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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Poughkeespsie Talk Examines Brooklyn Influx

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM


If you’re anything like me, you’d sooner skewer your ears with a leather worker’s awl than hear the phrase “the new Brooklyn” bandied about in reference to the Hudson Valley one more time. Yet and still, however, the influx of artsy types from Downstate (guilty, class of 2003) has lately been picking up steam and has no signs of slowing down any time soon. And one of the questions that arises is this: How will the arrival of these cultural newbies impact the region’s arts and music scenes? That question and others are the focus of “Looking for the New Brooklyn: Creative Migrations and Musical Landscapes in Upstate New York,” a symposium on April 8 at Vassar College.

The talk will be led by Piotr Orlov, a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, curator, DJ, and media strategist, who has been reporting on the changing musical landscapes of Upstate New York. Joining him will be Leonard Nevarez and Hua Hsu of Vassar’s Urban Studies Program “to discuss the growth of Upstate’s microscenes, the exodus of artists from major cities, and the recent discourse around the Hudson Valley as ‘the new Brooklyn.’” Questions to be addressed in the seminar include: “How is the urban experience represented aesthetically?” “How do cities sustain artistic milieus and cultural production?” and “What is genuinely ‘local’ about local culture?”

“Looking for the New Brooklyn: Creative Migrations and Musical Landscapes in Upstate New York” takes place at Vassar College on April 8 at 8pm. The event is free. For more information, call (845) 437-5370 or visit www.vassar.edu.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Spending Time with Artists

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Art for Families workshop with Ori Alon at the HVCCA - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Art for Families workshop with Ori Alon at the HVCCA

Art is kind of like that Paula Poundstone joke: people are always asking children to define it… because they’re looking for ideas. The best way to figure out what art is, though, is to hang out with artists.

New monthly educational programming at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill helps you do just that. The HVCCA is a 12,000-square-foot gallery space on the corner of an urban block, which showcases work from contemporary art giants and local artists. The plan is to do one big exhibition each year, and to connect museum-goers with it through ongoing programming. And that includes a monthly series, Art for Families, on Sundays from March through June.

At March’s Love Notes, participants used a collection of Beacon book and performance artist Ori Alon’s vintage typewriters, including one in Hebrew. They took turns visiting Alon in his “studio” to participate in the performance art piece, Empowering Clerks Network, walking away with a certificate attesting to their own personal strengths. With plenty of time to roam the exhibition, kids enjoyed works like Shirin Neshat’s Pulse, where they crawled inside a fabricated room to watch a seemingly slow motion, black & white art film. (There were some pretty adorable and rather compelling conversations as the kids I saw tried to figure out the movie.) The space is just big enough and kid-friendly enough for exploring with newly acquired friends and just small enough for parents to keep their cool about it.

Next up in the Art for Families series, on April 12th from 2-4p, is Dan Weise’s Club Draw, a monthly drawing club he hosts in Beacon for adults, scaled for kids and families at HVCCA. As half of the street art duo, Thundercut, Weise has a piece on display in the Love exhibition, another favorite conversation starter among the kids I saw. In May, there’s a hands-on museum tour with Justine Rae Spilotros, a local arts educator who ran The Orange Splot Art Spot in Peeksill, which will artfully navigate the exhibition, some of which, due to the love theme, is not appropriate for all audiences. In June, it’s an Ambi Art workshop on “spontaneous symmetry” where kids will learn to draw with both hands at the same time from the museum’s own Education Director and ambi artist, Donna Mikkelsen.

For more info on the Art for Families series, visit HVCCA’s website. Workshops are $10 per family, materials provided, rsvp requested. And check out all of the HVCCA’s programming, like the weekly life drawing class, lectures, and afterschool programs.

Looking for inspiration during spring break? On Friday, April 3rd, The Wagon House Education Center at Olana will run a Paper-Light Sculpture Workshop with award-winning Catskill artist, Draga Susanj, for ages 6-16. The class will explore sculpting with natural materials like willow branches and transparent mulberry paper, and result in a final work to bring home. Students will be introduced to the concepts of land art and site-specific sculpture through sketching, modeling, and a special paper covering technique. Paper-Light Sculpture Workshop, Friday, April 3rd, 9a-3:30p; $45 per person ($40 for members); bring a bagged lunch and patterns or designs for inspiration (other designs and materials will be provided); reservations required.

And don’t miss Dia:Beacon’s next Community Free Day on April 11th with artist-led family workshops at 11:30a and noon. Free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties; reservations recommended.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jazz Greats Jam in Catskill This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Bruce Barth
  • Bruce Barth

Upstate jazz advocacy group Planet Arts has been doing great stuff for the music, not only by releasing exceptional recordings via its so-named label, but also with its presentation of world-class live gigs via its JAZZ one2one series. This Saturday, as part of the ongoing latter endeavor, Planet Arts presents an intimate house concert by pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Sean Smith at the historic Beattie-Powers Place.

