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Monday, October 31, 2016

Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival

Red Hook and chocolate have a history. The Chocolate Factory on Elizabeth Street in the town of Red Hook was established in 1888 as a thriving, twenty thousand pound per day chocolate manufacturer. Until 1924, when refrigeration changed the face of the chocolate business and many local factories were forced to close. Red Hook's factory was sold to the Walker Candy Company which closed in 1932. The factory had other uses, was abandoned, and then resurrected in 1995 as The Chocolate Factory, an office and retail space that currently houses a wide variety of small businesses. One of its newest tenants, Arts at the Chocolate Factory, will host performances during the third annual Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival, a celebration of small village charm, history, and chocolate, being held on Saturday, November 5th, throughout the village. And with a chocolate theme, multiple happenings, and a walkable locale, it’s the perfect thing to explore with the kids.

Organized by the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce, the annual event highlights the town’s beautiful downtown shopping area and the many locally-owned shops there. TasteBudds Chocolate Café on Market Street will kick off the day at 11a with a chocolate-tasting demo with resident chocolatiere and master pastry chef Dan Budd. It’s a lesson on how to taste chocolate, and then visitors can practice with a wide variety of different chocolates located in stores throughout the village.

Check out the Chocolate Wars in a tent on North Broadway, where four teams of girls from the local soccer team, “Vortex”, will compete from 1:30-3:30p for money towards their trip to England by decorating a chocolate dessert. A Chocolate Bomb Skateboard contest is held at 1p at the center of the Red Hook intersection and open to all ages. Sign up at the Boardroom. Stop in at the Red Hook Public Library on South Broadway for the Chocolate Olympics: chocolate jenga, chocolate Pictionary, a whopper relay, M&M sorting, and more. And don’t miss the Fun-Do at the Historic Elmendorph Inn on North Broadway for history, music, and chocolate from 1:30-3:30p. “We would love the name of Red Hook to be synonymous with Chocolate,” says Red Hook Chamber of Commerce President, Sean Jones.

The 3rd Annual Red Hook & the Chocolate Festival is held throughout the village of Red Hook: Saturday, November 5th, 2016; 11a-5p; free (food from vendors and restaurants not included). Pick up a map from a minion! For more info contact Kimberley McGrath at info@redhookchamber.org / (845) 758-0824. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

Keep an eye out for Willy Wonka and some oompah-loompahs!
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Johnny Irion Releases Anti-Trump Track, Returns to Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Johnny Irion

Last year, I profiled Western Massachusetts singer-songwriter Johnny Irion to tie in with launch of his latest band, U.S. Elevator. This week, Irion is back on my radar, thanks to an upcoming show at Club Helsinki and the release of a timely track that finds U.S. Elevator collaborating with Mack McCaughn of Superchunk and Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips: “Old Man Trump,” a recording that sets some lost Woody Guthrie lyrics to original new music.

The lyrics to “Old Man Trump” were written by Guthrie in 1950, when the folk icon was living in Brooklyn as a slam against his landlord Fred C. Trump, the father of Donald Trump. Discovered by scholar Will Kaufman, they suggest that the elder Trump discriminated against the African Americans who wanted to be tenants of the Coney Island housing complex in which Guthrie was renting an apartment. Irion is well qualified to sing Guthrie songs, as his wife and erstwhile performing partner is none other than Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody’s granddaughter.

Take a gander at this video for the recording:

Johnny Irion will open for and perform with Chatham County Line at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on November 5 at 9pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://helsinkihudson.com/index.html.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shonen Knife at Quinn's in Beacon

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 4:26 PM


The original Japanese indie band, pop-punkers Shonen Knife have been slicing their way through the underground scene for the last 35 years. The Osaka trio counts Sonic Youth and Nirvana among their most evangelical followers, and, much to megafan Kurt Cobain's delight, they supported Nirvana on the Seattle legends' 1991 breakthrough tour. With a chirpy, crunchy bubblegum sound that cheerily pulls from the Ramones, the Beach Boys, '60s American girl groups, and '70s UK glam pop, the threesome was cofounded in 1981 by guitarist and singer Naoko Yamano and her sister Atsuko Yamano, who recently returned on bass to join Naoko and current drummer Risa Kawano. In April, Shonen Knife released their 20th album, Adventure, which in spots reprises the heavy metal influences they mined on 2014's Overdrive, although upbeat pop with cartoonishly happy lyrics remains the focus (see the optimistic "Jump Into the New World" and the surreally sunny Beatles pastiche "Cotton Candy Clouds"). On November 2 at 8pm, the iconic group will pay a wasabi-hot, small-venue visit to Beacon bistro Quinn's, whose savory Japanese fare should make them feel well at home. Local punk trio 100andzero will open. Tickets are $10. (845) 202-7447; Facebook/QuinnsBeacon.

While on the road during the early part of the band's US tour, Naoko Yamano took time out to answer a few questions via e-mail.

Shonen Knife has been a band for 35 years—congratulations! How do you feel when you think about that now?

I never counted by myself how many years Shonen Knife has been a band. If I count it, I dread to think of it. 

