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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Okkervil River Flows into Hudson Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Okkervil River
  • Okkervil River

Led by singer-songwriter Will Sheff, Texas-based folk rock band Okkervil River recently released Away, the group’s first album in three years. Now on tour in support of the record, the outfit will visit Club Helsinki on July 16.

Formed in 1998, Okkervil River snagged the ears and pens of earnest music critics beginning with their 2000 debut Too Small to Use. The group’s reputation grew when they signed to the hip Jagjaguar label for the roundly praised Down the River of Golden Dreams (2003) and Black Sheep Boy (2005; rereleased as a deluxe box set in 2015); their place in rock lore was assured when they collaborated with legendary 13th Floor Elevators front man Roky Erickson for 2010’s True Love Cast Out All Evil.

The single from Away is the enigmatically titled “Okkervil River R.I.P.”:

Okkervil River will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on July 16 at 9pm. Bird of Youth will open. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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"Impressions of India"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Celebration to Lord Shiva - MARY ANNE ERICKSON
  • Mary Anne Erickson
  • Celebration to Lord Shiva

Mary Anne Erickson’s passion for photography started in third grade. Her love for traveling stemmed from family summer road trips across the US. In January 2015 Erickson traveled to northern India and photographed the people, landscape, and colorful textures there. Her images were captured using a pocket-sized Canon Powershot with a 32x zoom. Stephen Kerner printed each photograph on Indian Dupion Silk and Indian cotton. The prints range in size from 30x40 inches to eight feet wide.

Abstract - MARY ANNE ERICKSON
  • Mary Anne Erickson
  • Abstract

The opening reception for “Impressions of India: Surrendering to the Journey” by Mary Anne Erickson will be held on July 2 from 5 to 8pm at the Art Society of Kingston. The exhibition will be on display until July 30. For more information visit askforarts.org.

Varanasi Sadhu - MARY ANNE ERICKSON
  • Mary Anne Erickson
  • Varanasi Sadhu
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"School of Rock" Star to Teach at Camp in Hunter

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Alex Brightman and the cast of Broadways School of Rock
  • Alex Brightman and the cast of Broadway's "School of Rock"

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, which has organized a number of fine arts and chamber music programs over the years, is about to make its first foray into programs related to professional music theater. Next month, the foundation will launch Broadway in the Mountains, a new intensive theater performance camp for children and young adults.

Comprised of two weekend-long programs, Broadway in the Mountains will focus on proper performance technique and guide participants through common obstacles such as nervousness and stage fright in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The camp’s teaching staff of seasoned Broadway performers and coaches includes current Broadway stars Alex Brightman (“School of Rock”) and Liz Larsen (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”).

Here, Brightman and the “School of Rock” cast perform “Stick it to the Man”:

Broadway in the Mountains will be hosted at the Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter, New York, from July 10-16 and July 17-23. For more information, visit www.broadwayinthemountains.com.

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The Clearwater is Back

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Sloop Clearwater in Kingston
  • Sloop Clearwater in Kingston

In the winter of last year the fate of the Clearwater was unclear. The longtime Hudson Valley education and environmental program needed to complete approximately $850,000 worth of renovations mandated by the US Coast Guard.

The sloop Clearwater has nearly completed these renovations. The sloop, which has now returned to the Hudson River Maritime Museum, will be anchored until July. While at the Hudson River Maritime Museum the crew is completing the necessary preparations—up-ringing and reinstalling the galley and other components— to start sailing again. This will be the Clearwater’s 47th year of traveling up and down the Hudson River, educating and promoting environmental stewardship and responsibility.

A public ceremony and ribbon cutting event to celebrate the return of the Clearwater will be held at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie on July 4 from 5:30-6:30pm. The event will feature a blessing, refreshments, live music and kids activities. At 7pm the Clearwater will hit the water for its Independence Day sail. Tickets to the sail can be purchased on their website, Clearwater.org.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Bike It!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

COURTESY OF THE YMCA YOUTH CYCLING PROGRAM
  • courtesy of the YMCA Youth Cycling Program

Exploring the Hudson Valley by bicycle, with its slower pace and sensations of sound and touch, you become aware of things you’ve never noticed before, though you might have passed them a million times. For a generation of free range parents who might have grown up on their bicycles, it’s easy to take for granted how our quickened lifestyle removes that opportunity from kids today. Luckily, two summer bicycle programs hosted by the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County can change all that. In fact, after bicycling to a wetland less than two miles from his house in Midtown Kingston, one of the kids from last year's program told Bike It! Youth Cycling Program director Tom Polk that he never knew Kingston was so green.

