Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

July 30- August 5


Now-Sunday, July 30-August 2

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story  – Plays on weekends through August 9 – Information, schedule and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

Thursday, July 30

Hudson Cruises, Inc. Thursday Evening Sunset Sightseeing Cruise – 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 888-764-1844 or 518-348-8993 or www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee – Boarding at 7:00 pm, cruise from 7:30 pm to 9:00 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.

Thursday-Sunday, July 30-August 2

Great Rides! – PS21’s Film Festival:  Movies on and about trains

> Thursday - Murder on the Orient Express – Hercules Poirot attempts to solve the crime

> Friday - Buster Keaton’s The General – No. 18 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Best American movies

> Saturday - La Bete Humaine – A Jean Renoir film starring Jean Gabin

> Sunday – Transsiberian – Scary stuff happens on an eight-day journey from Beijing to Moscow

– Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham

Exhibition Opening – Summer’s Bounty: Traditional & Modern Art (1875-1975) – Paintings by Nell Blaine, Al Loving, Ogden Pleissner, Sally Michel, Nicholas Escalier and others – On view throughSeptember 7 – Information at caldwellgalleryhudson.com – Thurs-Sat from 11 am to 6  pm, Sun from 12 noon to 5 pm – Caldwell Gallery, 355 Warren Street


Friday, July 31

Storyteller/Mime Motoko – Motoko enchants children of all ages with folk tales from Japan leavened with music, mime, and humor – Free admission  – Part of the Just For Fun Fridays program – Information and reservations at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 1 pm – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham


Tours of the North Family Shakers’ Great Stone Barn – This is the first time the general public has been allowed inside the massive remains since a fire destroyed the roof and much of the timber frame43 years ago.  After the successful completion of a major stabilization last fall, the Barn was deemed safe enough to begin taking small groups of visitors inside on guided tours. Together with Hancock Shaker Village and Shaker Heritage Society, a series of two “Barnstorming Weekends” will take visitors inside each historic site’s major barn buildings as a part of themed programming related to the collaborative exhibition at the New York State Museum, “The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries.”   At Mount Lebanon, visitors will     accompany a guide through an exhibition about the Great Stone Barn in the 1838 Granary and inside the ruin of the Barn itself to experience the enormity and importance of the structure personally.  Tours are available on Friday, July 31 and Friday, August 7 - Information at www.shakerml.org or 794-9100 – 2 pm – Shaker Museum, Wash House Visitor Center & Museum Store, 202 Shaker Road, Mt. Lebanon


Just In Time performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 7 to 9 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport


Gang Gang Dance (an improvised set), Georgia, and Image Man – Information at 828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


J P Harris & The Tough Choices with Donny Dinero opening – Harris is a throwback to the classic country and honkytonk sounds of Buck Owens, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams with such songs as “Home is Where the Hurt Is,” and “Young Women and Old Guitars” – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, July 31-August 1

Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre presents Sleepy Hollow – A musical based on the Washington Irving spooky adventure tale about the schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman – Information and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – Free tickets available for children with a parent with current or past service in a branch of the armed forces – (Call 392-9292, use code FREESERVICE and show military ID) – 10:30 am – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


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 hudsoncruises.com – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 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

Friday-Sunday, July 31-August 2

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – The 27th Annual – Music, dance, crafts and food – Four stages – Information at 860-364-2138 or www.falconridgefolk.com – Dodds Farm, 44 CR 7d, Hillsdale  


In the Garden: Sculpture by Theo A. Rosenblum & Chelsea Seltzer – An oversized donut called “Swinging Jimmies,” covered in pink frosting and assorted colored jimmies hangs from the balcony by a length of rope – Also on view—Todd Knopke: BrightAirBrilliantFire and Irena Jurek: Smooth Jazz – Information at 828-6680 or  www.baileygallery.com  – 12 noon to 6 pm and by appointment – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street


Films at TSL:

“M”- Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller

> The Third Man – A legendary tale of love, deception, and murder in postwar Vienna – Starring Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Anton Karas’s evocative zither score

Wittgenstein – A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius that revolutionized it.

