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Monday, April 4, 2016

All for Parkour

Posted on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of Innate Movement Parkour

Parkour is hard to describe. Basically, it’s a holistic movement practice where people challenge themselves with obstacles. It involves running, jumping, crawling, climbing, vaulting, and all other instinctual movement patterns innate to human beings. If you ask people who practice it, it gets even more thoughtful. “Is it a sport? Or an art? Or a philosophy perhaps? Or maybe it is better termed a discipline?” asks Parkour Generations. “It has drawn on many sources, supped on inspiration from all over, and drunk from a hundred different cups as it has evolved – and by no means is this process over.” But if you’re thinking of signing your kids up to give it a try, you could just call it superhero training. Because that’s certainly what it looks like!

According to Dylan Johanson of Innate Movement Parkour in Kingston, parkour about self-mastery and confidence. In competitive sports, someone is always losing when someone else is winning. But because in parkour you’re only trying to be better than you were yesterday, Johanson believes it’s a healthy addition to a kid's development. “We are constantly testing ourselves and learning what we are capable of. Challenging oneself is at the heart of parkour, and facing and overcoming challenges on a regular basis builds character,” he says. “The practitioner learns that even the most difficult challenges can be solved, and we grow from the act of facing them directly.” Innate Movement Parkour is not teaching new skills, but rather helping people remember how to move naturally and to reclaim what it is to be human. Johanson says our bodies are designed to move in this way, but our modern lifestyle has us removed from the freedom this movement brings. Plus, he points out, it’s really fun!

Excited to find a local studio in Innate Movement Parkour, mom Robin Murphy says driving from Columbia County to Kingston to entertain her daughter’s new love of the sport is totally worth it. “The instructor is really wonderful, and works with the kids at their own level,” she says.

There’s a full line of kids, youth, teen, and adult classes, plus dedicated homeschool classes, workshops, and summer camps. Check them out online.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Social Justice Hip-Hop Theater Company Comes to the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM


Truthworker Theater Company brings two of their plays to Poughkeepsie this weekend. The group is a hip-hop theater company for high school and college-aged youth, based in Brooklyn, emphasizing social justice. Director Samara Gaev founded the company as a means of exploring contemporary issues and developing ways to create social change.

“Bar Code: A Performative Analysis of the School-to-Prison Pipeline” draws connections from Willie Lynch to Trayvon Martin and uses material from interviews with youths who have been incarcerated. This play examines oppression through the use of rhyme, multimedia, and theater. “Bar Code” appears at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie on Friday, April 1, at 3pm and 8pm. Watch the trailer.

“In|Prism: Boxed In and Blacked Out in America” follows one man’s experience on death row. Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on death row, has worked directly with Samara Gaev for this project. “In|Prism” takes the stage on Saturday, April 2 at 5pm at the Spitzer Auditorium (Room 212) in the Sanders Classroom Building at Vassar. View the preview.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Albany Pro Musica Sings in Troy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Albany Pro Musica
  • Albany Pro Musica

Formed in 1981, Albany Pro Musica is one of America’s premier choral groups. The ensemble, whose size ranges from 65 to 125 depending on the works being performed, regularly appears on NPR and has shared the stage with Judy Collins, Andrea Bocelli, and Kenny Rogers. This Sunday, the group will present the world premiere of a program titled “A City of Immigrants” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Part of Albany Pro Musica’s current concert series, “A City of Immigrants” includes music from many of the cultures that have influenced our region, including Dutch, German, English, Italian, Pole, African-American, Irish, and Hispanic styles. The concert is part of a three-week series that features art exhibits, guest speakers and movie presentations (see website for details) and will include the world premiere of a work commissioned exclusively for the event and written by APM’s composer-in-residence, Steve Murray.

Here’s the group performing in 2014:

Albany Pro Musica will present “A City of Immigrants” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York, on April 3 at 4pm. Tickets are $25 and $35 ($15 students, phone only). For more information, call (518) 438—6548 or visit http://www.albanypromusica.org/.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

It's a Circus in Phoenicia

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Arm of the Sea at the Garlic Festival in Saugerties
  • Arm of the Sea at the Garlic Festival in Saugerties

The circus is coming to town, and the Phoenicia Library is bringing it. On Sunday, April 3rd, the award-winning local favorite Arm of the Sea Theater will perform The Rejuvenary River Circus, a story about the life of a river, on stage at the Phoenicia Elementary School. But with the low-tech transformational magic of visual theater, it’s a circus like you’ve never seen, illuminating the connections between the human world and the earth.

