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Monday, December 4, 2017

11 Hudson Valley Culture Essentials for December

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

1. Tinder


According to recent dinner party surveys, the popular dating app has finally gained enough traction Upstate to be a viable way of find a mate (for the night or for life—your prerogative). As with all things in the countryside, commuting to the date may take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours, but still the net is cast. Get swipin’!

2. The Last Jedi


Hold on to your lightsabers folks, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise hits theaters on Friday, December 15. Han Solo may be dead, but Luke Skywalker is back to train a young Jedi protégé and join the Resistance to do battle with the baddies of the First Order and patricidal maniac Kylo Ren. Go for the cartoonish morality tale made bigger than life with CGI but stay for the poignancy of watching Carrie Fisher's final film, in her most iconic role. May the force be with you, Princess Leia.

3. NOT Drunk Driving


Drunk driving is so 2016. In June, Governor Cuomo signed regulation permitting ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate Upstate, and the pool of part-time drivers has slowly grown, especially around commercial centers like Kingston, New Paltz, and Poughkeepsie. So, this year, on New Year’s Eve, when you’re good and sauced in the wee hours of the morning, call a Lyft and get home in one piece. (Sure it might run you $30, but by our calculations that’s approximately .3% of the cost of a DUI in New York State.)

Beer & Books


Books+booze=every editor’s dream. After years of swooning over Hudson’s literary pub The Spotty Dog, we are happy to report that Kingston finally has its own very own bookstore/bar. The cleverly named Rough Draft, with its selection of new books, tap beers, and late night coffee service, is a welcome edition to the Stockade District. Recent Hudson Valley transplant and editor of BOMB magazine, Ryan Chapman, will host a pub-style literary trivia night, complete with drinking and heckling, one Wednesday a month.

5. Venison Stew

In the past few years, foraging got cool again with outspoken local celebrities like Dina Falconi of Foraging and Feasting, Zac Pelaccio of Fish & Game restaurant, and Rob Handel touting the rich flavors and nutrient profiles of nature’s pantry—mushrooms, greens, berries, oh my! But, we’re onto the next big thing: wild meat. With all the outcry against farming animals for meat, why not participate in the statewide effort to thin the booming deer population? On December 2 and 3, Wild Earth will offer a two-day Using the Whole Deer workshop that teaches the arts of butchering, hide-tanning, and craft-making with leftover bits. For the record, venison stew is delicious.

6. Delaware County


Ever since we decided to feature some lesser-known but oh-so-magical Delaware County towns in this month’s community spotlight Catskills Brigadoon, we can’t stop thinking about the place, with its pristine panoramic vistas, affordable real estate, and quaint villages. In fact, one of our colleagues just bought a 51-acre farm there. If you haven’t checked out Hobart, Roxbury, Margaretville, and the great beyond, use this cheer-filled time of year to tour these cozy communities.

7. Typewriters


Remington, Royal, Smith Corona, Underwood—these titans of a bygone era are circling back around for a victory lap. In August, director Doug Nichol released the documentary California Typewriter, an ode to the antiquated word processor and a portrait of avid analogue zealots that still use them. Tom Hanks and his 250+ typewriters are featured in the award-winning film, along with John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. In October, Hanks released his debut short-story collection Uncommon Type, is a compilation of 17 stories about—you guessed it—typewriters. In other, sadder news, the day before Thanksgiving, Mary Adelman, the 89-year-old owner of the storied Manhattan typewriter-repair shop Osner Business Machines, passed away.


8. Bone Broth


Animal products are a polarizing point of conversation these days. For those of us who have not renounced our carnivorous ways, bone broth is a must-have for this winter season. Local restaurants like Hash in Stone Ridge and Hudson Food Studio are featuring it on their menus, touting it as an “immune boosting, blood cleanser.” And local artisanal food makers like the Oliver Weston Company sell it. But it also couldn’t be easier to make at home—throw a bunch of bones in a pot with water and veggies, bring to a boil, then let simmer for anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. Here’s a pro tip: whenever you’re cooking, save the extra bits you normally toss out—underloved things like onion skins, broccoli stems, carrot tops, and the outer leaves of leeks add a tremendous amount of flavor to broth. Once you’ve made a batch, drink it straight with a pinch of salt, or use it to flavor delicious dishes like stew, risotto, and ramen. And don’t forget, the better the bones the better the broth, so go grass-fed for the tastiest and most nutritious result. 

