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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pianist Bill Mays Performs on Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Bill Mays
  • Bill Mays

Jazz pianist Bill Mays came on the scene at the dawn of the 1970s, first becoming a fixture in Los Angeles before landing in New York in 1984. A studio sideman to some of the music’s leading singers—Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, and Anita O’Day—he’ll be bringing his ivory magic to bear on Baba Louie’s Back Room as part of Pittsfield, Massachusetts’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival on February 21.

In LA, Mays worked with such West Coast cool icons as Buddy Collette, Art Pepper, Harold Land, Shelley Manne, Gerry Mulligan, and Bud Shank before moving into the fusion era with Tom Scott’s LA Express, sitarist Dr. L. Subramanian, and even Frank Zappa, with whom he played clavinet. Once in New York, he performed with the likes of Ron Carter, Al Cohn, Benny Golson, Eddie Daniels, Mel Lewis, Paul Winter, Rufus Reid, and Phil Woods, in addition to many others. Mays is also a respected composer and arranger who’s written for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and film soundtracks (Hamlet, Anamorph, Burn After Reading). So, yeah, he’s what you might call a badass.

Here’s a bit of why:


Bill Mays will perform at Baba Louie’s Back Room in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on February 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (413) or visit www.BerkshiresJazz.org.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Lazy Parent’s Guide to Indoor Fun

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Romping inside the fort - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Romping inside the fort


This is not your average suggestion list, filled with activities that involve a lot of prep time and DIY. Because let’s be really honest here. Are you lazy, or is crafting just not your scene? It took me a long time to admit the latter. It's hard not to feel guilty, seeing all the fun other people have with "easy", make-your-own, glow-in-the-dark bubble projects! And "easy", make-your-own sensory tables! But there’s fun to be had indoors that doesn’t require a shopping list. Here’s how my family makes our own on these long, end-of-winter days when the littles and I are hanging, or when my older one has a snow day.

Fun for everyone
• Stack a pile of books next to the bed and read the afternoon away under the covers. (All right, maybe this one is better if you first make a trip to the library.)
• Sip some hot chocolate together. Preferably with marshmallows.
• Pull out some coloring books and crayons and put on a story CD. You can also download free stories from Storynory.
• If you’re really helpless, check out this post on the best coloring books from Design Mom, my favorite parenting blog (because they never pretend that I can do any of the stuff there, and they fully admit that there's a paid staff).
• Blow up balloons and play ball in the house.
• Put on the radio and have a dance party. I fully support you if you sip some wine first. The cats at Kingston Wine Co. can help you pick the perfect one.

Preschool fun
• Build a world with blocks and let the plastic animals, superheros and dollhouse dolls claim it for their own. If you end up with a lot of border disputes, use furniture to separate the kingdoms.
• Stand up the couch cushions in a rectangular formation, and lay a throw over the top. Voila! It's a fort! Stock their digs with a tea set for hours (or maybe half-hours) of fun.
• Similarly, couch cushions make great lily pads for leaping. If you’re really brave, you can let them sled down the stairs on one!
• Make something in the kitchen. It can be smoothies, pre-packaged cookie dough (my family loves these), anything. Kids don’t care. They just love to help!
• Take a bath (and throw in some clean, empty containers). That one sounds weird, but nothing calms kids down like a chance to practice pouring. And then you win the Lazy Parent prize: the kids get clean, and you contain the mess!

There are lots of meanings for the word, crafty.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Olana’s for Lovers and Art Lovers Alike

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:53 AM

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Leave the jewelry, chocolate, and flowers at the store and make your own Valentine’s Day gift this year at Olana in Hudson, a scenic 19th century Victorian estate overlooking the Hudson River.

The Olana Partnership is hosting a painting workshop called Just Desserts: Coffee and Creations on Valentine’s Day that gives you the opportunity to make your own keepsake for that special someone (the snow date will be Sunday, February 15 from 2pm to 4pm). Come alone or bring your partner; Singles and couples alike are welcome.

Hudson Valley artist and teacher Jill Obrig will guide you through an acrylic paint palette to create a piece inspired by Jim Dine’s trademark “Heart” paintings, colorful variations of the classic symbol of Valentine’s Day. Several of Dine’s pieces are featured in a number of prominent art museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and MoMA.

Indulge in a decadent dessert platter and sip on a variety of hot beverages while you work. Don’t worry about bringing a canvas, a brush, or any level of expertise; All painting supplies will be provided and there’s no artistic experience required.

The 250-acre landscape alone is a source for inspiration, not including the fact that the workshop falls on the most romantic day of the year. The house-turned-museum was designed in part by artist Frederic Church, the original owner.

