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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Pauline Oilveros

This past Friday, we lost pioneering composer, musician, teacher, philosopher, and long-time Kingston resident Pauline Oliveros. Her work as a boundary-shattering artist was reflected by her life as a staple presence within the international creative music community and the hyper-local arts pockets of the Hudson Valley as well. Besides being one of modern music’s true, Nobel Prize-worthy mavericks—in terms of musical importance, as a representative from her own field, the avant-garde, she belongs right alongside her fellow area giants Pete Seeger, Sonny Rollins, and Levon Helm—she was always an incredibly kind, sincerely attentive, and caring person whenever I was lucky enough to bump into her around the area.

Here’s a link to a profile I did of Pauline for our April 2009 issue:


Here’s one of her most famous pieces, 1967’s “Bye Bye Butterfly”:

Pauline Oliveros is survived by her partner of many years, Ione, and the eternally resonating legacy of her Deep Listening Institute organization. She will be greatly missed by me and many, many others.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

KUBA’s Annual Snowflake Festival

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Kingston Uptown Business Association

Santa Claus is coming to town on Friday, December 2nd, during Kingston Uptown Business Association’s (KUBA’s) Annual Snowflake Festival, and he’s arriving in an historic fire truck. On the festival’s main stage on the corner of Wall Street and John Street in uptown Kingston, there will be all sorts of performances to celebrate his arrival, including Music Together, the Center for Creative Education’s Energy and Pook performers, the Coleman High School Chorus, the Kingston High School Brass Band, and Ukraine Dancers.

The Snowflake Festival is the centerpiece of uptown’s holiday season and KUBA’s grateful gift to the community. Festival-goers can stroll the streets to the sound of Victorian Carolers and explore local shops and businesses who offer crafts, hot chocolate, and cookies. You might see The Ice-Man as he creates snowflake displays with dancing lights and music, or Mrs. Claus performing her holiday magic show with puppets, or The Heat-Mizer who juggles fire.

When you need a warm place to land, head to the Fireman’s Museum at 266 Fair Street, where they’ll be handing out treats and chatting up Kingston’s historic firemen’s heritage. At the Senate House at 296 Fair Street will be fixtures from all your favorite songs: a specially-decorated winter wonderland, carolers, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, hot apple cider, and a horse drawn carriage that you can ride! Visit with Santa in the Yorker Barn and grab a tour of the Loughran House, filled with seasonal decorations.

The Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) presents the Annual Snowflake Festival in the Historic Stockade Business District of Uptown Kingston: Friday, December 2nd, from 6-8p; free! Make reservations soon to eat at one of the many delicious uptown restaurants that evening.

Don’t miss the child’s bicycle raffle at the main stage!
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Rock Photo Exhibit on View in Albany

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Patrick Harbron
  • Prince

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photographer Patrick Harbron has spent his life chronicling some of rock and pop’s biggest acts, among them the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince, to name a fraction. This month “Rock & Roll Icons,” an exhibit of Harbron’s greatest images, opened at the Albany Institute of History and Art.

A Toronto native, Harbron has seen his work featured on hundreds of album covers and in such publications as Time, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and People and has published three books of his stunning photography.

Below are some scenes of the exhibit:



“Rock & Roll Icons: Photographs by Patrick Harbron” is on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art now through February 12. For more information, call (518) 463-4478 or visit http://www.albanyinstitute.org/.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stompin' RiffRaffs Smash it Up in Marlborough Wednesday Night

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Stompin RiffRaffs
  • The Stompin' RiffRaffs

When it comes to the American innovation known as garage rock, no other culture seems to appreciate it quite like the Japanese. Besides being such intensely studious and slavish fans of the genre, as they are with other styles ranging from rockabilly to jug band music, the garage nuts in the Land of the Rising Sun have taken their artistic appreciation to high-art extremes—resulting in the formation of some of the wildest, most enjoyably cartoonish garage bands to ever step on a fuzz box and overload an amplifier. Case in point, the Stompin’ RiffRaffs, who kick their way into the Falcon this Wednesday.

The inspired, costume-clad outfit hails from Tokyo and mashes together 1950s rock ’n’ roll with 1960s garage, surf, and frat rock, and modern psychobilly—with the odd squeak, squeal, and squall of sci-fi Theremin. Big fun ensues.

Don’t believe me? Watch this live rendition of the group’s “Knock Down”:

The Stompin’ RiffRaffs and special guests the Gold Hope Duo will perform at the Falcon in Marlborough, New York, on November 23 at 7pm. Donation requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

“A Gilded Age Christmas” Returns to Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM


Ribbons, lights, and other festive arrangements deck the halls of the Beaux-Arts style mansion at Staatsburgh State Historic Site during the return of their annual holiday event, “A Gilded Age Christmas."

Owned by New York socialite and "Four Hundred" member Ruth Livingston Mills and her financier and philanthropist husband Ogden Mills, this Gilded Age glory is a testament to a lifestyle that centered around entertainment and opulence. A 1895 renovation by McKim, Mead, and White expanded the structure to its now monolithic 79-room size, a transformation that inspired their close friends and neighbors in Hyde Park to do the same—The Vanderbilts.

