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Friday, September 29, 2017

A 6 Pack of New York State Oktoberfest Beers

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his marriage to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese in October of 1819, he did what any good Bavarian prince would do—he threw a beer festival. Now known as Oktoberfest, the five-day festival was held in front of the city gates in Munich and was eventually prolonged and moved to September to allow for better weather conditions. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the United States by drinking copious amounts of beer, sporting lederhosen, and paring domestic craft beers with pretzels, bratwursts and sausages while polka dancing to live music.

Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest, Brooklyn, New York

Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original Märzen style.This beer has a bready aroma with light, brisk hop bitterness. ABV 5.5%

Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue, New York

Blue Point Brewing keeps the Munich tradition alive by using the same slow aging process when brewing their annual Oktoberfest Lager. This beer is stored cold for two months to ensure its distinct smooth flavor. ABV 5.4%

Cousins Revolution Ale Works, Wappingers Falls, New York

The Brazen Oktoberfest is an American version and not your traditional Märzen. It is brewed with all New York malts and hops to create a revolution of flavors. ABV 6.0%

Galaxy Brewing Company, Binghamton, New York

Galaxy Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest is a traditional Märzen lager. This Oktoberfest is brewed with a Munich malt forward and a touch of caramel. ABV 5.8%

Millhouse Brewing Company Poughkeepsie, New York

This Märzen is brewed with generous amounts of Munich, Vienna, Pilsner malts, and German Tettnang hops. Expect to taste rich, smooth and clean complex maltiness on the first sip. ABV 5.4%

Sloop Brewing, Elizaville, New York

Harvest Pale Ale is brewed with local American barley, house yeast, and local hops. The simple malt bill combines with the freshest hops and are used within 24 hours of harvest to give the brightest hop flavor around. ABV changes yearly.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Maria Muldaur Brings the Blues to Woodstock

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Maria Muldaur
  • Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur is best known for her 1973 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” but in truth that disco smash isn’t so representative of her career, which has shown her to be a blues and jazz singer of exceptional quality. In the 1960s, she was a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, which also included John Sebastian and David Grisman, and Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, which also featured her ex-husband Geoff Muldaur. In addition to performing alongside Bob Dylan in the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene, Maria was also a vital part of the Woodstock music scene that followed. And she’ll return to the latter fold when she appears at Colony on October 7.

Born in Greenwich Village itself, Muldaur as well went on to perform with the Grateful Dead and others, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 and 2013.

Here she is belting the blues with Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band back in the day:

Maria Muldaur will play Colony in Woodstock on October 7 at 7pm. Tickets are $25-$30. For more information, call (845) 679-7925 or visit http://www.colonywoodstock.com/.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 Lark in the Park

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM


Autumn is the Catskills’ annual glory moment with thousands flocking to the ridges and peaks for the breathtaking leaf display. Still, between the back-to-school flurry and the never-ending list of chores, sometimes we need a little push to go outside and take it all in.

In 2004, the Catskill Mountain Club launched Lark in the Park to entice people to visit the Catskill Park during this remarkable season. The park is a 700,000-acre expanse of public and private lands stretching across four counties—Ulster, Greene, Delaware, and Sullivan Counties—with endless forests, streams, reservoirs, and 350-miles of maintained trails. How much of it have you seen?

Every year, Lark offers 10 days of outdoor, nature-based workshops and group activities to get folks comfortable playing and exploring in the park. This year’s programming kicks off on September 30 and includes:

Catskill Mountain Club’s Annual Dinner

This year’s keystone event is the Catskill Mountain Club’s fundraiser dinner on October 8 at the Emerson Resort and Spa. Along with an educational talk about the DEC, you’ll have a chance to win a brand new kayak.

See the full list of outdoor programming and register for events.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TMI Project Fundraiser 2017: Voices in Action

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 12:12 PM


The TMI Project’s second annual fundraiser, Voices in Action: Community Outreach Showcase, brings you true stories from the too-often-silenced corners of our community.

