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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Albany Artist Bell's Roar Rings Out With New Album

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Hearty Chrono-congratulations go out to Bell’s Roar aka Albany songwriter and vocalist Sean Desiree, who recently signed with Firebrand Records, the new label run by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. According to press copy, “Firebrand is an independent, artist-friendly, international label featuring politically radical artists of diverse genres.”

Desiree’s music brings together modern electronica and beats, indie rock textures, and lyrics that are alternately personal and imbued with social commentary. Bell’s Roar’s self-titled Firebrand debut, a six-song EP, appeared last year and was followed by “One Shot,” the single off her forthcoming album, Second Chances, which is due this September.

Here’s a promotional video for “One Shot”:

For more information, visit www.bellsroar.tumblr.com.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Tour de Force

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Tom Polk
  • At the Tour de Kingston-Ulster starting line at Forsyth Nature Center

The Bronx has one. And Syracuse. And of course there’s always France. But on June 28th, you can stick to the Hudson Valley when the Tour de Kingston-Ulster celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bicycle-seat view of the historic houses, artisanal restaurants, mountain glimpses, and studied urban decay that make our fair city such a fine place to explore. You should do it with your kids!

The Tour de Kingston-Ulster offers kids and families two main features this year. At 11a, there’s the free, 5-mile ride on flat, city streets, where families ride as a group with marshals in the lead, on the traffic side, and a KPD car bringing up the rear. Designed for families of all stripes and abilities, it embraces the city community with rest stops at the Senate House for a quick tour, the Fireman’s Museum for a visit with firemen and trucks, and the Y itself for a fresh bottle of water. The second feature happens when families arrive at Forsyth Nature Center to register for the ride. They’ll be greeted with the bicycle safety booth near the pavilion, which is open all day to educate and offer tips on fitting helmets properly. There’s a NYS law that all kids under the age of 14 must wear a helmet, so the Tour has some to share. Arrive between 10:30-11a to sign up, receive a bright yellow Tour de Kingston tee, and a helmet, if your child needs one. Everything associated with the family ride is free, thanks to Tour de Kingston sponsors, the YMCA, the HealthAlliance Foundation, the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, plus other businesses and local bike shops. “It’s a great coming together of different groups,” says Tom Polk, the Director of Development at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.
Tour de Kingston-Ulster 5-mile Family Fun Ride: Register in person between 10:30-11a on June 28th at Forsyth Nature Center, 125 Lucas Avenue in Kingston; guided ride starts at 11a; free; helmets for kids under 14 required (some available at check-in).

Also stretching through the city and nearby towns are various routes designed by local bicycle shop owners blistering with discovery. “The idea is to bring people together, and show residents and visitors some of the features of the community,” says Polk. Pick your poison with the 10-, 18-, 25-, 28-, and 50-mile road and rail trail rides that traverse between city streets, rail trails, and highways. Steve Leibowitz, owner of Revolution Bicycles in Saugerties, and designer of the 18- and 28-mile rides, says, “We can it an endurance ride because we’re gearing that towards a higher level of cycling enthusiasts. People think a rail trail is going to be easy, and then they get there and think, ‘This is harder than I thought.’ It’s fun and people can definitely pace themselves, but we want people to place themselves in the appropriate mileage category.” Kids aged 15+ can ride alone with a parent’s signature on the waiver at check-in at Forsyth Nature Center. With a cue sheet for the ride, people can go at their own pace. The longer rides have a registration fee, which funds community scholarships to support any type of education that would help a person give back to the community at large.
Tour de Kingston-Ulster 10-, 18-, 25-, 28-, and 50-mile rides: Register and find out more about the routes in advance at BikeReg; check-in on June 28th about half an hour prior to ride start time at Forsyth Nature Center, 125 Lucas Avenue in Kingston; $30.

Kids and families taking a break from the Tour de Kingston Family Fun Ride at the Kingston Fireman's Museum - TOM POLK
  • Tom Polk
  • Kids and families taking a break from the Tour de Kingston Family Fun Ride at the Kingston Fireman's Museum

Want more? Check out the YMCA’s Youth Cycling program (which runs spring and fall) and their Mountain Bike Camp (which takes place at Camp Seewackamano in Shokan with its own registration and camp schedule). Polk will also run a similar program at the Everette Hodge Community Center at 15-21 Franklin Street in Kingston, July 27-31, which partners with the City Parks and Recreation Department to provide cycling opportunities to city kids with loaner bicycles and volunteer ride marshals. Contact the Y. And check out our previous mountain bike Daily Dose post to connect with area bicycle shops, which offer local rides that are often open to kids and families.
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Just Announced: Lake Street Dive at Club Helsinki!

