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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Don Byron Performs in Beacon and Hudson in November

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Don Byron
  • Don Byron

It’s been a while since I’ve covered area clarinet and saxophone great Don Byron here; he chooses his Hudson Valley gigs carefully. But next month, all of a sudden, he has two: the Towne Crier on November 22 and Club Helsinki on November 28.

In 1992 Byron was named Jazz Artist of the Year by Downbeat Magazine and regularly tops jazz critics’ polls for best clarinetist. A member of the Black Rock Coalition and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, he’s recorded with Allen Toussaint, Marc Ribot, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, Joe Henry, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and others. For next month’s area dates, Byron and his band of vocalist Dean Bowman, keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, guitarist Matt Finck, and drummer Zachary Alford will explore the music of Junior Walker, Ray Charles, and other funk, soul, and jazz immortals.

Here’s a funky-as-hell cut from Byron’s 1998 album Nu Blaxploitation (Blue Note Records):

Don Byron and Friends will perform at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on November 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/. The group will also perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY, on November 28 at 9pm. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tim Hecker Returns to Troy Next Month

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Tim Hecker
  • Tim Hecker

During his 2012 residency at EMPAC, Canadian ambient/electronic musician Tim Hecker recorded parts of his acclaimed album Virgins (Kranky/Paper Bag Records). On November 13, Hecker will return to the knife-edge Troy arts venue to unveil a new performance that mixes sound and light in the center’s Studio 1.

Hecker’s live performances make good use of larger rooms, alternately dealing in huge fluxuations in volume and dense noise (the bag he was in when I last saw him) and icy plains of crystalline quietude. Over the course of his lengthy career he has incorporated into his music elements of classical, techno, metal, and musique concrete.

Here’s a beautiful video for the Virgins track “Black Refraction”:

Tim Hecker will perform at EMPAC in Troy, New York, on November 13 at 9pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (518) 276-3291 or visit http://empac.rpi.edu/.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Spotlight on the Nurse Purse

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The new Lagoon design coming out soon. - COURTESY OF THE NURSE PURSE
  • Courtesy of the Nurse Purse
  • The new Lagoon design coming out soon.

They say the mother of all invention is that moment when you’re scouring your closet or the Internet for something you desperately need and realize no one is making it. For Adrienne Frohlich, an actual mother, that moment gave birth to the Nurse Purse. Heading back to work as a Speech Pathologist after maternity leave, Frohlich felt encumbered and frumpy carrying around that black, nylon bag that comes with purchased breast pumps, and which doesn't hold much else. “I was surprised that, with such a variety of cute diaper bags and other accessories out there for moms, there was nothing to replace that black bag.” So she set to sewing her own alternative that would streamline her packages and bring a little style to her day. Once it was perfected, she decided to share.

The Nurse Purse is large enough to hold most breast pump models, all the parts, a cooler, and valuables, plus has a designated space large enough to hold a laptop and other work-related items, and exterior pockets for bottles or to-go mugs. The bag is even designed to grow with you, so when your pumping days are over, you can simply convert it into a diaper or overnight bag. But probably the best feature is the little zippered compartment. It folds down so you can leave the pump assembled and access the controls without removing it from the bag and dealing with the jumble of cords and wires (a huge time saver and relaxation device when you only have 20 minutes to pump). Inside the compartment is even a window to hold a photo of your little sweet cheeks, which helps with milk flow and reminds you why you do it all.

Working with professional fabric designers, Frohlich does the prototypes, design, and sewing at her home in Stone Ridge. “Without a doubt, the Hudson Valley is my design inspiration,” she says. “Most of the prints are based on botanical elements - leaves, branches and flowers.” And with three new styles coming out soon, there’s been a little upgrade to the original design – a handy messenger-style strap.

The Nurse Purse, available online or locally at Waddle and Swaddle in Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie: 13” x 11.5” x 5.5” deep, cotton canvas with a nontoxic, water- and stain-resistant coating, available in a variety of cute designs, $129. Get your pump covered by insurance through the Affordable Care Act! Read more.

Want more? Don’t miss Hudson Valley Hullaballoo in Kingston on November 21st and 22nd, where you can meet some other inventive Hudson Valley makers, and even get some holidays portraits with the family at Tom DeLooza’s wet plate photo booth and Peter Demuth Photography’s photo booth. And keep your eyes peeled for the next Field & Supply and Phoenicia Flea.
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Tall Heights Bring Towering Sound to Hudson

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Tall Heights
  • Tall Heights

Boston’s Tall Heights have been called “the Simon and Garfunkel for the Bon Iver generation.” On November 6, in support of their third release, Holding On, Holding Out (Independent), the duo bring their haunting harmonies to Club Helsinki.

