Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

Week of December 5, 2016, and beyond

Wednesday, December 7

Upstreet Market, the mid-week market held on Wednesdays in Seventh Street Park during the summer months, has taken up residence in Fellowship Hall at Christ Church Episcopal, (Not to be confused with the Hudson Farmers’ Market’s winter market which has moved to 601 Union Street - See below) – The Upstreet Market, has expanded into the Holiday Craft & Market Fair, offering unique food and craft items.  There will also be a table of “gently used” household items to benefit the church’s outreach program – Information at 917-561-5285 – 4 to 7 pm – Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street


Bluegrass Wednesdays at Or Gallery & Tavern – Alternating between Taconic Ridge and Jim Wright & Friends – Information at 917-873-4503 – 7 pm – Or Gallery & Tavern, 35 South Third Street


Wednesday, December 7 through Saturday, December 24

Hudson River Exchange has opened its 12+ Days to Christmas Handmade Pop Up Shop, with items from some 20 regional makers and collectors – The exchange also features products from Small Batchery & Co. offering seasonal gift boxes of packaged food products including The Sweet Box, The Sauce Box, The Cured Box, and The Elixir Box – Information at 917-297-0197 - 12 noon to 5 pm daily – Hudson River Exchange, 514 Warren Street


Thursday, December 8

Hudson Motown & Soul Session #1 –– The Sweet Life Music Project plays funky jazz with a blues-rock influence.  The Hudson-based group includes bandleader Randall “Stix” Martin, vocalist Faith Grumberg, guitarist Rick Warren, bassist/keyboardist Aaron Martin, and saxophonist Harold Kimble.  Albany-based Motown style ensemble Derrick Horton &The Jay Street Band also performs in this debut of the new Hudson Motown & Soul Session series– A portion of the proceeds will help support local youth music programs – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, December 8-11

TSL Films: 

> Mifune: The Last Samurai – A new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema – In English and Japanese with English subtitles

Patience (after Sebald) – A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, which offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer E.G. Sebald (1944-2001)

Don’t Call Me Son – Tall, dark, androgynously handsome Pierre wears eyeliner and a black lace g-string while having sex with both boys and girls.  The confusion only goes deeper when the teenager’s single, working-class mom is arrested for having stolen him at birth – In Portuguese with English subtitles

> The Handmaiden – From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama – In Korean with English subtitles.

Portrait of a Garden – In a historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85-year old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers.  As they prune, the men chat about food, the weather, the world, and they share their knowledge of horticulture.  – In Dutch with English subtitles.

A Man Called Ove – Ove, the quintessential angry old man next door, spends his days visiting his wife’s grave and enforcing block association rules that only he cares about…One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever. – In Swedish with English subtitles

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


Friday, December 9

Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook – A wide range of music, entertainment, food and drink from chili and hot cider and doughnuts to eggnog and hot chestnuts, kettle corn and hot dogs; from Betsy and the Bygones singing Holiday Oldies to organist David Smith and the Adirondack Baroque Consort; and plenty of activities for kids – Sponsored by the Kinderhook Business & Professional Association and the Village of Kinderhook – Information at www.kinderhookbusiness.com/candlelight-night.html - 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Village of Kinderhook


Exhibition Opening and Reception – 100 Years of Collecting – The exhibition, organized by the Columbia County Historical Society, surveys the history of the CCHS, including its early history and collecting trends during the institution’s one-hundred year history.  The exhibition features early documents and significant artifacts that describe a transition from social club to an organization centered around a coherent, strong cultural focus.  Founded in 1916, the Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County and serves residents in all eighteen towns and the City of Hudson.  A vital community resource, the collections include important genealogical materials, archives, paintings, textiles, furniture and decorative arts related to Columbia County’s heritage – The show is installed in the museum’s large upstairs galleries, which have been newly renovated and refreshed – Open during Kinderhook’s Candlelight Night – Information at http://www.cchsny.org/100-years-of-collecting.html - 5:30 to 8:30 pm – CCHS Museum & Library, 5 Albany Avenue, Kinderhook


The Wickers Creek Band will be performing at The Old Klaverack Brewery’s Tap House (formerly The Main Street Public House) – Enjoy delicious new menu offerings and great bluegrass music – Information at www.wickerscreekband or www.facebook.com/OKBTapHouse - 7 to 9 pm – The Old Klaverack Brewery’s Tap House, 12 Main Street, Philmont


Joan Osborne – This singer-songwriter has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation.  Both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter, Osborne is widely known for her beloved hit song, “(What if God Was) One of Us,” as well as her live performances of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Heat Wave” in the Grammy Award-winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.” – She is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award nominee – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Eleanor Friedberger / Darien Rectangle / Louis Munroe (of Nature Films) – Information at 828-1562 or http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ - 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Sunday, December 9-11 

