Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

November 27 - December 5

Friday, November 27

Auction Previews begin for 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Fine Art, Sculpture, Furniture and Lighting Auction to take place on December 5 at 10 am – Information at 751-1000 – Preview schedule and Online catalogue at www.stairgalleries.com – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Gift Pop-up Shop Opening – Artist-created objects and art, such as handmade glass, cutting boards, jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, throws, etc. Through December 24 – Information at 646-483-9109 or www.frgdesignart.com – 12 noon to 6 pm – FRG Objects & Design/Art, Second Floor, 217 Warren Street


Friday-Sunday, November 27-29

Films at TSL:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs – “A uniquely American story…of a Chinese American woman whose vision of revolution may surprise you.”

Theeb – In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination – In Arabic with English subtitles

Welcome to Leith – A feature documentary chronicling the notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb’s attempt to take over Leith, North Dakota, a registered ghost town of 24 people

Flowers – Ane lives a quiet unfulfilled life, trapped in a seemingly loveless marriage, until she suddenly starts to receive bouquets of flowers anonymously.

Breathe – A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations.  An adaptation of a French young adult novel of the same name.

The Second Mother – Brazil’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film – The film centers around a hardworking live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo – In Portuguese with English subtitles

Children of Paradise – Widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time.  In French with English subtitles

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


Third Annual Basilica Farm + Flea – A farmer and makers’ holiday marketplace created as an alternative to Black Friday – Brings together a curated collection of products from a diverse group of some 125 regional makers, farmers, chefs, and vintage collectors – Friday: The Kick-Off when sales begin and run from 2 to 5 pm; A Black Friday Soiree with cocktails and more sales is from 5 to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday: Market hours are from10 am to 6 pm – Produced and presented by Basilica Hudson and the Hudson River Exchange – Information at basilicahudson.com – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


The Ghent Playhouse presents Snow White: House of Dwarfs, an annual Panto production with the fabulous Pantoloons – Directed by Cathy Lee Visscher – Information and reservations at

1-800-838-3006 or ghentplayhouse.org – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, own 6 Town Hall Road, Ghent


Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday

HD screening of The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Albon Berg’s Lulu  – Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own – Reservations and information at 822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 12:30  pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Ancram Opera House Open House – The new owners, Jeff Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, will present their future plans for the Opera House – Information at info@ancramoperahouse.org or 329-0114 – Parking available next door to the Opera House – 2 to 5 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82


Exhibition Opening – Joie de Vivre: Paintings & Constructions by Carolina Marquez-Sterling – On view through December 21 – Information at 828-5825 or rosegalleryfineart.com – 6 to 8 pm – Rose Gallery Fine Art, 238A Warren Street


A Night of Soul & Funk with Don Byron & Friends, including Zachary Alford, Pete Levin, Matt Finck, Dean Bowman, and Scott Petito, performing  a Tribute to the R&B legend Junior Walker –Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Next Tuesday, December 1

Exhibition Opening Perfect Ten After School: Portraits at Clermont – Photographs by Valerie Shaff – “As we consider the complexity of history, how it is told and retold, altered and sometimes even rewritten, how do we create our own truths?”  That was the question put to Perfect Ten girls as they explored marginalized voices, intricate histories, gender, and race in a program with the Friends of Clermont and the Clermont State Historic Site.  The program culminates in an exhibition of self-portraits created on site at Clermont and in collaboration with photographer Valerie Shaff to tell the profound story of each workshop participant – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 5 to 7 pm - 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 helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Public Information Meeting re the Columbia County Broadband Plan – The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public comment on the “Columbia County Open Access Fiber Lateral & Wireless Assessment,” aka Broadband Plan.  The draft plan can be found on the county website at www.columbiacountyny.com .  Written comments can be sent to Kenneth.flood@columbiacountyny.com or to Kenneth Flood, County Office Building, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534 – 7 pm – First Floor Committee Room, County Office Building, 401 State Street


