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Ellen’s Picks

ELLEN’S PICKS – WEEK OF January 15, 2018 and beyond

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Thursday, January 18

Hudson Common Council Economic Development Committee Meeting – 6 pm – City Hall

Monday, January 22

Hudson Common Council Fire Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

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

Tuesday, January 23

Hudson Development Corporation Board Meeting – 12 noon – 1 North Front Street – tentative

Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency Board Meeting – 5:30 pm – 1 North Front Street – tentative

DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) Local Planning Committee Meeting #4 – 6 to 8 pm – John L. Edwards School Cafeteria, 360 State Street

Wednesday, January 24

Hudson Common Council Public Works & Parks Committee Meeting – 5:30 pm – City Hall

Hudson Common Council Legal Committee Meeting – 6:15 pm – City Hall

Friday January 26

Hudson Historic Preservation Commission Meeting – 10 am – City Hall

ELLEN’S PICKS

Monday-Sunday, January 15 through 21, 2018

Films at TSL:

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  (2017) – What does the most ravishing actress of the 1930s and 40s have in common with an inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology?  They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course.  From Hedy’s beginnings as a Jewish émigré, to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film, Ecstasy, to her ground-breaking and uncredited inventions, to her latter years as a recluse, Bombshell tells the story of a woman spurned as too beautiful to be smart who is a role model to this day.

> Lady Bird – (2017) – “Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter.  Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson…fights against , but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated, and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job.  Set in Sacramento, CA in 2002, amid a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.”

On the Beach at Night Alone – Art imitates life in this quietly devastating masterpiece from Hong Sangsoo.  Kim Minhee (The Handmaiden), in the role that won her the Silver Bear for best actress in  Berlin, plays Younghee, an actress reeling in the aftermath of an affair with a married director.  She visits Hamburg then returns to Korea, but as she meets with friends and has her fair share to drink, confessions emerge.  In English, Korean, and German with subtitles.

The Other Side of Hope – This wry, melancholic comedy, a response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home.  Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki, while middle-aged salesman Wikstrom buys an unprofitable seafood restaurant.  After Khaled is denied asylum he decides not to return to Aleppo and the paths of the two men cross.  The film is “a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of indifference.”  In English, Finnish, and Arabic with subtitles

Song of Granite – Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nos).  Shaped by the myths and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost… [The film is] a remarkable portrait of Heaney and a marvelous exploration of music and song.  In English and Gaelic with subtitles

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Dr. Steven Martin is a surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna, and their two children.  Lurking at the margins of this idyllic existence is a fatherless teen who Steven has taken under his wing…Starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman – In Norwegian with subtitles

> Trouble No More – A showcase of Bob Dylan’s creative and spiritual mindset during his gospel era, from Slow Train Coming to Saved to Shot of Love….

Shadowman – In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.  After drug addiction and homelessness sent him spinning out of the art scene for 20 years, the Shadowman gets a second chance, but will he take it?

Jane – Drawing from never-before-seen-footage that was tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.  Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented portrait of Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

> Schedule and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Story Slam Alert

On the Fly Story Slam:  Starting Over – On this past Tuesday, “Starting Over” was both the theme and the reality of this popular, monthly storytelling event.  News is that On the Fly is joining forces with the Helsinki Open Mic series which takes place every Tuesday night.  On the Fly will be a monthly event, and will take place on the third Tuesday of every month ahead of the Helsinki Hudson Open Mic.  Story Slam’s sign-up starts at 5:30 pm and the slam begins at 6 pm – On slam nights, Open Mic begins once the story slam concludes.  On the Fly Story Slam is a Moth style event where storytellers are given five minutes to tell a story based on personal experience relating to a specific theme.  Produced by Christina Thyssen and Debra Gitterman, On the Fly welcomes local storytellers and those who love stories to participate by telling a story, volunteering to judge, or simply by enjoying the events.  Storytellers are selected at random from those who sign up on the night of the story slam. – For more information, follow On The Fly Storyslam on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ontheflystoryslam/ and Instagram #ontheflystoryslam. – Sign-up at 5:30 pm; Performance at 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street – On the Fly Storyslam will be back on Tuesday, February 23 for its next joint program with the Open Mic.

