Ellen's Picks  (by Ellen Thurston)

July 29 - August 5

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Farmers’ Markets and Ongoing Fun & Games (including Open Mics) are now shown at the end of the list. 

Monday, July 28

A Community Sing – Rounds! Rounds! Rounds! (not your grandmother’s Frere Jacques) – Led by Sheri Bauer Mayorga, director of the Good Globe Singing School, who has been teaching rounds for 20 years – This session is the last in a series of three – Information at 392-6121 or www.ps21chatham.org  – 7:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Taconic Stage Company and Mac-Haydn Theatre present The Real Desperate Housewives of Columbia County Musical – A musical battle between the locals and the weekenders, in Columbia County “where the men are men and the women are fabulous!” – Book, lyrics and direction by Carl Ritchie – Music by Wayne Moore – Information  and reservations at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org – A complimentary glass of wine at 7:30 pm – Performance at 8 pm – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Haas Kowert Tice – “a supergroup of acoustic roots-music talent featuring members of Punch Brothers and Crooked Still that plays a unique blend of bluegrass, folk, chamber-grass and classical.” – Visitwww.haaskowerttice.com – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, July 29

Movie Tuesdays – Films of Georges Melies : A Trip to the Moon (1902), The Impossible Voyage (1904), Palace of the Arabian Nights (1906), and Baron Munchausen’s Dream (1911) – Choreographer’s Choice: Lionel Popkin, who introduces the films – Part of PS21’s summer movie program of free screenings of music- and dance-themed films –Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8:30 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Wednesday, July 30

Opening Day for The Upstreet Market – A mid-week farmers’ market – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park


Wednesday-Saturday, July 30-August 2

Films at TSL:

The Amazing Catfish – A heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital. – In Spanish with English subtitles

The Last Sentence – A biopic “…based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement to Hitler.” – In Swedish with English subtitles

> Burning Bush: Part I and Part II – From the three-part drama directed by the Polish director Agnieszka Holland, returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history, ignored in Czech cinema until now. – In Czech with English subtitles  

> Information and schedule at 822-8100 or www.timeandspace.org – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-August 3

Transylvania Mania – Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Young Frankenstein – Created by Mel Brooks and adapted for the stage – Information, schedule and reservations at www.machaydntheatre.org or 392-9292  – Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 Route 203, Chatham


Thursday, July 31

NYSEG Power Line Expansion Open House to discuss a lower voltage alternative – Information at www.protectghent.com – 4 to 8 pm – West Ghent Volunteer Fire Station, 74 Bender Boulevard, West Ghent


Author’s Talk – Craig Harris, author of The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, will talk about his book chronicling the life and times of the seminal rock group, The Band – The Band was formerly Bob Dylan’s backup band – A reception will follow the talk – Information at 325-4101 or www.roejanlibrary.orgg – 6 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale  (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)


Los Angeles Plays Itself – Newly remastered and reedited, Thom Andersen’s 2003 opus traces the development and evolution of Los Angeles, “the most photographed city in the world,” and is composed of hundreds of film clips drawn from a century of cinema. – Introduced by writer Colin Beckett – Part of Basilica Screenings, a series that presents an array of work from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, and experimental films, to video and media art – Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Friday, August 1

Dragonflies & Butterflies at Louden Road – A rare opportunity to spend time at one of the Columbia Land Conservancy’s properties that is not yet open to the public.  – An exploration of the woods with expert presentations and family-friendly programs on dragonflies and butterflies by Claudia and Conrad Vispo of the Farmscape Ecology Program, and Larry Federman of Audubon NY – Information and registration atwww.clctrust.org/events/  or 392-5252, ext.214 – 11 am – The meeting place is to be announced upon registration – Louden Road, Ghent


Just For Fun Fridays – Modern Dance Experience with Lionel Popkin – Popkin’s company will introduce the audience of kids and their families to the world of modern dance, and give them an opportunity to try a few modern dance moves themselves – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 1 to 2 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Tallahassee, Smith & Weeden – 21+ -- Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Hallowed Bells and Brian Dewan – Information at 671-6006 or www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street


Free Friday Outdoor Movies – Featuring black & white 1920s classic silent films with live music  – This week – Buster Keaton’s The General – Orson Welles called this film “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” – Bring a chair – Presented by Time and Space, Ltd., in association with the PARC Foundation and the City of Hudson – Information at www.timeandspace.org or 822-8448 – 8 pm or after dark – PARC Park, 328 Warren Street


Carbon Leaf – A Richmond, VA-based indie-rock quintet – “the band can pivot from Great Big Sea-like Celtic rock one moment to Dave Matthews Band-like jams the next.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Friday-Saturday, August 1-2

