Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

April 22  - April 26

Wednesday, April 22

Celebrating Women in Business Luncheon – Local caterer, Nancy Fuller (Ginsberg), star of the Food Network’s “Farmhouse Rules” is guest speaker – Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce – Limited seating – Reservations mandatory – Call 828-4417 or email akneller@columbiachamber-ny.com  – 12 noon to 1:30 pm – The Vanderbilt House, 161 Main Street, Philmont


Hudson FORWARD Celebrates the City of Hudson’s 230th Birthday and kicks off a Voter Registration Campaign – The public is invited to say hello to neighbors, meet local dignitaries, enjoy cake and other refreshments, register to vote, and support civic engagement  – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street


*Lincoln –  A special screening of the 2012 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel  Day-Lewis, in conjunction with the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration – 7 pm – Fairview Cinema 3, Fairview Avenue, (Route 9), Greenport


Thursday, April 23

Twelfth Annual Dining Out For Life, a benefit for the Alliance for Positive Health (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York) – Six Hudson restaurants--Baba Louie’s Sourdough Pizza Company, Ca’Mea Ristorante, Mexican Radio Hudson, Park Falafel & Pizza, Red Dot Restaurant and Bar, and Relish Hudson--will donate a percentage of the price of your meal to the Alliance to help people in the region who are living with HIV/AIDS – The donation applies to both lunch and/or dinner, for those restaurants that are open for lunch – Local ambassadors will  greet you at the restaurant and give you a chance to enter a drawing for a pair of Southwest airline tickets – For information on participating restaurants visit allianceforpositivehealth.org  – Reservations are necessary!!


*Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History, presents “Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’ and the Meaning of the Civil War, as part of the Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration – 10:30 am - Faculty Staff Lounge, Main Building, Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Greenport

*Operation Unite program participants will read aloud from books about Abraham Lincoln – Information at 828-3612 – 4 to 5 pm – Hudson Area Library, Children’s Room, 400 State Street

A Night at the Races – Sponsored by the Hudson Rotary Club – Proceeds will help support homeless students within the Hudson City School District – Cash bar, menu fare, and silent auction – Information at 755-2155 – Doors open at 4:30 pm – First race at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Footings, Mail the Horse, and Liv Carrow – Footings, formerly known as Passerine, is the solo project of Eric Gagne of such outfits as Death to Tyrants, Redwing Blackbird, and Dweller on the Threshold – Mail The Horse is a grunge gospel/country rock band that found its start in New Hampshire before moving to Brooklyn, NY – Liv Carrow is a favorite local singer/songwriter – Information at 671-6006 – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Special Silent Movie Event – A Trip to the Moon and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with original and improvised music by Rasputina (Melora Creager) & The Calico Indians, Patrick Higgins (Zs), John Rosenthal & Aron Sanchez (Buke & Gase), and Colin LaClair & Logan Visscher (Saviour Self) – Curated by Shannikia McIntosh – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 8 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Richard Thompson – Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time – He practically invented British folk-rock and went on to become the master of the art of the performing singer-songwriter – This is a rare and nearly unprecedented chance to see this pioneer of an entire genre of music, who usually performs in large theaters and on festival stages, in the intimate confines of a nightclub.… – Information at 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday, April 24

Mezcal, the Other Agave Spirit – Brendan from Inspired Beverages will be pouring a selection of Mezcals, the other spirit made from Agave, in a wide range of styles from earthy to smoky – Information at 828-0934 – 4 to 7 pm – Fairview Wines & Spirits, 160 Fairview Avenue (Route 9), Greenport


HWM Friday Tasting – Maria Clark from Polaner Selections will be pouring sake! – Information at 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street


Bad Seeds presents BunnyBrains & DJ Shannon F (goddess) of (Light Asylum, The Knife) with Special Guests – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Friday-Saturday, April 24-25

Two Stair Galleries AuctionsFriday at 6 pm:Nineteenth-Century Exoticism & Revivals in Design; Saturday at 11 am An Enduring Legacy: The Collection of Joseph T. Butler of Tarrytown, NY including fine art, furniture, and ethnographic works of art – Online catalogues at stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street


Friday-Sunday, April 24-26

Films at TSL

> Jean Paul Sartre & Simone De Beauvoir – In this rare documentary, two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society.

