What to do in Hudson: January 2018

2017 has been quite a year! Whether it was good or bad for you, there is always something to look forward to in the New Year if you’re in New York’s Hudson Valley. From art classes to gallery openings, live music, and delicious food, start the new year off right with these fun activities!

BackBar

Tiki Tuesdays

Start your year off by forgetting that it’s below freezing outside. Every Tuesday from noon till 1 am, visit BackBar for some Tiki fun! Pretend you’re on a tropical island and get your friends together starting on January 2nd. Right in the heart of Hudson’s Warren Street, this is the perfect place to kick it with locals and forget about the cold. BackBar, 347 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation

Events and Workshops

The holidays can be quite stressful. They can also make you want to just sit around and avoid the outdoors. Stay active and melt away your stress with classes and workshops that focus on tried and true stress-busting methods of yoga, breathing, chanting and meditation. Learn tools and helpful tips for handling stress in your every day life at the many workshops Sadhana is offering this month. Help rejuvenate your body and start the New Year off right! Sadhana 403 Warren St, Hudson, NY

Carrie Haddad Gallery

Painted Cities Exhibition Opening

Familiar architectural sights are brought out in a new light in this exciting group show of Hudson painters at the Carrie Haddad Gallery. Catch the opening reception and mingle with the artists on January 6 from 6pm to 8pm or else check out this show before it closes on February 18. The architectural subjects of the show range from grand sights like the Empire State building and Hudson Library to more quotidian sights like sentry cornerstone fronts. Because there are no human figures in these paintings, we instead find them in their architectural world and environment. A range of styles from naive to Fauvism and hyperrealism is represented here so this is a good chance to see sights from Hudson and Albany in a fascinating new light. 622 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

Club Helsinki

Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret (adult oriented show)

From Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Circus comes a show of theater comedy, and musical entertainment. The show follows a wintertime tradition of the group and brings to the stage a brand new lineup, including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, physical comedy, and all the oddball novelties this group has come to be known for. This will be a rare chance to internationally renown street performers working alongside acts from Cirque du Soleil, artists from America’s Got Talent and Hudson locals in the performing arts. Be ready for a style that reflects musical roots in the NYC underground club scene, street theater, and the general traditions of illegitimate theater. Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.

Rachel Vilray at Club Helsinki

On Friday, January 19th, Rachel Price and Vilray will bring to Hudson an intimate performance of their own music and revived gems of big jazz bands past. Come here to feel the warmth of radio’s golden age and parlor concerts from a time before recordings began. Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.

The Elvis Birthday bash with Mark Gamsjagger & the Lustre Kings

For more in the way of Nostalgia, on January 12th, come celebrate what would have been Elvis’s 83d birthday with rock ‘n’ Roll revivalists the Lustre Kings, joined by other numbers of Hudson’s talented revivalist scene. Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.

John Davis Gallery

Sailing to Byzantium, paintings by Martin Dull

This exciting show will be having its opening reception on January 6th from 6 until 8 pm. The paintings, rendered in strange and displacing mixes of acrylic and charcoal will ask the viewer, as the artist suggests ‘are you being moved to an excited state? John Davis Gallery 362 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

Colony Woodstock

Sweet Marie with Talia Denis

Outside Hudson, there is also much going on in January for Woodstock’s music scene. On January 5th Sweet Marie will be lighting up the stage at Colony. This sister duo of teenage singers, songwriters have generated a buzz with their recent shows and are themselves Hudson Valley natives. Come see them deliver their powerful take on classic blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll built out of beautiful harmonies. Colony Woodstock, 22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY.

There’s plenty to do in the Hudson Valley in January. Don’t let the cold weather get you down this season and stay active with some of these exciting activities for you, your friends, and your family!

Racquel Roberts