Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

Week of September 19, 2016, and beyond



Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25

TSL Films:

Indignation – Written and directed by James Schamus – Based on Philip Roth’s late novel – Takes place in 1951, as a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, NJ travels on scholarship to a small conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted in the Korean War

Yarn – A documentary about artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, “bringing yarn out of the house and into the world.”

The Conformist – A Bernardo Bertolucci film from 1970

The Seasons of Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger – Writer John Berger moved from urban London to the tiny Alpine village of Quincy in 1973 – The four short films examine different aspects of his life, combining ideas and motifs from his work with the texture and history of his mountain home

Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World  - Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches…

Almayer’s Folly – A film by Chantal Akerman – Adapted from the Joseph Conrad novel.

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


Friday, September 23

A conversation between dancer Takao Kawaguchi and Hudson-based choreographer Adam Weinert about Kawaguchi’s performance at the Second Ward Foundation on Saturday night (See listing below under Saturday.) – Limited seating – Reservations at info@hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – The conversation is followed by a reception with the artist. – 7 pm – The Inn at Hudson, 317 Allen Street


Pairdown – A folk-rock quartet from Pittsburgh, PA with two acoustic guitars, a banjo, drums and vocals – Information at 671-6006 orwww.thespottydog.com  – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Saturday, September 24

Designer Fabric Sale – Drastically reduced prices on Custom Outlet Fabrics and up to 80% off on Discontinued Wovens.  Many fabrics available in various quantities from one yard to 20 plus yard rolls.  Must purchase in whole quantities to receive the reduced prices.  Curtains, flats and cuttings also available.  – Information at http://nydfo.myshopify.com/ or 758-1555 – 9 am to 6 pm – New York Designer Fabric Outlet, 3143 State Route 9, Valatie (just north of traffic circle).


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Follow the orange carrots painted on the pavement to where the summer’s bounty awaits you:  Sweet corn; tomatoes, cantaloupes and seedless watermelons; breads, rolls, croissants and cookies; cheeses, pies (gluten free or not), fair-trade coffee, nuts and granola; herbs (basil, mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary);  garlic, greens, cukes, zucchini, peppers, beets, honey, fresh mushrooms, pesto, salamis, sauerkrauts, yogurts, fruit juices, and cut flowers.  Brewers and distillers products and herbal remedies are also sold at the Market.  This week Rocker Box Spice Company will be in the Guest Tent. – No knife sharpening this Saturday – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, visit www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com  – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


8th Annual Chatham Area Farm Tour – A self-guided car and bike tour – Greet the animals—cows, horses, sheep, alpacas, pigs, donkeys, chickens and turkeys – Tour the fields of vegetables, fruits, flowers and grains – Savor the harvest of dairy products, meats, breads, jams, honey and maple syrup – Kids activities,  demonstrations, crafts and more! – Maps with farm locations, photo/video/film contest details, and more information available at Columbia Land Conservancy, Main Street, Chatham or online at www.ChathamKeepFarming.org – 10 am to 4 pm – Chatham Area


Fine Auction – Long on Style—The Collections of William Frawley, Phillips Hathaway and Kenneth Paul Block – On-line catalogue atwww.stairgalleries.com  – Information at 751-1010 – Preview on Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 9 am, with Auction at 11 am  – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Hudson Bed Races – A resurrected Hudson tradition is reborn to thrill spectators once more – Its not quite The Demolition Derby, but it’ll do.  The announced racers at this point are: Fair & Equal, The B-52s, The Red Dot, The Big Head Bed, Hudson Sloop Club Viking Bed, Hudson River Tattoo, and Fire Up Your Engineers.  There may be late entries.  Music will be provided by Hudson Busk – The Schedule:  At Seventh Street Park--Sign-in & Registration at 12 noon; Captain Meeting. at 1 pm, Bed Races start at Seventh Street and Warren Street at 2 pm and travel down Warren to Fifth Street


