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Friday, October 20, 2017

La Paulée at The Amsterdam

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 3:36 PM

  • Photo courtesy of La Paulée de New York.

A celebration held at the end of the grape harvest, La Paulée was once a widespread practice throughout medieval France, with the most well-known festivities held in Meursault, Burgundy. La Paulée de Meursault is part of Les Trois Glorieuses, or "the three glorious days," that take place around the walled town of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France, on the third weekend of November.

The modern day La Paulée was initiated by wine baron Jules Lafon who decided to revive the traditional harvest celebration in 1923. Lafon held his first Paulée at his Meursault vineyard, inviting 35 of his friends to a small banquet in the vat-room. Neighboring vignerons decided that Lafon had an excellent idea, and over the next few years La Paulée de Meursault expanded rapidly. By 1932, it was officially established as an annual event. Over the years, La Paulée has changed from the original banquet for growers and their workers to a grand gala attended by Meursault growers and producers along with other wine connoisseurs. It is a privilege to attend and reservations are mostly made a year in advance.

This year, La Paulée makes its upstate New York debut at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck on Saturday, October 28 at 5:30pm. Daniel Johnnes, famed sommelier and founder of La Paulée de New York & de San Francisco, two of the world’s preeminent Burgundy festivals, joins The Amsterdam’s Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, to host an evening filled with live music, and great Burgundy wines. The evening will begin with Champagne Delamotte, charcuterie, and mezze by Boulud chefs. Tasting stations and Chef Sara's pig roast with autumnal accoutrements will follow, with cheese and sweets to close out the evening. Each dish will be paired with Burgundian wines poured by some of New York City's most renowned sommeliers (Joe Campanale of Fausto, Jason Cho of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dean Fuerth of Sushi Nakazawa, Jeff Taylor of North End Grill, and Ray Vaidya of DANIEL.)

In the convivial spirit of La Paulée, guests are encouraged to bring special bottles of Burgundy to share with the room throughout the evening. Guests should bring their wines directly to The Amsterdam where they will be checked in and handled by the expert team of sommeliers. This event is exclusively for American Express Card Members.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lousie Goffin Graces Hudson This Month

Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Besides giving birth to her, Louise Goffin’s parents gave birth to some of the greatest songs in the history of popular music. The singer’s mother and father are none other than Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who penned “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and “The Loco-Motion,” among many others. Louise has learned her songwriting and performing lessons well from her folks, and will put them into practice when she visits Club Helsinki on October 29.

Goffin’s newest release is the 2015 EP Appleonfire, which features guest vocals from the offspring of another famous songwriter, Jakob Dylan, as well as New York tunesmith Joseph Arthur. Enjoy this video for the single “5 th of July”:

Louise Goffin will perform at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on October 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit https://helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Politics of Belonging–Tonight at SUNY New Paltz

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:08 AM


Without Limits–Exploring Citizenship

Citizenship is a complicated issue in the US. And yet defining who is a US. citizen—who possesses the rights and duties of citizenship—has been the crux of our history and the focal point for many struggles.

Join the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY New Paltz for the first event in this year's Without Limits series, which will begin a year-long campus discussion on "Citizenship."

The exploration of this theme kicks off TONIGHT with:

“The Politics of Belonging:
Reflections from New Paltz Faculty”

Tuesday, October 17, 5:30–7:00pm
Lecture Center 102

A panel of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share aspects of their research that touch on the present and historical challenges of citizenship and inclusion both locally and nationally. The panelists are:

  • César Barros, speaking on “The Nation’s Rejected Subjects: Paradoxes of Belonging”
  • Nicole Carr, speaking on “Strange Fruit: The Politics of Belonging in the Trump Era”
  • Sharina Maillo-Pozo, sharing “A Few Reflections on Women of Color and Academic Citizenship.”
The concept of “Citizenship” is also at the heart of the College's Diversity & Inclusion Council’s programming this academic year, so the campus and the community will have ample opportunities to discuss this vital and relevant topic.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Lecture Center Lobby for guests and participants.

