Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

November 19 - November 26


Thursday, November 19

Women’s Networking Luncheon – Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – The luncheon provides an opportunity for area business women to promote their businesses to other professionals.  – In a roundtable format businesses have 2-4 minutes to promote their businesses and distribute promotional and marketing materials – Networking time is built into the event – Information and reservations at 828-4417 – 12 noon to 1:30 pm – The Greens, Copake Country Club, 44 Golf Course Road, Copake


Author Kathryn Aalto will speak about the 6,000-acre Ashdown Forest in southeast England—the real woods that inspired A. A. Milne to create the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh -- Her book is called The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre WoodOne hundred years ago, As Aalto explains, Milne watched his son play with his stuffed animals there and eventually it became the Hundred Acre Wood and Christopher Robin’s adventures became some of the most beloved children’s stories of all time.  – Books will be available for purchase and signing, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library – Information at 671-6006 – 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Hudson FORWARD Community Meeting – A progress check on the organization’s 2015-16 goals – Spotlight on one of Hudson’s community organizations – All are welcome – Information atwww.hudsonforward.org – 7 pm to 8:15 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, (Use the rear entrance)


Mr. Sun, featuring Darol Anger, with special guest Tony Trishka – Led by legendary fiddler Darol Anger, Mr. Sun is the living embodiment of bluegrass history, stretching from Bill Monroe to today’s most progressive sounds.  The quartet will be augmented by special guest Tony Trishka, perhaps the most influential banjoist in the world, who is also Anger’s bandmate in Psychograss. The group is filled out by mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, known for his award-winning stint with the Gibson Brothers; bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, a protégé of legendary bluegrass/ classical fusion virtuoso Edgar Meyer; and guitarist Grant Gordy. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, November 19-22

Films at TSL:

Heart of a Dog – Artist Laurie Anderson’s “…wry, wondrous, and unforgettable cinematic journey through love, death, and language…”

Theeb – In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination – In Arabic with English subtitles

Welcome to Leith – A feature documentary chronicling the notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb’s attempt to take over Leith, North Dakota, a registered ghost town of 24 people

Flowers – Ane lives a quiet unfulfilled life, trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage, until she suddenly starts to receive bouquets of flowers anonymously.

Breathe – A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations.  An adaptation of a French young adult novel of the same name.

The Second Mother – Brazil’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film – The film centers around a hardworking live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo – In Portuguese with English subtitles

> Mission to Lars – The film follows severely autistic Tom Spicer, whose lifelong dream is to meet Lars Ulrich, the drummer with the heavy metal band, Metallica.  This feature documentary manages to combine rock music, autism, and dysfunctional families to moving and sometimes hilarious effect.

Children of Paradise – Widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time.  In French with English subtitles

Information and schedule at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, November 20

Exposition Auction – English, Continental and American furniture, decorations and art – Online catalogue at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Previews: Tues, Wed, & Thurs from 10 am to 5 pm, Fri from 10 am, with auction at 6 pm - Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Artist & Friends Community Potluck Dinner – These monthly dinners celebrate the artist community by sharing artwork and exploring creativity as a spiritual practice – Visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and their friends are all welcome.  Please bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share – At this month’s meeting the following artists will present:  George Tsalikis will talk about Inky Editions, and his new printmaking studio in Hudson offering memberships and printmaking classes; Paul Chaleff, sculptor and ceramicist; Amanda Pierro from Apogee will talk about artists giving workshops at Olana and partnering to engage the community with art; and Christine Hales will present a short video showing the highlights of the Venice Biennale she visited this year Artists wishing to share their work at subsequent meetings should send examples of their work to christinehales@me.com along with contact details at least five days before the dinner.  An e-mail reply will let you know if you are one of the eight people selected to present that night or asking if you want to be on a waiting list for the next month.  Held the third Friday of each month – Information by e-mail to artistspotluck@gmail.com – 6 to 9 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets (Use the side entrance on Fourth Street.)

Julie Byrne & Johanna Warren perform – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Lady Moon and the Eclipse perform The Gospel – Hudson’s own Ngonda Badila, aka Lady Moon, makes a rare appearance in her own hometown. – Information at 828-5777 – 9 pm – Savoia, 214 Warren Street 


David Jacobs-Strain, with special guest Abbie Gardner – A highly percussive guitarist and slide wizard, who “buries himself inside a song and seemingly channels decades more life than he could possibly have experienced and miles beyond what he must have seen growing up in Eugene, Ore…” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, November 20-21

Hansel & Gretel – A condensed, semi-staged performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera – The cast is made up of young professional singers including Teresa Buchholz (Hansel),Catherine Forbes (Gretel), Emilia Cedriana Donato (playing two characters—the Sandman and the Dew Fairy), Mary Deyerle Hack (the Witch), who is also the Artistic Director of Diamond Opera Theater.  The music director and conductor is pianist Noah Palmer.  Presented by Diamond Opera Theater in association with the Hudson Opera House – Children admitted free; suggested donation for adults – Information at 822-1438 – Friday at 6 pm, Saturday at 2 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street at East Court Street


