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Friday, February 1, 2013

Vegetarian Foodies: Amanda Cohen Signs "Dirt Candy"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Amanda Cohen in front of Dirt Candy NYC restaurant
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  • Amanda Cohen in front of Dirt Candy NYC restaurant

Portobello mousse will be served at the book signing at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck.
  • Portobello mousse will be served at the book signing at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck.

Vegetarian chef and cookbook author Amanda Cohen will be signing copies of her popular restaurant cookbook, "Dirt Candy" at bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy in Rhinebeck this Sunday, February 3rd, from 2pm to 5pm. You will get to taste Portobello Mousse, which is an appetizer at her Dirt Candy NYC restaurant in the East Village. It's very hard to get a reservation at Dirt Candy NYC, so this free sample might be the closest you will get to dining at Cohen's restaurant. Cohen can answer your questions about her wildly popular vegetarian cookbook, which will be in its third printing soon.

Writer Vanessa Ahern blogs about the Hudson Valley at HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Five Sexy Dinner Menus for Hudson Valley Valentines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Valentines Day temptations at Depuy Canal House: Cupid with Genoa salami reel filled with white bean hummus and a butternut squash heart; Potato fritatta with apple and green olive stuffed bugle chip; Portobello mushroom stuffed with Tuscan Bread and tomato salad with basil pesto.
  • Depuy Canal House/Chef John Novi
  • Valentine's Day temptations at Depuy Canal House: Cupid with Genoa salami reel filled with white bean hummus and a butternut squash heart; Potato fritatta with apple and green olive stuffed bugle chip; Portobello mushroom stuffed with Tuscan Bread and tomato salad with basil pesto.

It's that time of year again—when local chefs express their romantic sides. The following restaurants offer Valentine's Dinner menus that are sure to seduce your palate and your partner!

Chef Ric Orlando has created a sexy menu for New World Home Cooking. The Notorious Safe Sex Platter for Two for $24 includes Venezuelan Spiced Chocolate Drops, Oysters on the Half Shell, and Perfect Olives, among other aphrodisiac delights. The platter is served with a blind fold. A "Raw, Barely Cooked, and Chilled Seafood Menu" is also available from the a la carte menu. Seafood lovers can also savor the "All Seafood Safe Sex Platter" for $65.

Panzur in Tivoli is offering a special Valentine's Day Menu featuring "the same ingredients prepared in contrasting ways symbolizing how we can be completely different and exactly the same" for $75 per person, minimum of two people per party.

Cucina in Woodstock is having a Three-Course Valentine's Day Dinner Prix Fixe for $49, which includes a glass of prosseco.

You can woo your honey in a 200-year-old tavern at the Deputy Canal House in High Falls where Chef John Novi has created an extravagant a la carte menu for Valentine's Day 2013, which starts off with a Valentine's Lovers Beautiful Chocolate Kiss Cocktail.

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian is offering a “Have a Heart” Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14th. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go directly to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.

Find more ideas for Valentine's Day in the Hudson Valley at Vanessa Ahern's blog Hudson Valley Good Stuff: Where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley

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Paul Green Resurrects "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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In addition to hosting “The Toolshed with Paul Green” Saturday nights on Radio Woodstock WDST 100.1 FM, Paul Green is the music director of the Woodstock Film Festival and the founder of the nationally franchised after-school music education program School of Rock. Next weekend he’s staging “The Music of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’” a rock concert-style presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” based on the original cast recording.

For the production, Green has assembled an all-star cast of local musicians that includes Tracy Bonham, Dr. Know (Bad Brains), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, B-52s), Joey Eppard (3), Connor Kennedy, Jeremy Bernstein, Lindsey Webster, Clip Payne, Joe Russo, Katie Benevento, Tim Sutton, Daria Grace, Ida Hakkila (WDST), Rachel Havens, and many others. Proceeds from the concerts will benefit Woodstock Day School.

