Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

June 24 - July 1

Wednesday-Sunday, June 24-28

Caravan Stage Company presents Hacked: Treasure of the Empire, a new operatic theatre fantasy, enacted aboard the tall ship Amara Zee – The company delivers “productions of experimental opera that might be described as Cirque du Soleil meets Occupy Wall Street.  Shows feature outlandish props, circus acrobatics, and aerialists dangling from the ship’s rigging.  The opera themes are critical of the rich, governments and global corporations.  Its heroes are hackers promoting the equal distribution of wealth, who are persecuted by paranoid and over-controlling authorities.”—The New York Times – Presented by Time & Space Limited – Information at 822-8448 – 9 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park – Water Street, over the grade crossing at Broad Street (past the Amtrak Station on Front Street)


Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Rent, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Jonathan Larson – “Timely, touching and sensitive, a modern day “La Boheme” set in Greenwich Village and filled with Bohemian and slightly bizarre characters, each with a problem that the others help resolve. – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Thursday, June 25

Second Annual Columbia County Food Truck Festival – The Food Truck Village will include Black Forest Flammkuchen, Lekker, ‘Cue Truck, Hungry Traveler, Slidin’ Dirty, Sweet Central Express, Wandering Dago, Enjoyaball, Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck, Chatham Brewing, S&S Farm Brewery, Dutch Desserts, and Blima’s Catering – Three bands will provide live music – Rain or shine – Information by e-mail to renshu5@aol.com – 5 to 9 pm – Kinderhook Village Square, Village of Kinderhook


Basilica Screenings – Sugarcoated Arsenic and other recent films by Kevin Jerome Everson – The evening “…brings together a selection of profound films depicting the lives of working class African-Americans.  From factory workers, Cleveland Water Department technicians, magicians, student activists, and actors, Everson explores these stories through an acute sensibility, challenging distinctions of reality and fiction by engaging artifice and reenactments of histories…”   Introduction by and Q&A with the filmmaker – Information at basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


ProJam #11 – A night of the region’s best blues musicians—Billy “The Kid” Evanochko, John Ginty, Vince Leggiere, Pete Hop, Sonny Rock and 50 Hudson Valley pro touring musicians sitting in – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28

Films at TSL

Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians – A Special Oral History Project – A feature-length documentary about music in prison – Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ben Harbert

The New Rijksmuseum – The ambitious renovation of the museum, scheduled to reopen in 2008, was five years late and millions over budget when it reopened in 2013.

Set Fire to the Stars – Based on true events, this film portrays John Malcolm Brinnin, the NY academic who brought Dylan Thomas to America, and the volatile celebrity poet who was tormented by “anonymity, alcohol and the abyss”

The Marriage of Maria Braun – Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic film – Part of his “postwar trilogy” and a heartbreaking study of a woman picking herself up from the ruins of her life – In German with English subtitles

Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – “…an immersive, inventive cinematic experience…”

>Wittgenstein – “A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius that revolutionized it.”

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


Friday, June 26

Wine Tasting – Vinum Imports has an impressive portfolio of traditional naturally made wines from small farms along the Adriatic coast of Croatia.  These wines are distinctive, fascinating, and delicious.  Laura Carino from Vinum will be in the store offering tastings and talking about the unique wines of Croatia – Information at 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue, Greenport


Exhibition Opening – Landscape Thoughtography: Abstract Photographs by Jonathan Pazer – On view through July 26 – Information at 822-0510 or 510warrenstgallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street


Sherry Tasting – One of the world’s most historically important wines, Sherry is known for its nuanced complexity from long aging in cask.  Sherries are incredibly diverse, ranging from fresh, saline finos and manzanillas to olorosos.  With its array of styles, there’s a sherry to pair with every dish.  Join HWM staff and Maria Clark from Polaner Selections, for almonds, hard cheese, and some delicious learning – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


House Concert/Potluck – Italian-born Pasquale Grasso (guitar) and Parisian Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica) will perform two sets – Both now live and play jazz in the NYC area – The duo recently recorded an album in tribute to the great Belgian jazz harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielmans, titled “Merci, Toots.” – Reservations at 755-4350 or e-mail to peterjung512@gmail.com – Potluck at 7 pm, Music at 8 pm – Peter Jung Fine Art, 512 Warren Street


Peaceful Country performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 7 to 9 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport


Last Good Tooth and Eric & Erica – Penn Sultan, Morgan Eve Swain, and Scott Keellerhouse play in honor of and congratulations to Cara Turett. Eric & Erica open in honor of the Hudson River Exchange this weekend! – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, has been presenting a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz, but rock, funk, soul and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, June 26-27

Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty – “The witch has cast a spell—can the Prince fight through it to save lovely Aurora?” – Information and reservations at 392-9292 ormachaydntheatre.org – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry  service during the summer months  – 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, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street

