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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chain and the Gang Rattle Kingston Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Ian Svenonius is not a front man you’re likely to forget. If you’ve seen him perform with his influential Washington, DC, bands Nation of Ulysses, the Make-Up, Weird War—or Chain and the Gang, which hits BSP Lounge in Kingston this Friday—you know he’s a squealing, writhing rock ’n’ roll wild child of the first order and always has a kick-ass unit behind him. One you don’t wanna miss.

Chain and the Gang’s fourth and newest vinyl missive is the awesomely titled Minimum Rock n Roll, which came out last year on the legendary Dischord label. Besides dealing in self-described “crime rock” with Chain and the Gang, Svenonius is an all-around punk bon vivant, authoring two books, DJing, making films, and hosting an online talk show.

Take a gander at this bizarre video for “Devitalize”:


Chain and the Gang will perform at BSP Lounge in Kingston on July 31 at 8:30pm. Shilpa Ray will open. Yours truly will be spinning the hot wax. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wassaic Summer Festival Features Live Music

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Sited around and within the former Maxon Mills building on the easternmost edge of Dutchess County, the Wassaic Project is an arts organization focused on innovative programming and community building. It’s also the home of the yearly, town-wide Wassaic Summer Festival, which makes its third appearance starting this Friday to once again bring music, art, dance, and film to the hamlet.

This year’s festival promises live music by more than 15 bands, dance performances, short and feature film screenings, local food, and the Wassaic Project’s eighth annual summer exhibition, Deep End, which will bring together works by over 65 artists. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, and the programming is “cutting-edge yet family friendly.”

Here’s a teaser for last year’s festival:



The Wassaic Summer Festival will take place July 31 through August 2 in Wassaic, New York. Weekend passes are $20. For a schedule and more information, visit http://wassaicproject.org/festival/about/#1.

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Photography for Girls

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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  • Kelly Merchant
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Kelly Merchant's collaborative effort to photograph women, hear their stories, and share their perspectives manifests itself in Photography for Girls. Flipping through the photos in the smallish paper book, looking each woman in the eye, is mesmerizing; voices echo through the pages, discussing the unwanted male gaze, insecurities, motherhood, constricting gender roles, and what it is like to see yourself through someone else's eyes.

The minimal poses, settings, and dress allow viewers to see each woman's essence. The usual cloud of makeup is nowhere to be found. These women are accessible, people you see at the grocery store or on the street. "In my experience women photographers are generally more interested in creating an intimate, real moment that is not just about physical beauty and not just capturing sexuality, anger, sadness, happiness," says Merchant. Each of her subjects open up about what empowers them and what makes them vulnerable, and it is unsurprising that many of the women have much in common with one another.

"I hope that men view this project as a window into a woman’s world, the women they love, to glimpse the complexities, the balancing acts women perform," says Merchant.

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  • Kelly Merchant
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In a world where meninism exists, where women are seen as objects, projects like Photography for Girls are especially important. It is invigorating to behold this bonding over experiences, both positive and negative, and know that change is in the wings. Women will only become equal if they stand together and make it so.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

That Essential Summer Ritual

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Jonathan Newkirk

One day in 1807, a man brought his sheep to the public square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Elkanah Watson was a wealthy farmer and a businessman, and he wanted to show off. As the story goes, the idea rippled into the formation of the Berkshire Agricultural Society, a Cattle Show in 1811, and developing fairs across New England counties by 1819. It was New York that fashioned the first State Fair in Syracuse in 1841. At the heart of the country fair is the desire to showcase local food production and appreciation. The beauty of that is and always has been its democratic nature: that anyone can bring in something to boast. In the parade of our neighbors’ livestock, recipes, garden-grown curiosities, and the original DIY culture of handmade crafts, we share our passions and experience authentic, old fashioned, family fun.