“The Music of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’” will be performed on February 9 at 8pm and February 10 at 3pm at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Mentalist Lucas Handwerker will open. Tickets are $20, $35, $45, and $65.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Math is Fun at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum this Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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This weekend, bring your kids to experience a different kind of Super Bowl. Specifically, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum's skee ball arcade game that doubles as an introduction to basic graphing. The interactive and educational Poughkeepsie destination spot for families with young children launches "Fun 2, 3, 4!", a new exhibition that explores the fun side of math, on February 2, with a special exhibition preview for museum members on Friday, February 1, from 6 to 8pm.

The exhibition includes 16 hands-on exhibits that introduce basic math skills, such as measuring, estimating, counting, and calculating. Activities include "How Many is a Million?", which involves spinning gears in order to be the first to topple over a glass, and "Measure the Dino"—a game where kids use their feet as the measuring tools.

The "Fun 2, 3, 4!" exhibit opens this weekend at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Buster Keaton Films Shown in Hudson & Rosendale

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Buster Keaton in The General
  • Buster Keaton in "The General"

This week presents a rare opportunity to see two Buster Keaton features and two shorts at Time and Space Limited in Hudson and the Rosendale Theater. The big screen makes a difference: watching silent films on your TV, no matter how big, is a letdown. Keaton, film's premier physical comedian, can't be truly appreciated on a 52-inch screen. The precision and ingenuity of his gags and stunts—performed by him, often at great personal risk; the house-facade collapse scene from Steamboat Bill, Jr. is one of the most iconic images of cinematic history—have never been equaled.

Almost a hundred years on, Keaton's films still hold strange magic. Forget 3-D, forget flash-cutting, forget ultra-violence: The best of Keaton's works are more entertaining than Avatar in 3-D can ever hope to be.

On Thursday, January 31, Time and Space Limited in Hudson kicks off two days of Keaton films with the shorts The Goat and Sherlock Jr. at 6pm and The General at 8pm (No less a cinematic personage than Orson Welles said that The General is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.") On Friday, the schedule flips, with The General screening at 5:30 and the shorts at 8pm.

On February 3, the Rosendale Theater shows The Cameraman, the first great romantic film comedy, as part of its Sunday silents series, with live musical accompaniment by Marta Waterman.

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Black Francis to Play Hudson Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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  • Black Francis

You may know him by his real name, Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. Or you may know him as solo artist Frank Black. But odds are you know him best as Black Francis of alt-rock giants the Pixies. And it’s under the latter name that he’s making an insanely rare Upstate small-club appearance at Hudson’s Club Helsinki on February 8.

With the manic singer-guitarist front and center, the Pixies ruled alternative music in the late ’80s with their distinctive blend of classic pop, hard punk, surf guitar, and freakish noise on songs filled with colossal riffs, weird lyrics, and heart-stopping dynamics. As one of the most influential acts of the last 30 years, the quartet inspired a generation of younger bands, Nirvana chief among them. Outside of the Pixies, the singer-songwriter recorded several albums as Frank Black before reverting to the Black Francis moniker in 2007. But, really, a name’s a name, right? He could play a gig up here as Elmer Fudd and I’d be there. So see ya then.

Black Francis will play at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Friday, February 8 at 9pm. Reid Paley of 1980s Boston post-punk greats the Five will open. Tickets are $25. For more info call (518) 828-4800 or visit www.helsinkihudson.com.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Swim the Winter Blahs Away: Huge Indoor Pool at Bard College

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

The indoor pool at Bard College

There is something about dipping into a six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool in the middle of a brutal winter that just snaps me out of a winter funk. When I first moved to the Hudson Valley, a fellow mom told me that the pool at Bard College is one of the best kept secrets here. I have to agree with her. My family and I love to go to the pool at the Stevenson Athletic Center on winter weekends during the Open Swim time (1:30pm-8pm on Saturdays and 1:00pm-8pm on Sundays) to relax and swim. A few lanes are set aside for slow moving adults or families with kids. There is a diving board, too. If you want to swim laps, you can do that in the remaining lanes. I like the low key friendly atmosphere at the pool. It wasn't very crowded at all when we went this past Saturday. The locker rooms are nothing fancy, so bring your own lock and toiletries. It costs $20 for a family of 4, or $10 per person for the day. Call or check their website for the Open Swim times as they can change every month.

Vanessa Ahern covers where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley at HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com.

