Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

May 10, 2016 and beyond


Tuesday, May 10

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis – A Slow Opening – Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, artist-chef duo and founders of Table/Table, have announced the opening of a restaurant on the site of the former Debbie’s Lil’ Restaurant – This is their description of the enterprise:  “At the Oasis, we offer bright and bold tropical dishes inspired by our collective roots in Latin America & the North American South.  Located at the former site of Debbie’s Lil’ Restaurant, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis will continue the site’s legacy as a women-powered business, establishing an environment for artists, chefs, farmers and friends to collaborate in food, art and design.”  First come-first served.  No reservations.  Cash only – Information at lildebsoasis.com or 828-4307 – The “experimental hours” are: Tuesdaythrough Saturday: Smoothies from 11 am to 4 pm, Dinner from 5 to 10 pm – Lunch on Wednesdays through Saturday will be “coming soon.” – Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, 747 Columbia 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 – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Wednesday, May 11

RONiiA // Howardian  – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday, May 12

Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood Community Cleanup & H.O.S.T. Summer Resource Fair – Cleaner spaces make healthier communities! – All ages welcome – Prizes for the first 100 participants – T-shirt giveaway – Food & drinks – For information, or to register a team call 828-5418 or e-mail jhunt@mhacg.org – Front & Warren Streets, Hudson – 12 noon to 5 pm – Meet at Front &Warren Streets

An Evening of Reminiscence – An evening of local history featuring Hudsonians personal stories, experiences, and memories of Hudson – Each participant will have seven minutes to present his or her story to the audience. – Bring photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share –A sign-up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event – Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. – A program of the History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series – Information at 828-1792, ext. 103 – 6 to 8 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth  Street (at State Street)


Sam Baker – Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker has won fans as diverse as Fred Eaglesmith and Gurf Morlix.  He counts Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark as key influences and is often compared to John Prine  – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15

Films at TSL:

Stop Making Sense – Documents the groundbreaking Talking Heads at their peak – Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made – Directed by Jonathan Demme

The Case of the Three-Sided Dream – Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a one-of-a-kind musician, personality, satirist, and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices—did not relent.  His life’s work was exploring sound and making music.  Beyond that, he was an outspoken activist who started a political movement to get more exposure for jazz in America… 

Hockney – “…weaves together a portrait of the multi-faceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive…Nearing the age of 80, the charismatic Hockney still works in his studio seven days a week and is reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide.”

> Eva Hesse – Eva Hesse was one of America’s foremost postwar artists.  Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.  Dying of a brain tumor at 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works… In the downtown NY art scene of the 60s, she was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously – This film is the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work. Sunday screening is followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

Francofonia – A film by Alexander Sokurov – Set against the background of the Louvre Museum’s history and archives to create Sokurov’s personal vision of staged re-enactments  and activities – The film is a fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Mettemich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation – These two remarkable men…shared an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures.

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman – In this film, experimental filmmaker and nomad, Chantal Akerman, shared with director Marianne Lambert, her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence…The film explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40-plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations.

>No Home Movie – Chantal Akerman‘s final film is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.  In French with English subtitles.

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


Friday, May 13

Mishka Shubaly / Star Anna – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 3 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Annual Cruise-In to benefit the Columbia-Greene Educational Center Scholarship Program – Open to all specialty vehicles, of any year – Participating vehicles pay a fee; spectators are free – BBQ prepared by the Culinary Art students will be available – Rain date is May 20 – Information at 828-4257 – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia-Greene Educational Center, 131 Union Turnpike (Route 66), Greenport


Bread & Puppet Theater performs Underneath the Above Show #1 – Inspired by the forthcoming elections in the greatest country in the history of the universe – Information at 822-8448 orwww.timeandspace.org  – 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Stuart Quimby Jazz Night – Stu returns with a revolving crew of accomplished jazz players – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com  – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Girls Guns and Glory – This Boston-based honky-tonk outfit mixes old-school country with early rock ‘n’ roll and roots music.  –Visit girlsgunsandglory.com  – Information at 828-4800 orhelsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Sunday, May 13-15

