Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

September 2 - September 7

Tuesday, September 2

SeaChange Riverside Party for Climate Justice – Jane’s ice cream, handmade boats from Kite’s Nest, live music by Brian Dewan, and lots of fun and games!  SeaChange: We All Live Downstream is located in Troy, NY and is a collaborative art and activism project navigating the Hudson River in handmade paper canoes, initiating dialogue about climate change, extreme energy and water as commons along the way.  Join the SeaChange paddlers, Kite’s Nest, Hudson Sloop Club, Hudson Praxis, the Hudson Community Garden, and the Publication Studio Hudson – 5:30 pm to 8 pm – Rick’s Point, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street, over the grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Alula and Amanda Jo Williams – Listen at www.soundcloud.com/alulasmusic and http://amandajowilliams.tumblr.com/ – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Wednesday, September 3

Upstreet Market – A mid-week market, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, meats, crafts, music, and knife sharpening – Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square), Hudson


Thursday, September 4

Live simulcast of The National Theatre of London’s production of Euripedes’ Medea – A new version by Ben Power – Also shown on Saturday (See below) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Thursday-Sunday, September 4-7

Films at TSL:

> Whitey: USA v. James J. Bulger – “…a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger…”

 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

Ida – A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation – In Polish with English subtitles

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


Friday, September 5

Auction – Single-Owner Collection of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts, and Modern and Contemporary Paintings from Brookbound, Claverack, NY – While most of the property is Victorian, there are also Modern and Contemporary works of art, including some paintings by Maurice Grosser and an etching by Man Ray.  English Aesthetics Movement pieces and Twentieth-Century Art Pottery Movement pieces are also included. – Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Preview Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Auction begins at 6 pm – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


House Concert – Giacomo Smith & Friends deliver Hot Jazz with Giacomo on soprano saxophone and clarinet, and friends on trumpet, guitar and string bass – Information and reservations at 755-4350 or email peterjung512@gmail.com – Pot Luck at 7 pm, Music at 8 pm – 512 Warren Street


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – “With Egypt 80, Seun Kuti carries on the legacy of his father, the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose name was nearly synonymous with Afrobeat…Kuti “has found his own idiosyncratic voice as a songwriter, singer, and bandleader, with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band worldwide acclaim as one of today’s most incendiary live acts.”– Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


SmashCrashBash!!  (Now on first Fridays) – Featuring  Brooklyn noise rock trio, Beech Creeps and the blues punk duo, The Luxurious Faux Furs – This is the 11th installment of SmashCrashBash!!, a semi-regular, rock ‘n’ roll-themed party at Half Moon, featuring live performances by the tops in totally rockin’, handpicked touring bands and DJs spinning the best in punk, garage, vintage glam, rock ‘n’ roll, and old-school R&B for your dancing and screaming pleasure – DJs are Chris Bishop and Josh Lee Hooker – Information at 822-1913 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, September 5-6

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 discounts from participating restaurants upon presentation of ticket – 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 10:15 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Friday-Sunday, September 5-7

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The All Night Strut – A “musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance.” – Also plays next weekend – Information, schedule and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Saturday, September 6

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods, meat and more – Sauerkraut Seth Travins performs in the music tent – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson


Hudson Valley Tour Cruise – Poughkeepsie to Hudson – A one-way cruise aboard Hudson Cruises’ newest cruise vessel, Marika – If coming from New York, take Metro North or Amtrak to Poughkeepsie and walk down the hill to the dock for a four-and a half hour journey up the Hudson River Valley to the old whaling port, City of Hudson – Along the way see peregrine falcon nesting sites, beautiful mansions and historic houses along the river, wildlife such as bald eagles, blue heron and ospreys, four Hudson River lighthouses and views of the beautiful Catskill Mountains – A light brunch will be served – Full cash bar – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/PouHudson or 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 – Board at 10 am in Poughkeepsie, arrive in Hudson at 2:45 pm


The 6th Annual Taste of Hudson – Sponsored by the BeLo3rd organization – Sample the cuisine of over 20 plus of Hudson’s finest restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and food retailers – Rain or shine – Information at www.BeLo3rd.com – 11 am to 2 pm – Under the tents on Warren Street between Second and Third Streets


HD screening of The National Theatre of London’s production of Euripedes’ Medea – A new version by Ben Power – Also shown on Thursday  (See above) – Information and reservations at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Lucky Ducky Derby Water Race and Chicken Barbeque – To benefit the Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society – Music, food, auction, and views – Groups or individuals may purchase a racer—either a duck or a flamingo—at the barbeque or call 567-8832 to buy a racer before the event – Information at www.hudsonriverhistoricboat.org or 567-8832 or by e-mail to eleanorrestorationproject@gmail.com  – Grounds open at 2 pm – Race takes place at approximately 3:30 pm to take advantage of the out flowing tide of the Roe Jan Creek – Roe Jan Creek Boat Club, 91 Station Road, Germantown (a few miles south of Hudson on Route 9G, opposite County Route 10)


Exhibition Opening – Looking Up: Tree Portraits – New Paintings by Nancy Ghitman – Plus gallery artists – On view through September 28 – Information at 822-0510 or www.510warrenstgallery.com – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street