9. DIY Wrapping Paper


Any old fool can give gifts in dollar store wrapping paper; only ahead-of-the-curve Hudson Valley trendsetters give gifts in homemade packaging. Go ahead, grab a roll of Kraft paper, some blow pens, metallic markers, and glitter, and get busy making these bespoke expressions of love. You can stencil or free-hand, collage or stamp, do one piece at a time or mural a whole roll. If the blank canvas feels too daunting, sign up for this gift wrap workshop at Drop Forge & Tool on December 14.

10. La Belle Sauvage


Christmas came early for fantasy geeks the world over when the new Philip Pullman book dropped in October. La Belle Sauvage is the first installment of his new trilogy “Book of Dust,” which takes place in the same fantastical world as The Golden Compass and its companion novels—complete with dæmons, Alethiometers, and the spooky Magisterium. A recent book review in The Washington Post said, "Too few things in our own world are worth a 17-year-wait: ‘The Book of Dust’ is one of them." If you can manage to give it away before getting sucked in, La Belle Sauvage would make an excellent holiday gift for your favorite bookworm.

11. Small Works Holiday Art Shows


Good things come in small packages—like all the tiny art that is currently on display throughout the Hudson Valley. The Limner Gallery in Hudson has "Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale," featuring over 60 pieces under 18 inches. Saugerties’ Emerge Gallery has “Petit: A Group Exhibition of Smaller Sized Art” up through December 4. Nearby, Cross Contemporary Art is featuring “HYGGE: Small Art Holiday Show” with over 100 drawings, sculpture, and paintings by more than 50 artists. (Psst! They’re serving Danish mulled wine at their opening reception on December 2, and every weekend through December 31.) Just down the road in Woodstock, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts is holding their 18th annual “5 by 7” exhibit, which kicks off on December 1 with a catered champagne reception. This Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild fundraiser features selection of five-by-seven-inch works displayed anonymously to level the playing field between local hobbyist artists and international bigwigs. Pretty, weird, provocative, peaceful—these tiny artworks come in all flavors and they’re all priced to sell. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hudson Valley Bands Band Together for Label Launch

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

The Sweet Clementines
  • The Sweet Clementines
What do bands do when there are fewer and fewer labels willing to take chances on “unproven” acts? Well, here’s one applicable aphorism: When the going gets tough, the tough get together. With that maxim in their musical minds, a collection of collaborators/fraternity of friends on the Hudson Valley rock scene recently announced the formation of SubFamily Records, a co-op-style label. For 2018, the new imprint’s charter roster promises spring and summer releases from locals American Film History, Mark Donato, Hiding Behind Sound, Macrofone, and Peter Naddeo; SFR 101, a sampler album set for release next month, includes cuts by those artists as well as the Sweet Clementines and Battle Ave.

“We formed SFR because four of our number had complete, labor-of-love records ‘in the can,’ and a fifth had one well along the way,” says Sweet Clementines guitarist and occasional Chrono-jammer (Chronogram music reviewer) John Burdick. “The records are really good, but we shared a lot of uncertainty about what to even do with them anymore. The decision to join forces—to release and support each other’s music—was a happy one. It felt like the right move at the right time for us all.”

Here, the Sweet Clementines perform “The Most Incredibly Sugar Man” at Water Street Market in New Paltz in 2013:


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Monday, November 27, 2017

Edson's First Auction

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 11:47 AM

The single piece of playground equipment at Edson Elementary
  • The single piece of playground equipment at Edson Elementary

It’s recess at Harry L. Edson School in Kingston, and students are lining up. Someone goes across the monkey bars, jumps down, and then climbs back up to wait on line for another turn. Two more lines wait for a turn on the two slides. Another line of kids wait for a turn to kick or throw a ball. There are five grades, kindergarten through fourth, at the elementary school, each with about five homeroom classes. As each grade goes out to recess, about 100 kids swarm the playground: a half court blacktop, a field, and a single climbing structure. It’s a crowded situation, at best. So Edson’s PTO (parent teacher organization), a 501(c) non-profit, started a fund four years ago to buy more playground equipment for the kids to use. $25,000 later, they’re about ready to buy a bank of swings, and have their sights set on a second climbing structure with two more sets of monkey bars and a ropes course. So on Friday, December 8th, the Edson PTO is hosting their first auction to bring the goal closer.

