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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upstart Fest Rolls Through Hudson Valley

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Svetlanas vocalist Angela
  • Svetlanas vocalist Angela

Presented by local label Altercation Records, the Upstart Fest is currently the Northeast’s largest touring punk rock festival. This week the rolling rock 'n' roll circus once again crashes through our quadrant, taking the Chance in Poughkeepsie on October 1 and blowing the Fuzebox in Albany on October 2.

The lineup for each night is slightly different, so pay attention, punker! The Poughkeepsie bill (7pm, $12) features the Virus, Left Alone, the Svetlanas, the Sharp Lads, Two Fisted Law, New Red Scare, Entropy, and Hand to Match. In Albany (call or see website for times and ticket prices), it’s the Virus, Left Alone, the Svetlanas, the Sharp Lads, New Red Scare, Bourbon Scum, and Nine Votes Short.

Here's a taste of the Svetlanas kicking out the jams earlier this year at the Altercation Records Punk Rock BBQ in Austin, Texas:

The Upstart Fest visits the Chance in Poughkeepsie on October 1. For set times and ticket prices call (845) 471-1966 or visit www.thechancetheater.com. The tour hits the Fuzebox in Albany on October 2. For set times and ticket prices call (518) 703-8937 or visit www.facebook.com/Albany.FuzeBox.

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Asian Art on the Hudson

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM

A painting by Huang Yue.
  • A painting by Huang Yue.

A major first-time exhibition of contemporary Chinese art, presenting works by nine master artists born in China, will be on view at the Robert Livingston Estate at Southwood, 726 Woods Road, Germantown, NY, during the first week of October.

Asian Art on The Hudson will feature over 82 pieces of artwork in various media—paintings, calligraphy, embroidery and ­traditional Chinese ink wash art—which are being shown in the United States for the first time ever as a whole. This event is hosted by the Chinese Culture & Art International Organization (CCAIO). The show will be up October 1-7. Exhibition hours: Wednesday, October 1, Noon–3pm; Thursday, October 2, Noon–3pm; Friday, October 3, Noon – 3pm; Sunday, October 5-Tuesday, October 7, Noon–5pm.

A painting by Zeng Sheng.
  • A painting by Zeng Sheng.

This exhibition is the first of its kind to grace the banks of the Hudson. Works by fashion guru and scenic painter Mark Cheung, by founder of Dongjiang painting school and Dean of China Hakka Painting Academy Mr. Zeng Sheng, and by famous Chinese painter and master of embroidery Ms. Liao Chunmei, will be on display, amongst many others. Two of the show’s featured artists—Mr. Huang Yue, founder of Flower & Bird Oil Painting, and Mr. Wu Huan, painter and calligrapher—will be in attendance for the show.

A painting by Mark Cheung.
  • A painting by Mark Cheung.

Asian Art on The Hudson’s organizer, Ms. ‘Christine’ Gong Tingyu notes, “A unique feature of this landmark exhibition is the way in which it positions contemporary art from a non-Western culture on the beautifully serene banks of the Hudson. We believe in the power of an‘art exchange’ to advance global civilization and understanding. Culturally distinctive art forms often communicate universal themes and truths in the most powerful way. We are very excited to bring this large body of Asian art to Germantown.”

For a private appointment to view Asia Art On The Hudson, please contact Art&Collaboration at (845) 867-7916.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Hosts an Investigative Documentary

Posted on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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For one screening only at Regal Hudson Valley Mall 12 Cinemas will play a showing of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secretat 6:30 pm hosted by the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, the Saugerties-based haven fro farmed animals.

Cowspiracy is a documentary that follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today. The film reveals the truth behind the devastating impact the farming factories has had on our planet, and asks why so few of us understand the effect of our food choices on our ailing planet.

Tickets are $12, and must be purchased in advance at http://www.tugg.com/events/10617. A Q&A with Stevens will follow the film.

