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Ten Things to do in February


Bindlestiff Cirkus Winter Cabaret


On Saturday, February 17, 9:00 pm at Club Helsinki, Bindlestiff will present a Cirkus Winter Cabaret.  Adult oriented show.  Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers. Each month this winter, Bindlestiff Cirkus will bring a new lineup, with acts including trapeze, contortion, acrobatic balance, sword swallowing, juggling, physical comedy, and oddball novelty turns. The Bindlestiff stage is one of the few arenas in the world where attendees may see internationally renowned street performers, featured acts from Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and artists from “America’s Got Talent” next to local legends, live, on stage, and in the same show. (Future shows = 2/17 and 3/17, with a family oriented  matinee on 3/18).  Live music is a defining feature of Bindlestiff’s cabaret shows, with witty, original tunes by a variety of NYC’s best composers and accompanists. Bindlestiff’s unique style reflects deep roots in NYC’s underground club scene, nods to political street theater, and a steady respect for the traditions of American popular entertainment and illegitimate theater.

Concert at Camphill Ghent
The Concerts at Camphill Ghent chamber music series continues on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Culture Hall at 2542 Route 66 here with world-renowned violinist Eugene Drucker, cellist Roberta Cooper, double bassist Peter Weitzner and pianist and series Artistic Director Gili Melamed-Lev.  “The Melody’s Winding Path: From Vienna to Argentina to Czechoslovakia” is the theme of the afternoon concert as the chamber music series continues its sixth season. The program will include the Piano Trio in C Major by W.A. Mozart, Chant by local composer Sheila Silver, the Dumky Trio by Dvorak, Oblivion and La Muerte del Angel by Piazzolla. Composer Silver will introduce her piece during the program. A reception with the artists follows the concert.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and free for students. Tickets are available by calling (518) 392-2760 or online at

Opening Reception Show
Mary Anne Davis Has Show on Women and Power at Chatham Bookstore. Reception February 23. In a show entitled “Women and Power,” ceramic artist Mary Anne Davis displays her work inspired by the manifesto of the same name by Mary Beard. The opening reception is on Friday, February 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 6. Live at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037; 518-392-3005;

Music and the Progression of Life: Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Schubert’s Winterreise
4:00pm, Saturday, February 24; Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY. $20 contribution. Tenor Jon Morrell, pianists Noah Palmer and David Smith.  Two expressive commentaries on youth and maturity. Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen cycle for piano (1838) presents 13 brief “imaginings,” powerfully compressing emotions from the early years of life. Franz Schubert’s haunting Winterreise (1827) is a “winter journey” through maturity, regarded by many as the greatest song cycle ever written, unforgettable music, inescapably powerful.
Preview talk by David Smith and Jon Morrell:  5:00pm, Saturday, February 10, Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106; 518-758-6192

Dungeons and Dragons
The Hudson Area Library is pleased to present a specialized campaign of Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens and Teens on Saturday, February 24, 11-2pm . No experience necessary!  Dungeons and Dragons, or D&D, is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Participants will get the opportunity to enter a land of magic, monsters and mortals in a campaign created by Chris Strom specifically for tweens and teens.
This program is free and open to the tweens and teens, who must register in advance. Space is limited and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Documentary Film
Saturday, February 24, 2018 FOLLOWING THE NINTH: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BEETHOVEN’S FINAL SYMPHONYA documentary film about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony4:00pm, $20/$10 students: advance purchase strongly recommended.  Tickets available at  As part of our continuing  Conversations with Neighbors series, this special screening will feature a Q & A with co-producer Greg Mitchell, and a Beethoven Sonata performed by Lincoln Mayorga.  The Ninth Symphony was composed in 1824, by a man with little to be thankful for. Beethoven was sick, alienated, and deaf, had never managed to find love, nor create the family he wanted. Yet, he created an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering.

Get Inspired at the 2018 Sunday Salons
Join us in celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Thomas Cole’s arrival in America from England in 1818. We’re kicking off this momentous year with the Sunday Salons, presenting scholars from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Department of Art History.  The 2018 Remaining Sunday Salons –  March 4 – Frederic Church in Thomas Cole’s Catskills,  Jennifer Raab, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History of Art, Yale University – April 8
Idyllic and Industrial Visions: Thomas Cole, William Guy Wall, and the Hudson River, Sophie Lynford, Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art, Yale University.  The lectures take place at 2 pm in the New Studio.  Generous support for this program is provided by David & Laura Grey and James & Diane Lewis.  Reserve now for limited-run Winter Tours  For more information visit

Two New Additions at Won Dharma Center
Winter Program Additions:  SUNDAYS, JANUARY 21 – MARCH 25 – MINDFULNESS AND THE 12-STEPS – 2:00-3:00pm (followed by 20 minute sitting meditation).  A discussion meeting focused on the 12-Steps and the Buddhist practice of Mindfulness as it relates to recovery from addiction and the end of suffering.  YIN/RESTORATIVE YOGA ($10 donation) – 3:30-4:45pm.  A profoundly healing blend of yin yoga practice designed to enhance the flow of Qi and create space within the joints/body, followed by restorative poses allowing for deep relaxation and release.  For additional information please contact Karen: 518-851-6517 or, Won Dharma Center, 361 Route 23, Claverack

Trivia Night!
Check out Trivia Night at The Greens in Copake at 5:00 pm every other Sunday through March.  Assemble your team of 2 – 6 players to compete against others for prizes and bragging rights!  Drink & Snack Specials, $3 Draft Beers, Football on TV and Lounge Atmosphere.  For more information about The Greens, visit

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