Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

August 26 - September 1

 

Tuesday, August 26

Movie Tuesdays – Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times – Chaplin’s Little Tramp gracefully and playfully makes his way through the Great Depression of the 1930s – One of the great classics of American cinema – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham

 

Wednesday, August 27

This mini-festival of Dreampop features three New York State based bands—Widowspeak, Hand Habits, and Sleepers Bells—exploring the depths, corners and intersections of psychedelic rock, freak folk, and mumblecore – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com  or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Isa X, Painted Faces, and Saviour Self – “Isa X is the sound and noise compositions of Dylan Hay from Brooklyn – Painted Faces: Lo-fi freak pop collage weirdo David Drucker creates bizarre nostalgic jams. – and Saviour Self is the improvisational noise duo of Logan Visscher and Colin LaClair.”  (They said it, I didn’t.) – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 

Wednesday-Saturday, August 27-30

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…”

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem – “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst.”  

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step – Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff – A documentary on “one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America.”

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

 

Wednesday-Sunday, August 27-31

World Premiere Theatre Revival – Stageworks Hudson revives its 2012 award-winning hit, Tomorrow in the Battle, by Kieron Barry  – “…one of the most remarkable pieces of theater in recent memory.  Brilliant would be the word.”—Albany Times Union – Directed by Laura Margolis – This is the final week of the run – Information and tickets at 822-9667 – Wed-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 pm & 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm – Stageworks Hudson, 41 Cross Street

 

Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The Full Monty – “…the steel mine has closed and the guys are out of work…They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a male strip show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all”…. – Information, schedule and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

 

Wednesday-Monday, August 27-September 1

The 174th Annual Columbia County Fair – A sampling of programs includes midway rides, the famous Demolition Derby, Heritage Village with antique engines, corn huskers and other working machinery, the Hudson Valley Bounty cooking contest and a pie contest,  Agricultural Show Ring,watermelon eating contest,  the Brad Comedy Hypnosis Show, oxen demonstration, Talent Contest, 64th Annual Firefighters Parade (Sat at 11 am), quilt show, scarecrow demonstration, cow chip bingo, Painted Pony Rodeo, monster tractor pull, daily pig races and 4-H demonstrations, plus nightly entertainment on the Main Stage including The Oak Ridge Boys and Still Surfin’: A Musical Tribute to The Beach Boys, and much, much more – Admission includes parking and all entertainment – Kids under 12 admitted free – Thursday is Youth & Senior Citizens’ Day with reduced pricing – Information and schedule at www.columbiafair.com – Wed from 3 to 11 pm, Thurs-Mon from10 am to 11 pm, Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham

 

Thursday, August 28

Hudson Cruises Weekday Sightseeing Cruise – 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 6:30 pm, cruise from 7 pm to 8:30 pm – City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street (See also below, Sightseeing Cruises on Saturday and Sunday)

 

Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project with New Fancy Foils, Undertone Overtone, Glistening Thrills, and Let Your Light Shine by Jodie Mack – “Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, Dusty Stacks of Mom is an animated musical documentary that examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch.” - Q&A with Jodie Mack via Skype – Part of the Basilica Screenings series – Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street 

 

The Del McCoury Band – Grant Gordy Trio opens – “The Del McCoury Band has been able to stride the divide between traditional and progressive bluegrass like no other group before or since….In June 2010, McCoury received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the field of folk and traditional arts, and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.” – Visit www.delmccouryband.com – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Alexander Turnquist and Christopher Tignor perform – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

Thursday-Sunday, August 28-31

Held Over! – Caravan Stage Company presents Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire!, an operatic, circus theatre spectacle performed on the decks and rigging of a Tall Ship called the Amara Zee and viewed from the ground – Presented in Athens by Shakespeare on the Hudson and the Village of Athens – The play is “a tale of pirate activists who, through virtual and creative manipulation, battle the corrupting icons of our past and present world.”  Described by The New York Times as “Experimental opera that might be described as Cirque du Soleil meets Occupy Wall Street” – Bring a chair – Mature content; recommended for ages 13 and up – Information at 504-715-7152 or http://caravanstage.org – 9 pm Athens Waterfront Park, Athens