Barth burst on the New York scene in the late 1980s, joining Stanley Turrentine’s band and working with the late saxophonist for the next 10 years. Additionally, performed with trumpeters Nat Adderly, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Douglas and others. The list of icons Smith has worked with is as impressive as well: Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Peggy Lee, Lee Konitz, and Rosemary Clooney, to name a few.

No video seems to exist yet of Barth and Smith in collaboration, which means the Catskill show may be as spontaneously revelatory for the musicians as it will be for the audience—usually a good omen for jazz. ’Til then, content yourself with this clip of Barth’s trio live in 2004:

Bruce Barth and Sean Smith will perform at Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, New York, on March 28 at 5pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (518) 945-2669 or visit http://www.planetarts.org/.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Suzy Bogguss Plays Pawling on Saturday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Suzy Bogguss
  • Suzy Bogguss

When it comes to irresistibly sweet country voices, Suzy Bogguss’s is perched high on the list. Bathed in pure, disarming, mountain-creek beauty, it is one of those knock-me-over-with-a-feather wonders I can listen to for hour upon hour. And, wonder of wonders, Bogguss is bringing that great voice to area venue Daryl’s House to melt a few Hudson Valley hearts this Saturday.

Born in Illinois to a father who worked at the International Harvester tractor plant, Bogguss moved to Nashville in 1985 in pursuit of her dream of becoming a country singer. Four years later, she was awarded the prize for Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. Since then, she’s performed at the White House, been nominated for a Grammy, and collaborated with Allison Krauss, Kathy Mettea, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Her most recent album is last year’s Lucky (Loyal Dutchess Records), a collection Merle Haggard songs.

Enjoy this live rendition of that album’s “Today I Started Loving You Again”:

Suzy Bogguss will perform at Daryl’s House in Pawling, New York, on March 28 at 9pm (doors at 7:30pm). Tickets are $25. For more information, call (845) 289-0185 or visit http://www.darylshouseclub.com/.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Celebrating Spring with your Local Land Trust

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

A Sunday Hike on the Kingston Greenline - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A Sunday Hike on the Kingston Greenline

All over the Hudson Valley, there are public lands that amble by the river, or through the cities, or in protected areas. They safeguard our area’s history and natural resources, and exist for people and animals to enjoy. And in their quest to offer unique recreation to the community, most offer something special, too: programming for families. Here’s a look at some fun coming up to help you greet the spring.

The Kingston Greenline wanders through the city in sometimes secret ways. You kind of have to know where to look to find it in spots. But on the third Sunday morning of every month, from April through October, you can explore it with a knowledgeable and family-friendly tour guide. The still-developing trails, being transformed by the Kingston Land Trust and the City of Kingston from abandoned railroad corridors, hope to one day be a system of linear parks. Depending on the stretch of route being traversed, strollers aren’t always ideal because of the ongoing construction but, overall, the Greenline is great for hiking with kids. It’s mostly flat trails and complete streets, with lots of spots where you can abandon ship and head for home, if your family’s mood changes. If you persevere, though, you’ll be rewarded with a treasure trove of beautiful, new places to revisit that you didn’t even know existed (maybe even a lofty wide-angle vista here and there), a behind-the-scenes look at Kingston’s unfolding chronicle from people who put their heart into helping the city thrive, a lot of lovely community connection among hikers, and a taste of wine when you get back to the starting gates. Learn more at Kingston Land Trust. Sunday Hikes on the Greenline meet up and end at Kingston Wine Co., 65 Broadway on the Rondout in Kingston, 9:30-11:30a, on the third Sunday of the month, April-October. Free. Boots, long pants, and backpack/baby carriers suggested.

Got a little naturalist in your midst? Maybe there’s a collection of fossils and leaves somewhere in her room? Make her a Citizen Scientist at the Woodstock Land Conservancy’s BioBlitz. It’s a collaboration to find as many species as possible within a set location and a set period of time. The WLC’s will span 32 hours in April at the Thorn Preserve on John Joy Road when naturalists, students, and members of the public will come together to record the local flora and fauna. They can share a sense of purpose within the larger scientific community, and a love of nature, plus witness the immense diversity all around them. It goes hand-in-hand with the WLC’s mission to promote sustainable economic development. For more like this, check out the WLC’s First Saturdays on the Trail. Coming up soon are Vernal Pools and Signs of Spring at Sloan Gorge on April 10th, which promises to be a great family walk, and Nature Photography with Dan Goldman on May 3rd, for the budding photographer. BioBlitz at Thorn Preserve, April 24th and 25th, contact virginia.wlc@gmail.com to register. Free. Dress for mud!

