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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Place to Bury Strangers to Play Free Show in Beacon

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A Place to Bury Strangers
  • A Place to Bury Strangers

Quinn’s keeps on killing it with the awesome rock and jazz gigs lately (recall the recent dates from the Fleshtones, Joe McPhee, and others). The winning streak continues this month with a free (!) show by New York noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, who take over the Beacon restaurant/nightery on March 7.

Formed in 2003, the trio—whose name is often abbreviated APTBS—throws up an epic wall of roaring, shoegazey, psychedelic space rock, which thus far has been blasted across four studio albums and a spate of EPs. The band’s latest full-length is 2015’s Transfixiation, which was released on the uber-hep Dead Oceans label.

Immerse yourself in the official video for the Transfixiation track “Straight”:

A Place to Bury Strangers will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, with 100 And Zero and MSL on March 7 at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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Documentary Screening of "Newtown" at SUNY New Paltz

Followed by a panel discussion

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM


December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. This is the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history. “Newtown” is a documentary filmed over the course of three years by award-winning filmmaker Kim A. Snyder, to show the aftermath of such a massive attack. The film explores what happens to a community after it becomes the center of a national discussion, and what is still left to cope with after the cameras leave. Snyder uses never before heard testimonies to tell the story of the Sandy Hook community traumatized with grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnects to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

SUNY New Paltz will be doing a screening of the documentary on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm in Lecture Center room 102. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lisa Phillips, associate professor of journalism and a native of Newtown. Due to the difficult subject matter SUNY New Paltz will have a quiet room set up with members of their Counseling Center for attendees to use throughout the screening and the panel discussion.

Watch the trailer for "Newtown" below.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunflower Art Studios’ Classes

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of Sunflower Art Studios

Last Friday, kids gathered on an unseasonably warm afternoon at the Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner for an artist reception. The young artists had been set up with palette, tabletop easel, and canvas, during five-week sessions, to draw, sketch, color, paint, collage, and even build, sculpt, and craft.  Their works were being displayed, and remain there now, to celebrate the first year of after school art programs at Sunflower Art Studios.

Located in the hamlet of Gardiner, Sunflower Art Studios supports kids in grades K-5 as they practice with a variety of media and creative techniques, and explore various artistic styles and art historical influences. The Studio grew out of the Sunflower Art Festival held nearby each August, and also offers painting parties, adult art opportunities, and yoga classes. The art programs are designed with purpose to build problem-solving skills, creativity, and community. With a firm belief that art in any form heals, Sunflower Art Studios provides space for people to thrive. The after school art classes are small, so instructors can individually nurture each artist’s vision and creativity. New for the spring session is an advanced painting workshop on Wednesdays, where students work the same painting for all five weeks.

Founder Liz Glover says, “It has been such a joy for Andrea Stetson and me to engage with these amazing kids in this after school program. They bring such love and light to each class, and it is so exciting to see them bloom!”
Sunflower Art Studios’ 5-week After School Art Program at 120 Main Street in Gardiner: Tuesdays-Thursdays; $150 for the series or $35 per class. There are just four spots left in Session 2, which starts March 7th, or register now for Session 3, which starts on May 2nd. Drop off at the studio or register with the New Paltz School District for bus drop off from Duzine and Lenape schools. Visit their website or call (845) 419-5219 for further information.

A non-profit arts organization, Sunflower Art Studios is committed to bringing visibility and accessibility to the arts without economic division, and offers sibling discounts, scholarships, free art events, and mentorship programs.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blueberry Goes '80s Retro with New Track

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Blueberry

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from one of our favorite Hudson Valley soul rockers, Blueberry (AKA Gwen Snyder Siegal)—but with two young children under her wing, it’s not hard to understand why. So it was nice to learn last week that as of this month Ms. B is back on the pop map with a new digital single.

Although Snyder-Siegal is herself a fine songwriter, her newly unveiled track is a cover tune: a lush remake of the Psychedelic Furs’ 1982 hit “Love My Way.” Check it out:

“Love My Way” by Blueberry is available for download at iTunes and other online locations:

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tin Horn Uprising Makes a Joyful Noise

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Tin Horn Uprising
  • Tin Horn Uprising

The current political climate has launched a wave of protest not seen in America since the 1960s, and with the advent of the Internet displays of dissent are being manifested in all kinds of creative ways. But although petitions, direct correspondence with governmental representatives, letters to publication editors, boycotts, and other methods can be very effective tools for getting the point across, old-fashioned, nonviolent, boots-on-the-ground/sign-in-the-hand public rallies and marches are still imperative. And if you’re marching, how great is it to have a stirring live musical soundtrack? Enter the local activist brass marching band Tin Horn Uprising.