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)

Friday, January 19

Analog Dreams: The Art of Brian Dewan – Screening, performance, and Q&A with Brian Dewan – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org  – 7 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Hot Dog Boat –A free collaborative  songwriting workshop & performance of songs about hot dogs – with Burt Murder – Bring an instrument and be ready to play – Information at 518-671-6006 or visithttp://www.thespottydog.com – 7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Rachel & Vilray  – Featuring Rachel Price of Lake Street Dive – “With simple arrangements and only a guitar for accompaniment, this duo performs original works, and revives forgotten gems of radio’s golden age” – The Brother Brothers is the opening  act – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – 21 and over – Doors open at 6 pm; show at 8 pm  – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Friday-Sunday, January 19-21 – Opening week of Ghent Playhouse’s production of Joe DiPietro’s  Clever Little Lies, “a contemporary adult play that sheds a comedic light on the secret corners of marriage, relationships and family” – – Reservations and information at 518-392-6264 or www.ghemtplayhouse.org – Runs through January 28 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sat/Sun at 2 pm (Please note that Saturday matinees have been added to the schedule.) – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, January 20

Hudson Women’s March – A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance! – Starts with a rally at 1 pm in Seventh Street Park (aka The Public Square), with music and inspirational speeches by elected officials and activists.  The rally will be followed by a march down Warren Street to Basilica Hudson for a party with “warm food and drink, music, performance art, camaraderie and inspiration.” – A group of women in Handmaid costumes will lead the march down Warren Street to the Basilica on Front Street –Voter registration will take place in support of the national Women’s March Alliance project to register one million women by the time of the 2018 elections – Music, both at the rally and at the party, is being provided by Club Helsinki and Basilica Hudson –  (Please note:Those attending the March are encouraged to park at Basilica Hudson on Front Street, and take the shuttle bus that will be running from Basilica back to Seventh Street Park and upper Warren Street for the rally and the march back to Basilica.  The shuttle bus will run from the Basilica from 11:30 am to 2 pm.) This local Hudson event is organized and hosted by Indivisible Chatham NY, with a host of other activist groups joining in as co-sponsors – Information at 917-482-3539 – Rally starts at 1 pm at Seventh Street Park, Seventh & Warren Streets; the march ends at Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

The Opera House: A Metropolitan Opera Special Documentary –  Documentarian Susan Froemke chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50s and 60s.  Notable figures include the famed soprano Leontyne Price; Rudolph Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager; and Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – Katrina Hude: Harmonic Cognizance – The artist says: “Pattern studies and visual arrangements are my sanctuary.  The investigation of harmony in pattern is the study of nature and of our sentient needs.” – The exhibition is on view through March 25, except for the month of February when the gallery is closed – Information at thompsongirouxgallery.com  or call 518-392-3336 – Opening reception from 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Live Jazz at the Spotty Dog – The Quartet – With Otto Hauser, Stuart Quimby, Mark Dziuba, and Terence Murren – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com – 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Everett / Burt Murder / & Hellish Cashtrap – Live at the Half Moon – Information atthehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-1562 – 8:03 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus with co-founders and leaders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson in their annual Cabin Fever Cabaret adults-only performances  on the fourth winter Saturday of each month, kicking off January 20, continuing February 17, and again on March 17.  A family-friendly Sunday matinee is offered on March 18. – Meanwhile, the adults are in for a treat—a show featuring an eclectic array of ad hoc performers, making every show different.  You might see a contortionist, a slack wire juggler, a cigar box stacker, basketball played by unicyclists, a sword-swallower, a fire-eater, jugglers, X-rated balloon sculptures, and plenty of audience participation.  In addition, live music from some of NYC’s best composers and accompanists is always a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s shows.  Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Sunday, January 21

Bolshoi Ballet HD presents the ballet, Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Dust Bowl Faeries in a sneak preview of its upcoming remix EP, “The Dark Ride Mixes,” upstairs on the club’s new Ballroom Stage! – Dust Bowl Faeries is the brainchild of Ryder Cooley, a longstanding fixture on the region’s music scene, and a multimedia, multiplatform, interdisciplinary artist who is often called upon to collaborate with other artists. Ryder also co-hosts Helsinki’s open-mic night, where she is known for her gravity-defying antics on the trapeze – In addition to performing new songs as well as material from the group’s eponymous debut, the group will premiere re-mixes and two new videos before they are officially released.  Admission is free, with a suggested donation at the door to help fund the EP – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800 – 6 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Tuesday, January 23

Free Screening of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Directed by Terry Gilliam – Information at 518-828-5938 or House Rules Café facebook page – 6 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Helsinki Open Mic – Try out new material on the big Helsinki stage – Hosted by Cameron Melville and Ryder Cooley – Information at 518-828-4800 or helsinkihudson.com – Sign-up begins at 6:30 pm – Performance from 7 to 10 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street (Call ahead to confirm!)