The Country Barbecue fundraiser for Columbia Land Conservancy - PETER BLANDORI
  • Peter Blandori
  • The Country Barbecue fundraiser for Columbia Land Conservancy

You may think environmentalism is all about getting dirty, but they also often get down. Like every year at the Columbia Land Conservancy’s Country Barbecue. It’s their big annual fundraiser held every Memorial Day weekend, which boasts delicious locally-sourced food, lots of meet-and-greet opportunities with baby animals, and tours of the real working jersey cow dairy, Dutch Hollow Farm, which sells to local distributors like Hudson Valley Fresh. Advance, all-inclusive tickets gets you traditional bbq fare from Carlucci-Simons Catering in Chatham, featuring pulled pork from Lover's Leap Farm, plus dairy farm samples from several local farms. Kids can visit the petting zoo, the calf barn, the milking parlor, and ride the horse-drawn hayride. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support the CLC’s work with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County. Visit them online to learn more about other family-friendly programming like the Fishing Derby on May 2nd, the Habitat Exploration on May 16th, and the National Trails Day Hike on June 6th. Country Barbecue, Sunday, May 24th, 4:30p, at Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, buy tickets online, $75 per adult, $15 per child (ages 6-20), children 5 and under are free.

There’s plenty more where that came from, so look for educational program offerings at a local land trust or conservancy near you. Check out Scenic Hudson, Palisades Parks Conservancy (home to Minnewaska State Preserve and Bear Mountain, among others), Mohonk Preserve and Hudson Highlands Land Trust to start!
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Psych Legends the Random Concept Hypnotize Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Random Concept
  • The Random Concept

I know, I know. I just posted on this week about a hip music event in Hudson. I can’t help it if the town’s been drawing a lot of cool bands lately. Rest assured, another local municipality will step up to the plate soon enough with its own run of recommended gigs. That’s just the way it goes in this happening Hudson Valley of ours. Anyway, this Saturday, right on the heels of tomorrow’s show by the Sadies (see Tuesday’s Daily Dose) comes this one at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale by the reunited 1960s psychedelic band the Random Concept.

Formed in Western Connecticut in 1965, the Random Concept features stoner folk legend Gary Higgins (see 1973’s Red Hash, reissued by the Drag City label) and originally included Silver Apples main man Simeon. The group was a regular presence on the mid-’60s Greenwich Village scene, where they crossed paths with Andy Warhol’s entourage. Although active on and off over the decades, the band only recently unveiled its eponymous, self-released debut.

The wonderfully Jefferson Airplane-esque “Angel Eyes” opens the disc:

The Random Concept and Pigeons perform at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, New York, on March 21 at 8pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com/blog/.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Sadies Hit Hudson This Weekend

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

The Sadies
  • The Sadies

If more indie bands had the edge and scope of the Sadies, who play Club Helsinki this Friday, younger listeners might not have the impression that all so-called contemporary roots music is as hopelessly bland as that of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. Cofounded in 1994 by brothers Dallas and Travis Good (the sons of Canadian country singer Bruce Good), the Toronto quartet sees and capitalizes creatively on the links between ’60s surf and garage rock, ’70s and ’80s punk and hardcore, ’90s scum rock, and the country, bluegrass, and country rock the siblings were raised on.

The band’s most recent album, 2013’s Juno Award-nominated Internal Sounds (Yep Roc Records), was produced by Dallas Good with assistance from the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris. Over the years, the Sadies have collaborated with Neil Young, John Doe (X), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Neko Case, Heavy Trash, Randy Bachman (the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive), R&B great Andre Williams, Gordon Downie (the Tragically Hip), and the Hudson Valley’s own Garth Hudson of the Band.

This vintage clip has the group tearing through the garagey “Flash”:

The Sadies will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on March 20 at 9pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Three Sides of Musical Theater for Kids

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

  • The Phantom of the Opera at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center

If you’ve got a kid who can’t help but break out into show tunes or dance numbers at random moments, or if you think you could, you’re in luck. Because coming up are three opportunities to introduce kids to the magic of live musical theater.

Why does each new opera director wind up locked in the cellars at the Paris Opera, or as a nervous wreck, or worse? And why does the superstitious opera company blame every missing costume or broken bassoon on a mysterious shadow? The Phantom of the Opera is a ghost story that has captured the American imagination for years. Remember the Scooby Doo episode loosely based on it? And now a new theater version, especially for young audiences ages 4+, is being performed by adult actors at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center. It’s toured the country, playing to over a million families and school children, earning praise for its positive message and memorable score. Catch Opening Night on Friday, March 27th, when you can dress up for a red carpet celebration and enjoy a cookie reception with the cast after the show. The show’s composer and writer might even be there.
The Details: The Phantom of the Opera at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, March 27-29 with shows at 6:30p and 2p, $15 children, $20 adults. Run-time is 70 minutes with no intermission. Concessions and changing tables available. Call the box office at 845-610-5900 or purchase tickets online or in person at the box office from 10a-4p, Tuesday-Friday. School performances with study guide available.

