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ELLEN’S PICKS – May 12, 2018 through Memorial Day Weekend

All addresses are in Hudson unless otherwise indicated.


This week’s list is an attempt to work further ahead so that the users of this list will be able to plan ahead.  The result is just the tip of the iceberg of spring events—two weeks and then some leading up to and including Memorial Day Weekend.

Here are two items coming your way for Memorial Day Weekend:

* Design Hudson – The Hudson Business Coalition will be announcing the inaugural year of Design Hudson, an annual festival to celebrate the architectural and home furnishing resources in Hudson and the talents of our region’s design community.  This all happens on Memorial Day Weekend  including a Designer Showcase which will provide a unique opportunity to tour seven of Hudson’s architecturally significant historic homes and meet the participating designers; a cocktail party at the historic Dr. Oliver Bronson House; and an Early Evening Soiree along Warren Street and beyond.  More information to come!  Meanwhile, visit

* An app for self-guided tours of Hudson, being launched by the Hudson Development Corporation.    Several tours are planned:  Hudson’s Early Days, The Firehouses, Cedar Park Cemetery, The Churches of Hudson, and Hudson, An Insider Tour.

Stay Tuned!



Films at TSL – Time & Space Limited shows a wide range of (mostly) independent and foreign films screened Thursdays through Mondays. Consult the website for film descriptions, schedule, and tickets.  A monthly calendar is also published on the website. – Go to  or call 518-822-8100 – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street


Friday, May 11, 18, and 25

Marvel Movie May – Free screenings of the Phase One Marvel Movies, shown in a modified chronological order – Iron Man 2 will be skipped over to meet Thor, because he’s Thor, and we have got to see how far he has come since his first introduction to Midgard—from cocky young god to the hero he becomes.  It’s an adventure, and we have the first step right here.  So,

May 11: ThorMay 18: Captain AMay 25The Avengers; All movies are shown from 8:30 to 10:30 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Friday through Sunday, May 11-13

Claverack Library Spring Book and Plant Sale – Some call it “The Region’s best Book Sale” –

Friday – Opening Night Preview – 5 to 7 pm – $10 admission includes refreshments and first choice of books at early-bird (double) prices.

Saturday and Sunday– Book Sale is on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm – Breakfast and lunch available – Home-baked treats available on Saturday – Most books sell at $1

> Sunday – Fill a bag with books for $15.

> Live plants are featured at the sale on Saturday – Free activities for children – A Friends of the Claverack Library raffle sale at the membership booth – Library trustees will be om hand to give tours of the new Claverack Library and community center next door – Information by email to or call 518-851-7120 – Claverack Free Library, 629 State Route 23B, Claverack

Saturday, May 12

Stage Russia HD presents the Red Torch Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters – The entire cast, except for one, communicates solely in sign language – TSL serves Russian food at 11:30 am, and at intermission offers a shot of vodka on the house. – Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or  – Please note start time! – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Artist’s Talk: Carl D’Alvia – D’Alvia will discuss his practice, and his work Lith, currently on view in the Fields Sculpture Park – The audience will walk with the artist to The Fields for refreshments and a view of the work.- Information at – 3 to 5 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Exhibition Opening – Adam Brent: Heroic Faces – “Adam Brent creates sculptures and paintings that fuse together new techniques with familiar forms to create something entirely new.  Heroic Faces and the accompanying works employ colors and patterns inspired by mid-20th-century classic porcelain figurines and a palette derived from a range of every day linoleum tile.  Colors bleed together and penetrate through the plastic forms with sheen and a disco ball like refraction….” On view through June 24 – Information at or call 518-392-3336 – 4 to 6 pm – Thompson Giroux Gallery, 57 Main Street, Chatham

Exhibition Opening – In the Garden – Photographs from gardens of all kinds:  Traditional African American gardens in the South; birds and insect visitors to a Hudson, NY garden; a 40-year-old garden in Boise ID; and water tapestries from the remains of a lush garden in Montclair, NJ.  Local photographer Sarah Sterling is featured.

