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Ellen’s Picks

ELLEN’S PICKS – Monday, August 20 through Labor Day Weekend and into September

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated. 

Go to the calendar page on the city website for agendas, and minutes of previous meetings.

Tuesday, August 21
Hudson Common Council Finance Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

Hudson Common Council Formal Meeting – 7 pm – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 1 North Front Street

Wednesday, August 22
Hudson Industrial Development Agency (HIDA) Board Meeting – 1 pm – 1 North Front Street (tentative)

Hudson Common Council Legal Committee Meeting – CANCELLED

Thursday, August 23
Hudson Common Council Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Friday, August 24
Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall (tentative)

Monday, August 27
Hudson Common Council Fire Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Police Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Tuesday, August 28
Hudson Development Corporation Board Meeting – 12 noon – 1 North Front Street (tentative)

Hudson Tourism Board Meeting – 5:30 pm – FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Harry Howard Avenue



Thursday, August 9 through Sunday, September 2

MacHaydn Theatre winds up its season of Broadway musicals with The Wedding Singer on August 9 through 19 and the ever-popular Annie from August 23 through September 2 – The Children’s Theatre performances will conclude with Wendy’s Shadow: a Peter Pan Story with weekend performances on August 10 and 11 and August 17 and 18 – Information on performance dates and starting times vary, but are easily found on the website. Tickets may be purchased by calling 518-392-9292 or go to


Saturday, August 11 to Sunday, September 9

Artist’s Reception/Exhibition Opening: Hudson Hall presents artist Francine Hunter McGivern, whose exhibition is divided into two installations and a dance party, as follows:.

> Installation 1: to rule truly is to serve – (was on view from July 14 – August 8)

> Installation 2: cranky critical conscious – (on view from August 11 to September 9)

About Francine Hunter McGivern – Uptown, Downtown, Crosstown, Always Underground

Inspired by Warhol’s Factory, Francine Hunter McGivern founded Jungle Red Studios in 1977 in the then-desolate New York City neighborhood of Tribeca. The space soon became known among members of the city’s avant-garde as a dynamic venue for exhibitions and performances. At the same time, under the nom d’art of Jungle Red, Hunter McGivern developed her own experimental work in multimedia installation, theater, performance, and cabaret. Through the late 70s and 80s, she performed in legendary nightclubs like The Mudd Club, Danceteria, Limelight, Area, and at Mother and Jackie 60 in the early 90s. That work initiated Hunter McGivern’s ongoing exploration into concepts of femininity, including the sexual power of women. At Hudson Hall, Hunter McGivern says she will invite the viewer to “time travel through a notoriously legendary and poetic life—one driven by transformation, myriad ideas and the collaborative process.” Hunter McGivern, a native New Yorker, lives and works in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY. In 2011 she founded The Frank Institute @ CR10, a not-for-profit experimental exhibition space dedicated to multi-disciplinary art. CR10, located in Linlithgo, is also the location of her studio practice and houses the extensive archive of her work and art collection.


Thursday, August 23

“The Enigma of Ulysses Grant” is the topic of an upcoming lecture at the Hudson Area Library. As part of the History Room series, playwright Elizabeth Diggs will discuss this misunderstood President and what he has contributed to our nation. Diggs, a local award-winning playwright, is about to debut her play, Grant & Twain, at PS21 in Chatham in September. “The essential enigma of Grant,” says Diggs, “is that he rose to greatness as a military leader, as President, and finally, as a writer. And yet, he was not ambitious. He hated war, but he was our greatest warrior. He disliked politics, but he was elected twice as President of the Union he saved. And he never intended to write about the war, but when he finally did, his book was regarded as one of the greatest memoirs of all time.” – The lecture is free and open to all – For information about the lecture, go to . For information about the play at PS21 go to – 6 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)


Saturday, August 25

Artists’ Reception – SPECTRUM – A site-specific contemporary art exhibition that explores relationships between Thomas Cole’s use of color and that of eleven contemporary artists –SPECTRUM is the third annual exhibition in the series, OPEN HOUSE: Contemporary Art in Conversation with Cole, and grew out of conversations between Kate Menconeri and Kiki Smith – The exhibition opened on August 14 and will be on view through November 18 – Information at 518-943-7465 or go to – Artists’ Reception from 4 to 6 pm – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