The Community Outreach Initiative

The Community Outreach Initiative brings TMI Project’s memoir workshops to marginalized populations, giving a public voice to inmates, at-risk teens, terminally ill patients, domestic abuse survivors, veterans, LBGTQ teens, and others. By providing a forum for these individuals to process past experiences through the powerful mechanism of storytelling, the workshops pave a path for them to transcend moments of pain, powerlessness, and shame and become advocates for change.

Listen to our podcast with TMI Project founders.

Voices in Action: Community Outreach Showcase 2017

Hear Ralph’s story on coming out, finding true love, and getting sober. Listen to the story of Zoe’s life-changing 180—from a crack addict, prostitute, and inmate to an author and educator. Morris will share all the things he wishes his grandmother knew about living with schizophrenia. These are just a few of the moving narratives that will be shared at the event.

Tony Porter
  • Tony Porter

This year’s fundraiser will recognize honor Tony Porter, a leading expert on male socialization and prevention of violence against women, as the Voice in Action award recipient. Four local Hudson Valley leaders and activists will also be named Agents of Change. Before the show mingle with the honorees, TMI Project staff, and the performers during the cash bar reception.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Buy your ticket today.

All the proceeds from this event will go toward future Community Outreach initiatives.

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7pm​

BSP Kingston

232 Wall Street, Kingston

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Deerhoof Makes Tracks for 0+ Festival in Kingston

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

  • Deerhoof

The phenomenal 0+ Festival of music, art, and wellbeing returns to Kingston on October 6, 7, and 8. For the Forecast section of next month’s issue, I wrote a preview piece about the festival that includes a Q&A with headliners Spirit Family Reunion. Among the other top acts at this year’s 0+ are Amanda Palmer, Steve Gunn, and San Francisco-born indie/art rockers Deerhoof, whose drummer, Greg Saunier, answered a few questions for us below via e-mail. For a full festival lineup and other information, visit http://opositivefestival.org/.

Here’s the title track of Deerhoof’s new album, Mountain Moves:

Were you and the other members of Deerhoof familiar with 0+ before the band was booked for at the festival?

None of us had ever heard of 0+ [before being asked to perform]. Our first second and third impressions when we got the invitation were, “What a spectacular idea!”

What was it about the 0+ mission/concept itself that attracted you?

Even if you don’t count the horrific state of the American health insurance “debate” that gets playacted in the news by insurance corporations, drug companies, and their lawmaker stooges in both parties, the word “healthcare” when it comes up even in casual conversation, conjures images of stressful doctors’ offices, overeager opioid prescriptions, and the dreary, squalid convalescence of the sick, injured, and aging. Why should it be that? Health and care should both be causes for celebration. The secret methods of achieving them are win-win, and should be heralded from the mountaintops: exercise, good diet, hygiene, and generally taking care of yourself and your loved ones make life worth living. You’re stronger and your breath is minty-fresh. It’s just that there’s no profit in either health or care, only in their absence, so the corporate-sponsored, neoliberal ideology we’re forced to endure 24/7 demotes these values down to somewhere below the first lady’s shoes or the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.”

Deerhoof is a band that has been known to touch on political and social topics in its music (perhaps most notably on 2003’s Apple O’), but your new album, Mountains Move, was made in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and addresses the trauma so many of us have felt in the wake of Trump’s ascendance. Months later, how do you feel now about the songs on Mountains Move when you listen back to the recordings now and when you play the songs live? Bleaker, more optimistic, or the same? Why?

We’re in no position to be bleak. We are not among the hardest hit. Most of the factors causing real trauma were already well underway before Election Day and would still be so, regardless of the election’s outcome. [The album’s title track] “Mountain Moves” is meant to combine optimism and gratitude. Either we’re going to gather the strength to make our way out from under the thumb of the rich and powerful, or we’re all going to die and it’s time to get our affairs in order and appreciate the time we’ve enjoyed while living on Earth.

