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Monday, August 28, 2017

Ulster Alums

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Tara Bach's "Coral Rivers"
  • Tara Bach's "Coral Rivers"

Combining fluid abstractions by Tara Bach, colorful representative collage by Lois Cremmins, intricately designed insects by Cassiopeia Ottulich, three-dimensional clay forms by Kelli Sillik, and abstracted natural forms by Claudia Waruch and Patti Gibbons, the unifying theme in Ulster Alums, a new exhibition at Wired Gallery in High Falls, is the educational background of the exhibiting artists. All practicing artists who graduated from the Visual Arts program at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, the exhibition showcases the stylistic diversity and variety of media at play in the school’s art department. Ultimately, it’s a conversation among peers on the nature of inspired collaboration.

Over twenty years old, the Visual Arts program at SUNY Ulster offers a variety of classes in which aspiring artists can develop technique, critical thinking, visual literacy, and a knowledge of art history and artistic traditions under the tutelage of contemporary artists. Chaired by practicing artist Iain Machell, the Art Department connects students with artists like Josephine Bloodgood, the painter and Director and Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and Elizabeth Unterman, the photographer, curator, and former Education Coordinator at The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW).

For the curator of Ulster Alums, Cheyenne Rossler, an alumna herself, the Visual Arts program at SUNY Ulster was a launching pad. Working with the faculty on her own experimental abstract paintings (which are being exhibited), she was also a studio assistant at the school’s Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, and ultimately developed a concentration in gallery and museum work. Now, an aspiring curator pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art History at SUNY New Paltz, Rossler partnered with Wired Gallery on Ulster Alums to showcase the school’s contributions to the local arts community.

Wired Gallery is the project of curator Sevan Melikyan, a marketing professional and artist. Its program focuses on showcasing contemporary artists from the Mid-Hudson Valley with particular attention to Ulster County artists. The gallery achieves that mission by mounting exhibitions in its High Falls location, as well as at pop-up art spaces, fairs, festivals, and resorts. Melikyan’s work in the local arts scene has been touted by Art Society of Kingston, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, and Hudson Valley Magazine which awarded its Gunks Art Trail project “Best of” for New Arts Initiative.

Lois Cremmins's "98 and Humid"
  • Lois Cremmins's "98 and Humid"

Ulster Alums will be on display at Wired Gallery, 11 Mohonk Road in High Falls, from September 2nd-24th, with an artists’ reception sponsored by Stone Ridge Wines and Spirits on Saturday, September 2nd, from 5-7p. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kool Keith Chills in Woodstock on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Kool Keith
  • Kool Keith

A cofounder of Ultramagnetic MC’s, Kool Keith is known to his mom as Keith Thronton and known to the rest of the rap world by many other names: Dr. Octagon, Dr. Doom, Black Elvis, Dr. Ultra, Poppa Large, and Crazy Lou, to name a few. Hey, I'm rhymin' up in here. Anyway, the upstate production outfit Meltasia Presents will have the increasingly vital and revitalized Colony livin’ large this Saturday when the hip-hop legend himself headlines an unbelievable bill.

In addition to the likes of the legendarily eccentric MC, the evening will feature Velvet Underground-influenced North Carolina garage rockers the Nude Party, local psych lords It’s Not Night: It’s Space, New York punks Animal Show, and—just added—1970s Detroit soul legends Ultimate Ovation and the Force of Power Band and special guest DJ Jonathan Toubin (it’s JT's birthday, too, so look the heck out).

Here’s Kool Keith in a recent collaboration with MF Doom, in which our man ingeniously rhymes “hermaphrodite” with “pants too tight”:

Kool Keith, the Nude Party, It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Animal Show, Ultimate Ovation and the Force of Power Band, and DJ Jonathan Toubin will perform at Colony in Woodstock on July 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $23.64 via Eventbrite. For more information, (845) 679-7625 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1497251540348293/.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ameranouche Jazzes It Up in Rosendale and Bethel

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Ameranouche

Our Hudson Valley summer is about to get even hotter: This weekend, the acclaimed gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche will visit the region for sweltering performances at the Rosendale Cafe and Catskill Distilling Company.