Art Omi:Music invites the public to experience a unique concert of new global music, presented in The Fields Sculpture Park. Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations amidst over 80 works of contemporary sculpture set in Art Omi’s stunning 120+ acre pastoral landscape. – Free and open to the public – Information at or call 518-392-4747 – 5 pm – Art Omi, Benenson Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Diana Oh in Concert – Creator of The New York Times Critics’ Pick, My Lingerie Play, and fresh off her summer’s stint as playwright-in-residence at Williamstown Theater Festival, Diana Oh delivers a soulful and moving performance that is human, spontaneous and irreverent. Audience members are invited to join Diana after the show for a sleepover on stage! – Information and tickets at or 518-329-0114 – 8:30 pm – Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram


Saturday-Sunday, August 25-26

Olana Summer Market – The first-ever Olana Summer Market takes place rain or shine, with over 25 local vendors, workshops and eateries parked at Olana State Historic Site, the home and 250-acre landscape designed by Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. The public is invited to come shop, discover, picnic, relax, and enjoy the views. The curated list of artisans includes the creators of a variety of pottery, jewelry, woodwork, accessories, and housewares from artists located in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and the Berkshires. Distilleries and wineries are also included. There will be live music and food for picnicking. On Saturday, Tom DeLooza Photography will be setting up a tintype photo booth – The market will be located on Ridge Road, an historic carriage road. On-site shuttle service will be available. – Olana is open for house and landscape tours during the Summer Market – It is strongly recommended that reservations for these tours be made in advance – Information and tour reservations at or call 518-828-1872 – A recommended admission fee will be charged for the Summer Market with all proceeds supporting The Olana Partnership – Information at – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G


Sunday, August 26

Free Family Movie Matinee from Viva Kid Flicks – On select monthly summer Sundays, Basilica Hudson will be screening the Kid Flicks Tour–the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival 2018 for ages 7 and up – All matinee screenings are open to the public and free to attend. – The New York International Children’s Film Festival is the nation’s largest film festival for kids and teens in North America. Viva Kid Flicks is a new Spanish-language program of animated, documentary, and live action films full of warmth, wit, and the cultural richness of our friends and neighbors to the south: Mexico. Drawn from the Festival’s annual Friends and neighbors program spotlighting a different country every year, this lineup is co-curated with Mexico’s Morelia International Film Festival. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles or no dialogue, perfect for Spanish learners, speakers, and all seekers of fun, artistic, and enriching cultural experiences. – Information at – 3 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Tarbox Ramblers, a unique roots-music trio led by Michael Tarbox from Boston, used to play frequently at the original Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, MA – The trio, consists of string bassist Scott MeEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza, and guitarist-vocalist Michael Tarbox. NPR describes the sound of the Ramblers as “’Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling,’ while music critic Seth Rogovoy writes, “The music is evocative of a world gone by and a world gone wrong, but also a world that lingers on into the 21st century’.” – Information at 518-828-4800 or – 8 pm – Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street


Tuesday, August 28

Helsinki Open Mic – A chance to try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Held on Tuesday nights and hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm; performances from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street – (Call ahead to confirm.)


Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3

178th Columbia County Fair – All your fair favorites as well as new entertainment to fill the stages, exhibit buildings, barns, midway and grandstand – Motorheads will get their dose of metal-smashing mayhem with two nights of Demolition Derby. On Wednesday night, catch four cylinders, mini vans, pick-ups and mini SUV heats, plus six and eight cylinders and full-size pick-ups and vans on Thursday night. Back again are competitions of livestock, talent, beverage making, domestic arts and crafts, antiques, tractors, quilts, produce, sunflowers, scarecrows, photography, school girl queen, flowers, wool, watermelon and ice cream eating competitions. – Don’t forget the midway rides, games of chance, and fabulous food concessions, Musical performances take place in the Upper Entertainment Garden, NorthGate Stage, and Pavillion. The musical group Parmalee performs on Sunday, September 2 – Admission fee includes parking and all entertainment – Ride discounts are offered every day, and children 12 and under are admitted free – Information and tickets at 518-392-2121 – Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham


Saturday, September 1

Grand Opening – LUMBERYARD has announced the opening of its new center for film and performing arts – The Grand Opening performance will be hosted by Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and features a performance by tap legend Savion Glover, and also features drummer Marcus Gilmore – Tickets for the performance and the post-show reception have been selling quickly and may be sold out. For tickets and information call the box office at 518-855-459-3849 – Doors open at 5:30 pm – Performance at 6:30 pm – followed by a post-performance reception with the artists – LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts, 62 Water Street, Catskill

The Alliance for Positive Health hosts its annual Columbia-Greene Garden Party – Proceeds from the event fund the agency’s local programs and services and provide financial, food, housing, counseling and transportation assistance for more than 9,400 individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses – The event brings together Capital Region and New York City residents for an afternoon of gourmet samplings, live entertainment, and an array of silent auction items on which to bid. For information and tickets, go to – The party will be held at the Livingston home of James LaForce and Stephen Henderson – 3 to 6 pm – A private residence in Livingston

Exhibition Opening – P P P – paintings, prints and photographs – New Work by Dan Welden – The artist uses observations from his own world travels—such as tracks made by sheep on the New Zealand Mountains or trodden-down grass on a wildlife preserve—to infuse his work. The observations spark mystical and sensual gestures that Welden then translates into his unique brand of artwork. – Also showing works by gallery artists – A special preview and informal conversation with the artist will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, August 26 at 2:30 pm, in conjunction with his guest residency at the OMEGA Institute in Rhinebeck, NY – Artist’s reception is held Saturday, September 1 from 6 to 8 pm – BCBART, 116 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson through Vintage Postcards – Before instant messaging, the internet, or the telephone, people used postcards to stay in touch with friends and family – The Hudson Area Library History Room has been collecting postcards, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection shows how essential this widely used method of communication was. The cards include many street scenes of Hudson and prominent buildings and parks, such as Promenade Hill. This will be the library’s first curated local history exhibition – The exhibition opening includes a presentation about the collection by Gary Sheffer, a Hudson native. The display was curated by David Murphy, former president of the Hudson Area Library Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. There will be a wine and cheese reception during the opening of this special exhibition – The exhibition may be viewed in the library’s Community Room through the month of October. Information by email to or call 518-828-1792 x101 or visit the main desk in the library.- 6 to 8 pm – Community Room, Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)


Saturday, September 8

Churchtown Dairy presents “Raw Milk: Like No Other Food,” a talk by Mark McAfee. Founder and Chairman of the Raw Milk Institute – “Raw milk is the first food of life and builds immunity and strength. Yes, a mother’s milk is raw milk. Raw milk is both LOVE and WAR. It is an optimal first nourishment but also has been the focal point for vicious food fighting for more than 110 years. With the advent of the discovery of the human biome and human genomics, raw milk comes center stage. Now we have the possibility to assure that raw milk is safe, yet stays unchanged and whole. We can now manage raw milk risks and reduce them to near zero with modern food safety systems and routine testing. Raw milk is back after 100 years of being demonized and banished. It is now fostering the health of our immune systems that have been suppressed and weakened by antibiotic abuse, GMOs, preservatives, pesticide and herbicide exposure, and sterilized foods. It is time to embrace the farmer and strengthen and heal thyself, gut biome first!” – Information at or call 518-851-2042 – 2 pm – Churchtown Dairy, 357 County Route 12, Churchtown


Friday-Sunday, September 14-16

Basilica SoundScape 2018 – A weekend of music and art: post-punks, performance artists, an international orchestra, textile installation, poet activists, and more – Basilica SoundScape , a carefully curated weekend that’s been called “the antifestival” for offering a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature, is presented by The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson’s co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone with additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud—now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2018 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 1/3, the Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records, Caleb Braaten – Tickets at – Information at – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson


Saturday, September 15

Hudson Hall & the Leaf Peepers Concert Series present virtuosic violinist Tim Fain, who, following his 2017 sold out performance, returns to Hudson Hall with a new program of dynamic, multimedia-infused classical, contemporary, and original music played with his signature flair. Highlights include works by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Nico Mulhy, J. S. Bach, and Lev Zhurbin.- “Violinist Tim Fain plays like a virtuoso and thinks like a cinematographer.”—Vanity Fair – Information and tickets at or 518-822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street


Sunday, September 16

WGXC Record Fair – WGXC 90.7 FM is tagging on to Basilica Soundscape on Sunday.   All proceeds will benefit the radio station WGXC/90.7 FM – Information at or call 518-697-7400 – 9 am to 4 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street


Saturday, September 22

The Movable Feast – If you have dreamed of dining in one of Hudson’s most beautiful homes, or if you are a consummate host who delights in meeting new people, the ever-popular annual Hudson Opera House/Hudson Hall dinner party is where you will want to be. The Feast offers a chance for newcomers and long-time residents alike to mix and mingle, to see old friends and make new ones – The evening begins with cocktails at the historic Opera House, then an assigned seat for dinner at one of Hudson’s most beautiful homes or shops –This event sells out quickly, so reserve your seat now, or join the list of fabulous dinner hosts for this year’s feast, all to benefit Hudson Hall/Hudson Opera House. If you wish to host a dinner, call 518-822-1438 or send email to by August 15.


Sunday, September 23

Book Launch of Pieter Estersohn’s new book—Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family, written and photographed by Pieter Estersohn, with a foreword by John Winthrop Aldrich, and art direction and design by David Byars – Published by Rizzoli 2018 – Award-winning architecture and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn will give a talk and visual presentation about his new book – He will be joined by art director David Byars, who designed the book, to present an insider’s view of majestic historic houses along the Hudson River – The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing with the author – This is a free event, but reservations (by calling 518-822-1438,) are recommended – Lectures and tours to the Livingston Estates are scheduled for October and November and will be booked through Hudson Hall at 518-822-1438.



The Month of August

Hudson Cruises offers the following cruises during the month of August:

> Hudson River Sightseeing Cruises – Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 pm

> Friday Night Sunset Cruises – August 17 and August 24 from 7 to 9 pm

> Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise – Saturday, August 25 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm

> Lighthouse Tours – Saturday, August 11 – from 11 am to 2:30 pm

> The Hudson-Athens Ferry – Runs Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm to 10:30 pm – No reservations necessary for the ferry – Cash only at boarding – All ferry tickets are round-trip

> All these cruises board at the City dock behind the gazebo in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Water Street – The waterfront is accessed via the Broad Street grade crossing, past the Amtrak Station on Front Street. Cruise reservations at 888-804-9716.; information at 518-822-1014.


Fridays through month of August

Athens Performing Arts Corporation has launched its riverside summer concert series – During the summer months, live music is presented in Athens Riverfront Park on Friday nights from 7 to 9 pm – The series started on June 22 with Kristen Capolino (blues, soul, rock) and continues on Fridays through August 24 – Hudson Cruises’ Hudson-Athens ferry service runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 pm and takes passengers directly to the riverfront park in Athens – – (See details below) – The season finale will be on Thursday, August 30 with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Information by calling Rick at 518-522-9470


Fridays & Saturdays through Labor Day weekend

Hudson-Athens Ferry – Hudson Cruises provides a regular evening Hudson-Athens Ferry service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day weekend and sometimes beyond – Roundtrip tickets available on the boat for cash only – No one-way tickets are sold. – Advance purchase of 10 tickets is available at a discounted price on the boat – Bicycles are allowed on the ferry if room permits – Information at or 518-822-1014 – The ferry departs Hudson on the hour and Athens on the half hour from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm – (Last return from Athens at 10:30 pm – Don’t miss the boat!) – In Hudson, go to the waterfront via the Broad Street grade crossing, past the Amtrak Station on Front Street. The city dock is behind the gazebo in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on Water Street. In Athens, the ferry docks in Athens Riverfront Park, 4 Water Street.


