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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sacred Shakers to Testify in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Sacred Shakers
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People that know me know me might be sick of my yammering on about Eilen Jewell. Sorry, friends, I'm not about to stop. She’s one of contemporary roots music's top artists, a high-plains diva whose chilling voice hits like Billie Holiday meeting Patsy Cline in the desert. Jewell is also a long-time fave at Club Helsinki, where she and her band will return with their gospel-oriented side project the Sacred Shakers on December 5.

With the core of singer-guitarist Jewell, drummer Jason Beek, bassist Johnny Sciascia, and the insanely spectacular guitar god Jerry Williams, the Sacred Shakers, to quote their dead-on press bio, “deliver hard-hitting country-gospel alongside soulful harmonies and primitive blues power. The all-star band’s infectious rootsy, rockabilly groove is exciting to witness and accessible to believers and doubters alike…This collective of Christians, agnostics, and Jews can sing of the true vine with an exciting Bo Diddley beat and just as easily slow it down to evoke the simple beauty of a plain little country church with the benches all worn.”

Here’s a little of what I'm getting at:


The Sacred Shakers and Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson on December 5 at 9pm. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit www.helsinkihudson.com.

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Sinterklaas’ Send-Off in Kingston

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Before Coca-Cola’s jolly white guy with a twinkling eye, there was a generous 4th Century bishop from Asia Minor who, by the 11th Century, had become the patron saint of children and Amsterdam, among other things. Legends told of his kindness and the miracles he performed to help the poor. He was an older gentleman with a beard and sleigh, who would fill good children’s empty shoes with cookies and oranges or threaten the naughty ones with switches. Now, most of us call him Santa, and on December 6th, it’s his feast day. That’s when, according to the Hudson Valley’s Dutch forefathers, he’d arrive by boat from Spain at every Dutch port city in turn. And that send-off is where the Hudson Valley’s Sinterklaas celebration really begins.

On the last Saturday in November, Sinterklaas departs from Kingston’s Rondout and crosses the Hudson River to a much-anticipated arrival in Rhinebeck the first Saturday in December. His send-off this Saturday, November 29th, offers an opportunity for children to enjoy the essential parade and cookies, as well as experience the beginning of the Sinterklaas celebration. The children’s parade begins at 4:15p and runs just two, easy, downhill blocks from A.S.K. Art to the waterfront. Beforehand, there’s a puppet show at A.S.K. Art, a Crown & Branch-making workshop at the Maritime Museum, a storyteller at the Trolley Museum, a Wayfinder Experience at Gallo park, plus various offerings, like live music and hot cocoa, at participating stores on Broadway and the Strand. And for adults, there are special musical guests at Mint, a pop-up holiday shop at Milne’s At Home Antiques, a tasting to highlight affordable esoteric wines at Kingston Wine Co., and a post-parade soiree at Mariner’s Harbor. And it’s all free! Susie Linn, a co-producer of Kingston’s Sinterklaas, says it’s a real community event, where a grassroots effort (volunteers are always needed) is boosted by grants and support from local foundations and businesses. It’s all designed to bring Hudson Valley families together to make our own warmth and light and to celebrate the coming winter season.

For more info and a full event schedule, go to Sinterklaas Kingston, downtown Broadway, on the Rondout, Saturday, November 29, 11am-7pm, children’s parade at 4:15p at Broadway and Garraghan Drive/Spring Street.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Woodstock Film Festival: “Patrick's Day”

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM



Patrick's Day is a study in sainthood. I spoke to the director (and writer), Terry McMahon, after the movie. "Everyone hears the 'St.' in the title, but it isn't there," he observed.

"But the word is implied," I suggested. Terry nodded.

"In the opening scene Patrick is working in the supermarket, and his very first action is letting someone go ahead of him," I pointed out. "That's a saintly gesture."

"He's just a good person, who'll let someone else go first," Tom replied.

"But when you read the lives of the saints, most of them were clearly insane," I said.

"Or mythical!" he shot back. "St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland!"

"Doesn't seem so likely," I mused.

"You know it!" We both laughed.

Still, I say Patrick's Day is a film about sainthood. A 26 year old schizophrenic guy named Patrick meets a woman named Karen at a hotel bar in Dublin. It's St. Patrick's Day, and also Patrick's birthday. His mother takes him every year to see the parade, and somehow he's gotten separated from her. Patrick has a few drinks with Karen, and ends up in her hotel room. There he loses his virginity and falls in love.

Patrick's life is changed forever.

