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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Woodstock Museum Free Film Festival

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 11:07 AM

The official poster for Woodstock Museum's Free Film Festival.
  • The official poster for Woodstock Museum's Free Film Festival.

While many are familiar with the Woodstock Film Festival, unbeknownst to some there is another local annual cinematic event: Woodstock Museum’s Free Film Festival.

Now in its 17th year, the Saugerties festival showcases films centered on a certain topic. This year, the theme is reality. Over thirty independent films will be screened including documentaries, dramas, and animations, spanning two theaters.

With a subjective theme like reality, the films displayed vary in severity and plot. While specific highlights are subjective to individual preference, with five films Wednesday to Sunday and even more on Monday, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Wednesday’s short AmericaAntiAmerica explores challenges that arise from burning a picture of the American flag as opposed to a real one.

Some films lean towards heavier subjects, exploring realities unfamiliar to most. Like Thursday’s The Runaway, which depicts an outlaw of thirty years recounting his experience before an execution.

And of course, the animated films get a creative with their plots: Clitorissima shows a child’s introduction to the clitoris through animated art.

80’s fanatics won’t want to miss Saturday’s 1984 Riding Into Hell, a documentary about the big-hair rock-n-roll scene, politics, celebrities of the times, pop culture, and more about the iconic 1984.

On Sunday, the animated film Sleepwalkers questions whether or not we’re truly awake, or just doing everything we’re told. Also on Sunday is The Existential Zombie, a zombie-apocalyptic thriller told from the zombies’ perspectives.

Labor Day offers ten screenings beginning at 12pm with The Learning Place, which follows an elderly woman on her journey to an elusive tree in an ancient cave. Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destructions, a Tokyo Godzilla flick, concludes the festival at 3:45pm.

Woodstock Museum Free Film Festival runs through Monday, September 5 at the Woodstock Museum in Saugerties. In addition to the films, live music will take place outside and refreshments will be served. The museum will be open regular hours—from noon to 4pm—for guided tours. While admission to the festival is free, donations are welcomed. For more information visit WoodstockMuseum.org or call 246-0600.

The Runaway (Official Trailer) from Benetone Films on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Brian Dewan Sings and Reads for Olana Tour

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM


Brian Dewan is one of the true treasures of the Hudson Valley music and arts scene—make that the American music and arts scene. The musician, composer, inventor, voice actor, artist, and folklorist, who I profiled for an enjoyable piece in 2009, is always up to something highly unique and interesting. Take the tour “Artful Hike: Church’s Letters and 19th-Century Ballads,” which the polymath is staging now through October 22 across the Hudson River from his Catskill home, at the home of another artist, painter Frederic Church’s Olana.

For the program, Dewan presents dramatic readings of significant period letters from Olana’s collection and performs songs from Church's era. Participants can stroll along the roads designed by Church that traverse the Olana estate as they contemplate his words and the words of his family and contemporaries. The tour is between 1 hour and 1 1/2 hours in length and measures approximately a mile.

Here’s a fascinating mini-documentary about Dewan from the website Cool Hunting:

“Artful Hike: Church’s Letters and 19th-Century Ballads” featuring Brian Dewan takes place at the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, on September 10 and October 8 and 22 departs from the visitor center at 3pm sharp (in case of rain, meet at the Wagon House education center). Tickets are $15 for Olana members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information, call (518) 828-0135 or visit http://www.olana.org/.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Howland Library’s Teen Scene

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

  • Courtesy of the Howland Public Library

Teens are all about gathering notches of experience on their belts. But they might not think of the library as the place to be. With art-making, special interest clubs, and even job training, the teen scene at the Howland Public Library in Beacon is hopping.

On Saturdays starting in October and running year-round, there will be art studios where teens can work with printmaking, image transfers, and upcycling (where discarded materials are transformed into works of art). Kids will experiment with etching, collage, and paper bead making. In Book Folding, Upcyclers recently used a technique similar to origami to create sculptures out of discarded books by folding pages into geometric shapes and patterns.