Recalling the revolutionary brass bands of Europe and named in honor of the Tin Horn Rebellion, which took place in upstate New York during the 1839-1946 Anti-Renter movement, the Kingston-based collective “support[s] actions, marches, rallies, and events across the Hudson Valley.” Perhaps, like me, you're among the thousands of protestors at recent anti-Trump and pro-Affordable Care Act rallies in New Paltz, Kinderhook, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and other Hudson Valley cities who've been uplifted and inspired by their jubilant din.

“We are currently looking for opportunities to join your work, and are always looking for new band members—which includes banner holders, dancers, puppeteers, and flag wavers,” says the open-to-all band’s website. “As we step into this New Year and new regime, we ask you to dust off your clarinet, trombone or marching snare-drum, pull your high school marching band uniform from the attic, and once again sound the call for political action with us.”

Here’s a link to Tin Horn Uprising’s Facebook page, which has videos of the group in action at various gatherings:


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Not Your Mother’s Skating Rink

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Skating at Wood'n Wheel
  • Skating at Wood'n Wheel

For parents who grew up in the era of roller skating birthday parties to the rhythm of Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson, it’s a roll down memory lane to bring the family roller skating now. What might feel different, though, is how the Hudson Valley roller skating scene has grown into family fun centers that specialize in live action gaming. You can still host a child’s birthday party at them, but there’s also so much more.

Several of my own childhood birthday parties happened at Wood’n Wheel in Port Ewen, which celebrates its 43rd year of business this October. Adding to the maple wood rink, DJ, arcade, and snack bar, they now offer indoor laser tag, a rock wall, a gyroscope, and bumper cars, so your kids can put those couch cushions down and get their winter energy out somewhere else. On most Saturday mornings, there’s a special Tyke Time where kids ages six and under get free reign to navigate the skating floor on their own terms. Wood N Wheel has the traditional four-wheel skates, as well as inline skates. And they offer rolling frames to help new skaters get their footing without falling flat. Outdoor attractions are also available seasonally and weather permitting, so it’s a fun center that families can enjoy year-round.
Wood’n Wheel Family Fun Center at 365 Route 9W in Ulster Park: roller skating is $9.50-11 per person per session, not including skate rental, and less for other attractions; open weekends. For more info, visit their website.

Downstate in Orange County, the Castle Fun Center is a 10,000 square foot roller skating rink with light and sound shows. They incorporate raffles, games, and prizes into skating sessions, and guests are welcome to bring their own skates or rent quads and roller blades. New skaters can sign up for Beginners Skate Lessons on Thursday nights and Saturdays, which are free with paid skate session. Also in the park is a restaurant and pub, laser maze, and the Ballocity arena where all ages can blast floor canons and balance balls on jets of air. The Castle also hosts the Empire State Roller Derby for practices and games.
The Castle Fun Center at 109 Brookside Avenue in Chester: roller skating is $6-9 per person per session with $3.50-4.50 rentals, and varying prices for attractions; pre-load a Castle Card, which is good for all attractions and entertainment and never expires; Thursday Skate Sessions are just $1, and all activities are half-price on Wednesdays; open seven days a week. Visit their website for details.

Like that? Check out Hyde Park Roller Magic and Skate Time 209, too.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Richard Barone Performs in Beacon This Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Richard Barone
  • Richard Barone

Richard Barone is the front man of one of my favorite bands of the early 1980s, the Bongos, and although he makes his home in New York, he’s no stranger to the Hudson Valley. Besides occasionally performing up here, he still works from time to time with Bongos bassist Rob Norris, who lives in Accord. On Sunday, Barone returns to the region for an engagement at the Towne Crier.

As an acclaimed singer-songwriter both with the Bongos and as a solo artist, Barone is well aware of the roots of his craft, and he mines that well deeply on his newest album, Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s. As you might surmise, the self-released set is a collection of songs originally recorded in that musically glorious decade by songwriters contemporaneous with the Village scene. Among the artists covered by Barone for the album are Dion, Fred Neil, the Velvet Underground, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Tim Hardin, and, of course, Bob Dylan.

