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Monday, July 18, 2016

Little Donny Trump Needs a Nap

A Graphic Novel by Matt Maley

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Illustrated by Matt Maley
  • Illustrated by Matt Maley

Hudson Valley artist and writer Matt Maley alludes to why Trump is such a grump. Maley’s Little Donny Trump will have you wondering if our republican candidate still needs a nice, long nap. Because he’s clearly too busy telling people what he thinks.

The terror that is baby Donny Trump wreaks havoc—insulting his peers including Rosie O’Donnel, Barrack Obama, and Hillary Clinton and others. He threatens to ban a Muslim girl. Tells the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, “I’m building this wall and you’re paying for it.” Additionally, he insults everyone who disagrees with him. He also makes a big “boom boom.”

Considering the graphic novel is fueled by direct Trump quotes deconstructed into child's storyline. The only difference between the baby tyrant and Trump is that little Donny’s got more than just a few wisps of hair on his head.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Spirit of St. Louis Soars Again

Posted By on Sat, Jul 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

“I was astonished at the effect my successful landing in France has on the nations of the world. To me, it was like a match lighting a bonfire.” Charles A. Lindbergh

On May 21, 1927 a tall lanky Minnesota farm boy landed an odd single-engine plane with cloth-doped wings, and a periscope (massive fuel tanks obstructed the forward view) at Le Bourget Field in France, completing the first, non-stop, 3610 mile, transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 33.5 hours. The achievement garnered the $25,000 Orteig Prize and catapulted Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) to international acclaim, while the Spirit of St. Louis became the most renowned plane in aviation history. Courageous hero, pioneering aviator, explorer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (as well as an anti-Semite and philanderer), Lindbergh was above all else a complex and obdurate individualist. Sadly, his success led to tragedy (the kidnapping and murder of his son, Charles A. Jr.) and ultimately vilification by the Roosevelt administration for his outspoken non-interventionist stance prior to WW II (he subsequently flew 50 combat missions in the Pacific during the war).

The Spirit of St. Louis in flight. - LARRY SWAYNE
  • Larry Swayne
  • The Spirit of St. Louis in flight.

Lindbergh used his fame to tirelessly promote the Gospel of Flight through good will tours, charting flights to South America, Europe and Asia, advising Pan American, Transworld Airlines, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Strategic Air Command, flying B52 bombers, testing new jets, and supporting Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry. Towards the end of his life, however, Lindbergh questioned the values of technology and progress and actively supported indigenous peoples and environmentalism, observing, “If civilization is to continue, modern man must direct the material power of his science by the spiritual truth of his God.”

The original Spirit of St. Louis, named for Lindbergh’s financial backers and officially known as the Ryan NYP, hangs from the ceiling in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Specifically designed for its historical transatlantic flight, the modified Ryan M-2 strut-braced monoplane with a 46’ wingspan was built in two months by the small Diego firm of Ryan Airlines Corporation. The Spirit was powered by a 223-hp air-cooled, 9-cylinder, Wright J-5C “Whirlwind” engine fueled by five massive fuel tanks totaling 450 gallons, which when filled brought its total weight to 5,135 lbs.

Today the Spirit lives on in a recently completed exact replica (which involved several visits to the Smithsonian) built over a twenty year period at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Long the dream of founder Cole Palen, who obtained an old restored Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine in the 1970’s, the plane was completed by vintage maintenance manager and pilot, Ken Cassens. On May 21, 2016, the 89th anniversary of Lindbergh’s original flight, the new Spirit of St. Louis soared above the aerodrome to the delight of several hundred aviation enthusiasts, many of whom were attired in 1920’s apparel. For more information and to “catch the spirit” at future events visit oldrhinebeck.org.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jazz and Blues Festival Swings Peekskill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Joe Louis Walker
  • Joe Louis Walker

The 10th annual Peekskill Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off July 23, once again bringing a full day and night of great, free music to the Lower Hudson Valley town’s historic arts district.

Headlining the event this year is award-winning blues great Joe Louis Walker. Also performing will be the Afrobeat/jazz band the Brighton Beat, the Latin Grammy-nominated Michael Tate and 3D Rhythm of Life, and Greg Westhoff’s 18-piece Westchester Swing Band. More acts are being added as the date draws near.

