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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...
Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe: a playful minimalism

Susan Spencer Crowe’s solo exhibition of encaustic-painted wall pieces and sculptures at the gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, entitled “Encaustic/Form II,” has its roots in the Minimalist art of the 1960s. She employs Minimalism’s rigor of form and its use of the grid, but the playfulness, wit and rich pictorial associations of her work express...
Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

Midtown arts district: If Paducah can do it, so can we

What would the proposed Midtown arts district do exactly, and how would it benefit Kingston? A public discussion last Saturday at City Hall attended by 40 persons elicited many ideas. A Kingston arts district should engage the entire community, commission public murals and sponsor festivals and other events. It might partner with the schools to...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses are located in repurposed factory buildings in the industrial belt of Midtown along the railroad...
TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

TMI Project brings open, honest storytelling to Kingston

What’s Too Much Information? Depending on the context, it could range from a graphic description of what happened in the bathroom after one helping of baked beans too many to a graphic description of a childhood containing more trauma than a box set of Dickens to a quick way to cut people off from telling...
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...