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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Woodstock's First Couple of Jazz Presented with Award

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Left to right: Karl Berger and Ingrid Serto perform with bassist Michael Bisio and guitarist Kenny Wessel.
  • Left to right, Karl Berger and Ingrid Serto perform with bassist Michael Bisio and guitarist Kenny Wessel.

Chronogram would like to congratulate Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, who yesterday were presented with the Jazz Journalists Association’s esteemed Jazz Heroes Award for their tireless dedication to keeping jazz and creative music alive over the course of their lengthy careers.

In 1971 composer, vibraphonist, and pianist Berger, vocalist Sertso, and legendary composer and saxophonist Ornette Coleman cofounded Woodstock’s Creative Music Studio, which became the premier study center for contemporary creative music during the 1970s and 1980s. The birthplace of what came to be called “world jazz”—the genre-fusing concept of blending ethnic musical traditions with contemporary improvised styles—CMS, which closed in 1984, has proved indelibly influential for generations of musicians via the revelations put forth in its master classes, workshops, concerts, and jam sessions. Among the dozens of important musicians from around the world who taught, studied, and performed at the facility were Donald Cherry, Dave Holland, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Braxton, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Pat Metheny, George Lewis, Lee Konitz, Nana Vasconcelos, Oliver Lake, John Cage, Ed Blackwell, and Cecil Taylor.

In 2008 I interviewed Berger about the ongoing effort to digitize the hundreds of hours of live music taped at CMS back in the day. Read that interview here.

Here’s a cool clip of Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, featuring Sertso on vocals, at New York’s El Taller gallery last month:

More information on the Creative Music Studio can be found at Creativemusicstudio.org.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Nine Ideas for Mother's Day in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Mothers Day Faux Book full of exquisite chocolates by Oliver Kita
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  • Mothers Day "Faux Book" full of exquisite chocolates by Oliver Kita

1. Hickory BBQ Smokehouse on Route 28 in Kingston will be serving a Mother's Day Jazz Brunch from 12-4pm. The duo Unicorn will be performing. In addition to their regular menu, Hickory BBQ will be serving eggs or French toast with house smoked ham and cheesy grits. Fried oyster Po Boys and many other specials will be available for mom too.

2.Oliver Kita chocolates in Rhinebeck has created a special Mother's Day gift, a book full of scrumptious chocolates. (Read about my private chocolate tasting here.) The gorgeous “faux book box” holds a collection of chocolates made especially for moms: Violet Twilight, Jasmine Voile, Orange Mimosa, and Living Rose are examples of exquisitely painted, luxurious confections with complete wow factor for her on Mother’s Day.

3. Crafts at Lyndhurst runs from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 the weekend before Mother's Day, so if you are looking for cool local Hudson Valley crafts for her, check it out.

4. If are looking to for a sports event for women, look no further than the Inaugural Mother's Day 5K event in Uptown Kingston. After the race, I recommend you have brunch at Duo Bistro, or Deising's Bakery.

5. Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern will be serving a Mother's Day Brunch fit for a queen. I have yet to go to a buffet here, but lunch and dinners have been delicious. (When you're done, you can indulge in a little retail therapy at Light House Home Essentials, DIG the Boutique, or any of the other cute boutiques in Saugerties.

6. If you really want mom to relax on Mother's Day, you can't go wrong with a gift certificate from River Rock Health Spa. I've been going here for five years now for bi-annual spa services. I recently blogged about a classic European Facial I had there.

7. If your mom has a green thumb, or hopes to have one, get a gift card from Adams Fairacre Farms. They are very helpful and have a huge selection of seeds, plants, fancy gardening tools, etc. (By the way, bring a cup of dirt in a coffee can or jar, and they test it for you to see what it needs.)

8. Roundhouse at Beacon Falls in Beacon will be serving a special Mother's Day Brunch in their Waterfall Room, which they usually reserve for special events.

9. Lastly, this note from the Rhinebeck Farmers Market: "We have a special on Mother's Day which also happens to be Opening Day of the 2013 Outdoor Market season and the kickoff to our 20th year. We give free seedlings to all mothers. The seedlings are donated by our vendor The River Garden, a flower farm based in Catskill, NY. The market is open from 10am-2pm."

Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day weekend!

Find more Hudson Valley Good Stuff at HVGoodStuff.com.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Zakary Pelaccio's Fish & Game Set to Open in Hudson

Posted By on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Zakary Pelaccio
  • Zakary Pelaccio

Columbia County will soon welcome culinary royalty with Chef Zakary Pelaccio's newest restaurant, Fish & Game. Located at 13 South 3rd Street in Hudson, the opening is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 15.