That was in the Bike It! road and rail trail program, which meets at the YMCA every day except one, when they’re off to Minnewaska State Park in New Paltz. The camp, just for teens ages 12-15, runs from 9am - 4pm. There’s a skills lesson in the morning featuring bicycle and safety skills like safety checks, tire changes, flat fixes, emergency stops, and executing an avoidance weave. The afternoon is spent exploring trails and parks and just enjoying the Hudson Valley by bicycle. Each day ends with a swim.

Bike It! road and rail trail program through the YMCA’s Youth Cycling Program at 507 Broadway in Kingston: August 8th-12th, 9a-4p, boys and girls ages 12-15, $225, scholarships and bicycles and helmets available. Campers receive a t-shirt with the Bike It! logo, a water bottle, bike multi-tool and snacks each day. Bring a small backpack, a lunch to carry, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, swim suit, and small towel. Parents are welcome to ride along anytime! Bikes can be stored at the Y during the program. For more info or to register, contact Tom Polk at 845-338-3810 x.102 or tpolk@ymcaulster.org.

The YMCA also runs a mountain bike camp for two separate sessions, using both Camp Seewackamano in Shokan, as well as mountain bike trails around Ulster and Greene Counties. A morning assembly greets campers as adults (including professional bike mechanics from Overlook Mountain Bicycles in Woodstock) run safety checks on bicycles. There’s a skills lesson where campers learn things like safety, basic mountain bike riding skills, map reading and navigation. Then they hit the trails. “We want to get kids out into nature,” says Polk. “We feel this has strong psychological and emotional benefits for child development and academic success.”

Mountain Bike It! through the YMCA’s Youth Cycling Program at 432 Peck Road in Shokan: two sessions held July 11th-15th and August 15th-18th, 9a-4p, boys and girls ages 12-15, $325 per week, scholarships and bicycles and helmets available. Transportation by Y bus from Kingston available, and travel to trail heads is done by Y van from Seewackamano. Campers receive a t-shirt with the Mountain Bike It! logo, a water bottle, bike multi-tool, and snacks each day. Bring a small backpack, a lunch to carry, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, swim suit and small towel. Learn more and register online.

This fall, don’t miss the YMCA Youth Cycling Program's Saturday morning and afterschool classes, and the community ride on Saturday, October 8th, at the O+ Recovery Ride.

Not near Kingston? Ask if your Y has a cycling program!
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dar Williams Does Benefit Concert in Hudson Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Dar Williams
  • Dar Williams

Throughout her career, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams has been known to lend her voice to charitable causes. This Friday, she’ll be doing exactly that when she performs at a benefit concert for Triform Camphill Community in Hudson.

The plight of children in need are of particular concern to the Beacon-based Williams; when I spoke to her for a June 2011 feature, she and her husband were in the process of adopting an orphaned child from overseas. So it’s natural that she’d be enthusiastic about helping Triform, a residential and therapeutic community for young adults with special needs. The program will also feature the Triform Bell Choir, which is made up of Triform students. Proceeds from this event generate much-needed funds to help the community with various initiatives.

Here, she sings “Iowa” live in England this past May:

Dar Williams will perform at Triform Camphill Community’s Phoenix Center in Hudson, New York, on June 24 at 7pm. Tickets are $75. For more information, call (518) 851-9320 ext 13 or visit www.triform.org.

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Hudson Valley Comedy Festival Comes to Town

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hudson Valley Comedy Festival poster
  • Hudson Valley Comedy Festival poster

Get ready for three days of laughs—Hudson Valley Comedy Festival kicks off June 30. The festival features comedians and filmmakers from throughout the US. More than 50 comedians are participating including: Hari Kondabolu (“Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” “Conan,” Comedy Central), David Gborie (“Flophouse” on Viceland), and Ken Reid (“TV Guidance Counselor,” “Nerdist,” “Risk!,” “The Moth”). The three-day festival presents 60 films with filmmaker Q&A’s and 30 stand-up comedy showcases. The events are being held at The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, BSP and Seven 21 Media Center in Kingston, and Oddfellows Temple in Saugerties, among other venues.