The site will hold special evening hours Friday, December 9 from 6 to 8pm, with live music, costumed tours by interpreters, and seasonal shopping in the museum gift shop. Walk through oak, marble, and silk-damask lined rooms and imagine yourself as a guest of the family, enjoying a piece of history with a holiday touch.

Staatsburgh will open for their holiday season Friday, November 25. Take a tour Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4pm (last entry at 3:30pm) through December 31. The site will close Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

The site will reopen for extended after Christmas tour hours Monday through Saturday in the last week of December from noon to 4pm.

For the kids, the annual Holiday Whodunit program is back, a fun way to explore the site every Saturday (except for Christmas) beginning on November 27 from 1 to 4 pm. Imagine the mystery game Clue, but in a real life holiday setting.


Another fun and interactive program for kids is the mansion’s mouse house craft workshop. This crafting activity allows participants to get creative. The completed projects will be on display, hidden throughout the mansion for the holiday season. Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 beginning at 10 am. Tickets are $8 per child, $15 per family (up to three children). Reservations are required, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Site admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit their site or call (845) 889-8851. The mansion is located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park.

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A Small Batch Gift Guide for the Holidays

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo

With a host of local makers’ fairs well under way and still to come, and so many artisans utilizing online shopping options like storefront websites and Etsy (the vendor names below all link to their sites), it's easy to find the perfect gift made locally. Use these ideas to inspire your finds at upcoming gatherings like Basilica Farm & Flea during Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th-27th, Fiberflame’s Annual Craft Fair on December 4th, the Hudson Valley Farm & Flea on November 26th, and Made in Kingston on December 8th. It’s a small batch gift guide featuring vendors from last weekend's Hudson Valley Hullabaloo, for gifting that's sure to please everyone on your list.

Inspiration for Gifting Teens
Try posters and t-shirts like the ones from Thorneater Comics with up-to-date designs like an image of Eleven from Stranger Things and an original "Water is Life" logo. Or t-shirts with local themes like Catskill trail signage and maps of Kingston by Boneshaker. Ali Herrmann makes beautiful handmade artisan jewelry using art transfers and upcycled materials. And Pipi Cucu has handbags on sturdy canvas with whimsical wording in pretty fonts.

Inspiration for Gifting Kids & Babies
Look for dollies by Cindy Hoose and stuffies by Petit Felts for loveys. So Handmade offers construction- and train-themed play mats, crayon rolls, tooth fairy pillows, and wands that are all screen printed at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale and hand sewn. Decorate their space with laser-cut, animal silhouette nightlights and mobiles from Tiny Little Nest. And Mountain Honey Clothier makes finger puppets and adorable animal-ear bonnets.

Inspiration for Gifting Teachers
Affordable, handmade soaps, bath fizz, beard oils, and lip butters by Hudson Naturals let you buy in quantity. Likewise, notecards, notepads, and coasters from Wishbone Letterpress are stylish and useful. Phoenicia Honey Co. has salves, little pots o’ honey, and gift boxes. And the syrups (for cocktails, soda, and ice cream) and organic jams made by Maya, her mom, and grandma using fruit from their organic orchard at Maya’s Jams are truly delicious.

Inspiration for Guys’ Gifting
Go to Fellow Well Met for vintage neckties, colorful shoe laces, tie clips, and other striking accessories. The Snobby Farmer collection of soy candles and lip balm from Tess & James bring a smile.

Inspiration for Ladies’ Gifting
It's a treat to find all natural, organic skincare without the BS, like the line from Body Stuff, which offers well-priced gift sets. Bags and pouches are always a hit, especially the ones by Silke Jacobs. And the porcelain architectural vases, bud vases, and faceted coffee mugs by l&m studio are just gorgeous.

Inspiration for Everyone Gifting
Specialty spice blends and rubs by Rockerbox come in a variety of sizes, as well as gift packs. Literally the world’s best chocolate is made right here by Fruition. And luggage tags from Jay Teske Leather Co. are so stylish.

Happy holiday shopping!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Norman Rockwell Museum: Saturday Morning Cartoons and Conversations

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Take yourself back to a simpler time. The Norman Rockwell Museum presents this Hanna-Barbera themed event, featuring screenings and talks on the animation duo’s significance in American cable culture.

The exhibit features original animation art, sketches, model sheets, photos, toys, commercial products and other archival material from the studio. An immersive and interactive sound-effect installation will be onsite.

Listen to the futuristic sounds from “The Jetsons,”(pasted for your listening pleasure below) or take it back to the stone ages with sounds from “The Flintstones.”

In keeping with the exhibit’s title, there will be a Saturday morning cartoon screening from 10am to 12pm, showing Hanna-Barbera classics like “Tom and Jerry,” “The Yogi Bear Show,” “Jonny Quest,” “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” and “Challenge of the Superfriends.” A continental breakfast will be included—pajamas are optional. The cartoon screenings are free with Museum admission, or $5 for the cartoon programs only.