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Roedelius Performs at SUNY New Paltz on Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Talk about an amazing and unexpected event. Electronic musician Hans Joachim Roedelius, the founder of Cluster and Harmonia, two of the leading acts of the 1970s Krautrock movement, is performing this Sunday at SUNY New Paltz.

Born in Berlin in 1936, Roedelius cofounded Cluster with Dieter Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler in the same city in 1970. Concurrent with the rise of similarly minded German bands like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and Can, Cluster worked with the pivotal producer Conny Plank and caught the ears of David Bowie and future their collaborator Brian Eno. In 1973, as a side project, Roedelius and Moebius formed the “Krautrock super group” Harmonia with Neu! member Michael Rother; the trio went on to release two influential albums. As a solo artist, Roedelius has remained a vital force in the worlds of ambient and experimental music.

Here’s a track from Roedelius’s 1981 album Wenn dur Sȕdwind weht:

Hans Joachim Roedelius will perform at the Julien J. Studley Theater on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on October 22 at 2pm. Tickets are $8 ($6 for seniors and $3 for students). For more information, call (845) 257-7869 or visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/music/concertseries.html.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Seasonal Vintage Train Rides

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:36 PM

  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

The vintage passenger trains run by the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) date to the 1930s, ’40s, and ‘50s, and offer rides along the sleeks tracks around Kingston and into the picturesque rural landscapes nearby. The Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad (C&CV) was built in 1869, and passengers aboard today experience this once-primary form of travel, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Otsego County. Both historic railroad lines run special train rides throughout the year to share a love of train travel with people of all ages.

  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

This weekend, both lines are running Pumpkin Patch Trains. They’ll wind their way through fall foliage to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch where a pumpkin is included in the ticket price. The CMRR will run the last two weekends in October with their new character, Jackie O’Lantern, the Harvest Queen. C&CV runs on October 21st and 22nd. They’re offering a special Halloween Costume Party Train for adults on the evening of October 28th with light food and a full cash bar and DJ.

Pumpkin Patch Trains on the CMRR board at the Westbrook Lane station, 149 Aaron Court at the Kingston Plaza shopping center: October 21-22 and 28-29; departing 11a, 1p, and 3p; rides are 60-75 minutes round trip; $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 youth ages 2-12, free for ages 2 and under on a lap; purchase tickets online.

October Train Rides on the C&CV board just east of Route 28 on Route 166, 136 East Main Street in Milford: Pumpkin Patch Train, October 21-22; departing at 1p; rides are two hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3. Halloween Costume Party Train, October 28th; departing 7p; ride is 2 ½ hours; $20 adults, $19 seniors, must be 21+ with valid ID to ride; reservations required, call (607) 432-2429.

  • courtesy of Catskill Mountain Railroad

Beginning November and December, both lines will host Christmas-themed train rides, some with Santa on board. C&CV’s North Pole Express features colorful lights, Christmas music, and a stop at the North Pole Station for a casual nighttime ride along the Susquehanna River with holiday treats. Their Santa Express is decorated with garland and ornaments, and parents can bring a small gift to hide behind the Depot to the Reindeer Shack so Santa can hand it out on the train. The CMRR’s trademark Polar Express is inspired by the Warner Bros film and book by Chris Van Allsburg. There's Santa, music from the motion picture soundtrack, characters come to life, pajama-clad passengers, and all the magic of the story and of the season.

2017 Polar Express on the CMRR board at the Westbrook Lane station, 149 Aaron Court at the Kingston Plaza shopping center: November 17-19 and 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 27-28; rides are up to 1 ½ hours round trip; $39 adults and $32 youth under 12 for off-peak, $48 adults and $38 youth under 12 for peak; purchase tickets online.

Holiday Rides on the C&CV board just east of Route 28 on Route 166, 136 East Main Street in Milford: Santa Express, November 24-26, December 3, 10, 16, and 17; departing at 1p; rides are 2 ½ hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3. North Pole Express, December 2, 9, and 16; departing 6:30p; ride is two hours round trip; $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 children ages 3-12, free for under 3; reservations required, call (607) 432-2429.

