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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Elysian Fields and Ben Perowsky Visit Woodstock Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields
  • Oren Bloedow and Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields

The manner in which the creative arc of Brooklyn band Elysian Fields continues to evolve is akin to the finest vintage port. Since 1995 the group formed around core members Jennifer Charles (voice) and Oren Bloedow (guitar) has been making irresistibly swooning, dark, sexy, and sultry music that’s made them a firm favorite among musical connoisseurs—especially in France, which is perhaps poetically apt and indicative of that nation’s famously sophisticated taste. And Hudson Valley palates will finally get their own sampling this Friday when the band appears alongside Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra featuring lady rapper TK Wonder at the Colony Cafe.

There a bit of artistic incest at play on this gig. The part-time local Perowsky was the original drummer for Elysian Fields, and both Charles and Bloedow have previously guested as members of his Moodswing Orchestra, an ever-evolving experimental indie-jazz collective, as has TK Wonder and ex-Woodstocker Joan Wasserman (AKA Joan as Policewoman). And it’s exactly the kind of cross-pollination that adds up to an evening of incredible music, so you’d be wise not to miss it.

As an indication, here’s Elysian Fields playing “Johnny” in New York in 2012:

Elysian Fields and Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra featuring TK Wonder will perform on May 30 at 8pm at the Colony Café in Woodstock, New York. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 679-8639 or visit www.colonycafewoodstock.com.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Curtis Harvey Plays Hudson Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Curtis Harvey
  • Curtis Harvey

Back in the golden 1990s guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Curtis Harvey was in the thick of the indie scene as a member of the bands Rex and Pullman, the latter a veritable super group with players from Tortoise, Come, and Eleventh Dream Day. Now solo, Harvey continues to work in the acoustic-based mode he explored with Pullman and has recorded two albums in that vein, both on the local Fat Cat label: 2009’s Box of Stones and The Wheel, which comes out next month. To herald The Wheel’s roll-out (see how I did that?), Harvey will visit the Half Moon tomorrow night.

“With the exception of a few tunes, most songs developed over long periods of time,” says Harvey about the songs on The Wheel. “Some of the lyrics were written a year after the basic tracks, finally coming to me from out of the blue, or I would hear a line in my head and the rest of the song would just write itself around that.”

Here, Harvey plays “Joking” from Box of Stones:

Curtis Harvey will play at the Half Moon in Hudson, New York, on May 28 at 9pm. Admission is $5. For information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit thehalfmoonhudson.com/.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Depuy Canal House

Posted By on Mon, May 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Tasting Plate prepared by Chef John Novi

Tasting Plate #2

vegetarian Tower

Boullabaise at Depuy Canal House

Italian Cheesecake

Writer Vanessa Ahern and Chef John Novi

Depuy Canal House in High Falls, NY has been on my list of Hudson Valley restaurants to visit for a long time so I was delighted when Chef John Novi invited my husband and I for dinner a few Friday nights ago. Our reservation was for 6:30pm and when we arrived, I instantly felt at home. The Depuy Canal House stone house building originally opened as a tavern in 1797. The beautiful place settings with china, creeky floors, and coziness reminded me of being in my uncle’s stone house on a farm in the Loire Valley of France.

I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables lately so it was nice to see a few dishes that highlighted vegetables on the menu. Depuy Canal House is known for their tasting plates, and our first tasting plate had a salami cone with an almond and hummus, and pate. Next, another tasting plate arrived (cauliflower frittata, heart shaped daikon, and red pepper stuffed with spinach). The roasted pepper was roasted just right and somehow melded with the spinach. Chef John Novi, has a way with vegetables.

For my appetizer I had the Arugula and Napa salad. This was no ordinary salad. Part of it was served in a rice paper bowl, which was very soft and chewy, and complemented the citrus dressing well. The roasted beet and cippolini onion made it a very hearty salad. Tom had the Reel of Carrot pasta with ricotta cheese and bolognese sauce for his appetizer. Tom loved it though he kept on saying that it wasn’t really pasta because he said it tasted like tender carrots and the delicious bolognese sauce. (I was so into my salad that I forgot to taste his dish to understand what he meant).

For my entree I ordered the Vegetarian Tower (butternut squash, duxell eggplant, spinach, and mushroom caramelized onion with rhubarb and mirin sauce). As you can see the presentation was beautiful. Tom decided on the Bouillabaise with Thai Tom broth and scrod saute. It was so good, and I was delighted that Tom shared one of those scallops with me. We finished every morsel!