Since 1982, Arm of the Sea has been fusing visual storytelling with live music in contemporary works of mask and puppet theater. Their large-scale multi-layered productions are designed to delight and inform audiences of all ages. The circus is an allegory, featuring gorgeous masks, puppet characters, a unique hand-made set, and live original music. The story follows Malakai, a messenger and water carrier who travels between Mountain Peaks and The Deep Blue Sea. Along his journeys, Malakai encounters a host of creatures including a lyrical sea turtle, a fast-talking crow, and beds of filter-feeding oysters. Each animal offers insights into their particular role in a watershed’s ecosystem. When Malakai falls ill, his granddaughter must rise to the challenge and help restore her grandfather, the River, back to health. The hour-long performance is family friendly and open to the public.

The performance will be held at the Phoenicia Elementary School, just a little way down Main Street from the Phoenicia Library. After a fire in 2011 that gutted the building and burned all the books, the Phoenicia Library is back in force with a brand new, green building that’s the first Passive-House designed library in America. And the Library now has its first ever children’s room. Check it out afterschool when they host Art Hour with Francesca on Wednesdays and Lego Club on Fridays, both from 4:30-5:30p for all ages. On the first Friday of every month (next on April 1st) from 5:30-7:30, they host their most popular children’s ongoing program, Magical Card Gaming Night. There’s more for the whole community on their calendar.
The new Children's Room at the Phoenicia Library - CAROL SEITZ
  • Carol Seitz
  • The new Children's Room at the Phoenicia Library

Arm of the Sea’s The Rejuvenary River Circus presented by the Phoenicia Library at the Phoenicia Elementary School located on School Lane & Route 214, about a half mile north of Main Street in Phoenicia: Sunday, April 3rd, 2p; 1 hour; all ages; free! For more information, see phoenicialibrary.org.

Mark your calendar for Arm of the Sea’s annual outdoor spectacle, The Esopus Creek Puppet Suite, which will happen August 19th, 20th, & 21st at Tina Chorvas Park in Saugerties.
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Learn Ecstatic Dance with Banafsheh in Woodstock

Posted By on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 12:40 PM


Lovers of dance and divinity: Save the date for an evening of ecstatic movement with renowned spiritual dancer Banafsheh at Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock on May 18.

The Iranian-born dance artist and teacher will lead her "Dance of Oneness" workshop, presenting a fusion of dance and spirituality which combines the art of Sufi whirling dervishes, Persian dance, flamenco, Tai Chi, and other movement forms for self-illumination, healing, and connection with the divine within. The workshop weaves together personal development and dance through structured and freestyle movement, poetry recitation, chanting, experiential anatomy, Chinese meridian pathways, and other modalities.

The workshop is open to all, with or without a background in dance and movement. Says Banafsheh, "Dance to feel the miracle of your existence and feel the joy that connects you to spirit."


Dance of Oneness with Banafsheh

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-9:00pm

$45 in advance, $50 day of event

Euphoria Yoga, 99 Tinker St., Woodstock


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sweet Clementines Celebrate New Album in Marlboro

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Sweet Clementines
  • The Sweet Clementines

Chronogram readers will John Burdick as one of the sage album reviewers in our Music section; they may also know him for his excellent local music coverage at the weekly Almanac. But perhaps not as many will also that John is as well an ace guitarist and songwriter who performs with local acts. His main musical project is the New Paltz-based art-pop band the Sweet Clementines, who recently released their second album, Lake Victoria, and will honor the disc’s unveiling with a record-release show at the Falcon on April 7.

Agile, literate, quirky, and earwiggingly melodic, the group has been hailed by the likes of Thett Miller and Marc Cohn/Chris Botti bassist Jon Ossman. “People who get to know the Sweet Clementines eventually begin to recognize how much enthusiasm we have for jazz, classical, and experimental music,” says Burdick. “Even if we appear to be just a slightly unusual rock group on the surface.”

Here, the quintet weaves the labyrinthine “Submarine” outdoors in the their hometown in 2010:

The Sweet Clementines and Mr. Gone will perform at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on April 7 at 7:30pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Online Campaigns Launched for Bad Brains Medical Expenses

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Bad Brains Dr. Know and H.R.

Many in the Woodstock music community—and far beyond—were deeply concerned when the news broke last November that long-time town resident and Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know (AKA Gary Miller) was in coma and fighting for his life after suffering cardiac arrest. Thankfully his condition has progressed and he’s now in a rehabilitation center, from where he’s expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, the expenses incurred from the crisis and his inability to work have left the hardcore legend and his family in some tough financial straits. To help with Doc’s difficult situation, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up (see link below).