Posted By on Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Lake Street Dive just announced a September 5 show at Club Helsinki in Hudson. The band’s new album Bad Self-Portraits has already been hailed “album of the year” by Huffington Post, and described by Rolling Stone as “a fresh, knowing collection of tunes that split the difference between Motown soul, Sixties pop zip, and British Invasion swagger.” Tickets range from $35-$45 and will sell out fast, so order yours now here.

Watch the video that got them famous below!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Spring for Sound Music Festival

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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The fifth anniversary of Spring for Sound promises to delight, rain-or-shine, all day on June 20 in the vibrant village of Millerton. Celebrate local talents with a mingling of the senses; sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and textures abound in Millerton. Over 50 music sets on multiple stages throughout the village keep you moving with the rhythm and flow of the day; local bars, restaurants, and partnered vendors will provide high-quality sustenance. Some of the artists playing this year include Stone Cold Fox, Take One Car, DJ Doctor, Buddha Da Great, The Kyles, Kennan Moving Company, and T Rextasy. All ages will be entertained by the interactive music and dance activities; kids under 12 admitted free.

Tickets for adults are available for purchase at http://springforsound.com/.

All ticket proceeds go to the North East Community Center of Millerton.

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Vassar College Stomps Out its Cigarettes

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Vassar College has gone smoke-free, sending its nicotine junkies off-campus to get their daily fix. It’s the first Hudson Valley campus to enforce a ban on tobacco products (to take effect July 1), but SUNY campuses are headed in the same direction. The Chancellor of the State University of New York is pushing for every SUNY campus to become smoke-free. SUNY New Paltz president Donald Christian, however, is skeptical about the ban’s practical applications. He told the New Paltz Oracle, “There are some campuses that have declared themselves smoke-free, but when you ask them how they are enforcing it, they throw their hands up in the air.” New Paltz’s current policy prohibits smoking in all campus buildings, SUNY-owned vehicles, and smokers must keep 50 feet from building entrances and windows when lighting up their tobacco product of choice (as someone that has experienced the campus during school sessions firsthand, this latter aspect of the policy is practiced negligibly—bringing into question the possible effectiveness of an outright ban on smoking). Other local campuses (Marist, Bard, Mt. St. Mary) have similar smoking polices as New Paltz, with varying required distances between smokers and building orifices that are likely followed as closely as they are in New Paltz. As for the effectiveness of Vassar’s smoking ban, we will have to wait until the students return to accurately assess it.

Click here to read more about smoking bans on college campuses.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mark Brown Unveils New Album in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Mark Brown

I was pretty damn stoked when Mark Brown hit me up to let me know that he was dropping a new album. Easily one of the very best singer-songwriters in the Hudson Valley, Brown hadn’t released anything since his great 2005 album Uncle Buckle (Jeez, has it really been 10 years?). And, like his other fans (anyone else out there remember “Bucket Truck”?), I’ve been waiting eagerly. Now the wait is over, as Brown, who plays the Rosendale Cafe on June 26, delivers unto us Skin and Bone this month.

Brown digs the dark side, citing John Prine as a major influence, as well as Johnny Cash and Tom Waits; I’ve always heard some Dylan in there, too. Hard to go wrong with any of those guys as your source. There doesn’t seem to be much of Brown on YouTube, but here’s a glimpse of him and violinist Wayne Montecalvo playing an early version of “Pony,” one the new album’s tunes, at said venue in 2010:

Mark Brown and band will perform at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on June 26 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Celebrate International Yoga Day

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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The secluded and stunningly landscaped Shanti Mandir ashram in Walden is calling all Yogis, aspiring or experienced, for a celebration of International Yoga Day. On June 20, start the day with a Yogic spin on the walkathon by sponsoring, supporting, or participating in 108 sun salutations. Funds raised will support the charitable work run by Shanti Mandir and the new projects budding up at the ashram. After giving the sun its due salutations, a vegetarian lunch will be offered—with many of the ingredients freshly picked from the onsite organic garden.