Open House  Explore the new spaces at Colin Stair’s newly completed building at 551 Warren Street, including 18,000 square feet of renovated contemporary commercial loft and office spaces – The building has been renovated using local craftsmen, contractors, engineers, plumbers, and electricians.  The work spaces are designed for local small businesses, entrepreneurs, and agencies in mind.  Mid-Hudson Cable remains a long-term tenant and continues to use 551 Warren as the fiber optic hub of Hudson’s next generation internet.  The goal during the renovation was to create spaces that were clean and modern, and yet in keeping with the architectural integrity of the building and the City of Hudson.  – Information at 291-8057 or email info@551Warren.com – 3 to 6 pm – 551 Warren Street 


Exhibition Opening – Ellen Lynch: Equine Images Between Transcendent and Earthly Realms – Information by e-mail tonorthrivergallery@gmail.com or call 392-7000 – 4 to 7 pm – North River Gallery, 34A Main Street, Chatham


Exhibition Opening – Perception: Artwork by Aric Frons 1943-2008 – On view through November 24 – Information at 646-483-9109 or by email tofrg@frgdesignart.com – 6 to 8 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, 217 Warren Street, Second Floor


Live Painting  - Artist Katherine Airs paints her model, Michael Tracy –– Music by guitarist  John Houshmand – Information at katerineairsart.comor 310-403-9848 – 6 to 8 pm – 431 Warren Street


Eugene Onegin – Stage Russia in HD opens its inaugural season with a live filmed production of the Moscow Vakhtangov Theatre’s new version of the Alexander Pushkin poem – In Russian with English subtitles – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 - 6:30 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces - Takao Kawaguchi’s homage to Butoh’s most revered master – In this work of artistic homage, Kawaguchi re-creates the iconic work of Kazuo Ohno, the founding father of butoh, a form of contemporary dance characterized by extreme images created in response to the horrors of the Second World War. Now, as part of a national tour organized by The Japan Society, audiences in the US have a rare chance to see Kawaguchi’s powerful evening-length performance celebrating the 110th anniversary of Ohno’s birth.  Ohno passed away in 2010 at the age of 103. -  The performance is presented by the Hudson Opera House – (A conversation between dancer Takao Kawaguchi and Hudson-based choreographer Adam Weinert about Kawaguchi’s performance takes place on Friday.  See above listing under Friday) –  Reservations at info@hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 –7 pm – Performance is held at The Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street (Parking is available behind the building.)


Everything Turned to Color – Nostalgic folk/jazz from Brooklyn – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Sunday, September 25

Riverview Café presents a monthly Blues Brunch this fall with Louis “Blue Waters” Watterson  - A special southern-style brunch  menu is offered from 11 am to 1 pm this Sunday as well as on October 30 and November 27 – Information and reservations at 758-8950 – 11 am to 1 pm – Riverview Café, 48 Riverview Street, Stuyvesant


Words & Music –A benefit concert for Kids Need Music - Lincoln & Sheri Mayorga and friends present  100 Years of Cole Porter  - All proceeds to purchase musical instruments for the Hudson City school music program – Sponsored by The Chatham Synagogue and Spencertown Academy – Information at spencertownacademy.org – 2 to 4 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


Writers Omi Fall Reading & BBQ – Join distinguished writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi for a night of one-of-a-kind readings by international voices.  Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators representing more than fifty countries.  Published writers and translators of every type of literature have been in residence at Omi.  International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of the program’s mission, and a wide distribution of national backgrounds is an important part of the selection process. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to join the writers for a barbeque feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated.  The reading is free and open to the public – Information at 392-4747 or info@artomi.org – 5 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent


Trixie Whitley – Indigo Street opens – Trixie Whitley is one-of-a-kind – The Belgian-born daughter of musician Chris Whitley has been immersed in music her entire life, hanging out in NYC’s Electric Lady Studios while just a toddler.  Now a multiple threat on drums, guitar, and keyboard as well as vocals, Whitley’s first solo EP was produced by Hudson’s own Meshell Ndegeocello – Information at 828-4800 – 8  pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Monday, September 26

Westerlies, the acoustic brass quartet, and Omkar Lewis – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Next Tuesday, September 27

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley



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