Hailing from New Hampshire, Ameranouche features Richard “Shepp” Sheppard and Jack Soref on acoustic guitars and Michael Harrist on upright bass and stirs together strains of flamenco, bebop, traditional Turkish styles, and, naturally, the prewar gypsy swing pioneered by Django Reinhardt. The group has released five albums thus far, the latest being 2015’s Sun Shine Soul, and have elicited the admiration of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, who called them “a capture of joyfulness itself.”

Here’s a spicy spoonful:

Ameranouche will play at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on July 29 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/. The group will play at Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York, on July 30 at 4pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 583-3141 or visit http://www.catskilldistillingcompany.com/.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Escaper Sneak into New Paltz

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Escaper

It’s not often I get advance news of shows at Snug’s AKA Snug Harbor—hey, guys, Chronogram would love to occasionally cover who’s playing at your bar; we just need to have a way to find out about in a timely way—so I was happy to get an e-mail tip recently from the PR folks behind Brooklyn jam outfit Escaper letting me know about their July 28 gig at the venerable New Paltz dive.

Signed to the über-tight Ropeadope label (home to Antibalas, among other greats), Escaper features guitarist Hanza, drummer Andrew Nesbitt, bassist Jay Giacomazzo, keyboardist Adam Ahuja and saxophonist Johnny Butler, who collectively have previously worked with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Breakneck Boys, and Beyonce (?!). The band’s newly released debut is Skeleton Key.

Here’s a smattering of the quintet doing what they do:

Escaper will perform at Snug Harbor in New Paltz, New York, on July 28 at 11pm. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call (845) 255-9800 or visit https://www.facebook.com/snugsnewpaltz/.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival Beats it Back to Mass MoCA

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Although the Bang on a Can organization has deep roots in New York’s vibrant downtown scene, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting venue for the cutting-edge music group’s annual festival than Mass MoCA. Since 2002 the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival has been held at the sprawling contemporary art museum, and the relationship between the two adventurous entities continues to be a marriage made in experimental heaven. And so it is that the 2017 festival kicks off tomorrow, July 19, and runs for the next three weeks

Focusing on the creation, study, and performance of adventurous contemporary music, the festival features public performances, recitals, and lectures and by over 50 trailblazing composers and performers from throughout the world. This year’s featured guest composers are Louis Andriessen and George Lewis. Festival highlights include a preview performance of the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ “Road Trip,” a brand-new, evening-length work composed by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe; a celebration tribute concert for the late Pauline Oliveros; Mark Stewart and festival fellows performing on the original instruments of Gunnar Schonbeck; over 40 young composers and performers from around the world debuting nine new works written especially for the festival at the World Premiere Composer Concert; “Music from Central Asia” starring musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan performing on traditional instruments; a chamber music version of Philip Glass’s monumental Symphony No. 3; and more.

Here’s a performance of John Luther Adams’s “In a Treeless Place, Only Snow” at last year’s festival:

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival will take place from July 19 through August 5 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. For an event schedule, ticket prices, and more information, call (413) 662-2111 or visit http://massmoca.org/.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Place-Based Learning at Teaching the Hudson Valley’s Summer Institute

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Tashae Smith on her African American History Tour of Newburgh. She will present a workshop, Out of Washington’s Shadow: Creating an African-American History Tour of Newburgh, with Colin Morris, professor of history, Manhattanville College at this year's Teaching the Hudson Valley summer institute.
  • Tashae Smith on her African American History Tour of Newburgh. She will present a workshop, Out of Washington’s Shadow: Creating an African-American History Tour of Newburgh, with Colin Morris, professor of history, Manhattanville College at this year's Teaching the Hudson Valley summer institute.

About a month before he won the 1932 presidential election, Dutchess County’s own Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Knowledge – that is, education in its true sense – is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests, illiberal minorities or panic-stricken leaders.” He was expressing the philosophy that education is about preparing citizens for public engagement–one that’s been challenged in recent years by a competing philosophy that education is about preparing workers for a competitive marketplace. But it’s FDR’s thinking about education, and a current movement to return to civil discourse, that has inspired the teachers and educators who planned this year’s Teaching the Hudson Valley institute. Building Community with Place-Based Learning will be held July 25- 27 at the Henry Wallace Education and Visitor Center on the grounds of the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park and sites throughout the Valley.