Ask the CMRR and C&CV historic railroad lines about private charters for groups, nonprofit organizations, and schools!
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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Halloween Journey

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Children at Cara Cruickshank's Halloween Journey. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HALLOWEEN JOURNEY.
  • Photo courtesy of The Halloween Journey.
  • Children at Cara Cruickshank's Halloween Journey.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate this Halloween, look no further. Interweaving poetry and theatre, the widely acclaimed Halloween Journey is not a fright event, but rather a celebration of regional folklore, history, and ecology with an emphasis on the mystery and magic of the season.

The Halloween Journey is the brainchild of Hudson Valley native, former Broadway actress and educational youth program director Cara Cruickshank and a group of local mothers who wanted a safe, fun, and affordable way to celebrate Halloween in the Catskills. They wanted an all ages outdoor event that promoted wonder, not fright. Within the first year, 130 community members of all ages attended, and by the seventh year that number grew to 400 children and adults. After a hiatus, Cruickshank is returning to Big Indian from Paris to direct the event’s two-night performance.

The evening will begin with a bonfire, live folk music, hot apple cider, homemade chili, and seasonal treats. Next, attendees will be led into the forest by candle-light to encounter legendary characters of Catskill history and folklore. Rip Van Winkle, Sojourner Truth, Catskill poet John Burroughs, fairies, animal spirits, and other fanciful creatures will be brought to life. Their respect for nature will be shared as well as an inspiration of wonderment and appreciation for the treasured Catskill region.

The Halloween Journey is presented by Cafe de la Culture in partnership with The Pine Hill Community Center, The Catskill Center and 100 Thousand Poets for Change. The magical and mysterious celebration will begin on October 27 and run through October 28,5-9pm. Early bird tickets are available before October 20. General admission tickets will begin after October 20.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Paula Cole Croons in Albany

Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Along with Sarah MacLachlan and Tori Amos, singer-songwriter Paula Cole is emblematic of the ethereal, female-artist-dominated Lilith Fair tours of the 1990s. Her biggest-selling album is This Fire, which contains the Top 20 hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” and turned 20 last year. Cole is currently on the road in celebration of that landmark, as well as the release of her newest album, Ballads, and the tour will bring her to the Egg on October 21.

Raised in Rockport, Massachusetts, Cole got her first big break when she was tapped by Peter Gabriel to appear on his 1993-1994 tour. Her first album, Harbinger, appeared in 1994, but it was the combination of This Fire and Lilith Fair that cemented her arrival and led to a 1998 Grammy for Best New Artist.

In 1997, she performed “I Don’t Want to Wait” on “Late Night with David Letterman”:

Paula Cole will appear at the Egg in Albany, New York, on October 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $29.50. For more information, call (518) 473-1845 or visit http://www.theegg.org/.

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YOGA: The Secret of Life - The Photographs of Francesco Mastalia

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Kevin Courtney, co-creator of The Bridge Practice, a method which merges Yoga and Qi Gong. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANCESCO MASTALIA.
  • Photo courtesy of Francesco Mastalia.
  • Kevin Courtney, co-creator of The Bridge Practice, a method which merges Yoga and Qi Gong.

Following the resounding success of its 2014 Francesco Mastalia exhibition Organic: Farmers & Chefs of The Hudson Valley, The Moviehouse Studio Gallery will feature the first public show of the Rhinebeck-based photographer’s latest project, Yoga: The Secret of Life. Mastalia’s photographs document the personal experiences of 108 of today's renowned yogis, including well-known names like Rodney Yee, David Life, Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon, Raghunath, and the world’s oldest yoga teacher, 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch. The exhibit also includes photos of some local yogis: Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Shiv Mirabito—all of Woodstock, Raghunath of Canaan, and Justin Ram Das Logan of Red Hook.

Shiv Mirabito, a Tantric Buddhist-Hindu yogi, anthropologist, archivist, artist, photographer and poet who divides his time between Woodstock, India and Nepal. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANCESCO MASTALIA.
  • Photo courtesy of Francesco Mastalia.
  • Shiv Mirabito, a Tantric Buddhist-Hindu yogi, anthropologist, archivist, artist, photographer and poet who divides his time between Woodstock, India and Nepal.