Super Summer Kids Book Sale – Thousands of children’s books at every level of reader, from toddlers to teens, all at bargain prices –Includes board books, picture books, non-fiction books, chapter books, and books for young adults – Also movies, games and music, and a special selection of vintage children’s books of interest to collectors – Story time, crafts, games and activities in The Children’s Room both days – Information at www.hudsonarealibrary.org or 828-1792 – 10 am to 2 pm – Book Sale Room, Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street


Mac-Haydn Theatre’s Children’s Theatre season presents The Pied Piper—“The people of Koppleberg are overrun with rats…and the Mayor and Council are more interested in their parades than helping the people. When the mysterious and magical piper appears and leads the rats away from town they think their troubles are over…” – (Also plays August 8 and 9) – Information and reservations at 392-9292 or www.machaydntheatre.org  –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 – Also specials from participating businesses – 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 10:30 pm – Board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street


Lionel Popkin Dance presents Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Popkin, who is of mixed Jewish and Indian heritage, explores how our origins define us.  His dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush, questioning and funny.  This dance considers the paradoxical legacy of modern dance pioneer, Ruth St. Denis, who brought Orientalism to Western dance – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Friday-Sunday, August 1-3

26th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival – Three days of folk music and dance (Preceded by a Pre-Festival Day on Thursday, July 31 with food, crafts, The Lounge Stage and a Social Media School, all geared toward the camping community that arrives early) – Information and tickets at 866-325-2744 or www.falconridgefolk.com – Dodds Farm, 44 County Route 7-D, Hillsdale


Taconic Stage Company presents Old Love by Norm Foster starring Susan Fullerton and Jeffrey Judd – Directed by Carl Ritchie – Tickets and information at www.taconicstage.com or 325-1234 – Fri and Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm – St. John in the Wilderness, Route 344, Copake Falls


Saturday, August 2

Washington Irving and the (Re)Creation of Dutch New York – A lecture by New York Times bestselling author, Brian Jay Jones – Jones will speak on the life and works of Washington Irving, author of Legends of Sleepy Hollow and folk hero of Kinderhook.  Jones will also address the historical myths taken from Irving’s satirical history, The History of New York, written in 1809 – Information and reservations at 758-9265 or www.cchsny.org – 4 pm – Kinderhook Reformed Church, 21 Broad Street, followed by a reception at the Jesse Merwin House


Concert in the Fields – Fourteen Art Omi musicians in residence will present a concert of collaborative new works created while in residence this year.  The fellows include a remarkable assortment of musicians, from a French classically-trained cellist, to a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist, to a Lebanese singer and oud player, to a Columbia County jazz vocalist – The musicians have engaged in two and a half weeks of intensive collaborative music making to now be shared with the public – Information and reservations at 392-4747 – 5 pm – Omi International Arts Center, Visitors Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Dave Hall, composer, poet, singer, songwriter, lyricist and producer, premiers his new work, Ancram Suite, a musical impression of the area and its life. Accompanied by the piano/cello duo of Zach Mo and Isabel Fairbanks – Reservations and information at www.roejanlibrary.com or 325-4101 – 5 pm – Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, 9091 Route 22, Hillsdale  (1 mile south of the Route 22/23 intersection)


Exhibition Opening – New Works by Dean Levin – Information at www.retrospectivegallery.com or 828-2288 – 5 to 7 pm – Retrospective Gallery, 711 Warren Street – (This exhibition runs concurrently with an exhibition called Ambulance Blues being shown at Basilica Hudson.  Details below.)


Exhibition Opening – The Godfather of Psychedelic Art – New Works by Isaac Abrams – Information at www.NOBOgallery.com or 671-6777 – 5 to 8 pm – NOBO Gallery, 558 Warren Street


Exhibition Reception – Cuban artist Belkis Ayon: Print Paintings – A collection of visionary works rarely seen in the US – These works, done from 1988 to 1999, reveal a surprising array of influences.  Imagery and narratives from the Afro-Cuban religion Abaku’a and Christian iconography and ceremony illuminate her own personal mythologies.  This vision, along with her stunning use of collography on a heroic scale, brought her international acclaim.  The artiest died at the age of 32, leaving behind a body of work of considerable importance in the history of contemporary printmaking – Information at www.FRGobjectsanddesign.com or 646-483-9109 – 6 to 8 pm – FRG Objects and Design, 217 Warren Street


Gaia Roots World Music Ensemble brings folkloric Afro-Caribbean and West African sounds to the Opera House, providing a taste of what’s to come in the Black Arts & Cultural Festival on August 9.  The Ensemble blends drumming, dance, vocal harmonies, and storytelling into a high-energy show – Free admission – Information at 822-1438 or www.hudsonoperahouse.org – 7 pm – Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Exhibition Opening – Ambulance Blues – Curated by Erin Falls – Featuring the work of 17 artists with performances by Mick Barr and Heart of Gold – On view through August 18 – Presented in collaboration with Basilica Hudson – Gallery hours Friday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm or by appointment via email to info@retrospectivegallery.com – Opening reception from 7 to 9 pm – After party live show from 9 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street (This exhibition runs concurrently with an exhibition of new works by Dean Levin at the Retrospective Gallery at 711 Warren Street.  Details above.)