Author’s Talk – Copake resident Barbara Krauthamer will discuss the book she co-authored with Deborah Willis, called Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery – She will also show images from the book, comprised of over 150 photographs taken primarily during the Civil War period through the early twentieth century – The book was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.org – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale


Exhibition Opening – Ze’ev Willy Neumann Sculptures – A two-part solo show: Spears Into Art – “No offense – just a fence” and Do Touch – Come and break the 4th wall with me!– On view through October 5 – Information at www.nobogallery.com – 5 to 8 pm – NOBO Gallery, 558 Warren Street


An Evening of Classical Music and Tango with violinist Helena Baillie and guitarist Alexander Henry playing pieces from Bach, Bartok, and Paganini, plus tango pieces and more – In support of the 2014-15 season of Classics on Hudson, a new classical music series – Information at 697-0909 – Tickets may be purchased at TK Home & Garden or by check to P. O. Box 1298, Hudson 12534 – 6 pm – Second Floor Gallery, TK Home & Garden, 441 Warren Street


The Wickers Creek Band serves up bluegrass at Rolo Scarpetti’s Pop Up Restaurant – A dinner in six courses – Information and reservations at 415-317-2428 – Two seatings: at 6 pm and at 8 pm – Rolo Scarpetti’s Pop Up Restaurant, 2994 Church Street, Pine Plains


Community Concert and Cider Party – Fresh cider and live music to dance to under the famous PS21 saddlespan tent in the apple orchard – Music by the Berkshire Bop Society (Lincoln Mayorga, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga, and Otto Gardner) playing standards from the American Songbook, and cabaret songs performed by Sally Jane Heit, accompanied by Uel Wade – Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic or order a boxed meal by calling 392-6121 – PS21 members are admitted free of charge – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 –6:30 to 8 pm – PS21, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham  


Lizz Wright – “With one ear in the southern Georgia church where her father was pastor and musical director, and the other tuned to R&B charts, soul-gospel vocalist Lizz Wright can sing a lofty spiritual like ‘Amazing Grace,’ then turn on a dime and render a steamy rendition of (‘I’ve Got to Use My) Imagination’ by Gladys Knight and the Pips.” – She has been likened to her contemporary, Norah Jones – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


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


Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7

Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Cruises – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – 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, September 7

Author’s Reading – Author Joseph Luzzi reads from his new book, My Two Italies, “exploring his family’s connection to the dramatic history of Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.” – Live Italian music, wine and cheese – Information at 828-6411 or www.hudsonwinemerchants.com – 2 pm – Third Floor Gallery, Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Stockport Middle Ground Flats Paddle – A “moderate paddle”, heading north on the Hudson River and around Stockport Middle Ground Flats – Prior paddling experience is required – Bring your own canoe or kayak, equipment, PFD, and bottled water – Advance registration is required by calling Marissa Codey at 392-5252, ext. 211 - Sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy – 2 pm – Stockport Creek Parking Lot, 200 Station Road, Stockport and Stuyvesant


Author’s Reading – Author Lydia Davis will read from her new book of short stories, Can’t and Won’t – A conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore and Q&A will follow –Davis is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, and the author of one novel and six previous story collections, the most recent of which, Varieties of Disturbance, was a finalist for the National Book Award – She is also an acclaimed translator of Swann’s Way and Madame Bovary, both of which received the French-American Foundation Translation Prize – Space is limited  and reservations, by calling 392-3005, are required – Information at www.chathambookstore.com/events/ -- 3 to 5 pm – Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham


Screening of The Police Tapes, the third film in a Micro Retrospective of Alan & Susan Raymond Documentary Films: 1976-2011 –– “Originally conceived as an experimental video using small format Sony Porta-pak equipment…a perceptive and probing work, a harrowing peek into the dark underbelly of society.  Filmed in 1976, when the South Bronx was burning, this video delivers an uncensored and immediate style that continues to influence police drama and reality shows.” –– The series runs on Sundays through September 14 – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – The Screening Room, CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Exhibition Opening – Clermont’s Imagined Histories: Photographs, Paintings and Sculptures by Robert Hite  The exhibition features black and white photographs of architectural sculptures situated in scenic forests, fields, and gardens throughout Clermont’s 500-acre estate. – Hite was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the summer of 2014 – His work will be displayed in both the historic mansion and in the Visitor’s Center – Presented by the Friends of Clermont and Clermont Historic Site – On view through October 13 – Information at 537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org – 4 to 7 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown




Walking the Living Land Outings – The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is seeking participants for a series of participatory research outings that offer a cultural and artistic exploration of different habitats in the landscape at natural areas throughout the County.  The outings will be led by Farmscape Ecology Program scientists, along with a guest artist, and will involve 6 to 8 participants in an afternoon of multi-sensory activities, “botanical portraits,” and reflections as the group travels through different habitats with cameras, notebooks and botany bags in hand. Spaces are limited, and participation is generally limited to one outing – Information and registration (required) by contacting Anna Duhon at 672-7994 or by e-mail to Anna@hawthornevalleyfarm.org  or visit www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org – Weekends in August and September



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


Wednesdays through Sundays

The Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Tasting Room is open all summer Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm – Information at 392-9463 or www.hudsonchathamwinery.com – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent



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