When our server Chris came over with the dessert tray, I had a tough time deciding because everything looked good. I left it up to my husband who picked the Italian cheesecake, which comes from a secret family recipe. After dessert and coffee, we thanked the chef who was busy in the kitchen, and saw a small group of friends sitting at the beautiful table in the large kitchen, with Chef Novi creating his master pieces on the stove nearby. (Note: Groups of up to 12 can dine in the kitchen, but since this is getting to be more popular Chef Novi advises that you reserve two weeks in advance if you want to dine in the kitchen. If there happen to be no reservations for the kitchen table the night you dine, you may be able to dine in the kitchen). I’d definitely recommend Depuy Canal House restaurant if you are looking for a romantic dinner or a place to have dinner in a chef’s kitchen. I didn’t take a photo of the four friends dining in Chef Novi’s kitchen, but they all looked very excited and happy to be there. Wish he could cook in my kitchen. My kids might actually enjoy eating vegetables if he did!

Find out where to eat, play, and recharge your spirit at Hudson Valley Good Stuff, Vanessa Ahern's blog.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ex-Cult Blasts Beacon This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

  • Ex-Cult

Memphis-based Ex-Cult is one of the most talked-about young punk bands of recent years. The raw, ramshackle outfit has toured with the likes of neo-garage king Ty Segall, who produced the group’s self-titled 2012 debut. In support of Midnight Passenger (Goner Records), Ex-Cult’s newly released sophomore album, the band will hit Quinn's in Beacon on May 24.

Formed in 2011 as Sex Cult by drummer Michael Peery and singer Chris Shaw, the quintet played their first show three months after their first practice, immediately gaining a local fan base and grabbing the attention of Goner label head Eric Oblivian. After a name change and the release of a couple of now impossible-to-find singles, Ex-Cult headed to San Francisco to record with Segall. The resulting Ex-Cult rocks with distorted guitar, pummeling rhythms, and snarling vocals. Those qualities are once again in abundance on Midnight Passenger, which was produced by veteran Memphis studio whiz Doug Easley, but on the new disc the group brings a deeper texture to the sound via newly added psychedelic and post-punk touches.

Dig this clip of the band ripping it up live last year:

Ex-Cult will perform at Quinn's in Beacon on May 24. 100ANDZERO opens. For set time, ticket price, and more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Woodstock's Creative Music Foundation Holds Workshop

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Creative Music Foundation Directors Karl Berger and Ingird Sertso
  • Creative Music Foundation Directors Karl Berger and Ingird Sertso

Founded in 1971 as the parent organization of the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock’s late internationally recognized center for improvised and world-fusion music, the Creative Music Foundation continues its mission of “[facilitating] the experience and expression of our deep connection with the transforming, liberating, and healing energies of music, a universal language that we all share and is as essential to our humanity as the air we breathe.” CMF recently announced jazz greats Joe Lovano, Henry Threadgill, and Tyshawn Sorey as the guiding artists for the CMS Spring 2014 Workshop, which will take place from June 9-13. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 19.

Joining Lovano, Threadgill, and Sorey at the intensive, four-day workshop will be esteemed fellow Marilyn Crispell, Peter Apfelbaum, Warren Smith, and Judi Silvano, as well as CMS’s co-founders and artistic directors, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. The symposium will explore CMS’s “Music Mind” practice, which focuses on the common elements of all music to inspire awareness, personal expression, intensive listening, and cross-cultural communication.

This video promo offers a glimpse of the workshop’s uniquely immersive approach:

The CMS Spring 2014 Workshop takes place June 9-13 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian. For registration and more information, visit http://www.creativemusicfoundation.org/.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Sugar Me Sweet Bakers in Saugerties

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Sugar Me Sweet Baker owner, Ginny Farris

Our afternoon snack from Sugar Me Sweet Bakers

If you follow my Hudson Valley Good Stuff blog, you know that I have a major sweet tooth, and I love cupcakes. (More proof of my love for cupcakes? For the third year in row I was a media cupcake judge at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival in Gardiner over the weekend. I tasted 27 cupcakes). I was very happy to see that Sugar Me Sweet Bakers opened up where the former Sweet Ambs used to be on Route 9W. It’s the perfect location for grab and go kind of bakery, with ample parking and nice picnic benches in the back. For a small bakery, there are many items to choose from: cupcakes, over-sized cookies, and whoopie pies. I picked out a banana mocha cupcake, which was really delicious. It tasted like really good soft banana bread with a rich icing on top.

My kids picked out a whoopie pie, and an iced cookie creation. (See photo). It was the perfect Friday after-school treat. Owner Ginny Farris opened the shop in mid-February and is happy with the enthusiastic response from the locals so far. If you are passing through Saugerties, and have a craving for a tasty dessert, stop by Sugar Me Sweet Bakers

Follow my Hudson Valley Good Stuff blog for more inside scoop on where to eat, play and recharge your spirit in the Hudson Valley.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bringing Holistic Care to All, in Kingston, Phoenicia & Woodstock

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM


When we think of a free health clinic, what usually comes to mind are doctors in white coats and the usual battery of physical exams and screenings. Not often do we imagine shiatsu massage, craniosacral therapy, and Reiki as part of the mix. But these are among the healing offerings delivered by Health Care Is a Human Right (HCRC), with clinics in Kingston, Phoenicia, and Woodstock.

