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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Science Center @ MHCM

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  • The Wonderdrome in The Science Center @ MHCM

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) was brimming with activity last weekend. Silk scarves were floating out of tubes, fire engines were talking, and a little wrecking ball was taking down Jenga-like wooden block towers to peels of laughter. The Hyde Park mastodon, a lifesize replica of the perfectly preserved skeleton that was found just three miles from the museum was watching over a climbing structure and slide. But that is pretty much business as usual. What was different about that weekend was the new Science Center @ MHCM.

Updating some of the math exhibits with new ones that focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, The Science Center @ MHCM is host to hands-on activities in distinct, interactive exhibit areas. “It is never too early to have young children investigate STEM concepts and content,” says Executive Director Lara Litchfield-Kimber. “This type of exploration helps young children develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in school and in life.”

Designed to engage kids ages 6 and under with lots of sensory exploration and interactive opportunities, the museum embodies age-appropriate learning. (Known to kids as "fun".) WonderDome is an immersive environment featuring exhibits where they can manipulate light, color and shadows. At the Pop-Up Science Cart, a staff member offered paper helicopters for kids to test in a nearby air chute. A volunteer student from Arlington High School helped children turn glue into slime in a chemistry experiment. The rocket launcher worked by building potential energy. Older siblings will likely be captivated by it all, too.

Maybe the best part is that the MHCM is now screen-free. “Kids get screen time everywhere else,” Membership Coordinator Nicole Snook explains. So giving children a space to explore with those vintage novelties of sound, light, motion, and trial and error makes the unplugged museum somewhat cutting edge. Between the open-ended construction materials and the build-your-own ramp maze, it’s like a loose parts museum.

Located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, bordering a new city park, families can picnic outside at tables on the banks of the Hudson River, watching trains and boats pass. Just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, and restaurants, you can easily make a day of it. Bring scooters, skateboards, and bikes for a romp in the skatepark just next to the parking lot. And get that parking validated at the front desk for free.

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $8.00 per person. Free for members and children under the age of 1. Visit their website or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sacred Sound Healing in Beacon

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM


On Thursday evenings in March, North Cedar St. in Beacon will fill with the sounds of bells and bowls, chimes and gongs. It's the place to come for a celestial sound bath as well as a place to meditate with saints and angels, says local shaman Eileen O'Hare, who will guide the group with her own soulful and spontaneous vocal sounds.

The vision is to create a divinely inspired space for a community of like minds and kindred spirits to come together in joy, peace, and empowerment. "The series is [meant] to bring people together to enter into altered states of consciousness through collective music-making with only metallic instruments," says O'Hare. "They say energetically, metallic sounds attract the higher vibratory beings. That is why in so many traditions, like Buddhism and Catholicism, bells are big in ritual."

The sacred sound-making will begin this Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 9pm at The Healing House at 11 North Cedar St. in Beacon. Pay is by suggested donation on a sliding scale of $11-$33.

For more information on events at The Healing House, call 914-456-7789 or email xoeolovemore@gmail.com. Or visit eileenohare.com.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wreckless Eric Returns to Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Wreckless Eric
  • Wreckless Eric

Here’s some good news to warm your winter: Catskill resident and transplanted British rock ’n’ roll hero Wreckless Eric has a new record out, his first solo disc in over a decade, AmERICa. Not only that, but he’s playing the Spotty Dog Books and Ale tomorrow night.

Wreckless is best known for his late-’70s tenure with Stiff Records and the Top 10 U.K. hit “Whole Wide World.” But he’s made tons of other records—on his own, as a member of the Len Bright Combo, and as a duo with his wife Amy Rigby—that are likewise great and as well deserve your undying attention. The cleverly titled AmERICa (subtitle: “Made in the USA using American Parts and Labor”) is absolutely one of them. It came out a little too late in 2015 (November) to be on the radar of many list makers, but it’s one of the best rock ’n’ roll records I heard all last year. So I’ll slide into my tops for 2016.

Here's his Wrecklessness performing the album’s autobiographical “Several Shades of Green” to the cowboys in Texas last year:

Wreckless Eric will perform at the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, New York, on February 26 at 8pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com/.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The F2T Box

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Contents of the F2T Box
  • Contents of the F2T Box

The F2T Box

The F2T Box launched during the first weekend of February. The F2T Box is a weekly grocery delivery, supplying local food from over 50 farms throughout the Hudson Valley—such as Roxbury Farm, North Wind Farm, Mead Orchards, Turkana Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Bulich Mushroom Farm, and many others. The boxes supply weekly groceries that are fresh, local, and convenient. They come in three different sizes, and each box consists of a variety of local vegetables, fruits, salad greens, cheeses, yogurt, milk, eggs, and meat. Additional value items are also included. Vegetarian and no red meat options are available.