In 1996, Congress designated the Hudson River Valley a National Heritage Area in order to recognize, preserve, protect, and interpret its nationally significant cultural, historic, and natural resources. Launched in 2003, Teaching the Hudson Valley is one of the programs designed to help carry out the purpose of the Heritage Area. THV helps educators discover, appreciate, and share the region’s treasures with children and youth, and fosters collaboration between schools, museums, parks, historic sites, art galleries, libraries, and other groups through free K-12 lesson plans, grant programs to aid with place-based learning oporunities, and the annual summer institute, which offers rare opportunities for school and informal educators to meet and exchange ideas.

Place-based learning aspires to ground curriculum in the attributes of the Hudson Valley, using local, regional, and community places, resources, systems, and themes as a context for learning. It prioritizes hands-on learning and builds relationships between schools and significant places, not-for-profits, businesses, and/or government agencies in the Hudson Valley. Grounded in real-world experience, students learn how their communities and local stories figure into national and international history, culture, and politics, and schools become less isolated as they realize local opportunities.

This year’s Teaching the Hudson Valley summer institute features two days of more than fifteen workshops and one day of field experience. Choose three workshops per day from offerings such as Strategies for Exploring Your Amazing Hometown, How water resources connect us, An African-American History Tour of Newburgh, Planning and Paying for Student Field Experiences, and Teaching Tough Topics using immigration as a model. Choose one field experience to explore in either Kingston, Newburgh, the Lower Hudson Valley, or Bear Mountain. Go for one day or for all three. The program is designed with educators in mind, but anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend.

Teaching the Hudson Valley’s annual summer institute, Building Community with Place-Based Learning: Tuesday, July 25, 9a-4p or 4:30p (depending on last workshop choice), and Thursday, July 27, 9a-4:15p, choose up to three workshop sessions to be held at the FDR Home and Library in Hyde Park. See the full schedule. Wednesday, July 26, choose one of four field experiences: 9a-5p Building Community in Kingston: History, Art & Environment in City Neighborhoods; 9:15a-3:30p Great Newburgh History Adventure: A How-To Field Experience; 10a-4p Hidden Treasures of Science & History in the Lower Hudson Valley; 9:30-3:30p Historic Bridges of the Hudson Valley: Building Bridges to Build Community. See field experience descriptions and logistical info. Fees, including some meals, are $125 for all three days, $85 for two days, and $45 for a single day. Register here.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

It's the HOOT! Get your FarmOn!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 4:56 PM


With the endless fluorescent-lit aisles of supermarket giants like Trader Joe's and Walmart and the advent of online delivery services like Amazon Pantry and FreshDirect, modern America has strayed far from the farm down the road. Most people don’t know where their food comes from, let alone who grows it.

Since its inception seven years ago, FarmOn! Foundation has worked tirelessly to reverse this trend of anonymous food, striving to put a face to farming, while rebuilding the Hudson Valley’s rural economy and cultivating the next generation of food and farm entrepreneurs.

On Saturday, July 29, amidst 220 acres of lush agricultural fields and youth education gardens, the nonprofit will host its annual gala Hootenanny! fundraiser at the historic Empire Farm in Copake, New York. Each year, the HOOT! invites 100 local farmers to dine as guests alongside 400 of the region’s residents for a gourmet plein air meal, prepared by a renowned chef. This year Chef Terrance Brennan of the Roundhouse in Beacon, will prepare a family-style dinner over an open fire pit, made entirely with ingredients sourced from a five mile-radius. With farmers at each table, the HOOT! is the perfect opportunity to shake the hands that feed you, acknowledging the skill and dedication of these growers and the importance of their work inspiring the next generation to feed us with funds raised at the event for youth education programming.

Before dinner, there will be an open bar grazing cocktail hour with live music from 6 to 8pm (tickets sold separately). Like the produce, the majority of the beverages will be hyperlocal, showcasing local cideries, breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Guests will be able to create a mix ‘n’ match case of local wines, which staff will even carry to your car! Fifty percent of the profits go toward the FarmOn! Foundation’s educational programming, so splurging is encouraged. Following dessert, you can kick up your heels to live music during the bonfire and barn party.