Dubbed The Monkey Bars, the auction is a community date night where people can nibble on Hickory BBQ’s most popular hors d’eouvres, enjoy craft beer from Keegan Ales, and get some holiday shopping done. “Some great gift certificates for Bounce, Wild Earth, Excel Gymnastics, ceramic classes at Kingston Ceramic Studio, art classes by With Flying Colors, pilates, yoga, tickets for NYCFC game, the Nutcracker, champagne sailing cruise for two, 3 month family membership to the YMCA, ski tickets, dinners made by your favorite Edson teachers.... and so much more!” writes Edson PTO President Andrea Littleton. There are also items like jewelry from Plural Studios, baskets of booze from Bacardi and make-your-own-margaritas from the Armadillo, a Stockade FC jersey signed by the 2017 team roster, and pie from Bread Alone. An alumna of Edson herself, Littleton says the climbing structure on the playground now is the one she played on as a little girl. Yet, when Edson absorbed the Rondout’s Sophie Finn School community some years ago, the school grew to become the largest in the Kingston City School District.

The auction will be held at The Hot Spot Yoga in the Kingston Plaza. Owner Stephanie Nystrom is on the Edson PTO playground committee and says, “We also got a house band donation from the T. McCann Band--traditional Irish music!  That's a $750 value!” Because it’s an auction, winning bids could mean deals on local favorites like Kingston Wine Co’s wine share, a Bardavon/UPAC membership, and gift certificates to the Golden Notebook in Woodstock and restaurants like Dallas Hot Weiners, Kovo Rotisserie, Duo Bistro, and Papi's Pizza and Wings. Inside a cocktail party atmosphere, The Monkey Bars will be host to excitement.

The Monkey Bars autumn auction to raise money for Harry L. Edson School’s playground fund at The Hot Spot Yoga at 218 Plaza Road in Kingston: Friday, December 8th, 7-11p; $10 suggested admission and unlimited auction bidding. See The Monkey Bars on Facebook for the auction invite, complete auction item listings, and for more info.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Guitar Great Gary Lucas Returns to Beacon

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

Gary Lucas
  • Gary Lucas
Called one of the 100 greatest living guitarists by Classic Rock magazine, Gary Lucas is best known for his membership in Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band and as a sideman to Jeff Buckley. On December 3, the New York guitar god himself will return to Quinn’s for a rare solo acoustic set.

Besides Beefheart and Buckley, Lucas has also performed with such icons as Leonard Bernstein Lou Reed, John Cale, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Bob Weir, Chris Cornell, John Zorn, Bryan Ferry, Dr. John, and Nick Cave, among countless others. The coauthor of Buckley’s “Mojo Pin” and “Grace,” he also founded the band Gods and Monsters, which accompanied Buckley in the early 1990s. For the Beacon performance, he’ll be joined by local musician Jordan Shapiro.

Here’s Lucas with Captain Beefheart in 1980:

Gary Lucas will perform at Quinn’s in Beacon, New York, on December 3 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For more information, call (845) 202-7447 or visit https://www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon/.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Laugh It Up!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM


This Thanksgiving weekend, laugh out proud with three stand-up comics in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, November 25th. It’s a comedy show to support the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, which offers a safe, supportive environment for services, resources, and programs that unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning community across age, race, gender, and economics. The Laugh It Up! comedy event is a celebration, just like the Center is, itself.

Headliner Jessica Kirson brings a diverse energy to her award-winning routine with a wide variety of characters. She’s been featured on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Fresh Faces,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,”and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Howard Stern Show.” Take a peek at her podcast, “The Jessica Kirson Podcast,” and her YouTube Channel “The Jessy K Show.”

Joining Kirson is Frank Liotti, who just completed filming a pilot for LOGO called “Everyone’s a Little Gay.” His sardonic wit and stream of consciousness style has won him a finalist position at every comedy festival he’s entered, to date. You may have seen him performing in episodes of Law and Order, or the mockumentary, “Cats Talk Back,” about life as a cast member within the Broadway hit, “Cats.”

The evening’s host is comedian Shawn Gillie–a regular at the Funny Bone and Comedy Works in Albany.

Laugh It Up! an LGBTQ comedy event to benefit the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, 35 Main Street in Poughkeepsie: Saturday, November 25th, 8-11p; ages 18+ with valid ID; first-come, first-serve seating starts 30 minutes prior to showtime; $20 tickets available on Eventbrite. Heckling, cell phone use, and photography or recording is not allowed.