The F2T Box is the sister company to the wholesale distribution company Farms2Tables. The company began in June 2015 and is expanding their service outreach this spring. Their current distribution reaches from Saratoga to Manhattan. Together with their fleet of trucks and connections with Hudson Valley farmers, Patricia Wind and her business partner Clifford Platt decided to take the next step from wholesale distribution and create a project that reaches the retail consumer level.

The F2T Box was inspired by customers who desired easy access to fresh, local food. The boxes are intended to be the consumer’s weekly source of groceries. The estimated cost is between $4.95-$6.25 per meal, compared to the $8.95 cost of other subscription plans. They plan the contents of the boxes a few days before distribution, checking in with each farm to see what produce is available. If there is a surplus at a farm, the product is included in the box for that week. After the contents have been decided, the information is passed along to local chefs in the area, who then write recipes specific to the items in the boxes. The recipes are posted on the F2T Box website for subscribers to use as a reference when they receive their boxes.

The company collects the produce from the farms prior to the weekend, and then the boxes are assembled on Saturday at their site in Rhinebeck. On Sunday morning, the boxes go to selected pick-up locations throughout the Hudson Valley region—in places like Albany, Red Hook, Hudson, Rhinebeck, Poughkeepsie, and Tivoli. Farms2Tables is open to new businesses interested in hosting a pick-up location for at least three hours on Sundays. The company also offers a delivery service every Monday to businesses who have at least five subscribers.

Customers can receive 10 percent off their F2T Box for the first week with the coupon code “CHRONOGRAM.”

Below are two recipes created by Rei Peraza of Panzur Restaurant in Tivoli.

Honey and Garlic Glazed Duck Breast with Kohlrabi, Mint, Cilantro, and Peanuts

Duck: Score the skin about halfway through. Season aggressively with salt and pepper and allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Glaze: (A good ratio to start with is three parts honey to one part acid.)
*Ginger, minced
*Garlic, minced
*Lime zest
*Lime juice
*Rice wine vinegar (substitute apple or any good quality white wine vinegar, if you’d like)

Vinaigrette: (Again, a good ratio here is also three parts oil to one part acid)
*Fish sauce
*Roasted sesame oil (use this sparingly, after making the vinaigrette)
*Canola oil or any other neutral oil
*Lime juice
*Lime zest
*Rice vinegar
*Ginger, minced
*Jalapeño or Serrano chili peppers, minced (optional)

*Kohlrabi—peel and julienne thin strips.
*Roasted salted peanuts—lightly crush with the back of a knife or pulse in a food processor.
*Cilantro leaves
*Mint leaves
*Scallions—slice thinly.

*Pat dry. Place the skin side down in a cold pan and turn on to medium-low heat, allowing fat to slowly render. As it does, turn flame a bit higher to crisp the skin. After the skin is a dark golden brown, remove the fat from the pan and add the glaze.
*Flip the breast and remove the pan from the heat for three to five minutes. Then, remove the breast from the pan, allowing it to rest for an additional eight to ten minutes before slicing.

*Toss all ingredients together, season with salt and pepper.

Herb Butter Roasted Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms, and an Apple-Parsnip Mash

Chicken: Don’t wash the chicken, just pat it dry. Spread the herb butter in between the flesh and skin, gently so the skin does not rip. Add a split head of garlic, a few slices of lemon, and a handful of thyme sprigs into the cavity.

Herb Butter:
*Thyme, minced
*Sage, minced
*Shallot, onion, or scallion, finely minced
*Garlic, finely minced
*Lemon peel, finely grated
*Salt & black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix together.

*Apples, peeled, cored, and diced
*Parsnips, peeled and diced
*Salt & black pepper

Combine parsnips and apples. Cover with cream, and cook gently until tender. Mash and season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.

*Cut bacon into lardons, render slowly. Remove the bacon when it is crisp.
*Slice the onions and mushrooms and add to rendered bacon fat.

When onions and mushrooms have cooked down, add thyme leaves and chicken stock. Cook down until it has thickened slightly—season and keep warm.

Roasted Chicken:
*Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
*Liberally season the chicken and place the breast side facing up on a roasting rack. Cook uncovered for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
*Allow to rest for 25-30 minutes before slicing. The juices from the thigh should run clear.

