Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)


March 3 - March 9

Tuesday, March 3

Charlie Parr – A critically acclaimed songwriter from Minnesota – With the release of the album “1922,” he boomed onto the folk scene with extensive tours of the U.S., Europe and Australia – He now has 12 full length albums under his belt. – Information at 828-1562 – 7 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


March Match  Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70s classic TV show, Match Game – Winners take home Trixie’s cookies – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street


Thursday, March 5

Peter Jung, proprietor of Peter Jung Fine Art Gallery will speak on the art of the Hudson River School painters (1825-1875) as part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series – The talk will include details of the artists’ lives and circumstances and will be illustrated by paintings and images – Followed by Q&A and refreshments – Information at 828-1792 or www.hudsonarealibrary.org – 5:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration event – Jack McEneny, author of Albany: Capitol City on the Hudson, speaks on “Lincoln’s Final Journey to Albany” – Information at www.facebook.com/LincolnFuneralTrain2015 – 7 pm – Stuyvesant Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant


Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8

Films at TSL

> Mommy  – A passionate widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son.

> Ballet 422 – A documentary that takes you from first rehearsal to world premiere of a new ballet created for the New York City Ballet by 25-year-old, up-and-coming choreographer Justin Peck

> Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault – Part One of Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues documents the now-legendary 1971 debate between two very different heroes of the intellectual Left: linguist and activist Noam Chomsky, and cultural theorist and historian of ideas Michel Foucault

>Awake: The Life of Yogananda  – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> The Humbling  – Tells the story of an aging, suicidal stage actor and his struggles to find passion for life again – Stars Al Pacino

> Buster Keaton Short Films (1922-23) – These classic shorts are loaded with laughs, punctuated by breath-taking stunts, and bursting with raw creativity

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


Friday, March 6

SmashCrashBash!!– Hard-rocking bands Blockhouses and Private Parts perform at the 16th installment of this monthly rock ‘n’ roll-themed party featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, hand-picked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – Blockhouses is fronted by former Figgs guitarist Guy Lyons – DJing are NYC scene maker and Stalkers front man Andy Animal and taste-making record collector/merchant Sean McDevitt of Retouch Records – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm doors – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday, March 7

Hudson Winter Farmers Market – Open Saturdays through the end of April – Some 20 vendors are selling an array of prepared foods, baked goods, winter vegetables, meats, flowers,cheeses and more – Spring greens will be available this Saturday! – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets


Exhibition Opening –  Cow Portraits – New paintings by Nancy Ghitman – Works by gallery artists also exhibited – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstgallery.com – 4 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening –Caprices  – A solo exhibition of Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes’ sculptures made from recycled and found materials, such as cardboard boxes, wire hangers and plastic bottles.  For his animation film, The Song of Roland, he used corks and toothpicks, and he filled Grand Central Station in New York City and the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires with his musical bicycle sculptures – Bruno created IntegrArte, a program of social integration that recycles the discards of the world into art and inspires the young, the old, the rich and the poor in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of community.  He directed the program in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, then brought it to Hudson, NY and to his native France.  The exhibition is curated by the award-winning illustrator and animator, R.O. Blechman – On view through March 29 – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Emerging Artists 2015 – An annual exhibition – On view through March 28 – Information at www.limnergallery.com or 828-2343 – 5 to 7 pm – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street


Hudson Pride 2015 Fundraiser Kickoff to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation – Information at www.hudsonpridefoundation.org – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street


Botanica  Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes – DJ Effie Asili with Special Guests MC Ari Gato and DJ Truemaster Trimingham – Soul, funk, disco, boogie, Afro, Latin, and Reggae –Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Brazilian Girls – They are neither Brazilian nor all girls, but they play a singular, sophisticated, and catchy fusion of electronic dance music and world-beat styles that has attracted the likes of  David Byrne, Baba Maal and Angelique Kidjo – They have established a reputation as New York’s premier international party band –  Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Sunday, March 8

HD screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street 

Deep Air Poetry & Art Series : Geography and Gender   with poet, artist bookmaker, curator and professor Deborah Poe and visual artist Kazumi Tanaka presenting their art and “exploring complex issues of geography and power while staying deeply committed to beauty.” – Curated by artist/poet Lee Gough – This is the second in a series of events designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to ecology, local geography and landscape – Artist presentations will be followed by Q&A, conversation and refreshments – Information and tickets at www.olana.org or 828-1872 – 3 to 5 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Monday, March 9

Jenny Hval and Slow Collins – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


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


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