Here, from Sorrows & Promises, Barone and guest players the Kennedys perform Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bleecker Street”:

Richard Barone will perform with Peter Calo and Chris Brown at the Towne Crier in Beacon, New York, on February 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (845) 855-1300 or visit http://www.townecrier.com/.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Brian Dewan Sings Love Songs in Catskill Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brian Dewan
  • Brian Dewan

Today being Valentine’s Day ’n’ all, if you and your significant other don’t already have any specific plans for the occasion—or even if you do—you should head on up to the Exchange House in Catskill tonight. Why? Because there a real sweet treat awaits: Lovable local Brian Dewan will be holding forth with a program he describes as “songs of love and unruly passions.”

The eccentric Dewan, who I had the pleasure of profiling for Chronogram way back in 2008, is one of our regional treasures. In addition to being the inventor of a growing raft of handmade analog synthesizers and other instruments, he’s a hugely entertaining singer-songwriter and musician (he plays accordion and electric zither) and a collector and performer of arcane songs from various eras.

Enjoy this 2012 rendition of his song “Sick Day”:

Brian Dewan will perform at the Exchange House at 354 Main Street, Catskill, New York, on February 14 at 7pm. For more information, call (646) 399-0983.

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Monday, February 13, 2017


Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Michael Grant with preschoolers - COURTESY OF THE RED HOOK PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • courtesy of the Red Hook Public Library
  • Michael Grant with preschoolers

Michael Grant set some shoeboxes, sealed with rubber bands, inside the circle of preschoolers. He showed the kids a collection of loose objects, and asked the kids to guess which were hiding inside each sealed shoebox. Each guess was a hypothesis and each preschooler, a scientist. They compared the objects and boxes, exploring the sounds, feel, and weight of each. Then they learned if their hypotheses were supported, as they opened each box to reveal what was inside.

This is Kidology, a new program for kids ages 2-5 (though toddlers enjoy it, too) at the Red Hook Public Library, which happens every Tuesday morning. Pairing kids’ natural curiosity with the scientific method through science-inspired songs, stories, crafts, and games, Kidology offers a new subject each week on topics ranging from animal classification to light physics. “The idea for Kidology is that it’s never too early to start learning about science,” says Library Director Dawn Jardine. “Even if they’re very young, you can still introduce them to the scientific method.”

Grant, who taught at the Wayfinder Experience prior to becoming a librarian at Red Hook, is practiced in working with kids through different modalities and access points. He gets on the floor, incorporates role play, and isn’t afraid to dance or sing.

Science education is an active focus for the Red Hook Public Library. Jardine and a colleague received a grant to train last year at the Lunar Planetary Institute, and they’ve been bringing that enthusiasm and knowledge back to library patrons ever since. The library runs regular science programs for homeschoolers on Thursdays, and are always increasing their already large collection of science-related books and resources for families. The library will offer more science camps this summer, like last year’s camp about Mars. And this May, the library will create a mini-museum display to showcase a recent donation of memorabilia from the Apollo space missions to share with the public.

Kidology at the Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook: Tuesdays at 10:30a; free and open to all; no sign-up necessary. In case of inclement weather, check the library’s Facebook page for updates on programming. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241 or visit their website.

Look for the Red Hook Public Library’s solar eclipse celebration this August! The solar eclipse happens on August 21st, 2017.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hudson Event Focuses on Vintage Indian Music and Live Rock

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM


On Tuesday’s memorial to local musician Jeremy Kelly, I referenced one of his performances at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale and the Hudson shop's role as a crucible of cool music. By dint of pure timing, today I’m compelled to tell you about a very highly recommended event at the bookstore/bar/music venue, which happens there tomorrow, February 10: a presentation by author and musicologist Rob Millis about his new book/CD set Indian Talking Machine followed by live performances from PGsix, Decimus, and Millis himself.

Indian Talking Machine focuses on impossibly rare 78rpm records of Indian music that Millis discovered himself during a year he spent in India as a Fulbright researcher. Sublime Frequencies, a West Coast label that is, arguably, today’s most vital chronicler of arcane ethnic music, is the perfect home for such a project—a 244-page hardbound book featuring “over 300 photographs [and] two CDs of music from shellac discs spanning the years 1903 to 1949 collected in India and compiled by the author; virtuoso instrumental recordings, jaw-dropping vocal renditions, folk music, comedy recordings, even animal impressions, none of which have ever been issued in digital form.”

Here’s a promo trailer for the book:

“Double Header: Sublime Frequencies’ Rob Millis + Rock!” will take place at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, New York, on February 10 at 7pm. First, Millis will show video pertaining to Indian Talking Machine and discuss the book. Performances by PGsix, Millis, and Decimus will follow. Admission is $10. For more information, call (518) 671-6006 or visit http://www.thespottydog.com/.

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