Claverack Free Library Annual Spring Book and Plant Sale – Browse the region’s largest selection of gently used fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s books, organized by subject underneath tents. $1 for hardcover books and larger paperbacks, $.50 for small paperbacks. Over-sized, art, travel, and other books of value are priced accordingly.  Also featured are live plants – vegetables, annuals and perennials— as well as an offering of high-quality gardening and landscape design books.  Library trustees will be on hand to give tours of the new Claverack Library and community center next door. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

FridayA special preview reception from 5 to 7 pm – For a $10 entry fee, buyers can enjoy refreshments and have first choice of all books at early bird (double) pricing.

> Saturday: 9 am to 3 pm – Lunch and homemade baked goods are available.  Free activities for children .

Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm – Buyers may purchase large reusable Claverack Library tote bags for $15 and fill them with books for free (with the exclusion of some specially priced books).

> Information at info@claveracklibrary.org or 851-7120 – Claverack Free Library, 629 State Route 23B, Claverack


Upstage Productions presents Alice in Wonderland – Featuring updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, a fast-paced take on the classic tale. Information and tickets at 821-3540 or purchase tickets at the door – Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm – Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue


Saturday, May 14

Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association Annual Auction – Twenty acres of antique tools and equipment laid out in neat rows, with a mobile auctioneer’s stand pulled by a tractor, traversing the fields and conducting business until every object is sold – Here you will find antique tractors, old-fashioned farm implements, handcrafts, and one-of-a-kind furnishings –  “Everything from antique tractors to egg cartons to sail boats.” – Food available –Breakfast available starting at 7 am – Information at http://oldtimepower.weebly.com/  or the facebook page – 8 am until everything is sold – Rain or shine – 390 Fingar Road, just east of the intersection of Routes 9, 23, and 31


Hudson Farmers’ Market – This is the 19th year of the Market. Familiar vendors are in place and are joined by new vendors including  Old Klaverack Brewery from Chatham, Hillrock Distilleryfrom the Hudson Valley Highlands, Township Valley Farm located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Goats & Gourmets, a small family-run creamery, and Sauerkraut Seth, who was a guest vendor last year and is now back as a full-time vendor.  Welcome to one and all – 9 am to 1 pm – Parking lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Exhibition Openings – Caldwell Gallery Hudson opens two exhibitions:  Modern Choices – Choice Modern: American & European Art 1930s-1980s in the first floor gallery; and Land & Seafeaturing traditional American and European artworks from Academic to Post-Impressionist in the second floor gallery – Information at CaldwellGalleryHudson.com or 1-800-331-1278, ext. 1 or315-727-1712 – Reception from 10 am to 12 noon – Caldwell Gallery Hudson, 355 Warren Street

Short Prose Open Mic – Fiction, nonfiction and memoir writers are invited to read their work at this open mic – Non-writers and writers who do not choose to read are invited to enjoy the readings and be inspired by the work of local talent.  Readings must be kept to a maximum of seven minutes in length.  No pre-registration necessary.  Information by e-mail to Regina at reginac18@verizon.net or call 914-954-3494 – 4 to 6 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale (1 mile south of routes 22/23 intersection)

 Writers Omi Spring Reading & BBQ – A distinguished group of writers and translators currently in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works.  This group’s many literary accomplishments span the genres of fiction, nonfiction, translation, theater, and more – Featured alumnus, Chris Hosea, will read a selection from his recently published book of poems, Double Zero – Following the readings, Omi invites the audience to join the writers for a barbeque feast and reception – The readings are free and open to the public – Donations for the barbeque are appreciated – Information at www.artomi.orgg – 5 pm – Omi International Arts Center,


