Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

June 25 - 29 and beyond

 

Saturday, June 25

Village of Kinderhook Garden Stroll – Visit five gardens in the village – Also, “The Naturalistic Garden,” an on-site walk and talk in the garden by Sigrid Gray, former Horticulture Director at The Battery, in NYC and former gardener at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum – at 10 am, 11 am, and 12 noon – Plus—in the Village Square—Kinderhook Farmers’ Market from 8:30 am to 1 pm; Cider, Wine, and Spirits Tastings from 10 am to 1 pm, and Carapace Farm Puppetry puppet performance for kids at 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon – Sponsored by the Village of Kinderhook Office of Economic Development

 

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The Acoustic Medicine Show will be performing in the Music Tent –  For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visitwww.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

 

Behold! New Lebanon has launched its second season as “the first museum of contemporary rural American life” – More than 100 summer tours are offered from June 4 through October 15 – This Saturday, it is offering a day-long series of six sessions on sustainability, providing “insights on the efforts that any one person can make to tread a little more lightly on the earth.”  – Each session represents a different aspect of sustainable living.  Participants will learn about herbs, berries, farming with horses, bread making, waste-water control, purification, and management, in sessions led by locals – In addition, visitors have a new and one-time opportunity to partake in a Farm-to-Table lunch at The Abode, whose CSA farm is a veritable model of sustainable living. - Information at 720-7265 or beholdnewlebanon.org  – 9 am to 5 pm – Behold! New Lebanon, 438 Route 20, New Lebanon

 

17th Annual Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Awareness Tour – Chamber members and members of the public are invited to explore agriculture in the county –The tour leaves the Chamber offices by coach bus at 10 am and returns for lunch at 1 pm – The tour is co-produced by the Chamber and the Columbia County Farm Bureau – Tickets include transportation and a boxed lunch – Space is limited – Information and reservations at 828-4417 –10 am to 2 pm –  Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street, at Warren Street

 

Garden Conservancy Open Day – Visit the private gardens of Helen Bodian in Millerton; the modernist garden of Tim Legg and Doug Wingo on Mt. Merino; Mark McDonald and Dwayne Resnick’s new garden at Texas Hill in Hillsdale; Kevin Lee Jacobs’ garden in Valatie; and Susan B. Anthony and the late Richard Galef’s garden at Rabbit Hill in Craryville– Most gardens are open from 10 am to 4 pm, but check the website since opening hours may vary – Information, including addresses and directions at https://www.gardenconservancy.org/events/all-events/columbia-county-ny-open-day-4

 

Auction – Three Centuries of Style:  Fine & Decorative Arts from the 18th, 19th and Early 20th Centuries – Preview hours and on-line catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 

Les Moutons (The Sheep) Performance & Opening Party at Ancram Opera House – Jeff Mousseau & Paul Ricciardi, new proprietors/artistic directors of the Ancram Opera House, kick off summer with a party and Les Moutons (The Sheep), an all-ages performance about, well…all things sheep.  A nearly wordless performance, the play is great for audiences ages 3 and up.  The story features Julie, Marie-Louise, Bernadette and César—three healthy ewes and a young ram — in a quirky look at how sheep spend their time. Routine activities, including shearing, feeding, milking and many more, are depicted in this live installation and performance that twists reality in surprising ways.  There will be two performances—at 2 pm and 5 pm—with a party featuring Cowboy Jim and The Hayrollers between shows.  Stay after the first show or come early for the second one. Son of Herondale Rambo, Ancram's legendary ovine, will make a special guest appearance.   Kids admitted free.   Information and tickets at 329-0114 or http://www.ancramoperahouse.org/les-moutons  – 2 pm & 5 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram

 

Auction – Unreserved Estate Auction with selected additions – Includes 763 lots of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, collectibles, photographs, early glass and ceramics, etc. – Online catalogue at www.copakeauction.com – Information by e-mail at info@copakeauction.com or 329-1142 – Previews on Thurs/Fri from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sat from 12 noon to 2:45 pm, with Auction at 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

 

Alchemy in Art & Architecture – Francine Hunter McGivern and The Frank Institute at CR10 present Seth Harrison and Ariane Lourie Harrison in a Harrison Atelier Presentation Talk—The Birds and the Bees:  Building in the Anthropocene –“The Anthropocene period, characterized by the planetary impact of human activity on the environment, produces a posthuman territory: no longer a docile nature nor neutral environment, it is a heterogeneous assemblage of human, animal, and technology bound in an increasingly intimate struggle over the Earth’s limited resources. While architecture has produced varied types of inhabitation, the discipline is historically anthropocentric.  Fiction, performance, and design become critical tools in challenging architecture’s anthropocentrism and developing cohabitation strategies for multiple species, for which we will propose several examples from Harrison Atelier’s recent work.” – Information at www.cr10 – 4 pm – CR10, 283 County Route 10, between Route 9G and Route 31, Linlithgo