Mountains Move is part of a massive, overarching 2017 artist-in-residence project Deerhoof undertook with the band’s label, Joyous Noise, which assigns you the task of producing “an estimated 160 minutes of music” that includes five (!) albums along with “various collaborations and surprises.” Obviously, Mountains Move is out now and you’re touring on that album, but how is the rest of the residency going? What happens next? Do you have a release date for the next album(s)? Are you going insane yet?

Far from it. You can’t imagine what a privilege it was to be asked to do this. And it’s more involved than you think. Four of those five LPs are split LPs, with different bands on side A and side B. There’s also a full-length cassette tape and a seven-inch single. In all, it’s 11 different projects. Because of Joyful Noise’s concept that it be a subscription, with limited copies, the pressures are different than if we were simply making a Deerhoof record, where the goal is to make a big promo splash, or risk nobody buying it or even knowing it exists, in which case no one knows you’re on tour and you play to empty rooms. So you think a lot about which song should be the single and what blurb to send to what website. With the music in the box set, we were focused only on making something for long-term use. In other words, making music that people will like to listen to again and again. It has been an honor. The music from the final two LPs is being finished right now. All the music also has a digital version anyone can get online.

Mountains Move features several guest collaborators, such as Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, who performed in Kingston last August. Do you plan to have any guests for the 0+ set? What do you most hope people will feel or experience when they see you perform?

I don’t think we’ll have any guests. Because we record our records ourselves, DIY-style, and we rarely have any time limit, we sometimes tend to stuff them with all kinds of instruments we don’t actually have in the band, and create bizarre mixes that would be impossible to recreate live. And on this record, as you say, we also have a whole bunch of guests from all over the place. But when we hit the road we become like a Deerhoof cover band. We reinvent the songs as totally stripped-down guitar rock. It’s fun!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

5 Scariest Haunted Houses in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 7:06 PM

click image Brain eating zombies at Tuxedo Park's Forest of Fear. - THE FOREST OF FEAR'S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
  • The Forest of Fear's Official Facebook page
  • Brain eating zombies at Tuxedo Park's Forest of Fear.

As Halloween creeps closer, tons of attractions in Hudson Valley are gearing up to deliver terror to thrill-seekers. Spend the weekend exploring haunted houses, getting lost in a corn maze, or getting spooked on a Halloween-y hayride. No matter what type of with bone-chilling fun you're in search of, the Hudson Valley has you covered.

The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Houses is a terrifying and immersive outdoor nightmare situated on a 250-year-old farm in Ulster Park. This frightful attraction includes a one-mile theatrical hayride, cornmaze, and eight haunted houses. Throughout the night plenty of creepy creatures will pop out, keeping shriek-seekers satisfied.

The Headless Horseman opens on September 16 and runs until November 4.

The Barn of Terror

Scaring the public for 15 years, The Barn of Terror is home to things that go bump in the night. This year's theme, “The Circle of Hell”, will be wilder than ever with cult and occult themes woven throughout The Barn’s eight rooms. Adrenaline junkies will also have access to a horrifying silo, a mind-bending corn maze, a shocking mineshaft, an eerie field house, and the accursed Cornville.

“We can’t wait for visitors to see what we have in store for them this year," says Jim Boice, owner of the Barn of Terror. “This is not for the feint-of-heart. Our actors really get into entertaining our guests, and this year we plan to kick-it up several notches. We now have visitors come from all over including New York City and Montreal." Barn of Terror was named one of the “Top Ten Haunted Houses in New York State” by USA Today.

The Barn of Terror opens on September 29 and will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm until October 29.

Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion

Inciting fear and terror for four decades, Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion is the original Halloween Tradition of the Hudson Valley. “The Mansion” is one of the first haunted attractions to utilize a storyline, encouraging guests to become apart of the show. Recognizing that each guest and group is different, The Mansion strives to ensure that every individual experience is unique.

The Mansion will open on October 6 at 7pm, and run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 31.

