Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

May 21 - May 24


Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24

Films at TSL

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Stuck in a nursing home and determined to escape on his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson leaps out a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey

> A Wolf at the Door – This nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind, is based on real events

> Every Secret Thing – A detective story involving missing children and teenage girls

Patience – A richly textured essay film exploring the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald, with contributions from major writers, artists and filmmakers

The Sturgeon Queens – Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family have created Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives – This is the 100th anniversary of the store

Awake: The Life of Yogananda – About an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s

> City Lights – A Charlie Chaplin classic film featuring The Little Tramp

A Night at the Opera – A Marx Brothers’ classic film

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


Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The Baker’s Wife  – “A tasty mix of life’s necessities: a baker for a breadless village, tempestuous versus tender love, happenings that make life different and new, all sweetly served with a beautiful score” – Professional musical theatre-in-the-round – Also performed on May 27-31 – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Friday, May 22

HWM  Friday Tasting – Rowan Imports will be pouring ciders and liqueurs – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to  7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Bonfire – Summer 2015 Shana Lee Jewelry Collection Opening – Information at 828-8789 –  6 to 8 pm – Shana Lee Jewelry, 315 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening -  HQTBD/Headquarters To Be Determined presents Still/Life, a 3D rendering of contemporary practices in the Hudson area – The exhibition reimagines the still life as a living arrangement, activated by bringing together works and programs by artists of diverse backgrounds into a single community space.  The exhibiting artists include Peggy Ahwesh, Ephraim Asili, Conor Backman, Annie Bielski, Hannah Black, Jeffrey Gibson, Elise McMahon, Takeshi Murata, Aily Nash, Nick Payne, Carla Perez-Gallardo, Daniel Seward, Tristan Schipa, William Stone, Earl Swanigan, and Jon Wang. The programs for the opening night include a screening of moving image works by three artists in the exhibition.  (See “Basilica Screenings” below.) HQTBD is a parasite project that inhabits and programs various spaces in Hudson, NY.  This first showing is on view through June 14 – Information on open hours and a schedule of performances and events, at www.hqtbd.com –  6 to 10 pm – Back Gallery, Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Hudson Cruises Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise – Become an amateur detective during this murder mystery aboard The Marika luxury yacht  –The Two of Us Productions performs Fishing For Trouble for a fun, suspense-filled evening of murder and mayhem – Full dinner included – Full cash bar – Information and reservations at 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 or book via www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/Murder --  7 pm to 9:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Broad St grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Beautiful Victims – Three established writers/performers from New York City—Henrietta Weekes, Frazier Russell, and Shelley Stenhouse—read from their newest work – Information at 822-8448 – 7:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Basilica Screenings – The fifth annual season’s first screening of moving image works by three artists--  Many Thousands Gone (2015) by Ephraim Asili, Kissing Point and Lessons of War (both 2014) by Peggy Ahwesh, and OM Rider (2014) by Takeshi Murata – All three artists will be present to discuss their work – Shown in conjunction with the HQTBD exhibition in the Back Gallery – Information at www.hqtbd.com –  8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Blood Warrior/ Death Vessel/ Liv Carrow  – Information at 828-1562 –  8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Friday-Saturday, May 22-23

Traditions Linens Factory Outlet 11th Annual Memorial Day Sale –Locally-made bedding, towels, decorative pillows, blankets, quilts and coverlets, scarves, pajamas, socks and tableware, up to 90% off retail prices – Also a world class Fabric Loft – Information at 851-3975 –  9 am to 4 pm – 29 Route 9H,  Claverack


Friday-Sunday, May 22-24

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 www.hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from  5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – This weekend only, the ferry also runs on Sunday from 4 to 8 pm – Board at the 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 Ghent Playhouse presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Rabbit Hole “A drama infused with moments of humor and glimpses of hope,…”– Runs on weekends through June 7 – Information and reservations at 1-800-838-3006 or ghentplayhouse.org – Fri & Sat at  8 pm, Sun at  2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent

Saturday, May 23

Hudson Farmers’ Market –Asparagus is here, and Prosharp Cutlery is on hand every weekend to sharpen your knives, scissors and small garden tools – New this year:  Get a Frequent Buyer Card from any vendor; make ten purchases and get a free HFM shopping tote.  This weekend Abby Lappen will be in the performance tent and the Hudson Pride Foundation will be in the Community Tent – For a list of vendors and information on their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter visit www.hudsonmarket.weebly.com (The former website—www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com--also seems to be in operation.) –  9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets  


HD screening of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra – “…a steamy story of a midlife affair that shook the foundations of the ancient world…” – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Book Party & Author Reading – Jynne Dilling Martin, the 2013 National Science Foundation Antarctica Writer-in-Residence, reads from her book of poetry, We Mammals in Hospitable Times – Martin is described by Time Out New York as “an extraordinary poet,” and by The New York Times as “full of intelligence and discretion.” – Information at 828-2288 –  3 pm to 4:30 pm with author reading at 4 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street


Looking Out: The Power of Nature and Music – Amanda Boyd-Grout, soprano; Michael Clement, piano; and Joseph Rutkowski, clarinet,  perform works by Schubert, Spohr, Schumann, Poulenc and McCabe –  5 pm – Hillsdale United Methodist Church, corner of Routes 22 & 23, Hillsdale


Exhibition Opening – Mark Wasserbach: New Sculpture – On view through  June 21 - Information at 212-518-7551 or mcdarisfineart.com –  6 to 8 pm, McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


Classics on Hudson presents String Trios by Schubert and Mozart with Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin; Helena Baillie, viola; and Peter Wiley, cello – Information at 822-1438 o rhudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Kath Bloom (with Tom Hanford) and Linda Draper – For fans of the song and how to feel it, Kath Bloom is some kind of legend.  She has been described as “…a woman who has spent years in the wilderness…An early unpretentious presence, she can snap a heart like a twig.” – Linda Draper’s “wise, wistful, and quietly devastating folk-pop reaches new levels of refinement on her latest album…bringing early Joni Mitchell and Kate McGarrigle to mind…” – Information at  671-6006 –  8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24

Third Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine & Food Festival – Sponsored by the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail – Features award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft breweries from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region – Local and regional food producers offer food samplings – Raffles – Bounce house and pony rides for kids –Information at hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com or 732-7317 – Sat. from  11 am to 6 pm, Sun. from  11 am to 5 pm – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 203, Chatham (Entrance on Route 66)

Saturday-Monday, May 23-25

Hudson Cruises Memorial Day Weekend Sightseeing Cruises – Close-up views of wildlife such as bald eagles and cormorants – Views of the Catskills, Mount Merino, Olana and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse – 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.

Sunday, May 24

Remembering Christina – A memorial gathering in honor of Christina Malisoff, a beloved long-time member of the Hudson community, who passed away on April 19th of this year – Christina’s artwork will be exhibited, as well as drawings of her made by members of the HOH life drawing class.  A film called Christina’s World, made by Isabelle Barton in 1999, will be shown – Feel free to bring a dish to share. – Information at 822-1438 –  11 am – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


25th Annual Country Barbecue – “A great bustling country picnic” sponsored by the Columbia Land Conservancy in celebration of the agricultural heritage and character of Columbia County – Music, live entertainment, farm tours, many fun and educational activities for children of all ages, and delicious locally-sourced food and drink – Information at clctrust.org/barbecue or 392-5252 –  4:30 pm to  8 pm –Dutch Hollow Farm, 3137 Running Creek Road, Schodack Landing, NY


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

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