This weekend is your last chance to see The Pantaloons in The Turn of the Scrooge, an original British-American pantomime, and the Loons unique zany spin on the classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.”  Join the fun as the Loons introduce you to the cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer and the ghosts who haunt him.  This is the Loons 17th annual panto.  It is written by the Loons and directed by Cathy Lee Visscher.  Information and tickets at ghentplayhouse.org or 1-800-838-3006 – Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, December 10

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Visit the market in its new winter home.   The market has moved to the former Elks Lodge at the southern end of Sixth Street (where Sixth Street meets Union Street)  The municipal parking lot next door provides plenty of parking – The familiar vendors from the summer market will be there, offering the usual array of greens, meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, prepared foods, and more. – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarket.ny.com   10 am to 1 pm – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street 


Chatham’s 14th Annual WinterFest – Hosted by the Chatham Area Business Alliance (CABA) – Highlights include a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Chatham Bookstore, a four-piece recorder and string ensemble performing at the North River Gallery, and the Crandell Theatre’s free screening of the classic holiday film, Home Alone.  For the second year, the Fest includes a “WinterFest Word Hop.”  Participants collect words that are posted indoors throughout the village. All correctly completed forms are entered in a drawing for a holiday gift basket of items donated by local merchants – Snow date is December 17 – Information at events@chathamareabusinessalliance.org or 392-5225 - 10 am to 4 pm – Main Street & Hudson Avenue, Chatham


Open Studio Holiday Sale – Christine Hales Paintings & Drawings – Information at 965-4833 – 10 am to 5 pm – (The studio will also be open on December 17) – 605 Warren Street


Deck the Halls – December Exposition Auction – Stair’s Exposition Auctions occur monthly and include items with values below $2,000 – Online catalog at stairgalleries.com – Absentee bidding and online bidding are available – Information at 751-1000 – Previews Wednesday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am ‘til  Auction at 11 am – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Olde Hudson Holiday Market – Dina Fleischman and Nancy Wu Houk will display holiday gift ideas and kitchen “must-haves” – Visitors will be welcomed with a tasting including a classic cookie (melomakarona) made with Oil Ladi and NYBuzz. – Information at oldehudson@aol.com or 828-6923 – 12 noon to 3 pm – Olde Hudson, 449 Warren Street 


The Metropolitan Opera production of L’Amour de Loin (Love from Afar) in HD – One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, Kaija Saariaho’s  yearning medieval romance had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 and its Met premiere this season – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Reading & Book Signing – Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, author of Dharma Delight: A Visionary Post Pop Comic Guide to Buddhism and Zen, will read from and sign copies of his book – “A whimsically illustrated guide to the basic concepts of Zen and Buddhism…The fanciful and very colorful artwork exists somewhere in the nexus among doodles, primitivism, and comics, and features figures like the smiling “Thunder Bunny Cloud Deity,” a panda Zen master, and a “Sentient Bean.”—School Library Journal – 3 pm – Magpie Bookshop, 392 Main Street, Catskill


Author’s Reading – Local author Matt Bua presents his book, Talking  Walls – Admirers of stone walls, walkers, artists, local history buffs, aspiring masons, and lovers of handmade books will be interested in this unusual volume – Talking Walls scrutinizes the oft-repeated story of the origins of the Northeast’s famed stone walls.  Were 252,000 miles of stone walls—enough to reach the far side of the moon—in fact built by European colonists in a period of roughly 100 years, or are they perhaps much, much older?  Employing a mountain of testimony from archaeological sources, popular history, and hands-on investigation, Bua’s book draws closer to a profound new reading of our shared landscape and its ancient past. The book includes a case study of a stone wall complex in Kiskatom, on the western edge of this town in Catskill – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Refreshments will be served – Information by e-mail to news@claveracklibrary.org or call 851-7120 – 4 pm – Claverack Free Library, 629 Route 23B at the intersection of Route 9H – Parking is located behind the library


Exhibition Opening – Joyce Goldstein Gallery in collaboration with Katharine T. Carter & Associates present Nadene Grey: Paintings & Works on Paper – Information atwww.ktcassoc.com or by e-mail to ktc@ktcassoc.com - On view through December 31 – 4 to 6 pm – The Joyce Goldstein Gallery, 16 Main Street, Chatham


Exhibition Opening – Spencertown Academy’s first Members’ Art Show – Features the artwork of some 25 Academy members including professional and beginning artists – All the work shown--including paintings, pastels, collages, photographs, and sculpture—is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Academy – On view through December 18 – Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm – Information at spencertownavademy.org or 392-3693 – 4 to 6 pm – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


The Shaker presents The Writers Studio Hudson Valley Reading Series – Information by e-mail to Theresee@writerstudio.com or theshakerbarhudson@gmail.com – 4:30 pm to 6 pm – The Shaker, 119 Warren Street


