Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

October 15 - 21


Monday through Sunday, October 13-19

20th Annual ArtsWalk continues – Presented by the Columbia County Council on the Arts

> Windows on Warren – Artworks by over 100 artist members of CCCA are displayed in the windows of Warren Street shops and can be viewed any time of day or night  

> CCCA Members Show – Hundreds of artworks by CCCA member artists shown in a 19th-century industrial showplace –– Museum Room, The Pocketbook Factory, North Sixth Street, between Washington & Prospect Streets (Enter on Prospect Street through the courtyard)

>Also see Performing Arts Festival under Sunday and the en plein air event under Thursday through Saturday below.

Information at 671-6213 - For a complete listing of artists and ArtsWalk programs go to www.cccaartswalk.webs.com or pick up a brochure at the Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street


Wednesday, October 15

Upstreet Market – A mid-week market, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, crafts, music, and art – Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm through November 19 – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square)


Stephin Merritt celebrates the publication of his first book, 101 Two-Letter Words, which whimsically highlights the 101 such words admissible in the game of Scrabble – His four-line poems are illustrated by cartoonist Roz Chast – Information at www.thespottydog.com or 671-6006 – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Black Francis – With Reid Paley and Special Guest Tommy Stinson – Black Francis is the alternative-rock pioneer and mastermind of the Pixies…widely credited with paving the way for such groups as Nirvana, Radiohead, and others – Reid Paley will warm up the crowd and also perform with Francis, who will also be joined by Tommy Stinson, co-founder of that other most-influential alt-rock group, the Replacements, making for a full-fledged indie-rock summit – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday, October 16

Million Dollar Baby Open House Celebration – The Second Show, Hudson’s popular thrift shop, celebrates a milestone.  It has given over a million dollars to its benefiting organizations  over the course of its 18-year existence – The public is invited to join in this celebration  – 4 to 7 pm – Information at 828-2990 – The Second Show, 519 Warren Street


Hudson FORWARD Community Meeting – 7 pm to 8:30 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street


Congressional Debate between Sean Eldridge & Chris Gibson – 8 pm –WMHT-TV, Channel 2


Les Amis Creoles – “…Explores the authentic, back-porch roots of the swinging, dancing sounds of Louisiana bayou music.”  This group makes “infectious dance music that for one evening will turn Hudson into a bayou.” – Special Creole dishes will be prepared by Hugh Horner’s kitchen – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18

Creating Landscapes Within the Landscape – An en plein air event and art auction – Watch and converse with artists painting in the fields of Frederic Church’s historic Olana estate, then attend an artists’ reception and auction of the instant landscapes you have seen being created –Maps of Olana available at the Wagon House Education Center and the Olana Museum Shop  – A Viewers’ Choice Award will be given at the reception – Information at 828-0135 or www.olana.org – Artists will be painting from 9 am to sunset each day – Cocktail reception and exhibition of the wet canvasses from 4 to 5 pm on Saturday, auction from 5 to 6 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Thursday-Sunday, October 16-19

Films at TSL:

A Coffee in Berlin – This film swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards – Shows a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. – In German with English subtitles

Mood Indigo – Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story.

> The Young Ones – “…a futuristic western…set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet…”

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


Friday, October 17

Exhibition Opening – Dia De Los Muertos—Day of the Dead – An annual group exhibition to honor Latino Heritage Month at RPI – Curated by Mary Udell – On view throughDecember 10 – Gallery hours by appointment at 276-6505 – Information at 755-3356 – Reception from 5 to 8 pm – Shelnutt Gallery, RPI’s Union, Troy


Jill Burton & Jane Scarpantoni plus David Grollman & Ryan Krause duo – Jill Burton is/has been a vocalist/holistic/sound/movement/performance artist, professional ballerina, and free improviser, among other things.  Jane Scarpantoni is a classically trained cellist who has played on a number of alternative rock albums, and was associated with the Hoboken underground rock scene in the 80s and 90s playing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, etc. – Information at www.thespottydog.com – or 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


The Wickers Creek Band launches its Fall Bluegrass Tour – Great food and foot tappin’ music – Information at 672-7346 – 8 to 10 pm – Main Street Public House, 12 Main Street, Philmont


Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – A husband-and-wife duo – Campbell is best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm and has toured or recorded with the likes of Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and many others – He spent eight years in Dylan’s Never Ending Tour band and was musical director for Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble sessions in Woodstock – Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured in the role of Sara Carter, lead singer of the Carter Family. She has also performed with such icons as Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples and Buddy Miller, among others – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, October 17-18

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – Tour the Clermont mansion after dark and meet ghosts from Clermont’s past – “Guests will be welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with an eccentric spiritual medium, crystal ball, and a reproduction 1916 Ouija board.  When the séance goes wrong however, the lights go out, and the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250-year history.  Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them tell true stories. – The tour continues as guests are led onto the grounds for a lamp-lit adventure along the Hudson River – For ages seven and up – These tours are very popular and tickets sell out early – Pre-paid reservations are strongly required – Reservations and information at 537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org – Tours run every half-hour from 6 to 9 pm – (Also on October 24-25) – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue (off Route 9G), Germantown


Lodge – A weekend of music and art in support of community radio station WGXC– All your favorite DJs, a dance party, a silent auction, and live music with Bishop Allen, Palm, Dirty River, and Slow Collins – All events take place at Nussy’s Biergarten on the grounds of Riedlbauer’s Resort, located on 70 beautiful acres in the scenic Catskill Mountains of Greene County – Discount room rate available for ticketholders – Information and schedule at 697-7400 – Tickets at www.wgxclodge.brownpapertickets.com – Riedlbauer’s, 43 Ravine Drive, Round Top 


Friday-Sunday, October 17-19

The Ghent Playhouse opens its 40th season with the 1955 version of Noel Coward’s comedy, Fallen Angels – “…Coward’s wit and farcical fun at their most delectable.” – Directed by Kate Gulliver – Runs on weekends through October 26 – 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 18

Guided hike to Kaaterskill Falls and Catskill Mountain House – Part of the Art Trail Hikes program – Guided hikes to the nearby places that inspired Thomas Cole and other artists of the Hudson River School.  See the views that appear in some of the most beloved landscape paintings of the nineteenth century – Rain or shine – This is the last hike of the season – Reservations required at 943-7465, ext. 5 or www.thomascole.org – 9 am – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce, prepared foods, cheese, baked goods, meat, and more – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays throughNovember 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson

Saturday Salons:  The Guided Gallery – Families are invited to share ideas on art with guided tours and workshops through the month of October – The tours are led by inspirationalteaching artist Hawley Hussey, whose work with NYC public schools has earned her a statewide reputation for her innovative art-centered curriculums – These tours are designed to help families with children discover and discuss Hudson’s burgeoning arts scene – In this week’s tour, participants will pay a visit to Stair Galleries for a preview of an upcoming auction, understand how auctions work, and learn to enjoy the auction experience.  English, Continental, and American fine art, furniture, decorations, and jewelry will be on display – Space is limited so registration is required by calling 822-1438 – 10 am to 12 noon – Tour starts at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Hillsdale Housing Fair – For homeowners, renters, and would-be buyers - Exhibitors’ booths include representatives of banks, the Columbia County Department of Social Services, Health Department and Real Property Tax Services, Habitat for Humanity, Hillsdale Code and Zoning Enforcement Officer, Hillsdale Assessor, etc.– Panel presentations: Home Improvement & Financing Options at 10:15 am; Help for Homeowners, Landlords & Renters at 11:15 am; and Understanding Your Taxes at 12:15 pm – Sponsored by the Town of Hillsdale Housing Committee, the Hillsdale Economic & Community Development Corporation, and Columbia Opportunities – Information by calling Ellen Levy at 914-552-5674or Tina Sharpe at 828-4611 – 10 am to 1 pm – Hillsdale Firehouse, 9487 Route 22, Hillsdale


Handmade in America: Artisans Along Main Street – The Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association and the Village of Valatie sponsor the Third Annual Artisans Fair – Some 40 local and regional artists will be displaying jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, wood works, photographs, paintings, and other distinctive goods – Music – Book signings – Artisanal foods will also be available – Rain or shine –  Information at www.veravalatie.com – 11 am to 5 pm – Main Street, Valatie