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21st Annual DanceFest! 2013

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Dancers from the Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute

The Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute, a Hudson Valley based touring dance and music company, hosts the 21st Annual DanceFest! on Saturday, February 2 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm at SUNY New Paltz's McKenna Theatre. DanceFest! is a collaborative project to help the local community connect with different dance styles, including world dance, modern, and classic jazz, among others.

The themes of the dances range from Viking and pagan culture to childhood innocence to the Holocaust and oppression. Some performances blend dance styles like New York Academy of Ballet's "Immortal ConFusion," which juxtaposes three different types of dance, and others blur genres, such as "La Nuit," Rhinebeck Dance Centre's ballet/theater dance premiere.

Eleven Hudson Valley dance schools are participating in the event including the Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute, Barefoot Dance Center, Dance Beacon/Ballet Art Studio, Figures in Flight, Gina Marie'z Academy of Performing Arts, Madeline's Dance Center, New Paltz School of Ballet, New York Academy of Ballet, Rhinebeck Dance Centre, and Saugerties Ballet Center. First-time DanceFest! participant the D'amby Project has an attached school based in Red Hook.

Presale tickets are available through the individual dance schools and will be sold at the door. Proceeds from DanceFest! will benefit the Vanaver Caravan's Art Education programs in Ulster County and the surrounding areas.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Neti Pot: Torture Device or Nasal Savior?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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I'll let you in on a secret: I keep a neti pot in my medicine cabinet because I think it's kinda pretty. Ivory and elegant, it looks like a cross between Aladdin's magic lamp and a gravy boat. But the idea of actually using it is about as attractive as having all of my nostril hairs pulled out.

Every time I get a head cold, my little neti pot stands there like a reproach to me. Psst, it seems to say. This is what I'm here for. Try me.

It happened last night, when I looked over at my trash basket filled to the brim with crumpled tissues. An angry red stripe blazed under my nose from the Kleenex assaults of the past two days. My neti pot sat there sweetly. How can you ignore me at a time like this?

A nasal irrigation device favored by yogis in the tradition of Ayurveda, the neti pot has been around for centuries. But it wasn't until a 2007 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that the ceramic wonder penetrated the American consciouness. Endorsed by Oprah and her favorite MD, Dr. Mehmet Oz, the neti pot enjoyed newfound fame as a way to cleanse and clear the nasal passages, relieve sinus congestion and facial pain, and keep allergies and sinusitis at bay.

Right there on daytime TV, Americans got to see how it works. You fill the neti pot with about a cup of lukewarm water mixed with half a teaspoon of salt. Tilting your head to a 45 degree angle over your sink, you insert the gravy boat tip into one nostril and pour, letting the salty water spill out the other nostril. Then you refill and repeat on the other side. A sexy maneuver it is not. But neither is blowing your nose.

This morning I finally gave it a try. At first I sputtered and gagged and felt like I would drown, but eventually I got the hang of it. And you know what? It wasn't that bad. And I'll be damned if my trash basket isn't filling up a little more slowly today with crumpled tissues.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Towne Crier Café Moves to Beacon

Posted By on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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After nearly a year of searching, the Towne Crier Café has found a new location to call home. In spring 2013, after 25 years in Pawling, Phil Ciganer's live music club will move to a renovated industrial building in Beacon.

When the club lost its lease in early 2012, Ciganer thought about permanently closing their doors, but he said the outpouring of community support steered him toward a new vision of the club. His search for a new location led him to Beacon's lower Main Street historic district, which has a lively arts and culture scene.

Forty years since its opening, the Towne Crier Café has provided an intimate setting for up-and-comers and world-class musicians, such as Randy Newman and Pete Seeger. Ciganer plans to build an improved Towne Crier, while maintaining the music and dining environment the club has become known for.

The new Main Street location will offer 50 percent more seating and a flexible floor plan that can be adjusted based on the musical act. He also plans to install state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Ciganer said he wants to update the dining menu to include and focus on locally sourced food.

Ciganer wants the transition to their new location to be as seamless as possible for his customers. While the building in Beacon is under construction, the Towne Crier Café will continue to serve food and offer music at their Pawling location.

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