(These recipes are made to encourage people to cook, connect with their food, and learn how to look at recipes as a guideline and an inspiration. These recipes are also meant to be relatively quick and simple to make, using a few quality ingredients.)
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Chris Maxwell Heralds New Album in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Chris Maxwell
  • Chris Maxwell

Woodstock songwriter, musician, and producer Chris Maxwell hit the New York scene in the 1990s as a member of the band Skeleton Key. I talked to him for Chronogram last July, when I interviewed him about his work with singer Ambrosia Parsely on her most recent album. Since then, he’s been busy completing his solo debut, Arkansas Summer, which he'll celebrate with an album-release show at BSP on March 4.

The title track of Arkansas Summer would seem to allude to Maxwell’s razorback roots; before moving to Manhattan, he played in Little Rock band the Gunbunnies. Maxwell is one half the production duo the Elegant Too, which also includes drummer/DJ Phil Hernandez, and has collaborated with Parsley and her old band Shivaree, P-Diddy, They Might Be Giants, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies, John Cale, the Lox, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and others. Arkansas Summer’s classic pop hints at Big Star, the Kinks, and the Beatles and features guest appearances by Amy Helm, Larry Grenadier, Marco Benevento (who will perform in Maxwell’s band for the release event), and others.

Chris Maxwell and band will perform at BSP in Kingston on March 4 at 7:30pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Sesame Street Live

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • VEE Corporation and Mid-Hudson Civic Center

Some of the best parent fun is reliving old loves with our kids. So dig deep into old memories, and share something that’s been pivotal in the childhoods of more than 77 million Americans since it revolutionized children's programming with its educational content in 1969. Tickets are still available for Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.

Known for its shelves of awards and sensitivity to cultural diversity, the long-running PBS show develops memorable characters that kids will love getting up close and personal with. The show is interactive, too, encouraging children and parents to sing, clap, and dance along as everyone’s friends from Sesame Street join the audience. You know, studies show that children learn best by imitation, so don’t even try to contain yourself.

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie: Four shows March 4-6; $18.00-$62.00, reserved seating (includes $2 facility fee). Group rates available for groups of 10 or more by calling the box office 845-454-5800 ext. 1201. Doors open 1 hour prior to each performance. For more info visit their Facebook page.
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Lone Bellow Blows in for Midnight Ramble

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Lone Bellow
  • The Lone Bellow

Last May, I wrote up an item for Chronogram’s Nightlife Highlights column on an area appearance by the Lone Bellow. On February 27, the Georgia-by-way-of-Brooklyn band will once again pay our region a visit, this time at, arguably the perfect venue for their modern Americana sound: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in Woodstock.

The group’s second album, Then Came Morning, was produced by Aaron Dessner of the National. Since their last time through, the group has completed a sold-out North American tour and appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “CBS This Morning.”

Here, they perform “Cold As It Is” and “Watch Over Us” on the latter show:

The Lone Bellow will perform at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, New York, on February 27 at 7:30pm. Escondido will open. Tickets are $30 and $35. For more information, visit http://www.levonhelm.com/index1.htm.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bowie Tribute at BSP Kingston: Interview with Dennis O'Clair

Dennis O'Clair

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:14 AM

  • Dennis O'Clair

Bowie Tribute at BSP Kingston: Interview with Dennis O’Clair

On January 10, 2016, David Bowie died. On January 29, a tribute was held at BSP, honoring his music and his life. Eight live bands each played a set of Bowie songs. There was also a drag show, a Bowie costume contest, a Bowie-themed photo booth, and Dennis O’Clair’s Bowie-inspired portrait studio. O’Clair is the CEO and Creative Director of Media276, a corporate video production company. For this event, O’Clair explored his creative expression through photography.

What brought you to this event?
I decided to come to the event and set up a photo studio to capture these Bowie-inspired portraits just for the pure joy of it and because I felt drawn to this event, which was about celebrating the life and art of David Bowie. I have a commercial video production company, Media276, but most of our projects don’t allow for this type of unrestricted creative expression.

How has David Bowie influenced you? What are your thoughts/opinions about him?
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was one of the very first albums I ever owned. I saw Bowie perform at Radio City Music Hall in 1974. I was 15. It blew my mind. At first I just loved the rock ‘n’ roll, but I came to appreciate him as an amazing artist that transcended genres. He was a musician, songwriter, artist, actor, and role model. He made it OK to be weird, to be different, to be gay or trans, to just be yourself.