Valatie WinterWalk & Winter Parade – Santa Claus arrives by sleigh in the Valatie Winter Parade at 5 pm – WinterWalk, featuring holiday food, live music and entertainment from 6 to 9 pm, takes place on Valatie’s Main Street, populated by carolers, gymnasts, and dancers – A variety of performers including singer-songwriters Abby Lappen and Liv Waters, classical harpist Dawn Danis, the Heldeberg Marionettes, Roger the Jester, and Carapace Farm Puppetry will entertain during the evening.  St. Luke’s Lutheran Church will present a living nativity on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church of Valatie. – The event is presented by the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association – 5 to 9 pm – Main Street, Valatie


Volume Reading Series – A free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set – Held every second Saturday at 7 pm at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. – This month’s reading is a special night of emerging writers, including series founders, Dani Grammerstorf French and Hallie Goodman, along with Anna Victoria and Annie Bielski.

Hallie Goodman's writing has appeared in many publications, including GlamourCondé Nast TravelerSelfRedbookChronogram, and Paper magazine. She has penned popular blogs for MSN, Fitness magazine, and Yahoo Shine, among others. She is a former MARK NYFA Fellow, and a current MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Dani Grammerstorf French has an MFA in creative fiction from The New School and has been published in PlaygirlBroken Pencil, and others. She is the co-founder of the long-running Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. She lives in Hudson with her husband and daughter.

Anna Victoria is a writer and photographer based in Hudson. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English Literature, and currently uses her writing skills at Etsy, helping confused people use the internet.
Annie Bielski is a writer, performer, and painter based in Hudson, where she regularly organizes and hosts experimental comedy shows. Her first solo show opens in January 2017 at Paris London Hong Kong (Chicago). 

Readings will be followed by DJ Andy French –Volume is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf  French – Information at www.facebook.com/volumehudson -- 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11

Everett Bradley’s Holidelic Dys-funk-tion – Part dance party, park funk concert, part comedy show, this holiday-funk spectacular features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of holiday favorites – Everett Bradley puts a fresh spin on holiday cheer through lively holiday party tunes and outrageous costumes – There’ll be no “Silent Night”, just Sly Stone-style funk ‘n’ roll  - Ho. Ho. Ho. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Note: Reserved seating is available only by phone – Saturday at 9 pm; Sunday at 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Sunday, December 11

HD screening of Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Candlelight Evening at Clermont State Historic Site – During the evening hours this Sunday, guests can enjoy guided tours of the mansion decorated for the holidays.  Each room on the tour will also feature a cast of meticulously costumed “actors” frozen into living pictures of historic holiday celebrations.  Each tour ends with wassail and traditional holiday treats served in the historic kitchen – Reservations and information at 537-4240 or www.FriendsofClermont.org – 3 to 6 pm – Clermont State Historic Site,  1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown


Before the Proprietors: The Dutch Port of Claverack Landing – Dr. David William Voorhees presents an illustrated lecture on the Dutch port of Claverack Landing, which existed long before the arrival of  the Proprietors who founded the City of Hudson – For over 120 years, the Dutch inhabitants of the region developed a prosperous community serving as an anchorage for ships carrying raw materials from inland farms to markets down river and delivering European manufactured goods to inland communities in exchange. Dr. Voorhees has had a distinguished career as an historian of New Netherland and early New York City history.  Presently, he is the Director of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History and the editor of de Halve Maen, a scholarly journal devoted to New Netherland studies, published by The Holland Society of New York.  In 2010, HRH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made him a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau – The lecture is presented by Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society and is followed by a wine reception – Tickets may be purchased online or at the door - Information at www.cchsny.org or by email to historichudson@verizon.net – 4 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Next Monday, December 12

The Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby holds its monthly meeting in Hudson this month – The agenda includes updates on the post-election makeup of the bilateral Climate Solutions Caucus, strategies for working with new players at the national, state, and local levels, and building a relationship with Congressman Chris Gibson’s successor, John Faso. – Information at 672-7901 – 6 pm – Columbia Memorial Hospital, Cardiology Department’s Conference Room, Suite 210 – (The parking garage is free for the evening.  Take the elevator from the garage to the second floor.) 


Next Tuesday, December 13

The Hudson Area Library presents the first event in a new monthly cultural family program, Music and Stories from the Americas. Families will learn about the specific cultures of people living in the Americas through children’s stories, history, food, and music. This program of celebration and community gathering will be in English and Spanish. Come to learn about culture, pick up a word or two in a language you may or may not be familiar with and enjoy delicious food in a friendly, festive setting.  Juan Sanchez, musician and member of Arm-of-the-Sea Theater Company, will be using children’s literature, songs and the history of specific regions in Central and South America to introduce children and their families to the rich culture that exists in our two continents. The program will be held in the first floor Community Room at the library.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Admission is free and open to the public. The Community Room is wheelchair accessible.  Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or call 828-1792 x101 – 6 p.m. – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street




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