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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shale Hill Music Fest Rocks Saugerties

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Tracy Bonham

Chronogram’s June issue features the summer music festival roundup that appears within our annual Summer Arts Preview. As the Shale Hill Music Fest is a three-hour, afternoon gig, rather than a day-into-night or all-weekend affair, and not a music festival per se, it seemed more sensible to mention it here instead of the magazine. But nomenclature aside, the event, which takes place June 11, is loaded with family-friendly talent that includes some of the area’s better-known names.

Headlined by Woodstock alt-pop singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham (“Mother Mother”), the bill also features Saugerties kindie queen Bari Koral and local rockers the Cameramen and Hudson’s Crew. The setting is the bucolic Shale Hill Farm, once the site of the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, and the proceeds raised will benefit Choices in Childbirth and the New York State Birth Center Association, worthy causes both.

Here’s a video for “Luck,” the single from Bonham’s 2016 album, Wax & Gold:

The Shale Hill Music Fest will take place at Shale Hill Farm in Saugerties, New York, on June 11 starting at 3pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $35 for two, and $25 at the gate. For more information, visit www.Eventbrite.com/e/shale-hill-music-fest-tickets-23928771600.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Kingston's Multicultural Festival

Posted By on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Courtesy of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

What do the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Latino Committee of Kingston, the Ulster County Italian American Foundation, and the New Progressive Baptist Church all have in common? They, along with others, will all be participating at the Kingston Multicultural Festival, Sunday June 5th, at Gallo Park on Kingston’s waterfront. With children’s activities, crafts, traditional foods, and performances all geared towards sharing culture and community, the festival is a celebration of Kingston’s rich multicultural heritage.

It’s hosted by the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, which is located in a time capsule of a building at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street on the Rondout. An old bakery operated there for almost 80 years until it closed in the 1970s. When the Jewish Federation of Ulster County was deeded the building in 2004 for renovation and development as a historical center, there were still old newspapers, antique bakery instruments, and other evidence of all the neighborhood and family history that happened there.

At first the idea was to share the Jewish culture of the Rehers, the family who owned and operated the bakery, and that is still the impression many have of the Reher Center’s mission today. “But in taking a look at how we wanted to develop it,” Reher Center Chairman Geoff Miller says, “we saw that to make proper use of the building’s potential, that was too narrow a concept.” Instead, the Reher Center has been working to memorialize the universal immigrant experience and focus on how the city of Kingston, and especially the Rondout neighborhood, have evolved to meet the needs of its families. In collaboration with ASK Art next door, the Reher Center has just completed a six-part series of art exhibitions, film screenings, and events on immigrant culture in Kingston. At this fourth annual Multicultural Festival, communities share the history of their culture by sharing its living aspects with the next generation. With a lineup of Native American and African drumming, Ukrainian, Irish step, and classical Indian dancing, and games and tastes from around the world, families can experience a wealth of cultures.

“There’s a common narrative that is important for everyone to see,” says Miller. “Though some of us can trace our roots back hundreds of years, and some only as far back as yesterday, none of us had it easy finding a place for ourselves in the already existing larger community -- and we all have a story to tell.” The Reher Center is building a greater understanding and appreciation of the many rich and distinct cultures that make up the Kingston and Ulster County communities.

The fourth annual Kingston Multicultural Festival, at T.R. Gallo West Strand Park, on the Rondout waterfront, downtown Broadway: Sunday June 5th, 1-5 p.m., free. Featuring live ethnic music and dance, multicultural handicrafts, children’s activities, and food and drinks. For more information, go to rehercenter.org or the Reher Center’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ReherBakery. Information is also available at info@reherbakery.org and at 845-338-8131.