He seems mildly mentally retarded, as well as schizophrenic. He speaks very little. Possibly he hallucinates. But Patrick understands devotion more fully than most of us. He is perfectly happy to live his life as an act of love. Is this sainthood? Or delusion? Or both?

(I'm purposely leaving out most of the plot. I don't want to ruin this fruitful film for anyone.)

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Girth of a Nation: Comedian Ralphie May at Bearsville

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Just before he died, Sam Kinison gave some encouragement to a funny fat kid who had won a local comedy contest in an Arkansas backwater to open for him. He told the kid to move to Houston and perfect himself in the local comedy. That kid was Ralphie May, and he listened to his idol. May has never looked back.

Voted one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Ralphie May next appears opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris in the feature film, The Best and The Brightest. After a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever.

For mature audiences only! Ralphie May will play the Bearsville Theater on Friday, December 5. Doors at 8pm.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Keith Jarrett Trio Set to Play NJPAC

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The Keith Jarrett Trio, L to R: Gary Peacock, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette
  • The Keith Jarrett Trio, L to R: Gary Peacock, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette

When I interviewed drummer Jack DeJohnette recently for an upcoming piece on bassist Larry Grenadier, he reminded me about this month’s performance by the Keith Jarrett Trio at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The influential trio, which is led by pianist Jarrett and features his fellow legends DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock (both Hudson Valley residents I’ve profiled for Chronogram), was officially founded in 1983. But the three had been playing together long before then; from 1966 to 1968, Jarrett, DeJohnette, and Peacock were members of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and in 1970 they shared the stage behind Miles Davis.

Treat yourself to this fine video of the Keith Jarrett Trio playing “On Green Dolphin Street” live in 2008:

The Keith Jarrett Trio will appear at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey, on November 30, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$89. For more information, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC or visit http://www.njpac.org/.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Relief for Sinus Season and Beyond

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

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With cold and flu season upon us, doctors have their prescription pads out and pens poised, ready to write out an Rx for antibiotics to relieve sinus congestion and pressure. Yet a bacterial infection is not always to blame for sinusitis, a miserably common affliction that is often viral in nature. In fact, the medical world agrees that antibiotics are overprescribed for sinusitis, which typically resolves on its own - though never fast enough, it seems.

Before filling that prescription, it's best to try a few natural remedies first for relieving the symptoms of sinusitis. Start by using a humidifier in the rooms where you spend the most time. For a quick burst of humidity, fill a sink halfway with boiling water, add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil or Vicks Vapo Rub, and drape a towel over you that covers both your head and the side of the sink to trap the steam. Breathe deeply. Applying a wet, warm towel to your face - particularly to the sinus passages on either side of the nose - can help relieve pressure.

Flushing out the nasal passages with a Neti Pot (filled with warm water spiked with salt) can help to remove any pollen, pollutants, or irritants that can exacerbate the condition. Or try using saline drops to keep nasal passages moist. Drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding alcohol (which is dehydrating), is key to overcoming sinusitis.

For the sinus condition that simply won't respond to natural self-care, medication might be necessary - whether it means a drugstore run for over-the-counter treatments (don't overuse these, however), or filling your doc's antibiotics prescription after all. Sit down with your MD and consider the options.

In cases of chronic sinusitis, which is diagnosed when the condition lasts more than 12 weeks, more extreme treatments are in order. Depending on the cause of the sinusitis, someone with the chronic form might be eligible for surgery. A good outpatient alternative is Balloon Angioplasty - a simple in-office procedure that opens blocked sinus pathways by inserting and inflating a small balloon. ENT Specialty Care, a practice in Goshen, offers this procedure, which reportedly can give instant relief to the long-suffering.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

ArtBridge: Kingston 2015

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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A new year is coming, inviting a time of innovation into our lives. ArtBridge prepares to wipe the slate clean on the Kingston Bridge and accept applications for a new annual outdoor exhibition to take the stage. ArtBridge is a New York City-based nonprofit organization, aiming to develop and support local and emerging artists by raising opportunity and exposure to artists by connecting their work to the public.

ArtBridge presents a unique opportunity for mid-Hudson Valley-based visual artists to submit their pieces of original contemporary art. If chosen their work will be reproduced and enlarged onto a 90 foot bridge that located in midtown Kingston.

Work will be reviewed by Ariel Shanberg (Executive Director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock), Jane Bloodgood-Abrams (Kingston-based artist), Ken Greene (Creative Director of the Hudson Valley Seed Library), and Janet Hicks (founder, One Mile Gallery). The deadline for applications is January 5th.

