Ellen's Picks   (by Ellen Thurston)

Week of October 24, 2016, and beyond


Monday-Sunday, October 24-30

FilmColumbia 2016 – The 17th Annual Chatham film festival – The festival gives filmgoers the chance to see the year’s top notch independent and foreign films, often well before they are released.  The festival also showcases regional talent– It is programmed by Peter Biskind (author, film historian, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and past executive editor of Premiere magazine), Co-Artistic Director Laurence Kardish (Senior Curator Emeritus for Film and Media at The Museum of Modern Art), and festival Managing Director Calliope Nicholas –– More than 40 films from some of the most celebrated directors, including the latest from Pedro Almodovar, Paul Verhoeven, Werner Herzog, Jim Jarmusch, and Ken Loach are being shown.  Many have played the world’s most respected festivals, including Cannes, Toronto, New York, Telluride, Berlin and Sundance and have garnered the most prestigious awards along the way. At the same time, the festival makes showcasing regional talent a priority.  A number of Q&A, panel discussions and social gatherings surround the festival.  Films are shown at the Crandell Theatre and Morris Memorial in Chatham and at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson. To see the schedule and to buy tickets for both Chatham and Hudson, go to filmcolumbia.org .

For the Hudson film program see below under Friday-Sunday, October 28-30  


Tuesday, October 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


Wednesday, October 26

Upstreet Market – This is the last week of Hudson’s midweek farmers’ market and your last chance to buy from your favorite vendors until next year - See you then!  – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park


Special Movie Event – Devereux Foundation presents a special screening of Life, Animated – Suggested donation at the door – Information at www.devereux.org/ or www.lifeanimateddoc.com/ -- 6:30 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Elizabeth Cook – with Derek Hoke opening – Elizabeth Cook sings like a cross between Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, but rocks with the ferocity of Chrissie Hyne and Patti Smith.  She is a fixture of Nashville’s singer-songwriter circles.  She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry over 400 times, and hosts her own Sirius XM show on the Outlaw Country station.  NPR Music deemed Elizabeth a “treasure” of the Americana scene, and her new album appeared on Rolling Stone Country’s “most anticipated albums of 2016” list – Nashville-based roots-music singer and songwriter Derek Hoke warms up the crowd for Cook. – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


The Simple Pleasure / Tara Angel – Brooklyn-by-Philadelphia band The Simple Pleasure (Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, Cellular Chaos) are heading out on a tour of the northeast United States to promote the upcoming release of their new record, The Glamour of It All – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 to 11 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Thursday-Sunday, October 27—30.

TSL Films:

Do Not Resist - “…offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.  The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action…”

The Epic of Everest (1924) – “The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation…and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did, indeed, reach the summit.”

Volta A Terra (Back to the Land) – The story of an endangered community of farmers who practice subsistence farming in a mountainous village of northern Portugal

> Seed:  The Untold Story – Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds.  Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, this film follows passionate seed keepers, protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. 

White Girl  - A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met.  After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

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


Friday October 28

Chris Smither – with Milton opening – “A profound songwriter and virtuoso  guitarist” who has distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years.  He is truly “an American original.” – Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound.  His voice, in particular, is the very embodiment of the folk-blues sound. – NYC-based singer-songwriter Milton, who warms up the crowd for Smith, boasts a strong regional following based on his tender yet gritty folk-rock tunes... – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Ryley Walker / Circuit des Yeux / Last Good Tooth – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, October 28-29

Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – These popular tours offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in haunted history, while interacting with costumed interpreters portraying the “ghosts” of Clermont’s past. Tour guests will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party complete with an eccentric spiritual medium, crystal ball, and a reproduction 1916 Ouija board. When the séance goes wrong however, the lights go out, and the house is filled with ghosts from the Livingston family’s most intriguing period: the American Revolution. Separated lovers, servants, prophesies, and more will all be uncovered in this lively evening.  Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them tell true stories.  After the tour, roast marshmallows over a cozy fire surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o’-lanterns. Lavish decorations are inspired by meticulous research from period magazines and design manuals.  This is an “After Dark” tour that takes guests through the mansion and out onto the grounds for a lamp-lit adventure along the Hudson River. Tickets sell out early so the public is urged to call 537-4240 to make reservations now. The tours are recommended for ages seven and up and are held rain or (moon)shine.  Pre-paid reservations are required.  Information and reservations at 537-4240 - Tours run every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday & Saturday – Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont Avenue (off 9G), Germantown 


Friday-Sunday, October 28-30

FilmColumbia 2016 The Hudson portion of the festival includes:

> Salute to Cuban Cinema

> Friday at 7 pm - The Companion – During the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, the authorities gathered the island’s HIV patients under one roof, a sanitarium slash prison called Los Cocos, and assigned them each a companion whose job it was to keep an eye on the HIV patient for the administrators.  One such patient repeatedly sneaks off the reservation.  The companion assigned to him sides with his patient, not the authorities.  The sanitarium becomes a microcosm of Cuban society…

> Saturday at 2 pm - Scott Cohen’s Screenwriting Panel – Screenwriters are given a rare opportunity to have their work read by Cohen’s fellow actors, followed by a discussion of the writing.  Screenwriters should bring 10 copies of 15 pages of their screenplay.  Work will be read on a first come basis. 

> Saturday at 5 pm - The Human Thing – A petty thief breaks into the home of one of Cuba’s greatest writers and inadvertently steals a manuscript for a new novel.  He submits a somewhat altered version of the manuscript to a contest.  Guess what happens when the real author recognizes the story that won. 

> Saturday at 7:30 pm - Santiago Alvarez Shorts (including Now (1964), about segregation in America, featuring Lena Horne; and LBJ, “a scathing riff on the Vietnam war” (1968) On the same program, Death of a Bureaucrat (1966) 

> Sunday at 1 pm – Children’s International Shorts Program – A special screening of Halloween-themed short films – Curated by Patti Greaney of Giraldi Media 

To see the schedule, read descriptions of the films, and to buy tickets for both Chatham and Hudson, go to filmcolumbia.org . – Information at 822-1438 orhudsonoperahouse.org – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Saturday, October 29

Hudson Farmers’ Market – The bounty of the season continues with tomatoes of all kinds, eggs,   breads, rolls, scones, croissants and cookies; cheeses, pies (gluten free or not), fair-trade coffee, nuts and granola; herbs,  garlic, greens, squash-squash-squash, peppers, beets, honey, fresh mushrooms, pesto, salamis, sauerkrauts, yogurts, fruit juices, and cut flowers.  Rocker Box Spice Co.will be in the Guest Tent with mixed spices – Knives, scissors and pruners are sharpened by Bob Sheets while you shop.  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


Hudson Library Halloween Party – A fun, family-friendly celebration with pumpkin painting, Halloween tunes, scary stories read by a two-headed witch (Mrs. Badila) and not-quite-as-scary stories read by a one-headed librarian, goody bags, face painting, and refreshments – Come with  your costume on! – Information at 828-.1792 – 11 am to 2 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)


Opera in HD – The Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni  – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org  or 822-8448 – 12 :55 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Trick or Treating in The Fields – Art-making, hayrides, a candy hunt, fresh cider, apples and  popcorn – Come in costume! – Information at 392-4747 or artomi.org – 1 to 3 pm – The Fields

Sculpture Park, Art Omi International Arts Center, 1405 Route 22, Ghent


Book Signing – Photographer Don Freeman will sign copies of, Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangements, a collaboration with New York-based floral designer Lewis Miller, who presents “a lush, naturalistic take on the arrangement of flowers.” – In a collaboration that is more than a decade old, Miller and Freeman have created a body of work from which this book is drawn.  Lewis discusses the approach to, and the inspiration behind, his lavish creations, and Freeman captures each in images “as exquisite as a 17th-century Dutch still-life.” – Information at 828-1872 ext 104 or rtice@olana.org – 3 to 5 pm – The Olana Museum Store, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson (GPS address)  


