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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Speed the Plough Plays Beacon Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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New Jersey band Speed the Plough began in 1984 as an underground rock all-star outfit, and is heralding its 30-year anniversary with the release of The Stars and the Plough, a two-disc retrospective on the Bar None label. In support of the album, the group will perform at Upstate venue Quinn’s on November 8.

Speed the Plough was formed by John and Toni Baumgartner and Marc Francia after their days as in the Trypes, which, at various points, included all the members of the legendary Feelies. After their first four albums, which feature an ever-shifting cast of players, the group went on an extended hiatus but reformed in 2009 at the urging of Francia’s sons Dan (bass) and Ian (drums) and John and Toni’s son Michael (guitar). All three offspring joined the band and were major players on 2010’s Swerve and The Summer Sessions and 2011’s Shine and Tag Sale (all Bar None). (Guitarist Ed Seifert joined the band for the latter two releases.)

See this live clip of the group on their Hoboken home turf:


Speed the Plough will perform with Breakfast in Fur at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on November 8. For set times, ticket prices, and more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gate to Hell

Photographs by Avery Danziger

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Inside a 300 ft crater located in the Karakum desert of northern Turkmenistan, a storm of flames emerge as photographer Avery Danziger stands at the edge of the crater to visually record the natural phenomenon. The crater has been nicknamed “The Door to Hell,” or “The Gates to Hell,” by the locals, attracting hundreds of tourists annually that has generated thousands of photo's of the location on the internet. Danziger's latest photo essay is entitled "Gates of Hell", unveiling at the White Gallery which is open to the public through November 30th.

Daniziger has spent over year solely dedicated to planning his expedition before actually setting out on foot. The 6,000 mile journey began with a seventeen hour flight to Turkemenistan, followed by a six hour ride in a Land Rover through the Karakum desert, in order to arrive to this specific destination.

Through photography Danziger draws attention on a natural disaster that often goes undocumented in main stream media. Although Danziger displays the aesthetics of the enflamed crater, his photo's simultaneously build awareness on the environmental concerns by the viewer.

“The Gate to Hell” evolved in 1971 when the republic was still part of the Soviet Union. A group of Soviet geologists went to the Karakum desert in search of oil fields. Geologists stumbled upon what they thought would be a substantial oil field, and began to drill. Unfortunately, what the scientists were unaware of, was that they were drilling on a cavernous pocket of natural gas that was unable to withstand their weight of the equipment. Ultimately the site collapsed, and creating a domino affect that opened several of craters.

The disaster is a visually intriguing event that has raised environmental concerns. The natural gas escaping from the crater has caused much of the wildlife adjacent to the crater to die after the accident. The escaping methane simultaneously poses dangers due to it’s flammability— as it only takes five percent methane in the air for an explosion to take place, therefore scientists lit the crater on fire, hoping all dangerous gas would burn away.

In the oil and natural gas operations, this is not uncommon. Unlike oil, which can be stored in a tank after drilling indefinitely, natural gas needs to be immediately processed— and if there’s an excess of natural gas that can’t be piped to a processing facility, drillers often burn the natural gas as a way to get rid of it. The process referred to as “flaring.”

What was intended to be a few week burn has lasted almost a half-century. In 2010 Turkmenistan president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov feared that the fire would threaten the country’s ability to develop in nearby gas fields, and ordered the local authorities to come up with a plan to fill the crater. No action have been taken.

Aside from the arising contemporary environmental concerns Danziger’s photographs are not documentary in nature. Instead Danziger’s photo’s clearly reflect that the photographer set out on his journey as artist. All photo’s capture the breath taking beauty of the desert that stretches out for miles, as the land remains uninhabited by most life forms. The land and the sky run smoothly in unison while the crater provides a surge of light to peek out from underground.

Discovering treasure’s that are hidden to the eye is what Danziger inspires to do with his photographs. This series of eye-catching photos enable to viewer to find meaning in the environmental chaos. The photo’s are shot at all times of the day— allowing viewers to visualize the beauty of the region during all moments. Whether Danziger stands in front of the crater, or from afar, each photo successfully captures the unforgettable image of the golden aura of flames emerging from the ground. Around a dozen of the 1,500 photo's taken of the phenomenon were chosen for the final cut of Danziger’s exhibition.