Here’s a taste of Joe Louis Walker and band live:

The 10th annual Peekskill Jazz and Blues Festival will take place at multiple stages in downtown Peekskill, New York, on July 23 from 3-10pm. Admission is free for all. For more information, call (914) 737-6624 or visit facebook.com/PeekskillJazzandBlues.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Shakespeare Festival's Friday Night Prologues

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM


On Friday, July 15 the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel offers a free prologue before a showing of performance of “As You Like It.” There will be an engaging pre-show talk and combat demonstration by acting company member Shawn Fagan and conservatory company member Christopher Cruz.

The pre-show offers an exclusive, behind the scenes look into HVSF’s 30th anniversary season. Free interactive prologues will be offered on Fridays at 6PM throughout the festival season. The Friday night shows start at in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival tent at 7:30PM. Feel free to bring a picnic and your questions to the lawn in front of the historical Boscobel House. Prologues will be presented rain or shine.

Pick up free pre-show tickets at the box office.

Every prologue is distinctive and features different HVSF troop members each night before performances of "Macbeth," "As You Like It" and "Measure for Measure" through Friday, August 26.

Friday, July 22—"Macbeth"
Friday, July 29—"Measure For Measure"
Friday, August 5—All-female cast of "Macbeth"
Friday, August 12—"Macbeth"
Friday, August 19—"As You Like It"
Friday, August 26—"Macbeth"

For more information go to http://hvshakespeare.org/ or call HVSF box office at 845-265-9575.

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Rory Block Performs in Tannnersville

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Rory Block
  • Sergio Kerhajec
  • Rory Block

Blues guitar virtuoso Rory Block is certainly no stranger to the Hudson Valley. She’s been performing in and around Woodstock since its glory days as an international musical hub, and has recorded at Bearsville Studios and released instructional DVDs on Happy Traum’s Homespun label. So no doubt the turnout will be healthy when she visits Tannersville’s Orpheum Theater this Saturday.

The daughter of a sandal maker, Block grew up in the Lower East Side and discovered the Mississippi Delta blues by way of the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk revival. At age 15, she began performing and seeking out and learning directly from surviving blues masters like the Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, Skip James, and Mississippi John Hurt. In the 1970s she became a popular draw in San Francisco coffeehouses, and, soon after, at clubs and festivals. The winner of five Blues Foundation W.C. Handy Awards, Block is especially revered for her interpretations of Robert Johnson’s music.

In this 2007 video, she tears up Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues”:

Rory Block will perform at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville, New York, on July 16 at 7:30pm. For ticket prices and more information, call (518) 263-2000 or visit http://www.catskillmtn.org/.

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Joyce Carol Oates to Host Reading and Discussion

Award-winning American Author

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Joyce Carol Oates
  • Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is considered one of the greatest American authors of all time. Her work has long graced required reading lists for High School and college courses and students spend hours studying her prose and literary perfection.

Since the publication of her initial novel With Shuddering Fall (Vanguard Press, 1964), Joyce Carol Oates has written over 40 novels, nine plays, 11 novellas and more than 30 short story collections. Her collections of essays, plays, and poetry have gained her an international reputation as one of the best, most productive authors. Oates has won over 20 awards for her writing, including: Two O’Henry Awards, the National Book Award, National Humanities Award, and the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Her novels Black Water (Dutton, 1992), What I Lived For (Plume, 1994), Blonde (HarperCollins, 2000), and short story collections The Wheel of Love and Other Stories (Vanguard Press, 1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (Ecco/Harper Collins 2014) were all Pulitzer Prize Finalists.

The Lost Landscape, Joyce Carol Oates' latest memoir.
  • The Lost Landscape, Joyce Carol Oates' latest memoir.

Joyce Carol Oates’ latest memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writers Coming of Age , chronicles her hardscrabble childhood in Western, New York. Through the eyes of her younger self, Oates examines her relatives and the rural environment in which she came of age, transporting the reader into her earliest memories and defining moments as writer.

On Thursday, July 14 Joyce Carol Oates will deliver a reading and lead a discussion of her work, including the aforementioned memoir, at the Kleinerart/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock. To guarantee attendance purchase one of Oates’ books from the Golden Notebook over the phone, in person, or online. For more information please visit goldennotebook.com.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Party in a Berkshires Barn

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Barn at Egremont Village Inn

The newly restored Egremont Barn is hosting its inaugural live music series this summer. Part of the historic Egremont Village Inn in the Berkshires, built in 1786 by Revolutionary War veteran Colonel Joseph Curtis, it’s one of the oldest buildings in the area. The talent runs the gamut from Marshall Crenshaw’s compelling rock featured at the Grand Opening Party this past weekend on July 8th and 9th, to Trout Fishing in America’s totally fun acoustic family shows coming up on July 23rd.