 

Author’s Reading – Joseph Luzzi, author and Bard College professor, will read from his memoir In a Dark Wood.  In this memoir Luzzi writes of the days and months that followed the terrible event that left him suddenly both a widower and a first-time father.  Luzzi’s wife, Katherine, eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was in an automobile accident, and died from her injuries less than an hour after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel.  Luzzi, a professor if Italian Studies, and a Dante scholar, begins his book with lines from Dante’s The Divine Comedy:  “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.”  The memoir describes the challenges that Luzzi faced as a grieving widower trying to balance his responsibilities as a single father and an academic, and to open himself again to love. – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 4 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)  

 

Exhibition Opening – Capturing Color:  Contemporary Pastels: Works by Joe Baker, Frank Frederico, Dave Francis, Susan M. Story, and Marlene Weidenbaum – On view through July 17 – Information at 392-3693 or spencertownacademy.org – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

 

La Compagnia Amarilli, a vocal duo, brings its latest program to Hudson – Kinga Cserjesi, soprano, and Deborah Carmichael, mezzo-soprano, will sing works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, and others presented in a storytelling format.  The music will be woven together with a fairy tale, inviting children and adults alike to enter a magical world.  A simple set and whimsical, colorful costumes complete the program.  Pianist Drew Spradlin accompanies the singers.  The production is directed by Beate Mathois – La Compagnia Amarilli is a Libero Canto ensemble  – Tickets available at the door with all proceeds benefitting Christ Church – Information at 828-1329 until 1 pm – 5 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, Corner of Union and East Court Streets

 

Exhibition Opening – Basilica Hudson and Left in Focus present Lives Not Numbersby documentary photographers Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack – The exhibition is a series of photographs measuring lives in numbers, statistics, and data points that dominate mainstream discourse about public tragedies.  Those who die in mass, especially the subaltern, are reduced to numerical archives. By reporting deaths as numbers, we devalue the lives lost and the lives they leave behind….In 2013, thousands perished during the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.  Every year, thousands more are lost while migrating across the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and Arizona.  In their first collaboration, Atish Saha and Bryan MacCormack present a series of photographs to reveal the lives behind the numbers reported in these two separate events  – On view through June 26—Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm and by appointment – Information at basilicahudson.org – 5 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

 

BeLo3rd Summer Gallery Stroll – An open house event at nine galleries, highlighting the diversity of art offerings on Warren Street below Third Street and a few blocks beyond 

Open galleries include:

Inky Editions – Six Stops: Prints and editions by six artists affiliated with the print studio – 112 South Front Street (white building behind the Basilica)

Davis Orton Gallery – Photographs by Ellen Feldman and Zelda Zinn – 114 Warren Street

BCB ART – Quietus: New Paintings by Richard Butler – 116 Warren Street

Limner Gallery – Sextet – Works by six contemporary artists – 123 Warren Street

Jeff Bailey Gallery – Bill Adams: Sunup and David Pappaceno: Hohle Fels – 127 Warren Street

Columbia County Council on the Arts – Human Impact: Living in the Anthropocene Age – 209 Warren Street

FRG Objects & Design – Summer Highlights – 2016 – Second Floor, 217 Warren Street

> J. Damiani Gallery – Composite Imagery & Oils – 237 Warren Street

Rose Gallery Fine Arts – Celebrating 27 Years with Gallery Artists – 238a Warren Street

Information at 617-645-1616 – 5 to 7 pm – Warren Street below Third Street and beyond

 

Exhibition Opening – Street Photography and Urban Scenes: What’s New? – The gallery presents constructed, deconstructed, discovered and rediscovered photography—all used to conjure up the experience of the city.  Exhibiting artists call upon approaches from painting, collage, film, performance as well as the keen eye of the street photographer – Two solo exhibitions:  Urban Zips by Ellen Feldman and New York Revelations by Zelda Zinn, plus a Portfolio Showcase of two artists:  Welcome to New York: 1985-2005 by Amy Shapiro and Auto-Reflection by David Curtis – On view through July 24 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – A group show of featured artists and more – Curated by Rick Gillette – Artists include Sarah Berney, Mark Wasserbach, Paul Harbutt, Sean Paul Pluguez, Drew Boughton, and Joseph Conrad-Ferm – Information at 646-483-9109 or frgdesignart.com – 5 to 8 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street

 

Ultra-Pro: Sculptures That Cook!  - Art Omi 2002 Artist Residency alum Michael Tong has invited some 15-20 artists to create working grills, smokers and ovens for an afternoon barbeque event. Local farms are contributing delicious grillable foods and locally produced condiments.  Select local chefs are invited to collaborate with artists on recipes and will participate in the judging – Participating artists include Matt Bua, DeWitt Godfrey, Tim Davis, Dan Devine, Tim Freccia, Emily Hassell, Wennie Huang, Abel Ramirez, Andrew Robinson, William Stone, Mark Wasserbach, Jason Wycoff, and more – Free and open to the public – Information at artomi.org – 5:30 pm – Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