Below is the trailer for the documentary.
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Classics of Italian Cinema with Prof. Joseph Luzzi

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Prof. Joseph Luzzi
  • Prof. Joseph Luzzi

Italian film buff, professor, and author Joseph Luzzi will present an excursion into classic Italian cinema, showing the greatest works ever to appear on the Italian screen, clips from masterpieces by Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Rossellinim and others on September 28 at 1:30pm at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. The discussion will be followed by a reception at Market Street and includes a complimentary glass of wine and hors d'ouevres ($20), or for $35, you get a copy of Luzzi's recent memoir, My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Visit Upstate Films for more details.

A frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, the London Times Literary Supplement, Luzzi is the author of the forthcoming A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014).

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Deane Arnold Pumpkin Carving at Hurds Family Farm

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Deane Arnold's is proving that a true artist can create a work of art from anything. The 51-year-old graphic designer and illustrator hailing from Reynoldsburg doesn't waste any creativity during the fall season as he transforms the seasonal past-time of pumpkin carving into masterpieces of art. On Saturday September 27 Arnold joins the Hurds Family Farm to allow the Hudson Valley community to join the pumpkin carving insanity beginning at 1 pm.

To get a glimpse of the artist at work enjoy the one minute video of a two hour time lapse of Arnold's pumpkin carving transformation.



Still curious about the artist? Broad and High provides a one-on-one interview with the artist for fans to enjoy.



To learn more about the artist's work visit https://www.facebook.com/pumpkin1962 to learn more.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuvan Singers Visit Rosendale on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Alash Ensemble
  • Alash Ensemble

If you’ve never heard traditional Tuvan throat singing performed live, you absolutely need to. Haunting, fascinatingly unsettling, and steeped in primal beauty, the traditional Asian practice sounds both ancient and alien. Newsweek describes it well: “Imagine a human bagpipe—a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally—by the same person, at the same time.” This Saturday is your chance to experience the real deal, close up, when Tuvan quartet Alash Ensemble visits the Rosendale Cafe.

Named for the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva, the group was mentored by under vocalist Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues). Its members were trained in traditional Tuvan music during childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. They formed the group in 1999 when they were all students at Kyzyl Arts College, practicing in a damp basement and soon becoming the campus’s resident traditional ensemble. At the same time they learned about Western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America. In 2002, they began to forge a new musical identity: They introduced the guitar and the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments and experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.

Dig the otherworldly vocalizing in this recent performance:

Alash Ensemble will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on Saturday, September 27 at 8pm. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paul Green Rock Academy Students Punk Out in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Paul Green conducts his students.
  • Paul Green conducts his students.

Jack Black’s character in the 2003 comedy School of Rock may have been—coincidentally or not—reminiscent of Rock Academy founder Paul Green, but Green’s growing global institution is no joke. Local resident Green’s real-life school of rock, which teaches kids to play rock and pop music, is the largest after-school music program in the U.S., boasting nearly 10,000 students and 126 locations; additional locations have been opened in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, and Australia. This weekend at BSP Lounge in Kingston, the school’s Saugerties branch presents “CLASSIC PUNK!!,” an event that will see young rockers-to-be performing a selection of punk rock hits by the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, and others, which they’ve spent their recent semester learning.

For an idea of what proud local papas and mamas (and other attendees; the shows are open to all) will be in for, here’s a clip of Paul and his kids stomping through Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop" last year. If only school had been this much fun when I was their age…


The Paul Green Rock Academy presents “CLASSIC PUNK!!” at BSP Lounge in Kingston on September 26 and 27 at 6pm. For ticket prices and more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Symposium with Ngugi wa Thiong'o at Manhattanville College

Posted on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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Celebrated author Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who is currently one of the front-runners to win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature according to the London Guardian, will appear at Manhattanville College in Purchase on Friday, September 26 as part of the MFA program's annual Fall Writers Weekend.

Notable works by Ngugi include Caitani Mutharabaini (Devil on the Cross), a novel written on toilet paper while he was imprisoned, Mind and Barrel of a Pen: Resistance to Repression in Neocolonial Kenya, a critical essay, and the memoir Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary.