Exhibition Opening – Two Solo Shows:  Word and Image: Fern T. Apfel, mixed media; and After a Certain Age: Miriam Goodman, photography, multimedia – Also a Portfolio ShowcaseEkphrasis: Kim Llerena and The Teddy Bear Series: Tim Brill – Information at 697-0266 or davidortongallery.com – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street


Artist’s Reception – International Artist Salvador De Montesinos – “A rare opportunity to meet the artist and be personally introduced to his energetic perspective, incomparable style and creative construct.  Additionally, an artistic goal that spans many years of devotion, brings forth a body of work known as Vectors in Relief” – On view through June 6 – Information atrosegalleryfineart.com or 828-5825 – 5 to 7 pm – Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238A Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Scout/Pines: Give ‘Em Hell -- New street-art paintings – “For painter Scout/Pines (nee Brian Buono), the street is a canvas.  The Chatham-based artist surreptitiously places his stencil-art paintings on abandoned buildings in distressed communities.  There, they usually disappear fast—unscrewed by collectors or lucky passers-by.  His pieces—painted with spray paint or house paint on reclaimed plywood or old metal—depict real-life people on the periphery: the have-nots, the overlooked, the marginalized.  He tries to place them in historical context, in neighborhoods similarly forgotten and neglected but where the art will have meaning to people living there.”  -- On view through June 30 – Information at www.timeandspace.org  or 822-8448 – 5 to 7 pm – Time & Space Limited,  434 Columbia Street


Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Spring Gala – A festive evening to celebrate and support Habitat’s pioneering work in affordable and sustainable home ownership – Information at 828-0892 – 5:30 pm – Winding Brook Country Club, 2839 Route 203, Valatie


Operation Unite Cocktail Gala honoring Elena Valentine Mosley for two decades of dedication to Hudson youth and celebrating Operation Unite’s contributions to the youth and families in surrounding communities – Program includes dance performances by Paz Tanjuaquio-Topaz Arts from Queens, New York, regional artists Anthony Molina, Donna Barret, and our very own Youth Hip Hop Dancers – To benefit Operation Unite Education & Cultural Arts Center –  Information at 828-3612 or operationuniteny.org – 6 to 8 pm – The Hudson Lodge, Union Street at Sixth Street


Exhibition Reception – Quietas – New Paintings by Richard Butler – “In a way I think all of my paintings are self-portraits in that, though the face I am painting may not be my own, the feeling I get back from the painting is certainly an important element of my own psyche.”—Richard Butler – “Focused on the material qualities of his medium, Butler smudges, distorts, and overlays patterns onto his models’ faces, creating dynamic compositions that are both naturalistic and hallucinatory.”—Carter Ratcliff, Art in America  - Butler is also known as the singer/songwriter for the acclaimed rock band, The Psychedelic Furs.  He lives and works in New York City.  A selection of gallery artists also on view. – Exhibition on view through July 3 – Information at 828-4539 orwww.BCBART.com – 6 to 8 pm – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street


Volume Reading & Music Series – A monthly reading series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set, takes place every second Saturday at The Spotty Dog – This month’s program showcases three writers: Alex Gilvarry is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and was selected as a “5 Under 35” nominee by the National Book Foundation. He is the recipient of a Norman Mailer fellowship and a 2012 New York City Book Award.  Jodi Paloni is the author of They Could Live With Themselves, a collection of stories linked by place. She was awarded the 2013 Short Story America Prize, second place in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, and runner up in the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.  Alexandra Kleeman is the author of You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.  Her work has been published in the Paris ReviewZoetropeHarper'sn+1, and The Guardian. Her first short story collection,Intimations, launches in September.  Readings will be followed by a DJ set by Eliel Mamousette – Books will be available for purchase and signing – Hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf – Information at 671-6006 or by e-mail to volumehudson@gmail.com– 7 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