When you started, did you think you would still be playing this far in the future?

No! It's a miracle. 

Was there ever a time when you thought about stopping?

I never thought about stopping because being Shonen Knife became a part of my life. 

For you, what was the music scene like in Japan when Shonen Knife started and how is it different now?

When we started the band, there were not so many bands around there at that time. The style was simple: playing music instruments and sing[ing]. Now the number of bands [has] increased and music [genres have] increased too. [Voice synthesizer program] Vocaloid is very popular to Japanese teenagers. It is "create music by computer and make 3-D character to sing."

It seems like many Japanese bands are most influenced by American and British bands; are Japanese bands influencing other Japanese bands more now, or do they still listen more to American and British bands?

Many young Japanese bands don't listen to American or British music so much. Japanese music scene, especially major [label] scene, is isolated. Music economy turns around by itself in Japan because the Japanese market is huge. Many young Japanese bands are influenced by Japanese music. Japanese rock is different from [rock in] the West. 

What was it like to tour with Nirvana just as they were becoming really famous?

All of the members [were] gentlemen and we have good memories [of the tour]. I was surprised at their popularity. Kurt said that Shonen Knife is very unique, that we are the one and only. Anyway, I was just honored. 

It's been said that Nirvana covered your early song "Twist Barbie." How did it feel when you heard them play it?

Actually, I had no chance to hear it. I just told Kurt the guitar chords of it. I wish I could hear it. 

What do you like most about touring in America?

American fans are friendly and beds are big.  

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crossing Waters Screening and Immigration Discussion

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Current events contain similarities to the past. Poughkeepsie’s First Ward and its history of immigration will be the topic at a screening then follow-up discussion of a local award-winning documentary. Learn the area’s storied past in immigration by watching Crossing Waters, a documentary that chronicles the immigrant experience in late-19th and early-20th-century Poughkeepsie.

Around the turn of the 20th-century, Irish and Italian families faced economic hardship, cultural barriers, and nativism when arriving in the United States—all of which filmmaker Jane Watson uses to apply to immigration themes today. This documentary focuses on how immigration impacts community, taking a larger theme down to a local level. Through archival research and immigrants with descendants,the film merges history with person-to-person accessibility, the “human element” that can sometimes be left out of the stories documenting the waves of immigration. Crossing Waters has received awards at California’s Indiefest, the Spotlight Film Competition in Atlanta, and Best Short Documentary 2016 at the Mexico International Film Festival. Jane Watson, NYU film school graduate, is based in the Hudson Valley. Her previous work has involved newspaper photography in New York City, covering civil rights movements, police actions, and political life. Watson will be joined by The Nation article “What if the US Really Did Deport 11 Million People?” writer DW Gibson for the discussion following the film’s screening. October 28, 7pm at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Henry A. Wallace Center in Hyde Park.

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Big Thief Steals into Kingston and North Adams

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Big Thief
  • Big Thief

Folk rockers Big Thief’s hooky, lo-fi sound stole the heart off Conor Obert’s sleeve, leading to the earnest indie troubadour to release their new debut, Masterpiece, on his Saddle Creek label. Next month, in support of the optimistically titled album, the Brooklyn band comes to our area for two shows.

The quartet came together around the nucleus of singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker and guitarist-singer Buck Meek, who’d already been performing and recording as a duo when they added Max Oleartchik on bass and James Krivchenia on drums and Big Thief was born. Voted Best New Artist of 2016 by NPR listeners, the band toured Europe last year with Yuck and Eleanor Friedberger and supported Lucius and JD McPherson on Central Park’s SummerStage in September.

Here’s the group’s official video for the title track of Masterpiece:

Big Thief will open for Damien Jurado at BSP in Kingston on November 3 at 7pm (tickets are $15; for information, visit http://bspkingston.com/) and headline at Mass MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Saturday, November 5 at 8pm (tickets are $10 for students, $12 advance, $18 day of, and $24 preferred; for more information, visit https://massmoca.org/.)

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Monday, October 24, 2016

HalloWoodstock at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
  • Maybelle

What is it about Halloween that your kids love so much? If your answer is costumes, candy, and playing outside, more than all the scary stuff, then you’re in for a real Halloween treat. On Sunday, October 30th, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is marking the last day of their season with a not-so-spooky fall festival at their new location in High Falls.

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Started in 2004 with an abandoned rooster and a flock of chickens rescued from a factory farm, the sanctuary opened in the empty, unfenced hay field of Jenny Brown and Doug Abel in Woodstock. It grew quickly and is now situated in High Falls, where they host visitors on the weekends, volunteers to help care for the animals, and regional school group field trips. Tours educate people about farmed animals, with separate tours tailored to children available. “We try to make it a great learning experience for kids,” says Ashley Nester, the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Sanctuary. “Kids at a young age often do have that love for animals, so we encourage people to come here and hear about where food comes from.”