 

Friday, August 29

Free Auction Appraisal Day – Bring your treasures for a free verbal appraisal – Photographs can also be sent to info@stairgalleries.com – Information at 751-1000 – 10 am to 12 noon – Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street

 

Friday Tasting – Negronis made with Art in the Age Sage and Gran Classico bitters – Information at www.hudsonwinemerchants.com or 828-6411 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Wine Merchants, 341 ½ Warren Street

 

Thunder Ridge performs as part of the Music at Sunset concert series – Information at 828-4656 – 6 pm – Greenport Town Park, Joslyn Boulevard, Greenport

 

Beautiful Music for You – A double set with Loud & Sad (Nathan McLaughlin & Joe Houpert) weaving violin, guitar, and tape loops, and the Hauser/Lependorf/Radtke Trio (Otto Hauser, percussion; Jeffrey Lependorf, Asian flutes; and Carsten Radtke, guitar) explore aural subtleties – Information at 917-609-7112 – 7 pm – Upstairs at 533 Warren Street

 

Evan Levine and The Old Way – Evan Levine was once of Hudson, but now of Philly – “Captivating, unmistakable and singular renditions of Americana classics, and more.” – The Old Way is the duo of Irena and Joshua Smith from Northern California, who have performed extensively across the US - They have performed with and opened for bluegrass legend Peter Rowan, Mike & Ruthy, and songwriter/guitarist Scott Barkan– Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

 

Closing Party for BUMP An Interactive Whale Exhibit by Frank and Dan DenDanto – Special music performances by Black Sea Hotel, Charlie Looker, and Patrick Higgins –Black Sea Hotel is an a cappella Balkan women’s trio singing “traditional songs from the mythical birthplace of Orpheus” – The installation includes bones from three different whales, suspended at eye level in Basilica’s Main Hall and accessible for hands-on touching.  – On view through September 1 on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 or by appointment by e-mail to info@basilicahudson.com  – Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 9 pm – Doors open at 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street 

 

Friday-Saturday, August 29-30

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

 

Parsons Dance – This internationally-acclaimed contemporary American dance company has performed at PS21 every year since 2006 – The performances will include new works that celebrate the company’s 30th Anniversary, as well as some classic pieces – The company is led by dancer, choreographer, and teacher David Parsons who was a leading dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1978 to 1987 – This performance is part of the Chatham Dance Fest and traditionally closes PS21’s season – Information at 392-6121 or www.ps21chatham.org – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham

 

Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1

Spencertown Academy Festival of Books: An annual extravaganza of all things literary

Giant Book Sale featuring more than 10,000 gently-used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard cover and paperbacks – Special Kid’s Corner and a media rack with CD’s and audio books. – First floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books including limited editions, out-of-print books, and new books from leading national publishers. – Plus two days of readings and book signings and a children’s program – Admission is free to all events, except for the early buying opportunities and the Preview Party.

>Friday – Preview Party and early buying for Spencertown Academy members and friends

Saturday –10 am to 12 noon (Early Buying Opportunity from 8-10 am – Special Children’s Program features a visit from Curious George ( 9-11 am) – A Crime Novel Roundtable at 12 noon  and lectures on YA Literature and Edna St. Vincent Millay from 1:30 to 3 pm

>Sunday – Book Sale continues from 10 am to 4 pm – Authors’ Readings & Book Signings by Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch and Deborah Heiligman, author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith at 11:30 am; Liz Neumark and Carole Lalli, authors of Sylvia’s Table at 1 pmand NYS Poet Laureate Marie Howe, author of three volumes of poetry, at 2:30 pm

>Monday – Book Sale Clearance – 10 am to 2 pm - All remaining books just $1 and specialty books at half price

>Information and schedule at www.spencertownacademy.org or 392-3693 – Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown

 

