Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

Picks of the Week marked as (*)

April 22 - 28



For a long time now I have been collecting the names of those Quality Control Inspectors who stamp their names on the bottoms of paper bags.  “What?  Why waste your time?” you ask. I’ll tell you why.  Just because so many people (perhaps you among them, Dear Reader) have never noticed these names before.  I therefore draw your attention to the fact that there is a real human being somewhere who is involved in the process of producing the paper bag that makes its way to the retail outlet employee who then bags up your purchases, says “Have a nice day” and sends you on your way.  The name on the bag is the name of a real person who is proud enough to be involved in this process, that he/she stamps his/her name on the bag.  Sometimes it is just “Kary”, or good old “80674,” but there is a real person standing behind this bag. 


This past Saturday, the outlet was Vasilow’s Confectionery here in Hudson, NY, and the purchase was chocolate bunny lollipops, and the “Have a nice day” came from the person wearing the bunny suit, and the stamp on my paper bag said “Jesus Garcia.” Thanks to you, Jesus Garcia, the bunnypops made it home safely.  I am grateful, and honor you for your service.





Tuesday, April 22

 The History of Dutch New York through 1737- A lecture by Geoff Benton, Historic Site Assistant at Crailo State Historic Site – Sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society volunteers – Information at 758-9265 or www.cchsny.org –  7 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street (Route 9), Kinderhook 


The Novel Ideas with Kayln Rock – Information at 828-1562 –  8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Wednesday, April 23

Hudson Pride Foundation Annual Educational Symposium – A workshop/open discussion forum geared toward educators and administrators on such topics as bullying, safe schools, diversity, and compliance with DASA – With special guest presenter, Thomas Krever, CEO at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, who has spent many years in gang intervention throughout the country – Limited seating – Registration appreciated  by e-mail at Martha@HudsonPrideFoundation.org  or call 917-715-7623 – Information at www.HudsonPrideFoundation.org –  4 pm to 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street


Liv Carrow, Emily Bate, and Zachary Fay – Liv Carrow (Pocatello) returns to the Dog, accompanied by Philadelphia indie folk musicians Emily Bate and Zachary Fay – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com –  8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Stump Trivia – Every  Wednesday night through November – Go to www.stumptrivia.com/ -- Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 –  10 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street 


Thursday, April 24

(*) Dining Out for Life – Eleventh Annual Dining Out For Life, a benefit for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York – Seven Hudson restaurants--Baba Louie’s Sourdough Pizza Company, Ca’Mea Ristorante, Club Helsinki, Park Falafel & Pizza, Red Dot Restaurant and Bar, Relish Hudson, and Swoon Kitchenbar, plus Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens--will donate a percentage of the price of your meal to the AIDS Council to help people in the region who are living with HIV/AIDS – The donation applies to both lunch and dinner, for those restaurants that are open for lunch – Local ambassadors will  greet you at the restaurant and give you a chance to enter a drawing for a trip to the Bahamas – Information on participating restaurants at www.aidscouncil.org  – Reservations are necessary!!


Preparing for the Hudson Valley’s Energy Future – To provide information about increasing energy efficiency for homes, businesses, farms and municipalities – The first panel will feature industry professionals with experience in energy-efficiency projects.  A second panel will focus on financial incentives for homeowners and municipalities – Presented by the NY League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and NY State Assemblymember Didi Barrett – Registration at 212-361-6350 ext. 205 or e-mail rsarivan@nylcvef  –  6 to 8 pm – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 County Road 44A, Millbrook


Friends of the Hudson Area Library Annual Meeting – Guest speaker is Rebekkah Smith-Aldrich, from the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The title of her presentation is Throw Out the Map: Sustainable Thinking for the Future of Libraries. – Information at 828-1792 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27 

Films at TSL:

> The Missing Picture – “…recounts Director Rithy Panh’s firsthand experience of how his family and friends suffered at the hands of the Pol Pot’s communist regime….Panh utilizes beautifully-sculpted clay figures and elaborately detailed dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory.”

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden – “…a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the archipelago itself…”

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


Friday, April 25

Omar Sosa and his New Cuban Quartet – “…Sosa is known and hailed for his singular blend of Latin jazz and African diaspora music—a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com –  8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


If, Bwana & Leslie Ross, plus Stick Sellers – Bassoonist Leslie Ross performs with multi-instrumentalist If, Bwana (aka Al Margolis) – Stick Sellers uses whatever is at hand to construct sound and/or video – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com –  8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Patrick Sweeney Celebration – According to lore, Pat Sweeney was a Paul Bunyanesque figure at six feet, seven inches.  In 1862, at age 60, he worked as a switchman at the Stuyvesant Depot...  The story of how he defied a commanding officer at bayonet point to save a packed troop train from a head-on collision also includes: a gilded switch key on an eelskin necklace, a 20 gallon keg of rum, and knocking out a sturgeon with his fist.  Former Assemblyman Tim Gordon will play the role of Sweeney and recount the story.  Fiddler Colin McCoy will perform music of the era.  This date also honors the 149th anniversary of the passage of the Lincoln funeral train through Columbia County in 1865.  Refreshments will be served – 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Stuyvesant Railroad Station, 55 Riverview Street, Stuyvesant