For high quality musical theater performed by children, Coleman High School is the off-Broadway theater. Now showing Mary Poppins, the classic story of a magical nanny, it’s the 45th show directed by Lise Landis Hopson, the teacher who put Coleman’s musical theater programs on the map. Starring seniors Lily Page as Mary Poppins and Thomas Netter as the irrepressible chimney sweep Bert. Both are experienced actors at Coleman and beyond. Lily has professional credits in film and regional theatre, and Thomas is currently directing Kingston Catholic School’s production of The Sound of Music, to be performed this May 15-17. With high-tech lighting and sound, and committed professionalism from the forty-student cast, Mary Poppins promises to be spectacular. There will be flying!
The Details: Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical, Coleman High School in Kingston, March 20, 21, 27 at 7:30p, March 22 at 3p, and March 28 at both 2p and 7:30p, $11 children, $16 adults. Run-time is about 2 ½ hours with intermission. Concessions available. Reserve tickets at 845-338-2750, or buy them at the door.

Help your budding Broadway star develop the chops s/he needs. Half Moon Theatre School of the Arts in Poughkeepsie is offering an auditioning workshop for ages 12+ taught by award-winning Broadway actress Denise Summerford. Whether it’s an audition for the school play, a community theatre production, or the professional stage, students will be well prepared to face any audition challenge and build confidence to do their best. As a veteran actor who is constantly auditioning and a former casting director, Summerford knows what it takes to land the role. “I teach audition master classes all over the country to college students because they don't get that in their curriculum. It's sadly the last thing young actors think about, but it’s really your full time job as an actor. You audition more than you work, so you have to have a system that works.” Half Moon Theater School of the Arts offers many theater classes throughout the year, and Half Moon Theater showcases brilliant performances by Summerford and others, so check them out. “Getting the Part” will be offered on May 12th and 19th only from 5-7p. Workshop registration fee is $150. All levels of experience welcome. Register online.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Sweet Way to Raise Money for Breast Cancer

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Calling all bakers: Here's a chance to strut your stuff, for a great cause. Brasserie292 in Poughkeepsie is looking for contestants for its "Recipe for Hope" dessert competition, which will raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Contestants are invited to enter their favorite original recipes, along with a little excerpt explaining why it's their favorite. Submissions must be in by March 31 - so get those recipes going!

In addition to supporting the pink-ribbon brigade, the finalist bakers will get a moment in the spotlight. The top 6 to 8 recipes chosen by the culinary staff at Brasserie292 will be featured on the menu for the month of April. Diners at the restaurant will then vote for the final winner, either by in-house ballot or by social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) by tagging the location as well as the hashtag #B292Dessert. The grand prize winner, announced on May 1, will receive a $250 gift card to the restaurant.

Only one can take the cake, but the person who generates the most social media buzz will receive dinner for two at Brasserie292. The best part about this competition is that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation - whose mission is to fund support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

To enter the competition, send your recipes via e-mail to info@brasserie292.com. For more information visit Brasserie292 on Facebook, or call 845-473-0292.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dublin City Ramblers Play Sugar Loaf

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

The Dublin City Ramblers
  • The Dublin City Ramblers

Well, faith 'n' begorah and kiss that ol’ Blarney Stone as you down a green pint and chase it with some corned beef and soda bread—Saint Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us! Okay, honestly, it’s never been a holiday that's meant all that much to me. But I do love me some good traditional Irish music, and I look forward every March to hearing some of that to tie in with the Wearin’ O’ the Green. For instance, there’s this Saturday’s “Hands Across the Pond” concert at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center featuring the Dublin City Ramblers.

Hailing straight from the Emerald Isle itself, the Dublin City Ramblers are led by singer and mandolinist Sean McGuiness and are the winners of eight gold albums in their field. Performing since 1970, they’ve become firm favorites at folk venues and music festivals in Ireland, the US, England, Canada, Australia, and have released numerous recordings.

Here the group plays “The Old Man” in this 2011 live video:

“Hands Across the Pond” featuring the Dublin City Ramblers, Emish, Orange County AOH Division One Pipes and Drums, and Kerry Dance, will take place at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, New York, on Saturday, March 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 to $35. For more information, call (845) 610-5900 or visit http://www.sugarloafpac.org/.

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