Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

Week of August 22, 2016, and beyond


Tuesday, August 23 through Thursday, September 1

Films at Fairview Cinema 3:

War Dogs – featuring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller 

>  Café Society – Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy with a cast including Steve Carell, Sheryl Lee, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey, Tony Sirico, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart           >Information, trailers and schedule at FairviewCinema3.com – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Avenue, (Route 9), Greenport


Wednesday, August 24 through Sunday, September 4

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the stage version of The Addams Family “…living or dead, ‘family is still family’” – Runs on weekends – Check the website for schedule – Order tickets atwww.machaydntheatre.org  or call 392-9292 – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Thursday, August 25

Heritage Day at Lindenwald – A Centennial event, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service – Park grounds are open from 7 am to sunset – House tours available from 9 am to 4 pm– A variety of activities for all ages and interests, including 19th-century games, pony rides from 12 noon to 2 pm, and a tree planting ceremony at 2 pm –- Information at 758-9689 x2011 orhttps://www.nps.gov/mava// - Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook


Vernon Benjamin, author of The History of the Hudson Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Timesreads from the book and is available for discussion following the reading.  – This book follows his previously published book, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War – Books will be available for purchase and signing – 5 to 7 pm – The Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham


Cosmos –The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film, “a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire.” – Part of the Basilica Screenings program, curated by independent curator Aily Nash and Basilica Hudson’s Co-founder Tony Stone – Information atbasilicahudson.org  – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Donavon Frankenreiter – With Emily Duff opening – Hawaii-based surfer Donavon Frankenreiter is a soft-rock singer-songwriter who describes his fifth full-length album, “Start Livin’” as “basically a love album…Most of the songs are about my wife and our two boys, and the life that we’ve built together in Hawaii.”  “Thanks to Frankenreiter’s infectious warmth and finely honed pop sensibilities, each of those songs has the singular effect of drawing the listener into that bright and breezy world for a blissed-out moment.”  (Visit donavonf.com) – “Called the ‘perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith,’ Emily Duff’s street-smart poetry and vocal style and her roots-rock American brand of country, gospel and soul, weaves a patchwork quilt of sin, tragedy, romance and regret.” (Visit emilyduffband.com)  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, August 25-28

TSL Films:

Under the Sun – “A rare glimpse behind the heavy curtain of secrecy and paranoia that shields North Korea from prying foreign cameras…a fascinating study in state propaganda and the darker truth that hovers just outside the frame….”

The Innocents – A film inspired by a true event that occurred in Warsaw in 1945. WWII is finally over and a Red Cross doctor is treating the last of survivors in the German camps, when a panicked Benedictine nun appears and begs her to follow her back to the convent where she finds a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advance stages of pregnancy.  The nuns increasingly turn to the doctor as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities. In French and Polish with English subtitles.

Miss Sharon Jones! – Two-time Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple follows Grammy-nominated R&B dynamo, Sharon Jones, during the most courageous year of her life.

> The Bride – Based on Bodas de sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca, this is the story of a love triangle between two men and a woman.

> Belle de Jour (1967) – (Luis Bunuel, 1967) – Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles, that of Severine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoons working in a bordello – One of Bunuel’s biggest hits.

> Right Now, Wrong Then – Won the top prize at the 2015 Locarno film festival – In Korean with English subtitles

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


Friday, August 26

Live in the Landscape at Olana – Astronomy, live music, and movies – It is suggested that  participants bring a cooler, sweatshirts, chairs and a blanket – The program will be postponed to Saturdayfor rain only – Please check the website at noon on Friday if you have weather concerns

6 to 10 pm: Stargaze with members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association and see views of places you could never see with the naked eye. 