Also starting in October is a rotating roster of year-round clubs on Fridays. The UnPlugged Game Club is a chance to get away from the screen with friends. They’ll break out new and classic board games, card games, and good, old D&D. Teens can publish a DIY magazine in the Zine Club, or share their favorite movies in the Anime Club. At the Youth Advisory Committee, members can help shape the teen resources and programming at the library.

Beginning September 6th, the Spark Media Project will be running a 2-month media workshop called F.R.A.M.E., where teens ages 14-19 will create high-quality videos for the Cary Institute, the Beacon program’s client-partner. The six-week course will introduce participants to the world of professional media production and help them to gain workplace experience. Plus, Youth Producers receive a $100 stipend.

There’s even more coming to the Howland Public Library at 313 Main Street in Beacon, so check their events calendar, visit their website, or call Michelle Rivas at 845-831-1134 x. 101.

Like it? Check your local library for teen programming!
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bob Gluck Celebrates Miles Davis Book at Woodstock Event

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

Miles Davis
  • David Gahr
  • Miles Davis

In addition to being a highly creative pianist, electronic musician, and professor of music at Albany University, Bob Gluck is an accomplished author. His newest book is The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles, which he and his quartet will celebrate with a performance at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts on September 17.

In his new book, Gluck explores the music of the revolutionary Bitches Brew-era group—Davis’s first electric band—to illuminate a period of extraordinary transition in American music. For the concert, he’ll be joined by drummer Tani Tabbal, bassist Michael Bisio, and saxophonist Adam Siegel will play “freely drawn renditions of repertoire from the late 1960s Davis Quintet.”

Immerse yourself here in a 2015 solo performance by Gluck:

Bob Gluck will offer commentary on The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles and perform with Tani Tabbal, Michael Bisio, and Adam Siegel at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in Woodstock, New York, on September 17. The free event is presented by the Golden Notebook. For more information call (845) 679-2205 or visit http://www.goldennotebook.com/.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

English Beat Plays Connecticut Cancer Research Fundraiser

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


Whether you or someone you know has been directly affected by the disease or not, one thing everyone can agree on is this: Cancer is an enemy that we must beat. That reality is spelled out plainly in the name of Cancer Beat, a benefit concert and fundraising auction that takes place on September 17—it’s also a pun on the name of the headlining act, which is none other than 1980s ska revival greats the English Beat.

Spearheaded by neuropsychologist—breast cancer patient—Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, the event aims to raise awareness and raise funds for research to find a cure for cancer. In addition to being a mother and working doctor, Timlin-Scalera is the founder of the Cancer Couch Foundation and contributes to a blog, the Cancer Couch.

Cancer Beat will feature a “surprise celebrity emcee” and a live auction of guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen, Glenn Frey, and other items, along with the performance by the English Beat, who are seen here at their height in 1980:

Cancer Beat will take place at the Warehouse in Fairfield, Connecticut, on September 17 at 6:30pm. For ticket prices and other information, visit https://thecancercouch.com/.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Become a Global Family with AFS-USA

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

Sam Hollman, age 8, gives Johan Fridlund, age 18, a tour of the woods behind his house on Fridlund's first day with his American host family - JESSICA GREENSTEIN
  • Jessica Greenstein
  • Sam Hollman, age 8, gives Johan Fridlund, age 18, a tour of the woods behind his house on Fridlund's first day with his American host family

For 18-year-old Johan Fridlund, the New Paltz Youth Program was a lot of fun. There aren’t youth centers with teen programming like that in Fridlund's hometown of Våxjo, Sweden. For the year he spent in New Paltz, his social life also revolved around New Paltz high school, where he had a circle of friends and a girlfriend. His host mom, Jessica Greenstein, described the year as enriching for everyone. Her family and Fridlund shared different traditions, like celebrating Chanukah (a first for Fridlund) and hanging colored feathers on branches - a Swedish Easter tradition, which Greenstein’s two sons really enjoyed. Fridlund volunteered as a buddy in the Special Needs baseball team that Greenstein and her husband launched in New Paltz, and tried square and contra dancing, a favorite family activity. Fridlund knew English when he arrived last fall, but by the end of his stay, he was fluent.