Last week, the news came that the Bad Brains’ vocalist, H.R. (AKA Paul Hudson), who has spent time in the Hudson Valley himself, is also going through a difficult time, health-wise. The 60-year-old singer has been diagnosed with a rare pattern headache condition known as SUNCT (Short-lasting, Unilateral, Neuralgiform headache attacks with Conjunctival injection and Tearing), which has worsened dramatically over the last six months and requires medication, doctor visits, and related expenses that are not fully covered by insurance. H.R.’s wife has launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset the mounting costs brought on by the situation.

Here’s a clip of Dr. Know and H.R. with the Bad Brains in full flight at CBGB in 1982:

As music fan, musician, and human being, I ask you to do what you can to help these two members of one of America’s greatest and most influential rock ’n’ roll bands in their times of need.

Dr. Know GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/drknowbadbrains.

H.R. GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/r4ua4wng

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fill Your Easter Basket at the Farm

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The tasting room at Madava Farms - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • The tasting room at Madava Farms

The start of spring will beckon us into the garden. Maybe it’s the Easter baskets, reminiscent of European markets, that make a local farm even more appealing. There’s something about the smell of dirt as new buds push through, and the sight of animals romping outside again after the winter hibernation that seems to confirm it’s spring. And what better way to get outside and notice the changes in the landscape than by scavenging at a local farm?

Swing by Madava Farms in Dutchess County’s Dover Plains for a maple-infused Easter brunch on Sunday, March 27th. Situated on 800 acres of pristine, sustainably managed land in Dutchess County, the century-old sugar and red maples have ideal terroir and seasonal weather conditions to produce a superior sap for maple sugaring. That Crown Maple syrup is baked into scones and sticky buns. It glazes ham and candies bacon. It’s in the vinaigrette and, of course, it’s poured over pancakes. Brunch seating is at 12pm with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow for kids 12 and under. Madava Farms offers beautiful vistas from which to enjoy breathtaking views spreading across the Hudson and Harlem Valleys. So you can take it all in and maybe find some signs of spring along with the hidden Easter egg treats. $50 per adult/$30 per child (12 and under). Purchase tickets online.

Want more? Check out the many town-sponsored egg hunts in your local community using Family Friendly Hudson Valley’s handy round-up. Many of them are happening on Saturday, March 26th. Learn more about the infamous Easter animal at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center's Hippity Hoppity Bunnies, where you’ll take a walk in search of signs of wild rabbits, meet a live one, and make a Bunny craft to take home. $8 per adult, $6 per child. Buy tickets and register here.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Joe McPhee and Michael Bisio Jam in New Paltz

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Michael Bisio and Joe McPhee
  • Michael Bisio and Joe McPhee

Jazz fans have much to look forward to this weekend. On Saturday, there’s Terri Lyne Carrington/Jack DeJohnette show at the Woodstock Community Center (see this past Tuesday’s Daily Dose) and on Sunday at Gomen Kudasi Noodle Shop there’ll be a performance by multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and bassist Michael Bisio.

McPhee, who was profiled in the May 2007 issue of Chronogram, is arguably the most important and influential free jazz saxophonist to emerge in the wake of first-generation 1960s trailblazers John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, and Albert Ayler. Bisio has well led his own groups but is perhaps best known for his work with pianists Matthew Shipp and David Arner. Although McPhee and Bisio have occasionally worked together within various projects since 1995, their duo performances are rare, making this one a must.

No footage of McPhee and Bisio performing as duo seems to exist, so here are some clips of each of them performing solo:

Joe McPhee and Michael Bisio will perform at Gomen Kudasi Noodle Shop in New Paltz on March 20 at 5:30pm. Admission is $10 ($7 students) and reservations are recommended. For more information, call (845) 255-8811 or visit http://gomenkudasainy.com/.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Call for Artists: Design the O+LD Capital Can

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 10:39 AM


The O+ Festival is teaming up with Keegan Ales for a collaboration of art, health, and hops. Artists and graphic designers interested in gaining access to a wider range of health and wellness care are encouraged to submit beer can designs for O+LD Capital—a special O+ Festival edition of the brewery’s Old Capital beer, an American Blonde Ale.

The O+ Festival aims to connect artists, designers, and musicians with health care. A panel of judges will choose three finalists. The artists’ work will be on display at Keegan Ales and online via Facebook and Instagram. Each finalist will receive two wellness visits at an O+ Festival clinic at the location closest to them—either in Chicago; Kingston; or Petaluma, California. The public will vote for a winner of these three artists. The winner’s name, website, and social media names will be featured on the design. The winner will be also featured in an exhibition at Keegan Ales in October.

The call for artists ends on March 31. The winning design will be revealed at an O+ fundraising party hosted by Keegan Ales on April 17.

Submit your design here.
Email Micah Blumenthal at micah@opositivefestival.org with questions about the submission process.
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