Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

August 25 - September 1


Tuesday, August 25

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


Movie Tuesdays – Miss Hill:  Making Dance Matter – An inspiring and largely unknown story of a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance and who emerges as dance’s secret weapon in establishing dance as a legitimate art form – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm  – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham


Tuesday-Sunday, August 25-30

Dutchess County Fair – Animal shows, exhibitions, midway rides, free entertainment such as racing pigs, Oscar the Robot, a magic show, and Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy – Diving Dogs demonstration, arts and crafts, and grandstand shows – Information and schedule at www.dutchessfair.com or 845-876-4000 – Advance sale tickets at 1-800-514-3849 –  10 am to 10 pm daily – Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck


Tuesday-Wednesday, August 25-September 2

Parsons Dance Workshops – Take class with a company member of Parsons Dance – Workshops are designed for students of all levels, ages 13 to 18 – Learn the Parsons style of movement through fun combinations set to popular music – Information and schedule and registration at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham


Wednesday, August 26

Hudson Cruises, Inc. Mid-Week Sightseeing Cruise – See details below.


Parsons Dance Open Rehearsal – Witness the creative process – Go behind the scenes as Guest Choreographer Kate Skarpetowska creates a new work on the Parsons dancers – Rehearsal is followed by Q&A – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 4 pm to 5:30 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham


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


Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand-lettered by Lisa Congdon – A book release party in the Attic Workshop, including conversation and book signing – Co-hosted by Hudson River Exchange – Information and tickets at http://www.dropforgeandtool.com/events -- To volunteer and get a complimentary seat contact Katharine@dropforgeandtool.com – 6 to 9 pm – Drop Forge & Tool, 10 ½ Aitken Avenue


Outdoor Silent Film Series –– Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) – This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers – Accompanied by live music performed by Jeremy Kelly, Logan Vischer, Colin LaClair (aka Saviour Self), & Special Guests – The fourth and last in a series of silent films presented Wednesday evenings in August in the TSL parking lot with musical accompaniment by local musicians – Curated by Shanekia McIntosh – Bring a chair – Information at 822-8100 – 9 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Thursday, August 27

Columbia County Food Truck Festival – The Food Truck Village will include Black Forest Flammkuchen, Lekker, ‘Cue Truck, Hungry Traveler, Slidin’ Dirty, Sweet Central Express, Wandering Dago, Enjoyaball, Pippy’s Hot Dog Truck, Chatham Brewing, and S&S Farm Brewery – Three bands provide live music – Rain or shine – Information by e-mail to renshu5@aol.com – 5 to 9 pm – Kinderhook Village Square, Village of Kinderhook


Hudson Forward community meeting – General Meeting to discuss the organization’s goals for 2016 – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street – (Use alley door)


Jonah Smith – “At his sweetest, upstate New York native and award-winning singer-songwriter Jonah Smith recalls Paul McCartney; at this grittiest, he reminds a listener of Tom Waits; and at his funkiest and jazziest he recalls fellow Syracuse native, Martin Sexton.” – Special Guest Andy Stack, a longtime bandmate of Smith’s and a co-founder of the band Wye Oak, will warm up the crowd for Smith –Visit Jonahsmith.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Basilica Screenings – Crystal Moselle’s Wolfpack (2015) – In this riveting story, the six Angulo brothers spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes.  One of the brothers escapes the apartment and the power dynamics in the house are transformed, and the boys begin to dream of venturing out.  This film was awarded the “Grand Jury Prize: Best Documentary” at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  It is a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives. – Information and trailer at www.basilicahudson.com   – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, August 27-30

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents the Broadway musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie  – Laughter and romance with a whole lot of tap dancing – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Friday, August 28

A Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise on the Hudson – The 2 of Us Productions presents a fun and suspense filled murder mystery where guests are encouraged to uncover clues and compare notes with other guests during the performance of An Audition for a Murder – The guest who figures out “whodunit” leaves with a Murder Mystery prize of the evening – All this, including dinner, and a fun-filled evening of murder and mayhem on the yacht The Marika – Information and reservations at www.hudsoncruises.com or  888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Boarding 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.


The Hot Rod Band performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 7 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport


Brian Dewan, who writes and collects songs and sings accompanied by accordion, autoharp, or electric zither; Wild Boy (Clare Felice and her friends making some music); and Stephen Blum, who writes and performs zany songs, and sometimes inspires wild dancing – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Slam Allen – “The Soulworking Man” – Slam Allen has been entertaining with his unique blend of soul and blues for over twenty years.  Playing the famous Chitlin’ Circuit as well as performing around the world, Allen’s music and enthusiasm has been shared with thousands of people.  He is a New York State Blues Hall of Fame Master Musician Inductee – Visit slamallen.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, August 28-29

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, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, access via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Parsons Dance – This internationally renowned contemporary dance company returns for its tenth season at PS21 – The company is in residence from August 24 through September 13, presenting open rehearsals and studio showings, plus workshops, as part of the PS21 Chatham Dance Festival – See listings above for further information about rehearsals and workshops – Tickets and information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

Friday-Sunday, August 28-30

Films at TSL:

> The Outrageous Sophie Tucker – The rags-to-riches story of the iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century.