Auction – English, Continental & American paintings, furniture, porcelain, silver, glass, textiles, and  jewelry, and Asian & Ethnographic decorations – Includes property from the Estate of Sam and writer/actress Grayson Hall – Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Friday: 6 pm, Saturday: 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Saturday, June 27

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Sky & Keys will be performing in the Music Tent and Kites Nest is in the Community Tent – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Garden Conservancy Open Day –Self-guided tours of private gardens – The following gardens will be open:  The garden of Alice Platt, 46 Tibbet Lane, Taghkanic from 10 am to 4 pm; The garden of Susan Anthony & Richard Galef, 158 Maiers Road, Craryville from 10 am to 5 pm; and the garden of Jack Potter & David Lebe, 104 May Hill Road, Ghent from 10 am to 4 pm Information, admission fees, and directions at gardenconservancy.org/open-days/ -- Times as shown above.

“America the Beautiful: Women and the Flag” – A lecture by Dr. Trudie Grace – Part of a Summer Lecture Series called Fabric of America: History of Our Flags – The series is in honor of the Historical Society’s current textile exhibition, and celebrates one of the most recognizable textiles in American history—the American flag.  From the flag’s legendary beginnings and role in times of crisis, to its reinterpretation in twentieth-century pop culture, these guest lecturers will explore the profound power a little scrap of fabric can hold. – The lecture is followed by a reception at the 1848 Bye-Low House in Kinderhook – Information and tickets at 758-9265 or cchsny.org – 4 pm – St. Paul’s McNary Center, 6 Silvester Street, Kinderhook

Exhibition Opening – got walls?: Works by J. Damiani – Information at 828-5490 – 4 to 7 pm – J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street

Flying Under the Radar @_FUTR_  --Performed by the Performance Art Dance Company featuring Marlon Taylor-Wiles, Maleek Washington, Jaqui Defranca, and Zui Gomez – Site installation by Lydia Meyer & Parker Shipp – Information at www.cr10.org – 5 pm – CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo

Iron Horse Cigar Depot presents Cigar & Local Distillery Night – Featuring Harvest Spirits Distillery, Hudson Valley Distillers, PDR Cigar Company, with Chef Hugh’s Special Buffet and jazz music – Information and tickets at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 5to 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

The Spotty Dog Ten Year Anniversary – Help the Spotty celebrate!  - $4 pints all day long and 10% off all merchandise – Champagne toast and cake at 5 pm – Performance by Yek Koo and Gabie Strong at 8 pm – Information at 671-6006 – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Composer/actor/singer Jim Wann, leading man in Broadway’s Pump Boys and Dinettes, will perform a selection of his own songs.  Wann’s work as a composer/lyricist/performer consistently reflects the Southern folk music he heard, sang, and played growing up in the South:  songs that told stories.   Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection, Hillsdale

Chips Ahoy! – Wine & Chocolate Tasting featuring Oliver Kita Chocolate Bark Chips – Just as addictive as potato chips – Four flavors:  Breakfast in Bed – yogurt, cranberries, granola and bacon; Bluebird Food – Sunflower seeds, blueberries, and flax seeds; Japanese Mermaid – Spicy seaweed with sesame seeds; and Midnight Munchies – Sour cream & onion potato chips -  Information at 828-3139 or www.verdigristea.com – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street (at Second Street)

BeLo3rd Evening Art Gallery Stroll – Ten galleries, offering a diversity of art work including painting, photography, video, sculpture, drawing, and unique art jewelry, will welcome visitors from 5 to 7 pm – Galleries include: FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren; J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren; Geoffrey Good, 238 Warren; Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238A Warren; Columbia County Council on the Arts Gallery, 209 Warren; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren; Limner Gallery, 123 Warren; BCB Art, 116 Warren; Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren; and the Columbia Cnty Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 1 N. Front – Information at 828-4539 – 5 to7pm


Exhibition Openings – Two solo exhibitions:  The Chosen Place: Photographs by Keith Johnson; and Swamp Spaces: Photographs by Ruth Wetzel – Also Watery Landscapes – A competitive Portfolio Showcase featuring portfolios by Steffen Kloster Poulsen and Peter Stern – All on view through July 26 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Katie Merz: More Than Blue and Jicky Schnee: Innerscapes – On view through July 26 – Information at 212-518-7551 – 6 to 8  pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


Exhibition Openings – Five Solo Shows – The Fictitious Image: Nicolas Carone – Paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Estate of the late Nicolas Carone in the Main Galleries; Tilted: Isidro Blasco in the Sculpture Garden; and Each DayKiki SmithNothing but Love Songs: Rachel Ostrowand works by Valerie Hammond in the Carriage House – Information at johndavisgallery.com or 828-5907 –6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street