Wednesdays and Saturdays

The Hudson Area Library’s Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and fight together on the library’s special servers, has been expanded from a once-a-week session to twice-a-week sessions—one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.  Participants can explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!  The classes on Wednesday are from 3:30 pm to 5 pm beginning Wednesday, January 3, and are led by the library’s Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tamborello,   Saturday sessions are from 1 pm to 2 pm beginning January 6, and are led by Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson.  To register for either session, email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x 100, or visit the main desk in the library.  Note: The pre-existing Wednesdaysession is full at the moment, but you can add your name to a waitlist.  The program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.  –Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101–  Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Next Friday, January 26

The Opera House: A Metropolitan Opera Special Documentary –  Documentarian Susan Froemke chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 50s and 60s.  Notable figures include the famed soprano Leontyne Price; Rudolph Bing, the Met’s imperious General Manager; and Robert Moses, the unstoppable city planner who bulldozed an entire neighborhood to make room for Lincoln Center. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or www.timeandspace.org – 1 pm – Time & Space Limited., 434 Columbia Street

Aaron Roche & Kate Harken (from Sleater-Kinney) – Songs about people the protagonist hasn’t met yet, and responses – Information at 518-671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com   – Doors at  7 pm, show at 8 pm – The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street

Nancy Feast / Lizzie Loveless / Miles Francis – Live at the Half Moon – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-1562 – 8 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

The DuPont Brothers and The Sea The Sea – Two of the most gorgeous harmony duos around – – Information and tickets at helsinkihudson.com or call 518-828-4800 – 9 pm – Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street

Next Saturday, January 27

Free Screening of After Louie – Directed by Terry Gilliam – Information at 518-828-5938 or House Rules Café facebook page – 6 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

DJ T-Bone – Information at thehalfmoonhudson.com/events/ or call 518-828-1562 – 9 pm – The Half Moon, 48 South Front Street

Next Sunday, January 28

Talking Sen$e About a Sustainable Future – A panel discussion sponsored by the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education– The Keynote Speaker will be  David Levine, co-founder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council – Panel Moderator is Karen Frishkoff from the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Panelists include Mark Dunlea, Chairperson, Green Education and Legal Fund; Sara Hsu, Associate Professor of Economics at SUNY New Paltz, and main contributor to the NYS carbon tax proposal; Rabbi Glenn Jacob, Executor Director, NY Interfaith Power and Light; Michael O’Hara, Past Alderman, City of Hudson Common Council and volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby .– Among questions the panel might consider are: How might solving the climate crisis affect our economy? What does “pricing carbon” mean? If prices go up, what happens to small businesses and consumers?  What about the poor? and What can New York State do on its own? – Information at 518-672-7901 – 3 to 5 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

 

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

* Bridges Past and Present: Crossing the Hudson River – By artist Otto Miranda  – Sixty-three watercolors of bridges from the 1800’s to the present that pass over the Hudson River from New York City to the river’s beginning in the Adirondack Mountains at Lake Henderson’s Tear of the Clouds – The bridges represented include vehicle, railroad, pedestrian bridges, and even a troop bridge.   The exhibit is open for viewing during library open hours and is on view through February 28.  School groups are also invited to view this important local interest exhibition for discussions on history, engineering and art – Information at hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792, x 101 – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

* Sanford R. Gifford  In The Catskills – Explores the work of the Hudson River School artist, Sanford R. Gifford – Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.  It explores the artist’s creative process and for the first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them. – Information at http://thomascole.org/events/ – New Studio Gallery, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring Street, Catskill

The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness at Jack Shainman Gallery / The School – , Two inter-related shows at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School, located in Kinderhook. –“ Serving as the centerpiece of the large-scale exhibition, The Gold Coast Slave Castles of Paa Joe honor the Ghanaian legacy of  abebuu adekai, or fantasy coffins. The ornate sarcophagi celebrate death and the afterlife, sculpted in the form of objects representative of the deceased and their interests….” –– On view through February 24, 2018 – Information at theschool@jackshainman.com – Open Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm– The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook

* Transcendent Functionalism – An exhibition featuring designers and artists who take design as a point of departure, appropriating and personalizing the forms of furniture, garments, graphics, and other useful things – Works by some 15 artists, plus objects from the Shaker Museum || Mount Lebanon – On view through January 28, 2018 – Information at 518-828-6680 or by email to info@baileygallery.com  – Jeff Bailey Gallery, 127 Warren Street

* Martin Dull: Sailing to Byzantiu– Works using paint and found objects – On view through January 29 – Information at 518-828-5907 or by email to art@johndavisgallery.com – John Davis Gallery, 362½ Warren Street

Painted Cities – A group exhibition – On view through February 18 – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery.com or call 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* UIOWA PRINT – Print works by MFA printmaking students at the University of Iowa – Selected by Kimberly Datchuk – On view through the month of January – Information by email toinfo@inkyeditions.com  – Inky Editions, 112 South Front Street (white building behind Basilica)

Into the Garden: Paintings by Kate Knapp – On view through January 28 – Information at www.510warrenstreetgallery.com or call 518-822-0510 – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

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

All content herein copyright 2017 Ellen Thurston ellenthurston1@gmail.com

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