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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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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!
  • 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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Shana Falana Unveils Uplifting Music Video

Posted on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Shana Falana - FIONN REILLY
  • Fionn Reilly
  • Shana Falana
For many musicians, making the statements about social change that are so direly needed at the present can be a tricky thing. If you’re not Pete Seeger or Phil Ochs, how do you comment on such stuff without it feeling forced? Sometimes, it seems, the right song is already there, right under your nose — it just didn’t occur to you in quite that way when you were writing it. So it is with Kingston’s psych-pop songstress Shana Falana, who just debuted a new video for “Cool Kids,” a track off her 2016 album Here Comes the Wave. “This song, which I wrote last year, is about embracing yourself and letting go of judgements against others,” she says. “At my shows recently I’ve been sewing felt hearts onto people’s clothing and asking them to make a pledge to be more vulnerable, empathetic, and to actively take care of others in their communities.” Here’s the epically uplifting video for “Cool Kids,” which costars many members of our own Hudson Valley community: Shana Falana is on tour in the US starting November 2. For show dates and more information, visit http://www.shanafalana.com/.
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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

click image PHOTO COURTESY OF LEGOLAND MALAYSIA.
  • 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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