Each Yogi was photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century, when the art of photography was in its infancy. Also called simply the collodion process, this early photographic technique involves adding a soluble iodide to a solution of collodion (cellulose nitrate) and coating a glass plate with the mixture. This process is valued for the level of detail and clarity it allows, producing images that are at once dream-like and hyper-crisp with a luminescence all their own.

The portraits in the collection possess an ethereal, deeply meditative quality that takes on an extra dimension when viewed with their accompanying narratives, which provide an intimate and enlightening account, in each yogi’s own words, of their personal journey.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 14, 4:30–6:30pm at the Moviehouse Studio Gallery in Millerton and is co-sponsored by Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. The exhibit will then run until January 24. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cassette Store Day Unspools in Poughkeepsie

Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Some will say it’s another hipster-driven novelty, but the resurgence of cassettes within the DIY indie scene is nothing if not an interesting trend — it’s cool and cute, seeing twenty- and thirtysomethings discovering and getting excited about the “exotic” and long-dormant format. And, truth be told, some of the most daring new sounds have lately been coming out on cassette only. To call attention to the revived cassette underground, Cassette Store Day, a spinoff of the internationally popular Record Store Day, was launched in 2013 and this year promises new tape releases by the White Stripes, J Mascis, Pentagram, and others. The worldwide event, which happens on October 14, will be celebrated locally at Darkside Records with live music by several acts on the Poughkeepsie cassette label Queen City Tapes.

Performing at the store’s CSD celebration are Queen City Tapes artists Womb of Nations, Surmiser, Making Matters Worse, Mister Blonde, and Freejays. On hand and available for purchase will be dozens of newly released, cassette-only titles.

Here’s Surmiser rocking out at last year’s Newburgh Illuminated festival:

The Hudson Valley edition of Cassette Store Day will take place at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 14 beginning at 10am. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 452-8010 or visit https://www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com/.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Debating a Constitutional Convention

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

left to right: Gerald Benjamin and Fred Kowal
  • left to right: Gerald Benjamin and Fred Kowal

Turn the ballot over this November while at the polling station, and New Yorkers will be able to cast a vote on whether New York State should hold a convention to amend its constitution.

New York’s constitution was the first state constitution written, drawn from the Declaration of Independence, and it preceded the federal constitution by a decade. It’s more detailed than the federal constitution, too, establishing the structure for local government, the judicial system, and the basic rights of New Yorkers. It was rewritten four times, most recently in 1894. At a pivotal constitutional convention (there have been nine in the past 240 years) in 1846, this mechanism for convening a constitutional convention was added: every twenty years, a question would be automatically added to the New York State ballot which would ask, “Shall New York hold a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” In five weeks, on November 7th, voters all over New York will be asked to mark, yes or no.

On Monday, October 16th, that question will be publicly debated in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium at SUNY New Paltz .

Debating in favor of a “yes” vote is Gerald Benjamin, Director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, a research center which engages students with communities, governments, not-for-profits, and businesses across the region. About the ballot question, Benjamin says, “Our Jacksonian forbearers, the 19th century leaders who provided us with this regular opportunity to review the fundamentals of our governance, proceeded with a profound faith in democracy. Theirs was a very American – a very New York – belief in the possibility for progress and improvement. The pending vote on calling a convention may be the most important decision we can make for improving governance in our state in this century. If we truly want to reform New York government, a convention is our only path.”

Debating in favor of a “no” vote is Fred Kowal, Statewide President of the United University Professions, the nation’s largest higher education union, representing more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. About the ballot question, Kowal says, “If approved, a convention could bring about major changes to the state’s constitution, which would risk many basic rights and protections, including public pensions, workers' compensation rights, collective bargaining rights, social welfare and ‘Forever Wild’ protections. It is important for all New Yorkers to be informed before they decide on a statewide Election Day referendum on whether or not a constitutional convention should be held.”

Yes or No? A New York State Constitutional Convention? forum will take place from 6–8 p.m. on October 16th, in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium at SUNY New Paltz. It’s free and open to the public.
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