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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hudson’s Gateway for Music and Art Lovers

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM


A few blocks from Warren Street, the main shopping drag in Hudson, there’s an 1880s industrial factory that’s been reclaimed by a musician and a filmmaker for a rapidly growing nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center. Just the space alone, with its sheer scale and mix of raw architecture and stunning decoration, is a draw, but with a broad range of programming like experimental film screenings, unconventional art events, and community gatherings, Basilica Hudson draws crowds. And their antifestival, Basilica SoundScape, on September 13th, offers families a chance to get in on the action.

Celebrating its fourth year, Basilica SoundScape is a ticketed weekend of carefully curated new music, visual art, and literature. There are film screenings, experimental sound concerts, suites of paintings, and The Book Table, featuring elegantly designed novel and poetry paperbacks. It runs September 11th-12th, and on Sunday the 13th, they throw open the doors. Beginning at 11a, there’s a Sunday Brunch serving up wholly flavorful, locally sourced, and beautifully presented dishes like tempura, bi bim bop, and salted caramel ice cream with gingered pear from Alimentary Kitchen’s pop-up kitchen. There’s also a Truck Food Court and beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

All day, people can peruse a mini Basilica Farm & Flea, that wildly successful Thanksgiving weekend shopping showcase of regional makers, farmers, and vintage collectors. And the large-scale paintings of contemporary artist, Dan Colen, made on site at the Basilica, as well as an exhibition in Basilica’s Back Gallery, will be on display.

It’s the perfect gateway for families to experience the arts, culture, and talents of Hudson’s sustainable community.

Basilica SoundScape family-friendly day at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St in Hudson, Sunday, September 13th, 11a-4p, free and open to the public. Food available for $3-5 per drink or side, and up to $15 per entrée. Marketplace prices vary per booth.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Sediment Club Makes Noise in Hudson Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Sediment CLub
  • The Sediment CLub

Being in a band that includes the offspring of punk royalty must make you feel like you have something to prove. In theory, that should be good: It oughta make you try harder, and really go for broke—making for artistic statements that are attention-grabbing in their boldness. And so it is with the Sediment Club, who will rock the Half Moon in Hudson tonight and are fronted by Austin Sley Julian, the son of guitarist Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids) and singer Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras).

On Psychosymplastic, the Sediment Club’s second and brand-new album, the group ups the ante, squealing out weird, seemingly random verbiage over a din of spazzy, disjointed, No Wave-inspired noise that goes even farther out than the mantel laid down by their singer-guitarist's (no doubt proud) parents did in their own bands. So take heed: Austin is his own man and he has arrived, his equally aggressive band mates, Lazar Bozic and Jackie McDermott, rocking right there with him.

Get an earful of the title track here and an eyeful of appropriate visuals here:

Sediment Club - Psychosymplistic:Psychosymplastic Here! (director's cut) from austin julian on Vimeo.

The Sediment Club will perform with Alien Trilogy, Painted Faces, and DJ Lunar Moss on August 27 at 8pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Donna the Buffalo Stampedes into Woodstock

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Donna the Buffalo
  • Bill Davis
  • Donna the Buffalo

Roots rock favorites Donna the Buffalo hail from just a few hours north of the Hudson Valley, the Tompkins County village of Trumansburg, to be exact. But it’s been a while since they’ve been through the area. At long last, though, the band is headed back, with their sights set on Levon Helm Studios for a September 4 hoedown.

Formed in 1989, the five-piece band blends rock ’n’ roll, country, folk, Cajun/zydeco, pop, and old-timey styles into a highly infectious, mercilessly danceable, good-time sound that’s been dubbed “the EDM of Americana.” No wonder Levon himself loved jamming with them, at one of the late drummer’s Midnight Rambles in 2011.