Space is limited, so Olana asks that attendees pre-register by Thursday, February 12. There is a $30 fee for individuals and a $50 fee for pairs. The workshop will be held from 2pm to 4pm at the Wagon House Education Center. To register for the program or to request more information, contact Sarah Hasbrook, the education coordinator for The Olana Partnership at shasbrook@olana.org or by calling 518 828-1872 ext. 109. Olana.org

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C.J. Chenier Heats Up Marlboro on Monday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

C.J. Chenier
  • C.J. Chenier

I know. I know. You’re more tired of me talking to you about how damn COLD it is out there as I suggest you take in this or that awesome gig as a way to get the blood flowing and forget about this brutal Hudson Valley winter weather. Got it. Understood. Fair enough, it’s getting old for me at this point, too. But then, see, there’s this one show, happening this month, that’ll definitely get your corpuscles roiling and your feet flying: C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band at the Falcon on February 16.

The son of the legendry Clifton Chenier, C.J. takes up right where his dad left off, squeezing out real-deal zydeco nirvana via his accordion and sizzling band. This stuff is a one-way ticket to dancing; the steamy, exotic, bayou-drenched cousin of old-school R&B. The younger Chenier had his brush with the mainstream when he played on Paul Simon’s 1990 album Rhythm of the Saints and the Gin Blossoms’ 1992 album New Miserable Experience.

But dig him doing his own thing for the true experience:

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on February 16 at 7pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love and Lust at HVCCA

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love in whatever form it comes in.

The artists at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) will be doing just that, with the opening reception of their exhibit, “Love: The First of the 7 Virtues” and its antithesis, “Lust: The 4th of the Seven Deadly Sins.” The exhibit is part of a collaboration with the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA), in which each of all but one of the member institutions will curate an exhibit to reflect one of the seven deadly sins and, occasionally, their antitheses.

Love and intimacy are being embraced more than ever before; As of now, 35 states have legalized same-sex marriages. New sexual identities are emerging, as people are free legally and socially to explore the breadth of their sexualities. More than ever, we find people identifying as asexual, pansexual, demisexual, or any combination of the three. It feels like a new prefix for “sexual” is developed daily, as people attempt to find a word for how they really feel.

That’s why HVCCA’s exhibit couldn’t come at a better time. Throughout history, art has been used to explore the self, others, and society as a whole.

Beyond sexuality, the exhibit’s focus on love also includes familial love, love for pets, love for yourself...love has never been limited to a sexual capacity, although it is a component.

For instance, Bendix Harm’s Steak Brand will be displayed at the exhibit, a large-scale oil painting of a man with his arm draped fondly around a massive white dog as they look over a child-scrawled castle. Woman and Child by Sam Jinks is a hyper-realistic silicone sculpture of a grey-haired woman holding a newborn, its head curved into the angle of her neck. An ornate bassinet that reportedly took four years for artist Charles LeDray to complete is perched on a shelf full of the materials he used to create it. It’s titled My Baby.

Whether we love our animals, our children, or the beauty we create, there’s a fine line between that love and its opposite: lust.

The perversion of love, lust is that sexual component of love without any of the emotion. The pieces on display that reflect this theme vary in mediums from paint to photo to interactive sculpture.

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The Beggars Dance of the Dybbuk by Saul Raskin depicts a woman being carried through a crowd of leering men, her head thrown back in anguish and her feet dragging between the legs of the man who’s carrying her. Christoph Ruckhäberle’s Billboard shows four men leaning against a wall of commercial billboards, ads, and posters, the two on either side keeled over in sickness or inebriation. The most prominent ad on the billboard is a topless woman labeled “today” in German.

The HVCCA’s exhibit will run from Valentine’s Day until December 6 of this year. Whether you’re in love, lust, neither, or both, "The Seven Deadly Sins" shows a variety of different pieces capturing an infinite number of emotions by artists from around the world.

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Love and Lust at HVCCA

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

bendix_harms_steak_brand.jpg

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love in whatever form it comes in.

The artists at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) will be doing just that, with the opening reception of their exhibit, “Love: The First of the 7 Virtues” and its antithesis, “Lust: The 4th of the Seven Deadly Sins.” The exhibit is part of a collaboration with the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance (FWMA), in which each of all but one of the member institutions will curate an exhibit to reflect one of the seven deadly sins and, occasionally, their antitheses.

Love and intimacy are being embraced more than ever before; As of now, 35 states have legalized same-sex marriages. New sexual identities are emerging, as people are free legally and socially to explore the breadth of their sexualities. More than ever, we find people identifying as asexual, pansexual, demisexual, or any combination of the three. It feels like a new prefix for “sexual” is developed daily, as people attempt to find a word for how they really feel.