Friday, July 27 through the ribbon-cutting on Sunday, September 2

LUMBERYARD’s Under Construction Summer 2018 Festival – Performances on June 29 through September 2 take place in Hudson and Catskill – For information and tickets go to – LUMBERYARD, 62 Water Street, Catskill

> Fri through Sun, August 24-26Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd with Ishmael Houston-Jones & Miguel Gutierrez – “A fresh, funny, and profoundly poignant new work.”—The New York Times – Hudson Hall, 327 Warren Street, Hudson

> Sat., September 1 – Grand Opening Performance by Savion Glover, featuring Marcus Gilmore “Glover is the greatest tap virtuoso of our time, perhaps of all time” –The New Yorker. Post-show reception with all three artists in attendance (Additional fee). Doors open at 5:30 pm; performance at 6:30 pm – LUMBERYARD, New Center for Film & Performing Arts, 62 Water Street, Catskill

Information at 518-855-459-3849 – Also see entry under September 1 above.


Labor Day Weekend: Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3

Spencertown Academy Art Center’s 13th Annual Festival of Books takes place over Labor Day weekend: Friday through Monday, August 31 through September 3. The Festival features a giant used book sale, children’s activities, and two days of readings, discussions and book signings by nationally known and local authors. The book sale is one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. There’s a special Kid’s Corner for young readers and a media rack full of LPs, DVDs, CDs and audio books. A first-floor gallery features a handpicked selection of specialty books, limited editions, out-of-print books, and new books donated by leading national publishers. All books are carefully edited, sorted, and displayed for easy browsing. – Admission is free to all events. Spencertown Academy members get a first look during the Members’ Preview on Friday, August 31 from 1 to 8 pm. Free for members, $10 for members’ guests. Memberships available at the door. Information at or call 518-392-3693 – Sat and Sun from 10 am to 5 pm – Mon Book Sale Clearance from 10 am to 2 pm – Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 790 Route 203, Spencertown


Fourth Fridays through October

Hudson River School of Art Hikes on July 27, August 24, September 28 and October 26 –

Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Catskill Mountain Wild have launched a series of professionally guided hikes called The Hudson River School of Art Trail Hikes 2018 – Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded America’s first major art movement—the Hudson River School of landscape painting—and many of the views that inspired Cole, his legendary student Frederic Church, and other Hudson River School artists are made accessible by the Hudson River School Art Trail, which includes twenty locations in the Hudson River Valley. The hikes will take place once a month, They started on June 30 and will continue through October on subsequent Fridays—July 27, August 24, September 28, and October 26. – Each hike will be guided by a licensed guide from Catskill Mountain Wild, a guide service creating custom outdoor adventures. All hikes begin in Haines Falls or Catskill. – Information on how to register for the hikes, and other details can be found at . The hikes are presented in partnership with Olana State Historic Site, The Olana Partnership, and a number of national, state and county agencies.


Second Saturdays through October

Tours of the historic 1874 Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, sponsored by the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society, started a summer schedule of tours on Saturday, July 14 –

The Hudson-Athens Light is still an active navigation aid for water traffic. It is a quiet sentinel that has guided navigation on the Hudson River for 144 years. Tours are available on the second Saturday of each month, through October, the last tour date being October 13. – Tours run from 11 am to 2:30 pm and depart from Henry Hudson Riverfront Park on the hour: 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm; and Athens Riverfront Park on the half hour: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online at  or by calling 888-764-1844 – Tickets are available the day of the tour at the departure site – For general information go to or call 518-828-5294 ––Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time with confirmation of purchase and check-in. – In Hudson, board at the City dock behind the gazebo, Water Street, Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, accessed via Broad Street grade crossing past the Amtrak Station on Front Street



* Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at OlanaThe Olana Partnership is focused this summer on a new exhibition called Costume & Custom: Middle Eastern Threads at Olana – Many programs are being built around the theme of this exhibition. The Artists on Art Tours series, for example, is a collaboration with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York City. The collaboration enables contemporary working artists to interpret the Main House at Olana from their own unique perspectives. Participating artists this season are of Arab descent and will bring their personal and expansive perspective touching on themes such as Olana’s Persian influence, landscape, identity, clothing, gender, as well as the larger issues of Orientalism and Islamophobia. These tours are offered twice a month and followed by an in-depth discussion with the artist. The exhibition is on view through November 25 – Go to or call 518-828-1872 x 103 to find out the details on the exhibition and the ancillary programs – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Greenport

