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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Glow" for It: A Workshop for the New Year in Rhinebeck

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

If you're on a mission to achieve radiant health in 2014, you can jump right in at Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck this Sunday. "Sparkle & Glow" is a 5-day blend of yoga, cold-pressed juices, and Ayurvedic cooking designed to cleanse the body, clear the mind, and perhaps even let the soul shine through - brighter than ever.

Led by yoga teacher Sarah Willis and Glow on the Go juice-delivery-biz owner Kimberly Santoro, "Sparkle & Glow" will begin on Sunday afternoon with a 90-minute yoga session. Next comes a cooking demo designed to teach participants the art of making kitchari - the warming, wholesome mung bean and rice dish that is a culinary mainstay of Ayurveda (the traditional healing art from India). Participants will leave with a recipe tailor-made to their own health needs - and for each day of the cleanse, Glow on the Go will deliver three delicious, nutrient-packed fresh vegetable and fruit juices to drink.

"It's a perfect cleanse for winter, because this is the season for eating warm, nourishing food," says Willis. "It's also a great cleanse for people who don't want to be hungry." Kitchari is the only solid food consumed during the four-and-a-half-day experience, but the dish can be creatively adorned with carrots, turnips, zucchinis, and other appropriate veggies. "Eating this way gives us an opportunity to allow food to be medicinal," says Willis. The fibrous ingredients help to clean the digestive tract and allow organs like the liver and kidney to detox. As a result, participants might look forward to increased energy, less brain fog, weight loss, clearer skin, better digestion, a reduction in chronic pain in areas like the joints and low back, and, for women, an alleviation of PMS symptoms.

On day five (Thursday), WIllis will lead students through a gentle yoga practice, after which participants will "break the cleanse" with a rich coconut and cashew smoothie whipped up by Santoro. Mmm. See you at Satya on Sunday?

Details: "Sparkle & Glow"
Sunday, January 5: 2-4:30pm
Thursday, January 9: 7-9pm
Satya Yoga Center * 6400 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck

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Beacon Jazz Series Continues

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Joe McPhee

The Monday night jazz series launched by curator and musician James Keepnews at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, has been extended into 2014 with the announcement of an exciting string of shows for January, February, and March. “These sessions have sought to create a new model in creative music presentation, expanding this music to a new region and a new audience eager to hear more,” says Keepnews.

The next installment, on January 6, features Poughkeepsie’s legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, who will perform in a duo with bassist Dominic Duval. Future dates include the Paul Kogut Trio (January 13), Matt Keegan/Francois Grilliot/Dave Miller (January 20), the Mike Dopazo Trio (January 27), the Andrea Wolper Trio, featuring Michael Howell and Ken Filiano (February 3), Daniel Levin/Juan Pablo Carletti (February 10), Patrick Brennan/Cooper-Moore (February 17), the Kenny Wessel Trio (February 24), and Lou Grassi (March 3).

Here’s a bit of McPhee and Duval performing with drummer Jay Rosen in the band Trio X:

Quinn’s is located at 330 Main Street in Beacon. Each Monday jazz session begins at 8pm and is presented with no cover charge, although donations for musicians are requested. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Sissy's Cafe in uptown Kingston

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I finally had lunch at Sissy's Cafe in uptown the week before Christmas amid a busy day filled with holiday errands. Sissy's Cafe is a bright and cozy cafe on Wall Street in uptown Kingston that has a very friendly atmosphere. Daily specials are on the blackboard. I had the last bowl of Calcutta Carrot soup, which was thick and hearty. My husband had the turkey bacon, sun-dried tomato, pesto, and gouda sandwich. It was all fresh and delicious. There is also juice and smoothie bar behind the counter, but I was full from lunch so I didn't have a desire for more. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to eat more vegetables so I'll definitely come back to Sissy's Cafe to try out a juice. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays they are open for dinner as well.

Vanessa Geneva Ahern writes about her adventures in the Hudson Valley at HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com, a blog she started 5 years ago.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Alan Weisman to Discuss Population Growth at Cary Institute

Posted By on Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Every four-and-a-half days, we add a million people to the planet. In Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope For a Future on Earth the follow-up to his bestsellingThe World Without Us, Alan Weisman explores the fastest, most practical and affordable ways of balancing population growth with the health of our planet. It details Weisman’s travels to more than 21 countries to interview scientists, public health experts, and religious leaders.

On Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. investigative journalist Alan Weisman, author of the bestselling The World Without Us, will give a special presentation at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Chronogram Conversations: Peace Now with Scotty Bruer

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Julie Hedrick, Peter Wetzler, Brian K. Mahoney, Scotty Bruer, and Kerry Henderson after the conert for healing by Yungchen Lhamo at Kingston City Hall on December 7. - GLORIA WASLYN
  • Gloria Waslyn
  • Julie Hedrick, Peter Wetzler, Brian K. Mahoney, Scotty Bruer, and Kerry Henderson after the conert for healing by Yungchen Lhamo at Kingston City Hall on December 7.

Peace Now seeks one billion petitioners and supporters that together will co-create the momentum for a new era of lasting peace. Peace Now founder Scotty Bruer spoke about his ambition plan for peace after a concert for healing at City Hall in Kingston by Yungchen Lhamo in November.

Peace Now's mission, from their website:

"Our mission is to foster an earth that is at perpetual peace through worldwide individual participation, so peace and love are affirmed as our natural state. Our goal is to cultivate the mutual trust, cooperation, and loving kindness that engenders the accord that is the foundation of all meaningful existences. Our vision is that all life is equally precious, so PeaceNow is our sacred commitment to all human beings without exception and our shared gift to future generations."

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blue Jasmine: Only the Pulp Remains

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine
  • Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

The stellar Cate Blanchette completely fails in this film. Woody Allen forgot to write her character. For one thing, Jasmine has no backstory, except the fact that she was adopted, and dropped out of college to marry the wealthy con artist Hal. Is her adoption essential to her personality? Do adoptees become sociopaths? (Jasmine's sister — also adopted — is not a compulsive liar, but she ran away young from their adoptive home.) Is Blue Jasmine a manifesto against adoption? (During my 15-year addiction to Howard Stern, I was impressed by his heated attacks on the practice of adopting children. At the very least, Howard convinced me that this process is perilous.) Is it meaningful that Jasmine studied anthropology before leaving college? Is she, in some metaphoric sense, an anthropologist? Isn't everyone who rockets from one social class to another inevitably a scholar of human culture?

What about all the references to "A Streetcar Named Desire"? Are they relevant to the movie, or just an easy structure for the plot? Blue Jasmine is like a madman shooting randomly in a train station. Woody Allen attacks the upper middle class, Jews, dentists, sensitive Filipino supermarket managers, effete diplomats, sound engineers, yoga instructors. But Blue Jasmine can't be a tragedy, because the hero lacks nobility. Jasmine doesn't have a tragic flaw; she IS a tragic flaw.

When Hal leaves Jasmine for an au-pair, is Woody ridiculing himself? (Remember, Woody essentially married his daughter. Wait a minute, his girlfriend's ADOPTED daughter!)

I suspect Woody directs these movies just to stay busy, and to make a few bucks. No one would have bet on he and Bob Dylan sharing similar fates, but they do. Dylan tours constantly, though his voice is shot. Why? He's an icon, and also utterly irrelevant. (Perhaps an icon MUST be utterly irrelevant.) Woody is 78, Dylan 72. They are like those Jewish lawyers who work into their 90s. What else can they do? Stay home and play pinochle?

It's all our fault. We, the audience, have told Woody and Bob they are geniuses for so long that we've convinced them. Dylan steals lines from the poet of the Confederacy, Henry Timrod; Woody cribs from Tennessee Williams. Their late works leave us unsatisfied but inwardly pleased. We have squeezed everything out of them, and only the pulp remains.

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Music at Omi Residency Accepting Applications

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM


The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, is a surreal vista of large-scale abstract art—and the perfect setting for a closing performance by participants of the facility’s Music Omi program. Every summer, Music Omi invites approximately a dozen musicians—composers and performers from around the globe—to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency.

Everyone accepted to Music Omi receives lodging, including a private room, and delicious meals during his or her stay, though accepted fellows must secure their own travel funds. All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency. There is no application fee to apply for consideration to the program and no fee to attend.
Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas, perform each other’s works, and write music for one another while exploring their own musical vision and broadening their artistic and cultural horizons.

The Music Omi experience includes public performances where invited fellows share some of their collaborative work during the residency, and includes performances at Club Helsinki in Hudson and, at the program’s conclusion, at the Fields Sculpture Park on the Omi campus.

Here’s a virtual tour of the park showing current and past exhibits:

The deadline for artist residency applications is February 1. For applications and more information, visit www.artomi.org/music.