Behold! New Lebanon – The inaugural week of New Lebanon’s promotion of the town as “a living museum of contemporary rural American life”– The program is described as “Local people opening their homes, farms, workshops, places of business, sharing their secrets of living successfully in today’s Rural America.”  A variety of programs and events are offered including a hops farm demonstration, a tour of famed kinetic sculptor George Rickey’s studio and sculpture garden, a behind the scenes tour of the Lebanon Valley Speedway, a demonstration of working farm dogs, a lecture on how to become an auctioneer, and of course a variety of food, from BBQ to a vegetarian brunch with the Universal Order of Sufis – Information and tickets at www.beholdnewlebanon.org – Visitors Center hours: Fri from 3 to 8 pm, Sat/Sun from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Mon from 8:30 am to 12 noon – Behold! Visitors Center, 14398 Route 22, just south of the intersection with Route 20, New Lebanon

 

Saturday, August 30

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods meat and more – A Tomato Festival! – Miriam Rubin, author of the cookbook Tomatoes, will be in the book tent from 10 am to 12 noon – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson

 

MacHaydn Theatre Cabaret – An annual fundraising event featuring members of the 2014 company singing favorite songs from the movies – Refreshments will be served following the performance – Information and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292 – 12 noon, Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham

 

Cooking Demonstration & Book Signing – Cookbook author Miriam Rubin, “a nationally known food writer and tomato connoisseur,” will be presenting a cooking demonstration and tasting of tomato creations from her recent cookbook, Tomatoes – Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing – Information at www.valleyvariety.com or 828-0033 – 2 to 4 pm – Valley Variety, 705 Warren Street

 

Walking the Living Land Outing: Nutten Hook – The Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program is seeking participants for a unique cultural and artistic outing exploring different habitats at Nutten Hook.  The outing is part of a series of participatory research outings led by Farmscape Ecology Program scientists, along with a guest artist, and will involve a group of 6-8 participants in an afternoon of multi-sensory activities, “botanical portraits,” and shared reflections as we travel through 3-4 different habitats with cameras, notebooks, and botany bags in hand.  The outings are free, but registration is required.  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 go to  www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org – 2 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Chocolate & Wine Tasting – Chocolates from Oliver Kita Chocolates in Rhinebeck paired with wines from Fairview Wines & Spirits – Meet Oliver Kita, the maker, and taste such chocolates as Pistachio Almond Marzipan covered in dark chocolate, and dark chocolate filled with White Peaches & Cream – Information at 828-3139 or www.VerdigrisTea@gmail.com – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street

 

Exhibition Opening – Trios – New Works by Jesse Stecklow – On view through September 21 – Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288 – 6 to 8 pm – Retrospective  Gallery, 727 Warren Street (Runs concurrently with Retrospective’s group show at 711 Warren Street)

 

Exhibition Opening – My Chemical Romance – Works by Mikkel Carl, Eric Davis, Rachael Milton, and Santiago Taccetti – This exhibition “seeks to explore a series of works operating at the intersection of art and science.” – On view Through September 21 – Information at 828-2288 orwww.retrospectivegallery.com  – 6 to 8 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street (Runs concurrently with the Jesse Stecklow exhibition at 727 Warren Street)

 

Jorma Kaukonen – “…Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen—one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana—is a veritable Zelig of rock history….” – Co-founder of two of the most influential rock groups of all time—Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

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

 

Saturday-Sunday, August 30-31

Hudson Cruises Sightseeing Cruise – 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 (See also above, Sightseeing Cruise on Thursday)

 

Sunday, August 31

Pete Wagula – Solo  Guitar performance – Wagula combines his live acoustic guitar performance with live looping – He covers blues, jazz, and his own Hudson Valley inspired songs – Information and reservations at 828-1872 x 109 or e-mail to shasbrook@olana.org – 2 pm – Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, Route 9G, Greenport

 

