Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston) 

April 15 - 22




Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, takes place on Thursday, April 24.  Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their sales that day to the AIDS Council in support of their programs and services.  For the last few years, the generous restaurants in Hudson have been among the top contributors through this event, and we need to make a good showing again this year.  Make your reservation now at one of the participating restaurants:  Baba Louie’s, Ca’Mea, the restaurant at Helsinki, Park Falafel, Red Dot, Relish, or Swoon.  Lunch counts too! 


Clean Out and Clean Up! – Start planning now for the Hudson City-wide Memorial Day Weekend Yard Sale (Tag Sale, Sidewalk Sale, Garage Sale, whatever) – The designated day is Saturday, May 24, but sellers can set up again on Sunday if they wish.  Be a part of what could be a giant flea market, from the boulevards to the waterfront, and every place in between – Shops will be holding sidewalk sales, organizations will be trying to make a little cash to support their causes, and you could end up with a clean(er) garage or closet.  Please do not set up on someone else’s turf (including on public property) without asking, but do register with the Hudson Development Corporation at www.hudsonfirst.com to get your sales address on the Yard Sale Map. Questions?  Call Sheena Salvino, Executive Director at HDC at 751-1045.


Tuesday, April 15

It’s Tax Day.  Forget your troubles and get lost in the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show, Match Game, hosted by Trixie Starr.  Prizes and frivolity —and cookies from Trixie’s Oven – Information at 301-4398 –  8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street


Wednesday, April 16

Bunnybrains Tour Kick-off Party – With John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida – Man Forever is his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance – With guests Odwalla88, Piglet Angelino, and DJ Dog Dick – Information at 828-1562 –  8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front 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 17

The Mountain Goats – “…the nom de bande” of indie-folk-rock singer-songwriter John Darnielle – At Helsinki he will offer one of his “legendary, intimate solo performances…” – He has been called “near the most affable, most charming frontman in current rock music.” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 –  8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, April 17-20 

Films at TSL:

> Particle Fever – “Mind-blowing.  Delightfully dramatic.  A fascinating movie about science, and an exciting, revealing and sometimes poignant movie about scientists…Enormously suspenseful….”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

> Nostalghia – “…Andre Tarkovsky’s brooding late masterpiece, a darkly poetic vision of exile.  It was the first of his features to be made outside of Russia, the home to which he would never return.”

Enter Here – A documentary by Amei Wallach in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum – “…a double portrait...of the lives and work of Russia’s most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia….”

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 18

Brandy Tasting – Taste artisanal brandy created in 1981 by Cognac producer Germain-Robin – These California brandies have become a favorite of bartenders, critics, and presidents – The spirits cannot technically be called “Cognac,” since they are made here, but they are crafted in traditional Alembic Stills using the classic, centuries-old style – “The best brandies in the USA!” – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com –  5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Exposition Auction – English, Continental, American, Asian & Ethnographic Furniture, Decorations, and Art – Previews Monday through  Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm,  Friday from 10 am, Auction at  6 pm – Online catalog at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


The Wickers Creek Band 2014 Spring “Tour” consists of three  Friday nights at the Pub in Philmont! – Musicians Peter and Charlene Paden, Rob Bradley, Andy Bing, and special guest, Viv Walsh, will travel north to perform on  April 18,  May 16 and  June 20 – Information at 672-7346 – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street (Route 217), Philmont


Ben Taylor with special guest Simi Stone – Fresh from a tour of Northern Europe and the UK, Taylor--a longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences dating back to the club’s origins in Great Barrington, MA—is touring with a new batch of songs, slated for a new album…due to be released in May 2014 – Yes, he is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon – Visit www.bentaylormusic.tumblr.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 –  9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Saturday, April 19

31st Annual Fishing Derby – Oakdale Lake will be stocked with $1,000 worth of brook and rainbow trout – Prizes, such as medals, t-shirts, and rod and reel combinations will be awarded in three different age groups for the largest trout caught each half hour – Registration at the Hudson Youth Center, 18 South Front Street from  8:30 am to 5 pm through  April 18 – Sponsored by the Hudson Department of Youth –  8 to 10 am – Oakdale Lake, 132 North 6th Street