Pure Terror Scream Park

Monroe’s Pure Terror Scream Park is an extreme walk-through attraction with six haunted houses. Experience the underworld in Necropolis. Quarantine, is where death and disease await. The Clowns in Twisted—Terror Under the Big Top will have you contorted with fear. Evil witches add to their collection of human flesh in The Coven. Come face to face with terrifying killers in Legends of Horror. Looking for a real scare? Make sure to hold onto the person in front of you in Terror in the Dark.

Pure Terror Scream Park opens on September 29 at 7pm and runs through November 4.

The Forest of Fear

The Forest of Fear in Tuxedo Park is back with seven new haunted houses. BYOB (“Bring Yer Own Body”) to Uncle Jimmy’s Halloween Party. Combat your deep-seated fear of clowns in CarniEvil of the Damned. The hosts in Blind Panic think humans are delicious. Head on down the limb-cutting specialists at Craven Brothers Chainsaw Repair Service. Whatever keeps bringing the dead back at Mourningwood Cemetery just might give you a second chance, too. Terror clings to every surface in the Hot Zone. Get ready to get served up at The Slaughterhouse.

The Forest of Fear will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 9 to November 1.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Composer Unveils Site-Specific Piece in Garrison

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Improvising flutist and composer Suzanne Thorpe has long straddled the worlds of experimental music and alternative rock. A founding member of local cult faves Mercury Rev, she’s also worked with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr and the late Pauline Oliveros. This month at Manitoga AKA the Russel Wright Design Center, Thorpe will present Resonance & Resemblance, “a sonic performance and meditation” created specifically for the site. “In a time when difference is often used to instigate division from each other and our environment, it is important to recognize that our boundaries are more porous than we think,” says Thorpe, a Mills College graduate and University of California San Diego instructor. “Through sound and active listening, Resonance & Resemblance creates space to explore our interconnectedness and entanglement with each other, and our surroundings.” Here’s a 2014 piece by Thorpe, Listening Is As Listening Does: Suzanne Thorpe will present Resonance & Resemblance at Manitoga/the Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, New York, on September 30 at 3pm. The event includes a landscape soundwalk prelude, followed by a seated listening meditation. Tickets are $45 ($20 children 18 and under; $35 for Manitoga members; $125 benefit includes private reception with Thorpe). For more information, call (845) 424-3812 or visit http://www.visitmanitoga.org/.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yarn/Wire Premieres New Work in Troy on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

EMPAC’s programming is consistently interesting, and this Friday’s performance by New York-based piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire continues the thread. Made up of percussionists Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg and pianists Laura Barger and Ning Yu, the group has been praised by for its “spellbinding virtuosity” TimeOut NY and the New York Times for their “mesmerizing” performances, energy, and precision. With individual backgrounds in classical and rock music and avant-garde theater, the group “is dedicated to expanding the repertoire written for its instrumentation, through commissions and collaborative initiatives that aim to build a new and lasting body of work.” For the EMPAC concert, the quartet will present the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld and an earlier work cowritten by the German composer, Tonband. Here’s a short video about a 2015 Yarn/Wire performance of Sufjan Stevens’s soundtrack to the film Round-Up: Yarn/Wire will perform at EMPAC in Troy, New York, on September 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $6 to $18. For more information, call (518) 276-3921 or visit http://empac.rpi.edu/.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Art Walk Kingston

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

art by Rondout-based Courtney Starrett
  • art by Rondout-based Courtney Starrett

Art Walk Kingston was conceived over a glass of wine between friends, as many a good plan has been hatched. Joe Gonzalez and Linda Marston-Reid asked themselves, “What’s missing in Kingston’s vibrant arts scene?” They began planning an art walk and studio tour. Gonzalez is a producer, project manager, and coordinator for all types of arts programming, and Marston-Reid is Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, the nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to engaging and promoting the arts across the region. Arts Mid-Hudson serves as an organizing partner for Art Walk Kingston in collaboration with community volunteers and artists. When Gonzalez and Marston-Reid shared their idea with area artists through a survey, fifty responded positively. “We felt like there’s a hunger and an audience for doing something like this,” Gonzalez says. In six or seven months, they gathered 70 participating artists for the first Art Walk Kingston in 2016, including private studios and galleries, who welcomed both local visitors and people from New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Gonzalez feels the amount of effort people put into attending that first Art Walk Kingston says a lot about the caliber of artists here.

