Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

July 22- July 29

Wednesday, July 22

Bach’s Lunch on the Square – Christ Church Episcopal offers a new free musical experience – Bring a bag lunch and enjoy recordings of music by favorite classical composers while enjoying the ambiance of this beautiful historic church.  Cold beverages will be available for sale, and docents will be available to answer questions about the music or the building. – The recording this week is Tomaso Albinoni’s oboe concertos with soloist Heinz Holliger– Information at 828-1329 – Church doors open at 12 noon – Program takes place from 12:15 pm to 1 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, East Court Street at Union Street

 

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s weekly mid-week farmers’ market, is open for business every Wednesday during the summer months – Vendors offer fresh produce, local meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods, herbal medicines, and prepared foods to eat on the spot or take home for supper – Information on the Market’s Facebook page or by e-mail to UpstreetMarket@gmail.com – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), between Seventh Street and Park Place

 

Thursday, July 23

Hudson Cruises, Inc.Thursday Evening Sunset 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 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 or www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee – Boarding at 7:00 pm, cruise from 7:30 pm to 9:00 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.

Basilica Screenings presents Frederick Wiseman’s Aspen – A film about the town of the same name which became famous in the 19th century for silver mining and now for its scenic mountains, skiing culture, and fashionable clientele.   Directed by Frederick Wiseman’s neutral, yet guided eye (absent of narration, talking heads, and subtitles) the town is presented as a study in contrasts – Information at basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Thursday-Sunday, July 23-26

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story  – Plays on weekends through August 9 – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

 

Friday, July 24

Jim Snack – The region’s most renowned magician and a master of sleight-of-hand, Jim Snack not only amazes and amuses, he makes the audience a part of the action – A workshop for ages 10 to 12 takes place before the performance. Register for the workshop at 392-6121 – Free admission  – Part of the Just For Fun Fridays program – Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 1 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

 

Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise – Hudson Cruises, Inc., and The 2 of Us Productions present  "Last Call At Chez Morte" as part of the continuing Murder Mystery Dinner Series. Information and tickets at https://www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/Murder or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Board the Marika Yacht at 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 pm to 9:30 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.

 

Rear Admiral David Titley (Ret.) leads a discussion on Climate Risk & National Security: It’s about People, not Polar Bears – His talk will revolve around the strategic challenges facing our military and national security apparatus due to climate change, and its impact on local communities.  He has testified before Congress for the Pentagon, where he ran the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  He served as a Naval officer for 32 years and is now Professor of Practice in Meteorology and Director of The Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.  Dr. Titley’s talk will be followed by Q&A – The discussion is sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Education – Information at http://citizensclimateeducation.org or 917-282-2395 – Reception at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm – Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

 

“The Beatles” perform as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 7 to 9 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport

 

Family Circus with Light Up Troy – Top young circus artists from the Montreal National Circus School bring juggling, handstands, acrobatic ladders, mini Korean planche, clowning, hand-to-hand, hoop diving, and other surprises.  The company was founded as a collective of circus performers who push the boundaries of what Americans think of as a circus.  It does not use animals or bright colored costumes.  Instead its focus is on the incredible capabilities of the human body demonstrated through contortion, gymnastics, and juggling.  Light Up Troy is a contemporary circus production company – Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 7:30 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

 

Palm, JOBS, and Patrick Higgins perform – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

Bettye LaVette – “a soulful interpreter of songs from the rock arena…”  A frequent guest on NPR, late-night TV shows and at public events, including the 2009 “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial – Information at helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Friday-Saturday, July 24-25

Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents Sleepy Hollow – A musical based on the Washington Irving spooky adventure tale about the schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman – Information and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Free tickets available for children with a parent with current or past service in a branch of the armed forces – (Call 392-9292, use code FREESERVICE and show military ID) – 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

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26

Films at TSL:

> A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Master Swedish director Roy Andersson takes up the theme of “being a human being” with this meticulously crafted, dreamlike black comedy.

A Master BuilderDirected by Jonathan Demme; written by Wallace Shawn, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen; created for the stage by Andre Gregory – To be shown in Screening Room 2

> The Tribe – Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards – “…an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf.”

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

Saturday, July 25

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The Friends of the Hudson Area Library holds its annual Cook Book Sale this Saturday at the market offering a selection of vintage, new, and gently used cookbooks including titles for gourmet, quick meals and menus, summer barbeques and picnics, entertaining, and ethnic cuisines. Hundreds of books to choose from. – In the market, find the first tomatoes, corn, green beans, plums, peaches and apricots.  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

Twentieth-century Art & Design Exposition Auction – Modern and contemporary art, furniture, and decorations, including modern decorative arts from the inventory of Robert Altman, LLC – Exhibition currently on view – Information at stairgalleries.com or 751-1000 – 10 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Silly Billy – Silly Billy combines magic with oodles of comedy.  Named Best Children’s Entertainer in New York, Silly Billy is a “zany magician who lives up to his name”—The New York Times – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 11 am – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – Information at 329-1142 – Preview dates and online catalogue at copakeauction.com – 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake

 

Exhibition Opening – To Each Their Own – A group exhibition featuring Steven Careau, Frank Curran, Bart Gulley, Hideyo Okamura, Kingsley Parker, and Joseph Yetto – Refreshments and live jazz – Information at thompsongirouxgallery.com or 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Open Studio & Artist’s Talk – Visit Roya Amigh, the July artist-in-residence at Drop Forge & Tool – The attic studio will be open for viewing of the installation and a chance to talk with the artist about her work – Information at dropforgeandtool.com – 4 to 7 pm, with artist’s talk at 5 pm – Drop Forge & Tool, 10 ½ Aitken Avenue

