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United Way fundraiser gets local stars out on the dance floor

United Way fundraiser gets local stars out on the dance floor

It’s a pretty good deal, really. Spend an evening at the deluxe Diamond Mills hotel up in Saugerties, pitch in for a worthy cause and watch local celebrities — some of whom you probably know in real life — show off their dance moves. It’s called “Dancing With the Stars: Ulster Style” and is slated...
Kingston After Dark: The art of peace

Kingston After Dark: The art of peace

Since my dad died in January I’ve been finding calm in reading his pocket copy of The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba. One entry that sticks out: “The art of peace is not easy. It is a fight to the finish, the slaying of evil desires and all falsehood within. On occasion the Voice...
Cuda’s story: Local pit bull’s not your everyday pooch

Cuda’s story: Local pit bull’s not your everyday pooch

Life is strange sometimes, in the way small acts can change your life unexpectedly. Julie LeRoy, now a Cottekill resident, wasn’t expecting much that day five years ago when her job as an animal control officer called her to a home in a bad neighborhood in Durham, N.C. It was a pretty standard call, for...
Kingston After Dark: Punk-o-Rama

Kingston After Dark: Punk-o-Rama

For those paying attention, punk rock that is actually not “dead” has been keeping a strong purchase in the region. We’ve really seen a resurgence the last few years of bands getting national attention for making earnest working-class tunes that matter. From Poughkeepsie’s Meridian to Kingston’s Americana-influenced punkers Nightmares for a Week to the critically...
Danielle and 'Jacques': a magazine reborn looks to take over

Danielle and ‘Jacques': a magazine reborn looks to take over

It’s the tail end of the lunch rush at Uptown Kingston’s Outdated Café. Danielle Leder is digging into an omelet and plotting domination of the softcore pornography industry. “I want to become the standard,” says the 29-year-old fashion model turned magazine publisher. “I want to take down Playboy.” It’s a bold statement from a woman...
At Ellipse, Michelle Elise transforms old stuff into new greatness

At Ellipse, Michelle Elise transforms old stuff into new greatness

To everything there is a season. But what happens after its season is over, and it gets flung into the $1 sale bin? Then sold at a garage sale for 15 cents? Then tossed into the to-be-donated box and shoved into the attic corner? More and more designers have been taking pleasure by imagining a...
Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

March came in like a lion — the blast of cold weather has a local correlation in the blowing away of conventional boundaries between sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics that’s an underlying theme of two of this month’s art exhibitions. At the Gallery at R&F and KMOCA, the surfaces and forms of the paintings, sculpture...
Kingston After Dark: Land of plenty

Kingston After Dark: Land of plenty

My mother always said that the Catskills were the closest she’d found to a place as beautiful as Wales. Given the chance to interview platinum selling Welsh-born-turned-Hudson-Valley-native songstress Donna Lewis, I figured this might be a good icebreaker. “She’s right, I have to say, I think that’s why I felt very at home here,” Lewis...
Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

A California-based water bottling company has dropped a proposal to build a sprawling manufacturing facility in the Town of Ulster that would have taken millions of gallons a year of City of Kingston water and bottled it for sale. Don Katt, president of SUNY Ulster said Friday, Feb. 13 that he received a one-paragraph email...
Kingston After Dark: Amazing grace

Kingston After Dark: Amazing grace

The beat goes on, they say. I was still reeling from the sudden death of my former landlord and Kingston legend Victor Ruzzo when I got the call from my sister, Cambria Evans, that our father, Thomas Vink-Lainas, had passed away. Suddenly my thoughts went from feeling bad for Victor’s daughter Ashley and her nice...
Vive le Kevin: Quilty talks Europe, the community and living well locally

Vive le Kevin: Quilty talks Europe, the community and living well locally

You don’t know you are going to laugh as hard as you do when you first sit down with Kevin Quilty. When you first sit down with him, you notice a well-put together, intelligent, polite, organized, cultured, polished and very professional man. Soon, you’re bubbling over chatting about late Baroque tapestries and Parisian flatware, and...
Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...