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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fishman Hits the Falcon

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Howard Fishman
  • Jack Vartoogia
  • Howard Fishman

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Howard Fishman hasn’t been up this way in a spell, so Hudson Valley fans should make note of his gig this Sunday at the Falcon.

Fishman, who got his start playing the streets of New Orleans and the subways of Manhattan, recently released his 11th album, Uncollected Stories, on his own Monkey Farms label. His confessional songs, which incorporate elements of gospel, rock, blues, folk, punk, and country, have won him rave notices from the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The New Yorker, and he’s appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and other prominent radio programs.

This is him and his band performing “A Ghost” in 2008:

Howard Fishman will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on October 4 at 7pm. Jim Hearne will open. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Yoga for Kids

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • Owen Harvey

The Bhagavad Gita teaches that yoga is an evenness of mind, and that’s not something most kids (or adults) have. Children get a lot of different messages in our busy world, but aligning the breath with movement in a noncompetitive setting isn’t often one of them. Yet, teaching kids awareness of their bodies can harvest the strength they need to become the calm eye of the storm. "I wish someone had taught me how to relax, breathe deeply, focus, and align as a child," says Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein from the new YogAlive in New Paltz. "Introducing these ‘good habits’ at a young age helps a person fully integrate them into their lives. Yoga invites children to playfully explore their bodies, increasing coordination, strength, balance, and self-esteem.”

Can you tell September is National Yoga month? Perfect timing because many local yoga studios are just starting up their kids’ and family classes again after a summer break.

The Living Seed in New Paltz started two new yoga classes for kids last week. Taught by teachers who are trained in teaching yoga to children, they draw from their backgrounds in circus arts, music, meditation, and storytelling to create an engaging and instructive class. Many asanas or postures are inspired by animals, natural shapes and everyday objects, and these images are used in stories, song, and movement to illustrate structure and energetic flow, so kids can embody the poses in a fun and imaginative way.
Kids’ Yoga at the Living Seed in New Paltz for ages 4-7: Sundays from 9:30-10:30am; drop-in or buy a series of 6 classes to be used within 3 months at a discount; and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm, a workshop series of 6 classes running September 23rd-October 28th and repeating; drop in or commit to 6 consecutive weeks at a discount. The New Paltz school bus offers drop-off at the Living Seed for qualified kids.

In Kingston, it’s Yoga Story Time again at the Yoga House. Starting in October, this ain't no ordinary story hour. Led by yoga instructor and former childhood educator, Mel Toth, it’s a creative way to introduce your little one to breath work and yoga poses through stories. What the teachers at the Yoga House have noticed in their kids’ classes, privates, and work with the YMCA, is that kids as young as 3 and 4 actually have a great capacity for focus when taught yoga. Offering only parent-child classes, the focus is on sharing yoga with your kids.
Yoga Story Time at the Yoga House in Kingston for ages 2-4 with parent: Thursdays at 11:30a for 30-45 minutes, $10 drop-in or $35 for 5 classes. Mama and Me for babies up to 24 months with parent: moving this week to Thursdays at 12:30p, $13 drop-in or use a class card. Look for Munchkin and Me for ages 3-5 with parent, a 4-class series, joining the schedule sometime soon.

Like it? Check out YogAlive, the new studio born from the merging of Jai Ma Yoga Center and Ashtanga Yoga (all in New Paltz), which is in the midst of scheduling Yogababy and a separate children’s class, to begin in October. And visit Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco, where you can enrich your child’s life with yoga and mindfulness at any age: Prenatal, Mama & Me (for practitioners and their babies), Lotus Littles Yoga (for ages 3-5), Rockstars (for ages 6-9), Kids’ Yoga Jam (for ages 10-12), and Teen Yoga (for ages 13+).

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” - unattributed
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Simhara Spa Healing: 33% Off for Chronogram Readers

Posted By on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Simhara Spa & Healing Sanctuary

  • Simhara Holistic Spa & Healing Sanctuary

Re-opening in October by appointment only after a summer hiatus, Simhara Holistic Spa & Healing Sanctuary (aka SIMHARA Portal of the Heart) in Stone Ridge invites Chronogram readers to experience two rejuvenating energy-healing treatments at a special price of 33% Off.

Simone Harari, Simhara's owner, welcomes guests for a duo of experiences rarely offered at our local Hudson Valley spas. First is the Raindrop Technique, a bliss-out aromatherapy session in which some 12 specially selected essential oils (or more) are applied to the spine, back, and feet via the Vita Flex technique and Tibetan reflexology. Said to support the immune system, the Raindrop is great for the beginning of cold and flu season; it's also perfect for stress release and emotional balance.