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My New Santa Songwriting Spree

Posted By on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Me as Santa
  • Me as Santa
For the second year, I was Santa Claus at Morne Imports, in Phoenicia, last Saturday. To prepare for this event, I rewrote the Christmas carol "Here Comes Santa Claus" as a utopian anthem in the style of John Lennon's "Imagine." (Believe it or not, the third verse is in the original.)

Here Comes Socialist Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus
Riding down Santa Claus Lane;
He's got a bag that's filled with toys
To bring socialism today.

Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle;
Oh, what a beautiful sight.
Jump in bed and cover up your head
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus
Riding down Santa Claus Lane;
He doesn't care if you're a rich or poor, boy,
He loves you just the same.

Santa knows that we're God's children;
That makes Christmas true —
And once capitalism disappears
Everything will be free for you!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ashokan Center Hosts New Year's Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
  • Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

It’s been a year since the Ashokan Center opened the rough-hewn wooden doors of the magnificent new buildings on its Olivebridge campus. Last February, you may recall, I did a feature centering on Ashokan curators and renowned roots-folk musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Well, since then the center has been busy presenting a steady stream of classes and “place-based” educational programs in community building, social and emotional learning, language arts, and hands-on living history and field-science research for kids, adults, and families, as well as events and retreats that dovetail nicely with its famed Music and Dance series. And it’s music and dance that will be at the fore during the facility’s New Year’s at Ashokan Weekend, which takes place December 29 through January 1.

Billed as “four days of music and dance workshops, performances, and dances featuring old-time, swing, and Cajun music, and waltz, contra, and square dancing,” the culture-rich happening culminates with a communal dinner and dance party on New Year’s Eve at the site. Performing acts include the Revelers, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and Swingology, and the Russet Trio; also scheduled are music instruction workshops, song swaps, jam sessions, and intimate classes in traditional folk dancing. What better way to bid 2013 an "Ashokan Farewell"?

As a taste, here’s a bit of Jay and Molly, Story Laurie McIntosh, and Ira McIntosh at Ashokan’s Maple Fest earlier this year:

For information and reservations, call (845) 657-8333 or visit http://ashokancenter.org/.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Heart Child Yoga in Bearsville: Kids Yoga for all ages & needs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Heart Child Yoga studio in Bearsville
  • Heart Child Yoga studio in Bearsville

Yoga instructor Jennifer Mehlich teaches a kids yoga class at Mountain View Studio, and also has her own kids yoga studio, Heart Child Yoga in Bearsville. I wanted to try out a kids yoga class with my children. My younger daughter is very flexible, but she gets distracted easily in a group setting. I contacted Jennifer Mehlich to see how large her classes run, but after talking with her about my children’s needs, we decided to try a private family class at her studio in Bearsville so the kids could get to know her first and get introduced to a yoga class that way.

Mehlich really connects to children, and my restless kids were very much at ease in her cozy studio that was lit with with white holiday lights, and smelled of incense. We started with a few breathing exercises and songs. We did grasshopper, cat cow, down dogs, and handstands. Towards the end, Mehlich showed us a few family poses we could do at home together, including one where we make our feet touch in the center and pretend we are all petals part of a flower. She uses rubber ducks in one of her breathing exercises. After a couple ending songs, the kids got to try a dab of peppermint or lavender essential oil, which was a hit. When we were done, we chatted over sliced pears and water, and played with her cat. It was about 50 minutes. My husband and I got to do a few yoga poses too so we all felt more relaxed after our private family session with Heart Child Yoga.

Mehlich is a NYS licensed Special Education Teacher and has worked with children with autism for well over a decade, and works with families and children of all needs. In addition to the class at Mountain View studio (Wednesday at 4-5pm, aprox. ages 6-11), she is also adding 2 classes a week in her studio for 4-5 children each, a monthly family music night, and a homeschooling class during the day. Most of the children in her classes are between 8-10 years, but she works with all ages. Her specialty training includes “Yoga for the Special Child Practitioner” and “Radiant Child Yoga.”

Having been a yoga practitioner for over 14 years, Mehlich incorporates the benefits of meditation and the mind/body/breath connection into her work with children and their families. She says her techniques have been successful with children with Autism, Sensory issues, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorders, and many others. Mehlich honors her students and believes that all children are here with a purpose and are teachers. Studio classes are $12 (or $10 a class with a 4-class card), and private session is $50 (on a sliding scale). Jennifer Mehlich can be reached at (845) 684 5628 or by email at heartchild1111@gmail.com.

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