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

Saturday, August 1

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Abby Lappen performs in the Music Tent this week – In the market, find  tomatoes, corn, green beans, plums, peaches, apricots, baked goods, greens, prepared foods, you name it!.  For a list of vendors and their products, or to sign up for a weekly newsletter, visit www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Rain or shine – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


TRANS-FORM Closing Reception – SiTE:LAB|Rumsey St. Project – Conceived and curated by Paul Amenta in collaboration with Francine Hunter McGivern – Artists:  Paul Amenta,  Hubert Dobler, Nick Kline , and Francine Hunter McGivern – TRANS-FORM represents the first manifestation of the Rumsey Street Project and the first collaboration between SiTE:LAB and CR10 Arts. The exhibition installation is composed of architectural and functional artifacts extracted from the de-sanctified Rumsey Street Church and re-contextualized in the CR10 Arts 7,000 sq ft upper gallery. Once the exhibition installation is complete the artifacts will once again be deconstructed and returned to Grand Rapids where they will be reconstructed  and reinstalled as part of the ongoing Rumsey Street Project - Information at www.cr10.org – 2 to 5 pm – CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Exhibition Opening – Shore, Sea and Sky: New Work by Eleanor Lord – On view through August 30 – Also showing recent work by gallery artists – Information at 822-0510 or510warrenstgallery.com – 3 to 6 pm – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street


Incorrigibles – Readers Theater and Community Conversation – Columbia County girls, working with historians and contemporary theatre directors and artists, present short  performances exploring the lives of young women who were sent to Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls to be reformed in the 1920s and 30s.  Incorrigibles sets out to rethink issues in juvenile justice and social services as they relate to teenage girls in New York over the last hundred years – Information at 822-1438 or hudsonoperahouse.org – 4 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Victory Perched Upon Their Eagles: Hudson Valley War Flags – A lecture by Chris Morton – Flags from local volunteer regiments of the Civil War have been collected by New York State since 1863.  These historically significant and fragile emblems provide a unique medium to present the Hudson River Valley’s rich Civil War history.  Morton will discuss the Battle Flag Collection and showcase several Civil War battle flags carried by regiments from the Hudson River Valley including Columbia County’s own 128th and 159th New York Volunteers – Presented by the Columbia County Historical Society – Information  at www.cchcny.org or 758-9265 – 4 pm – Hendrick Hudson Chapter DAR, 113 Warren Street


Bangladeshi Cultural Fair 2015 – This fifth annual festival presents music and dance performances including a live performance by Rumi (see Balika - Rumi on YouTube) and a female singer from New York City – Also a Fashion Show! – Vendors and food – Information on facebook/ 5th Annual Bangladeshi Cultural Fair – 4 to 9 pm – Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, River Street, access via the Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Cowboy Songs – Singer-songwriter Marc Berger performs “cowboy songs” about the American West from his album “RIDE”– Described as “a dusty tour of the Great American Frontier.” – Presented by the Roeliff Jansen Community Library – 5 pm – Roe Jan Park, Route 22, across from the library at 9091 Route 22 (approximately one-half mile south of the intersection of Routes 22 and 23), Hillsdale


Exhibition Opening – The Plural I – A group exhibition that explores diverse visions about queerness through photo-based works and video – Thirty-two works by sixteen artists selected through international competition – Juried by Nandita Raman and Karen Davis – Curated by Nandita Raman – On view through August 30 – Also two solo shows—The Chosen Place: Photographs by Keith Johnson and Swamp Spaces: Photographs by Ruth Wetzel – Also a Portfolio Showcase – Information at www.davisortongallery.com or 697-0266 – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street


Friends of Clermont Mid-Summer Benefit honoring Joan K. Davidson and Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund – Information and reservations at 537-6622 – 5 pm to 7:30 pm – Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Avenue, Germantown


Summer Fun Under the Full Moon – Columbia Land Conservancy invites you to join in the variety of activities planned throughout the evening at Ooms Conservation Area—A snapping turtle program, paddling in Sutherland Pond, a full moon hike around the pond, games and races, and more.  A few kayaks will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring canoes or kayaks – Picnicking is also encouraged – Free local ice cream for all! – Information at clctrust.org or 392-5252 – 5 to 9 pm – Ooms Conservation Area, 480 Rock City Road, Chatham


Exhibition Opening – Roosters & Pears – Everyone’s favorite subjects – Artworks in all media juried by Karen Hummel, artist and art educator – On view through September 26 – Information atartscolumbia.org or 671-6213 – 5:30 to 7:30  pm – Columbia County Council on the Arts, 209 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Direction – Works by Pablo Carpio, Melanie Fleischer, Kiyoshi Ike, and Matt Miller--from Spain, Japan and Brooklyn – On view through September 5 – Information at 697-5130 or www.conceptohudson.net – 6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Quandry: Recent Paintings by Rosemary Barrett – “Metaphor is at the heart of Rosemary Barrett’s paintings richly layered with meaning.” – On view through August 30 – Information at mcdarisfineart.com or 212-518-7551 – 6 to 8 pm – McDaris Fine Art, 623 Warren Street


A Basilica Doubleheader:

> Psychic Green Trailer – A Historic Marker/Installation by Alan Danielson, curated by Daniel Peterson – Danielson is currently an MFA sculpture candidate at Bard College – The trailer is a relic of Hudson’s industrial past and has evolved into a location for a site-specific artist-in-residence project –The installation is open for one night only.

