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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Brass Teapot Available for Digital Download Today

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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A broke couple in their 20s visit a roadside antique shop in a rural New York town, and discover a hidden gem that will change their lives. If this scenario, which is the premise of the feature film The Brass Teapot, sounds familiar as a resident of the Hudson Valley, that's no coincidence. As the trailer reveals with its familiar shots of Uptown Kingston, the Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the Toll Brothers' Harding Country Manor Model in Fishkill, the film was shot in the Hudson Valley. Production took place in Beacon, Newburgh, Kingston, and several other regional towns, with help from the Hudson Valley Film Commission, during the summer of 2011. The Brass Teapot was the first film to use Umbra of Newburgh soundstages, a film production facility devoted to projects in the Hudson Valley.

Today, the Brass Teapot is available for digital download on iTunes or on demand. The magical dark comedy hits theaters on April 5, but there will be two Hudson Valley premiere's before then, one at The Beacon Theatre on March 22 and the other at the Downing Film Center in Newburgh on March 23, both at 8pm. The Newburgh screening includes a wine and cheese reception.

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Candlelight Concert Brings Ethereal Sounds to Sculpture Park

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

One of the giant sculptures at the Fields at Omi.
  • One of the giant sculptures at the Fields at Omi.

Located in rural Ghent, just outside of Hudson, the 300-acre campus of Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, musicians, and dancers. Omi’s Fields Sculpture Park, with over 80 oversized works by some of the medium’s most accomplished and daring contemporary artists, makes the site one of the region’s must-visit destinations. And this Saturday, March 2, the abstract sculptures will provide the inspiration for an evening the center has dubbed a “Candlelight Concert of Ethereal Improvised Music.”

Performing at the event is the ensemble Chemical Composition (Constance Cooper on piano, Thomas Desisto on electric guitar, and John Cacciatore on percussion), which will be joined by guest artist Jeffrey Lependorf on traditional Japanese shakuhachi and Chinese xiao and bawu bamboo flutes. The concert will also celebrate the release of Notes are Rain, Timber is Snow, Chemical Composition’s newest release of modern improvised chamber music. Complimentary prosecco, mulled cider, and homemade cookies will be served.

Tickets are $10 (free for Friends of Omi members). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.omiartscenter.org.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bowling Fun: Ro-Lin Lanes Red Hook

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Warming up at Ro-Lin Bowling Alley

Ro-Lin Lanes in Red Hook is a great place to go on a blah weather day when you have no plans, and need something to do with the kids. It was crowded there on Sunday afternoon with families, groups of friends, and random single men. There was also a very low-key kid's birthday party taking place. They have bowling ramps to help kids who are learning how to bowl. There is a snack bar, game room, redemption arcade, and vending machines full of junk food kids love. I'm a terrible bowler, and only bowl once or twice a year, but Ro-Lin Lanes has a nice family atmosphere, and I didn't feel too embarrassed about my lack of bowling skills. The bowling shoes for rent were also relatively new, which I appreciate. In better weather, you can also use their 18-hole miniature golf course.

Find more fun activities to do in the Hudson Valley, visit Vanessa Ahern's blog Hudson Valley Good Stuff: Where to eat, play & recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jam Out this Saturday at Beacon Winterfest

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Yarn.
  • Yarn.

Now entering its fourth year, Beacon Riverfest has been steadily shaping up to become one of the Hudson Valley’s most promising summer music festivals. To fund the outdoor event, which traditionally takes place at Beacon’s Waterfront Park, festival organizers are presenting Beacon Winterfest this Saturday, March 2, at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls.

The musical money-raiser, which takes place in the historic building’s stunning Waterfall Room, begins at 7pm and stars Yarn, the Big Bright, and Antje Dukevot. A returning Riverfest favorite, Yarn is led by singer-songwriter Blake Christiana and plays jammy Americana rock comparable to the Grateful Dead and Widespread Panic. The Big Bright, a new collaboration between Ollabelle’s Glenn Patscha and Fiona McBain and singer-songwriter Liz Tormes, has picked this date to make its Hudson Valley debut. Acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter Dukevot combines beautiful vocals with the poetic sensibilities of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Leonard Cohen.

The concert is being co-sponsored by Beacon Natural Market, WFUV-FM, Beacon Music Factory, and Chronogram. For tickets and more information, visit www.local845.com.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mentalist Lucas Handwerker Wows Woodstock

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Mentalist Lucas Handwerker of Woodstock, NY
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  • Mentalist Lucas Handwerker of Woodstock, NY

There was an impatient buzz swirling through the sold-out crowd at Byrdcliffe Kleinert/ James Center for the Arts in Woodstock last Friday night (Feb. 22) for The Process: Lucas Handwerker. I overhead one woman whisper, "He has been doing this since he was eight!" I was among the curious. The crowd applauded when 19-year-old Lucas Handwerker appeared on the small stage. He asked all those who believe that certain people carry psychic powers to raise their hands. He then reassured those people that was not his purpose. Instead of predicting our futures, he is going to lead us through a journey of the mind, so he invited us to go along. My mind was open to wherever this boyish oracle was going to lead it.