The New York Times and Forbes.com concur that the annual Hoot is the “Best Event of the Hudson Valley!” There are only 100 spots remaining at the farm table! Don’t miss your chance to break bread with a local farmer under the stars. Buy your tickets today.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rosendale Street Festival Returns This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Uncle Willy Guildy
  • "Uncle" Willy Guildy

In the face of all the tragic stuff going on in the country and the world at the moment, Hudson Valley music lovers and family-fun fans should take heart and take heed: For this weekend, after a one-year hiatus, the Rosendale Street Festival returns.

Started in 1978 (ostensibly) to celebrate the birthday of local legend “Uncle” Willy Guildy, the nonprofit, grassroots, volunteer-run event will once again take over the town’s Main Street for two days. This year boasts seven stages featuring more than 80 (!) live bands and several theatrical performances, as well as over 100 food and craft vendors plus parades, kids’ crafts, film screenings, and more. After its operating expenses have been met, proceeds raised by the festival will be donated to local kids music programs.

Here’s a peek at the fun of festivals past:

The Rosendale Street Festival will take place in Rosendale, New York, on July 15 and 16. The festival is free but a donation is requested. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/RosendaleStreetFest/.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Rosendale Street Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • courtesy of the Rosendale Street Festival

Every summer since 1978, the town of Rosendale shuts down Main Street to traffic and opens up six stages for over 70 bands and booths for over 100 vendors. If you missed it last year, you weren’t alone. Construction on Main Street meant the festival couldn’t happen. So this year, the Rosendale Street Festival back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. It comes to town on July 15th and 16th for a family-friendly, small-town-welcoming weekend of music and community.

“The Rosendale Street Festival is a fantastic event for the whole family!” says musician and festival co-chair Charlie Kniceley. “We offer all styles of music showcasing some of the best music in The Hudson Valley.” The Music Festival of Rosendale is a not-for-profit, grassroots citizen organization that comes together for the purpose of continuing the legendary Rosendale Street Festival for the multiple benefits it offers to our community and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a whole. Says musician and festival co-chair Carrie Wykoff, “It’s great to bring the festival back this year.”

One of the area’s best bands which play kid-centered music, Rosendale’s own Dog on Fleas, is performing on Saturday, and there’s a seventh stage for mostly solo singer-songwriters added at the deck of the 1850 House. With younth performers, a kids’ craft station, a beer garden, and lots of delicious food vendors, it’s a weekend for the whole family. Don’t miss the Film Festival of student films being shown on Saturday at the Rosendale Theater, featuring films crafted by the Homeschool Short Film Club and the Woodstock Day School’s Media Arts Department. It all ends with a bang, literally. A closing parade to Canal Lock with the Rosendale Improvement Brass Band and Social Club and P.O.O.K. (the Center for Creative Education’s Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) happens at 5:45p on Sunday.

The Rosendale Street Festival on Main Street in Rosendale: 10:30a-9p on July 15th (music starts at noon) to 10:30a-7p on July 16 (closing parade at 5:45p); by donation. UCAT will be providing shuttles from the following parking areas: Bloomington Fire House, The Old Tillson School, Brookside School, The Rondout Municipal Center and The Iron Mountain Kiln lot (to the left of the Iron Mountain Main entrance) on Binnewater Road.  To learn more about the event, see the full festival lineup, or to volunteer please see www.RosendaleStreetFestival.org
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Arc Iris Pay Tribute to Joni Mitchell in Woodstock

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Arc Iris
  • Arc Iris

Really, it makes perfect sense that freak-folk rockers Arc Iris would cover one of the original folk freaks, Joni Mitchell; after all, airs of Mitchell’s gossamer, jazz-inflected vocals are strongly apparent in those of Jocie Adams, who leads the Rhode Island-based band. But we’re not talking about Arc Iris covering just one Mitchell song; instead the trio has taken to the road with a show that it’s billing as “a reimagination” of Mitchell’s beloved album Blue—which the group will perform in its entirety at Colony on July 15.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Adams performed with the Low Anthem (and worked as a NASA researcher) before forming Arc Iris in 2012. A highly theatrical unit, the band blends folk-based vocals with modern electro sounds and cabaret camp.

Here, they do the title track of Mitchell’s 1970 opus in Paris just last year:

Arc Iris will perform at Colony in Woodstock on July 15 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call (845) 679-7625 or visit http://www.colonywoodstock.com.

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