I now have a 17-year-old son. We rock out in the car to “Moonage Daydream” and “Ziggy Stardust,” from his playlist on his phone. Forty-year-old songs still sound new, are still relevant, vital, and finding new audiences. That is amazing and that is just part of the legacy of David Bowie.
  • Dennis O'Clair

What kinds of conversations did you have with the people you photographed?
I brought a bunch of classic photographs of Bowie and taped them to the wall where we were working. I asked each subject to look at the images and to find a pose or gesture that inspired them. We talked about our favorite songs, our favorite lyrics, and shared Bowie experiences. I got each person into a “Bowie” state of mind before putting them on the set in front of the camera.

What were people saying about Bowie?
The event was a celebration for the man’s art and life. Bowie was a part of the local community (he had a home in Woodstock), so people were happy to have a memorial service. It provided some closure and an opportunity to express their gratitude to him and to share memories and experiences with each other.
  • Dennis O'Clair

What emotions were alive in people during this event?
Mostly joy, exuberance, and respect.

What emotions were evoked within you as you were photographing?
I had no idea that the images I would get would be so amazing. So mostly I felt excitement about the work I was doing and the images I was capturing. It also occurred to me that even in his death, Bowie was providing inspiration to me and everyone at the event. Everyone was so into it and grateful that I was there to capture and create a tribute to their hero.

  • Dennis O'Clair
  • Dennis O'Clair
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jimkata Jams in Albany This Month

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Jimkata

Named for the 1985 “so bad it’s good” martial arts movie Gymkata, Ithaca-based electropop trio Jimkata has been making their anthemic, synth-washed sounds for the last five years. This month, the band released its fan-funded fifth album, In Motion (Independent), which they’re promoting with a performance at Capitol Region venue the Hollow on February 20.

Self-described as “a triumph of swirling analog synths and breezy pop hooks in the vein of Yeasayer and Broken Bells,” Jimkata is comprised of Evan Friedell, Aaron Gorsch, and Packy Lunn and regularly tours nationally while remaining a top attraction in their collegiate hometown.

Here’s the group playing live in our region last year:

Jimkata will perform at the Hollow in Albany on February 20 at 9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. For more information, visit http://www.thehollowalbany.com/.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Kids in the Bakery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Kids' class at Frida's Bakery in Milton
  • Kids' class at Frida's Bakery in Milton

On these cold winter days, sometimes the only way to get cozy and warm, is to snuggle up in the kitchen with some treats. It’s fun to include kids, but we’re not all so skilled in there ourselves, and little hands messing with the batter or next to a hot oven can get overwhelming. Lucky for us, the professionals at Frida’s Bakery in Milton are hosting regular Sunday kids’ classes where you can make treats like ice cream and pop tarts, decorate cookies and cupcakes, and try your hand at making pizza, pretzels, and dinner rolls.

From the folks at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa (also in Milton), Frida’s Bakery + Café opened one year ago last October. Kids and families are a big focus at their spacious bakery, where they have a beautiful loft upstairs with children’s playroom, café, and open kitchen area. Owner Robert Pollock has two young children (Frida for whom the bakery is named, and Henry for whom the restaurant Henry’s at the Farm at Buttermilk Falls is named), and he wanted to create a space that would welcome families. Playgroups and parent meet-ups happen regularly at Frida’s, where families can enjoy baked goods and items off the menu.
The upstairs loft at Frida's Bakery in Milton - VIVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Vivian Photography
  • The upstairs loft at Frida's Bakery in Milton

Most Sundays, the kids’ classes happen in the playroom with one of Frida’s two pastry chefs leading a troupe of kids ages 2-15 for the hour and a half class. Parents can offer support or kids can work independently, and there’s often a tour of the bakery while whatever they’ve made is in the oven. Classes max out at 25 kids, and are often quickly filled. Small groups can book a private kids’ class, like the West Point moms’ group that recently came in with a group of preschoolers. And the bakery’s loft is available for private party rental for $150-250 for 50-100 people. Don’t miss their new Bread & Bottle events for your next date night, featuring a local winery and Frida’s own breads.

Kids’ Classes at Frida’s Bakery + Café, 26 Main Street in Milton: most Sundays at 9a or 10:30a; runs an hour and a half; $20 per child, $15 for siblings; for kids ages 2-15; pre-registration required; caps at 25 students; snack and juice included. Check their Facebook page for March and April class offerings. Contact the bakery to register.
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