 Two solo exhibitions

> Vaughn Sills, Places for the Spirit:  Traditional African American Gardens of the South – black and white photography

> Sarah Sterling, Cultivated Chaos – photography

Portfolio showcase:

> Laurie Blakeslee – 40 Year Garden – photography

> Lisa Redburn – Water Tapestries – photography

All on view through June 10 – Information at 518-567-4056 or by email to – 5 to 7 pm – Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Art Biologic – Twenty-three international and regional artists present their latest works based on biology and nature – On view through June 2 – Information at– 5 to 7 pm –  Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – A Conversation – A special art exhibition in the library’s Community Room featuring local artists Sonia Ruscoe and Sher Stevens – A Conversation explores an intergenerational female gaze on the femme form.  These two perspectives, shown as one exhibit, create a conversation that takes place between the artists’ work, exploring the relation and dissonance of their mediums, as well as the influence of their time in history on how they view female bodies.  Sher Stevens’s work reclaims the classical treatment of the female form throughout art history, while Sonia Ruscoe relishes in the maximalism of 21st-century femme lifestyles.  Both celebrate and critique the societal ideals of women.  Sonia Ruscoe lives and works in Hudson.  She paints both figuratively and abstractly using acrylic paint.  Sher Stevens is a professional sculptor, tilemaker, artisan and instructor – The opening reception is at 6 pm – The exhibition will be available for viewing during library hours through July 1 – Information, or call 518-828-1792, x 101. – 6 to 7 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Exhibition & New Gallery Opening – All are welcome to see the opening exhibit at the new Elbaz Studio & Gallery at 711 Warren Street.  The gallery is celebrating its official opening and its first collaboration with Three Rivers Art Project, as well as Israel’s 70th anniversary.  In response to a call for artists for this juried show, 70 artists from all over Israel were selected from over 400 applicants.  Their work, in various mediums, will be on display Saturday night and through the month of June. Come to the opening to see the art, and also to be entertained by an Israeli jazz quartet, to taste the small bites which will be prepared by a visiting Israeli chef and at 8 pm to share in a Havdalah ceremony performed by Rabbi Zoe B. Zak of Temple Israel of Catskill. Information at 518-822-1097 – 6 to 8 pm – Elbaz Studio & Gallery, 711 Warren Street

Safe At Home—A double-header benefit for the Hudson Little League – Renowned musician and Hudson resident Tommy Stinson, best known for his work with The Replacements, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Bash & Pop, has organized Safe At Home—a double-header benefit for the Hudson Little League. On Saturday, May 5 the first concert was held at Hudson Brewing Company.  The second concert will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Club Helsinki.  Both events include a large group of national and regional musicians, with all proceeds benefitting the Hudson Little League Association, a 501C (3) organization.  The May 5th concert has already happened, but you still have a chance to support the Little League by attending the May 12 event at 7 pm at Club Helsinki.    The line-up at Helsinki includes Alejandro Escovedo, Cowboys in the Campfire (Stinson and Chip Roberts), Elvis Perkins, Bash & Pop, Jesse Malin, Dust Bowl Faeries, Brian Dewan, Chops & Sauerkraut, Magic Stones, Rebecca Borrer, and special guests.  Attendees must be 21 or older unless accompanied by an adult – Suggested donation at the door – There will be a silent auction with local wares, artworks, and music memorabilia.  Attendees must be 21 or older unless accompanied by an adult – Suggested donation at the door.- Higher donation for reserved seating – Tickets may be purchased in advance to secure entrance, via Ticketfly – For further information call 518-828-4800 or 518-610-4091visit or go to –  Doors open at 5 pm; Performance starts at 7 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

VOLUME is a free reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set. It happens every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, NY. – Featured writers on May 12th areShira Dentz, Sam J. Miller, and Kathline Carr

Shira Dentz is the author of Leaf Weather (Shearsman), black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink/Dialogs). More about her writing can be found at