At HalloWoodstock, there won’t be any formal tours, but families can do a self-guided tour around the Sanctuary. There will be staff on hand at the barns, so people can ask questions, hear stories about the animals, and learn more about veganism. Or take the sanctuary on your own terms and just enjoy the animals, go on a hayride, paint pumpkins, and snack on desserts, candies, hot chocolate, and other eats from vegan food vendors. Wear a costume for trick-or-treating in the animal barns! (Boots might also be a good idea.)

HalloWoodstock at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, 2 Rescue Road in High Falls: Sunday, October 30th, 2016, rain or shine; 11a-4p; $10 adults/$5 kids in advance or $15 adults/$10 kids day of. Wear a costume at the event for $5 off day-of admission. Event proceeds directly benefit the Sanctuary’s rescue, shelter, and outreach work for farmed animals. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website or call (845) 247-5700.
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Artist’s New Work Forum Presents: “I Do Too” by Nina Shengold

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 4:00 AM


This newly released screenplay by Nina Shengold is about a wedding that is nothing if not non-traditional. A staged reading of the show directed by Janet Grillo will be presented October 26, at Rosendale Theatre.

The comedy takes the audience into the life of a single woman, who plans on marrying her soulmate after attending her brother’s nontraditional wedding. This mystery soulmate’s name? He doesn’t have one. Why? He doesn’t exist. She plans her own nontraditional wedding, without the groom to top the cake. Enter a potential “Mr. Maybe-Right,” and hilarity ensues.

The reading will feature Mary Gallagher, Mikhail Horowitz, Robert Burke Warren, Hannah Munson, Tim Bruck, Dannah Chaifetz, and others as cast members.

Nina Shengold is a Writers Guild Award-winner for her teleplay Labor of Love, and has written other TV movies—Blind Spot, Unwed Father, and Double Platinum. She is also a non fiction and novel writer, and has written numerous plays, as well as work within theatre anthologies. She is a founding member of Ulster County’s theatre company Actors and Writers. Janet Grillo is an Emmy Award-winning producer and former studio executive, whose work includes the film Fly Away and HBO’s Autism: the Musical.

The show begins at 7:15 pm, admission is free. Rosendaletheatre.org.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Work Institute: Spring 2017 Fellowship

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM


The Good Work Institute is accepting applications for their next series of regional leadership development program sessions in Spring 2017.

The Good Work Institute focuses on shaping the world through teaching upcoming entrepreneurs or enterprises. Profit and non-profit combine, and a variety of those in the larger “working sphere” are welcome to apply— artists, religious leaders, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, intrapreneurs, and many more are all welcome.

The Good Work Institute believes that products, services, goods, and businesses should develop in sync with the natural world. They offer classes and workshops geared toward business developments in a holistic way, offering mental, physical, spiritual, and nourishing practices to their attendees.

The institute combines community activities with lessons and events to engage the body, mind, and spirit. Their curriculum threads include “Self: Compassion and Calling,” “Enterprise: Good Work Commitments and Plan,” and “Place: Leadership and Belonging.”

The Good Work: Hudson Valley Fellowship will meet two times a month for one to two day sessions throughout the Hudson Valley. Up to 30 fellows will be selected. Applications are due November 15, the fellowship begins January 11, 2015 and ends June 16, 2017.

For more information, visit their website.

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Hothouse Flowers Vocalist to Visit Red Hook

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Liam Ó Maonli
  • Liam Ó Maonli

Celtic rockers Hothouse Flowers made only a modest dent in early 1980s/late 1990s American college radio, but they’re certified gods in their home of Ireland, where their records have topped the charts and they’ve earned the patronage of Bono himself. Next month, the band’s frontman Liam Ó Maonli comes to Solas An Lae Studio in Red Hook for a special solo concert.

Besides playing keyboards and guitar in Hothouse Flowers, Ó Maonli is adept on the indigenous Irish frame drum known as the bodhran and, in addition to his seven studio albums with the band, has released two solo discs and acted in several films. He’s also fluent in Gaelic and performs many songs in that ancient Irish language.

Here he is singing the traditional “Carrickfergus” with fellow Flower Peter O’Toole in 2013:

Liam Ó Maonli will appear at Solas An Lae Studio at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, New York, on November 3 at 7pm. Conor Mac Diamarda will open and Solas An Lae Dance Company will also perform. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and teens). For more information, call (845) 876-5694 or visit http://www.solasanlae.com/The_Studio.html.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Second Annual Catskills Conf

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Now in its second year, the Catskills Conf comes back to the Hudson Valley October 21-23 at the Ashokan Center. The conference builds upon the success it experienced in its inaugural year and will bring together technologists from both the Hudson Valley and from New York City for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and, above all, immersion.

Speakers include Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, and Matthew Stinchcomb, the founder of the Good Work Institute and Executive Director at Etsy.org, who will speak to what it means to “do good work.” The founders of upstart companies such as Agrilyst, SoundingBox, and Field Company will also speak throughout the weekend.

Apart from the speakers, the conference will offer lively music and late-night entertainment, activities (including hard cider fermentation, instructional on botanical drawing, a plant foraging how-to, and blacksmithing), and plenty of opportunities to be inspired by the woods surrounding the venue.

For more information and tickets go to their Facebook page.

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