Next Thursday, December 3

Pythias Braswell and Megafortress – “…an evening of songs, both solid and disintegrating, both flooding and on fire.  Phythias Braswell and Megafortress together in an alliance so unholy, it doubles back around and becomes sacred.  Braswell will wield various crystalline two by fours in an attempt to tunnel directly into time itself.  Joining him will be Terence Murren, the free mason of bass, and Otto Hauser, who will eradicate all doubt with his drums.  Bill Gillim, leader of Megafortress (joined by O. Hauser and bassist, John Rosenthal) will build a sonic dimension in which science and religion are fused into a single gear: the iron wheel of Love.  Also there will be music.” – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Next Friday-Saturday, December 4-5

Jackie Greene, touring behind his critically acclaimed new album, “Back to Birth,” his first solo album in five years – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Both Friday & Saturday at 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Next Friday-Sunday, December 4-6

30th Annual Gallery of Wreaths Exhibition & Silent Auction – Wreaths created and donated by businesses, organizations, floral professionals, and individuals are exhibited around the house – The public is invited to view the wreaths and participate in a silent auction to benefit the historical society’s public programs – Information at 758-9265 – Wreaths may be viewed and bids made on Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm each day – Winning bids will be announced Sunday at 4:30 pm – Vanderpoel House of History, 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook

Next Saturday, December 5

Mountain Odyssey – A festive pre-holiday concert with love songs and Hungarian dances – Mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer and soprano Amanda Boyd-Grout will perform duets by Faure and Brahms as well as a selection of songs by Copland, Schubert, Barber, and Quilter – Pianist Mark Evans and series Artistic Director, Gili Melamed-Lev will perform the Hungarian Dances and the New Love Songs by Brahms, and Schubert’s Grand Rondo in A Major, Op. 107.  – Information and reservations at 392-2760 – 3 pm – Culture Hall, Camphill Ghent, 2542 State Route 66, Chatham


The 19th Annual Winter Walk – A big outdoor celebration to kick off the holiday season – Produced and presented by the Hudson Opera House with the cooperation of the City of Hudson and shop owners on Warren Street and beyond – It all starts at 5 pm with a parade (of course) as Santa and his Missus travel to City Hall, and ends with a bang, literally, when fireworks go off on Promenade Hill at 8:30 pm – Dress warmly, put on your funny hat, and join the crowd of merry-makers.  Sax-o-Claus will be there as usual, and will be joined by a flurry of snowflakes and angels, stiltwalkers, jugglers, and other street performers.  Animal lovers will enjoy seeing a real live reindeer on Warren above Seventh Street, or taking a horse and wagon ride at Seventh Street Park, also the location of the new, improved Santa’s Village. (Looking for Tots the Clown?  Find her at Sketch at 701 Warren.)  Even more live animals can be found down the street.  Alpacas are at 555 Warren.  A petting zoo and pony rides are at Fifth & Warren and miniature horses are at Third and Warren.   BeLo3rd has established warming stations, with appropriate holiday beverages, in shops and galleries below Third Street.  Pick up a map at CVS or the Opera House to find exhibitions, music, and other special treats up and down the street.  Berkshire Bank is featuring a performance by singer/songwriterJohn Farrell, familiar to many children in our area.  Brian Dewan, musician and performance wizard, will be in the Opera House at 327 Warren.  The corner of Fourth Street is especially active--Abby Lappen and her window performers are back this year and can be seen at the handsome new location of Hudson Home.  The First Presbyterian Church offers its usual warming chili, and a schedule of three performances—the Adirondack Baroque Consort, the Trebel Choraliers from Catskill, and the Chatham Cornet Band. Across the street you will find the St. Lucia singers in FACE. Be sure to consult the map to find parking places and to review traffic regulations for the night.  – Information at hudsonoperahouse.org or 822-1438 – 5 to 8 pm – Warren Street and beyond


Botanica Winter Walk After Party – Vinyl Healing & Good Vibes with DJ Ephraim Asili – Information at 828-1562 or The Half Moon facebook page – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Hudson Farmers’ Market – The summer edition of the Hudson Farmers’ Market breathed its last of the season on November 21, but many of your favorite vendors can be seen at the Holiday Market (sometimes called the Winter Market) held at Christ Church Episcopal for three Saturdays in December— to wit, December 5, 12, and 19 – Information at hudsonfarmersmarket.com – 10 am to 1 pm – Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, 431 Union Street, at Union Street and East Court Street


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