Known for creating Brooklyn's first gastro-pub, Pelaccio has worked for top eateries including California's The French Laundry and New York's Daniel. He is also a founding partner of New York's Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, which is lauded for it's Malaysian and Southeast-Asian inspired cuisine. Pelaccio also penned Eat With Your Hands, a cookbook featuring 125 savory recipes rooted in Southeast-Asian, French, and Italian traditions.

Pelaccio, Jori Jayne Emde—his wife and partner—and their co-chef Kevin Pomplyn have created a menu centered around regional and seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farmers and artisans, as well as gathered from forests, fields, and rivers by the restaurant's culinary team. Though using local produce, meat, and herbs, the menu features multicultural flavors and one-of-a-kind condiments made in house, such as fish sauce, vermouth, vinegars, kimchis, and Lady Jayne's Worcestershire sauce—Emde's specialty brand.

Fish & Game is set to open on Wednesday, May 15, in Hudson.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Hudson Valley Celebrates Free Comic Book Day

Posted By on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

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  • Photo Courtesy of Austin Books & Comics

May the fourth be with you on Free Comic Book Day.

Since 2002, independent comic book stores across the country have celebrated Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday in May. Several Hudson Valley shops are participating in this year's event—which falls on the famed Star Wars Day, May 4. Participating stores include Poughkeepsie's Dragon's Den, New Paltz's October Country, Newburgh's Dark Tower Comics, Wappingers Fall's The Vast Abyss, Salt Point's Alterniverse, and Middletown's Main Street Comics.

This year's Free Comic Book Day titles include Judge Dredd Classics, Disney Fairies, TMNT New Animated Adventures, and a special-edition of The Walking Dead, among others.

Dragon's Den will be having special sales including buy any bagged or bagged-and-boarded comic for $2.99 or less and get any comic of the same price for free; fill a small box of $0.99 comics for $29.99; over 100 buy-one-get-one-free graphic novels on clearance; and marked down collectibles and toys. The first 30 people in the store will receive a coupon for one free graphic novel from the clearance box.

The shop also welcomes comic book writer and artist Franco Aureliani, who is best known for writing the DC Comics series Tiny Titans, which won him a 2011 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids. Aureliani will answer questions, sign autographs, and offer free sketches from 11am to 4pm.

Alterniverse will also have artists in house for signings including Brad Walker (DC Comics, Green Lantern New Guardians), Christian DiBari (Dynamite Entertainment, The Warriors), and Ryan Bowne (illustrator and horror artist). All three artists will have commissions and sketches for sale.

Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday, May 4 at independent stores throughout the country and Hudson Valley.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Family Fun at Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The Jumping Pillow at Kelders Farm opens in late April weather permitting

We always have family fun at Kelder's Farm on Route 209 in Kerhonkson. There are great U-pick farm stands along Route 209, but Kelder's Farm first appealed to me because it has a petting zoo and a bouncing area for kids. This "Jumping Pillow" is a big hit for my kids. They also have hayrides and you can milk a cow for $2. We bounce for at least an hour! There is no time limit. You pay $5 per person for a wristband, but you can bounce all day if you like.

It is a really beautiful place, so if you go, don't forget your camera! You can also pick your own fruits and vegetables in season at Kelder's Farm. I would definitely recommend Kelder's Farm for any child who loves to jump and bounce. There is also a small edible mini-golf course. The hardest part will be getting them off the jumping pillow! Also, just FYI, the restrooms are porto-potties so if you have a porto potty phobia, best to go somewhere else before you start the jump-a-thon.

I love pizza so I was very excited to find Pizza Barn, a laid-back, beautiful, rustic pizza place in Accord that makes gluten-free and organic pizza on Route 209, not far from Kelder's. All the pizzas here are made of organic ingredients and grass-fed, hormone-, antibiotic-, and nitrate-free meats. The kids loved the pepperoni pizza. We loved our square slices made with organic whole grain flour. We didn't get to try the gluten-free pizza, so we'll have to try it next time. It is really hard to find gluten free pizza in the Hudson Valley, so I was happy to find this one for all you gluten-sensitive folks.

Find more ways to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley at Vanessa Ahern's blog, HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com

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Top Five on Friday: Beers of the Hudson Valley and Slightly Beyond

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Tom Keegan behind the bar at Keegan Ales in Kingston.
  • Jennifer May
  • Tom Keegan behind the bar at Keegan Ales in Kingston.