This week, the Ulster County Fair is celebrating its 128th get-together with a new attraction. The brand new agricultural museum will display old time farm equipment and an old fashioned kitchen, with people on hand to explain their uses. Its included in the $15 entry ticket, along with everything at the Ulster County Fair beyond the food and some carnival games. “We work very hard to keep it an old fashioned country fair,” says Fair Manager, Gary Newkirk. There’s an emphasis on agriculture, and the 4H is very strong at the fair with lots of opportunities for kids to showcase their projects. It dovetails nicely with a focus on family-oriented entertainment. Aside from seeing and petting the animals, families can enjoy carnival rides, daily horse shows, pig races, children’s activities and entertainers, and music every night. “Fairs used to be big family entertainment back in the day,” Newkirk muses. “My generation remembers going to the fair as kids. It’s a family tradition that’s been around for over 150 years! We want to share that.”
The Ulster County Fair at the Ulster County Fair Grounds at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz; July 28th-August 2nd, 10a-10p/midnight (Tues-Thurs/Fri-Sun); $15 pay-one-price tickets per person over the height of 36”, includes free parking. Don’t miss Tuesday Carload Night at $40 per car, or Wednesday’s fireworks display!

Do the 2015 fair circuit! The Orange County Family Fair is going on now til August 2nd; the Dutchess Fair is August 25th-30th; and the Columbia County Fair is September 2nd-7th. And check out the Great New York State Fair from August 27th through September 7th in Syracuse.
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The 27th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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The 27th Falcon Ridge Folk Festival takes flight on July 31 and continues until August 2. The festival is held at the picturesque Dodds Farm in Hillsdale. Concerts, workshops, children’s activities, and dancing on a 7,000 square foot floor will all be a part of the three-day festival . The fest boasts concerts from artists such as Grammy-winning songstress Judy Colllins, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the Duhks, and June Rich. For a complete list of performers, click here.

Fourteen food vendors will be on-site serving up Thai cuisine, crepes, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Over 50 craft vendors will also be set up around the grounds selling everything from juices to jewelry. Much of what is on sale will be hand-crafted and eco-friendly.

The fest starts at noon Friday July 31 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. For tickets and more information, go to Falconridgefolk.com or call (860) 364-0366.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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What began as a fundraiser for playground equipment in 2009 has developed into a five-day festival celebrating the power and breadth of the human voice. Opera, gospel, Broadway, world music—any form the voice can take is represented at the festival.

The festival features internationally acclaimed performers, including the delicate tone of Lily Arbisser, throat-singing duo Sila, high dramatic soprano Diana Jacklin, and the choral magic of the Cambridge Chamber Singers. Operas by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Carlisle Floyd, and Robert Manno will be featured, along with musicals and plays. In total, 23 events are taking place across seven venues in the heart of the Catskill State Park.

Tickets and more information can be found at Phoeniciavoicefest.org, or by calling (845) 586-3588.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Music in the Woods

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Woodstock is synonymous with music, and was even before the beatniks thronged to the area in 1969.

Artistic spirit has thrived in the Hudson Valley for hundreds of years; Hudson River School painters captured and preserved regional landscapes in the mid-19 century, Washington Irving diffused local legend through writing in 1819, and numerous farmsteads have been converted to performance spaces throughout the years. Now the upcoming centennial celebration, “Music in the Woods: One Hundred Years of Maverick Concerts,” further cements Woodstock's place in music history. Founded in 1916 by visionary rebel Hervey White, Maverick Concerts is the oldest ongoing summer chamber music festival in the US, nestled in vibrant, winking pine woods.

“Music in the Woods” features paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, and memorabilia evocative of Woodstock's early history as a place for free spirits to thrive.

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The exhibition features: a recently commissioned bronze maquette of White by Wan Jida; sculptures by John Flannagan; painted and photographic portraits of White by Bolton Brown, Harry Gottlieb, Konrad Cramer, Peggy Bacon, and others; portraits of musicians by Robert Chanler, Antonio Borone, and George Bellows; sketches of musicians performing by John Fenton, Andrée Ruellan, Julia Santos Solomon, and others; drawings and prints by Woodstock artists; and vintage photographic portraits of musicians, some as early as 1919 who played at Maverick Concerts.

Curated by Susana Torruella Leval of Woodstock, "Music in the Woods" gleaned its pieces from private and public collections—Maverick Concerts, Woodstock Artist Association & Museum (WAAM), Alf Evers Archive of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock Public Library, and Historical Society of Woodstock.

This joint opening exhibition with Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts and WAAM, on July 25 from 5 to 7 pm at 28 and 36 Tinker Street and in Woodstock, also features a talk considering the notion of the “Maverick Spirit” at WAAM on Sunday, July 26 at 2pm.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Laney Jones and the Spirits Visit Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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  • Laney Jones and the Spirits

Youthful, Florida-raised singer-songwriter Laney Jones and her band the Spirits have won the favor of Alison Krauss and NPR for their sprightly blend of earnest folk-Americana. Ahead of their third album, which is due out this fall, the group will hit Club Helsinki on August 13.