Sam J. Miller’s YA debut, The Art of Starving, was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His current novel, Blackfish City, is an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read,” and the Washington Post called it “an action-packed science fiction thriller” and “surprisingly heartwarming.” Read more at

Kathline Carr is the author of Miraculum Monstrum (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing has appeared in many publications, and her visual art has been exhibited in NYC, New England, and Canada. Learn more at

>The reading will be followed by a book signing and a set by DJ Ariel Hellwitz. – VOLUME is hosted and curated by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French. – For further information visit the Facebook Page:

7 pm – The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, 440 Warren Street

Bluegrass! Classical! Jazz! With Tessa Lark, violin and Michael Thurber, bass – Violin/bass duo Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber bring a genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and original works to life in high-energy performances.  Lark and Thurber met as alumni of NPR’s From the Top and have grown their duo collaboration out of the unique musical variety show series Thurber Theatre, which Michael regularly hosts at New York City nightclub Joe’s Pub.  For their Hudson Hall debut, the duo present their own original music alongside traditional works from genres and composers that more inspire them: from Bach and other classical works to jazz, Appalachian and folk styles from around the world – Information at 518-822-1438 – 7 pm – Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday, May 12, and every Saturday through November 17

The Hudson Farmers’ Market has moved outside to its usual summer location in the parking lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Columbia Street, where it will remain until November 17 – Several new vendors will be there including Billy’s Italian Market.  Billy will be selling his excellent line of tomato sauces.  You will find the familiar, friendly group of vendors selling  prepared foods, bread, cookies, spring greens, spring flowers, eggs, meats and cheeses, and plants for the vegetable garden, flower beds, hanging baskets and herb gardens – Information at – EBT and WIC are accepted by all qualified vendors – Open from  9 am to 1 pm – Corner of Sixth & Columbia Streets

Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13

Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market – Just in time for Mother’s Day gifts and an end-of-hibernation celebration – An abundance of makers, collectors, farmers, artists and chefs, harness the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley – Picture spring dresses, vintage garden sets, and maybe a maypole.  Shop for handmade and vintage goods, and locally-made food products – This is Basilica’s largest Spring Market ever, with some 100 regional independent vendors participating, 45 of them being first-timers!  – No bar codes! No plastic wrap! – Children under 12 free – Information at  – Each day from 10 am to 6 pm – Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day!

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End – A staged reading with Nancy Rothman – Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday Mothers’ Day Special at 2 pm – Tickets and information at 800-838-3006 or 518-392-6121 — PS21, 2980 Route 66, Chatham (one mile north of Chatham Village)

Monday, May 14

The public is invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Columbia County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Agenda includes discussion of the many events in which the local chapter has and will be involved in this Spring; looking forward to the June international conference in Washington, DC and the musical fundraiser this summer; discussion of opportunities for taking action; watching sections of the CCL Monthly Call, this month featuring Julia Roberson of Ocean Conservancy, who will discuss the impact of climate change on oceans.  Snacks and good conversation!  – Information by calling Karen at 518-672-7901 – 6 to 8 pm, with a welcome and brief orientation for first-timers at 5:30 pm – Chatham Town Hall, 488 Route 295 (0.4 mile west of Taconic Parkway)

Wednesday, May 16

Four Nations Ensemble benefit concert to support the maintenance and expansion of the Won Dharma Center’s nature trails, open to the public from dawn to dusk – Information at 518-851-6517 or email – 7 pm – Won Dharma Center, 361 Route NY23, Claverack

Friday, May 18

Patti Metheney & Koethii Zan, and The Ghent Democratic Committee honor Assemblymember Didi Barrett at a special evening at Love Apple Farm – Assemblymember Barrett represents the 106th District in the NY State Assembly, composed of parts of Dutchess and Columbia counties – Music by Stone Soup – Hosted by the Columbia County NY Democrats – Tickets available at – 6 to 8 pm – Love Apple Farm, 1421 State Route 9H, Ghent