That’s why HVCCA’s exhibit couldn’t come at a better time. Throughout history, art has been used to explore the self, others, and society as a whole.

Beyond sexuality, the exhibit’s focus on love also includes familial love, love for pets, love for yourself...love has never been limited to a sexual capacity, although it is a component.

For instance, Bendix Harm’s Steak Brand will be displayed at the exhibit, a large-scale oil painting of a man with his arm draped fondly around a massive white dog as they look over a child-scrawled castle. Woman and Child by Sam Jinks is a hyper-realistic silicone sculpture of a grey-haired woman holding a newborn, its head curved into the angle of her neck. An ornate bassinet that reportedly took four years for artist Charles LeDray to complete is perched on a shelf full of the materials he used to create it. It’s titled My Baby.

Whether we love our animals, our children, or the beauty we create, there’s a fine line between that love and its opposite: lust.

The perversion of love, lust is that sexual component of love without any of the emotion. The pieces on display that reflect this theme vary in mediums from paint to photo to interactive sculpture.

christoph_ruckh_berle_billboard_oil.jpg

The Beggars Dance of the Dybbuk by Saul Raskin depicts a woman being carried through a crowd of leering men, her head thrown back in anguish and her feet dragging between the legs of the man who’s carrying her. Christoph Ruckhäberle’s Billboard shows four men leaning against a wall of commercial billboards, ads, and posters, the two on either side keeled over in sickness or inebriation. The most prominent ad on the billboard is a topless woman labeled “today” in German.

The HVCCA’s exhibit will run from Valentine’s Day until December 6 of this year. Whether you’re in love, lust, neither, or both, "The Seven Deadly Sins" shows a variety of different pieces capturing an infinite number of emotions by artists from around the world.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chamber Group Decoda Plays Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Decoda
  • Decoda

Chamber music just seems to lend itself perfectly to the winter landscape. There’s something about its austere, often meditative qualities that plays really well off the icy scenery that comes with the season. If you’re a Hudson Valley dweller who feels the same you’re in luck, as on February 21 the exemplary New York chamber ensemble Decoda will perform a free concert at Vassar College.

At the show Decoda will present the world premiere of “Distractions,” a sextet written for the ensemble by composer Richard Wilson as well as works by Mozart, Brahms, Britten, and Hersant. Established in 2011, Decoda has appeared in Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Denmark, and in the 2015 season will present projects with partners in the US, Mexico, Asia, and the United Kingdom. The group has held interactive shows with significant audience participation, workshops, and performance training workshops for high school students and is an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Enjoy this video of Decoda playing Wilson’s String Quartet No. 1:

Decoda will perform on February 28 at 8pm at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall in Poughkeepsie. The concert is free. For more information, call (845) 437-5370 or visit http://www.vassar.edu.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Holiday Weekend Specials for a Special Holiday Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM

This might be the best three-day weekend yet. It’s got two holidays: one for everyone and one just for you!

A tea party at the Creative Co-op
  • A tea party at the Creative Co-op

Start it off right with a Parents’ Night Out on Valentine’s Day. We all know how important Date Nights are (rejuvenated, connected parents are essential for a happy family), and the one hosted by Stacy Lipari at the Creative Co-op in Rosendale is a pretty great date for kids, too. Children ages 3+ can hit their Valentine’s Dance Party from 6-10p, which includes quesadilla pizza, veggies, snacks and cupcakes, art and creative play activities, the dance party and some sleeping bag quiet time before pick-up. The Creative Co-op opened just last year with the mission to offer a space for community-minded people to share talents and knowledge. Stacy herself is a former educator, and she’s helped by volunteers from SUNY New Paltz and her daughter, Sarah. Stop by the Co-op earlier in the day for the Saturday Sweet Shop, from 11a-4p, where you can shop for local and handmade goodies for your loves. Pre-register for Parents’ Night Out by calling (845) 527-5672 or emailing cbcofrosendale@gmail.com; $25/per child.

