Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

January 26 - February 3


Monday, January 26

Rounds! Rounds! Rounds! – “Not your grandmother’s ‘Frere Jacques’” – Last in the series of community sings led by Sheri Bauer Mayorga – Singers of all levels are welcome – Information at 392-6121 – 7 to 9 pm – Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham


Monday-Thursday, January 26-29

Films at Fairview Cinema 3:

Foxcatcher – Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Steve Carell; Best Supporting Actor, Mark Ruffalo; and Best Director, Bennett Miller

Into the Woods – Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Meryl Streep

The Imitation Game – Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director

Coming Attraction:  Opening on Friday, January 30 – Birdman – Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Best Actor, Michael Keaton

> Information and schedule at www.fairviewcinema3.com or 828-1900 – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Plaza, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport


Tuesday-Wednesday, January 27-28

Taste of India is now serving Indian food at the Half Moon every Tuesday and Wednesday night  – Information at 828-1562 – 6 pm to 12 midnight – The Half Moon, 48 South Front



Wednesday, January 28

Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck, Jr. talks with Ed Fertik on community radio station WGXC – 10 am – 90.7 FM


Tasting Dinner – Vanderbilt House is hosting guest chefs to showcase their talents and cuisine – This Wednesday chef Tyler Cluthe will prepare a seven-course tasting menu, from soup to dessert – Vegetarian choices available – Information and reservations at 672-9993 – Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont


Thursday-Sunday, January 29-February 1

Films at TSL:

The Humbling – The story of an aging, suicidal stage actor (played by Al Pacino) and his struggles to find passion for life again.  Also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, and Dianne Wiest

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

The Better Angels – Sheds new light on the formative years of Abraham Lincoln and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history – Feature debut of producer Terrence Malick’s longtime protégé, A. J. Edwards

Oscar Shorts: Animation and Oscar Shorts: Live Action – An opportunity to see nominated films prior to the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 22

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


Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1

Exhibition Viewing – Interventions II – Isidro Blasco, an award-winning artist and Art Omi alumni, invites 14 artists to apply their artistic processes and ideas to his new State Street home before he begins renovation – The exhibition will “investigate how the architectural elements of a house might turn out differently from what is generally accepted as normal,”  says Blasco – Participating artists include Beth Campbell, Clare Churchouse, Andrew Dupond, Max Goldfarb, Laetitia Hussain, Mala Iqbal, Laura King, Tom Kotik, Jaime Munarriz, Ivan Navarro, Ruby Palmer, Karina Skivirsky, Grace Sullivan, and Dannielle Tegeder – On view Friday-Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm with a reception on Saturday at 1 pm – 257 State Street (corner of Third Street)


The Ghent Playhouse presents Heroes, Tom Stoppard’s translation of the French comedy Les Vent des Pupliers by Gerald Sibleyras – At a French retirement home for ex-servicemen, three WWI veterans spend their days sharing past glories, irritating each other and gossiping about unbearable fellow “inmates.” – Directed by Cathy Lee-Visscher – Runs on weekends through February 8 – 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, January 31

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


Postponed from last weekend:  Margaret Roach, author of the oft-praised website, A Way to Garden, presents a lecture on Starting from Seed. The best flower, vegetable and herb gardens start withseeds and choosing the right varieties from sources that match your garden conditions – Roach will demystify the politics and the practicalities to get participants growing with confidence – The talk will be followed by Q&A – Participants will receive a seed-starting calendar and succession-sowing schedules – Turtle Tree Seeds and Hudson Valley Seed Library will be on hand with their offerings – Come at 2:30 or stay after the lecture to shop for seeds – Refreshments from Olde Hudson and Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar – Proceeds benefit the new Hudson Area Library campaign – Information and reservations at www.Armory.HudsonAreaLibrary.org – 3 to 5 pm – Solaris/Camphill Hudson, 360 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – On and Off the Wall – Annual Columbia County Council on the Arts sculpture show featuring CCCA members’ three-dimensional works that are freestanding, wall mounted, relief or assemblage – Juried by Chatham sculptor John Cooley – On view through March 21 – Information at www.artscolumbia.org or 671-6213 – 5 to 7 pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street


Spencertown Revels – Annual mid-winter movable feast – Starts with cocktails and hors d’oeurves at the Academy, then guests move to one of more than a dozen dinners hosted by friends of the Academy – Dinner tickets are sold out; tickets to the cocktail hour are available at the door – Information at 392-3693 or www.spencertownacademy.org – 5:30 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


Exhibition Opening – Cityscapes – A group show of urban scenes in oil, acrylic, works on paper, and watercolor – Featuring works by Margaret Crenson, Darshan Russell, Arthur Hammer, Robert Goldstrom, Dan Rupe, Scott Nelson Foster, Paul Chojnowski, Joseph Maresca, Richard Merkin, Bill Sullivan, Edward Avedisian, and Patty Neal – On view through March 8 – Information atwww.carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Next Tuesday, February 3

Trixie Starr presides over Hudson’s version of the 60s-70’s 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


Half Waif and Liam Singer – Half Waif kicks off its February 2015 tour at The Half Moon – Joined by Liam Singer, “the night promises to be steeped in dark & dreamy sounds and otherworldly atmospheres.” – Information at 828-1562 or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Half-Moon -- 8 pm– The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


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


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