 

Exhibition Opening – John Davis Gallery exhibits the work of five artists--In the Main Gallery: New Work by Susanna Heller; in the Sculpture Garden and Carriage House: Sculpture by John Crawford; on the second floor of the Carriage House: Paintings by Matthew Blackwell; on the third floor of the Carriage House: Paintings by Herbert Reichert; and on the fourth floor of the Carriage House: Sculpture and Paintings by Tom Butter – On view through July 17 – Information at johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – FLORA III – Featuring work by Katie Degroot, Joy Taylor, and Doug Clow – On view through July 18 – Information at 828-1677 or by e-mail to info@grisnewyork.com – 6 to 8 pm – Galerie Gris, 621 Warren Street

 

Inheritance – A world premiere film – Cambiz Amir-Khosravi has been a documentary filmmaker for most of his adult life, but this is, quite literally, the film he was born to make – The filmmaker discovers the truth about his father and the shocking role he played in the history of modern Iran – One screening only – 6:15 pm – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

PS21 (Performance Spaces for the 21st Century) opens its 11th summer season with a new kind of circus – Marquise Productions presents YOL, which  means "road" or "way" in Turkish, and  is a mixture of circus and theater.  The seven-member cast features artists from Quebec, NYC and the Capital Region specializing in music, dance, handstands, juggling, and unicycling.  There are no animals in the show. The circus's Artistic Director, Aaron Marquise, is a professionally trained clown and graduate of Ecole Nationale de Cirque, Montréal.  He established his European-style circus troupe in Troy. This evening’s performance is the result of the troupe’s residency at PS21, during which this original circus show was developed.  It toured throughout the region during the month of June. – Information and tickets at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ps21chatham.org – Information at 392-6121 – 7:30 pm – PS21, 3980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of the Village of Chatham on Route 66)

 

Don Byron brings his group of musician friends for “Do the Boomerang,” featuring the music of R&B legend Junior Walker, as well as Ray Charles, James Brown and other soul, funk, and jazz artists. – Joining Byron is an all-star cast of NYC and Woodstock-based musical talents, including vocalist Dean Bowman, keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, guitarist Matthew Finck, and superstar drummer Zachary Alford – Visit donbyron.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

 

WGXC 90.7 FM Emergency Fundraising System Dance Party – Come join the celebration! - DJ Neva and others will provide the music – Proceeds from the party will help keep creative community radio on the air – The WGXC “All Together Now” summer pledge drive was extended until the station’s $20,000 goal to raise funds for basic operating expenses was met.  This party, originally created to provide the final push to meet the goal so that regular WGXC  programming could be restored, has now turned into a celebration!  Can’t make the party?  You can still call the station at 697-7400 and make a pledge or make a tax-deductible donation online at wgxc.org/donate – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm to 2 am  – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26

Hudson River Exchange Fourth Annual Summer Market – A juried and independent outdoor market drawing on the mercantile history of Hudson by showcasing some 100 vendors of high quality handmade goods, unique vintage finds, and farm fresh food, along with local community organizations, an airstream photo booth, live music, and activities for kids – Takes place under two canopy tents – No admission charge – Rain or shine – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street.

 

Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Saturdays and Sundays – 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.

 

Sunday, June 26

Screening of The Sound of Music, the first screening in a series called River’s Pics, a Sunday matinee series for kids, showing three 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

 

On the big screen – The Berlin Philharmonic, Andris Nelsons conducting, presents a program including excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 – Information and schedule at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

 

Book Reading – The public is invited to join in celebrating the 50th reunion of the Hudson High School Class of ’66 with a reading by classmate Gary Grossman. – Grossman will read from his most recent book, Old Earth, a critically-acclaimed thriller mixing history with intrigue – The book has become an award-winning best seller, taking the Grand Prize for Fiction at the London Book Festival, the Amsterdam Book Festival, and the Hollywood Book Festival, and the Best Science Fiction Novel at the New York Festival of Books – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 2 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – Chancellor Livingston:  Reexamining a Founding Father – The exhibit highlights Clermont’s own Founding Father and his contribution to the Revolutionary War and the founding of America as a new nation. – Robert R. “Chancellor” Livingston was a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the highest judge in New York State who later swore George Washington into office, and negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase with Napoleon Bonaparte – Refreshments will be served and at 3 pm Clermont’s Curator of Collections Geoff Benton will give a free tour of the museum – Information at 537-4240 or by e-mail to Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov – 3 to 5 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue (off Route 9-G), Germantown

 