U.S. Girls / She Devils – Information at 828-1562 or the Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Rosanne Cash – with John Leventhal – Combining as she does influences from country, folk, pop, blues and other roots music, this Grammy Award-winning singer was an Americana artist before there even was such a term.  She has just been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has recorded fifteen albums and has charted twenty-one top forty country singles, eleven of which reached number one – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


 Sunday, May 15

Exhibition Opening – Olana State Historic Site’s 2016 exhibition, Capturing the Cosmos – The exhibition explores Frederic Church’s travels in the footsteps of the great German naturalistAlexander von Humboldt.  It includes rarely seen artworks from Olana’s collections from Church’s two trips to the Andes, as well as the artist’s traveling equipment – On view through October 30– (A Members Preview is on May 14 from 4 to 6 pm.) – Information at 828-1035 or www.olana.org – Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport

Special Broadcast of The Beethoven Project with Sir Simon Rattle conducting – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Deep Air: Interdisciplinary Arts Reading Series –Deep Air is a series of talks designed to navigate artistic practice as it relates to travel, ecology, history, and landscape topics.  This year the series focuses on the very broadest theme of travel, which Frederic Church did so much of in his lifetime, and artists continue to do to seek inspiration and enlightenment – This week artists, Kingston-based Matthew Friday and East Greenbush-based Cara Benson ask questions about landscape and commerce:  What is our currency; what is spent?  What will we declare when we take inventory of our landscape through travel and notation?  – The presentation is followed by Q&A – Information and reservations at www.olana.org/education  -- 1 to 3 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


Next Monday, May 16

City of Hudson Town Hall Meeting – Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton will hold what is described as “the first open State of the City discussion” – Hudson residents are invited to bring questions and suggestions to the meeting.  The Mayor asks that any issue being raised be presented with at least one proposed solution – Information at 828-7217 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Front Street


Columbia County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby monthly meeting – This month’s meeting, members will be listening to excerpts from its May national conference call featuring guest speaker, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen.  Recognized by many as America’s leading climate scientist, Dr. Hansen is is a strong advocate for CCL’s Carbon Fee & Dividend proposal.  The meeting is open to all.  First-time attendees can learn more at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/ -  For more information on the Columbia County chapter, call 672-7901 – 6 pm -  11 Kinderhook Street, Chatham


Next Tuesday, May 17

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 – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street




Friday, May 20

Ghent Playhouse opens its production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid in a new translation by Barbara Leavell Smith


The launch of Olana’s Historic Landscape Tours


Saturday, May 21

Hudson Opera House Spring Fling Gala at the Churchtown Dairy round barn


Stair Galleries Exposition Auction


Farm Fresh Dinners at Valley Variety


Columbia County Historical Society opens the first installment of its Centennial Exhibitions with the opening of the Vanderpoel House of History


Sunday, May 22

Community Discussion about the future of the City of Hudson’s North Bay with Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton

Opening of A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions at the Jack Shainman Gallery in  Kinderhook

Wednesday, May 25

 Upstreet Market opens in Seventh Street Park in Hudson, where it will be open every Wednesday during the summer months  

Thursday, May 26

Mac-Haydn Theatre opens its season of Broadway musicals with Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady

Saturday, May 28

Carrie Haddad Gallery celebrates with the opening of its 25th Anniversary Exhibition


Art Omi’s Summer Exhibition opens in The Fields Sculpture Park and the Visitors Center Gallery in Ghent


Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29

Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival


Sunday, May 29

Columbia Land Conservancy Public Conservation Area Day with lots of family fun at the Greenport Conservation Area


…and much more!




The Mrs. Greenthumbs Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, July 17.  If you would like to open your garden to the public, start digging now!  Watch this space for information on how to sign up for this friendly community event.


All content herein copyright 2015   


To receive this list directly to your in box, send request to Thurston@mhonline.net


All phone numbers are in area code 518 unless otherwise indicated.

All addresses are in Hudson, unless otherwise indicated.