Comprised of childhood friends Paul Wright (cello) and Tim Harrington (guitar), the pair grew up singing in the same local choirs and got their start as a live act by busking for tourists at their home city’s Faneuil Hall nearly half a decade ago. For the glowingly praised Holding On, Holding Out, the twosome embellishes their lush-but-stark acoustic sound with electronics and percussion.

Take in this performance of the new album’s “Spirit Cold”:

Tall Heights will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on November 6 at 9pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Love in Action: Learn End-of-Life Caregiving in Rhinebeck

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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One of the most poignant and powerful things a person can do is to be there for someone at the end of life, providing support and care in those critical months or weeks. Millions of Americans find themselves in a caregiving role for a dying friend or family member. Others feel called upon to work or volunteer for people in the twilight days before their passage from this world.

A special one-day training with end-of-life expert Suzanne O'Brien will teach the skills that you need for caregiving at all stages of this ultimate journey. A nurse, educator, and author of bestselling books, O'Brien will offer her Level 1 "End-of-Life Doula Training" course in Rhinebeck on Tuesday, October 27. Empowering, practical, and uplifting, the training is infused with bedside stories from O'Brien's extensive experience of creating what she calls "positive passings" for people around the world.

This is a rare chance to train locally and in person with O'Brien, whose teachings have a global reach. The course is $15, or free to those in need. She also offers a free/donation online version of this training; for information, visit Suzannebobrien.com.

DETAILS

End-of-Life Doula Training

Northern Dutchess Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

10am to 4pm

$15, includes lunch

Registration is required. Please call 845-876-4745.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Film Focuses on Folk Music Guru

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Izzy Young
  • Izzy Young

As the proprietor of Greenwich Village’s legendary Folklore Center music shop, Izzy Young is, in many ways, the father of the 1950s and ’60s folk revival—and thus has a strong connection to Woodstock and the Hudson Valley music scene at large. A recently released documentary, Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center, profiles Young, now 87, and offers his riveting recollections as the facilitator of one of the most significant eras of modern popular music.

Also interviewed for the film, which was years in the making, are Pete Seeger, former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch, Allen Ginsburg, Woodstock’s Ed Sanders and his co-conspirator in the Fugs, Tuli Kupferberg, and others. And of course Bob Dylan, who Young is credited with having discovered, is discussed as well.

Here’s a trailer:

Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is out now on DVD via MVD Visual. For more information, visit http://mvdb2b.com/.

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Campaign Launched for Pauline Oliveros Documentary

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Pauline Oliveros
  • Pauline Oliveros

Composer, instrumentalist, and long-time Hudson Valley resident Pauline Oliveros is a true giant of modern music, one long overdue to become the subject of a documentary. Finally, though, someone is working to correct that situation—Accord filmmaker Daniel Weintraub, who’s been working with Oilveros for over a year on Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros. And now he needs your help: Weintraub recently launched an online campaign to raise funds necessary to complete the project.

With a career that spans nearly 60 years, Oliveros helped create contemporary electronic music and multimedia performance, and pioneered the concept of Deep Listening. In addition to being a boundry-transcending composer, musician (primarily an accordionist), and collaborator (with John Cage, Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and many others), she has been a globe-travelling educator via her work with her own Deep Listening Institute and technological innovator via her Expanded Instrument System and Adaptive Use Musical Instrument software. Interviewing her for the April 2009 issue of Chronogram is one of the high points of my nine years here as Music Editor.

Here’s an in-progress peak at Weintraub’s film:



For more information on Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros and to help support to the project, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/deep-listening-the-story-of-pauline-oliveros—2#/.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Pumpkins in the Park

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

MICHAEL CREDO
  • Michael Credo

When it comes to family-friendly Halloween happenings, all Hudson Valley parents really need do in order to hit one is leave the house. From Boo at the Zoo in Kingston on Friday, October 30th, to St. James’ Historic Graveyard Tours in Hyde Park every weekend through Saturday, October 24th, there are parties like the Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Tivoli on Saturday, October 24th, haunted historic houses like on Hugenot Street in New Paltz every weekend through Halloween, and organized trick-or-treating parades (most often on October 24th, 25th, or 31st) in pretty much every Hudson Valley town around. But when it comes to pumpkins, Beacon has it made. They’re handing out free ones at Long Dock Park. Bring your young carvers to the River Center, and help them create a masterpiece to be displayed on Halloween Eve.