* Picturesque & Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance – Thomas Cole National Historic Site opened this new exhibition on May 1. It will be on view through November 4   – The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and members of the Yale History of Art Department – It complements the Thomas Cole exhibition now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – > Information and tickets at – Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

* photography Carrie Haddad Gallery has dedicated all 3,000 square feet of exhibition space to the artists who continue to innovate within the medium of photography. Each represented artist demonstrates how photography responds to its own history and traditions, while also being closely linked to other media. The works in this show pay particular focus to how the power of rapidly changing technology has the ability to enhance our experience through magnification, distillation, and narration in the digital age. The artists whose works are shown include: Robert Hite, David Halliday, James Bleecker, Jeri Eisenberg, Andrew Buck, Lisa Frank, David Seiler, Elliott Kaufman, Stephanie Blumenthal, and Lependorf & Shire – The exhibition is on view through September 16 – Information at or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* Richard Butler: Happinessisthespace betweensorrows – New paintings and eight new works on paper – – Butler chooses his sitters with which he has strong connections. These personal and psychologically intense bonds become manifest in his work, slowly revealing inner thoughts of both the artist and subject, creating a portrait, a self-portrait and an event. He is also known as a singer/songwriter for the acclaimed rock band, “The Psychedelic Furs,” but he is always confidently expanding the role of artist – On view through August 19 – Gallery artists’ work will also be on view – Information at or 518-828-4539 – Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm – BCBART, 116 Warren Street

* Travelogue, a survey exhibition by Radcliffe Bailey. With works spanning from 2002 through 2018, Bailey incorporates a multitude of mediums. Often quilt-like in aesthetic, his practice creates links between diasporic histories and potential futures, investigating the evolution or stagnation of notions of identity. It is Bailey’s exploration into such varied concepts and methods that serves as a springboard into the concurrent solo presentations by Nina Chanel Abney, Shimon Attie, Math Bass, Valerie Blass, Vibha Galhotra, Brad Kahlhamer, Margaret Kilgallen, Lyne Lapointe, Gordon Parks, and Leslie Wayne. Working across a variety of media, these artists converge on themes of history and migration funneled through the lens of contemporary life. Emphasis is not on the destination, but on the digressive path of the journey and the various points of discovery and loss along the way. – On view through October 6 – The School is open on Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm. Information at – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

*Current Exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery – Benny Merris: Macrodaffodilia ; Works by Meg Lipke and Rachel Schmidhofer; Allen Glatter : Boomerang –Sculpture in the garden – All on view through September 2 – Information at 518-828-6680 or visit – – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

*Gemini Moon – Ntangou Badila is a Congolese artist based in Brooklyn, NY – Raised in a multifaceted household of self-employed artist parents and nine siblings, there is always nurturing toward the exploration of creativity. This show reflects Ntangou’s inner process with creativity and the continuous flow of new interests with endless ideas and potentials for that creativity. This summer exhibition coincides with three days of theater and music at Hudson Hall titled The Badila Family: A Celebration of Community and Culture on July 20 through 22. – The exhibition is on view in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library during the library’s open hours through August 30 – Information at 518-828-1792 x 101, or by email to, – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

*Slowinski Paintings – “Slowinski is a moral rabble-rouser who yields prophetic simplicity….You cannot leave Slowinski off your map if you want to see the whole picture of our world now in all its dimensions”—Andrei Codrescu, Editor, Exquisite Corpse – On view through August 31 – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

* Conversations with Me Dia – New photography by Peggy Reeves – On view through August 26 – Also exhibiting recent work by Gallery Artists – Information at 518-822-0510 or go to – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