THE GATE TO HELL © 2014 Photographs by Avery Danziger from AVERY DANZIGER on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Residency by Rasputina Leader Begins Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Melora Creager

Back in my 1990s New York rock days, Rasputina was definitely one of the most unusual bands on the scene: three lady cellists and a drummer playing alternately heavy and dream-like Baroque rock in the same Lower East Side dives that hosted the rattiest of the city’s resident and visiting punk acts. Twenty-some-odd years later, the group, now pared down to two cellos and a percussionist, is still led by founder Melora Creager and remains like no other. Between Rasputina’s tours, Creager, now a Hudson Valley resident, has been keeping busy with a new side project, Melora Creager and the Calico Indians, which will be in residence next month with a series called “Mondays with Melora” at Club Helsinki on Mondays, starting November 3.

Creager, who I profiled for a feature on Rasputina in the October 2010 issue of Chronogram, has also played with Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Bob Mould, Cheap Trick, Joan Osborne, Porno for Pyros, and a cornucopia of other big names.

Here she is with Rasputina, doing a brilliant cover you may just recognize:


“Mondays with Melora” take place at Club Helsinki in Hudson on November 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 8pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Super Lice, Coming Soon to a School Near You

Posted By on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

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Last week, it was hard to find any over-the-counter lice treatments in my town at CVS and RiteAid. They had sold out, after a head lice breakout had prompted a run on the local pharmacies. But shoppers should have considered themselves lucky: Aside from being toxic, the OTC lice treatments are a waste of money and effort these days.

Why? It appears that the modern louse has evolved to tolerate the pyrethrin- and permethrin-based chemicals (i.e., pesticides) that are the main active ingredients in OTC shampoos and products such as RID and Nix. Enter the age of the new "super lice," hard-to-kill critters that are raising the stress levels and blood pressure of parents and school officials across the country.

Experts say that lice become tolerant of the OTC shampoos and products when people apply them incorrectly. Perhaps the shampoo doesn't stay on the scalp long enough, so the lice get a small dose that doesn't kill them but makes them stronger. Then a new breed of super lice develops, with stronger eggs and exoskeletons that resist treatment.

What can be done? Some pediatricians recommend the "smothering" method to kill the bugs and loosen the eggs. One such method involves liberal use of Cetaphil cleanser, a shower cap, and a hair dryer. Others involve olive oil or tea tree oil.

The homeopathic product LiceFreee - available in a gel, spray, and preventive shampoo - is a nontoxic option available at many health food supermarkets.

To tackle a very persistent infestation, you can get a prescription from your doctor for Sklice, Natroba, or Ulefsia - all of which use different chemicals that demonstrate effectiveness even against the so-called super lice. Until they evolve again, that is.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beacon Venue Honors Folk Music Figure Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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The late Mike Porco was one of those between-the-cracks figures who helped change the trajectory of contemporary music, although his name remains unknown to many. Porco was the proprietor of Gerde’s, an Italian restaurant on Fourth Street in New York’s Washington Square that eventually became Gerde’s Folk City, a crucial hub of the city’s 1960s folk music scene that hosted early performances by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, and many others. Tonight, to in honor of Porco’s 100th birthday, Beacon’s Town Crier will present an evening of live musical performances by a cast of folk-related greats that includes David Amram, Tom Chapin, David Massengill, Rob Stoner, Vince Martin, and Bev Grant.

Gerde’s became a music venue in 1960 when Porco struck up a partnership with booker Izzy Young, the director of the Folklore Center. In Chronicles, his 2004 autobiography, Bob Dylan called Gerde’s “the preeminent folk club in America” and referred to Porco as “the Sicilian father that I never had” (although Italian-born, the club owner actually hailed from a different part of that country).

To get an idea of Porco’s cultural importance, watch this trailer for Positively Porco, a documentary by his grandson Bob Porco:

Folk City’s Mike Porco 100th Birthday Anniversary Concert takes place tonight, October 23, at 7:30pm, at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York. Tickets are $10. For reservations and more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

4th Annual “Day of the Dead” Celebration Held in Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Multiple venues along Main Street in Poughkeepsie engage in workshops, traditional foods and craft, an altar competition, and a culminating grand celebration featuring a youth arts contest for the fourth annual Day of the Dead celebration. Mariachi music, sugar skull painting, and an art exhibit join the event annually to join forces with community members to educate and celebrate the traditions of the holiday by indulging in a week-long celebration that is presented free to the community.

This year the event introduces a week-long altar competition across twelve Main Street businesses. This competition not only widens the celebration, but it supports economic revitalization of the area, which is a key strategy of the Middle Main Initiative. The Middle Main Initiative will be hosting the 4th Annual celebration beginning October 25th and running until November 2nd.

