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Friday, December 11, 2015

Weigh in on a Proposed Shooting Range near Kingston High School

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM

  • Owen Harvey's painting, Last Light

There’s a plan for Midtown Kingston to build a gun shooting range, and on Monday, December 14th, there will be a public forum to discuss it at the Kingston Planning Board meeting at City Hall. Dr. Adam Soyer is proposing to turn his former medical office into a 15-yard, five-lane shooting range, which would rent and sell firearms and ammunition, offer instruction to novices, provide handgun and rifle shooting practice, and potentially host special events. He says there’s a need for an indoor range where people can practice shooting. The nearest one is a 100-yard, ten-lane range in Goshen. The commercial building to be converted is at 90 Prince Street, which is two blocks away from both Kingston High School and the YMCA (which offers daycare and after-school programming for young children), and two blocks from HealthAlliance hospital. It’s something that parents might want to learn more about and weigh in on.

The range would be called Safeshoot and would be equipped with high-tech security, employ certified firearms instructors, and comply with all state and federal guidelines. We might assume that the parking lot would also be equipped with security measures to protect against theft or mugging as people travel into and out of the range with their licensed guns. We might assume that the rental guns would be highly regulated as to where they could be taken within and without the building. We might assume that parents looking to teach their kids to shoot could go there. But these are all things we might go to the meeting to find out for sure.

In Saugerties, an indoor shooting range was approved despite concerns from the Planning Board because the scheduled public forum to discuss it drew no comments. The project has since lost steam as the developers became concerned with the lack of public interest.

There's renewed interest in a public discussion on gun legislation since Sheriff Van Blarcum requested on December 3rd that Ulster County's licensed handgun owners carry firearms at all times. The Kingston Planning Board's public forum won’t be the ideal venue for that discussion. The Kingston Planning Board has little jurisdiction in that capacity. But it will be a good opportunity to find out more about the plan for the shooting range and to express any concerns or ideas that people have about it. Assistant Planner Kyla Haber said that the Planning Board would like to hear from everyone, and they welcome spreading the word about the public forum. If it’s well populated, they might create a sign-up sheet and limit comments to a certain timeframe like three minutes. If the forum becomes unruly, the meeting might be rescheduled for a future date.

Public Forum to discuss the plan for a shooting range in Midtown at Kingston’s City Hall at 420 Broadway: Monday, December 14th, 6p. The forum is first on the Planning Board agenda.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Security Project Honors Peter Gabriel in Pawling

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The Security Project
  • The Security Project

You know you’re in good hands with a repertoire band when one of its members has had his own hands on the artist whose music is being honored. So it is with the Security Project, which celebrates the music of Peter Gabriel and includes Woodstock drummer Jerry Marotta, who performed and recorded with Gabriel from 1977 to 1986, and will perform at Daryl’s House Club on December 16.

“Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians,” waxes Marotta. “He always got us started with great ideas. As we were creating [Gabriel’s 1982 album Security, we had no idea we were making something so unique. Iʼm proud that with the Security Project weʼre able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction—playing them live.”

In this video, the group rehearses at Marotta's Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock:

The Security Project will perform at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, New York, on December 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $15-$25. For more information, call (845) 289-0185 or visit http://www.darylshouseclub.com/.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Todd Rundgren Returns to Northampton

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Todd Rundgren
  • Todd Rundgren

Hello, it’s him.

Hard to believe it’s been a couple of years since one-time Woodstock resident Todd Rundgren was in our region, but it’s true. The drought is over, though, Todd heads, as the wizard and true star himself is coming to the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, on December 12.

Few figures in rock music fit the term “renaissance man” as well as Rundgren, who in addition to his hit-making career as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has enjoyed huge success as a producer, music video pioneer, and computer software developer, and interactive artist. He hit the music scene as a member of Philadelphia psych rockers Nazz before launching his ongoing solo career at the dawn of the 1970s. His third solo album, 1972’s Something/Anything?, included the hits “Hello, It’s Me” (a redone Nazz tune) and “I Saw the Light”; his later signature singles include “Time Heals” (1981) and “Bang on the Drum” (1982). Rundgren also intermittently leads the band Utopia, and as a producer and studio engineer he’s produced and worked on notable albums by Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, The Band, Patti Smith, the New York Dolls, XTC, Hall and Oates, and Badfinger.

Here’s a live clip of “I Saw the Light” from 1973:

Tod Rundgren will perform at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, on December 12 at 8pm. Tickets are $35 and $45. For more information, call (413) 584-1444 or visit http://www.iheg.com/.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Clearwater’s Open Boat Sessions

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

On the deck of Clearwater - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • On the deck of Clearwater

On Saturday, December 12th, walk the deck of the Clearwater (that old school sloop that rides the waves of the Hudson each summer and reminds us of our conservationist tendencies). It’s the first of the Winter Open Boat Sessions, where visitors can meet the crew, and join a tour of the sloop Clearwater as she winters at the Home Port in Kingston. And December's is a holiday party with live music by the Funkinships, an arts and crafts activity to make wooden Christmas ornaments, and a performance by Parrots of Peace, where people can take pictures with the parrots. Bring a potluck dish to share, a nonperishable item to contribute to charitable donation, and a musical instrument for the jam session.