“I Love My Tribe” is a fan fave from 2013;

Donna the Buffalo will perform at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, on September 4 at 8pm (doors at 6pm). Tickets are $35 and $25. For more information, call (845) 679-2744 or visit http://levonhelm.com/midnight_ramble.htm.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Museum Without Walls

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

A 3-year-old enjoys the shade of "Gui (Mistletoe)" an Alexander Calder sculpture from 1976 at the Storm King Art Center - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A 3-year-old enjoys the shade of "Gui (Mistletoe)" an Alexander Calder sculpture from 1976 at the Storm King Art Center

When I was about 18 months old, I wandered in an endless, open field before noticing immense, red structures so vast I could hide inside. They weren’t buildings, and it wasn’t a playground. (Playgrounds in 1976 were more metal and dark-colored.) For years, that unsettling feeling of being so small next to monolithic figures lived large in my childhood memory. I puzzled it like a dream, trying to make sense of how something could be both playful and a little bit scary, industrial and natural. It’s probably my first memory ever. And though we lived in Brooklyn Heights at the time, it happened in the Hudson Valley (probably when we were up house hunting). It wasn’t until years later that I rediscovered that strange park as a teenager out with friends. It was the Storm King Art Center, and it was still just as memorable.

There’s a reason Storm King is the backdrop for fashion shoots, films, and happy family memories. You don’t have to be a modern and contemporary abstract sculpture lover to appreciate the elegant shapes, colors, and sheer size of the monuments, or how each is intentionally situated in the 500-acre park to spark dialogue with its immediate natural surroundings and those breathtaking Hudson Valley views. What makes it so distinct is that it’s a museum without walls that merges the outdoors and the art world. And that connects with children (and parents) of all ages, who can view some art in between sprinting and rolling down the hills. “There’s a freeing aspect of being here,” says Victoria Lichtendorf, Director of Education and Public Programs at Storm King. “Being attuned to the landscape and architecture, that environment fosters freedom, play, and reflection.”

For the past few years, Storm King has offered programming for children and families every Sunday at 1p, taught by a rotation of environmental educators, artists, and art educators. They’re run with the same sense of freedom: pre-registration is not required, and participants can come and go throughout the usually two-hour programming, contributing as much or as little as they like to the usually collaborative artwork happening there. “The idea of the workshops is to activate the experience and help people to engage with the art,” Lichtendorf says. Programming happens in the landscape (so allow for a little travel and be prepared for weather) and encourages the whole family to join in. There are suggested age guidelines for every program listing in the Events section of the website, but Lichtendorf says it’s fluid, with understanding that some families have younger siblings in tow.

Coming up this week at Storm King: the last free admission day of the season is on Thursday, August 27th, from 10a-5:30p; a Moonlit Walking Tour of the park to see Lynda Benglis’ phosphorescent Hills and Clouds happens on Saturday, August 29th at 8p; build and race boats and water-runners out of bundles of sticks and feathers with Free Style Arts Association’s Art Afloat on Sunday, August 30th, at 1p. Programs are free with admission.

Don’t miss these events in September! During Labor Day weekend, Storm King is the last stop for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of The Tempest. The event requires an additional ticket, but it’s free for kids under the age of 18, and has a kid-friendly start time of 6p. The Children and Families program on September 20th will weave a collective sculptural tapestry at 1p that will fill the field behind The Feelies concert, which is from 2-4p. There will be food and popsicles nearby, and it’s free with admission.

Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY 12553: open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10am-5:30pm (til 8p on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day); adults $15, senior citizens $12, kids ages 5-12 $8, kids under 4 are free. There are two parking lots, north and south, and both have picnic areas adjacent to them where you can carry in your own lunch. Or grab something local, sustainable, and delicious from Shelly Boras of Fresh Company at the outdoor Storm King Café, where they serve kid-friendly fare like hotdogs ($4), butter scones ($3), and mac & cheese ($6.75) on the other side of the north parking lot. Plan to roam, so bring a stroller or baby-carrier. Kids will love to ride the electric and solar-powered tram around the park, which is the easiest way to see the majority of sculptures and learn a little bit about them through the bus’s automated tour. Pick it up at the Museum, or at any of the ten stops you happen upon around the park. Bicycles are also available for rent, so you can explore at your own pace. ($8-10/hour or $32-40/day).
A 3-year-old studies "Black Flag" an Alexander Calder sculpture from 1974 at the Storm King Art Center - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A 3-year-old studies "Black Flag" an Alexander Calder sculpture from 1974 at the Storm King Art Center