Ghent Playhouse presents its production of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town – Directed by John Trainor – Runs on weekends through June 3rd – Reservations and information at or 1-800-838-3006 or 518-392-6264 – Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm – Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent

Saturday, May 19

A free Scamps Toffee Tasting – Try the newest addition to Verdigris’s chocolate line up, paired with wines from the Hudson-Chatham Winery – Warm, rich, buttery toffee, hand-dipped in Swiss milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate, finished with a dash of vanilla, resting on a bed of California walnuts – Information at – 5 to 7 pm – Verdigris Tea, 135 Warren Street (at Second Street)

Art Omi Writers Spring Reading & BBQ – A distinguished group of international writers and translators currently in residence at Art Omi will read from their works.  Following the event, Art Omi invites visitors to gather for a barbeque feast and reception with the writers, for which donations are appreciated – Information at  – 5 to 7 pm – Benenson Visitors Center, Arm Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

100 Views of the Drowning World by Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick – The artist team of Kahn & Selesnick share the mysterious characters and magical imagination of their new monograph, 100 Views of the Drowning World (Candela Books, 2017) with a book reading – The reading will be followed by book signing and a reception with the authors – This is a free event – Reservations are encouraged – Information or call 518-822-1438 – 5 to 7 pm – Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Narrative – Three distinguished views by Fern Apfel, Albert Schweitzer, and Tamara Thomson – On view through June 10 – Information at  or call 347-207-2503 –6 to 8 pm – Concepto Hudson, 741 Warren Street

Matthew Logan Vasquez/ Mail the Horse – 2015 has been a year of major change for Vasquez.  He and his wife moved from Brooklyn to Austin, he saw the birth of his first child, Thor, and after a decade since founding his critically acclaimed band, Delta Spirit, he is going it alone for the first time, with his solo debut, to be released November 15 – Tickets and information at or call 518-828-4800 – Must be 21 or over – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Short Films: An Evening with Carolee Schneemann – Carolee Schneemann returns to Hudson to present a screening of several of her seminal short films.  Carolee’s groundbreaking films challenge the viewer on many levels addressing issues  of the body, sexuality and gender.  The screening will be followed by a short Q&A.  The evening will end with a cocktail reception with a long overdue celebration for Carolee’s award of the 2017 Golden Lion Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale. – Free admission – Seating is limited – Reservations at Eventbrite recommended – information at – Doors at 6:30 pm, Screening at 7 pm, Reception at 8:30 pm – Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street

The Link Project brings a screening and talkback of Beats Per Minute to House Rules Café.  Former ACT UP members and local Hudson Valley residents Victor Mendolia and Jay Blotcher will join in a 30-minute talkback.  The film takes place in Paris in the early 1990s, as a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.  The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency.  Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.  About The Link Project:  The Link Project fosters relationship building among PLWHA and LGBTQ people from across generations in the Hudson Valley.  The project coordinates community events and helps to facilitate intergenerational dialogue centered on LGBTQ identity. – Complimentary drinks and snacks. – Space is limited.  Please RSVP through Eventbrite. – Tickets available at – Film screening from7 pm to 10 pm – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Spring Fling Swing! Dance at the Armory – Recapture the magic of the Armory dance parties of past years at Spring Fling Swing!  Co-sponsored by the City of Hudson Senior Center, this lively event is free and open to all ages.  The Fabulous Versatones will play while you dance the night away in the library’s Community Room.  Refreshments will be served.  Bring your dance shoes and your attitude and get ready to swing to music from the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Registration is appreciated.  To do so, visit the front desk at the library, call 518-828-1792 x101, or send email to  – 7 to 10 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

HRC Showcase Theatre, dedicated to staged readings by professional actors of prize-winning plays, presents the staged reading of So You Can Look Ahead by Edward Morgan, winner of HRC’s annual W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest  –  Directed by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger – The performance is followed by a reception and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director – Information and reservations at 851-2061 – Walk-ins welcome – Suggested donation at the door – 7:30 pm – Auditorium, First Reformed Church of Hudson, 52 Green Street