Kingston is filled with artists of all stripes. On display at the Art Walk Kingston is everything from paintings and photographs to jewelry and ceramics. Celebrating the variety of arts and the local community, the second Art Walk Kingston is set for the weekend of September 23rd and 24th, when the public is invited to visit artist studios and art galleries across the city. The tour meanders Kingston’s three distinct neighborhoods–Uptown, Midtown, and the Rondout. They’ll see a variety of creative approaches like mixed-media paintings by Ann Haaland, contemporary sculpture by Harris Diamant, furniture by Johnny Poux Design, and handmade musical instruments by Chris Andersen. Performance and experiential events will be included during the Art Walk Kingston weekend, including live readings and performances at the Lace Mill, and a Shakespeare-inspired art exhibit opening by Judy Sigunick at the LGBTQ Center. O+ Mural walking tours will happen on Saturday afternoon, in anticipation of the arts, health, and wellness weekend which happens in Kingston during Columbus Day weekend. There are over 90 participating artists and galleries this year, including Matthew Pleva, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, and Kingston Ceramics Studio.
performance still by Shirt Factory-based Nina Isabelle
  • performance still by Shirt Factory-based Nina Isabelle

Artists might make connections for gallery representation or connect with collectors, but it’s also about the pure interaction between the public and the artist. Gonzalez says the open studio tour is an intimate experience where people can meet artists and see where their work is made. “It’s for the city; it’s for the artists; it’s for the local community and the larger community to come visit the city,” Gonzalez explains. “It’s all about community in one aspect or another.”

Art Walk Kingston happens throughout the City of Kingston’s Uptown, Midtown, and Rondout neighborhoods: September 23rd and 24th; 12-5p; self-guided; free. View the interactive map online, or pick up a paper copy available at multiple locations. Plenty of merchants and restaurants will have special offerings throughout the weekend. Visit Art Walk Kingston’s Facebook page for more info.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mdou Moctar Performs in Kingston and Hudson This Month

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Mdou Moctar
  • Mdou Moctar

Right now, it’s of dire importance, I feel, to support the musicians and artists from Africa, the Middle East, and other continents who come to the US to perform. Because in order to do so, they first have to run the choking gauntlet put in place by the xenophobic and Islamophobic immigration policies of the Trump administration. Instead of making these musicians feel unwelcome, I say, let’s send them home with feelings of friendship and love. I believe this will go much further toward dissuading hate and terrorism than bombs or blanket discrimination—plus, of course, we'll get to groove out to some amazing and exotic live music we might not otherwise experience. And here’s the perfect opportunity: two area shows this month by Nigerian guitarist Mdou Moctar.

Moctar is a pioneer of electronic Tuareg guitar music and rose to prominence via the trading network of cell phones and memory cards in West Africa, a concept that makes me think of the underground network for trading cassette demos by thrash metal bands the existed in the US back in the 1980s. Although he’d released two albums prior, Moctar’s “Tahoultine” was a standout track of Music from Saharan Cellphones: Volume 1, a seminal cassette compilation released in 2011 by the US-based Sahel Sounds label. The singer and guitarist’s latest release is the soundtrack for the 2015 film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which has him in the lead role and has been described as an homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come.

Here’s Moctar holding forth at a wedding in his homeland. If this doesn’t look like a party, I don’t know what does:

Mdou Moctar will perform at BSP in Kingston, New York, on September 25 at 7:30pm; admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 http://bspkingston.com or visit Moctar and Aaron Roche will perform at the Half Moon in Hudson, New York, on September 27 at 8pm; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. For more information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/.

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