Bring blankets or folding chairs. Seating is informal. Additional parking is available behind the police station on the northeast corner of Broadway and Garraghan Drive. In the event of rain, the family-friendly event will be held at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center, on Broadway at the corner of Hoffman Street in midtown Kingston.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

John Ashton's Satellite Paradiso Plays Kingston Next Month

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM

John Ashton
  • John Ashton

Founding Psychedelic Furs guitarist John Ashton hails from England but has lived in the Woodstock area for several years, playing live and producing local artists. Recently, Ashton has been focusing on his own music, launching a successful crowd-funding campaign to create the self-titled debut album by his all-star project Satellite Paradiso. In support of the release, Satellite Paradiso will perform a handful of shows that include a June 8 slot at BSP in Kingston.

Although the live version of the band is more pared-down, Satellite Paradiso features musical contributions by bassists Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s) and Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket from the Tombs), Mark Volman (Turtles, Frank Zappa), Grasshopper and Jonathan Donohue (Mercury Rev), and many others.

Here’s an official video for the track “Touch the Sky”:

Satellite Paradiso will perform at BSP in Kingston, New York, on June 8 at 7pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Meshell Ndegeocello Among Artists at Big Indian Event

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Meshell Ndegeocello

She may have tasted the Top 40 in 1994 when she guest-starred on the John Mellencamp hit “Wild Night,” but bassist, vocalist, composer, and Hudson resident Meshell Ndegeocello has never consciously courted commercial fame. Ndegeocello has remained a maverick, charting her own path in life and music; in the latter bending her funk-soul roots to straddle styles as diverse as pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and unnameable strands within the freeform/experimental realm. From June 6-10, she’ll pass on some of what she’s learned when she serves as an educator at the Creative Music Studio’s Spring Workshop at Full Moon Resort.

Ndegeocello and her fellow CMS Guiding Artists, Moroccan gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun, percussionist/composer/bandleader Adam Rudolph, drummers Tani Tabbal and Hamid Drake, and pianist Angela Sanchez, will co-lead the intensive program with and CMS Artistic Directors and cofounders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. This workshop features one Guiding Artist working with participants in two workshops each day, creating multiple opportunities for artists to work directly with participants as individuals or in ensembles. As in the past, there will be daily CMS basic practice (body movement, breath work, rhythm and vocal training), as well as 90 minutes each day with Karl Berger leading orchestra of improvisers.

Here’s Ndegeocello laying it down live in Pennsylvania last January:

The Creative Music Studio Spring 2016 Workshop will take place at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, from June 6-10. For registration rates and more information, visit http://creativemusic.org/.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Saturday Workshops at Omi

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Kids play on Iran do Espírito Santo's cast concrete Playground, an interactive monumental sculpture created in 2013 - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Kids play on Iran do Espírito Santo's cast concrete Playground, an interactive monumental sculpture created in 2013

Walking through the woods, the children stop beside a pond to notice the shapes in the water. They had worked on a free-form, collaborative drawing before their walk, so they were attuned to seeing with an artist’s eye. It wasn’t a hard point of view to maintain since they kept meeting large-scale sculptures in the bucolic landscape at The Fields Sculpture Park. These were sculptures they were invited to touch and, in some cases, even climb. Next, they would go inside for a hands-on project that uses the artwork on display as a point of departure, and share it with the group. This is the Saturday Workshop for kids ages 4 ½ through 12 at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, which focuses on contemporary art practices and takes place every week at the sculpture park.

Omi has an appealing sense of discovery about it that feels unique. Finding it is itself an experience, as you travel country roads past apple orchards and picturesque landscapes. Even the expansive 300 acres campus of rolling farmland offer intimate moments. With a rotation of artwork that changes each season, the sculpture park is a relaxing space to explore. Parents sit in the café with laptops, enjoying the delicious offerings and free wi-fi, or wander the grounds themselves waving to the kids across the pond. A drop-off program, the Saturday Workshops allow each member of the family to enjoy the park while the kids have their own experience. Says Education Director Sasha Sicurella, “You can walk your dog in the park or cross country ski in the winter [Omi is open with free entry year-round], and it’s that intersection of uses where accessibility to the arts happens.”
Children in the Saturday Workshop explore art-making in the Newmark Gallery at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center, surrounded by the work of Susanne Kühn - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • Children in the Saturday Workshop explore art-making in the Newmark Gallery at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center, surrounded by the work of Susanne Kühn

It all fits with Omi’s mission to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. They do that through artist residencies (with guest houses on the grounds), and events which showcase works in progress or improvisations. And in May teens entered that experience first-hand with Omi’s new teen public sculpture program, also on Saturdays, for ages 12+. The teens are working on the first student sculpture that will be displayed at the education pavilion, and Memorial Day weekend is the last weekend visitors can watch it evolve before it is revealed. “We want to pull back the curtain on the artist’s process,” Sicurella says.