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


Public Meeting on the Proposed Power Line Expansion – This county-wide meeting is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition to share new information on the Power Line expansion proposed for Columbia County – Featured is a presentation by Gidon Eshel, PhD, Bard College Research Professor of Environmental Science and Physics, who will speak on his findings that existing power lines can meet our region’s peak electricity-demand needs well into the future – A second meeting will be held on November 1 at Bard College. – Information at www.hvsec.org – 1 pm to 3 pm – Churchtown Firehouse, Route 27, Claverack


John Waters Book Signing – Waters will sign copies of his book, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America – in cooperation with Shawn Nightingale Productions – Information by e-mail at info@finchhudson.com or at 828-3430 – 2 pm – Finch….life curated, 613 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Vintage Valatie: The Guy Gamello Collection – Showcasing a collection of some 22 inkjet prints originally recorded as glass plate negatives picturing the village in the early 1900s – Presented by the Village of Valatie in cooperation with the Columbia County Historical Society – Information at 758-9806 – Exhibition open from 11 am to 5 pm, Opening Reception at 2:30 pm – Martin H. Glynn Municipal Center, 3211 Church Street, Valatie


Pastoral Pleasures – Presented by Concerts at Camphill Ghent – Paul Green, clarinet; Gili Melamed-Lev & Mark Evans, piano four-hand; and Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano, performing works by Schubert, Poulenc, Pinchik, Dvorak, Schumann, and Britten – Followed by a post-concert reception – Information and reservations (recommended) at 392-2760 – 3 pm –Cultural Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham


The Church: Seduction in the Cathedral – The second of the Four Nations Ensemble’s 2014 Hudson River Harvest Concerts – Baroque music for a diva soprano, virtuoso trumpet, and strings performing music by Bach, Handel, Biber, and Vivaldi in a village chapel now artist’s studio – Concert followed by a reception – Information by e-mail to fournationsinc@aol.com or call 212-928-5708 – 3:30 pm – Private property in Stuyvesant  (driving instructions will be sent upon purchase of tickets)


8th Annual Pumpkin Walk – To benefit the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties – Family entertainment includes Roger the Jester, Tots the Clown, face painting, Radar Speed Gun station, rock climbing, bouncy house, and more – The Pumpkin Walk is a stroll along a magical path of lit jack-o-lanterns carved by children and artists from the community – Information and advance tickets at 828-4619, ext. 302 – Family fun at 4 pm, Pumpkin Walk at 6 pm – Columbia-Greene Community College, Greenport


Writers Omi Fall Reading and BBQ – A distinguished group of 10 writers who have been in residence during the fall session of Writers Omi at Ledig House will read and share their work with a public audience – The public readings are meant to showcase the spectrum of talents and allow readers to experience their creative processes.  Hailing from all over the world, the work of these residents spans the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translation.  The readings will be followed by an informal barbeque for which donations are encouraged –Information by e-mail to ahiatt@artomi.org or call 392-4747 – 5 pm – The Visitor Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent


The Hungrytown Folk Duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson sing original, traditions-based folk music – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm –  Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 & 23), Hillsdale


Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Oliver Kita, artisanal chocolate maker from Rhinebeck, offers his favorite flavors to be paired with wines provided by Fairview Wines & Spirits – Information at www.VerdigrisTea.com or 828-3139 – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street


Annual Movable Feast to benefit the ongoing programs and restoration of the Hudson Opera House – Eat well and meet new friends – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Opera House, dinner at private homes, dessert back at the Opera House – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 6:30 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


All That Glitters – The 21st Annual Hospice Gala – To benefit the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene Counties – Information at 943-5425 –Cocktails at  6:30 pm; Dinner at 8 pm – Kozel’s Restaurant, Ghent


Recital – Soprano Nellie Rustick and pianist Catherine Shane-Lydon perform works by Mozart, Schubert, Smetana, Portman, Bernstein, Quilter, and more – Reservations and information at 755-7185 – 7 pm – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