Concerts in the Village (CITV) opens its 2016-17 season with a program including J.S. Bach, Handel, J.C.F. Bach, Mozart and Haydn, opening the program with J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.”  CITV includes the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra, and the Broad Street Chamber Players, often joined by guest soloists. Guest artist for this concert is soprano Kameryn Lueng -- David Smith is CITV’s Artistic Director and Conductor – The program will be held in an acoustically ideal, but nearly forgotten performing space on the second floor of the Kinderhook Village Hall – Information and tickets at www.concertsinthevillage.org or 758-6869 -- 4 pm – Kinderhook Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook


Tabitha – Featuring new works by Alison Fox, Meg Lipke, Lauren Luloff, and Ruby Palmer – A collaborative art exhibit investigating places of transformation and transition – Organized by Instar Lodge Director Dawn Breeze – Additional viewing on November 5 & 6 from 12 noon to 6 pm – Information at 917-622-5141 or by email to director@instarlodge.com – Opening from 5 to 7 pm, Instar Lodge, 4 Church Avenue, Germantown


Verdigris Hudson’s Tenth Anniversary – Complimentary tea and cookies on Saturdays during the month of October – This Saturday, try sugar cookies paired with not-for-kids hearty black tea or caffeine-free rooibos tea  – Information at 943-3139 or www.verdigristea.com  – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate, 135 Warren Street


Final Focus on James Baldwin - As the concluding event of a five-part series exploring the life of author James Baldwin, the Hudson Area Library hosts a panel discussion on Baldwin, his influence on contemporary life, and his longer range effect on America today.  The event includes a screening of James Baldwin: From Another Placea documentary short by Sedat Pakay, a local photographer and filmmaker, recently deceased, who recorded a portion of Baldwin's life while he lived in Turkey.  This intimate portrait of James Baldwin depicts the person who became an activist through living his life as honestly as he could.  Panel participants include: Donna Ford-Grover, Bard professor in 19th- and 20th-century American Literature; Wesley Brown, Literature professor at Bard College at Simon's Rock; and Lisa Adrastea, Lecturer in Writing and Critical Inquiry at SUNY Albany -- The audience is invited to participate in the discussion.  The event is free – Seating is limited – First come, first served – Information  at 828-.1792, ext. 101 – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

National Theatre of London’s production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 6:30 

pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Red Dot Halloween Party – Hosted by Girlgantua with DJ PrePhab – Prizes for the best costumes:  First Prize -- $200; Second Prize – $75 Rd Dot gift certificate; Third Prize – $50 Red Dot gift certificate  – 10 pm until… -- Red Dot Restaurant & Bar, 321 Warren Street


Halloween at The Half Moon – Cheap Thrills with DJ Baby Dayliner – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 10 pm to 1 am – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30

Auction – Featured Collections of English, Continental & American Fine Art, Furniture & Decorations – Featuring sporting paintings and bronzes from the Collection of Kate Webb Harris, a collection of treen and small boxes from the Estate of Charlton M Theus, Jr. and a large collection of American and English silver from the  Roy & Ruth Nutt Collection – On-line catalog at stairgalleries.com – Previews Tuesday through Friday October 25-28 from 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30 from 9 am until the Auction at 11 am –  Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

Sunday, October 30

 Stage Russia HD screening of The Moscow Art Theatre’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard  – Information and reservations at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Ltd., 434 Columbia Street


Trick or Treat: The Best of Spooky Shorts – Bring your ghoulish little ghosts to celebrate a Hudson Halloween with a selection of short films specially selected by the fiendish folks at 

