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Monday, October 12, 2015

Help Your Kids Run Off to Join the Cirkus

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS
  • Courtesy of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Parents these days! All they want to do is help their kids realize every universal hope and dream! But when it comes to the dream of running off to join the circus, can you really blame us?! Who didn’t make their childhood dog jump through a hula hoop and seriously consider the options for setting that hoop on fire? The circus (especially the ones like Cirque du Soleil and Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus which showcase human feats) is awesome! Lucky for your kids (and your band aid supply), they don’t have to stand on their bike’s handlebars in the middle of the cul-de-sac. They can just head over to Hudson and Chatham for Cirkus After School classes. Kids these days! They’ve got it made!

Starting this week at Chatham’s Morris Memorial and running every Wednesday that the Chatham Central School District is in session, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ co-founder, Stephanie Monseu, will teach your kids ages 8 and up to juggle, walk on stilts, tumble, and make human pyramids. They’ll explore clowning and improve theater and work with circus props like diabolos, rolla bollas, unicycles, and more. An Intro to Aerial Arts class for teens and adults will focus on stretching, conditioning, and building safe strength and technique for exploration on the static trapeze and aerial silks.

Cirkus After School classes in Chatham: Wednesdays, ongoing, starting October 14th with rolling enrollment, at Chatham’s Morris Memorial, 21 Park Row in Chatham; 60-minute classes at 3p for ages 8-12 and 4p for ages 13+; Aerial Arts runs 6-7p for teens and adults; free for all kids in Chatham Central School District. Kids need to be registered with Morris Memorial’s after school program. This program is made possible by funding from The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and from generous private donors.

Beginning in November, Cirkus After School comes to Hudson with weekly classes for kids ages 8-12. In partnership with the Hudson Opera House and HCSD’s Afterschool Program, the series will work towards a free performance of the kids’ new circus art skills on April 4th, 2016.

Cirkus After School classes in Hudson: Mondays, November 16th, 2015 – May 23rd, 2016, with a performance on April 4th, 2016, at the Hudson Department of Youth at 18 South 3rd Street in Hudson; 3-4:30p for ages 8-12; free for residents of the Hudson City School District. Kids needs to be registered with the Hudson Department of Youth. This program is made possible by funding and support from the City of Hudson Department of Youth, The Rhinestrom Hill Community Foundation, The Galvan Foundation, The Stewarts Foundation, and from generous private donors.

Keep your eye out for the free Hudson Juggling Club coming to Mondays!

For more information and registration forms for any of these programs, call Stephanie Monseu at 518-828-7470, or email stephanie@bindlestiff.org.
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Fragile Tomorrow Breaks into BSP

Posted By on Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 4:51 PM

A Fragile Tomorrow
  • A Fragile Tomorrow

Barely catching their breath after wrapping up the venue’s doing for last week’s 0+ Festival, BSP Kingston marches on with a new lineup of shows for the fall. One is by pop band A Fragile Tomorrow, who hit the club on Saturday.

A Fragile Tomorrow has some solid Hudson Valley connections. Main members and identical brothers Sean and Dominic Kelly were raised in the region, and group’s fifth studio album, Make Me Over (MPress Records), was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn at his La Maison Bleue studio in Kingston. The Kelly brothers are cousins of the late Richard Farina, and the new disc features their version of Richard and Mimi Farina’s 1965 classic “One Way Ticket” with guest appearances by Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls.

The band played Tel Aviv in September, and here’s a clip:

A Fragile Tomorrow will perform at BSP Kingston, New York, on October 17 at 9:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Auction This Sunday

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

Elliott Landy
  • Elliott Landy

It’s always inspiring when art and music can be utilized to help a great cause. A fine example of this this is the annual Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exposition, which culminates this Sunday with an auction of the one-of-a-kind pieces to benefit Family of Woodstock Crisis Hotline’s “Doors & Floors” program. “The floors and doors of our walk-in center are sorely in need of a facelift,” says Tamara Cooper, Family of Woodstock’s program director. “[The renovation] will make the center safer and brighten the environment for visitors as well as for our hardworking hotline volunteers.”

The exposition was conceived in 2002 by Woodstock sculptor and guitarist Rennie Cantine. “For six years I made guitar sculptures and put them up around town with store owners’ permission” he says. “When I saw the ‘Catskill cats’ project, I got the idea to make a guitar-shaped template for artists to use as a blank canvas.” Among the artists who contributed original works to be auctioned off at this year’s event are photographer Elliott Landy and sculptor and furniture maker Steve Heller.