Crystal Bed at Simhara
  • Crystal Bed at Simhara

Also on offer is a session on Simhara's Crystal Bed, in which guests are invited to stretch out on a massage table under seven light-infused crystals that are custom-aligned with their seven chakra points. Obtained from and blessed by John of God, the Brazilian spiritual medium, the Crystal Bed is said to cleanse, balance, and synchronize the chakras, or wheels of energy; it also allows a connection to the healing spirit guides from John of God's "Casa" in Brazil, where Harari spent one month in residence with her teacher.

"The process of energy healing is about increasing flow, alignments, frequencies, and balance on an energetic level in your body so your overall health can improve and you can experience wellness in its fullest form," says Harari. "I tell all my clients that raising your frequency and balancing your energy flow is the most important thing you can do to achieve lasting wellbeing and vitality."

Guests also get to experience the serene environment of Simhara itself, located in a bio-harmonized Dutch stone house on an idyllic 40 acres that is also home to a rare energy vortex on site. In the spa, says Harari, "my clients can experience peace, and in a truly relaxed state they can receive the optimum benefits from their treatment."

For an appointment, email info@simhara.com. To receive 33% Off the Raindrop Technique and/or Crystal Bed session, mention code OctChron. Offer valid through Nov. 7, 2015.

Simhara Holistic Spa & Healing Sanctuary
85 Kyserike Road
Stone Ridge, NY

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Kicks Off

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Randy Brecker
  • Randy Brecker

Praises are due to Western Massachusetts for being a jazz haven since the days of Lenox’s Music Inn. Although that hallowed venue closed in 1979, the area has been keeping the Massachusetts jazz flag flying via the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which makes kicks off its 11th year on October 9 and runs for 10 days.

The festival begins Columbus Day weekend with Jazz About Town, the annual “jazz crawl” featuring local musicians in restaurants and lounges throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet cultural district, and reaches its climax with a headline concert by six-time-Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker with the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra on October 17. Among the other artists appearing are guitar great Frank Vignola (October 14).

Dig Brecker doing “’Round Midnight” in 2011:

The 11th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival will take place at venues throughout Pittsfield, Massachusetts, October 9-18. Most events are free. For more information, visit http://berkshiresjazz.org/.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Charlie Mars Croons in Albany Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Charlie Mars
  • Charlie Mars

Mississippi-born Charlie Mars has drawn effusive praise from American Songwriter magazine, who compared him to the late Woodstock-connected singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Tomorrow night, locals who remember Winchester will have their chance to hear how accurate the likening is when Mars plays the Linda/WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.

Mars, who is also an actor and the boyfriend of “Weeds” star Mary Louise-Parker, has toured with the Dixie Chicks, Steve Earle, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Citizen Cope. He can be seen in the film The Free State of Jones, set for release on March 11, 2016. His latest album, The Money, was released on Rockingham Records in 2014.

Enjoy the title track here:

Charlie Mars will perform at the Linda/WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, New York, on September 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (518) 465-5223 ext. 4 or visit http://www.wamcarts.org/index.php.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CoCoRosie Comes to Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • CoCoRosie

Another month, another big indie score for BSP Lounge. This time it’s in the form of CoCoRosie, who will make their first area appearance in the venue’s seldom-utilized Back Room Theater this Saturday.

Formed in Paris in 2003 by singing sisters Bianca (“CoCo”; percussion) and Sierra (“Rosie”; guitar, harp) Casady, the highly visual group rose to prominence alongside Devendra Banhart and other purveyors of the so-called freak folk/new weird Americana wave of the early 2000s. In addition to folk and psychedelia, CoCoRosie’s music takes in pop, electronica, hip-hop, opera, and ethnic music elements. Their sixth album, Heartache City, was released on City Slang Records this month.

Here’s CoCoRosie performing in Barcelona last July:

CocoRosie will perform at BSP Lounge’s Back Room Theater in Kingston, New York, on September 26 at 8pm. Mary Ocher will open. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Touch a Truck for the Little Free Library

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Junior League of Kingston

There will be six small structures housing free books around the city of Kingston next spring. That’s what the Junior League of Kingston hopes. Part of a worldwide movement to offer pop-up libraries (called the Little Free Library), they’re working with the Kingston Library to bring it here. It’ll expand the Kingston Library’s reach, so people all over the city can borrow and return books (for all ages and skill levels), or bring one of their own to trade. And you can help!