Omi International Arts Center Saturday Children’s Workshops at The Field Sculpture Park, 1405 County Route 22 in Ghent: Saturdays through June 4th; 10a-12p; $12 or two children for $20; ages 4 1/2–12. New this year to the Saturday workshops is a summer session from July 2-August 6, with the year-round session resuming September 10th. Meet at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center. No pre-registration required. Dress for time spent outdoors. Please note that children are expected to attend the full workshop independently. Check out their website for more details. Café Omi is located in the Visitors Center, and offers a weekly rotating menu with ingredients sourced locally in Columbia County. There’s a well-priced kids menu and giant cookies!

Don’t miss the weekly events, artist talks, parties, salons, and open studios happening at Omi. Ask about Omi’s teen workshops, school programs, summer camp, and Wednesday morning toddler playgroup.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Upstate Magic at Maha Rose North

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 5:52 PM


The Hudson Valley's newest wellness hub, Maha Rose North, in Hurley, will kick off summer with a holiday weekend of soul-nourishing workshops and activities open to all. Participants from near and far are invited to come for a full retreat including overnight lodging and meals, or to choose a la carte from an inviting lineup of experiences and adventures.

"Upstate Magic Memorial Day Weekend" begins Friday night, May 27, with a Breathe and Renovate Sound Bath (8-9:30pm) led by local sound and energy healer Lavender Suarez. During Saturday "crafternoon," the happenings include "All You Can Tie-Dye" (bring your own white items for tie-dying) from 11 to 4 with a lunch break at 1pm, followed by a "Dancorcism" dance party (4-5:30pm). The day ends with healing and stress-busting Breathwork and meditation, led by Luke Simon (7:30-9:30pm).

Sunday starts joyfully with a Magical Laughter workshop (10-11:30am), dreamed up by Maha Rose founder Lisa Levine to help participants connect to their creativity and sense of spontaneity. Sunday "crafternoon" brings Macrame Magic (2-4pm), followed by "Wishcraft: The Art of Manifesting" (7:30-9pm), which will introduce participants to the world of hypnosis as a tool to master the mind and to manifest dreams and goals.

Maha Rose North is the upstate incarnation of Brooklyn's Maha Rose Center for Healing, an oasis of wellness offerings from Reiki to acupuncture to trance dance. Set on nine acres, the Hudson Valley retreat center welcomes locals as well as New Yorkers seeking restoration and renewal amid the Catskill foothills' forests, streams, and fields. "Here people can come for a more in-depth experience over a whole weekend," says Levine. "We're also excited to offer workshops and events during the week for the local community such as sound baths, breathwork, laughter yoga, and prenatal yoga classes with local teacher Sara Beck."

Maha Rose North

130 Morgan Hill Rd, Hurley

Upstate Magic Memorial Day Weekend

Prenatal Yoga Classes

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rebecca Coupe Franks Premieres Musical in Rosendale and Marlboro

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Rebecca Coupe Franks
  • Rebecca Coupe Franks

Trumpeter and SUNY New Paltz music teacher Rebecca Coupe Franks has lead an active career, releasing several albums and recording with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Kenny Barron, and Buster Williams. She’s also written a musical, Hubert’s Block, which she’ll premiere locally with performances on May 28 and 29.

According to Franks, Hubert’s Block is set on a block in New York’s West Village, where Hthe titular character is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s for his father, Henry, and thinking of ways to block the two different proteins that get tangled in the brain and can cause the disease. “The music is jazz and blues, with some Broadway styles weaved inside the melodies,” she explains. “You can hear layers of voices, harmonies, soft isolated moments, as well as three-part counterpoint melodies. The lyrics are vivid, bold, and sweep you off your feet.”