Maybe the best thing about Storm King Art Center? They mean it when they say kids are welcome! Even inside the Museum Building where there’s an annually rotating exhibition, bathrooms, and a gift shop, kids are encouraged to sit and draw or spend time exploring, and the guards are friendly and helpful. It’s a museum experience where kids can truly feel at home. Reciprocate the good vibes (and protect the legacy) by keeping kids from climbing on the outdoor sculptures.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sexmob Steams Up Accord Train Station

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Steven Bernstein
  • Sexmob band leader Steven Bernstein

Now here’s a cool gig, and in a pretty interesting venue. On August 29 New York’s devilish jazz institution Sexmob will perform at, of all places, the Accord Train Station.

Built in 1902, the small Arts and Crafts-era station has a comfortable capacity of 50 and features an interior space with original woodwork and wood floors, French doors, and skylight windows. Sexmob was formed in the 1990s by former Lounge Lizards trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who’s well known in in the Hudson Valley for his years with the late Levon Helm. The group is famous for its mission of “putting the fun back in jazz,” largely via the deconstruction of movie theme music and classic rock tunes. But with the setting for this gig, I’m gunning for reworkings of Duke’s “Take the A Train,” Glen Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” James Moody’s “Last Train from Overbrook, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis’s “Trane Whistle,”… you get the picture. Or at least “Love Train” by the O’Jays. Can’t go wrong with that one.

For now, though, here’s the band in Italy earlier this year:

Sexmob will perform at the Accord Train Station in Accord, New York, on August 29 at 5pm. Tickets are $25. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call (845) 626-1531 or visit http://accordtrainstation.com/index.html.

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Michael Tischler's NYC

Posted on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM

  • Michael Tischler

New York City is iconic; its raw evolutions, containing a constant swell of people and ideas, are documented so that what once was, such a short time ago, will not be forgotten. Photographer Michael Tischler, a native New Yorker, is one concerned with capturing the multitudinous angles of this most beloved city.

Using HDR technology (taking three photos of the same scene at different shutter speeds, creating a bright, a medium, and a dark photo that are then combined to form a more layered, detailed image), Tischler's New York City Limited Edition photographs are seemingly more vibrant than reality. Minute bricks on skyscrapers are distinctly outlined, window reflections are crystal clear, and debris in subway underbellies can be easily identified. Tischler reveals the City's private and communal parts in an equally flattering light.

Twenty of Tischler's cityscape photographs, limited to one 44” x 66” print on archival aluminum of each, will be sold from $10,000 to $20,000. All proceeds from the sale of his photograph One World Trade Centerwill be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Fund.

"In this splendid series of Michael Tischler’s photographs of NYC, I highly (pun intended) recommend his take from the recently opened 'new top of the world,' One World Trade Center. Michael gives us a dreamy view of Manahattan with the Brooklyn Bridge eerily floating above the East River, and a feeling of infinite space and peace. I salute Michael’s humanitarianism for donating the proceeds from this inspiring artwork to the National September 11 Memorial Fund and Museum," says Philippe Petit, famed high wire performer.