Prayers, Pastorals & Pagans – Poet Mark Wunderlich and harpsichordist Andrew Appel, two leading artists in the Hudson Valley, and a mutual admiration society,  join forces to offer a duo recital of recent work – A one hour reading of Mark Wunderlich’s  poetry and harpsichord music of Couperin played by Appel, offer a way to celebrate summer – “From the lyrical, to the playful, to the melancholy…these poems and poetic musical works reflect upon each other, underlining the delights in both word and sound.” – Information at www.cr10.org – 5 pm – CR 10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo

The Great American Folk Song Revival with singer-songwriter and record producer Caroline Doctorow accompanied by singer-songwriter Russ Seeger performing folk hits of the early 60s from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Dave Von Ronk and others. – – Information at 325-4101 or roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 New York Route 22, Hillsdale (I mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23)

8th Annual Sylvia Center Farm to Table Benefit Dinner in the Fields of Katchkie Farm – Hosted by Great Performances to celebrate and support The Sylvia Center’s Farm to Table Programs for Columbia County youth – Dinner will feature seasonal and local ingredients – Information and tickets at sylviacenterdinner2015.eventbrite.com – Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm – Katchkie Farm, 745 Fischer Road, Kinderhook

Exhibition Openings – Five solo shows:  Main Galleries—Janice Nowinski: Recent Paintings; Sculpture Garden, Ground Floor & Carriage House—Ben Butler: Sculpture; Carriage House, Second Floor—Vilaykorn Sayaphet: Family and Friends, to my mother; Carriage House, Third Floor—Melinda Stickney Gibson: Nothing but Love Songs; Carriage House, Fourth Floor—Laurel Sucsy: Paintings – On view through August 16 – Information at 828-5907 or johndavisgallery.com – 6 to 8 pm – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Guy Klucevsek, composer/accordionist, and guest Alex Meixner play accordion solos and duos – This outstanding composer, accordion virtuoso, and improviser has been a major contributor to the accordion renaissance of the last 25 years – His music reverberates with sounds of the ballroom, the beer garden, and the concert hall, fusing elements of regional accordion styles with jazz and avant-garde music –  Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

Ed Bear with Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski – Wave Farm Artist-in Residence Ed Bear is an American performing artist and engineer.  “His work with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of perception.  As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse and as a civil responsibility.” – Information at 671-6006 or thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Saturday-Sunday, July 25-26

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, July 26

16th Annual Blueberry Festival – A very popular event featuring early nineteenth-century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, children’s activities, animals, birds of prey and  sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors and artisans – Blueberries galore and a  blueberry pancake breakfast (additional charge) served from 9 to 11:30 am, plus a wide range of tasty food items and baked goods – Music by the Berkshire Ramblers, the Kitchen Kaylie Band, and the Neubop Monsemble – Rain or shine – Information at oldausterlitz.org – 9 am to 4 pm – Austerlitz Historical Society, the Grounds of Old Austerlitz,  11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz

 

Ashley Bathgate, cello, with Karl Larson, piano, offer music by J.S. Bach, Ken Thomson, and Johannes Brahms –  Ms. Bathgate is described as “one of the most sought after performers of her time….” – Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 2 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

 

Mycology Walk: Identifying Local Edibles – Representatives of The Mid-Hudson Mycological Association will introduce participants to foraging and the ecology of forest mushrooms by walking the land that Frederic Church walked.  Long pants and sturdy walking shoes are required.  Harvesting is prohibited.  Bring a camera for an ample supply of picture opportunities –Sunscreen, bug spray and long socks are also suggested –– Pre-registration (required by July 23) at 828-1872 x105 –Two sessions are offered: from 2 pm to 3 pm or from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Meet at The Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route9G, Greenport

 

The Music Omi Residency Program Showcase – This summer the music residency program is hosting 15 artists from 15 different countries who are given time to concentrate on creative work, cultural exchange and experimental music making.  The showcase will be an improvised and impromptu afternoon event to showcase the new residents’ varied talents.  A second public event will take place on August 8.  The residency program is directed by Jeffrey Lependorf, and Carl Ludwig Hubsch, an invited Alumni-in-Residence. – Information at 392-4747 or media@artomi.org – 3 pm – The Café, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

 

Garden Tea Party for Elders and their families or guests, featuring the inimitable Trixie Starr, who will offer Bingo with her famous cookies as prizes – 3 to 5 pm – Call Amanda Henry at 929-0105 for reservations and details.

 

Next Tuesday, July 28

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

 

Hudson Development Corporation Second Public Input Session on proposed Promenade Hill improvements application – A conceptual design by Dragana Zoric, the landscape architect who is providing conceptual design services pro bono, will be presented – Information at 751-1045 – 7 pm – 1 North Front Street

 

Movie Tuesdays –Strangers on a Train – The classic Hitchcock thriller with Farley Granger and Robert Walker – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm  – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

 

Next Wednesday, July 29

Hudson Cruises Mid-Week 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.

 

Upstreet Market, Hudson’s weekly mid-week farmers’ market, is open for business every Wednesday during the summer months – Vendors offer fresh produce, local meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods, herbal medicines, and prepared foods to eat on the spot or take home for supper – Information on the Market’s Facebook page or by e-mail to UpstreetMarket@gmail.com – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), between Seventh Street and Park Place

 

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

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