Hear and see Franks and her quartet live in 2011:

Rebecca Coupe Franks will perform Hubert’s Block at the Rosendale Café in Rosendale, New York, at 8pm on May 28 (admission is $10; for more information, visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/) and at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on May 29 at 3pm (donation requested; for more information, visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/).

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hudson Program Examines 3-D Sound

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Edgar Choueiri
  • Edgar Choueiri

The relationship between or ears and our brains isn’t always what we think. Most of us take the way we hear sound, which of course includes music, for granted. But, as acoustician Edgar Choueiri has hypothesized, the brain can be tricked into believing it is experiencing a live performance, when it is actually a recording being heard. And on May 22 at Time & Space Limited, he’ll demonstrate exactly how with a presentation titled “Making Waves—Sounds of the Future,” part of Close Encounters with Music’s “Conversations With…” series.

For the program, Choueiri, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and head of the school’s 3-D Audio and Applied Acoustics Lab, will bring his binaural audio setup to Time & Space Limited’s art space to discuss the fruits of a decade of development, application, and refinement of this revolutionary, groundbreaking system of recording that captures life-like, 3-D audio in picture-perfect fidelity. “Prepare to be fooled,” says Choueiri about binaural recording systems, which are uniquely designed to emulate the workings of the human head. “You can hear a bird flying over your head. You’ll hear a whisper in one ear.”
For a taste of Choueiri’s innovations, watch this:

“Making Waves—Sounds of the Future” takes place on May 22 at 2pm. Tickets are $15, which includes a light refreshment. For more information, call (800) 843-0778 or visit http://www.cewm.org/.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Stockade FC’s First Home Games

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Player signs ball for a young supporter at the 2016 Kit Unveiling Party at the Senate Garage in Kingston - MICHAEL CIRCE
  • Michael Circe
  • Player signs ball for a young supporter at the 2016 Kit Unveiling Party at the Senate Garage in Kingston

Dennis Crowley loves soccer supporter culture. With two forty-five minute halves, and a twenty-minute half time, the game is really exciting to watch. There’s often a supporter group. “They’ll have songs and chants, make big flags, and bang drums. It’s almost like a parade,” he says. “When you see it work, it’s awesome.” The founder of Foursquare (the app that brings you insider reviews on hidden treasures in the community), Crowley says you don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy the matches. He decided to help that energy find an outlet locally by starting a semi-professional team with players from all over the Hudson Valley. With pivotal support from the Hudson Valley chapter of the American Outlaws (a national soccer supporter group), this weekend, the stands of Dietz Stadium will fill as Stockade Football Club (Stockade FC), which competes in the 4th division of the U.S. Soccer Pyramid, plays its first two home games of the 2016 season.

One goal is for Stockade FC to qualify for the annual U.S. Open Cup by 2020. With a short league schedule of just May, June, and July, that goal is ambitious, but it’s not Stockade FC's only one. They want to create opportunity for great soccer players to continue in the sport; make it easier for diehard fans to catch a semi-professional match; and inspire more clubs. It’s all part of the idea that additional infrastructure at the lower levels could help grow soccer in the U.S.

“My hope is that hundreds of kids who play youth soccer in the Hudson Valley will make their way to a Stockade FC match this season to watch our team which is almost entirely comprised of players who grew up playing in the area,” Crowley wrote in the Stockade FC’s manifesto on the Cauldron. “I want those kids to say to themselves, ‘I want to play for Stockade someday.’”

Stockade FC won 5-1 vs Kew Forest FC on Sat April 16, 2016 - ROY GUMPEL
  • Roy Gumpel
  • Stockade FC won 5-1 vs Kew Forest FC on Sat April 16, 2016

Stockade Football Club’s first two home games at Dietz Stadium, 170 North Front Street in Kingston: May 21st, 2-4p, and May 22nd, 4-6p; $8 adults, $5 kids 12 and under (or just $2 if wearing anything soccer related). Season Tickets ($40) and Stockade FC t-shirts, hats, and other supporter paraphernalia available at the gate. Concessions available. Check their Facebook page for any last-minute updates.