6 to 8 pm: The Windham, NY-based 66th Regimental Balladeers are celebrating 17 years of preserving and performing the songs, tunes, history and spirit of the Antebellum and Civil War period – They are joined for this performance by special guest Mark Twain

8 pm: Screening of Night at the Museum

10:30 pm – Screening of 180 Degrees South  

Information at 828-1872 x105 or www.olana.org

> East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, GPS address: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson


The Oldies Show offers music of the 50s, 60s & 70s as part of the Town of Greenport’s Music at Sunset Concert Series – This is the last performance of the series – Information atwww.townofgreenport.com – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport


Hot August Night Reading – Asian-American Writers Workshop fellows V.T. Hung and Jen Hyde, wrap up their fellowships at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY and read from their new work. They are joined by their friend Daniel Nester and others.  A short set with DJ Wizzy D from Delmar follows the reading – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet – For over 40 years, this group has blended the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana with elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, country and blues to become the most esteemed Cajun group in music.  The band is a twelve-time Grammy nominee and two-time Grammy award winner, and perhaps the most responsible band for popularizing the unique Cajun sounds of the Louisiana bayou.  The band has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”  Keillor calls them “the best Cajun band in the world.” – Information at 828-4800 orhelsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, August 26-27

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.


Current Exhibition – Sara Borgegard: Brick, Scale + Concrete – “In the harbor of a town to the east of Stockholm, where Sara Borgegard keeps her atelier, a factory—in fact one of the most important porcelain factories in the Swedish art industry—is being torn down to make way for fancy apartments.  The loss of such an important industrial center will be devastating to the locals, many who have spent their whole working lives in the production line.  Borgegard reflects on this loss in Brick, Scale + Concrete. Impressions of industrial elements—mostly used to cast or store materials within the surroundings of the old factory—inspire the forms created in her latest exhibition.” – On view through September 11 – Information at 671-6770 or info@OrnamentumGallery.com – Mon, Thurs, Fri, and Sun from 11 am to 5 pm; Sat from 11 am to 6 pm, or by appointment – Ornamentum Gallery, 506 Warren Street


Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM presents Lodge 2016, a weekend of music, installations, and family activities at Riedlbauers Resort – Book a room, or pitch a tent in the campground or just come for the day – Live music and DJs, partially broadcast over WGXC, and a webstream at wgxc.org/listen throughout the weekend.  Advance passes at discounted prices available online (wgxc.org) throughThursday.

Friday – 6 to 10 pm – Old favorites by The Roving Cowboys, a BBQ buffet, performers  Liv Carrow, Sauerkraut Seth, Cowboy Jim, Pat Linnan and DJ Charlie Ostroskey

Saturday – 12 noon to 6 pm – WGXC DJs SVB, Chris Bishop, and Magic Stranger Installations and exhibitions by Lavender Suarez, Victoria Keddie, Bryan Zimmerman, the Catskill Maker Syndicate, Elizabeth Sciore-Jones, Koen Holtkamp, and Caiti Hawkins, a live broadcast of EchoSystem and Guest John Zimmerman, and Uke Camp with instructors Carmen Borgia and Foggy Otis

> Saturday – 6 pm to midnight – Performers Chris Forsyth, Ultraam, Thalia Zedek Band, Koen Holtkamp, and Magik Markers, with DJ Lunar Moss filling in the gaps

> Information at wgxc.org, 697-7400, or https://www.facebook.com/events/974116039350937/

>Riedlbauers Resort, Round Top, Greene County


Dance Heginbotham – Well-known for his 14-year tenure as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group, Artistic Director John Heginbotham creates work known for its “tight formal structure and inventive movement, bolstered by a disarming wit and strangeness,..”—The New Yorker – In recognition of his unique artistic vision, John received the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.– Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)


Saturday, August 27

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The summer’s bounty awaits you:  Sweet corn; tomatoes,  cantaloupes and seedless watermelons; breads and rolls of all kinds; cheeses, pies (summer berry, Jersey peach, gluten free or not), fair-trade coffee, nuts and granola; herbs (basil, mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary);  garlic, greens, cukes, zucchini, peppers, beets, honey, mushrooms, pesto, salamis, sauerkrauts, yogurts, prepared foods, fruit juices, flowers, and….organic bug repellant! -   Rocker Box Spice Company will be in the Guest Tent with mixed spices – Knives, scissors and pruners are sharpened by Bob Sheets while you shop.  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, the “first museum of contemporary rural American life,” offers a variety of summer tours through October 15 – A new program on rescuing farm animals highlights the offerings this Saturday.  Also being offered this weekend are such favorites as automobile insights, the scenic rail trail along Wyomanoc Creek, and gemstone analysis – The programs allow visitors to “step into today’s rural American life and experience it up close and personal.”  - Advance ticket purchase is recommended – Arrive 15 minutes before the program start time and take the shuttle bus to the program venue – More information, including full program descriptions and the online box office at www.beholdnewlebanon.org , or by email to info@beholdnewlebanon.org or at 720-7265 – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon


Third Annual Hillsdale Arts Walk – Held in the town center and featuring over 50 local artists and artisans exhibiting indoors and outside under tents - Gallery shows will be up at Neumann Fine Art, The Art Annex, and LABspace, and more art is on view at Trudy’s Beauty, Passiflora, O’s Hillsdale Diner, and Village Scoop - A Street Festival provides live music, and space for food vendors – Hillsdale’s regular eateries will be open for business – A printed map/guide will be available at several information booths – Rain or shine – Information at 325-4000 or facebook.com/hillsdaleNYartswalk  – 10 am to 4 pm – Hillsdale


An Olive Oil Tasting – Meet Dina Fleischman, founder of Oil Ladi – “Olive oil so fresh they put the harvest date on the bottle.” – Information at 828-6923 or www.OldeHudson.com – 12 noon to 3 pm – Olde Hudson, 449 Warren Street


Live in HD – The Stratford Festival presents its production of The Adventures of Pericles – “This magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale is a delight for the eye and ear.  Filled with music and brilliant spectacle, it follows a fairytale hero on a miraculous journey to one of literature’s most poignant reunions.” -  Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


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


Exhibition Opening – Friend of a Friend – In this exhibition, artists become curators – The gallery presents the work of eight artists.  Four are new to the gallery, each having been recommended by one of four who have shown at the gallery previously – Featuring the work of Dawn Clements, Julie Evans, John Hampshire, Carter Hodgkin, Jennifer Mahlman, Donna Moylan, Asya Reznikov, and Michael Tong – Live music by Josh Connors – On view through October 2 – Information at thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham


Francine Hunter McGivern & The Frank Institute @ CR10  present Creation Stories, a video collaboration between Elliott Green, an oil painter, and Colin Gee, a performer and writer, that emerged from talks the two shared about the character of time in their respective art forms. Green made stop-action sequences that document how his improvised paintings get made from a blank canvas into a completed artwork.  Gee performed hand gestures that appear, disappear, and then reappear in the abstract environments.  He tinted them to absorb their surroundings and then added a soundtrack that brought to the paintings another dimension of a wider world--human and natural. The result is that time, space, and psychical activity get compressed and made faster and fuller. – Elliott Green has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the Rome Prize.  Colin Gee is a performer and writer. He has received a Rome Prize, was the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and performed for several years as a clown with Cirque du Soleil.  Information by e-mail to info@cr10.org or www.cr10.org – 4 to 6 pm – Reception at 4 pm - The Frank Institute @ CR10, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo,  (between Routes 9G and 31)


Exhibition Opening – On the Cusp of Inner and Outer in Landscape Painting Paintings by Thomas Sarrantonio and Harry Orlyk – Both artists are plein air painters, who create in “an

‘in-between’ space, a difficult place to describe, where multiple states of being and movement become melded into one.  It is neither purely here in the subject nor there in nature but somewhere ‘in-between’ that the artist and nature are both participants, where the outer and the inner become a ‘one’, a vortex breathing life onto a canvas that is in a sense painting itself, the artist a conduit.” – On view through September 21 – Information and gallery hours at www.northrivergallery.com or 758-7566 or 392-7000 – Opening from 4 to 7 pm - North River Gallery, 34A Main Street, Chatham 


Music Omi Final Concert in the Fields – Music Omi invites audiences to experience a one-time-only concert of new global music under a concert tent in The Fields Sculpture Park.  This year’s music residents range from a southern African mouth bow player to a Kyrgyzstani jazz pianist and everything in between.  Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations developed during the 2016 music residency.  This culmination of the Music Omi “experiment” always offers not only an evening of truly exciting new music, but an opportunity to experience combinations of instruments and musical approaches unlikely to ever be experienced in a single concert. – Information at www.artomi.org/music or 392-4747 -- 5 pm – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent 