Greenstein is a Community Outreach Specialist for AFS-USA, the organization that coordinated Fridlund’s student exchange experience. Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,100 US students abroad, provides $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,300 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers. In the Hudson Valley, there are AFS community activities like orientations, potlucks, sleepovers, community service with the American Legion, walking tours of NYC, and hikes. “Any type of family can host,” Greenstein says. “Single parents, families with no kids, traditional nuclear families, gay couples. Any size, shape, or form of family is welcome.”

Right now, it’s crunch time to place students before school starts in September (though AFS accepts host family applications year round). The deadline to participate for this school year is August 31, 2016. AFS high school exchange students will be arriving on September 8, 2016 and will be here until June 26, 2017. There are multiple options for hosting an AFS high school student: as a welcome family (the first 8 to 12 weeks); as a first semester family; or as an academic year family (September to June).

For more information about how to host an internationa student, go to the AFS hosting page. To learn more about study abroad or volunteering with AFS, call 800-AFS-INFO, visit their website, or contact local Hudson Valley AFS contact, Jessica Greenstein at jgreenstein@afsusa.org or tel: 845-594-7591.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oldtone Roots Music Festival Whoops It Up in Hillsdale

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

The Hayrollers
  • The Hayrollers

Good news, regional revelers: The outdoor music festival season isn’t quite over yet. The ever-growing schedule of exciting fests includes the second annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival in Hillsdale, which happens September 8-11.

Founded by area musicians Jim Wright, Kip Beacco, and Matt Downing, who have played in such popular roots-Americana acts as the Hunger Mountain Boys, the Lucky 5, Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops, and the Hayrollers, the camping-friendly festival promises performances by the Two Man Gentlemen Band, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, Jesse Lege, Bruce Molsky, Tuba Skinny, the Foghorn Stringband, and others, as well as contra, square, and swing dancing, workshops, classes, and other performances on its three stages. “We are creating a platform for traditional music to be experienced and enjoyed without all the trappings of larger festivals,” says Wright. “Oldtone Roots celebrates traditional acoustic music with a down-to-earth, inclusive, and welcoming vibe.”

Dig these scenes of last year’s festival:

The 2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival will take place September 8-11 at Cool Whisper Working Family Farm in Hillsdale, New York. Ticket prices vary. For a schedule and more information, visit http://www.oldtonemusicfestival.com/.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Grillsdale Comes to Hillsdale

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

What’s more American than grilling outside? Competition. Grillsdale, a new tasting event, invites eight regionally acclaimed chefs from Amenia to Chatham to sizzle up their grills in a friendly competition. Using locally sourced meat and produce from the Roe Jan’s region’s farms, the chefs will create small plates for attendees to enjoy.

Dafna's sliders
  • Dafna's sliders

The list of chefs includes notorieties: Josephine Proul of Philmont's Local 111; Chopped champ Dafna Mizrahi of Monte's Local Kitchen and Tap Room (Amenia); Jack Peele of Jacuterie (Ancramdale); Charlie Norman of 52 Main(Millerton); Justin Panzer of The Oakhurst Diner (Millerton), and Rob Scott of The Outlaw BBQ for The Mount Washington House (Hillsdale). David Wurth of Hillsdale’s Crossroads Food Shop will finish the eve off with a secret desert.

Outlaw BBQ Pork Loin
  • Outlaw BBQ Pork Loin

Rolo Scarpetti is the special guest of the evening. An Argentine with Italian descent, Chef Rolo Scarpetti runs Cocinero Nomade (which translates to The Nomad Cook) in Southern Brazil. A frequent visitor of the Hudson Valley during his off-season, Scarpetti has cooked at the Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale.

At Grillsdale, Scarpetti plans to cook Bondiola, an Argentine street food that consists of braised pork shoulder in a light bread. Charlie Norman will go “south of the border” with his mouthwatering Pork Belly Tacos. Vegetarians don’t fret—Justin Panzer will keep you satisfied with his farm-fresh-veggie mixed grill.