Founded in 2003 by physician assistant Susan Weeks, HCRC is committed to bringing holistic wellness care to all people, regardless of socio-economic status. To that end, HCHR holds free monthly clinics in Kingston and quarterly clinics in Woodstock and Phoenicia. Practitioners of various modalities - from acupuncture and Feldenkrais to energy psychology and reflexology - donate their time in an effort to make the benefits of holistic healthcare more widely known and available. A team of volunteers works diligently to run and maintain this program, which operates under the auspices of Family of Woodstock.

Ongoing clinics in Kingston, held at the Kirkland, take place the second Thursday of every month. Clinics are offered quarterly in Phoenicia (at Parish Hall on Main St) and in Woodstock (at the Community Center on Rock City Rd). Walk-ins are welcome, and are the only option in Kingston and Phoenicia. In Woodstock, you can call for an appointment starting two weeks before the clinic (845-679-2485).

The next clinic dates are:
Phoenicia - Wed., Jun. 4, 2014, 4-7pm
Kingston - Thurs., Jun. 12, 2014, 4-7 pm
Woodstock - Sat., Aug. 2, 2014, 4-7 pm

HRCR relies on donations to continue its work. To learn more and to donate, visit the website.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Celebrate a Dutchess Resident's 110th Birthday!

Posted By on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM

On May 24, 2014 Vera Van Wagner (pictured above) will turn 110 years old, making her Dutchess's eldest resident and the 71st eldest person in the entire world. Once she is verified, she'll be the county's first Supercentenarian--a person who is 110 or older. Celebrate her birthday on May 19, along with honoring 17 other Dutchess residents over the age of 100 from Millerton to Beacon, including a 105-year-old who sang for King George and Queen Elizabeth, and three couples who have been married for over 70 years!

The "Celebration of Aging" takes place:
Monday, May 19, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
at Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Road, Wappingers Falls

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Put Local Farmers on the Map!

Stick to Local Food

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM


As Hudson Valley residents, we're spoiled. We're only about an hour or so from New York City, but we get to relax in the country nestled between beautiful farmlands. And while visitors from all over come to visit our local farms, the agriculture business could still use a hand "getting put on the map."

Local artist Maria Reidelbach of the Corn Cow Company decided to to just that--her campaign, Stick to Local Food, will provide blank maps of over 20 Rondout Valley farms. Each farm has a personalized colorful sticker to add to your map when you give them a visit. The maps will be distributed to Roudout Elementary School students (hopefully Kingston and Ellenville schools as well), in local stores, and even in shops along the thruway to encourage tourists to visit and support our farms. The map includes vegetable and fruit farms, u-picks, nurseries, horse farms, a Christmas tree farm and even an edible miniature golf course. Visiting all of the farms on the map gets you a special completion sticker as proof of your many agricultural adventures.

On the campaign's Kickstarter page, donations of $5 dollars or more get you colorful t-shirts, aprons, special stickers, map messages, advertising, limited edition versions of the map, and more. The campaign makes it affordable for farmers to take part in this low-tech and low-cost advertising technique, get the word out about their businesses, and continue to thrive in the Hudson Valley, providing us with great food and gorgeous scenery.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photo Show by Woodstock's Chris Stein Now Open

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Debbie Harry
  • Chris Stein
  • Debbie Harry

Following closely on the heels of the piece I did about legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen for our current issue is this item…

Woodstock resident Chris Stein is of course known as the guitarist of punk/new wave greats Blondie. But less known is the fact that his talents also extend to photography, a fact that’s now on view via “Blondie 4(0) Ever,” a show at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York of images Stein captured during the band’s colorful ride from its beginnings at CBGB in the mid 1970s through its rise to international stardom and eventual enshrinement as one of rock’s most iconic acts.

Stein began taking photographs in 1968 while at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In 1973, he met and began working with Debbie Harry, and together they founded Blondie. Stein wrote/co-wrote such classics as “Sunday Girl,” “Heart of Glass,” “Dreaming,” and “Rapture.” During the decade, he documented the emerging punk and new wave scene, capturing era- and career-defining images of many of its pioneering musicians.

Here’s some raw early footage of Blondie at CBGB:

“Chris Stein is rock and roll royalty,” says the gallery’s co-owner, Peter Blachley. “He and Debbie Harry were at the forefront of a movement that created some of the best music of the 1970s and 1980s. What he created as a photographer, with her as his muse, really codifies that period of time. This exhibit showcases a big piece of music history.”

A silent auction of select prints will be on-site in support of animal advocacy organization Rational Animal’s Sweet Dreams campaign, to raise funds for its Mothers Comfort Project, which sews beds for animals in shelters.
“Blondie 4(0) Ever” is on view through June 24 at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. For more information, visit www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.

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