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Kingston After Dark: Stand up for yourself

Kingston After Dark: Stand up for yourself

It’s a slow-burn Sunday early afternoon. I was out late last night and just rising. Bees are literally divebombing into the numerous purple and orange flowers in the garden, vanishing like yellow-and-black flying mini-billiard balls. I’m listening to the witchy, trance inducing Blood Moon Rise album by retro, occult stoner-rock band Jex Thoth and feeling...
‘Midtown Loves Kids’ fest this Saturday

‘Midtown Loves Kids’ fest this Saturday

People from Kingston and the surrounding areas are invited this Saturday, Aug. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. to join the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, the Sunday school of the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church and Kingston Midtown Rising at the inaugural “Midtown Loves Kids” community bazaar and fundraiser at the corner of Liberty Street...
Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

Sticks, stones and Tyler Borchert’s weekly sculpture sessions

They call him “the bluestone guy.” Every Sunday for the last five years, Tyler Borchert, a Kingston native and local artist, positions himself on the Rondout, building and rebuilding sculptures made of stones and sticks. He uses the materials, very basic building blocks of nature, to create abstract-ish representations of human figures or Neolithic, Stonehenge-y...
Kingston After Dark: All good people

Kingston After Dark: All good people

When I first called famed Breeder and indie-rock legend Kelley Deal, she missed the call because she was outside planting tomatoes. Can I tell you how much I love that? It’s rad that someone with Deal’s reputation is cool to do press for a smaller-venue tour with her non-Breeder project R. Ring (with collaborator Mike...
Kingston After Dark: Beacons of life

Kingston After Dark: Beacons of life

Sometimes you meet people who are so into what they’re doing — really using their precious time to cultivate a craft or find their American Dream or who unhesitatingly move to the beat of their own drum — that you can’t help but get pulled into their energy. Guitarist Robert Kelly, a.k.a. “the Van Halen...
With women: Capital Region Midwifery opens in Kingston

With women: Capital Region Midwifery opens in Kingston

For the first time, expecting moms-to-be can access the services of a midwife, right here in Kingston. “We just love people and we really want to help,” said Liz Pickett, CM, MS, LM. “Midwife literally means ‘with women’ and we truly are with women.” Pickett, of New Paltz last month helped open a local Capital...
Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

The Kingston-Ulster Airport last month was the backdrop for the shooting of a scene for a trailer for the upcoming indie feature “They All Drank the Water.” Written by Marlboro resident and chainsaw sculptor Bruce Bayard and directed by ex-Saugertesian Stephen W. Tenner, the film is in need of some community support before it can...
Kingston After Dark: Dramatic Times

Kingston After Dark: Dramatic Times

While I am tempted, of course, to open things loudly by proudly trumpeting the historic establishment of marriage equality across the nation, I’d like to set a more somber tone by asking you to take a moment to, after your jubilation, remember that these changes have been a long time coming. Real “Christians” aren’t supposed...
Farmstands offer free fare

Farmstands offer free fare

The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, People’s Place and Ulster County Community Action are collaborating to bring Kingstonians two chances a week to pick up free locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nutritional and cooking tips. The farmstands will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at People’s Place, 17...
Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

It’s moving to hear a song like “Ride Out Any Storm” on activist Tom Chapin’s great new album, 70. Folk elements straight out of the bright light of protest music anchor these songs of determination. You certainly feel Chapin’s continuing vitality. I ask him whether protest can still weather the storm and make peace prevail...
Kingston After Dark: Ticket to ride

Kingston After Dark: Ticket to ride

“I’m in a rather ambiguous position, an ex-rock musician who did a lot of drugs,” claimed legendary rock journalist, sci-fi author and U.K. scenester Mick Farren in one of his later-life interviews (on Vimeo) on the subject of his must-read book Speed-Speed-Speedfreak: A Fast History of Methamphetamine. Any fan of Sons of Anarchy‘s stark televised...
The rite time: Ed Levine’s Bar Mitzvah at 93

The rite time: Ed Levine’s Bar Mitzvah at 93

On May 23, at Temple Emanuel on Albany Avenue, former city assessor Ed Levine will become a man. He turned 93 on May 11, 80 years after he came of age as a Jew. “I had the feeling that when I went to temple I wasn’t completely in line with what a temple member was...