Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

October 8 - October 14

 Thursday-Sunday, October 8-11

Films at TSL:

> Finders Keepers – When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy.  “…one of the decade’s weirdest stories…hysterical, insightful, and genuinely empathetic.”--Variety

> The Angelic Conversation – A Derek Jarman film – “…a lyrical celebration of gay love set within the context of a series of Shakespeare’s sonnets…”

> Jan B. par Agnes V. – Agnes Varda abandons the traditional bio-pic format, and paints a portrait of a woman—in this case singer. actress, and fashion icon Jane Birkin—using fantasy sequences

Ballet Boys – Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir experience very important years in the beginning of their ballet careers.  In Norwegian with English subtitles

>The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – The first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party

David Bowie Is – A documentary film of the ground-breaking exhibition, created by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

The Marquise of O – An Eric Rohmer classic film – An adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s short story – In German with English subtitles

Information and schedule at 822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Thursday-Monday, October 8-12

Columbia County Council on the Arts Artswalk celebrating the Council’s 50th Anniversary – The two-week Artswalk festival started  Thursday, October 1 with Windows on Warren (WOW), a street-long exhibition of artwork by over 125 artists in Warren St. (and beyond) shop windows, that can also be viewed this week.  Last week also saw the opening of three CCCA members’ shows--A Stitch in TimeSmall Gemsand The Thank You Show, as well as The CCCA Annual Members’ Show and a Performance Showcase. The festival continues this week with Artswalk Literary, curated by Karen Schoemer, featuring three days of readings by (mostly) local authors (See listings below.) – Artswalk will  have a presence at theHudson Valley Bounty Chili, Cheese and Cider Fest in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, where performances and kids programs will also take place on Saturday  – There is also a performance at the Gallery@46 Green Street on Saturday from 5 to 8 pm, and many more activities than can be listed here - To find out what is happening and wherepick up a brochure/booklet at CCCA, 209 Warren Street, or at many other businesses along Warren Street or go to www.cccaartswalk.com for a full program and map – Main venues include Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street,  671-6213; and Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street (access via grade crossing at Broad Street, past the Amtrak Station on Front Street).  Please note that the programs originally to be held at The Pocketbook Factory on North Sixth Street, have been moved to the Warehouse at State and North Seventh Streets.  


Friday, October 9

I Put my Hand Inside the Lion’s Mouth: A Tribute to the Poetry of Bernadette Mayer – Presented by the Columbia County Council on the Arts and Karen Schoemer, Bookseller as part of Artswalk Literary 2015 – A reading by Guggenheim fellow Bernadette Mayer and a panel discussion featuring Mayer, poet Brenda Coultas, Lee Ann Brown of Tender Buttons Press, and Sam Truitt of Station Hill Press – Information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Singer/songwriter Amy Rigby plays her first solo show in the area since moving here in 2011 – Information at 671-6006 – 8:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Friday-Saturday, October 9-10

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry  service during the summer months – This is the last ferry run of the season! – 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  


Friday-Sunday, October 9-11

The Ghent Playhouse presents Little Shop of Horrors – With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken – Directed by Michael Mensching, with musical direction by Joanne Mensching – Runs weekends through October 25 - Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or www.ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, October 10

Hudson Farmers’ Market –Find fall vegetables and fruits, cut flowers, greens of all kinds, as well as prepared foods, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, and more.  Christina Dellea will be performing in the Music tent and the Hudson Area Library will be in the Community Tent – For a list of vendors and their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, visitwww.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Dalmatian Day – The Bob McKinney Memorial Fire Prevention Event  – Meet and greet “spotacular”  Dalmatians – Kids’ games with prizes – The amazing Belmont Magic Show and, a musical puppet show – Safety House – Masons’ ID Clinic – A Museum Scavenger Hunt, and a special appearance by Sparky, the Fire Service Mascot, and much more  – Information at www.fasnyfiremuseum.com or 822-1875 –10 am to 3 pm – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue


Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society – Reservations at hudsoncruises.com or 888-764-1844 –This is the last lighthouse tour of the season. – Information at www.hudsonathenslighthouse.org or 828-5294 – 11 am to 3:30 pm – Tours depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, accessed via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Handmade in America: Artisans Along Main Street – The Fifth Annual Valatie Artisan Festival – Sponsored by the Valatie Economic Development Association – Herbals, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, woodworks, artisan foods, and more  – Live music by Jody Samascott – Two book signings – Food available – Rain or shine – Information atwww.VERAvalatie.com – 11 am to 5 pm – Village of Valatie

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili, Cheese and Cider Fest – A gastronomical celebration of the fall harvest – The main event is the Chili Contest with cash prizes for best chili, most local ingredients, and best dressed table – Vote for your favorite! – Beer & Cider Bar, offering tastings and pairings from local cheese and hard cider producers – Bountiful Feast: A Food Art Show in the chili tent, and an Artists’ Marketplace – Live music by Thunder Ridge – Information at www.hudsonvalleybounty.com – 12 noon to 4 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street – Access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak station on Front Street


HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera production of Il Trovatore – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Reading & Book Signing – Mary Caponegro and George Coultas – Second in a new Reading Series at the Hudson Opera House, curated by Tamas Panitz, a graduate of the Bard College Written Arts Program, and co-editor of The Doris Magazine – Mary Caponegro is the author of The Star Café, Five Doubts, The Complexities of Intimacy, and All Fall Down, among other collections of short fiction – She is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, among other awards, and teaches literature and writing at Bard College – George Quasha, artist, poet, and musician, is a Guggenheim Fellow who has written twenty books in addition to the influential poetry anthology America a Prophecy – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 3 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Harrison Atelier:  VEAL – If food animals are constrained by human technologies, can animals be designed to make meat more “humane?”  VEAL traces the life-cycle of the industrial animal in a series of animal-instruments—veal-bagpipe creatures, blastocyst-lyres, and cellular white noise.  A video loop of Harrison Atelier’s operatic installation, Veal, which premiered in 2013, will be on view in the CR10Arts screening room.  Three of the installations will be exhibited in the CR10 main gallery space – On view through November 7 –  Information at CR10.org – 4 to 6 pm – CR10Arts, 283 County Route 10,  Linlithgo


Hudson Valley Dance Festival – Performing companies include Brian Brooks Moving Company, The Chase Brock Experience, Jessica Lang Dance and the Martha Graham Dance Company – One night only - Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – Information and tickets atwww.dradance.org or 212-840-0770, ext.229 – 5 pm – Historic Catskill Point, Catskill

Photography Exhibition Opening –“  Keepsakes: Memories, bitter and sweet, embodied in the clothing, artifacts and tchotchkes left behind”  Two solo exhibitions:  – Gail Samuelson:Keep It For Luck and Sharon ArnoldAfter the Wedding Dresses – and a Portfolio Showcase:  Ellen CantorI Can Only Remember What I Don’t Forget and Norm DiamondWhat is Left Behind  – On view through November 15 – Information at 697-0266 or www.DavisOrtonGallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Arcadia: Paintings by Maggie Mailer, recent work by Yeachin Tsai, new ceramics by Rosalind Shaffer, and new work by David Eustace – On view through November 15 – Information at 212-518-7551 or www.mcdarisfineart.com – 6 to 8 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


Classics on Hudson presents Roman Rabinovich – Continuing his rise as an international sensation, pianist Roman Rabinovich kicks off the second season of Classics on Hudson – He was born in 1985 in Uzbekistan, immigrated to Israel where he made his debut at age 10 under Zubin Mehta, and won the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein Competition – A serious visual artist as well as musician,  Rabinovich’s clean, expressive technique will be on full display in a program of Hayden, Schumann and Beethoven – Information at 822-1438 orwww.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Volume Music & Reading Series – A new reading series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, is planning to meet every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This first month’s program showcases readers Melissa Febos, author of the memoir, Whip Smart, whose essays have appeared in a number of publications; Christopher Funkhouser, a multimedia artist, musician and writer, who has had several books of poetry published; and Mark Allen, a writer, storyteller and comic who has contributed to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “The Huffington Post,” and others, and whose film, Sock Job, is in production – Plus a short set from DJ Andy French – Hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to volumehudson@gmail.com – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Spencer Day performs – A special one-night-only concert – Performance will include new music from his upcoming release, Angel City – Day has performed at such diverse venues as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., the Pacific Rim Jazz festival in Manila, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC – His number one hit, “Till You Come to Me,” remained on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 47 weeks. – Information and tickets at 822-9667 – 8 pm – Stageworks/Hudson, 41-A Cross Street


Javelin/Blue Museum – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon Facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday-Sunday, October 10-11

Hudson Cruises, Inc. Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruises – See details below


Artswalk Literary 2015 - The Columbia County Council on the Arts and Karen Schoemer, Bookseller present a program of authors’ readings and book signings as part of Artswalk– A dozen authors will read and sign books.  They include: Andrea Kleine, Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Wesley Brown, Joseph Luzzi, D W Gibson, Lynne Tillman, Debby Mayer, Daniel Region, Sonia Pilcer, Dan Marcus, Carl Skoggard, and Robert Kelly – Information and schedule at www.cccaartswalk.com or pick up an Artswalk booklet at the Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street, or call 671-6213 – 12 noon to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday – Originally scheduled for The Pocketbook Factory, but please note that the venue has been changed to the Warehouse at State Street and North Seventh Street


Sunday, October 11

21st Annual Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival & School Open House – Fun for all ages – Plenty of kids activities including pumpkin carving, jump-rope making, hay rides, a hay maze and slide; live music by the Kitchen Kaylie Band; a two-man saw contest; a scarecrow contest; a Scavenger Hunt;  storytelling and puppet shows, cider pressing, creamery tours, local vendors, local foods, and more! – Rain or shine – Information at events@hawthornevalleyassociation.org  - 10 am to 4 pm – Hawthorne Valley Association, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent


The 19th Annual Autumn in Austerlitz Festival – Featuring 1830s costumed characters, antiques, kids’ activities, craft vendors, hot and cold food for purchase.  Demonstrations of blacksmithing , weaving, sheep shearing, and border collie demonstrations of  herding techniques and obedience skills.  Also see heritage poultry – Live music by Neu Bop Monsemble, Joe Adee, and Rick Warren & Marilyn Miller – Sorry, but no pets are allowed – Rain or shine. – Information at www.oldausterlitz or 392-0062 - 11 am to 4 pm – Austerlitz Historical Society, 11550 Route 22, Austerlitz


Live simulcast of the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Giselle  – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Two Exhibition Openings – Allan Wexler: Reframing Nature and Alain Kirili & James Siena: Linear Elements – In his exhibition Wexler considers the natural landscape’s relationship to the roots of architecture – Both Kirili and Siena use linear elements that, once assembled, take the shape of abstract forms and fields – Both exhibitions on view through January 3, 2016 – Information at www.artomi.org – 1:30 pm to 4 pm - Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


The Tenth Annual Raymond Beecher Memorial Lecture – The Third NewYork School? Cole, Church and Contemporary Art – Thomas Cole National Historic Site presents a lecture byDr. Timothy Barringer, one of Yale’s most popular professors, who will discuss the implications of the current exhibition on view at both the Thomas Cole site and Olana--River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home.  Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University.  Following positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Universities of London and Birmingham in Great Britain, he came to Yale in 1998.  He is the author of many books and publications, recently including The Cultured Canvas: A Social History of American Landscape Painting.  He was co-curator of the landmark exhibition entitled American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States, 1825-1880  at the Tate Gallery in London in 2002. Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill


Exhibition Opening – Color Theory – A group exhibition featuring work of local artists Vincent Pomilio, James O’Shea, and Stephen Brophy – On view through November 15 – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Broadway veteran, Heather MacRae brings her award-winning tribute to her iconic film star father, Gordon MacRae in “Songs for my Father,” with Mark Nadler at the piano – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series – Produced in association with Showstoppers New York  – Information at 828-4800 – 6 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Hudson Home Grand Opening Celebration – Information at 822-8120 – 6 to 10 pm - 364 Warren Street (corner of Warren & Fourth Streets)


The Sixth (Occasional/International) Spotty Dog Film Festival – Short films by local filmmakers, including Brian Dewan, Sam Sebren, FX Schram, Evan Curtis, Ray Harryhausen, eTeam, Parker Shipp, James Raymond, Alan Coon, Vita Rabinovich, Patrick Stephenson, Kris Perry, Matt Moorman, the Peter Davis 2000, M Sean McManus, Noah Reibel, among others such as Schmitty the anorexic cat, Dr. Bing, the Lumpen Brothers, Erich Von Stroheim, and the New York State Department of Health and Human Safety, and much, much more… - Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Monday, October 12

Columbus Day


Next Tuesday, October 13

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 – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Author’s Talk – Kathryn Aalto, author and landscape designer, will discuss her new book, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh – The setting for one of Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England – Aalto’s book explores how this magical place moved both A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepherd to create the cherished tales that remain not only relevant, but wildly popular today. – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Goat (Japan) and Kyozin Yueni Dekai – Goat was formed in 2013 and consists of the guitar, sax, bass and drums.  Avoiding the use of twelve tones, their composition is based on noise and muted tones produced by sound generation – Kyozin Yueni Dekai (Osaka, Japan) translates to the Japanese slang “We are big because we are giants.”  Comprised of one gigantic guitarist, and one drummer, the pair together breed noisy eruptions of sound. – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon Facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Next Wednesday, October 14

Upstreet Market – Hudson’s mid-week market is winding down for the season, but its not too late to stock up on your fall-to-winter veggies – Vendors are still selling delicious empanadas, fresh biodynamic bread, organically raised meats and eggs, gluten free baked goods, and fresh hot Mexican food – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (aka the Public Square) between North Seventh Street and Park Place


Guttersnipe: A Social History of the American Street Child – Dr. Kristina Gibson, author of Street Kids: Homeless Youth, Outreach and Policing New York’s Streets (2011 NYU Press), will discuss street children of the 1800s, exploring how images, stories, and social policies toward street children shaped our understanding of these kids.  The talk will also include a discussion about how the history of street children might apply to Hudson and other small cities with “homeless” youth today.  – The talk is presented by the Hudson Area Library and the Prison Public Memory Project – Information at 828-1792 or hudsonarealibrary.org – 6:30 pm to 8 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street





Hudson Cruises, Inc. Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruises are being offered on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and Sundays – Views of the Sleeping Giant of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Bald eagles, osprey and herons are frequently seen – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: Boarding at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 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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