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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Juice Me: 7 Quick Stops for Healthy Imbibing

Posted By on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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When it comes to fresh vegetable juices and healthy smoothies, the Hudson Valley is no desert. Juice bars and cafes have been sprouting up in our area like countertop wheatgrass. Storefronts are abuzz with the whir of commercial-grade pulpers and cold-press juicers, and they're flowing with a rainbow of liquids, from beet red to kale green.

Why juice? Do it for the infusion of vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes that your body will soak up and use for every vital function. When juiced, a raw vegetable's nutrients are absorbed quickly and easily. The benefits range from detoxifying to hydrating to energizing.

Stop in and cool down at healthy pit stops like these:

Main Squeeze
144 Fishkill Ave, Beacon
The menu at this Beacon hot spot includes six fresh juices, six smoothies, and three daily specials - plus build-your-own options. They also peddle coffee and soup ("We do liquids," the owner tells me).

Juice Headquarters
71 Liberty St. Flats, Newburgh
New this year is this healthy, friendly oasis in Newburgh, offering a variety of fresh-made juices, smoothies, shakes, and shots. Try the Soul Glow (beet, carrot, apple, and ginger) or the Green Hornet (kale, spinach, apple, cucumber, celery, and lemon).

Karma Road Organic Cafe
11 Main St., New Paltz
This hippie-chic, college-town eatery hawks a full range of fresh vegetable juices, plus healthy smoothies and shakes to which you can add "improvers" like kale, spirulina, and hemp seed. Their solid food is worth the trip, too (don't miss the crave-worthy Kalecado Salad).

Glow on the Go
41 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
Owner Kimberly Santoro is passionate about cold-pressed juices - which are perhaps the king of the crop, since cold-pressing preserves the most of the veggies' live enzymes and other nutrients. Find a rainbow of options for green juice, beet juice, citrus juice, and smoothies. Glow also offers three-day cleanse programs, and even home delivery service.

Sunfrost Juice Bar & Cafe
217 Tinker St., Woodstock
Belly up to the bar at this neighborhood favorite. Lunchtime can be madness here - so get your juice on the off hours. The Starburst (kale, apple, lemon, and ginger) has a cult following.

Little Apple
21 Tinker St., Woodstock
You'll find a cooler full of bottled, cold-pressed juices: Try the Skinny Greens or the Ravishing Ruby. Even better, grab one of their made-to-order smoothies, such as Buddha Love (almond milk, banana, coconut meat, goji berries, almond butter, vanilla, and agave).

Maggie's Crooked Cafe & Juice Bar
6000 Main St., Tannersville
Tucked into the Catskill highlands, this friendly eatery offers a full menu of juices, smoothies, and vegetable cocktails, including create-your-own and blend-in options. Beat the summer heat with a Grapefruit Cooler, Ginger Hopper, or Date Shake Smoothie.

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Windows on Main Street: WOMSX

Posted By on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

A 2012 installation by Anna Bergin.
  • A 2012 installation by Anna Bergin.

In 2005, local artists Christopher Albert and Karlos Carcamo got an idea. Hoping for a way to merge the region’s businesses, social community, and art scene, they turned Beacon’s Main Street into a mile-long storefront gallery. The event was a success; for the next nine years, Window on Main Street continued to serve as an economic stimulus for the town and to strengthen the relationship between its residents and artists.

WOMSX is the event’s 10-year celebration and will run from Saturday, August 9 to Saturday, September 13. Visitors can tour the work of 35 artists in 31 of Main Street’s buildings, including Miss Vickie’s Music, Bank Square Coffeehouse, Quinn’s, and Ella’s Bellas. To mark the anniversary, WOMS is adding a touch of competition to this year’s site-specific exhibitions. Each artist has been asked to create one piece inspired by the business whose storefront hosts his or her installation. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite work (but only one!) by texting its yellow keyword to 22333, tweeting the keyword to @poll, or by casting their votes online. Awards will also include a $1,000 Grand Prize juried by the event’s founders and organizers, as well as a Gallerist’s Pick determined by five local gallerists.

WOMSX is a free, public event. An opening party will kick off the month on August 9 from 6pm to 8pm at Bank Square Coffeehouse, and the closing party and awards ceremony will be held August 13 from 6pm to 8pm at Quinn’s.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Calling All Baritone Saxophone Players

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho, Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
The walls come tumblin’ down, Hallelujah

The well-known spiritual is a song of freedom and deliverance—the Israelites’ deliverance into the Promised Land and the deliverance of African Americans out of slavery. And few can hear its verses without remembering the deep, booming bass of Paul Robeson.

A graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law, Robeson was as famous for his social activism as he was for his roles onstage and in film. After playing an active role in the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, he ascended to theatrical fame for his title role in “Othello” on Broadway and for his rendition of “Ol’ Man River” in Show Boat. But his career was compromised by his vocal criticism of racial inequalities in the US and by his support of pro-Soviet policy. In 1950, he was blacklisted.

On Thursday, August 21, sculptor and new media artist Justin Randolph Thompson will put on Fit the Battle at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The large scale piece is a celebration of Paul Robeson’s spirit and contributions to the American civil rights movement. It also commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Peekskill Riots—in 1949, the announcement of a Robeson concert sparked anti-communist, anti-black, anti-Semitic riots at Cortlandt Manor.

Thompson’s work will blend a sculptural installation, live performance, video, and sound. It will also involve what is hoped to be the largest ever meeting of baritone saxophonists; together, musicians from all over the world will evoke Robeson’s powerful bass and unyielding determination in the face of adversity.

If you’re a baritone saxophonist and want to contribute, send an e-mail to fitthebattlepeekskill@gmail.com with “Fit the Battle” in the subject line. The event is free and will run from 6pm to 8pm at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill.

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