On Sunday, September 27th, from 11a-4p, the Junior League is hosting a fundraiser fun day at Forsyth Park in Kingston. Touch a Truck is a chance for kids to see and climb a variety of fire, emergency, and construction vehicles from the Volunteer Firemen’s Hall and Museum, the City of Kingston Public Works, the New York State Police, and Citibus, to name a few. Each vehicle will have a volunteer nearby to help children explore and learn. Kids can honk horns and hear sirens, but not between 11a-12p, when there’s a siren-free hour, great for families with babies or kids with sensory issues. Don’t miss the Roaming Railroad (where kids can ride loops around the field by the zoo) and the Kona Ice truck (with Hawaiian shaved ice)!

Touch a Truck at Forsyth Park in Kingston, a fundraiser for the Junior League of Kingston’s Little Free Library project: Sunday, September 27th, 11a-4p (siren-free from 11a-12p); $5 per person, children under 2 are free with a paying adult. The Roaming Railroad is $3 a ride. Food by The Sports Cone and the Kona Ice Truck will be available for purchase.
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Jump for Joy, and Health, in Poughkeepsie

Posted By on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM


Not just kids love to jump. For adults, the simple joy of the trampoline is enough to make them forget that they're getting a great workout.

Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Poughkeepsie wants to encourage the trend of grownups going vertical. Starting October 7, Bounce! will introduce its first Adult Night every Wednesday from 7 to 8pm. Open to ages 18 and up only, Adult Night will feature a range of activities including Bouncersize, a trampoline-based exercise class limited to the first 24 who register in advance, dodgeball games, foam pit jumping, slam dunk basketball, and access to the new Bounce! Xtreme Agility Courses. The cost is $10 for the hour.

Of course, adults can jump during other open sessions at Bounce! But during Adult Night, they won't have to share the enormous courts of interconnected trampolines with the teeny-bopper set.

NASA research shows that supervised jumping on trampolines is “the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man." It's a low-impact workout that helps tone muscles, burn fat, reduce stress, and improve coordination for all ages.

Bounce! Trampoline Sports
2 Neptune Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-206-4555, www.bouncepok.com

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Adicts Storm the Chance on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM


Those in the Hudson Valley who enjoy harder sounds are happy to still have the Chance Theater after all these years. When it comes to heavy metal, classic hard rock, and the odd vanguard punk act, the veteran venue has those niches nailed down. Fans of the latter genre should be keyed up for this Saturday's appearance by poppy British punks the Adicts at the historic 1912 theater

Formed in 1975, the Adicts didn’t really break through until the early ’80s, when they hit their stride with their second album, 1982’s flawless Sound of Music. If you dig the melodic, hook-hung, guitar-chugging style of their better-known contemporaries the Buzzcocks, the Ramones, and the Undertones, these guys will be squarely in your wheelhouse. On stage, they’re a sight to see, with joker make-up-wearing front man Monkey mugging it up and the band decked out in bowler hats and white outfits a la the delinquent droogs in Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange.

In this documentary clip, the Adicts perform "Viva La Revolution" and "Joker in the Pack":

The Adicts will perform with Creepshow, the Jukebox Romantics, New Red Scare, and Kyle Trocolla at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York, on September 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $16. For more information, call (845) 471-1966 or visit Thechancetheater.com.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FreshGrass Fills Great Barrington with Music

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM


It’s not hard to see why Chronogram is a proud sponsor of FreshGrass, which once again returns to Mass MoCA this weekend. The three-day outdoor bluegrass/roots music event, which runs Friday through Sunday, just seems to grew larger and attract more top-caliber names with every year.

This season ’round, FreshGrass features Friday headliner the Punch Brothers, with Twisted Pine, Flatt Lonesome, and Houndmouth. On Saturday, it’s Dwight Yoakam; Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan; the Lost Bayou Ramblers; Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin; Alison Brown; and others. Sunday stars Peter Rowan, the Del McCoury Band, Willie Watson, Greensky Bluegrass, Earls of Leicester (featuring Jerry Douglas), The Man in Grass: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, and more. Food, camping, instrumental jams and competitions, family activities, workshops, and, of course, Mass MoCA’s dramatically scaled exhibitions of contemporary art are also part of the fun.

Here’s a promotional trailer for FreshGrass 2015:

FreshGrass 2015 will take place September 18, 19, and 20 at Mass MoCA in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. For ticket prices and a schedule of performers, call (413) 662-2111 ext. 1 or visit massmoca.org.

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