Aspiring Yogis will have the opportunity to learn about the physical and psychical benefits of yoga with “What is Yoga?,” a presentation by master teachers from Australia. Other teachers will host small afternoon sessions on the lawn, open to anyone. The ashram invites any drop-in yoga instructors to join the gathering and lead their own session.

At the end of the day, the teachers will come together to impart their cumulative experience and answer any questions about yoga. Shanti Mandir encourages the facilitation of learning about yoga and creating a mindful yogic community.

Shanti Mandir Ashram is located at 51 Muktananda Marg, Walden.

Any questions about International Yoga Day Celebration or Shanti Mandir can be directed to 845-778-1008 or walden@shantimandir.com.

For more information on Shanti Mandir’s celebration, visit their website shantimandir.com.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ani DiFranco at The Towne Crier Cafe

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

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Ani DiFranco, a woman of great ambition and power, carved her own path in the music industry with the inauguration of her label Righteous Babe Records. From there she has released over 20 albums and has helped numerous other artists get their feet on the solid ground of their choice; DiFranco does her own thing and encourages others to do the same. On tour there is no loss of intimacy throughout her eclectic songs, which often mingle acoustic guitar with elements of funk, jazz, rock, or anything else that strikes her fancy. Her humble smile finds you in the crowd and makes you feel right at home. Come see for yourself on Wednesday, June 17 at 8 p.m. at The Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon where she will be performing with special guest Peter Mulvey. Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door.

To see if tickets are still available, call The Towne Crier after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at (845) 855-1300.

For more information on Ani DiFranco visit her website

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Rachel Grimes Performs at Helsinki Hudson

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Rachel Grimes

Pianist Rachel Grimes was a founding member of the band Rachel’s, a Louisville, Kentucky-based chamber group that began in 1991 and won high praise for its moving fusion of Minimalist classical and avant-indie. In addition to touring with rock acts like PJ Harvey and collaborating with electronic artists like Matmos, the band created original scores for several films and theatrical and dance performances. Although Rachel’s disbanded when guitarist Jason Noble, another key founder, died of cancer in 2012, Grimes, who plays Club Helsinki on June 18, has continued to make music.

This month, she released her solo debut, The Clearing, on the Temporary Residence Ltd. Label. The disc has accrued generous critical applause, including a feature in The New Yorker that called it “majestic and radiant one moment, ominous and weary the next.” Here’s a fine aural illustration of that:

Rachel Grimes will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on June 18. Alexander Turnquist will open. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Oral History Summer School 2015

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM

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The gamut of international professionals will gather in Hudson, NY from June 12 to July 3 for extensive, in-depth workshops concerned with the knack of Oral History. Artists, teachers, human rights workers, writers, social workers, among others will learn the skills necessary to integrate Oral History in their daily practices. Oral History Summer School (OHSS) 2015 will begin its fourth year with an eight-day Oral History Intensive from June 12 to June 19. This intensive workshop will cover interview techniques, technical tutorials, various narratives, archives, song collection, and project design as a means of thorough introduction to the craft of Oral History.

Collecting and Composing: Oral History and Music from June 23 to June 28 will follow the introduction with attention given to repatriation, prison music, radio ballads, and song collection, as well as composition. Students will have the opportunity to collect sounds and songs in the Hudson area.

Memory Loss and Mixed Ability Interviewing brings Summer School to an end from June 29 to July 3. Students will interview people with nontraditional communication methods, with guest instructors present to discuss memory loss and mixed ability interviewing. An area Senior Home and Camphill Hudson are collaborating to provide narratives for this workshop.

Suzanne Snider, founder and director of OHSS, is a writer and historian who has worked as an interviewer for MoMA, Columbia University, HBO Productions, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Prison Public Memory Project, among others. She has taught at Columbia University, New School University, and NYU's Gallatin Program.

Snider has invited Dina Zempsky of Storycorps' Memory Loss Initiative, Nicki Pombier Berger of Nothing About Us Without Us, Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation, LJ Amsterdam of Watershed Center, Ben Harbert of Georgetown University, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga of Good Globe Singing School, Jeffrey Lependorf of Music Omi International Musicians' Residency, and Sady Sullivan of Columbia University to come and instruct throughout OHSS's duration.

For more information on Oral History Summer School 2015, visit their website. http://www.oralhistorysummerschool.com/

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