This past January, Jones was featured as an emerging artist on the PBS series “Great Performances” in a 90-minute documentary about the Kennedy Center’s weekend-long American Voices festival. In addition to performing at other top festivals such as Grey Fox, Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues, she has shared stages with gianormous acts like Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.

In this live video shot last April, Laney and group play “Troubled Mind”:

Laney Jones and the Spirits will appear at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on August 13 at 8pm. Tickets are $12 and $15. For further information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://www.helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sweet Clementines Honor Grateful Dead with New Single

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Certainly the biggest news of the summer to many was the string of final “Fare Thee Well” concerts by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead (plus guests) earlier this month. Admittedly, the concept struck me as kind of lame: The Grateful Dead? Seriously, they’re calling it that? Without Jerry Garcia? Ah, well, they have the right if enough fans are willing to accept it, I guess—and the record crowds doubtlessly proved there were. And I do get how the show were billed as a tribute to the band’s music and legacy. And speaking of paying tribute to the Dead’s music and legacy, the outstanding New Paltz-area indie art-pop band the Sweet Clementines has a new single just out that does exactly that.

Called Voice Lessons: An Offering to the Grateful Dead, the release features two original songs, “Voice Offerings” and “The New Old Pretty Girl Blues,” that unabashedly reference the Dead’s prime late ’60s/early ’70s era while retaining elements of the Clementines’ other main influences (Beatles, XTC, fellow Dead fan Elvis Costello). “‘Voice Lessons’ was written a few years ago in response to the passing of my father,” says the group’s guitarist and songwriter (and occasional Chronogram scribe) John Burdick. “It is a deathbed reckoning scenario, in which the survivors rue the fact that the deceased swallowed his tongue too often, left his feelings unexpressed, and never dared to sing. If the message of the song is ‘use your voice while you have it,’ and ‘don’t get caught up in vanities of personality,’ then who could be more exemplary than the Grateful Dead? The Dead are THE positive role model for singing it yourself, haters be damned. The courageous voice will find its audience, maybe not quite as many millions as theirs did, but many dozens at least.”

Here, the band plays another Dead-influenced tune, “Submarine,” at their hometown’s Water Street Market in 2014:

Voice Lessons: An Offering to the Grateful Dead is available now for download at http://thesweetclementines.bandcamp.com/.

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Wine Spectator's 2015 Restaurant Awards

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Wine Spectator magazine has published the annual list of recipients of their Restaurant Awards, and has included several Hudson Valley establishments out of the thousands reviewed. A leading authority on wine, the magazine reaches over 3 million people in print and online worldwide with intent to explore the role of wine in contemporary culture.

“With this year’s list spanning all 50 US states and over 75 additional countries and territories, we hope wine lovers will use this issue, alongside WineSpectator.com’s Restaurant Awards database, as guides to finding the perfect restaurant for any occasion,” says Wine Spectator's editor and publisher, Marvin R. Shanken.

Here are the Hudson Valley restaurants that made the cut:

Cosimo's On Union, Newburgh: Family-style Italian cooking highlighting wines from California and Italy.

Crew Restaurant and Bar, Poughkeepsie: Eclectic European cuisine with Asian and American influences and local provisions, featuring wines from California and Italy.

Il Barilotto, Fishkill: Modern Italian dishes and wines.

The Local Restaurant, Rhinebeck: Multifarious American cuisines with global influences and local fare, accentuating wines from California.

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz: Formal American dishes commonly paired with wines from California and France.

The Red Onion, Saugerties: Casual fine-dining with frequent seafood specials routinely paired with wines from California and France.

Ship Lantern Inn, Milton: Continental American cuisine complimented with wines from California and France.

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Of the three ranking levels used in the Restaurant Awards, the seven Hudson Valley restaurants honored all fell into the most basic category of which there were 2,563 winners; the Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants offering a diverse selection of wines that compliment the featured cuisine and prices. There were 973 winners in the Best of Award of Excellence category, which recognized restaurants with a selection of 350 or more significant vintage wines from major wine regions. The top category, the Grand Award, was handed out to 81 restaurants that offered more than 1,000 options from the world's foremost wine regions.

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