Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

July 22 - July 29

Please Take Note

Farmers’ Markets and Ongoing Fun & Games (including Open Mics) are now shown at the end of the list. 


Tuesday, July 22

Movie Tuesdays – Jazz on a Summer’s Day – The 1958 Newport Jazz Festival with performances by the jazz greats of the time – This film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” – Part of PS21’s summer movie program of free screenings of music- and dance-themed films –Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 –8:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Wednesday, July 23

Summer Cooking Series with chef and nutritionist Erika Laurion – The last of three casual, informative cooking classes involving hands-on preparation of dishes to prepare at home for family and friends – Paired with wine and cocktail selections by Hudson Wine Merchants and their sister company, The Hudson Standard – This class, “Salads: From the Sidelines to the Main Course,” makes the most of the abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs available during the summer months.  Add whole grains and a protein and voila, you have a satisfying meal.  Gluten- and dairy-free recipes will be included – Information at 828-0033 or www.valleyvariety.com –6:30 to 9:30 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street


Author’s Appearance – Marilyn Oser, Hudson Valley resident, will discuss her novel, Rivka’s War – The book is based on actual events and takes place in Russia in 1914 – It is described as “a thoughtful and inspiring novel” and “a riveting tale of loss and survival.”  The author portrays the impact of the Great War on Jewish life, recreating a vanished world – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Information at 943-5758 – 7 pm – Temple Israel of Catskill, 220 Spring Street, Catskill (intersection of Routes 385 and 23, at the foot of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge)


The Baseball Project – “…a rock ’n’ roll supergroup featuring members of R.E.M., Dream Syndicate, Hindu Love Gods and Young Fresh Fellows.  A veritable rock ‘n’ roll all-star team…” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Wednesday-Saturday, July 23-26

Films at TSL:

Siddharth – A father’s journey across India in search of his son – In Hindi with English subtitles

The Amazing Catfish – A heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital. – In Spanish with English subtitles

The Last Sentence – A biopic “…based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler.” – In Swedish with English subtitles

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


Thursday, July 24

NYSEG Power Line Expansion Open House to discuss a lower voltage alternative – The final Open House will also be held next week on July 31 – Information at www.protectghent.com  – 4 to 8 pm – NYSEG Chatham Service Center, 31 Dardess Drive, Chatham


No Man’s Land (Terra de Ninguem)–“ Paolo, a mercenary, narrates and performs his own history…” – This film has been screened widely at festivals including the Berlinale, FID Marseille, Viennale, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and elsewhere – Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Salome Lamas – Introduction by Joana Pimenta – Part of Basilica Screenings, a series that presents an array of work from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, and experimental films, to video and media art – Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, July 24-27

Transylvania Mania – Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Young Frankenstein – Created by Mel Brooks and adapted for the stage – Information, schedule and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Friday, July 25

Just For Fun Fridays – The Sky is Falling & other tales from our bird-brained feathered friends with Susannah White, Carapace Farm Puppetry – Stories, songs and silliness that brings new meaning to the phrase, “Ain’t nobody here but us chickens.” A family-friendly event with opportunities for audience participation” – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 –  1 to 2 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Tasting – David Hughes from Haus Alpenz will be on hand offering a vast array of libations, from Switzerland to the Caribbean, including a wonderful Genepy, a lightly bitter infused liquor that predates Absinthe and makes a great variation on a gin martini.  “Perfect for the summer.” – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Free Friday Outdoor Movies – Featuring black & white 1920s classic silent films with live music  – This week – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) – Considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time! – Bring a chair – Presented by Time and Space, Ltd., in association with the PARC Foundation and the City of Hudson – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 8 pm or after dark – PARC Park, 328 Warren Street


Stephin Merritt – With Brian Dewan opening – Merritt, who calls Hudson home, “is known for dark, clever and at times subtly ironic lyrics about love and loss, as well as for his impossibly deep bass vocals” – Visit www.houseoftomorrow.com/merritt.php -- Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, July 25-26

Mac-Haydn Theatre’s Children’s Theatre season presents Aladdin—“An evil magician, a bumbling Genie, a talking Crystal Ball, and a lovely Princess change a poor boy’s life….”  –Information and reservations at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org  –10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


The 2014 Art Studio Tour – Preceded by a pre-tour reception and exhibition of representative work by artists included in the tour – The exhibition will be on view through August 23 – Twenty area artists are included on the tour – Sponsored by the Roeliff-Jansen Community Library Visual Arts Committee –Tickets and information at www.roejanlibrary.com or 325-4101 – Friday: Pre-tour reception and exhibition opening from 5 to 7 pm;Saturday: Art Studio Tour from 10 am to 4 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale  (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)