Ngugi will join the college as they host a one-day symposium in the West Room (Reid Castle). The symposium will begin at 3:30 pm with a panel on Ngugi’s life and work. Featured presenters who will participate in the event include John M. Mugane, Professor of the Practice of African Languages and Cultures and Director of the African Language Program at Harvard University, Hunter College Professor Jeremy Glick, and Manhattanville College Visiting Assistant Professor Fatin Abbas. Ngugi will provide a keynote reading from his works at 7:00 pm.

Below is a recent video of Ngugi appearing on BCC to explain the important role of language in hierarchies and systems of oppression.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Weekend of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Garrison

Posted By on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

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Open to health seekers as well as healthcare practitioners looking for wisdom from the East, an October program at The Garrison Institute will explore traditional Chinese medicine. "Healing Is in Your Hands," presented by the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, is a weekendlong retreat, October 17-19, 2014.

Offered as an experiential journey, the workshop will involve participants in healing practices centered around TCM's principles of the energy body. Special focus will be given to women's health, or Yin energy - though the program is open to both men and women. The weekend will be co-led by holistic physician Christine Page, MD, and traditional Chinese medicine doctor Nan Lu, OMD. Room and board are available.

For more information and to register, visit garrisoninstitute.org.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Hudson Valley Hate Crime

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Recently, I found a very disturbing message on my car. Just above several bumper stickers praising President Obama, someone had inked, “I love niggers.”

The car was parked in my boyfriend’s driveway in East Fishkill. He had seen the message in black marker as he was about to leave for work and asked me to come outside. “I called the cops,” he said. “It’s a hate crime.”

He was absolutely correct. According to the FBI’s website, “a hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.”

Nearly 260,000 Americans are the victims of hate crime every year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, but no one charts how many of the criminals are brought to justice. Because hate crimes can have a ripple effect that spreads fear throughout an entire community, the federal government, 45 states and the District of Columbia have enacted hate-crime legislation with enhanced penalties. In a sad reflection of race relations in this country, nearly half of hate crimes are motivated by race, and two-thirds of those cases have an anti-black bias, according to recent FBI data.

“We’re putting out the message that hate crimes should be treated seriously at all times because they make a whole community fearful,” said John Firman, director of research for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which develops best practices for police departments across the country.

Yet the responding police officer not only failed to fingerprint my car, the only reasonable chance we might have had to catch the perpetrator without video-camera footage, but seemed to blame the victims – in this case, President Obama and me.

“There’s so much anger toward this president,” the officer said, shaking her head, as though this remotely justified what had happened to my car.

Apparently, I should have known better than to broadcast my admiration for a president who arouses this emotion, despite the fact that it may well be rooted in racism.

I believe that the vandalizing of my car was also a form of terrorism, defined by the FBI as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.”

The FBI’s website continues, “Investigating hate crime is the number one priority of our Civil Rights Program. Why? Not only because hate crime has a devastating impact on families and communities, but also because groups that preach hatred and intolerance plant the seeds of terrorism here in our country.”

Fingerprinting is one of the first lines of offense, according to both the FBI and the IACP. But a sergeant at the East Fishkill Police Department told me, “We don’t fingerprint for graffiti on cars.” He advised my boyfriend and me to install video cameras with night-recording capability, which can cost hundreds of dollars. In other words, it was our job to catch the guy.

“Most large police departments take hate crimes more seriously,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that monitors the radical right. “We often see it fall down in smaller departments and rural counties.”

Unless small law-enforcement agencies also start taking hate crimes seriously, these toxic messages will continue to pervade our communities – and that’s a loss for everyone, Obama supporter or not.

The other day, a driver on the Taconic State Parkway gave me a thumbs-down as he passed my car. At first I thought I was driving too slowly; then I realized, “It’s the stickers again.” Not a hate crime, but still a hostile act.

When I told my boyfriend, he said, “Maybe we should take a few of the stickers off. There are too many haters out there.”

He’s right—there are too many haters. But we don’t capitulate to terrorists abroad, so why should we do it at home?

Time to put more stickers on my car.

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