Sunday, May 20

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte– Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or – Please note start time! – 12:55 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening – The School, Jack Shainman’s gallery in Kinderhook, is celebrating its fourth anniversary with the opening reception for Travelogue, a survey exhibition in the main space 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. Travelogue is on view through October 6 – The School is open on Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm.  Information at – The opening reception is from 2 to 6 pm – The School, 25 Broad Street, Kinderhoo

A free, feature-length documentary screening of Symbiotic Earth: “How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution” –– Hudson Valley’s own John Feldman of Hummingbird  Films brings us this captivating story of scientific rebel Lynn Margulis, who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative:  life evolves through collaboration.  A model of female empowerment, Margulis successfully fought the male scientific establishment with her groundbreaking ideas. –  As a young scientist in the 1960s, she was ridiculed for her theory that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution.  She proposed instead that bacteria joined together over the millennia to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants, and all other organisms.  The idea that all of life is deeply interconnected and collaborative has radical implications for how we look at ourselves, evolution, and the environment. -.Information via email to or call 518-828-1792 x101 – 4 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Wednesday, May 23

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash with Pat O’Shea & Special Guests – Tickets and information at or call 518-828-4800 – 8 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Thursday, May 24

Future Hudson:  An Urban Designer’s  Imaginings, What ifs, and Why Nots – Hudson architect and bestselling author Matthew Frederick, draws principles from his new book, 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, to explore how we might repair Hudson’s trouble spots and shape its future.  We will look at a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite’s Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street.  The presentation will be followed by a discussion and book signing. – Information at or call 518-828-1792 x101 – 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street (corner of State Street)

Deborah Hanlon performs – Tickets and information at or call 518-828-4800 –7 pm -– Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Friday, May 25

The Big Takeover – with Christine Dominguez – Whether live or recorded, the Big Takeover never fails to captivate an audience.  Using a fusion of their own innovative originals with crowd favorites, they kept audiences jamming from the first note to the last since their debut in 2007.  Fronted by Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Neenee Rushdie, the band is backed by a skin-tight rhythm section…The band has performed well over 500 shows. – Tickets and information at or call 518-828-4800 – Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm – Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia Street

Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27 – Memorial Day Weekend

Design Hudson – The Hudson Business Coalition launches the inaugural year of Design Hudson, an annual festival to promote Hudson as a destination for creativity and design.  For further information and tickets go to .

Saturday, May 26

The National Theatre of London HD presents its production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth– Information and tickets at 518-822-8448 or  – Please note start time! – 1:00 pm – Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street

Exhibition Opening:  Thomas Nozkowski – Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, NJ) received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union Art School in 1967.  Known for his richly colored and intimately scaled abstract paintings, Nozkowski began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979.  In 1982, The Museum of Modern Art had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection.  To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows.  Information at – 1 to 3 pm  –Benenson Visitors Center, Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent

Red Carpet Fashion Night – Part of the Saturday Evening Soiree under the aegis of Design Hudson – Follow the red carpet down Warren Street and discover 26 shops featuring their unique interpretation of fashion.  Music, fashion models and dancing capture the infectious spirit of Hudson – Come play with fashion well into the night. –  At Marine Penvern’s atelier (701 Warren Street) celebrate the Atelier’s one year anniversary in Hudson, NY – The magical musician, Lady Moon, will perform her latest music – 7:30 pm – Marine Penvern Designs, 701 Warren Street

Exhibition Opening – Fundamental Structures – New Weaving by Andrew Boos – Information at or call 917-952-1654 – 5 to 8 pm – Kea Carpets and Kilims, 238 Warren Street