The artwork will be displayed on the Kingston Bridge for six months beginning in March 2015. To apply as a contestant please visit artbridgekingston.org.

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Cragsmoor Holiday Portrait Sessions

Robert Malmberg’s Tintype Studio

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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RCM Shooting collodion tintypes on the rooftop penthouse suite of the Quin Hotel, Winter 2014.
  • RCM Shooting collodion tintypes on the rooftop penthouse suite of the Quin Hotel, Winter 2014.

RCM Shooting collodion tintypes on the rooftop penthouse suite of the Quin Hotel, Winter 2014. - ROBERT CHRISTIAN MALMBERG
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  • RCM Shooting collodion tintypes on the rooftop penthouse suite of the Quin Hotel, Winter 2014.

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Tommy Malone at the Bearsville Theater

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Tommy Malone— the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the Subdudes— brings his Americana-soaked-solo act to the Bearsville Theater on Friday, November 21.

After parting ways from the New Orleans jazz and blues band, The Subdudes in 1996, Malone continued his music career by releasing two solo albums in back-to-back years with M.C. Records. “Natural Born Days” was unveiled in 2013, delivering an all-American classic-rock sound that long-time fans remember for. Continuing the legacy “Poor Boy” was released in March 2014, and spent nearly three months on the Americana Radio Charts and is currently the number seven album on The Roots Music Report.

After parting ways from the New Orleans jazz and blues band, The Subdudes in 1996, Malone continued to release two solo albums in back-to-back years with M.C. Records.2013 unveiled “Natural Born Days”, which delivered an all-American classic-rock sound that long-time fans closely associate him with while “Poor Boy”, released in March 2014, spent nearly three months on the Americana Radio Charts and is currently the number seven album on The Roots Music Report. Since the release Malone has appeared on the syndicated radio program Mountain State, the TV show “On Canvas”, and “Music Cit Roots” in Nashville in early November.

Staying grounded to his roots, for the past 40 years Malone continued to be a fixture of the Louisiana music scene. His recent work, some have argued, provided depth that was lacking in the past. It feels as though we've kept the laid-back guitar tunes, and merged them with reflection of grown-up situations, busted relations, and theme's of leaving youth in the past. For some, “Poor Boy” soothes and fires the soul unlike any other record Malone has put out before.

Bringing the New Orleans hometown spirit to the Hudson Valley, Malone's performance will begin at 9p,, doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 at the door.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Walkway Marathon Announced

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Walkway Over the Hudson in partnership with Dutchess County Government, and several other partners reveal plans and date for Walkway Marathon Series. - ASHLEY ARIAS
  • Ashley Arias
  • Walkway Over the Hudson in partnership with Dutchess County Government, and several other partners reveal plans and date for Walkway Marathon Series.

A press conference gathered at the eastern entrance of the picturesque Walkway State Park in Poughkeepsie last Tuesday, in order to announce the invigorating plans involving the Dutchess and Hudson Valley Rail Trails, and the running-community of New York State. The official date for The first annual Walkway Marathon race series has been set for Saturday June 13th, with nearly 1500 runners set to participate.

The event will include marathon, and half-marathon routes, that start at Marist College, make their way onto the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail that crosses over onto the Walkway Over the Hudson, and ending with a turnaround on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in Ulster County.

Roger Robinson, a longtime columnist with Running Times Magazine, embraced the idea of the Walkway Marathon, adding that the event will help solidify the long-term alliance between running and linear parks.

“Runners back in the 1960s were the first in the world to used disused railroads and old canal tow-paths for recreational exercise," said Robinson. "The much bigger sport today continues to be active in the development of linear parks as safe and scenic places to run. With miles of trail, and the unique asset of the Walkway Over the Hudson, this race will be a leader in the ongoing alliance between running and the environment.”

Organizers of the marathon, aspire to pursue a “green certification” for the race, from Athletes for a Fit Planet, making it one of the first green marathons in New York State. Sustainable practices— such as shuttling runners with the Dutchess County Government’s public transit system’s hybrid buses, and providing racing bibs from recycled materials— will be followed wherever possible.

Presented in partnership with Dutchess Country Government, the Walkway Over the Hudson Organization, and Marist College, the race series includes a marathon, half marathon, and the already established Treetops to Rooftops 5K event. The race series is aimed to build upon the well-established Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Treetops to Rooftops 5K race that has attracted hundreds of runners to the Walkway State Park annually for the last four years.

Interested runners must register for any of the Walkway Marathon races by visiting the Walkway Marathon website at WalkwayMarathon.org. Registration will officially open on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

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