Hari Kondabolu, Hudson Valley Comedy Festival headliner.
  • Hari Kondabolu, Hudson Valley Comedy Festival headliner.

The Hudson Valley Comedy Festival helps expand the growing arts community in the area and revitalize the comedy scene.

The festival takes place from June 30 to July 3. The feature films, short blocks and comedic showcases are all included in the $59 admission fee. For more information and to order tickets visit their website. Hudsonvalleycomedy.com

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tom Carter Plays in Hudson This Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Tom Carter
  • Tom Carter

Guitarist Tom Carter is the cofounder of Texas psychedelic masters Charalambides, whose majestically meandering dronescapes have been melting minds since 1991. A last-minute booking finds Carter flying solo this Thursday night for an early outdoor show on the Half Moon’s recently remodeled back patio.

While Charalambides remains active, over the last few years Carter has been more involved with his career as an unaccompanied, experimental, improvising artist. His most recent release is the suitably titled 2015 double album Long Time Underground.

Dig this interlude from February of this year:

Tom Carter will perform at the Half Moon in Hudson on June 23 at 7pm as part of the venue’s Thursdays on the Back Patio Series. Becky Bekker will open. Admission is $5. For more information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

See You at the Center!

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Puppet People’s new show, “Jack and the Beanstalk” - COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN RHINEBECK
  • courtesy of the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck
  • The Puppet People’s new show, “Jack and the Beanstalk”

When the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck first opened its doors in 1994, its doors were made of tent flaps. It was a traditional summer stock theater with performances only during the warm, summer months. But since 1998, with the opening of its permanent theater building, a barn designed to complement the nearby rural landscape, the Center has welcomed over 300,000 performance attendees and 16,000 artists for about 2,000 different productions. And theater-lovers ranging in age from 4 to 80 years old have been trained in all aspects of the theater arts.

This summer features a fractured fairy tale, a fun-filled puppet show with lots of audience participation, a journey down the rabbit hole, an exotic Arabian adventure, and a quirky candy manufacturer who stages a contest. “This summer we’re directing the spotlight on young actors who work so hard to perfect their theater skills,” says the Center’s Education Director, Babette Fasolino. Productions of Unhappily Ever After, Alice in Wonderland, Jr., and Willy Wonka, Jr. will showcase aspiring talent as performance and musical theater summer camps take the stage for the Center’s award-winning Saturday morning family series. The camps are taught by certified instructors and run anywhere from two days to three weeks. Aside from the six performance camps (three of which will be performing during the series), there are also technical camps where kids can learn about sewing and costuming, voice, dance, hair and makeup, and lights and sound.

New this year to the Center’s summer lineup is puppetry. They’re bringing back the popular Puppet People for a production of Jack and the Beanstalk on July 23rd. And on July 19th and 20th, intermediate students can learn the ins and outs of puppeteering.

The Center is a comfortable place for children with kid-friendly concession and brunch options and an outdoor space with picnic tables in a grove of trees. Saturday morning shows run just under an hour, and families can reserve tickets online to ensure seats in the aisle or near exits, if they wish.

The Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck: All performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and are approximately 50 minutes in length. All ages. Tickets may be reserved in advance online for a $3 fee or bought at the door one hour prior to the show at $7 for children, $9 for adults. For more information, call the Box Office at (845) 876-3080 or get tickets online. For more information about summer camps, visit the Center’s website, where you can register online or call Babette Fasolino, 845-876-3088, ext. 13.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

My Daughter, My Teacher, My Healer

Posted By on Sat, Jun 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Jay Erickson with his wife and daughter
  • Jay Erickson with his wife and daughter
Rivers flow downstream. But when I looked out the window from my bed in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital, I saw the East River making its way uptown. I could feel my heart being swept up in that perverse and dark current—moving in the utterly wrong direction.