Closing Party for Jack Walls’ Exhibition , Paintings, Et Cetera, – Features a conversation with Jack Walls and Sean Osborne on the artist’s work, life and times – Osborne, a Hudson Valley resident, completed his Master’s coursework at SUNY Purchase in Art History

> Information at basilicahudson.com – 6 to 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Dancing in the Square –Dance to the Playin’ With Fire Band – Dinner, craft beer, sweet treats, and ice cream available – For all ages – Bring your lawn chair and stay awhile – Sponsored by the Kinderhook Business & Professional Association – 7 to 10 pm – Kinderhook Village Square, Kinderhook


Bruce Katz Band – Woodstock keyboardist playing piano and Hammond B3 organ – Visit brucekatzband.com – Information at 828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Saturday-Sunday, August 1-2

Hudson Cruises 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, August 2

Philmont Farmers Market – Pie Contest! – Buy a slice or two of summer pie and vote – 10 am to 2 pm – 116 Main Street, Philmont


Valatie Farmers’ Market – Live music by Jody Samascott – 11 am to 1 pm – 3211 Church Street, Glynn Square Park, Valatie


Under Heat (1994) A film directed by Peter Reed presented by Francine Hunter McGivern and CR10 Arts – Starring Lee Grant, Robert Knepper, and David Conrad. This gay melodrama is based on a novel by Michael David Brown and is centered around AIDS, of which the filmmaker Peter Reed died – Peter S. Reed was born in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He trained as a dancer at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, moved to New York City and founded the Contemporary Ballet Company. His innovative works were performed at City Center, the Kitchen, the Band Shell in Central Park and numerous avant-garde venues throughout New York. He also wrote and directed short films. His first feature, Under Heat starring Lee Grant and David Conrad, had its world premiere in 1994, the year he died of AIDS. Information at www.CR10.orgg – 5 pm – The Screening Room, CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Christopher Paul Stelling – with Planes on Paper opening – “Stelling transverses from country blues to flamenco to claw hammer banjo all on his trusted ‘Brownie,’ an old nylon string guitar that’s been traveling the globe with him for years.  He has no rule book.  He sees no limitations. He is an anthology of his influences and he is the first of his kind” – Information at 828-4800 or

helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Next Monday, August 3

Chip in for Columbia Memorial – The 19th Annual Four-Ball Mixed Scramble Golf Tournament – Presented by Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation – Rain or shine – Information and registration at ColumbiaMemorialHealth.org/Foundation or call 828-8239 – Registration at 11 am, lunch at 11:30 am, Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm – Also includes dinner – Columbia Golf & Country Club, 295 NY-217, Claverack


The Franklin Family Performers – These talented family members (George, Charles, Lisa, Julia, and Emily) have area, regional, cruise, touring and Broadway credits.  Fresh from their New York debut at 54 Below, they appear here for one night only as part of the Mac-Haydn Monday series, in a show that includes Broadway melodies,  jokes, and “family conversations. “– Information  and reservations at 392-9292 or machaydntheatre.org – 7:30 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Next Tuesday, August 4

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


Chuck Johnson Summer Tour 2015, Alexander Turnquist, and Pigeons – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Movie Tuesdays – Roberta  (1935) – Music by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach – Starring Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Information at ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm  – PS21 Tent, 2980 Route 66, 1 mile north of Chatham


Next Wednesday, August 5

Hudson Cruises Mid-Week Sightseeing Cruise – 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.


Upstreet Market, Hudson’s weekly mid-week farmers’ market, is open for business every Wednesday during the summer months – Vendors offer fresh produce, local meats, cheese, eggs, baked goods, herbal medicines, and prepared foods to eat on the spot or take home for supper – Information on the Market’s Facebook page or by e-mail to UpstreetMarket@gmail.com – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park (The Public Square), between Seventh Street and Park Place


U.S. Girls, and Saviour Self– The creative force behind U.S. Girls is Meghan Remy – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Outdoor Silent Film Series – The Kid – Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature, accompanied by live music from multi-media artist Brian Dewan – The first in a series of silent films presentedWednesday evenings in August in the TSL parking lot with musical accompaniment by local musicians – Curated by Shanekia McIntosh – Bring a chair – Information at 822-8100 – 9 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


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

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