FilmColumbia – The screening is followed by trick or treating on Warren Street (See the entry below.) – Films at 1:00 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Hudson Halloween Trick or Treat & Parade – Trick or Treat on Warren Street from 2 to 4 pm; at 4 pm all costumed participants gather at Seventh Street Park for the Parade Kick-off at 4:05 pm – The Parade moves down Warren Street to the Hudson Youth Center at the corner of Union & Third Street for a costume contest and party  – Information at 718-344-6734 – Trick or Treat from 2 to 4 pm; Parade from Seventh Street Park at 4:05 – Hudson Youth Center, Union & Third Streets


 Peter and the Farm (2015) –Basilica Hudson, through its collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, presents the fifth and final film in the 2016 Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrating and interrogating the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors  – “Peter Dunning is a rugged individualist, an extreme, hard-drinking loner and a former artist.  He has burned bridges with his wives and children; his only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows and pigs he tends on his Vermont farm.  Peter is also one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time, a product of the 1960s counterculture whose poetic idealism has since soured.  For all his candor, he slips into drunken self-destructive habits, cursing the splendors of a pastoral landscape that he has spent decades nurturing.  Imbued with an aching tenderness, Tony Stone’s documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections—however funny, tragic, or angry they may be.” Peter Dunning, the film’s central character, along with  Director Tony Stone and Producer Melissa Auf der Maur, will be present for this special hometown screening – Information at basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Next Tuesday, November 1

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


Spotty Dog Trivia Night – Spotty’s bi-weekly, all-nerd, throwdown!  Free – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com/events – 6:30 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Next Thursday, November 3

St. Winifred’s Feast Day – Looking for an excuse for a party, or maybe a parade?  Does no one care for this poor put-upon saint?  At least stop and say hello to her likeness on Promenade Hill . 

Up the steps at the foot of Warren Street at Front Street




The Warren Street Project – Historic Hudson celebrates its twentieth anniversary with an exhibition of The Warren Street Project, a photographic inventory of Hudson’s main street by Lynn Davisfirst exhibited at Historic Hudson’s inaugural event held at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in 1996.  Lynn Davis photographed every building on Warren Street over the course of several years.  Twenty years later, this monumental series tells a remarkable success story for historic preservation.  Lynn Davis-signed prints from the exhibition are available for sale.- Information at www.historichudson.org  – On view during the month of October – Hours are  Friday & Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm – Vincent Mulford Antiques, 419 Warren Street


Barry Gerson:  Early Works – Photographic Constructions and Film Stills – 1975-2002 – This exhibition opened on October 15 and is on view through November 15 - Gerson, “a Renaissance man,” is most noted for his films which have been shown at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum and various worldwide group shows.  His work includes not only filmmaking, but also sculpture, photographic construction, digital film installments and mixed painting/photo works.  He has received numerous fellowships and grants and has taught at various colleges including The Rhode Island School of Design. – Information at 852-0622 – Daily from 11 am to 5 pm – Earle Mitchell Gallery, Riverfront Antiques & Design Center, 99 South Third Street


Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House – A design exhibition featuring original concept sketches by 21 architects and landscape architects to address one of Olana’s great mysteries – Frederic Church’s 1886 plan for Olana, detailed Church’s vision for his large-scale designed landscape  The plan’s details are largely accurate, yet it contains a structure labeled “Summer House,” which doesn’t exist today.  Twenty-one architects and landscape architects were invited to imagine what such a structure might look like.  The exhibition serves as a dialogue of innovative design ideas and as a response to Olana’s historic context and dramatic setting – Curated by Mark Prezorski, Landscape Curator, The Olana Partnership, with guest co-curator Jane Smith, AIA, of Spacesmith – On view through November 13 – Information at 828-1872, ext. 103 or olana.org/summerhouse – Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm - Coachman’s House Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, GPS address: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson


Capturing the Cosmos:  Frederic Church Painting Humboldt’s Vision of Nature – Last chance to see this exhibition – On view Tuesdays through Sundays through October 30 – Information and tickets at www.olana.org or 828-0135 – Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Greenport


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