Annual Columbia County Garden Party to benefit the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York  Hosted by Peter Spears and Brian Swardstrom – Offers a rare opportunity to visit the historic 1786 William Henry Ludlow House, which has recently undergone a full scale restoration – Features a silent auction with many one-of-a-kind items – A Hudson Valley Farm-to-Table menu provided by Chef Ric Orlando and New World Catering – Information and reservations at 434-4686 or www.aidscouncil.org – 3 to 6 pm –Ludlow Homestead, Claverack

 

Screening of An American Family. Anniversary Edition (2011) – Re-mastered and re-edited from the original Alan & Susan Raymond 12-hour landmark series shown on PBS in 1973. The original cinema verite series is considered to have created the template for today’s Reality TV.  The Anniversary Edition is 2 hours long – This is the second film in a Micro Retrospective of Alan & Susan Raymond Documentary Films: 1976-2011– 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

 

Charles Busch in Pretty in Pink – “Hudson’s ‘in the pink’ with the return of the fabulous, flamboyant and forever fascinating Charles Busch.  With brand-new songs, brand-new stories, and brand-new gowns, Charles Busch puts a brand-new face on cabaret, and with Catskills’ own Tom Judson on the eighty-eights you know you’re in for a magical night of music, merriment, and more!” – Part of the Helsinki on Broadway series, presented in association with Showstoppers New York – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

 

Downer (Simon O’Connor, Danny Wood, and Prince Terrence) play Nirvana’s In Utero live, in its entirety – Information at 828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

 

Monday, September 1

Labor Day

 

 

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Chatham Farmers Markenformation at 392-3353 or www.chathamrealfoodcoop.net – Fridays from 4 to 7 pm – Chatham Real Food Co-op, 15 Church Street, Chatham

 

Copake Hillsdale Farmers’ Market – Open every Saturday through October 25 – Music every week as well as special events and cooking demonstrations – Information at copakehillsdalefarmersmarket@gmail.com – 9 am to 1 pm – Harvest Barn, Roe Jan Park, Route 22, Hillsdale

 

Hudson Farmers’ Market – Local fresh produce; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods meat and more – A Tomato Festival! Plus Miriam Rubin, author of the cookbook Tomatoes, will be in the book tent from 10 am to 12 noon – Information at www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – Saturdays through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets, Hudson

 

Kinderhook Farmers’ Market – Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm through October 11 – Town Square, in front of Kinderhook Bank at 1 Hudson Street, Village of Kinderhook

 

Philmont Farmers’ Market – Three market days – Fridays from 4 to 8 pm, a To-Go-Market, promoting locally-sourced, healthy to-go foods;Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, is the Thrifting & Artisans MarketSundays from 10 am to 2 pm is the Farmers’ Market-- to stock up for the week ahead – Each market will also feature farm-to-market foods – All markets at 116 Main Street, Philmont

 

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

 

 

ONGOING FUN & GAMES

Through August

Eat Ice Cream and Support the Hudson Area Library – LICK, the ice cream store at 253 Warren Street and 2 Note Botanical Perfumery, a new store next door at 255 Warren Street, have joined forces in support of the library and its move to new quarters – On Tuesday evenings, Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger, the Perfumery owners, who happen to play cello and fiddle, will be playing Celtic, contemporary, folk and fusion outside Lick beginning around 7 pm – A portion of all sales made between 7 and 10 pm on Tuesdays in August will be donated to the library’s campaign – Lick, listen, and donate, all at the same time!

 

Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies offers free public tours of the summer exhibitions – Information at www.bard.edu/ccs or 845-758-7562– Sundays only at 12 noon – Depart from the Lobby of the Hessel Museum, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 33 Garden Road, Annandale-on-Hudson (Off Route 9-G)

 

The Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Tasting Room is open all summer Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm – Happy Hour is held on Fridays through August 29 from 5 to 7 pm – Information at 392-9463 or www.hudsonchathamwinery.com – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent

 

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

 

Mondays

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

 

Tuesdays

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

 

 Wednesdays

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 atwww.wunderbarandbistro.com or 828-0555 – 9:30 pm – Wunderbar & Bistro, 744 Warren Street 

 

 

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