He asked us to write down our dream job on an index card, and summoned four volunteers to go on stage so he could figure out which dream job went with which person. He guessed correctly, giving us insight into what their body language revealed. (Tip: when you stop getting body language cues, look at the person's feet!)

Then audience members were asked to write down a "Will I Ever" type question on an index card, and he came close to pinpointing the man sitting a few seats away from me who was dreaming of a beach house. Then, we were asked to write down our biggest fear, and Handwerker led the audience through a mental exercise to help us shed our greatest fear.

The evening was fast paced, and I wanted to take notes, but I didn't want to draw attention to myself. (The last thing I wanted was to be targeted to get on stage with "Public Speaking" scrawled on my index card as my biggest fear). At times Handwerker paced a bit, and played chess. Besides the climactic ending, which I won't give away, the most memorable part was when volunteers from the audience were blind-folded while they practiced "free writing" and "free drawing" in front of the audience. My only involvement was that I was one of the eight who were asked to pick a six-digit number.

The Process definitely made me think, "How does he do that?" Before going to sleep that night I was trying to figure out his secrets. How did he know that woman's name? Does he just have a knack for knowing which women are named Donna? Well, Donna is a common enough name and all the Donna's I know are super nice, strong friendly women, but how could he know for sure? Okay, I guess he is plugged into our brainwaves somehow.

All I know is that Lucas Handwerker did captivate the audience in Woodstock. He has a very unassuming stage presence. His confidence comes across, but he is self-deprecating, and funny at times. What will Handwerker be up to 10 years from now? I predict he will be performing in front of bigger crowds. He just launched a Kick Starter campaign to raise money for a feature length film on his work (Discover The Hidden Power of Your Mind to be presented at the Woodstock Film Festival). Have you seen Lucas Handwerker perform? What did you think?

Read Chronogram's profile of Lucas Handwerker here.

For more event reviews and to sign up for Hudson Valley Good's newsletter, visit writer Vanessa Ahern's blog, HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

School Lunch (Box) Reform

Posted By on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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The school cafeteria has been getting a much-needed makeover with Michelle Obama’s new nutritional guidelines, which call for school lunches and breakfasts to contain less fat and sodium and more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. But what about the millions of kids who carry a lunchbox from home? It might be time for parents to rethink the contents of their little ones’ brown bags and bento boxes as well.

The innards of my own childhood lunchbox (flashback to the 1970s and '80s) almost never varied: A bologna sandwich on Wonder bread, a bag of Fritos, an orange (hallelujah, something natural), and ice-cream money. Somehow, this repast carried me through my school years—but wholesome it was not.

“When we think of healthy eating in general, a simple approach is to get as many whole foods as possible,” says West Hurley and Stone Ridge-based nutritionist and certified health coach Lysa Ingalsbe. “If we take this philosophy to packing a school lunch, it will help guide our choices.”

For the lunchbox-challenged, Ingalsbe offers a few ideas:

The Main Event: A sandwich, soup, or tortilla/burrito. For sandwiches, think hummus with tomato on whole wheat bread, avocado with cheese, tempeh or turkey reuben, or homemade chicken or tuna salad. Wrapped in tinfoil while still hot in the morning, a tortilla filled with beans, greens, and cheese will stay soft; placing the burrito in a preheated thermos helps to retain its warmth as well.

Fresh Extras: Clementines, sliced apple with lemon, applesauce, carrot sticks, celery, or sugar snap peas.

The Crunch Factor: Whole grain pretzels, whole grain crackers, or corn chips.

The Wash-Down: A bottle of water (nix the juice box or soda).

The true test of lunchbox success is a simple benchmark: Will your child eat it? No matter how virtuous your intention, all efforts come to naught without the approval of your little food critic. Good luck.

To contact Lysa Ingalsbe, RN, CHHC, visit bodyandsoulnutrition.com or call (845) 594-2127.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Catskill is Cooking

Posted By on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Main Street in Catskill
  • Main Street in Catskill

In an effort to bring the bustle back to Catskill, business owners and community members are working together by lending goods, services, and space to one another. One of these communal efforts is Catskill Action Team's grassroots restaurant recruitment project, Catskill is Cooking.