  • Michael Tischler

As the kick off for his series of gallery openings in metropolitan areas nationwide, the New York City Limited Edition collection will be on display at 345 Broome Street in Soho from September 4-18; hours are 11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Celebrate the opening with a free wine and cheese reception on Saturday, September 12 from 5-9pm. Michaeltischler.com; (917) 863-5890.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hudson Rocks with Ian Hunter

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Ian Hunter with Mott the Hoople
  • Ian Hunter with Mott the Hoople

Hey there, indie pants. Yeah, you’re in your twenties now, doing your frowny-face, laptop-noise thing or your pour-me-a-PBR, beard-and-a-banjo bit. Good for you, kid. But have you thought about what you’ll be doing in 50 years? Odds are by then your dreams will have been long crushed and you’ll be rocking a golf cart and the Chinese buffet, if you’re lucky enough to still be here. Not kicking ass with an electric guitar strapped to your frame and as you belt out some of rock ’n’ roll’s all-time anthems. But this month you have a chance to reverse your downward slide and learn how it’s done straight from a master, when the great Ian Hunter, who turned 76 just two months ago, plays Club Helsinki on August 29.

Hunter is best known as the lead singer of British glam rock legends Mott the Hoople, who began in 1969 and hit worldwide in 1972 with the David Bowie-penned “All the Young Dudes” and across Europe and the UK with the same decade’s “All the Way from Memphis,” “Honaloochie Boogie,” “Roll Away the Stone,” “The Golden Age of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and others. The band’s blistering live shows and alternately poignant and bone-crushing albums Mott the Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife, Brain Capers, Mott, and The Hoople influenced bands as diverse as their contemporaries Queen, the Clash and other UK punks, and much of the hard rock acts that followed. As a solo artist, Hunter kept the fire up with more artistically successful albums and the singles “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (remade by Great White) and “Cleveland Rocks.” I saw him play last year and he was fantastic.

Here’s Hunter and his Rant Band doing “Honaloochie Boogie” the week of his birthday in 2015:

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on August 29 at 9pm. Tickets are $45 and $65. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/theclub.html.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Dog Day Eats

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Homemade skin-on chips at The Matchbox Cafe - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Homemade skin-on chips at The Matchbox Cafe
Quick! Name your favorite restaurant where you can get yummy, locally sourced food. In the Hudson Valley that list will go on and on. But at how many of those tables do you want to be sitting, course after course, with the kids? Depending on your kids’ ages, you were probably hoping for a date night. Not surprisingly, there are quite a few local gems which feature delicious, clean food at a good price in a summery space that’s truly kid-friendly.

Outdoor seating at The Matchbox Cafe - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Outdoor seating at The Matchbox Cafe
The Roadside Attraction: The Matchbox Café, 6242 Route 9 in Rhinebeck, (845) 876-3911, open everyday except Tuesday, 9:30a-8p. Come for gourmet-tasting picnic food, stay for the sense of fun.
Just outside Rhinebeck on Route 9 is a burger joint that’s especially suited for food-loving families. The aptly named Matchbox Café (it has a small dining room) features an outdoor picnic area set near enough the road (and the neighboring auto repair shop) to interest kids who love vehicles, but secluded enough to enjoy a picturesque meal where you don’t have to apologize for the kids’ restlessness. The menu is simple, which is ideal for kids, and specializes in well-crafted comfort foods, freshly made, with delicious tweaks. The burgers are prepared from local, grass-fed, grain-finished beef and come with a side of hand cut, double-cooked, Belgian-style fries for $8.50. Sandwiches and hotdogs come with a side of homemade skin-on chips. It’s all served on a paper plate for that picnic feel. Known for their sweets, The Matchbox Café won the "Best Dessert" award at Taste of Rhinebeck two times, and that makes sense since the baked goods hail from the owners’ Dessert Delivery in NYC. When their tasty cookies team up with local favorite, Jane’s Ice Cream, it makes for a crazy good sandwich that’ll spin your kids’ heads for $5.25. And maybe family-friendliest of all, you can call in your order ahead of time, if your kids really just can’t wait. The picnic area “closes only in your imagination,” says co-owner, Joann Cohen. “If you want to sit outside in winter, you can be our guest.”