Tap New York, the state's largest craft beer and fine food event, kicks off the festivities for its 15th year at Hunter Mountain this Saturday, with beer tastings from over 85 breweries, live music, cooking demonstrations, and awards for the best breweries in New York and the Hudson Valley. In anticipation of Tap NY's big winners, we've picked our top five beers from the Hudson Valley (and slightly beyond). On par with the region's microdistillery boom, the Hudson Valley has seen numerous craft breweries open over the past few years, and what's on tap is becoming increasingly varied and interesting. To that, we say cheers!

1. Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA—Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford
It's called "imperial" for a reason. The stronger, hoppier, and fuller-bodied version of the standard India pale ale, imperial—or double—IPAs taste like they've been knighted: glowing gold, richly hopped, and plush with a full, boozy body. Captain Lawrence's version of the style is one of the best of its kind, made in the Hudson Valley or anywhere. "The bros" from Beer Advocate give it a perfect score of 100, ranking it as world-class.

2. Joe Mama's Milk—Keegan Ales, Kingston
The hyper older cousin of Mother's Milk Stout, Joe Mama's is made of the same dark, creamy base, but it's jacked up a couple notches with brown sugar (to increase the alcohol content) and coffee from Kingston's own Monkey Joe's Roasting Co. Its thick, mocha-colored foam; full, warming mouthfeel; and bittersweet finish makes Joe Mama's a choice companion for a cold night.

3. Sauer Peach—Sloop Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
Sour ales range from bone dry to carmely sweet, but they all share that cheek-sucking tartness that leaves your taste buds singing. Sloop Brewing's version of the style is a bottle-conditioned Berliner Weissbier, so its acidic pop is filled out with a yeasty wheat flavor and texture. The addition of the peach nectar makes this beer not only distinctive, but semi-irresistable. And at 4.3% alcohol by volume, it's drinkable, too!

4. Ommegang Abbey Ale—Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
Like Captain Lawrence's Imperial IPA, Ommegang's Abbey Ale is considered a world-class beer (yes, the Beer Advocate Bros give it a perfect score of 100). Ommegang is a New York brewery that makes only Belgian-style beers, and their Abbey Ale is a classic. Abbey's are known for their dark, biscuity maltiness, with rich notes of raisin, caramel, and chocolate. Ommegang's version of the style is wonderfully balanced, with earthy and sweet flavors in satisfying harmony.

5. Newburgh Saison—Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh
A saison, also known as a farmhouse ale, is a Belgian style that was originally created to keep farm workers refreshed and hydrated without getting them too drunk (back when water wasn't clean enough to safely drink). Newburgh's Saison has all of the right characteristics of the style: light, citrusy, a bit bubbly, and low in alcohol—just the right beer for a hot day, on or off the job.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Feelies Return to Rock Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The Feelies
  • The Feelies

Almost four decades after they formed, New Jersey-based band the Feelies continue to kick out their highly influential brand of avant-punk pop. And they’ll be doing it once again at Club Helsinki in Hudson on May 17.

Founded by singer-guitarist Glenn Mercer and guitarist Bill Million in 1976, the Feelies were a staple act at CBGB and other early New York punk spots and released their debut album, Crazy Rhythms, on Stiff Records in 1980. Besides drawing resounding critical acclaim, the disc’s skittering sound greatly inspired subsequent artists like Sonic Youth, Pavement, and R.E.M., whose Peter Buck produced the group’s 1986 LP, The Good Earth (Twin/Tone Records). The Feelies’ fifth album, Here Before (Bar/None Records), was released in 2011 and shows they haven’t missed a beat.

Here, the band kicks out “Away” earlier this month:

The Feelies will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson on May 17 at 9pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Call (518) 828-4800 or visit Helsinkihudson.com for more information.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Six Writing Tips from the Woodstock Writers Festival

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

The popular Memoir a Go-Go panel at the Woodstock Writers Festival

As I sat in the Kleinert/James Art Center waiting for the Woodstock Writers Festival's Historical Fiction panel to start, I overhead a woman sitting next to me complaining to her friend in the row behind us.

"I'm feeling so tired. I just couldn't sleep last night. I find myself just too...I don't know too inspired. I couldn't settle down when I came home from last night's panel," she told her friend. The WWF is indeed inspiring and energizing for readers and writers. The weekend flew by.