Dancing in the Square – Dance to the hot jazz and early swing music of the 1920s and 30s with the New Orleans band, Bad Penny Pleasuremakers – Food available from Pass the Thyme Café, Black Forest Flammkuchen Co., and Ben & Jerry’s of Lark Street – Bring your picnic basket and blankets and lawn chairs – Sponsored by the Kinderhook Business & Professional Association and the Village of Kinderhook – Rain Date August 16– Information at www.villageofkinderhook.org – 7 to 10 pm – Village Square, Village of Kinderhook


Concerts at Tannery Pond – Pianist Gleb Ivanov – Information and reservations at 888-820-1696 – 8 pm – Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon


U.S. Girls and Ice Cream – 21+ -- Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Donna the Buffalo – This upstate New York-based group began performing at folk and roots-music festivals in 1989, long before “Americana” was a genre.  They still appeal to “a fanatically loyal base of followers called ‘The Herd.’ ” – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3

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 – Free gift certificate giveaway – Information and tickets at www.zerve.com/HudsonCruise/SightSee or 888-764-1844 or 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


Sunday, August 3

Screening of Meredith Monk: Inner Voice – A film by Babeth M. VanLoo – “Always compelling, often ravishing.  Feel your own horizons grow as you watch and listen.”—Alastair Macauley, The New York Times – Part of a Documentary Film Series curated by Bonnie Marranca – Information at www.cr10.org – 4 pm – In the new screening room at CR10 Arts, 283 County Route 10, Linlithgo


Black Violin – “…the world’s first and quite likely only classical music and hip-hop fusion duo.  ..features classically trained Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester on violin and Wilner “ Wil B” Baptiste on viola…the decade old duo has succeeded at defying preconceptions and erasing boundaries both musical and societal.” – Information at 828-4800 or www.helsinkihudson.com – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Monday, August 4

The Hudson Valley Bounty “Taste of” Dinner – Celebrated area chefs are paired with expert farmers to showcase a wide range of food grown and prepared in the Hudson Valley.  More than 20 restaurant chefs will prepare dishes alongside tasting tables featuring local winemakers and brewers – Tastes of more than 30 recipes, from appetizers and salads to main courses and desserts, will be available  – Hudson Valley Bounty is a program of Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation – Information and tickets at www.hudsonvalleybounty.com/ or 432-5360 ext 303 – 5 to 8 pm – Columbia County Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham


Viking Moses + Spenking – 21+ -- Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


The Voodoo Orchestra North – The orchestra, led by legendary jazz drummer, improviser and composer Bobby Previte, presents a regular series of performances devoted to exploring the music of Miles Davis’s eternal electric jazz-funk masterpiece, “Bitches Brew.”  The work, released in 1970, was hailed as “one of the greatest works of the twentieth century,” and has “changed the entire landscape of not only jazz, but rock, funk, soul and pop as well.” – Visit www.bobbyprevite.com  – Information at www.helsinkihudson.com or 828-4800 – 8 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday August 5

David Dondero – Live! – 21+ -- Information at 828-1562 or www.thehalfmoonhudson.com – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street


Dancers & Dancemakers Film Festival - The first film in the series is To Dance Like a Man (UK, 2011) – Identical Cuban triplets, Angel, Cesar and Marcos, age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers – Who will be chosen for a role in an important ballet in Havana?  – The series continues every night through Saturday, August 9 with films about Pina Bausch, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins – Information at www.ps21chatham.org or 392-6121 – 8 pm – PS21 performance tent, 2980 Route 66, one mile north of the Village of Chatham


Screening, Reading + Talking – A rare and special evening with Michael Lindsay-Hoggthe acclaimed film and television director, artist, and author, (The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, Brideshead Revisited) – A screening of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus – Reading and book signing by Michael Lindsay-Hogg of a memoir entitled Luck and Circumstance – Co-hosted with Spotty Dog Books & Ale –  Information at www.basilicahudson.com – 8 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street




Chatham Farmers Market – Information 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; vegetable, flower, and herb plants; prepared foods; cheese; baked goods and more – This week is the Annual Corn Roast Festival! – To find out what’s available at the market, to see the calendar of events, or to sign up for a weekly e-newsletter, go to www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com – The market is open every Saturday through November 22 from 9 am to 1 pm – Lot at the corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets


Kinderhook Farmers’ Market – Town Square, 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 MarketSundays7 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 farmers’ market – 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park, Hudson




Through July & August

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, and Sangria Sundays take place in July from 12 noon to 5 pm – Information at 392-9463 or www.hudsonchathamwinery.com – Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Route 66, Ghent



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



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



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



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