Friday-Saturday, April 25-26

(*) Eclipse – A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCallEclipse is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates choreography, light, visual design, and an audio-visual time score to arrive at altered ways of viewing a performance.  This work was first imagined while the artists were in residence in Hudson in 2012, and is Basilica Hudson’s 2014 Season inaugural event – The piece features four dancers and Bokaer, dancing at the center of a site-specific freestanding seating configuration – Viewers are invited to experience the piece from all sides – Reservations and information at www.basilicahudson.com –  7:30 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Saturday, April 26

This is the last Saturday of the Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church on Union Street – The outdoor Hudson Farmers’ Market will open at its usual site at Sixth & Columbia Streets next Saturday, May 3rd.  – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Indoor Market this Saturday is from  10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, Union and East Court Streets


Drug Disposal – Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal –  10 am to 2 pm – Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 85 Industrial Tract, Greenport or Hillsdale Sub Station, 2684 State Route 23, Hillsdale


Exhibition Opening  Nancy “Weezy” Forman – New giclee prints of flowers – Information at tkhomeandgarden@gmail.com –  12 noon to 5 pm – 441 Warren Street


Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 –12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


(*Songs for Unusual Creatures – Featuring Michael Hearst and his five-piece band, One Ring Zero, with an audio-visual presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet.  From the blobfish to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as the theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylephone - During his varied career as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer, Hearst has performed and given lectures and workshops at universities, museums, and cultural centers around the world.  He has toured with The Magnetic Fields, performed with The Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on such shows as NPR’s Fresh Air, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and NBC’s The Today Show. – His album,Songs for Ice Cream Trucks, has been used by at least 50 ice cream trucks around the world. – Information and reservations at www.hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – Two shows: 2 pm and 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Authors’ Reading – Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers – Four authors: Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, Joan Potter, and Lori Toppel, share memories of their mothers and the process of writing memoir – The book is a reflection on the authors’ formative years and grapples with the circumstances that shaped their mothers’ lives – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org –  4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)


Bluegrass at Beattie – C.B.Smith & The Lucky Devils –The group is rooted in bluegrass, but draws from jazz, rock, gypsy, Celtic, classical and other musical influences to create their own unique sound – Reservations by e-mail to rhoveninc@gmail.com – Information at www.beattiepowersplace.blogspot.com –  5 pm– Beattie-Powers Place, Prospect Avenue & Bridge Street, Catskill


International Community Dinner – This thirteenth annual family event features a potluck dinner with traditional cuisine, music, and dance from diverse nations and cultures – Participants are asked to bring an ethnic dish or other contribution from their kitchen to share – Information at 366-2551 or 672-7901 –  5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets


Exhibition Opening – Under the Influence (of the New York School) – Featuring works by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom, and William Bond Walker – On view through  June 1 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 –  6 to 8 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Yura Adams – A solo exhibition of recent oil paintings  – On view through  May 18 – Information at www.johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 –  6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street


Comrade Question performs – Information at 828-1562 –  9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Boombox Legends – Listen at www.boomboxlegends.com/ – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarandbistro.com –  10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street

Hudson ReStore Earth Day Celebration – Cornell Cooperative Extension will have Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions and test your soil (1/2 cup of soil needed for pH testing); crafting demonstration; music; food; free balloons, popcorn and cookies; games and prizes; and a 25% off  “April Showers” sale – Rain or shine – Information at 828-0892 or www.columbiacountyhabitat.org – 11 am to 3 pm – Columbia County Habitat ReStore, 829 Route 66 at 9H (behind Village Dodge)


Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27

Sean’s Run Weekend – This annual event is in its thirteenth year  –  Saturday:   Zumbathon, Super  Saturday Run for Special Needs Kids, and Sean’s Run Bike Rides –  Sunday: Prevention Education Expo, World Championship Battle of the Belts, Meghan’s Mile Youth Race/ Community Walk, and the 5K run or walk – Schedule, locations of events, entry forms and online registration at www.seansrun.com – Information at 672-4757 – Chatham Elementary School, Chatham High School, and Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham


Upstage Productions presents Broadway, Here I Come” – A reminiscent journey through the last twenty years of Upstage productions, featuring songs from their past, present and future - The cast and crew of more than 40 is directed by Christina Viggers – Information at www.upstageproductionsinc.org or 821-4449 –  Saturday at  7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School, 102 Harry Howard Avenue


Monday, April 28

The Faux Meek Residency – A relatively new indie-rock group comprised of members of some of the region’s most popular bands – Lead vocals are shared by John Miesmer (Two Gun Man) and keyboardist Damara Rose Stolfo (Luxury Flats), who also contributes songwriting.  Gabe Schaftlein provides the group’s underpinning on bass guitar, and Rob Williams, who shared membership in Mother Fletcher with Miesmer and Schaftlein, holds down the drum chair and contributes backup vocals. – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com –  8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street




Next Saturday, May 3

An Embarrassment of Riches:

Ramp Fest at the Basilica


Hudson Children’s Book Festival at Hudson High


Hudson Farmer’s Market Opening Day at Sixth & Columbia


Spring Fling – Hudson Opera House party in the upstairs performance space


Saturday, May 24

Clean Out and Clean Up! – Start planning now for the Hudson City-wide Memorial Day Weekend Tag Sale – The designated day is  Saturday, May 24, but sellers can set up again  on Sunday if they wish.  Be a part of this giant flea market – Register with the Hudson Development Corporation at www.hudsonfirst.com to get your sales address on the Tag Sale Map. – Information at 751-1045.




Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth  Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 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 www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at  6:30 pm – Performance from  7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street



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