John Waters in the only area performance of his one man show, This Filthy World, Volume 2  This iconic, pioneering filmmaker (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Crybaby) takes on taboo topics as only he can do in his hilarious and completely uncensored show.  Waters arrives on the heels of his recent Lincoln Center Retrospective, celebrating his 50 years in film and his recent best-selling book release, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.  (See information on book signing at Finch at 2 pm.) – Waters, who has been dubbed “the Pope of Trash” and branded “O for Offensive” by the Catholic Church, earned his bad reputation by turning bad taste into high art.  Part confession, part vaudeville act, he’ll share with his audience in Hudson his origins in the trash genre and his subsequent adventures navigating everything from fashion to true crime. – This is a benefit performance for Basilica Arts and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York presented by Basilica Hudson and Shawn Nightingale Productions – Preferred seating available; student discount with ID – Information and tickets at www.basilicahudson.com or 822-1050 – Doors open at 7 pm; performance at 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


HRC Showcase Theatre presents a staged reading of Hal Borden’s A Position of Relative Importance-- a case of mistaken identity that thwarts a young man’s quest for employment – The reading is followed by a reception and “talk back” with the playwright, actors and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street


Lady Moon & the Eclipse – A Hudson-born but now Brooklyn-based multicultural band playing “spiritual music that transcends into different dimensions of sound and cultures…” – The evening also features poetry by IFETAYO – Information at www.thehalfmoonhudson.com  or 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Shawn Colvin – A new-folk singer-songwriter whose first album won a Grammy Award for best Contemporary Folk Album, who won two Grammy nominations for her second album, and then two Grammy Awards for Best Song and Best Record – visit www.shawncolvin.com - Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tiff & the Hitmen perform – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarbistro.com/ – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street


Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19

Hudson Cruises Weekend Fall Foliage Cruises – The perfect fall weekend getaway – See the  autumn colors in the Hudson Valley, close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and ospreys, and views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Runs on weekends throughout the month of October – Information and tickets atwww.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee  or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Saturday 1 pm to 2:30 pm; Sunday 11:30 am to 1 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Sunday, October 19

ArtsWalk Performing Arts Festival – Performances and readings, including readings from the 2014 Student Play Writing Contest – Followed by ArtsWalk Closing Reception – 12 noon to 5 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  p

9th Annual Raymond Beecher Lecture – Dr. Aaron Sachs, Professor of History and American Studies at Cornell University, will explore the idea of Arcadia-–a word that for centuries has meant contented pastoral simplicity—in the Hudson Valley – Dr. Sachs will also sign copies of his new book, Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition – Sponsored by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Information at www.thomascole.org or 943-7465 – 2 pm – Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill – Lecture takes place next door at Temple Israel


Looking Out: The Power of Nature & Music – A concert with Amanda Boyd, soprano; Joseph Rutkowski, clarinet; and Michael Clement, piano performing Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert, Finzi, Liszt, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Alan Hovhaness – Information at 325-5020 – 3 pm – Hillsdale Methodist Church, Intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale


The Actors’ Ensemble Fall Benefit & Celebration – A taste of works in progress with actors and musicians Bethany Caputo, Ragnar Freidank, Seamus Maynard, Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan, and Chris Smith – Information at 392-5497 – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


Monday, October 20

Record Release Party for Bobby Previte’s Terminals – A special evening of music and raconteuring with SO Percussion, John Medeski, and Cantaloupe Music, and a cadre of Previte’s favorite improvisers – SO will play selections from their vast repertoire – Previte will introduce Terminals and talk about his 40 years in music, and SO, Previte and Medeski will join forces in a performance of Terminals 4 and 5 – The evening will be recorded for streaming on Cantaloupe Music’s YouTube channel – A one-of-a-kind event – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, October 21

A Celebration of the Life of Perry Cooney – Guests are invited to share their remembrances – Information at 828-3657 – 6 pm – Red Dot, 319 Warren Street




October 22-26 – Film Columbia film festival –n Chatham and Hudson


October 26 – Hudson Halloween Trick or Treat, Halloween Parade & Operation Pumpkin


October 26 – “Haute Cature” Fashion Show to support Animalkind


October 26 – Ghostly Gallop 5K Race to benefit the Hudson Area Library


November 1 – PS21 Gala


November 2 – Daylight Saving Time ends


November 4 – Election Day


November 7 – Kite’s Nest Alimentary Feast dinner


November 27 – Thanksgiving


November 28-30 – Basilica Farm + Flea


December 6 – Winter Walk!


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


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