Chris Garneau at 7:30 pm – Dust Bowl Faeries with Ryder Cooley and others at 8:30 pm – Information at 917-873-4503 or www.orgalleryandtavern.com – 7:30 pm – Or Tavern and Gallery, 35 South Third Street

 

Next Monday, June 27

Olana State Historic Site Celebrates its 50th Anniversary – The Olana Partnership and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of Olana State Historic Site.  On June 27, 1966 (also a Monday), Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller arrived by helicopter to sign the Lane-Newcombe Bill into law, which authorized the state to purchase Frederic Church’s Olana, saving America’s most intact and important artist’s home, studio and landscape from destruction.  Fifty years later, representatives of the public-private partnership that preserves and interprets Olana today will be joined by elected officials and hundreds of others, including veterans of the 1964-66 campaign to save Olana, to commemorate this signal victory of the historic preservation movement in America. – The celebration is open to the public; RSVP is requested by calling 828-1872, ext. 103 – Information at www.olana.org – 10 am – East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

 

House Rules Café at Red Dot – Its Meatloaf Monday at Red Dot, so come for dinner and a quick hand of “Cards Against Humanity.” – Do you miss the board games of childhood?  Curious about the new trend of cooperative games?  Interested in learning a new card game?  Come on out to play with—or against—your neighbors.  Start an island adventure or play a quick hand of “Exploding Kittens.” – A small fee gives you access to the library of games, and if you’re encountering a new game, just ask!  Instruction is available. – Information at  houserulescafe@gmail.com  – 6:30 pm – Red Dot, 321 Warren Street

 

The Voodoo Orchestra North Summer Series – The Voodoo Orchestra North, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte and featuring many great upstate New York musicians, plays a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  One of the greatest works of the twentieth century, “Bitches Brew”—released in 1970—changed the entire landscape of not only jazz but rock, funk, soul, and pop as well.  Hailed as a masterpiece upon its release, it has proven even more influential in the fullness of time – “The Voodoo Orchestra North starts where ‘Bitches Brew’ left off, and begins anew.” says Previte.  “Even better than the real thing,” says local music critic Seth Rogovoy.– Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

 

MacHaydn Mondays – Jerry Gretzinger in Sinatra 101: The Man, The Myth and The Music – Gretzinger, a popular area entertaineris known for his performances with  Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton in The Singing Anchors – This solo show commemorates the 100th year since Frank Sinatra’s birth and is filled with songs that “Ol’ Blue Eyes” made famous - This popular series is now in its fourth year.  The rest of the series is scheduled for July 18 and August 1 and 15 -   Information, schedule and tickets at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 8 pm - Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

 

Next Tuesday, June 28

Federal Primary Election for our Representative in Congress – Information at 828-3115 or at Columbia County Board of Elections, 401 State Street

 

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night – The bi-weekly all-nerd throwdown! – Information at 671-6006 or www.thrspottydog.com – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 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 helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

 

Next Wednesday, June 29

Art, memory and sites of conscience – An illustrated artist talk by Lily Hibberd, an Australian interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator –  Presented by the Prison Public Memory Project – Information at 828-3431 – 6 to 8 pm – Solaris/Camphill Hudson, Second Floor, 360 Warren Street

 

Columbia County Beekeepers Club holds its second 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 – 7 pm – Roe Jan Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale

 

 

ONGOING

Shaker Museum /Mount Lebanon has opened its doors for the summer season at the North Family historic site. Guided tours depart from the Wash House every two hours beginning

at 10:30 am. New this season is a walking tour at 12:30 pm to the North Family's Cemetery & Community Memorial, which explores the lives of those buried there and the Shaker approach to the afterlife.   The site will also feature a new orientation gallery in the Wash House and a learning space for children in the Poultry House.  Wash: There is no dirt in heaven, this season's exhibition, explores the day to day work of Shaker women and men as they carried out the domestic chore of weekly communal laundry and looks at the Shakers' engineered waterpower systems, including dams, ponds, and aqueducts that ran the mechanical wash-mill, extractors, and elevators to lift clothes from the wash room to the drying attic. The exhibition also explores how the Shakers used their knowledge of laundry technology to create and manufacture a commercial washer, mangle, and laundry soap for sale to the public.  Information at www.shakerm1.org – Friday through Monday: 10 am to 4 pm, through October 10.  Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon

 

Olana State Historic Site introduces new Historic Landscape Tours – This is a fundamental expansion of the visitor experience and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the saving of Olana from the brink of destruction.  These new tours present Olana as an integrated work of art, architecture, conservation, agriculture, and landscape design and take the visitor to key locations in Olana’s landscape.  Guided landscape tours along Olana’s carriage roads are available via an open-air electrical vehicle or on foot – A self-guided version is available through a downloadable cell phone app – Landscape tours will continue through Sunday, November 6 – Information at www.olana.org – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

 

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 822-1014 or hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 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

 

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