Applicants submit their restaurant concept, menu, and resume to the judges, who are also local chefs. The judges include Max Cenci from Hudson's Ca' Mea, Ana Sporer from Ruby's Hotel in Freehold and instructor at the New York Restaurant School and the Institute of Culinary education, and Luc Moeys from Oriole 9, Yum Yum, and Love Bites in Woodstock, Kingston, and Saugerties.

The chosen contestants will compete in a summer tasting event on Main Street and the winner receives a turnkey restaurant on Main Street with 3 to 6 months paid rent courtesy of the Catskill Local Development Corporation. The Catskill LDC will also help the winner develop a business plan and find funding from county resources. The chef-judges will serve as mentors to the fledgling restaurant owner. For details, email catskilliscooking@gmail.com.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties: Skate Date!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The beautiful Kiwanis Ice Skating Arena in Saugerties

I finally went on an ice skating date at the Kiwanis Ice Skating Arena in Saugerties yesterday. It is a beautiful, well-maintained, huge (197 feet x 85 feet) ice skating rink in the Cantine Field Complex, next to the Small World Playground. There were only a few people skating there around lunch time: a small group of girlfriends, two families, a grandma, and us. We paid our admission ($6 per adult), and rented skates ($3). The guys get hockey skates and the ladies usually get the figure skates. The staff member said it's because the hockey skates are a bit stronger. (My feet started hurting after 10 minutes of skating with the figure skates, so I exchanged them for the men's hockey skates. My feet felt a little better, and I felt a bit more confident on the skates, too.

The temperature in the ice arena is very cool, which makes for an invigorating work out. I hadn't been here in at least two years so I was very rusty. The first minute I was on the ice, I was thinking, "Uh, this is a bad idea!" Once I stopped clinging to the edge of the rink, I started to relax, and 20 minutes later, I was able to slowly skate around the rink. I looked a bit stiff, but at least I only fell once!

For more date ideas in the Hudson Valley visit HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com, a blog Vanessa Ahern started in January 2009.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wilco Announces 2013 Solid Sound Festival Lineup

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rick Levinson
  • Rick Levinson

After taking a year off to concentrate on its own music, titanic indie rock sextet Wilco just announced the much-anticipated return of its Solid Sound festival to MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The three-day outdoor event once again features acts hand-picked by the band members themselves, and with the 2013 lineup they’ve outdone themselves: In addition to two headlining sets by Wilco, the June 21-23 gathering will feature performances by, among others, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Low, Brazlian psychedelic legends Os Mutantes, Foxygen, Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) Border Music project, White Denim, gospel greats the Relatives, Lucius, rising folk star Sam Amidon, and a reunited Dream Syndicate, whose Solid Sound performance will mark the full band’s first North American concert in 25 years.

In addition to sets by various Wilco side projects, such as drummer Glenn Kotche’s On Fillmore backing a live performance of the popular public radio show “Radiolab,” the festival promises comedy by John Hodgman, Reggie Watts, Al Madrigal, and Jen Kirkman, food, vendors, and more. Camping and bus transportation from New York and Boston is available.

For tickets and more of the Solid Sound lowdown, visit www.solidsoundfestival.com.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Red Hook Curry House Buffet

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Vegetable Korma at The Red Hook Curry House

The Red Hook Curry House in Red Hook bustles on Sunday night. They offer dinner buffets on Tuesdays and Sundays from 5pm to 10pm. Since I very rarely wait longer than 20 seconds to get a table in the Hudson Valley, I am always impressed when I have to wait five minutes. I knew as soon as I walked in there and saw the packed restaurant with beautiful red booths that I was in for a real Indian buffet feast. Locals, weekenders, couples, and families with teenagers were all dining here.

The buffet ($12.95 for adults) has quite a few vegetarian options, including mulligatawny soup. For the main dishes: fish karma, lamb vindaloo, chicken tandoori, and hot out of the oven nan. Everything is delicious and fresh. The service was very friendly, though lingering is discreetly discouraged as the bill comes promptly as soon as you finish your tea.

Speaking of tea, I was very impressed with the chai. Anybody who has visited India knows about real Indian chai. It is sold just about everywhere you go in India. I had my best chai in a run-down hotel in Mumbai in 1998. It amazes me that even fancy Indian restaurants in New York City serve very lame chai. When I ask for chai, the server comes back with a cup of spiced Lipton Tea. I don't know why the restaurants don't make an effort to make the real thing. I guess they assume most diners don't know real Indian chai.

Newsflash: The Red Hook Curry has the real chai! I couldn't believe it! The chai here is the closest I've come to having chai in India! It is milky, strong, sweet, and refills are free! It was the perfect ending to a delicious Indian buffet. You might not have room for dessert, but the dessert offerings are small anyway.

Find more restaurant reviews and things to do in the Hudson Valley at Vanessa Ahern's blog, HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com.

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