See the full Stockade FC match schedule and buy advance tickets on their website.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

What's New at Historic Huguenot Street

Posted By on Sat, May 14, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The recreated slaves' quarters - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • The recreated slaves' quarters

In the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation spread across Europe. Inspired, John Calvin shared new ideas of worship that centered on reading the Bible and developing a personal relationship with God. His followers in France, primarily middle-class artisans, came to be known as the Huguenots. Escaping religious persecution from the Catholic Church, the Huguenots fled to die Pfalz in southwestern Germany. (The word refugee, dating back to 1671, refers specifically to the Huguenots.) After moving to America, they purchased 30,000 acres of land from the Esopus Indians in 1678.

Tours at Historic Huguenot Street are seeing some new improvements. Bill Weldon is an interpretive specialist and the consultant at Historic Huguenot Street. Based in Virginia, he was formerly the Director of Historic Area Programming at Colonial Williamsburg. By the end of February, he had drafted a script for the new interpretation of the tour. He commented how it was important to go back through the historic material and document different elements so that the tour is not based on speculative or conventional wisdom.

Originally, visitors would only see one or two sites in a tour. Visitors will now be guided through all four historic locations in one tour. The new extended tour intends to travel through time, showing the progression and development of the Huguenots as French refugees gaining an American identity. There will also be an emphasis on the new, expanded slave story.

The recreated woodstove in the slaves' quarters - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • The recreated woodstove in the slaves' quarters

Another new addition to the tours: iPads. Historic Huguenot Street tour guides will carry iPads with them to show historic documents when appropriate, such as land deeds or newspaper articles. The iPad serves as an instant time machine for the curious history lovers to glance back in time. Papers are not easily accessible can now be viewed. One document, the 1677 Indian Deed, details the land agreement made with local Indians. It shows the signatures from all 12 patentees from seven families, as well as a list of items the Huguenots and the Indians traded: wampum, gunpowder, shirts, blankets, and more. The marks made by the Indians are also visible in the document.

Many items, including paintings and new furniture sets, tables, and bed frames, were taken out of storage and brought into new locations.

New bed frame taken out of storage - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • New bed frame taken out of storage

New furniture set with table and chairs - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • New furniture set with table and chairs

The store, located in the Jean Hasbrouck house, will now have a collection of colorful polyurethaned food (and other fake food) on display, to give visitors a sense of what life was like living in that time period in the house.

New polyurethaned food at the store - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • New polyurethaned food at the store

Another view of the store - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • Another view of the store

In the Deyo-Broadhead home, a 1910 Melodian Parlor piano will be played on the tour. Donated by Friends of Historic Kingston, the piano will play songs from a collection of more than 200 piano rolls. The Deyo-Broadhead family was very socially active. With the aid of an iPad, documents from the New Paltz Times can be seen in an instant. One particular 1895 document noted the first formal event held at the Deyo-Broadhead house: The “5 o' Clock Tea” where over 100 people attended and Moscow's Orchestra at Newburgh played.

The tour intends to show the evolution of the community from a European frontier settlement to an American town, starting with the oldest site and ending in the 1940s kitchen. Weldon envisions new projects for the future: He hopes to be able to recreate barns and sheds that would have existed during the lives of the Huguenots.

The church lacks ornate decoration. Reformers were protesting stained glass, statues, and anything that interfered with their relationship with God. - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • The church lacks ornate decoration. Reformers were protesting stained glass, statues, and anything that interfered with their relationship with God.

Kitchen table in the Jean Hasbrouck house - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • Kitchen table in the Jean Hasbrouck house

Jambless fireplace in the Jean Hasbrouck house - DIANA WALDRON
  • Diana Waldron
  • Jambless fireplace in the Jean Hasbrouck house
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