* The Columbia County Plein Air Artists, Volume 3 – Groups Show 2018 – Breathtaking Views of Columbia County and Beyond – The Plein Air Artists will be exhibiting their works at Columbia-Green Community College’s Blue Hill Gallery from July 30 through September 29. – The Columbia County Plein Air Artists was formed in 2013, following in the tradition of famed Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole and Fredric Church. Members engage with the region’s storied artistic heritage while interpreting the landscape for 21st-century audiences. The group welcomes artists of all levels to join in capturing the beauty of our surrounding landscapes – The exhibition includes works by Arlene Boehm, Susanna Grannis, Eden Hart, Joan Blazis Levitt, Myra Lobel, Edith Marcik, Kathie Mock, Noel Phillips, Lori Rothstein, Susan Sabino, Debbie Shaw, Valerie White, and Audrey Wyman. – Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs from 8 am to 7 pm; Fri from 8 am to 5 pm, Sat.9 am to 5 pm – The gallery is closed Fri Aug. 3 and Aug 10 and is closed on Sundays – Information at or call 518-828-4181 –- Blue Hill Gallery, Columbia Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson

* Francine Hunter McGivern: Episodic Memory– Installation 2: cranky critical conscious – Information at 518-822-1438 or – On view through September 9 – Hudson Hall/ Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

* Elbaz Gallery celebrates its One Year Anniversary in Hudson with a group exhibition called 8 Israeli Women, Different Matters – The artists are Anat Kegel, Noga Tirkel, Elena Gurevich, Tatiana Papusheva, Anna Shulkin, Doron Adonan, Malki Lax, and Neta Margalith – Exhibition on view through September 30 – Information at – Elbaz Gallery, 711 Warren Street

* The Wander Society’s Adventure Lab has installed conceptual artist Keri Smith’s installation which can be entered within the Olana landscape – When visitors enter the Adventure Lab, the hope is that observation and discovery is activated. The more a visitor looks around this tented exhibition, the more layers appear. Jars of natural specimens, inspirational books, handpicked quotes, various machines and art scatter the interior. This literal and conceptual art installation is placed on the location of Frederic Church’s original painting studio which is no longer standing. Inside a canvas tent on a cedar platform, Smith’s creative ideas emerge off the written page and into Church’s landscape. The tent is also informed by Frederic Church’s camping packing lists, books about camping life found in his library, and Isabel Church’s journal entries about caravan tenting in the Middle East. Information about the installation at – The installation is free and open to the public and on view through December. It is designed for visitors of all ages; no reservations are required. – Information at – Olana State Historic Site, 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson

* Out of Line – “The order that a word is written on a page or hung in the air is a powerful inflection, distorting or elucidating, accentuating or diminishing….Out of Line is a breakdown, a mutiny of order/s. Here language is re-formed, communication is re-routed, and meaning is re-made.” – The exhibition is curated by Kristen Dodge – Included are works by twenty artists: Anne Beresford, Judith Braun, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Cynthia Daignault, Taylor Davis, Kim Faler, Rochelle Feinstein, Fernanda Fragateiro, Dana Franfort, Tamara Gayer, Meg Hitchcock, Katherine Hubbard, Joyeux Janson, Anna K.E., Susan Lipper, Nyeema Morgan, Kay Rosen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Carrie Schneider, and Allyson Strafella – “Out of Line is a new exhibition presented by SEPTEMBER. SEPTEMBER presents a new exhibition, Out of Line. A new exhibition, Out of Line, is presented by SEPTEMBER. Presenting Out of Line (by SEPTEMBER) a new exhibition.)” – On view through September 2 – Information by email to – SEPTEMBER, 449 Warren Street #3



Upstreet Farmers’ Market – This mid-week market is open in Seventh Street Park every Wednesday through the summer months, bringing food mid-week to Hudson, “by the local, of the local, for the local” and including meats, cheeses, vegetables, bread, butters, eggs, gluten -free foods, and other prepared foods – Information at – 4 to 7 pm – Warren Street side of Seventh Street Park

The Hudson Farmers’ Market is in its usual summer location in the parking lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Columbia Street, where it will reappear every Saturday until November 17 –. A friendly group of vendors selling prepared foods, bread, cookies, salad greens, flowers, apples, blueberries, summer squash,, eggs, meats and cheeses, and fresh fish – EBT and WIC are accepted by all qualified vendors –- Information at –– Open from 9 am to 1 pm – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

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