> Derrida – A playful, personal and theoretical portrait of the internationally renowned French philosopher, Jacques Derrida who is best known for originating the movement known as “deconstruction”

 Amour Fou –“…inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel—goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.”

 > Sputnik Mania – “At the height of the Cold War, Sputnik almost provoked World War III, were it not for a private agreement between two ex-generals…”

Paris was a Woman – A portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, and photographers (Colette, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas) who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early 20th Century.

> Human Capital – Begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve – In Italian with English subtitles

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

The General -- A classic Buster Keaton film

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


*Lincoln’s Long Journey Home – An exhibition telling the story of the assassination of President Lincoln and the journey of the Funeral Train. On view is a facsimile copy of the “Emancipation Proclamation” on loan from the New York State Library, a replica of the Derringer used to slay President Lincoln, and a portrait of Lincoln by artist Robert Francis Whelan.  April 1865 newspapers, maps, photos and other artifacts are also on display. – 1 to 4 pm, or by appointment – Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the D.A.R., 113 Warren Street, Hudson

Legally Blonde, the Musical – Presented by Upstage Productions and The Gemini Series at Columbia-Greene Community College – Based on the film where after her boyfriend dumps her, Elle Woods tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams at Harvard Law School – Information and tickets at 828-4181 – Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Columbia-Greene Community College Performing Arts Center, 4400 Route 23, Greenport


Saturday, April 25

Hudson Winter Farmers Market –This is the last Hudson Winter Farmers Market of the season.  Find the spring/summer/fall  outdoor  market at Sixth & Columbia Streets next week! – 10 am to 1 pm– Parish Hall, Christ Church Episcopal, Union & East Court Streets


Live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – Information and reservations at 822-8448 – 12:30 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


*Lincoln in the Hudson Valley – The Town of Stuyvesant stages a varied four-hour program commemorating the journey of the Lincoln Funeral Train with interpretive displays in the historic railroad depot; music by Ichabod Crane High School Band and Chorus and the Massachusetts  9th Light Artillery Chorus; a Walt Whitman reading by actor James Occhino; and a performance of Passings, a play written for the occasion by Kate McLeod and others – Also a featured exhibit of three issues of The Old Flag, a handwritten prison newspaper from Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas, 1864 – Reenactors will portray Mrs. Lincoln, A Civil War surgeon, and Solomon Northrup – Food will be available, and there will be special activities for children. – Information at http://lincolninthehudsonvalley.com or by e-mail to lincolntrain2015@gmail.com – 1 pm to 5:30 pm – Park at the Stuyvesant Town Hall on Route 26A near Route 9J.  A shuttle bus will transport visitors to the Landing area where the program will take place.


Prize-winning narrative poet Joan Murray reads from her new collection, Swimming for the Ark: New & Selected Poems 1990-2015 – Part of the Poetry Month Celebration  – Information at 325-4101 – 4 pm – Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, one mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23, Hillsdale


Exhibition Opening – Passage Path Road Route Way – Featuring work by Owen Barensfeld, Madeleine Boga, Kyle Bradford, Luca Pearl Khosrova, Natalya Kornblum-Laudi, Zach Nevens, Isabel Piazza, Jannelle Roberts, Casson Rugen, and Robert W. Smith – On view through May 31 – Information at 392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham


The Broad Street Chamber Players (Jay Shulman, cellist; Elizabeth Chinery, flutist; and David Smith, pianist) offer the Awakened Heart Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Won Dharma Center Scholarship Program – A reception and tour of the facilities will follow the performance – Reservations by e-mail to Karen@wondharmacenter.org or 851-6517 – 5 to 7 pm – Won Dharma Center, Il Won Hall, 361 Route 23, Claverack


Fourth Annual International Community Dinner and Cultural Festival – To celebrate diversity and promote harmony in the community – A family-friendly potluck meal including traditional and festive dishes prepared by the members of the diverse national and ethnic groups living in the area – Admission is by donation – Bring food to share – Activities for children, and music and dance from around the world – Information at 672-7901 or 366-2551 – 5 to 8 pm – First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth & Warren Streets


Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s 2015 Awards Gala – Honoring John Livingston, Diana Coughlin Award, Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., and Volunteers of the Year – Silent Auction – Information at 828-0892 – 5:30 pm – Winding Brook Country Club, 2839 Route 23, Valatie


Jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke performs with drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Ricky Rodriguez – The performance is presented by Planet Arts, the Jazz in G’Town Project, ARTspace, and Art & Collaboration – A week-long photo exhibition, Masters of Jazz by photographer Chuck Stewart, accompanies the performance and will be on view through May 2 – This concert is sold out – Call 945-2669 for possible cancellations – Exhibit opening and artists’ reception at 6 pm; concert at 8 pm – Central House Hotel, 220 Main Street, Germantown


Exhibition Openings – (1) Nichole Van Beek:  Dare Read Dear – New Paintings – Van Beek continues to make compositions derived from letterforms, but with a new focus… (2) – Cody Hoyt: Slow Cooker – An exhibition of new ceramic vessels – On view through May 3l – Information at 828-6680 – 6 to 8 pm – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Slant Flying – New works by Sasha Chermayeff – Also on view will be works by a selection of gallery artists including  Emily Gui, Benjamin Swett, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and others – Information at 828-4539 – 6 to 8 pm – BCB ART, 116 Warren Street


Simultaneous Exhibition Openings in Retrospective’s two galleries – (1) Kate Steciw at Retrospective – 711 Warren Street  (2) New Works by Matthew Palladino – 727 Warren Street – 6 to 8 pm - Information at 828-2288 or retrospectivegallery.com


Exhibition Opening – Vision – Works by Mark Brosseau, Daniel Derwelis, Paul Gagner, and Anna Ortiz – On view through May 30 – Information at  697-5130 – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street


*“Mourning Lincoln” – A re-creation of what happened when Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in Hudson on April 25, 1865, including a torchlight procession, a choir of women singing dirges, an oration, and a tableau vivant.  The event begins at Basilica Hudson, then crosses over the railroad tracks at Broad Street to the lawn beside the old Dunn warehouse – 8:45 pm – Gather at Basilica Hudson, in front of Kite’s Nest, 108 South Front Street, and follow the procession

Buffalo Stack – At Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock husband and wife team Andy and Tania Stack (a Grammy and Juno award-winning fiddle player) of Hudson, met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Connor Kennedy, the other musicians who would soon join them to form this group – Information at 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26

Sean’s Run Weekend – This annual event is in its fourteenth year – Saturday:   Zumbathon, Super Saturday Run for Special Needs Kids, and Sean’s Run Bike Rides – Sunday: Prevention Education Expo, World Championship Battle of the Belts, Meghan’s Mile Youth Race/ Community Walk, and the 5K run or walk – Schedule, locations of events, entry forms and online registration at www.seansrun.com – Information at 672-4757 – Chatham Elementary School, Chatham High School, and Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham

*24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound & Music – In collaboration with the Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands – Featuring Prurient, SUUNS, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins (ZS), Arone Dyer (Buke and Gase), Randy Gibson, Eric Fraser, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien and Liturgy), and local favorites C. Lavender, John Rosenthal, Alexander Turnquist, Logan Visscher, Brian Dewan and others – An immersive event and all-encompassing experience featuring  experiments in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun – Also included will be related events from the Second Ward Foundation, Wave Farm and radio station WGXC – Admission allows attendees to come and go as they please – Food will be available – Information at basilicahudson.com or 917-941-2671 – Begins Saturday at 3 pm and ends Sunday at 3 pm – At approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, *festival performers will pause while *Bobby Previte conducts an ensemble of area musicians in his re-imagination of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” narrated by Brian Dewan. – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson.

Sunday, April 26

The State of World Jewry – Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and historian Deborah Lipstadt with Jeff Greenfield discuss the facets of this important issue – As conflicts in Israel and the world persist, new waves of anti-Semitism are being reported.  What are the challenges and threats facing the Jewish people today in the US, Europe, Israel and elsewhere?  – Part of  92Y Live, streamed live from the 92nd Street YMHA in New York City.  Audience members will be able to pose questions to the featured speakers – Limited seating – First-come, first-served – Information and registration at www.92ylive.eventbrite.com or call 828-6848 – 10:30 am – Congregation Anshe Emeth, 240 Joslen Boulevard 


Historic Hudson Annual Meeting – Past, present and future members are invited to attend the meeting and tour the historic structure at 620 Union Street, formerly the Home for the Aged but soon to be restored as a private residence – Refreshments will be served – Information by e-mail to historichudson@verizon.net or call 828-1785 – 4 to 6 pm – 620 Union Street


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

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