Dubbed by NPR’s Kathy O’Connell as "the Lennon and McCartney of Kids’ Music," Trout Fishing in America is comprised of bass player Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet. Together, they form an eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids’ songs. The four-time Grammy Nominee duo have captured the imagination and hearts of audiences of all ages for over three decades. On Saturday, July 23rd, they’ll be playing three shows: A family show at 2p which combines children’s material with the lighter side of the folk/pop show, and two additional shows that concentrate on more sophisticated original music and lyrics at 7p and 9p.

Trout Fishing In America and the inaugural Live Music Series at The Barn at Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main Street in South Egremont, Massachusetts: Saturday, July 23rd, with shows at 2p, 7p, and 9p; $25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. The Barn is open Wednesday through Sunday from June 1 and offers a full bar and nosh. Tickets are available online. Call 413-528-9580 for more information.
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute

Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom

Posted By on Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Roxbury Farm founder Jean-Paul Courtens (in blue t-shirt) talks with THV field experience participants at the institute in 2014. - BILL URBIN
  • Bill Urbin
  • Roxbury Farm founder Jean-Paul Courtens (in blue t-shirt) talks with THV field experience participants at the institute in 2014.

Place-based learning has numerous benefits for students and educators. Children immersed in such programs gain knowledge of local and sustainable issues facing the environment. For educators exiting the classroom, outdoor enrichment provides the chance to experiment with a different curriculum focused more on strengthening creativity and character while still involving historically educational stools. As reported in May, there are several options of place-based learning programs to choose from in the Hudson Valley.

Teaching the Hudson Valley, an organization that offers grants and lesson plans to promote outdoor learning, will host a three-day place-based learning institute with over 20 workshops, half a dozen field experiences, and several Hyde Park tours. Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom, a celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, will run from July 26 to 28 at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. The institute will feature talks by Andrés Henríquez, vice president, STEM Learning in Communities, and musician T.K Blue who will also play excerpts from his suite “Follow the North Star,” based on the life of Solomon Northup, whose story was told in the book and movie 12 Years a Slave. A panel discussion, Communities as Classrooms, with elected officials Torrance Harvey, Newburgh City Council; Steve Noble, mayor of Kingston; and Chris Pryslopski, Rosendale Town Board will be held on July 28.

Although designed for teachers, all are welcome to attend. For more information and to register visit teachingthehudsonvalley.org.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Club D'Elf Brings World Psychedelia to Kingston

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Club DElf
  • Club D'Elf

I’ve caught Boston’s Club D’Elf several times, and they’ve never failed to blow my mind. Trippy, trance, dub-jazz with exotic Moroccan flavors courtesy of leader and bassist Mike Rivard’s (Morphine) mastery of the three-string North African sintir. The collective is set to trip-no-tize BSP on July 15, and for the occasion they’ll be joined by local keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Formed in 1998, Club D’Elf draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, Moroccan gnawa, hip hop, psychedelia, electronica, avant-garde, and dub. The band’s special guest players over the years have included Marco Benevento, Billy Martin, Ryan Montbleau, Morphine’s Mark Sandman, Marc Ribot, and others. Their latest studio CD, Electric Moroccoland/So Below, had elicited glowing reviews.

Immerse your head in this 2013 performance of the piece “Sand”:

Club D’Elf will perform at BSP in Kingston on July 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Roosevelt Dime Rolls into Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Roosevelt Dime
  • Fatima Talib
  • Roosevelt Dime

All plucked strings and high harmonies, Brooklyn-based Americana band Roosevelt Dime are a hard-touring, freight-hopping, road-burning music-making machine. Hitting the club and festival circuit year-round, the group gigs “from New York City’s Union Square to the California coast.” On July 10, the quartet is set to bring their hot-hootenanny shenanigans to the Towne Crier.

Just out is the group’s seventh release, Red Shoes, a self-financed, six-song EP that features three band originals and covers of Tom Petty, Bob Marley, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (?!).

Get a load of the band live in a basement in Rockaway Beach:

Roosevelt Dime will perform at the Towne Crier in Beacon on July 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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