Later in the day from 2 to 3pm, guests can explore Hanna-Barbera’s “Golden Age” from 1958 to 1969 through a museum-led discussion. Curator Jesse Kowalski will discuss the studio’s development of the Saturday morning cartoon culture. The talk is included with Museum admission, $10 for the program only.

Admission to the museum is $18, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, $6 for children, free for members, children under 5, and military personnel. Saturday, November 19th. The “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning” exhibition will be on view through May 29th. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Nrm.org.

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Diamond Head Pummels Poughkeepsie on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Diamond Head
  • Diamond Head

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal—or NWOBHM, for short—is the name affixed to the hard rock movement that began in the late-1970s UK underground and exploded in the early 1980s via Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, and others. Sadly, Diamond Head, who come to the Chance this Saturday, never hit the commercial heights of the above acts. But the pioneering band nevertheless remains one the period’s most influential outfits, and today is spoken of in seriously reverent tones by devout, deep-digging metal heads.

Diamond Head was formed 40 years ago and is perhaps best known for being a major early influence on Metallica, who recorded four of the group’s songs: “Am I Evil,” “Helpless,” “The Prince,” and “It’s Electric.” “If it wasn’t for Metallica,” said Brian Tatler, the group’s lead guitarist, “Diamond Head would not have had this second wind.”

Here’s a vintage clip of Diamond Head performing “Am I Evil”:

Diamond Head will perform with Fiction, Pitch Black Sunrise, and the Greg Woods Band at the Chance in Poughkeepsie on November 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $17. For more information, call (866) 777-8932 or visit http://www.thechancetheater.com/.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Veteran Arts Showcase

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM


This showcase offers a series of events that celebrate veteran experience, alongside art’s ability to heal and bridge gaps in communication.

Veterans will exhibit their work to the public at the FDR Presidential Library/Wallace Center for three days, fostering self-expression, recovery from the aftereffects of war, and reconnection with civilian life through a variety of artistic mediums. Over 50 works of visual art like “Combat Papers,” veteran artwork on paper made from military uniforms, will be on display throughout the weekend.

An opening reception will be held Friday, November 18th at 5:30 pm. Veterans will present their work in a “Presentation of Colors,” and NYU Professor Peter Meineck will examine how ancient wars have illuminated understanding of more recent wars.


On Saturday, a writer’s workshop will be held for veterans and military families, followed by a series of performances and readings, including Jennifer Pacanowski of Warrior Writers, WWII veteran and writer Jay Wenk, and singer Fred Nagel. A discussion with the artists will also be held, offering a chance to talk with the veterans about on how the arts impact trauma and healing. Stephan Wolfert will perform his one-man show “Cry Havoc,” which examines war’s effects on society and self using Shakespeare’s famous lines and speeches.

Core Stories, another civilian-veteran discussion, will be conducted on Sunday, along with a community drum circle and performance by Native American veteran Gil Tarbox and the Nimham Mountain Singers.

The Gallery opens Friday 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturday 10am-8:30pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm. FDR Presidential Library/ Wallace Center, Route 9, Hyde Park. November 18th to 20th. For more information, including schedule updates, visit Veteranartsshowcase.org.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

4th Annual Work:Shop Winter Market Returns to Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Work:Shop comes back to Beacon just in time for holiday shopping December 10th and 11th. If you want quality gifts with a local connection, check out this weekend long event showcasing a handcrafted selection of artisanal wares from 20 vendors.

Find a gift for the foodie, fashionista, home entertainer, alcohol connoisseur, and accessory aficionado. Here’s a sampling of some of the booths that will be onsite. The full list of vendors are on the event's website.

Beacon Bee, an all-natural skincare and beeswax based producer, will be onsite with their Beacon Bee Balm and newly released Baby Balm, offering some TLC from the season’s blustery winds. For those looking for the perfect vessel to hold their wine or spirits, Beacon’s Ten Willow Studio will be selling their malfatti glassware. Each piece is intentionally “misshapen” and hand blown to uniqueness, and is made of laboratory grade borosilicate glass. Wickham Solid Wood Studio offer a variety of shapes, shades, and styles in their sleekly modern wooden furniture. Beacon boutique Gwenno James will sell silk-screen print scarves, perfect for a burst of color on a gray winter’s day. Don’t forget the fuzzy family friends either: Kitty Jones will be onsite selling their cute and quirky cat-friendly creations.

The Holiday Homespun cafe will be serving hot cocoa, cookies, and savory snacks throughout the day as well, perfect for a pairing with the Denning’s Point Distillery samples at Work:Shop. Voted Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best Distillery in the Hudson Valley in 2015 and 2016, Denning’s Point will also have a booth in addition to their tastings.

A raffle with wares from the vendors will also take place, benefitting the Beacon Arts & Education Foundation.

Saturday, December 10th, 10am-6pm and Sunday, December 11th, 11am-5pm. Wickham Solid Wood Studio, 578 Main Street, Beacon. Workshopwintermarket.com.

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