Long Dock Park is a waterfront park with views of Newburgh across the Hudson River. It was remediated and reopened in 2009 by Scenic Hudson, the organization that works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its landscape, touting it as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors. With more than 65 parks, preserves, and historic sites touched by their care, Scenic Hudson has been a crusader for the Hudson Valley since 1963. And their “Pumpkins in the Park” Jack-o’-Lantern Lighting Event on Friday, October 30th, is just a little ploy to provide a fun Halloween event in a beautiful spot and encourage people to enjoy the park. “The jack-o’-lanterns look awesome in front of the lights of Newburgh,” says Scenic Hudson Parks Event and Volunteer Coordinator, Anthony Coneski. “We keep the park dark, so everything glows.” After the event, kids can come back to pick up their pumpkins and bring them home.

“Pumpkins in the Park” Jack-o’-Lantern Lighting Event, Friday, October 30th, 2015, 6-8p, at Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park at 8 Long Dock Road in Beacon. Pumpkin carving at the River Center is Tuesday, October 27th-Friday, October 30th, 3-6p, and open to all ages with parent chaperone. This event is free and open to the public! Contact Scenic Hudson Parks Event and Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Coneski with any questions: aconeski@scenichudson.org, 845-473-4440, ext. 273.

While you're heading to Beacon, catch the Hocus Pocus Kids' Parade on Saturday, October 25th. The parade kicks off at 1p, but there are events scheduled all morning, so you can make a day of it.

This post has been updated to correct the date for Boo at the Zoo at Forsyth Nature Center. It's on Friday, October 30th.
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Safe Space: Raising Domestic Violence Awareness in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 10:24 AM

Image courtesy of Exhale to Inhale - PHOTO BY MARIN FANJOY-LABRENZ
  • Photo by Marin Fanjoy-Labrenz
  • Image courtesy of Exhale to Inhale
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and several events across the Hudson Valley aim to raise the public consciousness about a social problem that's often shrouded in secrecy.

In Woodstock, a special yoga class will raise money for Exhale to Inhale, an organization devoted to empowering survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through yoga. Tara Sanders, ETI's program director for Upstate New York, will teach the class on Monday, Oct. 26, 7-8:30pm, at Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock. The class will include a brief talk about domestic violence/sexual assault and trauma, followed by gentle yoga, deep relaxation, and meditation. Suggested donation is $20.

In support of ETI, Sunflower Natural Foods in Rhinebeck is giving patrons the option to donate $1, $3, or $5 at checkout. Currently, ETI also offers two weekly classes to domestic violence/sexual abuse survivors at shelters in Kingston.

In Newburgh, Safe Homes of Orange County continues a monthlong series of events, including an "Orange Wears Purple Day" on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and the Annual Celebration of Hope charity dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Villa Venezia in Middletown. Safe Homes offers a 24-hour emergency hotline, a 17-bed shelter facility, legal assistance, weekly support groups, and more. For event information, call 845-562-5365, ext. 101.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Rasputina Revisists Hudson This Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Rasputina
  • Rasputina

In 2015, nearly 25 years after Rasputina mastermind Melora Creager founded her band, it’s safe to say that she’s proven her group’s cello-based rock is no damn gimmick. True, Rasputina, which returns to favored local haunt Club Helsinki this Thursday, is indeed the first rock band of record with cello (Creager’s and usually one other) as its main instrument(s). But the fact of the matter is that the group’s dark, historically literate pop songs transcend any set-up and would likewise sound great if they were to be played by more traditional rock outfits—though that, of course, would mean missing out on Rasputina’s own special cauldron of sonic sorcery.

Rasputina’s newly unveiled ninth album, Unknown, was released by Hudson Valley resident Creager on CD exclusively and is not available via download—only in its physical form, by ordering from the band’s website or from their merch table at gigs. Bravo, that, insuring that the artist actually gets paid a decent amount, instead of putting the music up there to be more easily stolen or relying solely on the fractional pittance that drips in via streaming services.

Here’s Creager and crew doing their thing in Chicago last August:

Rasputina will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on October 15 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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