletop.  No experience required.  Just bring yourself and a willingness to learn.  The entry fee buys your first drink—beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic.  So come out to Red Dot and play with—or against—your friends and neighbors.” – Instruction is available – Information at houserulescafe@gmail.com – 6:30 pm – Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street


Summer Sings – Third in the series – All are welcome to join the chorus conducted by David Smith, Broad Street Chorale Director, three Monday evenings in July – July 11 the  group sang  “Handel beyond Messiah” ; July 18 featured Gilbert & Sullivan -- This Monday they will sing “Five Centuries of Part Songs: from 17th-century Madrigals to 2016”  – Information and registration at 392-6121 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)


Next Monday-Wednesday, July 25-27

 Chess for Kids – Chris Chanin and Alec Butterfield teach a three-day chess course designed for ages six to eleven, including  beginners, more experienced players, or those who have never played before.  Participants learn everything from how the pieces move to how to take your game to a whole new level.  All materials are provided.  – Space is limited.  Registration is required at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 to 5 pm – Monday through Wednesday – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

>  Chess in the Park – Suitable for all ages – On Monday evening, join Chris and Alec for chess in the park.  Adults and children are invited to enjoy a game of chess with the community. While you play, Chris and Alec will be on hand to answer your questions and offer their insight, theory and analysis – In case of rain, the workshop will take place in the Opera House –5:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Pocket Park, 328 Warren Street – Directly across the street from the Opera House.


Next Tuesday, July 26

Shakey Graves – Alejandro Rose-Garcia  is known professionally as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, “And the War Came,” he extends the ground—emotionally and sonically—broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, “Roll the Bones,” which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing…unclassifiably original, and frighteningly good..”  The New York Timesobserved that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.  Visit shakeygraves.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Movie Tuesdays: Music & Dance Film Series— Enter the Faun – A veteran choreographer/dancer trains a young man with cerebral palsy to become a dancer  – A free program presented by PS21 – Information  at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm to 10:15 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham


Next Wednesday, July 27

Christ Church Episcopal presents a summer lunch hour music program, its own version of “Bach’s Lunch,” every Wednesday during July and August.  Various composers are featured and  both sacred and secular works are presented.  Bring a bag lunch and listen to recordings of music by popular composers on an exceptional sound system that will convince you that you are listening to a live orchestra and singers.  While listening to the “concerts,” the audience is also invited to enjoy the ambience of the beautiful historic church.  Cold beverages will be available, and hostesses will be on hand to answer questions. – Information at 828-1329 or christchurchepiscopalhudson.org – 12 noon to 1 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, corner of Union and East Court Streets


Upstreet Market – Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market is open for business, bringing fresh food to Hudson – By the local, of the local, for the local!  – Salad greens, and all the other summer bounty, and to-go prepared foods too – Rain or shine – Every Wednesday through October 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park


The newly-formed Columbia County Beekeepers Club holds its monthly meeting, “open to everyone interested in honey bees, whether you have bees, are thinking of getting bees, or would just like to learn about these remarkable creatures” –  Information by e-mail to Linda at ccnybees@gmail.com or 943-2708 – 6:30 pm – Roe Jan Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale


Mandolin Orange – Multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz and songwriter, multi-instrumentalist/singer Andrew Marlin are the North Carolina-based folk-Americana duo Mandolin Orange.  NPR named the duo’s 2013 debut album, “This Side of Jordan,” one of the year’s best folk/Americana releases, calling it “effortless and beautiful…” – The group followed up with last year’s “Such Jubilee.”  Indy Week called it “a pleasant and endearing listen, with songs that catch the first time around and sentiments that pull you into their private world” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com –8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street




*Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays  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 – Show your ferry ticket to participating restaurants for discounts  – Information athudsoncruises.com or 822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm) – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


*Hudson Cruises  Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always on the route.– Information and tickets atwww.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.


*Hudson Cruises Friday Evening Sunset Sightseeing – This is an occasional service – Check the website – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse during the sunset hours – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 to 9 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street



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