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center continues to grow, and needs help to build programs, expand advocacy work, educate, and protect the community. Don’t miss their annual appeal. Visit their link to donate.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Hudson Rocker Tommy Stinson's Bash & Pop Drops Single

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

Tommy Stinson - FIONN REILLY
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Tommy Stinson
Following the Replacements’ manically received 2013-2015 reunion, bassist and devout Hudson resident Tommy Stinson reactivated his 1990s band Bash & Pop for the release of last January’s Anything Could Happen. This Friday, the latter unit’s second wind continues with the unveiling of a new single, “Too Late” b/w “Saturday,” a collaboration with Nicole Atkins that’s available digitally and as a limited-edition vinyl seven-inch.

Besides Stinson on lead vocals and guitar, the current lineup of Bash & Pop features lead guitarist Steve Selvidge (Hold Steady), drummer Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty BossTones), and bassist Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel). Singer-songwriter Atkins’s aching Americana has won unanimous raves via her fourth and most recent studio album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee.

Here, then, is the single’s bittersweet A side, “Too Late”:

“Too Late” b/w “Saturday” is out digitally and on vinyl via Fat Possum Records on November 24. Tommy Stinson’s “Cowboys in the Campfire” acoustic tour wraps up in Bakersfield, California on November 29. http://www.tommystinson.com/

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Woodstock's Cindy Cashdollar Injured in Car Crash

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Cindy Cashdollar - DALE HAUSSNER
  • Dale Haussner
  • Cindy Cashdollar
It’s an obvious pun, but there’s no way around it: Woodstocker and Grammy-winning steel guitarist and dobro master Cindy Cashdollar, known for her time with Texas roots band Asleep at the Wheel, was injured last week when she was driving through Stone Ridge and fell—you got it—asleep at the wheel, crashing into a tree. Thankfully, from what information I can gather at this point via an article in the Daily Freeman, it seems her injuries were relatively minor (cuts, head and neck pain).

Raised in Woodstock, Cashdollar is perhaps best known as accompanist of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leon Redbone, and Ryan Adams, and also played frequently with local Band giants Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

Here’s a taste of Cashdollar at the Towne Crier in Beacon last year:

All of us here at Chronogram wish Cindy Cashdollar a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on stage as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Birthday Concert Honors Jazz Icon Roswell Rudd

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

Roswell Rudd - FIONN REILLY
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Roswell Rudd
Pioneering free jazz trombonist and Kerhonkson resident Roswell Rudd has been bravely battling a cancer diagnosis since 2014, making music when he’s been able to while continuing to touch the world with his gregarious warmth and inspiring light. This Thursday, in celebration of that music, warmth, and light—not to mention Rudd’s 82nd birthday and Friday’s release of his new album, Embrace—Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York will host an all-star evening dedicated to the one they call the Incredible Honk.

Although unfortunately the guest of honor isn’t quite feeling up to performing, he’ll be in attendance to enjoy the festivities, which will feature performances by saxophonist Archie Shepp, vocalist Fay Victor, pianist Lafayette Harris, and bassist Ken Filiano; NRBQ pianist Terry Adams; vocalists Sheila Jordan and Heather Masse; Sexmob with trumpeter Steven Bernstein, alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss, vocalist Reggie Bennett, guitarist Rolf Sturm, drummer Kenny Wolleson, and bassist Mark Helia; and Trombone Tribe with Josh Roseman, Art Baron, Greg Glassman, Ray Anderson, Deborah Weisz, Steve Swell, and Bob Stewart.

Here’s Rudd jamming the gospel folk standard “Dry Bones” with Sonic Youth at the 1999 Harry Smith Project concert in New York:

“Embrace: A Musical Celebration of Friends and Collaborators of the Incredible Honk, Roswell Rudd” will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York on November 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40. For more information, call (212) 258-9595 or visit http://www.jazz.org/dizzys/.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Shop Local: Holiday Gift Fair Round-Up

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:14 AM

the Holiday Arts Market at Roxbury Arts Group
  • the Holiday Arts Market at Roxbury Arts Group

The season ‘tis upon us, and that means lots of opportunities to visit favorite local businesses and small batch artisans, and even discover new makers, craftspeople, and artists. Here’s a round-up of ideas to help you tap into the many creative alternatives to any mad-dash commercialism or stress of the holiday season and, instead, sink into inspired holiday gifting.

November 17-18: Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas Market) is hosted by Germania of Poughkeepsie at 37 Old Degarmo Road in Poughkeepsie. From 4-8p on Friday, November 17th, and 10a-4p on Saturday, November 18th, celebrate a German Christmas Tradition: shopping for crafts, confections, and Christmas gifts, while enjoying German foods and beverages, including Glühwein, a spiced hot wine.