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 – Also specials from participating businesses – Information at 822-1014 or www.hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5 pm to 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


The Actors’ Ensemble presents two one-act plays based on stories by Hamlin Garland – Mrs. Ripley’s Trip and Uncle Ethan Ripley – Starring Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh – Musical interludes by Sheri Bauer-Mayorga – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Friday-Sunday, July 25-27

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Bard SummerScape Spiegeltent Cabaret present two circus programs:

Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm  Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret – Performances that weave together the rich heritage of European one-ring spectacles and the best of American vaudeville and sideshow acts – Ringmistress Philomena guides you through an evening of spectacle featuring daredevil balance on the rolla bolla, powerful aerial artistry, stunning wire walkers, and gasp-inducing, vaudevillianous variety acts, all punctuated musically by Sabrina Chap

Saturday at 11 am & Sunday at 3 pm – the Kinder Spiegel Cirkus for young audiences – Family-friendly fun for the young and the young at heart – Also features balance acts, aerial and acrobatic artistry and wire-walking, geared toward a younger audience

> Information at http://fishercenter.bard.edu/spiegeltent/ or www.bindlestiffcirkus.org

> Tickets at 845-758-7900

> The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson


Saturday, July 26

Forgotten Founding Father Reexamined – A Saturday afternoon lecture series and an exhibit to highlight the life’s work of Hudson Valley native, Chancellor Robert R. Livingston – Historians will offer their fresh interpretations of this drafter of the Declaration of Independence, including glimpses into his career, his palatial home, and his personal life.  This Saturday’s lecture is entitled “The Lost Treasures of Arryl House: The Chancellor’s Villa at Clermont” and will attempt to piece back together one of the most glamorous mansions of its time, lost to a fire over a century ago – Reservations and information at 537-4240 or www.friendsofclermont.org – 2 pm – The Stable, Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown (off Route 9-G)


Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – 18th- and 19th-century furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives, and more – Online catalogue available – Information at www.copakeauction.com or 329-1142 – Previews Thurs from 11 am to 5 pm, Fri from 11 am to 7 pm, Sat from 12 noon to 2:45 pm – Auction at 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake


Exhibition Opening – Thomas Cole’s Honey – Artworks by Stanley Maltzman – A special selection of new artworks made between 2013 and the present, includes watercolors, pastels and drawings that pay homage to the towering, 200-year-old honey locust tree that stands across from Thomas Cole’s front door – On view through October 2 – Information at 943-7465 or www.thomascole.org – 4:30 to 6 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill


Closing Party for “influx” (arrival and inward flow of a large amount of something) part 1 – Les Leveque gives the last performance within his multimedia installation – (See also, the film screening under Sunday listed below) – Information at www.cr10.org – 5 to 7 pm – CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


A Midsummer Eve’s Silent Auction to benefit the new Claverack Free Library – Wine and hors d’oeuvres – Auction items include weekend getaways, bridge lessons, garden consultancies, a rafting trip, delicious food items, gift baskets, etc. – Also a raffle – Reservations at 851-5950 or by e-mail to fortjenpost@gmail.com – 5 pm to 7:30 pm – Oxbow Hill, a private home in Taghkanic


Fourth Annual Farm On! Hootenanny Fundraiser Dinner – A farm-to-table dinner featuring the cuisine of a NYC Michelin-starred celebrity chef – A cheese course and happy hour features local cheese makers and creameries and libations from local breweries and wineries – Dinner features spit-roasted meat sourced just five miles away from the event – All consumables at the event are sourced within forty miles – Live music – Lakeside dining – A golf cart drive-in movie – A silent and a live auction – Information and reservations at www.friendsofthefarmer.com – 6 pm to midnight – Copake Country Club, 44 Golf Course Road, Copake Lake


Liv Carrow, “a 100% bona fide hometown hero,”  plus Black Sky and Tongue Oven – Liv is taking off to the West for a while, so catch her while you can – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Alright, Alright, Alright – with DJ Captain Fantasy and a night of 70s-80s AM Gold, Dad Rock, Yacht Rock, cheese, and the sleaze – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Simi Stone with The Revelations opening – Stone “can’t be contained in a single word or sentence.  She plays violin, guitar and percussion and boasts a huge, versatile voice.  She writes catchy pop tunes, dance numbers, and compelling, introspective folk songs, all in her signature, upbeat ‘Mountain Motown’ style.” – Visit www.simistonemusic.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com  – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tiff & The Hitmen – Information at 828-0555 or www.wunderbarbistro.com/ – 10 pm to 1:30 am – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street


Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27

Hudson Cruises Sightseeing Cruise – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – Free gift certificate giveaway – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Board at 12:30 pm, cruise from 1 pm to 2:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Sunday, July 27

15th Annual Blueberry Festival – A very popular event featuring early nineteenth-century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music, 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 – Rain or shine – Information at www.oldausterlitz,org – 9 am to 4 pm – Austerlitz Historical Society, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz


Julie Martin, producer of The Nine Evenings, an historic 1966 event when 10 artists and 30 engineers from Bell Labs came together for a series of performances, presents two of the performances—John Cage’sVariations VII and Robert Rauschenberg’s Open Score – Each film features archival footage and interviews with the artists, engineers and performers discussing their groundbreaking experiments with the then new technologies – Part of a Documentary Film Series curated by Bonnie Marranca – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – In the new screening room at CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Reading and book signing – Author Allison Guertin Marchese will read from her book, Hidden History of Columbia County – Books available for purchase and signing – Information at 671-6006 orwww.thespottydog.com – 4 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Marc Cohn with Amber Rubarth opening – A Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer – His “distinctive, soulful vocals and his gift for melody have made him one of his generation’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Monday, July 28

Taconic Stage Company and Mac-Haydn Theatre present The Real Desperate Housewives of Columbia County Musical – A musical battle between the locals and the weekenders, in Columbia County “where the men are men and the women are fabulous!” – Book, lyrics and direction by Carl Ritchie – Music by Wayne Moore – Information  and reservations at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – A complimentary glass of wine at 7:30 pm – Performance at 8 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Haas Kowert Tice – “a supergroup of acoustic roots-music talent featuring members of Punch Brothers and Crooked Still that plays a unique blend of bluegrass, folk, chamber-grass and classical.” – Visit www.haaskowerttice.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, July 29

Movie Tuesdays – Films of Georges Melies (France 1906): A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Impossible Voyage (1904), Palace of the Arabian Nights (1906), and Baron Munchausen’s Dream (1911) – Choreographer’s Choice:  Lionel Popkin, who introduces the films – Part of PS21’s summer movie program of free screenings of music- and dance-themed films –Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 –8:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham




Chatham Farmers Market – Information at 392-3353 or www.chathamrealfoodcoop.net

– Fridays from 4 to 7 pm – Chatham Real Food Co-op, 15 Church Street, Chatham


Copake Hillsdale Farmers’ Market – Open every Saturday through October 25 – Music every week as well as special events and cooking demonstrations – Information at copakehillsdalefarmersmarket@gmail.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Harvest Barn, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale


Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce; vegetable, flower, and herb plants; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods and more –Representatives from the Hudson River Historic Boat & Sailing Society will be on hand to talk about the Eleanor restoration project and to provide  activities for children and grown-ups – To find out what’s available at the market, to see the calendar of events, or to sign up for a weekly e-newsletter, go to www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – The market is open every Saturday through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Philmont Farmers’ Market – Three market days – Fridays from 4 to 8 pm, a To-Go-Market, promoting locally-sourced, healthy to-go foods; Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, is the Thrifting & Artisans MarketSundaysfrom 10 am to 2 pm is the Farmers’ Market-- to stock up for the week ahead – Each market will also feature farm-to-market foods – All markets at 116 Main Street, Philmont




Through July & August

Free public tours of the summer exhibitions – Sundays only – Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College,  Annandale–on-Hudson


The Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Tasting Room is open all summer Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm – Happy Hour is held on Fridays through August 29 from 5 to 7 pm, and Sangria Sundays take place in July from 12 noon to 5 pm – Information at 392-9463 or www.hudsonchathamwinery.com – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent



Wunderbar B Movie Mondays – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 10 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street 


Alternating Mondays and Wednesdays

Acoustic Jam/Song Circle – All welcome – Information by contacting Marilyn at liveoriginalmusic@hotmail.com – Meets every first and third Monday from 7 to 9 pm at the Red Dot, 319 Warren Street, and every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren 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 www.helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street



Stewart House Open Mic – Hosted by Justin Smith – 7 to 9 pm – The Stewart House, 2 North Water Street, Athens


Stump Trivia at Wunderbar – Every Wednesday night through November – Go to www.stumptrivia.com – Information at www.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 9:30 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street 



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


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