3D Paper Landscaping with Robin Brickman
  • 3D Paper Landscaping with Robin Brickman

In the footsteps of Frederic Church at his beautiful home (it's got a fun, funky facade and the views of the Hudson River are to die for), kids ages 5-12 can explore collaborative art projects on President’s Day with Robin Brickman at Olana. The day-long art-making retreat starts by drawing inspiration from vintage books and Church’s paintings, and evolves into a workshop on 3D paper landscaping as the group works together to imagine a 14 x 18” underwater world using beautiful papers and art supplies. If your kids like that, you can book them for the following two-day ARTic Adventure for Youth (great for kids on February break and homeschoolers) on February 17th and 18th. That’s where certified teacher, Sarah Hasbrook, will lead a program that celebrates the “after dinner” skits at Olana, including character development, scriptwriting, set design, and improv. Pack a snack and a bag lunch, and dress for hikes and outdoor play. Pre-register by February 12th online or by contacting (518) 828-1872 x 105, Ahufnagel@olana.org. Programs run 9a-3:30p or 9a-2p; $45 per day, $90 for two days, or $100 for all three.

If your three-day weekend happens to stretch into a week, check out the New Era Creative Space (NECS) in Peekskill. They’re offering a week-long creative camp for kids ages 6-12. It includes art, music, team-building games, theater, science exploration, learning together, and lots of free play. Campers will work as a group, on teams, and individually with a roster of special guest teachers. Download the registration form on their website. Call Ridvan Foxhall at 914-325-1053 or email info@necspace.com with questions. ½ day (9a-12p or 12-3p) is $175 for the week; full day (9a-3p) is $300 for the week.
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pelican Dreams: A Broken Wing in the Windy City

Posted By on Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Judy Irving with Gigi, the rescued brown pelican from her documentary. - MARK BITTNER/PELICAN MEDIA, VIA SHADOW DISTRIBUTION
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  • Judy Irving with Gigi, the rescued brown pelican from her documentary.

“When that pelican landed on the Golden Gate Bridge, it felt like an invitation to follow it.”

So that’s exactly what Judy Irving did.

The American filmmaker chronicled Gigi’s (short for Golden Gate) journey after seeing the emaciated bird captured by law enforcement and brought to a rehabilitation center in her documentary feature, Pelican Dreams, showing at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on February 8.

"I didn't set out to do an investigation, but the more I got into it the more I realized they really are in trouble," Irving said.

Gigi’s journey acted as a vessel for Irving, bringing her from simple curiosity to impassioned realization: brown pelicans are struggling despite being taken off of the endangered species list in the 1970s.

Previously endangered due to excessive pesticide pollution, brown pelicans populations have experienced reproductive failure for the last five years. Despite this alarming new development, Irving’s film focuses more on the beauty of this marine bird and their quirky personalities.

“They remind me of dogs,” one rehabilitation worker says in the film. “They seem very curious.”

The variety of shots Irving uses illustrate the awkward gawkiness of young pelicans and their development into the graceful birds with 7-foot wingspans that swoop and dive around our coastal cities.

Irving experiences the brown pelicans’ lives firsthand, from their nesting habits to their migratory routes and the challenges they face. Where Gigi provides the narrative arc, Irving gives her and her fellow brown pelicans a voice.

Her careful coverage of Gigi’s rehabilitation also addresses our relationship with wildlife. While Irving fondly gives the pelican a nickname, Gigi’s caretaker calls her “Pink-193,” the color and number of her tracking band to maintain emotional distance. Irving walks a tightrope between her love for these birds and the knowledge that too much human interaction could hinder their progress.

She’s won several awards for her films, including the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a National Emmy Award, “Outstanding Individual Achievement in News & Documentary,” for her nonfiction piece on nuclear weapons told by those directly affected.

Her documentary, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, focuses on a man with an impossibly intimate relationship with a flock of wild parrots in San Francisco. The documentary won a Genesis award for Outstanding Documentary Feature by the Human Society, a national humanitarian award, and audience awards at the Ashland, Maine, and Black Bear film festivals.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

An Open House with Serious Perks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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Upstater.com, the up-and-coming online mecca of living, buying, renting, and vacationing in upstate New York, is offering their fellow home-and-garden fanatics the chance to win a $500 spa package from Buttermilk Falls Inn! To enter, readers are invited to visit Upstater’s Dream Home contest page and select one out of three properties highlighted during the past month. Voting is limited to once per e-mail address per day, and polls will be open from February 3 through February 17. The most popular home — and winner! — will be announced on February 20.

More on Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa:

Located on the majestic Hudson River, Buttermilk Spa (http://www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/spa/buttermilk-spa.htm) is the premier eco-friendly spa in New York State. This world-class day spa is situated on 70 acres of cascading lawns, winding streams and steps away from the Buttermilk Waterfalls. Buttermilk Spa concentrates on a green philosophy by only using products that are naturally crafted and organic in all of their massages, facials and body treatments. They are leading the trend back to a healthy and sustainable world by utilizing Solar and Geo Thermal energy to heat their Sauna, Steam Room and Endless Pool.

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