Philippe Petit, author of Why Knot? captivated the Woodstock audience with his self-deprecating humor, wit, French accent, and passion for knots. Joe Donahue, who I have heard on the WAMC radio but have never seen in person, gave a fantastic juicy interview with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, and there were a few serious good laughs. Advice gleaned from this discussion:

"You have to write what you must write!"

"Own your place in the world and write into it."

Cheryl Strayed says she writes "fearlessy, open-heartedly, with abandonment, and without seeking approval."

Although I don't read or write fiction, I did enjoy the Historical Fiction panel: Charley Rosen (author of Scout's Honor), Ann Hood (The Obituary Writer) Tad Richards (Nick and Jake), and Carey Harrison (Justice).

"Don't overburden yourself with too much research. The flight of your imagination won't take off with too much baggage," says Carey Harrison.

Martha Frankel moderated a fantastic emotional and lively panel of memoir writers: Andre Dubus III ("Townie"), Christa Parravani (author of Hers), and James Lasdun (author of Give Me Everything You Have).

"Go where the story takes you!"

"It's what we don't know about our past that makes us write."

I didn't go to the story slam on Thursday night or the breakfast with Abigail Thomas and Bar Scott like I did last year, but I did go to the Friday night cocktail party at Photosensualis, and had fun talking to Fabulous Furniture's Steve Heller, mystery writer Arlene Kay, Stacy Clark from Inkubate, and I met a few Hudson Valley Good Stuff followers too. The delicious appetizers from Bistro to Go are worth mentioning too.

If you missed the Woodstock Writers Festival, you can catch all the panels via webcast at WoodstockWritersFestival.com. It's well worth the small fee to listen to these engaging discussions. I can't wait until the next Woodstock Writers Festival!

Writer Vanessa Geneva Ahern founded Hudson Valley Good Stuff 4 years ago. Visit HVGoodStuff.com and find out where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hudson Valley Native Bob Porco Producing Folk Music Film

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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It belongs to the ages now, but Greenwich Village nightclub Gerde’s Folk City is today remembered as one of the most important live music venues of all time. From 1960 to 1980, the club hosted early and pivotal performances by acts ranging from Bob Dylan (opening for John Lee Hooker) to Sonic Youth and Lucinda Williams. Hudson Valley native Bob Porco’s grandfather, Mike Porco, was the owner of the legendary space and Dylan’s manager and legal guardian when the folksinger was new in town. Over 50 years after Gerde’s opening, Bob Porco is producing a documentary on the venue and his grandfather’s intriguing life.

Slated for an October 2014 release, the yet-to-be-titled film features extensive interviews with Izzy Young, who operated the Folklore Center, another early mecca of the postwar folk scene, produced Dylan’s first Carnegie Hall concert in 1961, and first suggested Mike Porco try booking folk music at his restaurant, Gerdes (after a brief name change to the Fifth Peg, the site was rechristened Gerde’s Folk City). Also interviewed for the doc are Woodstock’s Happy and Jane Traum. Definitely sounds a flick to look forward to.

Here’s a rare, raw 1962 recording of Dylan at Gerde’s in which the singer mentions Young by name:

For more details on the documentary, visit http://www.folkcityatfifty.blogspot.com/.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

The New Mirabella's in Saugerties

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Mozzarella and garlic stuffed burger at Mirabellas
  • Hudson Valley Good Stuff/Vanessa Ahern
  • Mozzarella and garlic stuffed burger at Mirabella's

I went to check out the new Mirabella's restaurant in Saugerties when the village was celebrating First Friday. It was packed when we were seated in an over-sized wooden booth at 7pm or so. The side dining area is very spacious and inviting. The bar area is darker, but the bar was crowded with people watching sports on TV. You can see that a lot of work went into making this new place, and from what I could tell, the locals are happy to have another new place to hang out at.

I ordered one of the dinner specials, sauteed scallops with sweet potato risotto and spinach, which came with a small cup of soup. (My daughter swiped my soup! If I remember correctly it was potato leek, and the first spoonful was creamy and good.) Tom had the mozzarella stuffed cheeseburger with garlic. It was really tasty and juicy, and I made him cut it open so you could see the cheese inside. The dinner special was delicious. I've never had sweet potato risotto, and it was very flavorful. I loved the scallops, and the spinach was also good. I would have loved a little more spinach. The food came out very quickly, and our server was very sweet. It's a little noisy, but I like the fun vibe there!

Follow more of my culinary escapades at Hudson Valley Good Stuff, a blog I started in January 2009.

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