Reminder:  Indoor Farmers’ Market at Christ Church – Hudson Farmers’ Market vendors offer spring greens, fresh mushrooms, meats, vegetables, baked goods, plants, and handmade gifts – Information at 828-4047 –  10 am to 1 pm – Christ Church Parish Hall, 431 Union Street


The Annual Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase and a Yarn Burst! – This history and cultural festival presents live musicians; shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demonstrations; an exhibition of various breeds of sheep; and wool artisans and vendors –– Working border collies herd ducks in Clermont’s historic sheep fold – The Acoustic Medicine Show and Tamarac provide music for dancing – For the first time, the showcase hosts a brilliantly-colored Spring Yarnburst where a coalition of local knitters create original works made especially for Clermont’s landscape – Information at www.friendsofclermont.org or 537-4240 – Rain date April 27 – 11 am to 4 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 400 Woods Road (off Route 9G), Germantown  


Herbalist Lauren Giambrone, founder of The Good Fight Herb Company, discusses the benefits of spring herbs and flowers –See, taste, smell and touch such plants as nettles, dandelions, burdock, yellow dock, violets, and more, while learning about their health supporting properties – Giambrone will discuss her own herb-based products as well as corresponding teas from the shop’s extensive inventory – Reservations required – Information and reservations atwww.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 –  5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street


Exhibition Openings – Cat Food:  A two-person exhibition of New Works by Brian Belott and Joe Bradley – On view through  May 18 – Runs concurrently with a Retrospective show of new paintings and an installation by Robert Davis—Our Houses Dream in Blueprints at a row house at 438 Carroll Street – For information on both exhibitions, or for open hours go to www.retrospectivegallery.com or 205-8387 –  5 to 7 pm – Cat Food at Retrospective, 727 Warren Street and Robert Davis at 438 Carroll Street


Mind Over Mirrors and Koen Holtkamp – A double bill – MOM is “the solitary reeling of American harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly.”  Pitchforkwrote: “What makes Fennelly’s work rise above homage is his use of Indian pedal harmonium, which cuts through his web of tape delays and synths and gives ‘Storing the Winter’ a singular timbre.” – Holtkamp, a multi-instrumentalist, “plays with ideas of scale and space…” – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com –  8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Spottiswoode & His Enemies – Referred to as a genius and a downtown ringleader by The New Yorker, Jonathan Spottiswoode is the son of an American singer and an English clergyman.  WNYC’s John Schaefer describes him as “one of New York’s more colorful band leaders …” – The group celebrates the release of its brand-new recording (release date April 15) at Helsinki.  It’s an English record, written and sung by an Englishman, but recorded in Brooklyn by a New York band. – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 –  9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tribal Dance Party - Music by Young Paris and Fula Thela– Information at 828-1562 –  9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday Night at Wunderbar – Lick the Toad – Listen at www.reverbnation.com/lickthetoad  -- Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street


Sunday, April 20

Community Easter Egg Hunt – Sponsored by Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center –  2:30 pm – Promenade Hill Park, Front & Warren Streets


Tuesday, April 22

Workforce New York Career Fair – Sponsored by the Workforce NY Career Center at Columbia-Greene Community College and Congressman Chris Gibson – The fair features businesses with job openings, educational and training opportunities, and programs for veterans – A resume critique is available – More than 60 businesses and organizations from the fields of health, manufacturing, insurance, construction trades, retail, and grocery stores are expected to participate – Information at 828-4181, ext. 5510, or www.columbiagreeneworks.org –  10:30 am to 3 pm (Special session for veterans from  10 to 10:30 am)


The History of Dutch New York through 1737- A lecture by Geoff Benton, Historic Site Assistant at Crailo State Historic Site – The Columbia County Historical Society is celebrating Dutch heritage this year, which is the 50th anniversary of its acquisition of the Luykas Van Alen farmhouse on Route 9H – 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  




An indiegogo campaign has been launched to raise funds for a feasibility study, planning sessions and concept development, all to support the idea of creating an Aquarium, Art & Natural Science Center in the old Dunn Warehouse on the Hudson waterfront.  Go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/hudson-praxis to learn more about the project and to contribute to the fundraising campaign.




Only a few hours left to contribute to the indiegogo campaign to help Fairview Cinema 3in Fairview Plaza buy a new digital projector the theatre needs to survive.  Be sure to review the perks that can come with contributing.  Go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-fairview-cinema-3 .




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 orwww.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at  6:30 pm – Performance from  7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


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

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