Saturday, November 21

Hudson Farmers’ Market – This is the last Saturday of the Summer Market, but don’t despair.    Many of the same summer market vendors will be at the Winter Market held at Christ Church Episcopal (at Union Street and East Court Street) for three Saturdays in December.  Stay tuned for hours.  – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Live simulcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Albon Berg’s Lulu  – Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – 777 lots featuring 18th- and 19th-century furniture, art work, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives and more – Online catalogue atcopakeauction.com – Information at 329-1142 – Previews Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm, Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 12 noon to 2:45 pm – Auction at 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake


Barbara Krauthammer, Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slaverymakes her second appearance at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.  Her talk will be based on images from the book, which is comprised of over 150 photographs taken primarily during the Civil War period through the early 20th century, and related essays, all directed toward answering what The New York Times refers to as the book’s big question:  “What does freedom look like?”  The book was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction.  – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, 1 mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 & 23, Hillsdale


BeLo3rd Gallery Stroll – Come find out what eleven galleries below Third Street are showing – In the 100 Block:  Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street; BCB ART, 116 Warren Street; Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street; Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street.   In the 200 Block: CCCA Gallery, 209 Warren Street; FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street; J. Damiani Gallery, 237 Warren Street; Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238-A Warren Street; Volkmann Images, 258 Warren Street. Front Street: Gallery at the Chamber, 1 North Front Street; Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (Large white building behind the Basilica Building) – Information at bcbart.com or 828-4539 – 5 to 7 pm – Warren Street below Third Street

Exhibition Opening – Photobook 2015 – Sixth Annual International Juried Exhibition – Twenty Photobooks and Photographs by Best of Show artists – Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, and Karen Davis, Co-owner/Curator, Davis Orton Gallery – On view through December 20 – Information at 697-0266 or davisortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Closing reception – Last weekend of the gallery’s Fall Group Show – Information at 828-5825 or www.rosegalleryfineart.com – 5 to 7 pm – Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238A Warren Street


Classics on Hudson presents violinist Benjamin Bowman and pianist Peter Longworth in concert – “The phenomenal violinist Benjamin Bowman, recently appointed Concertmaster of American Ballet Theatre, performs with Peter Longworth, ‘a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays.’--Chicago Tribune” – Information and reservations at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Sunday November 22

Radical Inventions – Features the work of five gallery artists:  Painters David Konigsberg and Ralph Stout will show recent work alongside gallery favorites of fellow artist, Shawn Snow.  Multi-media constructions by Stephen King will also be featured with large abstract works by architect turned visual artist, Juan Garcia Nunez – Also shown is work by Sue Bryan - On view throughDecember 27 – Information at 828-1915 or carriehaddadgallery.com – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble  performing music by Howard Ferguson, Johann Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Saint-Saens; poetry by Theodore Roethke, Ben Okri, and Siegfried Sassoon; and a performance of Duffy and the Devil – Information and reservations at 392-2760 ext. 107 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66, Chatham


A Memorial Tribute for long-time Hudson resident Albright Harrell – 5 pm to 6:30 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Next Tuesday, November 24

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


Next Wednesday, November 25

Thanksgiving Eve at The Half Moon – with DJ T-Bone  – Information at  828-1562 or The Half Moon Facebook page – 10 pm to 2 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Next Thursday, November 26

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church – For those who are alone on Thanksgiving or in need of a Thanksgiving dinner, First Presbyterian sponsors a Community Thanksgiving Dinner, free to all.  Home delivery is available for those who cannot come to the church.  Volunteers and donations are welcome.  Call the church office at 828-4275 for information, to volunteer, or to give a donation. – 12 noon to 2 pm – First Presbyterian Church Hudson, Corner of South Fourth Street and Warren Street


Need Pie?  Help is on the way.  The folks at Hudson River Exchange, the Pie Pick-up Spot for a pie company called Sweet Deliverance, swear that Kelly Geary makes “some of the best tasting, best looking pies for the holidays.”  Four selections are available and must be pre-ordered at www.sweetdeliverancenyc.com . 


Happy Thanksgiving!






Friday-Sunday, November 27-29

Third Annual Basilica Farm + Flea – The antidote to Black Friday – Produced and presented by Basilica Hudson and the Hudson River Exchange – Details to follow.


Saturday, December 5

Winter Walk – A big outdoor party to kick off the holiday season – Produced and presented by the Hudson Opera House with the cooperation of the City of Hudson and shop owners on Warren Street and beyond – Starts with a parade (of course) as Santa and his Missus travel to City Hall, and ends with a bang, literally, when fireworks go off on Promenade Hill – Details to follow.




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