> Dustin Hoffman presents Tosca’s Kiss- Takes place in Milan’s Casa di Riposa, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896 as the world’s first home for retired musicians – The real life inspiration for the film Quartet

> Caravaggio – Director Derek Jarman’s “most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on art, sexuality, and identity.”

 > Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – “…an immersive, inventive cinematic experience…”

> A Master Builder – Directed by Jonathan Demme; written by Wallace Shawn, based on the play be Henrik Ibsen; created for the stage by Andre Gregory – The production was developed over a 14-year period

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

Simons General Store Big Summer Tag Sale to support The Ancram Preservation Group – Antiques, art by Roz Chast, David Levine, etc, and furniture – Friday: Special Preview Night with early buying, a silent auction, and wine & cheese from 6 to 8 pm – Saturday: Regular Buying from 10 am to 4 pm – Sunday: from 10 am to 2 pm – For information and tickets for the Friday night preview, e-mail abbywestlake@gmail.com or call 329-7306 – Simons General Store,  

Saturday, August 29

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The Annual Tomato Festival!- Abby Lappen performs in the Music Tent and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library holds its Cookbook Sale – In the market, find the full array of summer produce—tomatoes of course, but also corn, green beans, early apples, peaches and plums, cut flowers, greens of all kinds, summer squash and eggplant, as well as prepared foods, nut butters, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, you name it!  The Pie Man also has bread pudding.  For a list of vendors and their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, visitwww.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Dance Omi Showing in The Fields – The Showing allows the residents to share their collaborations with the public.  Each year’s iteration varies based on the interests of the residents, but generally involves site specific performance events which lead visitors throughout Omi’s beautiful sculptures and grounds – 2 to 4 pm – Information at artomi.org – Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, at the intersection of Route 22 and letter S Road, Ghent

Unreserved Catalogued Estate Auction – 18th,19th, and 20th-century items including furniture, artwork, folk art, quilts, rugs, blankets, china, glassware, stoneware, and period accessories – Information and online catalogue at copakeauction.com or m329-1142 – 3 pm – Copake Auction, 266 Route 7A, Copake


Open Studio & Exhibition – Experiments in Blue: Artist-in-Residence Lisa Congdon – An installation of Lisa Congdon’s work during her residency, comprised of small works on paper—collage, painting, and drawing—all for sale – Information at dropforgeandtool.com – 4 to 7 pm – Drop Forge & Tool, 10 ½ Aitken Avenue

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – As leader of 1970s British rock legends, Mott the Hoople, and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most compelling and influential performers, as well as one of its most articulate songwriters.  Mott the Hoople disbanded in 1974 and Hunter moved to New York, segueing into a celebrated solo career and quickly building a formidable body of solo work – Visit ianhunter.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Chances with Wolves –Information at 828-1562 – 10 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30

Hudson Cruises, Inc. Weekend Sightseeing Cruises – See details below


Saturday-Monday, August 29-31

The Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon hosts a weekend of events and programs to commemorate over 200 years of Shaker pacifism.  The Mount Lebanon Peace Weekend will consist of readings, a brunch and facilitated discussion about Shaker pacifist history, a panel of speakers currently active in the peace movement, and a special walking tour – Information at www.shakerml.org or 794-9100 – Shaker Museum, New Lebanon


Sunday, August 30

PAPER – A group exhibition of works on paper by regional artists including Edward Avedisian, Mark Beard, David Dew Bruner, Anne Francey, Matthew Hopkins, Louise Laplante, Melinda McDaniel, James Meyer, Ellen Nieves, Gabriel de la Portilla, and William Bond Walker – On view through October 4 – Information at carriehaddadgallery.com or 828-1915 – 2 to 4 pm – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street


The Holy Mountain --The final film in a trilogy of films by Alejandro Jodorowsky shown on consecutive Sundays in August – In this film a Mexican master, played by Jodorowsky himself, leads a Christ figure, and other disciples, to a mountain of immortal wisemen – Information at CR10.org – 5 pm – CR10Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo 


Next Tuesday, September 1

Trixie Starr hosts Match Game, the Hudson version of the 60s/70s television show – Prizes and frivolity – Information at 301-4398 – 8 to 10 pm – (pm) Wine Bar, 119 Warren Street




Hudson Cruises, Inc. Sightseeing Cruises are offered on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and Sundays – Passengers often have close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse are always en route – 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.



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

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