Improvised Showboat # 8 – A curatorial venture from Lauren Britton and Zachary Keeting – One-night studio exhibitions are organized in and around New York – They are improvisational in their nature; exhibiting  artists are asked to bring a work of their choosing, rather than to  curate specific works – The organizers:  “We hope this series acts as a catalyst for unexpected conversation and viewing.”  Artists in this exhibition include Julie Evans, Bryon Finn, Brenda Goodman, Elliott Green, Catherine Howe, Meg Lipke, Jason Middlebrook, Donna Moylan, Portia Munson, Thomas Nozkowski, Gary Stephan, and Eric Wolf - This is the eighth Improvised Showboat exhibition – 6 to 9 pm - Hosted by Julie Evans, 39 South Third Street


Live in the Landscape: with a Grand Piano and Pianist – Eighteen-year-old pianist Keely Schmerber, called “a prodigy of classical music,” will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy – Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets, a flashlight, cooler, bug spray, and sweaters. A rain date of Sunday, June 28, has been set – Information at 828-1872, x 105 – 7 pm – East Lawn, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Stageworks/Hudson presents Unitard in House of Tards – A dangerous adult comedy featuring Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku – Directed by Paul Dobie – “Incredibly vicious and relentlessly hilarious”—Time Out New York – One Night Only! – Tickets and information at 822-9667 or www.stageworkshudson.org – 8 pm – Stageworks/Hudson, 41-A Cross Street

Morgan O’Kane and Vic Thrill – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28

Hudson River Exchange Third Annual Summer Market – Brings 100 vendors of unique handmade goods, collectors of high quality vintage finds and specialty food purveyors out of their individual studios, farms, and kitchens for commerce and exchange, inspiration and networking.  The event includes live music, kids’ activities and interaction with local community groups.  – The Exchange’s Food Court will be populated with Market favorites such as Black-Eyed Suzie’s Upstate, Raven & Boar, Brooklyn Oyster Party, and The Catskill Food Truck.  Food vendor Maple Leaf Sugaring will be offering locally sourced maple syrup cotton candy.  Information at hudsonriverexchange.com or 821-5283 – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


A Celebration of Herbs in the Gallery, Garden & Kitchen – Hosted by The Spencertown Academy, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop, and the Austerlitz Historical Society – The three organizations (located within five minutes of each other) have planned a weekend of activities  including workshops in botanical drawing and “backyard bouquets,” and an exhibition of botanical art and illustration by Mary Christiansen & Wendy Hollender at the Spencertown Academy; Open hearth cooking workshops, herbal demonstrations, live music by the Berkshire Columbia Musicians Collaborative, and gourmet boxed lunches at Old Austerlitz; and an herb wreath making workshop and a garden lecture at Steepletop – Go to the organizations’ websites for hours and details:spencertownacademy.orgoldausterlitz.org, and millay.org   


Hudson Cruises Weekend Sightseeing Cruises – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – 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.


Sunday, June 28

Philmont Sunday Farmers’ Market – Featuring Strawberry Shortcake and Burnells Baking – 10 am to 2 pm – 116 Main Street, Philmont


Exhibition Opening – Side By Side: Shaker and Modern Design – The exhibition is focused on the connections between mid-century modern design and Shaker precedents – Features pieces from George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, and other modern designers – Information at 794-9100 or www.shakerml.org – 10 am to 4 pm – The Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon, 202 Shaker Road, New Lebanon


Tenth Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Music for Voices & Instruments – Cantatas and pieces for orchestra performed by The Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra – David Smith, Artistic Director and Conductor – This is the season opener for PS21 – A Gala Opening Reception for the Festival will follow the performance – Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 2 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile North of Chatham


Helena Baillie, (violin), hailed by The Strad magazine for her “brilliance and poignance,” and Amadi Azikiwe, (viola), “a musician who plays so effortlessly that the listener does not fully appreciate what has been accomplished until reflection after the fact.”—The NY Amsterdam News perform a concert including music by Mozart, Leclair and Bartok to benefit Classics on Hudson – The concert is followed by a reception with the artists – Limited seating –  Reservations and information by e-mail to Richard.collens@yahoo.com – 3 pm – A private home in Hillsdale


Screening of director Duncan Roy’s AKA (2002) – With Matthew Leitch, Diana Quick, and George Asprey – The film tells the story of a disaffected youth’s search for love, status, and identity in late 1970s Britain – He is handsome and bright, but is hampered by his working-class background and by his family.  In order to make something of himself, he assumes another identity and manages to enter high society – Information at www.cr10.org – 5 pm – CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Tuesday, June 30

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 – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Wednesday, July 1

Hudson Cruises Weekday Sightseeing Cruise – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – 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.


Swirlies and Breakfast in Fur – “Swirlies formed in Cambridge MA in the summer of 1990, and quickly established themselves as central players in the nascent US shoegaze scene.  They released singles on Slumberland, Pop Narcotic, Simple Machines, and Nervous Records,…”  and then EPs and LPS, etc. – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


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