A grand celebration of the event will take place on Sunday November 2nd at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 317 Main Street in Poughkeepsie from 3pm to 7pm .

The full list of events can be found here, as well as on the

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy Play Kingston Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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  • Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Since it opened about two years ago cool Kingston venue the Anchor has been consistently booking solid musical acts. And here comes yet another: Wichita, Kansas, brass/punk/folk outfit Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, which hits the club tonight.

Featuring mandolin, banjo, trombone, acoustic bass, and “feed-bucket trap set” (?) percussion, the five-piece band has been making its name on the road for several years with its rambunctious, high-energy performances and repertoire of “social satire to labor union songs to Civil War Ballads to existential journeys that explore life, death, despair, and indulgence.”

Why, just have yourself a look-see right here:

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy will perform tonight, October 21, at 9:30pm. at the Anchor in Kingston, New York. The Gold Hope Duo will open. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 853-8124 or visit http://theanchorkingston.com.

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Woodstock Film Festival: "The Last Time You Had Fun"

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:10 AM

The Last Time You Had Fun is a four-way Freudian case history. It's also a movie version of one of those "A Frenchman, a Jew, a Mexican and a psychiatrist walk into a bar..." jokes. (In fact, it's a "A doctor, a lawyer, a teacher and a housewife walk into a bar...")

Clark gets divorced — because his wife realizes she's gay — and that evening his best friend, Will, arrives with a stretch limo to take him to a "divorce party," the inverse of a bachelor party. But Clark refuses to visit a strip club, instead choosing a tepid wine bar. He buys a drink for a gorgeous blonde (Ida) and soon she and her sister Alison join the two guys for an awkward fiesta in the stretch limo.

Here's what the movie believes: 1) No marriage is stable. 2) In fact, nothing is stable. (We create rituals in our lives to convince us that the world's predictable, but really everything changes every 17 minutes.) 3) A happy marriage is an oxymoron. 4) What we call "maturity" is mostly repression. 5) It's easier for four people to fall in love than two.

I'm begging the producer: "Make a sequel!"
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sundog Cider Offers Solar Cider Tour

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Cider tastings, building tours, and a day filled with the people and operations that allow Sundog Ciders come to life. Jody Rael, owner of Sundog Solar, Solaqua Power & Art, and Kling Magnetics, invites the public to tour the solar powered building that brings Sundog Ciders to life.

Using 100% New York State apples, while adding 6% alcohol, these ciders gracefully pair the event that presents the opportunity to indulge in the fall festive drink while learning about the carbon neutral building that delivers our delicious beverage.

The Sundog Solar building prior was the Colombia Box Mill, an energy wasting building built in the 1950’s, and now has transformed into a net-positive, energy producing, carbon neutral facility with the use of multiple renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

Sundog Cider opens it’s doors on October 25 from 1 to 5 pm for a Solar Cider Tour. Sundog Cider is located 343 Route 295 in Chatham. To learn more about the company please visit http://www.sundogcider.com/.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Create Your Own Candy Cane Demonstration

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Feature from Marty Glembotzky on Vimeo.

Sugar cooking, pulling, and dying comes to life for the public to view on November 28th & 29th at the Commodore Chocolatier. Each attendee will participate in a hands-on demonstration of crafting the holiday candy cane, and leave with a treat in hand.

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This one day event held over Thanksgiving weekend will educate viewers on the candy making process. Beginning with the transformation of sugar, attendee's will visualize the main ingredient cook in a big copper kettle until it reaches 300 degrees. Following the initial step candy crafters practice the technique of sugar-pulling on a marble table and added with pure flavors. Coloring and striping are applied last to transform the clear candy mass into a decorative holiday treat that is appealing to the eye. This is an opportunity for kids of all ages to stimulate their senses, educate their minds, and then leave with a goody in hand.

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Commodore Chocolatier offers a public candy cane demonstration on November 28 & 29th. Neighboring the demonstration building is the Commodore Chocolatier shop. Participants are encouraged to look at all the products in the retail store has to offer. Chocolate Santa’s, hard candy, candy canes, and Christmas trees and toy soldier gift boxes of chocolates will be available. Since 1935 Commodore Chocolatier has delivered specialized chocolates and other handmade confections to the Hudson Valley community.

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Commodore Chocolatier is located at 480-482 Broadway in Newburgh. Find out more information about the event by calling (845) 561-3960.

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