The Rail Trail Cafe - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • The Rail Trail Cafe
Adventure Eating: the Rail Trail Café in Rosendale, 310 River Road Extension New Paltz (look for Parking Lot A), (845) 399-5450, open Friday 5-8p, Saturday and Sunday 9a-8p (and later on event nights), except in inclement weather. Getting real with farm-to-table eating.
Just getting to the Rail Trail Café seems rather literal. Head outside the town of Rosendale, into a suburban-looking neighborhood, down a dusty farm road, and into the woods where you park in a clearing, then take a short walk up a path to the Food Cart. It’s like traveling the farm-to-table route backwards, and landing a table, trailside at the farm. Some of the outdoor café seating is even made from tree stumps. But there’s an outdoor oven making delicious wood-fired, individual-sized pizzas with crushed tomatoes and caramelized onion ($8) or with farm greens ($10). The Kids’ Simple ($7) is the same size as the regular, so perfect to share. There’s live music most weekends, and the rail trail running beside the café spot is perfect for fidgety little legs. One mom and son couple had come for dinner from New Jersey for the second time in two weeks. “There’s just nothing else like this,” the mom said. As the kids explored, and the acoustic musician played to rapt diners, co-creator Tara Johannessen looked around and sighed “This is exactly what I was hoping it would be.”

There's more! Grazin’ in Hudson, with a classic diner setting, is the first Animal Welfare Approved restaurant in the world with meats sourced from the owners’ own synergistic farm in Ghent. Save room for fresh baked concoctions like salted caramel donuts for dessert. And give Breakfast on the Farm a try at Rogowski Farm in Warwick, where you sit down to a hearty farm breakfast, just like you’re one of the family.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Exploring Energy Healing with Brett Bevell

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM


Renowned local energy healer Brett Bevell will lead two workshops in the Hudson Valley this month, offering opportunities to both receive and share simple yet powerful energy healing techniques.

In Rhinebeck on Saturday, August 22, 2:30-4:30pm, Bevell will lead "This Is Spinal Zap: Group Energy Healing" at Izlind Integrative Wellness Center and Institute. In this group healing experience, Bevell will draw upon his own system of Magical Awakening®, a variety of modalities designed to release karmic conditioning, emotional obstacles, and other energy blockages. All you have to do is lie down, relax, and receive. (Cost: $30. To register call 845-516-4713 or email info@izlind.com.)

And in Brewster on Friday, August 28, 6:30-8:30pm, Bevell will teach an "Energy Healing for Everyone" workshop at Synchronicity Healing Center. In this experiential workshop, students will learn an ancient technique called Light of the Eternal One, which allows practitioners to release their wounds and fears, and to embrace the knowledge that all things are aspects of one divine healing presence. (Cost: $35. Call Synchronicity to reserve your spot: 845-363-1765.)

Learn more at brettbevell.com.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Woodstock Concert Will Benefit Archive Preservation

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Alf Evers
  • Alf Evers

Woodstock historian and author Alf Evers (1905-2004) did amazing work on preserving the story of the town he loved and called home. Recently, it was decided to undertake the epic task of digitizing his massive archives—no cheap task, to do it using the quality methods it deserves. Thus, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild will be hosting “Alf-Scan,” a special benefit concert on August 29.

Gathering at the event to sing and to celebrate the digitizing of these historic photographs and images are local musicians Amy Fradon, Leslie Ritter, Scott Petito, Jules Shear, Marc Black, Tom Pacheco, Brian Hollander, Mikhail Horowitz, Gilles Malkine, Ed Sanders, and Michael Veitch with Julie Last.

Here’s one of the performers, Jules Shear, doing a fine rendition of the Beatles’ “Sexy Sadie” in 2015—while holding a dog, named, presumably, Sadie:

“Alf-Scan” will take place on August 29 at 8pm at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock. Tickets are $25 (Byrdcliffe members: $22). For more information, call (845) 679-2079, or visit www.woodstockguild.org.

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