Mark your calendar because that’s the winning formula for all the monthly Winter Open Boat Sessions: live local music, a visit to the sloop Clearwater as she undergoes restoration work this winter, children’s arts and crafts projects, and a potluck dinner.

Winter Open Boat Sessions: Saturday December 12, 2015 from 4-8p, Saturday January 16, 2016 from 4-8p, Sunday February 21, 2016 from 3-7p, Saturday March 19, 2016 from 4-8p, and Saturday April 23, 2016 from 4-8p; at the Kingston Home Port at the Hudson Valley Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing in Kingston. Free! For more info, go to their website.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Op-Ed: A Mother Reacts to Sheriff Van Blarcum's Comments

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Sheriff Van Blarcum
  • Sheriff Van Blarcum

My neighbor would like to write this op-ed, but she is too afraid.

A mother of three young children, she responded to a recent Facebook post by Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum in which he urged “citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.”

“You are encouraging people to carry their guns in light of recent events?” she wrote on Facebook. “How can this be a real post? Disgusting. Utterly.”

Perhaps even more disgusting than a public official essentially deputizing his citizens – virtually begging vigilantes and drunken bullies to have their day – was the stream of invectives immediately directed at my neighbor, culminating with, “Maybe ISIS will come to your house and we’d all be better off.”

“As a mother, I felt utterly threatened, and not only blocked all of these users but also deleted my comment immediately,” my neighbor told me. “I do not want to have my name out there and simply felt afraid. Now isn’t that a shame? Sheriff Van Blarcum claims to want to protect people, but his supporters are bullying and threatening those who wholeheartedly disagree with his statement.”

Yes, it’s a shame – a shame that a mother fearful for her children’s well-being can’t voice her opinion without receiving hateful comments and threats – ironically, taking a page from the way terrorists try to strike fear in our hearts with their threats of harm.

It’s also a shame that an elected local official would encourage people to carry firearms despite a body of evidence showing time and time again that the result of more people carrying guns is more violence and death. A Harvard University study earlier this year found that homicide via firearm is nearly three times more likely in states with the most guns compared to states with the least, while firearm assaults are nearly seven times more likely.

In the U.S., there are about the same number of guns in civilian hands as there are civilians – a whopping 310 million, according to recent figures, many times more than in any other developed country. In Germany, by contrast, there are 25 million civilian firearms and 15 times fewer gun homicides – that’s 1.9 homicides per million people compared to 29.7 per million people in the U.S., according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Yet people like Sheriff Van Blarcum, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, and his legions of followers – his post on Facebook had drawn nearly 3,500 “likes” by press time – are unfazed by the facts. Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright tried to smooth over the issue, writing in a blog post, “I am not convinced more guns in the hands of untrained or unskilled civilians is the answer and nor do I believe does the Sheriff. I discourage anyone from misreading the Sheriff’s comments.”

There is nothing to misread here. The sheriff’s call to arms by ordinary – and, by definition, untrained – citizens is clear. About 10,000 Ulster County residents – more than five percent of the county’s population of 180,445 -- have a permit to carry a firearm. It’s not enough to hope they don’t take the sheriff’s advice too literally. It’s time this country -- and this county --caught up with the rest of the world.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jazz Great Giacomo Gates Swings in Peekskill

Posted By on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Giacomo Gates
  • Giacomo Gates

Giacomo Gates is one of the best old-school male jazz singers working today. One who’s as influenced by instrumentalists as he is other vocalists, and brings the bebop scat and vocalese with adventure, innovation, and miles of finesse. This month, Gates brings his sublime, smoky-but-bell-clear voice to our region via a night at the Beanrunner Cafe.

The winner of the 2012 Downbeat award for Rising Star Male Vocalist, Gates has released seven albums as a leader to date. It was 1998’s Fly Right (Sharp Nine Records) really put him on the map, but he’s really hit his stride with his last three: 2011’s The Revolution Will Be Jazz: the Songs of Gil Scott-Heron, 2013’s Miles Davis tribute Miles Tones, and this year’s Everything is Cool (all Savant Records).

Dig this supremely hip 2013 track:

Giacomo Gates will perform at the Beanrunner Cafe in Peekskill, New York, on December 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (914) 737-1701 or visit http://beanrunnercafe.com/index.php.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jane Getter Premonition Jams in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Jane Getter
  • Jane Getter

I honestly can’t remember the last time I posted here about a gig at Keegan Ales. The Midtown Kingston microbrewery has long been a steady spot for live music, so it’s been overdue. Anyway, here we are: On December 11, Keegan’s opens it stage—and its taps—for a night headlined by the new prog-fusion super group Jane Getter Premonition.

Led by guitarist, composer, and singer Jane Getter (Saturday Night Live Band, Brother Jack McDuff), the quartet also includes her husband, keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan), bass player Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, the Aristocrats), and drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Steven Wilson). The group’s debut album, ON (Madfish Records) boasts such special guests as vocalist Corey Glover (Living Colour), guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Ozzy Osbourne), and saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist Theo Travis (Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp).

Noodle around a bit via this tricky-riffed track from the new disc:

Jane Getter Premonition will perform at Keegan Ales in Kingston on December 11 at 9pm. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (845) 331-2739 or visit http://www.keeganales.com/.

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