November 18: Home for the Holidays Shopping Event at Ulster County Habitat for Humanity at the Old Dutch Church's Bethany Hall, 272 Wall Street in Kingston. From 5-8p on Saturday, Ulster County Habitat for Humanity is hosting its first Holiday Shoppe ever with gift items and crafts available from local vendors. Proceeds help to support the organization’s mission to build safe, decent, and affordable housing for local families. Don’t miss their raffles, 50/50, and snacks!

November 18-19: The Hudson Valley Hullabaloo is back at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center at 467 Broadway in Kingston! From 10a-5p on Saturday, November 18th, and 11a-5p on Sunday, November 19th, shop the area’s only handmade market. With a curated list of 70+ vendors offering a variety of handmade items, plus a holiday photo booth, a vintage photo portrait studio, $1 portraits with Will Lytle of Thorneater Comics, and food from local caterers like Grounded, it’s the family-friendly shopping event where arty meets party. Just $2 admission for the weekend, and kids 14 and under are free.

November 19: The Annual Sinterklaas! Artisan Craft Fair at Rhinebeck’s Town Hall, 80 East Market Street in Rhinebeck. From 10a-4p on Sunday, November 19th, shop works for sale by local artists and craft artisans including framed art, pottery, glass, woodworking, jewelry, photography, and more. Wrap all your presents before Thanksgiving and support the magic of Sinterklaas at the same time!

November 24-26: It’s the 5th annual Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market at 110 South Front Street in Hudson. From 12-9p on Friday, November 24th, 10a-6p on Saturday, November 25th, and 10a-5p on Sunday, November 26th, shop, browse, and eat over 100 vendors of handmade and vintage goods, locally-made products, and farm-fresh food. Just $5 for the whole weekend and kids under 12 are free. Don’t miss their Black Friday Antidote Soiree from 6-9p on Friday the 24th where there will be craft demonstrations, live music, cocktails, food, and free portraits in the Afghan Photo Booth.

November 24-26: Hudson Valley Artisan Marketplace at Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road in Poughkeepsie. From 11a-6p Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th, and 11a-4p on Sunday, November 26th, shop local artists, artisans, small batch, and fair trade merchants and makers in the beautiful historic Locust Grove estate.

December 2: Holiday Arts Market at Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury. From 11a-5p on Saturday, December 2nd, shop a wide variety of local vendors, from art to artisan and all crafts in-between. Santa will be there from 1-2p to hear kids’ wish lists and pose for photos. There will also be a holiday scavenger hunt to find the elves hidden throughout Hilt & Stella Kelly Hall. You can also bring your unwrapped gift donations to be delivered to the Roxbury Community Christmas Project for boys and girls, ages newborn to 15. And don’t miss the small works exhibit on display from dozens of local and regional artists.

December 7: Made in Kingston at 2 South Prospect Street in Kingston. From 4-8:30p, it’s the 5th annual expo of all things made in Kingston, featuring more than four dozen local artists, local food and beverage vendors, live entertainment, and a raffle. This year, there’s also a new pop-up fine art market hosted by Midtown Arts District (MAD).

Also, check out your local public school! Many area elementary schools (like in Kingston, Woodstock, and Marlboro, for example) are hosting holiday market places and gift and crafts fairs, which fundraise for graduating classes, the school’s PTO efforts, and other support systems that directly benefit the kids in your community. And don’t miss Small Business Saturday events in Rhinebeck, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and lots of towns, for a neighborhood shopping experience that supports the local economy.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

We Free Strings Visit Newburgh

Posted on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

We Free Strings
  • We Free Strings
Atlas Studios’ Jazz at Atlas series continues to fight the good fight by bringing much-need live jazz to Newburgh. This month promises an enticing engagement by the innovative new sextet We Free Stings.

Featuring Jason Hwang and Gwen Laster on violins, Alexander Waterman on cello, Melanie Dyer on viola, Ken Filiano on bass, Michael Wimberly on percussion, We Free Strings “embodies the ethos of free jazz, both embracing and dismantling Western music and traditional jazz conventions…[and] sounds in and beyond blues, experimenting with tropes in the black music lexicon and aesthetic values that inhabit Afro-Atlantic culture up to contemporary black experience in the US while signaling present and future freedom.”

YouTube yields no video of We Free Stings as of yet (I told you the band was new), so here’s Gwen Laster performing on local TV:

We Free Stings will appear at Atlas Studios in Newburgh, New York, on November 18 at 8pm. Admission is $15. For more information, call (845) 391-8855 or visit http://www.atlasnewburgh.com/.

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