A Mexican Fiesta featuring Casa Mexico: At Home in Merida and the Yucatan,  a new book by decorator and author Annie Kelly, with photographs by Tim Street-Porter – “Renowned for its picturesque charm, Mexico has lured design-world insiders to its retreats, as presented in this inspirational selection of some of the latest Mexican design trends from the Yucatan.” – The book is published by Rizzoli New York – Reception includes a Tequila and Mezcal Tasting and Antojitos (“little cravings”) – Information, or to reserve a copy of the book call 822-8120 or e-mailinfo@hudsonhome.com – 6 to 8 pm – Hudson Home, 366 Warren Street (corner of Fourth Street)


Grillsdale 2016, a one-of-a-kind tasting event will sizzle with creativity and grilled food by some of the region’s most talented chefs – A stellar roster of chefs, restaurants and purveyors from up and down the Route 22 corridor, from Amenia to Chatham, will fire up their grills in a friendly competition to show off their creativity, but also to showcase the incredible quality and range of meat and produce available from the Roe Jan region’s farms.  Participating chefs include Josephine Proul of Philmont’s Local 111, “Chopped” champ Dafna Mizrahi of Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room in Amenia, Jack Peele of Jacuterie in Ancramdale, Rolo Scarpetti for The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale, Charlie Norman of 52 Main in Millerton, Justin Panzer of The Oakhurst Diner in Millerton, Rob Scott of The Outlaw BBQ in Hillsdale, and David Wurth of Hillsdale’s Crossroads Food Shop who will present a secret dessert.  Guest chef is Rolo Scarpetti, an Argentine of Italian descent who is visiting from southern Brazil – Heading the panel of judges is John Markus, producer of “BBQ Pitmasters, “and “one of the most influential people in BBQ in the US.”  Live music will be performed by local talent, including the Hay Rollers, made up of members from three regional bands—Hunger Mountain Boys, The Lucky Five, and The Bash Bish Bluegrass Band--and other local groups.  A portion of the profits will benefit the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, which, when completed, will stretch nearly 50 miles from Wassaic to Chatham – Information at http://hillsdaleny.com/2016/08/grillsdale-2016/ - Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grillsdale-2016-tickets-25295271839 - 6:30 to 10:30 pm - Hilltop Barn, Roe Jan Park, Hillsdale


Holllis Brown is an edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for its adrenaline-fueled performances – The group, formed in 2009, is named after a Bob Dylan song called “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” – The band released a debut album in 2013 which led to song and video premieres and placements on various television shows – The group has toured extensively in America and Europe, both headlining and supporting other groups and building an impressive fan base.  Visit hollisbrown.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Saturday-Sunday, August 27-28– Marc Swanson: a solo exhibition of new work, co-presented by Jeff Bailey Gallery and Basilica Hudson, has been extended through Sunday, September 5 – Information at basilicahudson.org – Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 6 pm or by appointment – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Sunday, August 28

Screening of Emile Ardolino’s 1993 film, The Nutcracker, part of a series called River’s Pics, a Sunday matinee series for kids, showing classic films chosen by River Stone – “In a world of too many screens and portable devices, Basilica brings the original BIG SCREEN into the lives of Hudson kids and their families with a series featuring music, humor, and ballet.”  This series is part of a program called Basilica Free Screenings – Information at basilicahudson.org – 11 am – North Hall, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Next Monday, August 29

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 everyMonday 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


Next Tuesday, August 30

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Movie Tuesday –Paris is Burning (1990) –A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing, and the dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality – Part of the free movie series – Information at 392-6121 or www.ps21chatham.org – 8:00 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)




Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House – A design exhibition featuring original concept sketches by 21 architects and landscape architects to address one of Olana’s great mysteries – Frederic Church’s 1886 plan for Olana, detailed Church’s vision for his large-scale designed landscape  The plan’s details are largely accurate, yet it contains a structure labeled “Summer House,” which doesn’t exist today.  Twenty-one architects and landscape architects were invited to imagine what such a structure might look like.  The exhibition serves as a dialogue of innovative design ideas and as a response to Olana’s historic contest and dramatic setting – Curated by Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator, The Olana Partnership, with guest co-curator Jane Smith, AIA, of Spacesmith – On view through November 13 – Information at 828-1872, ext. 103 or olana.org/summerhouse – Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm - Coachman’s House Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, GPS address: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson




>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 at hudsoncruises.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 at www.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.


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