Scarpetti's Bondiola
  • Scarpetti's Bondiola

While judges John Markus (BBQ maven), Hillsdale Town Supervisor Peter Cipowski, Rory Chase (the Cheese maker), and Steven Abrams (CEO and owner of Magnolia Bakery and NYC JG Mellon) are some of the judges, attendees are also encouraged to cast their vote on the best-grilled item of the night.

The Hayrollers
  • The Hayrollers

In addition to the tasty treats, Grillsdale will feature live music throughout the night. The lineup includes local favorites like The HayRollers, The Magic Stones, and the Rattleslacks (with Chef Job Yacubian of The Farmer’s Wife).

Grillsdale 2016 will be take place on Saturday, August 27 at Roeliff Jansen Park Barn in Hillsdale from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. For more information, click here.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Camp Cripple Creek Celebrates The Band

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

The Band
  • Elliott Landy
  • The Band

Last week in this space I told you about the Welcome Campers music festival happening in the Berkshires later this month. For today’s Daily Dose, I wanted to make you aware of another area music-themed “camp” event: Camp Cripple Creek, a celebration of the music and history of The Band, which runs August 22-26 at Full Moon Resort.

Camp Cripple Creek is being hosted by repertoire group The Weight, which features former Band guitarist Jim Weider and percussionist Randy Ciarlante, keyboardist Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, and keyboardist/saxophonist Marty Grebb, who worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel. The camp will celebrate the legendary local Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group with concerts, performances, interactive workshops, teaching clinics focused on both music and history, and talks from industry professionals who were close at hand and will be “accompanied by plentiful on-stage jamming with the attendees, open jam rooms with backline equipment provided, [and] open mics and song-circles around the campfires.” Guest performers include Jackie Greene and Happy Traum, and there will be talks by Band producer John Simon and photographer Elliott Landy. The four-day program will wrap up with a visit to Big Pink, the sacred site of The Band’s 1967 work with Bob Dylan, and move on to Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock for a camp finale “family picnic”-style gourmet barbeque and a concert by The Weight and Friends.

Here, Weider and Grebb tell us a little about the camp:

Camp Cripple Creek will take place August 22-26 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Registration packages rune from $899 to $1,699, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the continuation of the concert series at Levon Helm’s Barn. For more information and a camp schedule, call (845) 254-8009 or visit http://www.campcripplecreek.com/.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Kingston's Night Market

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

  • Hillary Harvey

Kingston’s Night Market isn’t just a place to go shopping for handmade items like reclaimed wood cutting boards, pepper mills by PK Brown Woodworking, artful napkin holders by Michael Lalicki, one of a kind jewelry, artwork, syrups, and vintage clothing, it’s also a place to bring the kids.

Started a few years ago by a consortium of Rondout business owners, Night Market was created with a vision to host a pop-up street festival that would highlight neighborhood businesses and bring people together from all over the Hudson Valley. Held the third Friday of each summer month, it also provides community and connection with local artists and vendors. As families walk the stalls and peruse the stores, they’re tasting and listening to music and meeting new friends. It’s one of those events where you ultimately bump into people you know, and get to feel part of the whole Hudson Valley.

Working your way up Broadway from Gallo Park on the Rondout, you can grab some delicious dinner at food trucks and your favorite waterfront restaurants, and indulge in the most delicious ice cream you’ve ever tasted (seriously, get the chocolate) from the Just Good Eats Soda Fountain cart, where you can even mix flavors in your scoop. In the pocket park on the corner of Broadway and Abeel Streets, there’s live music each week and beautiful furniture from Milne’s At Home Antiques to rest upon. The stores on the strip participate with tastes and treats and deals, including Night Market bouquets from Hops Petunia. It’s a neighborhood event for the whole family that welcomes everyone as a neighbor.

Kingston’s Night Market, downtown Broadway on the Rondout in Kingston: third Fridays, June-September, 6-10p, free! The 2016 season is presented by Kingston Waterfront Business Association (KWBA) and Ulster County Tourism.

Don’t miss Night Market this Friday, August 19th. And make a weekend of it! Chronogram’s much-anticipated annual Block Party on Wall Street in Uptown Kingston is on Saturday, August 20th, from 4-11p (and beyond at BSP, so get a sitter for a late-night date).
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