Things to Do in Hudson: October 2017

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With September having been balmy in Hudson—hot, sometimes—October promises crisp days, warm apple cider, a renewed familiarity with jackets and hats, and, of course, a riot of russet-hued leaves all come down to blanket the ground. 

Galleries plan galas and shops sell spooky wares all month in anticipation of Halloween, when, it can be said, the descendants of fellow Hudson Valley character Ichabod Crane come out to be frightened by 21st Century descendants of headless horsemen.

We know that the local Hudson River school painters famously celebrated fall foliage in the Hudson Valley, and that tales of animated pumpkin-heads began here too. October brings out some of the most unique aspects of the region. Enjoy the richness of this classic season!

John Davis Gallery

Gala Opening

On Saturday, October 14th, there will be a reception celebrating an exhibition of six artists in the Main Galleries, Sculpture Garden and Carriage House. Featured are constructions by La Wilson, sculptures by Brandt Junceau, paintings by Brian Rego, photographs by Paul Haman. Through November 5th. Saturday, October 14th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m @ John Davis Gallery, 326 ½ Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534

September Gallery

Incident Report Exhibition

INCIDENT REPORT is an experimental viewing station that has been located in Hudson, NY for the past ten years. We offer an interface between the many publics of the street, and the concepts and issues generated by visual thinkers. They engage in formally arranged projects, as well as improvised situations. Through October 15 September Gallery, 449 Warren Street #3, Hudson, NY 12534

O+ Festival

Multi-Day Music and Arts Fair

Historic, artistic Kingston hosts a multi-day, multi-venue arts fair the proceeds of which go towards connecting artists with health care. O+ “builds long-term relationships between creatives and health & wellness providers to help strengthen local communities.” Plenty of music, celebration and arts for all—various venues throughout this attractive town half an hour from Hudson. October 6 – 8, various venues in Kingston, NY

Time and Space Limited

Live Broadcast: Metropolitan Opera—Bellini’s “Norma”

The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12.55 pm @ TSL, $27.50; 434 Columbia St., Hudson, NY | Box Office (518) 822-8100

Basilica Hudson

Music from High Peaks

Catskill High Peaks Festival returns to Basilica Hudson with “Music from High Peaks,” featuring the festival’s renowned faculty and international rising young artists performing chamber music in Basilica’s North Hall. Tickets from F $10; Friday, August 11, 8 pm @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY

Crandell Theater

Eighteenth FilmColumbia

Hosted by The Chatham Film Club and Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia offers film buffs an exciting long weekend of film screenings and meet the filmmaker events. Past festivals have featured many films that have gone on to garner industry and critic awards and nominations. Programmed by festival executive director Peter Biskind (a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and past executive editor of Premiere Magazine), former senior curator of film and media at MoMA, Laurence Kardish, and festival director Calliope Nicholas, FilmColumbia gives film patrons in the Hudson Valley the inside track on front-runners months before they are released to general audiences. October 22-29, 2017, Ticket prices vary. Crandell Theater, 48 Main St, Chatham, NY 12037, and other Chatham venues.

Club Helsinki

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders

Author/musician Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding has curated an all-star lineup of his Cabinet of Wonders variety show – featuring musicians Juliana Hatfield, Tracy Bonham, and Suzzy Roche; novelist Charles Bock; author Daniel Mendelsohn; and comedian Dave Hill – in a program to benefit Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. Wednesday, October 11 DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM Tickets $50 – $100 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Olana

Astronomy Night

Join Willie Yee, Ph.D., President, and Joe Macagne, Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association for a presentation and 21st-century exploration of the night sky at Olana. Come learn about the sky by looking through telescopes and finding celestial forms. Date: Sat, October 21, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Member: $5, Non-Member: $10 | All Ages; Olana Wagon House Education Center, 5720 New York 9G, Hudson, NY 12534

Hudson Hall

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch, the People’s Composer: Photographs By Len Prince

Len Prince’s photographs of the composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch chronicle the life and work of one of America’s cultural icons. Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards. His score for A Chorus Line earned him a Pulitzer, making him one of two (the other being Richard Rogers) to have won a “PEGOT” (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award). A prolific composer, Hamlisch wrote the music for more than forty motion picture scores including The Way We Were, The Sting and Sophie’s Choice. Saturday, October 7, 5pm; Exhibition opening and book signing with Len Prince. 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 822-1438; Exhibit through November 26

Seventh Street Park

Upstreet Market

Upstreet Market is held in Seventh Street Park every Wednesday until the end of October – If your cupboard is bare, save yourself a trip to the supermarket and take a look at the offerings of the vendors who bring fresh-picked vegetables, salad greens, prepared foods, baked goods and lots more. Wednesdays 4 to 7 pm – Seventh Street Park, between Park Place and Seventh Street

House Rules Cafe

Coffee, Food, and Games

FUN & GAMES: House Rules Café – Gather some friends and head out to Hudson’s first board game café where a variety of games at a number of levels, for both children and adults, are available. There’s no internet, but that’s the point because you’re there to unplug and unwind. In the mood for a NYC-quality bagel with Lox, and Chutes & Ladders? Information at 518-828-5938 – House Rules Café, 757 Columbia Street (corner of Eighth Street)

Racquel Roberts