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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sonny Rollins DVD Recaptures Saugerties Concert

Posted on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Sonny Rollins at NJPAC in 2011. - FIONN REILLY
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Sonny Rollins at NJPAC in 2011.
Interviewing the great Sonny Rollins for the August 2011 issue of Chronogram easily stands as one of the greatest moments of this humble music journalist’s career. At that time, the monumentally influential saxophonist and composer was still living in Germantown, where he’d been since moving there with his late wife Lucille in 1972; the jazz giant, now 87, eventually relocated to Woodstock. Being in that town puts him much closer to environmental sculpture Opus 40, the site of a transcendent 1986 concert by Rollins and his band filmed by Robert Mugge for the documentary Saxophone Colossus—which was recently released on DVD.

Featuring intimate interviews with Rollins as well as noted jazz critics Gary Giddins, Francis Davis, and Ira Gitler, Saxophone Colossus also includes footage of a concert in Tokyo, Japan, that saw him perform with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The DVD release boasts updated commentary by Mugge.

Here’s a trailer:

Saxophone Colossus is out now on MVD Visual. For more information, visit http://www.mvdvisual.com/.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Suffragettes Bicycle Parade and Community Convening

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

  • courtesy of the Newburgh Suffragettes!

Almost fifty years after they first met to demand the right to vote, the suffragette flag still only had four stars on it: two fully embroidered ones, representing Colorado and Wyoming where women were allowed to vote; two simply outlined, representing Utah and Idaho where women could vote in some elections. Women still did not have many work options, and when they did, it didn’t pay enough to live independently. They had no legal rights to their homes, so becoming orphaned and widowed could render them homeless. And divorce could have disastrous consequences, as their ex-husbands would determine the fate of the children, and there was no child support. The suffragette flag was hung across from the United States flag (then with just 44 stars itself) outside the recently-built Palantine Hotel in Newburgh from November 8-12 in 1895.

When the Women’s Suffrage Convention (which had been convening annually since Seneca Falls in 1848) gathered in Newburgh, it was to pass the torch from the movement’s founders, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to the next generation of reformers, whom they had mentored. Newburgh was a progressive city with lots to offer and accommodate visitors. As carriages pulled up to Grand Street at the corner of Third, women sporting signature yellow ribbons greeted each other. Over 100 convention delegates had traveled by train and steamboat from all over New York State for this rare opportunity at professional affiliation and civic engagement. “Women gathering for self-improvement were usually considered everything from odd to uppity. They were thought noteworthy only inasmuch as they could be reported on as misguided," writes Mary McTamaney, the City of Newburgh Historian and trustee of the Historical Society. “No one in political power thought of women as unfortunate, rather as protected like a delicate species of flower.”

On Saturday, November 11th, Newburgh will again play host to revolutionary women in leadership. Remembering the impossibly long and arduous path of the women’s rights movement, the Newburgh Suffragette Bike Parade and Community Convening will be a celebration in two parts. The Bike Parade at 1p is a playful recognition of how the bicycle became a tool and a symbol for women’s emancipation, and in Susan B. Anthony’s opinion, did more for women’s rights than any other thing. “I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike,” she wrote in 1896. “It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood." Wear all white and ride down Broadway from Newburgh’s Court House at 300 Broadway to Newburgh’s City Hall at 83 Broadway.

The Community Convening at 2p at the Newburgh Free Library at 124 Grand Street will include an expert panel discussion on the suffragette movement, the role of black suffragettes, and what it means for civic engagement today. Circles will be created so participants may share ideas and thoughts on solidarity, trust, and action in small group sessions. Please RSVP to NBSuffragettes@gmail.com, so they can plan snacks.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pulitzer-Winning Performance Artist Taylor Mac Visits Ancram

Posted on Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Kinda sounds like the treatment for a pretty entertaining film: “What happens when a Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’-winning drag/cabaret artist visits a tiny farm town to deliver a sold-out performance that ‘celebrates the holiday season in all its dysfunction’?” But guess what: That’s exactly what’s happening on November 25, when New York’s revered Taylor Mac presents “Holiday Sauce” at the Ancram Opera House. “Holiday Sauce” is the latest installment of Mac’s internationally exalted A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which the artist workshopped at Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater, has been called “explosive, spectacular, [and] heartbreaking” by The Guardian. For this incredibly rare small-town Hudson Valley performance, Mac will be accompanied by his longtime collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle and music director Matt Ray, to “reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.” Here’s a bit more about Mac and A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Taylor Mac will present “Holiday Sauce” at the Ancram Opera House in Ancram, New York, on November 25 at 7:30pm. The performance is sold out. www.ancramoperahouse.org
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Portfolio Day for Student Artists

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Art Institute of Mill Street Loft student Isabel Long shows her portfolio to a rep from Alfred University at the 2016 Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day
  • Art Institute of Mill Street Loft student Isabel Long shows her portfolio to a rep from Alfred University at the 2016 Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day

Teens with dreams of an art career and high school students working on an application to art school are invited to show off their portfolios to a roster of colleges on Friday in Hyde Park. The 16th Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day on Friday, November 3rd, is a great opportunity for young artists to gather feedback from professional representatives from some of the best colleges in the nation.

Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day is hosted by the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie. The Art Institute is a pre-college portfolio program for teenagers ages 14-19, who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts and careers in the visual arts. Classes are held year around in fall and spring semesters with two-week long summer intensives where motivated teens develop their ideas and build skills in the visual and media arts. Students learn how to strengthen their portfolios and explore advanced art techniques, presentation, critique, skills development, composition, emotionalism and advanced concept. The portfolio day is an extension of the work that the Art Institute does.

Upon arrival at the Portfolio Day at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, students can register at the information desk for appointments with college representatives from places like RISD, SVA, Maine College of Art, and Pratt. Reps will use the review time to interview potential applicants and provide essential information about a student’s artistic development and career plans. Students can also visit with the faculty of the Art Institute and learn more about their program. It’s free and open to all high school and college students, and their teachers!

Hudson Valley Regional Portfolio Day at the The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park: Friday, November 3, 2017; 4:00-8:00pm; free!
Don’t miss the Reel Expressions International Teen Film Festival hosted by Mill Street Loft Arts and Spark Media Project on Friday, November 10th, from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. It’s a showcase of teen-created films and animations from all over the world. Get FREE tickets online.
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America's Biggest Legoland is Coming to The Hudson Valley

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

  • Photo courtesy of Legoland Malaysia.

Legoland’s next location? The Hudson Valley! On Wednesday, October 20 parent company Merlin Entertainment and local officials from the town of Goshen announced that America’s Biggest Legoland will open in 2020.

The town of Goshen planning board voted unanimously last week to move forward with the $350-million Lego-themed park. The board granted a site plan, special-use permit, clearing, and grading permit approval to Merlin for the project. The new park will be built on 170-acres off Route 17 in Orange County and is expected to create 1,300 full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs.

The Building Blocks of an Empire

Merlin currently operates Legoland parks in California, Florida, and several international locations, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, Denmark, Dubai, and Japan. The lego-themed parks have a number of hands-on attractions and rides, and all locations place a strong emphasis on learning.

The New York location is expected to have a Dragon Coaster, Rescue Academy, and Driving School. Children can conquer the Dragon Coaster, save the day at the Rescue Academy, and obtain a mock driver's license at the Driving School. Estimated to attract over 2 million visitors per year, America’s biggest Legoland’s will also be home to a 250-room Legoland hotel and an aquarium. No date has been set for when construction will begin.

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