Here, Cantine and friends make music for another charitable town event:

The Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exposition Auction will take place October 11 at Landau Grill, in Woodstock, New York. There will be a preview at 2pm and the auction at 3pm, with live music to follow. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Classics on Hudson Presents Roman Rabinovich

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Roman Rabinovich
  • Roman Rabinovich

The Classics on Hudson series returns this Saturday to bring more exquisite music to the historic Hudson Opera House. This installment will feature a performance by distinguished pianist Roman Rabinovich.

The winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Rabinovich has headlined across the US, Europe, and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, Paris’s Cite de la Musique, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. For this event, he will perform Haydn’s sonatas in B flat and E flat major, Beethoven’s sonata, op. 101, and Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26.

Enjoy this 2009 performance of Brahms’s Handel Variations:

Classics on Hudson will present Roman Rabinovich on October 10 at 7pm at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. Tickets are $25 ($22 for members). For more information, call (518) 822-1438 or visit www.hudsonoperahouse.org.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Auction This Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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It’s always inspiring when art and music can be utilized to help a great cause. A fine example of this this is the annual Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exposition, which culminates this Sunday with an auction of the one-of-a-kind pieces to benefit Family of Woodstock Crisis Hotline’s “Doors & Floors” program. “The floors and doors of our walk-in center are sorely in need of a facelift,” says Tamara Cooper, Family of Woodstock’s program director. “[The renovation] will make the center safer and brighten the environment for visitors as well as for our hardworking hotline volunteers.”

The exposition was conceived in 2002 by Woodstock sculptor and guitarist Rennie Cantine. “For six years I made guitar sculptures and put them up around town with store owners’ permission” he says. “When I saw the ‘Catskill cats’ project, I got the idea to make a guitar-shaped template for artists to use as a blank canvas.” Among the artists who contributed original works to be auctioned off at this year’s event are photographer Elliott Landy and sculptor and furniture maker Steve Heller.

Here, Cantine and friends make music for another charitable town event:

The Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exposition Auction will take place October 11 at Landau Grill, in Woodstock, New York. There will be a preview at 2pm and the auction at 3pm, with live music to follow. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.myminiauction.com/familyofwoodstock.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Family Fun at O+

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Second-line style parade in 2013 - ERIC JOHNSON
  • Eric Johnson
  • The Second-line style parade in 2013

O+, that art, music, and wellness festival you’ve been hearing so much about since its inception in 2010, is coming back to Kingston this weekend. Exchanging culture for care, at the heart of the festival is an opportunity to connect artists directly with a coalition of traditional and alternative health care providers and health resources. Artists trade their talents for access to a wellness clinic, and those talents are what make up the festival. Recently expanded to bring health and wellness services to the entire community, volunteers at the festival also receive access to the clinic. And with inventive family programming, it’s a fun way to spend the weekend.

Starting it off right, there’s a parade on Friday, October 9th. Meet up at 5p at 721 Broadway to find your place in line and get in the party mood with the help of DJ E-Bomb. The parade, featuring the legendary NYC brass ensemble, The Hungry March Band, and P.O.O.K. (the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston), leaves 721 at 6p and ends at North Front and Wall Streets in uptown Kingston, O+’s main stomping grounds. “The parade is off the hook,” says Kathleen Murray, O+’s Chief Storyteller. “It’s hilarious.”

Kids can also get their feet wet with wellness at the kids’ yoga class at the Kirkland on Saturday at 2:15p and a group bike ride on Saturday leaving the YMCA at 9a and offering a bicycle-seat tour of the murals with a bbq to boot. (There’s a more challenging ride on Sunday that might also appeal to more experienced riders.)

Throughout the weekend, families can check out a variety of ongoing activities. There’s the Musical Petting Zoo at Peace Park, where music therapists curate a space to invite children to touch and play kid-friendly instruments. A Scavenger Hunt starting at Kingston Candy Bar on Wall Street tempts you and a team to embark on an absurdist's mission to explore the O+ festival with a license to be silly. HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley will host a Teddy Bear Clinic at Saturday’s Wellness EXPO+ where your favorite lovey can get a checkup. And don’t miss the Tin Roof Sessions, where some of the bands playing later in the night will perform intimate, pop-up concerts in the alleys during the day.

O+ Festival in Kingston: Friday, October 9th – Sunday, October 11th, check out the full schedule; get your all-access wristband via donation, for all the music, art, wellness classes, health expo, and family activities. What's It Worth to YO+U?
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