The East River is in fact a tidal estuary, but I had forgotten that. To me, its backward motion seemed just another part of the world being upside-down. It was August 2013, I was coughing up blood, and my torso was filled with the bloom of recently diagnosed cancer.

My fiancee and I would endure a year of chemotherapy, four major surgeries, nights filled with sleeplessness and tears, and paralyzing fear. That same year we’d feel the embrace of a loving community, and an untold amount of grace. The year I brushed up against death ended with feeling the warmth of my newborn daughter in my arms—she would heal me and teach me. And I would do it all again.

At the beginning of winter and towards the end of my chemo— with the outcome of treatment uncertain—we decided, against the advice of many, to try to have a child. We hesitated when we imagined life if my condition worsened with a child on the way. But we both felt the need to simply say “yes” to life, to our future, and to bring more light into the darkening days.

Because the chemo and surgery I would undergo can permanently compromise fertility, we had hurriedly banked two vials of sperm before treatment. With this small stockpile we started In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Now we both had something wholly positive to focus on as we navigated a world of sterilized instruments, IVs and embarrassingly open-backed smocks.

The first IVF attempt failed and it was devastating. The ember we had lightly breathed upon had gone out, the darkness had taken back some ground. We felt we only had one more chance to get everything right.

My fiancee, who was not only taking care of me and enduring the fertility treatments but also working full time as a teacher, picked herself up—picked us both up—and led the charge back into the IVF fray. I remember, at 40 pounds lighter than usual, lying in bed at Sloan Kettering with a collapsed lung and recovering from an emergency abdominal surgery. With tubes in just about every place they can go, I would reach out of bed and inject my fiancee’s backside with hormones. We would laugh when the nurses came in and wondered just what was going on here.

In the early Spring, a single viable embryo emerged. We both cried and held hands, watching the black-and-white monitor as our doctor placed that tiny hope in the uterine wall.

As my cancer shrank, that embryo grew. Between lung surgeries, we got married. And just a few months after my last treatment, our daughter was born.

When I held her for the first time I felt like the shipwrecked man who collapses dripping on the beach—ragged, thirsty, exhausted, but now suddenly on terra firma.

Her arrival felt like an important part of my healing. My disease was a type of testicular cancer called choriocarcinoma which meant the tumor tissue itself was essentially placental tissue. So I was partially pregnant, in a way—in a very wrong and dangerous way. In many medical traditions, health is considered balance and disease an expression of imbalance. The “right” pregnancy of my daughter was the turning of the tide, the return of balance and the final antidote to the “wrong” pregnancy that had spread like a flame through my body.

This past March, during an event for Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers, I stood at a podium flooded with gratitude and a sense of safety, with my oncologist and a fellow testicular cancer survivor, holding my daughter and looking over at my hero of a wife... who is pregnant again (the old fashioned way—which was quite the surprise).

My daughter has not only been a healing force for me but a teacher. It is no wonder that people gather around babies the way they do around fires—staring, telling stories, and unusually comfortable with long stretches of silence.

Fatherhood has helped me to understand time in new ways. My daughter has drawn me deeper into the practice of mindfulness because an infant comes into the world with no language and no sense of past or future. If you want to spend time with them you must meet them in the very present and precious moment.

My entire life I have carried the abstract image of floating down a stream of existence with my parents behind me, their parents behind them, and so on—an endless ancestral precedence. Now, for the first time, I see someone downstream. I am at once relieved to no longer feel the froth of the front line, and imbued with a sense of responsibility for what lies ahead.

To me, this is the essence of fatherhood. It is the stewardship and contribution to all that lies in front of us: not just our children but the works we create, the students we teach, the land and creatures we protect, our impact on everyone around us, the songs we sing, the love we live—everything we touch. It is all connected, and our choices will ripple, however subtly, through the ages.

Just as the East River sometimes flows north, our children can be healers, guides and teachers—even in their simple newborn presence. And on this day I celebrate fathers of all kinds, including the ones who have come before us who have guided, loved, inspired, nurtured, and protected us. We now have the opportunity to do the same for those downstream.

Jay Erickson is a cancer survivor, musician, poet, entrepreneur, beekeeper, carpenter, wanderer and gardener. He lives in Pawling, NY with his wife and daughter.
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