Second Annual Ramadan Fast-a-thon – Hudson Muslim Youth and Post Modern Ritual Exchange invite the public to the second annual Ramadan Fast-a-thon – Friends, family members, neighbors and loved ones are all welcome for an evening filled with food, solidarity and love.  Ramadan is a holy month in Islam in which followers of Islam (Muslims) fast from dawn to dusk.  They refrain from eating, drinking, and other behaviors that might weaken their spirituality.  The public is urged, as an act of love, solidarity and support, to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in fasting and enjoying a “beautiful potluck dinner.” – Hudson Muslim Youth is a nonprofit organization created and run by youth.  It promotes learning, community outreach, leadership, social justice, and self-expression. – 7:30 to 9:30 pm – Hudson Lodge, 601 Union Street (at Union & South Sixth Streets)

[R]evolution is Uncomfortable – by JD Urban – “An interview series featuring candid conversations with everyday people about how their personal experiences have shaped their political beliefs….” – A photography and video exhibition opens on Saturday, May 26 and is on view through June 24 – A screening and conversation takes place on June 15 at 7 pm –All this is free and open to the public. As JC Urban shoots and edits new documentaries daily for this project, the public is invited to follow the process with new material added every Friday.  Reservations are encouraged – Information and reservations at 518-822-1438 – Hudson Hall, Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

Saturday through Monday, May 26 through May 28

Huge! Spring Yard Sale – Sponsored by the Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Group Lunch available – Information at 755-7851 or 518-965-3273 – Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard


Picturesque & Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance – Thomas Cole National Historic Site opened  a 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

 * Peculiar Rarities – “For over 27 years, Carrie Haddad Gallery has prided itself on exhibiting some of the finest artworks in the Hudson Valley, from breathtaking Hudson River School-style landscapes to intense and unforgettable abstract-expressionist works.  Now, its time for something a little different…. Peculiar Rarities is exactly what it sounds like.  The exhibition includes media from porcelain to Play-Doh, and subject matter that includes icebergs, Victorian steampunk characters, conniving housewives, and Judy Garland.  From the moment you walk through the door, each space will house its own experience: here, spectral and Seuss-like; there, off-kilter and gritty, all of it richly blending beauty with provocation….”  Twelve artists are showing their work in this exhibition. – On view through June 10 – Information  or 518-828-1915 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

* SIT-IN – The exhibition is described by the curator, Kristen Dodge, as “a collective look at the split behavior of a familiar form.”  She goes on to say, “In an interrogation room, two chairs face each other across a desk.  At the birthday party, the guest of honor sits at the head of the table.  In the museum, seating is placed at regular intervals for rest.  At the principal’s office, the student is instructed to ‘sit down.’  Beside a comedian stands a tall, empty stool.  At an auction, everyone sits, save the auctioneer. – A seat is a frame and a proposition.   A person sitting either subscribes to or rejects suggestion; their body gives in to the framework, or contradicts it: settles into an armrest or sits forward, lounges on a chaise or perches on edge….”  The exhibition includes work by 18 women artists – On view through May 20 – Information or call 518-822-1333 – September Gallery, 449 Warren Street #3

Neoteric Abstract – Works by twenty-one abstract artists – Featuring “lyrical, expressive, precise, and emotionally raw works of art including photography, sculpture, painting, and varied medias.”  On view through May 20 – Information at 518-828-2343 or  – Limner Gallery, 123 Warren Street

Flat Broke: Selected works by Stacy Petty – The exhibition is co-curated by Tom McGill and Katherine Kim – It will remain on view through May 29 – Information at 518-303-6446 or – Gallery @ 46 Green Street , 46 Green Street

Remnant: Constructions by Erin Walrath – On view through May 20 – Information at or 518-828-5907 – John Davis Gallery, 362 ½ Warren Street

Ebb & Flow – Works by Shawn Snow, Anne Francey, Allyson Levy, Ragellah Rourke, Vince Vella, Bruce Murphy, and Gary Budkendorf – Information at www.carriehaddadgallery or call 518-828-1915 – On view through June 10 – Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street

It’s All About the Hat; new Paintings by Mary Davidson – On view through May 27 – Information at 518-822-0510 or go to – 510 Warren Street Gallery, 510 Warren Street

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