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Kingston After Dark: Staking a claim

Kingston After Dark: Staking a claim

Kait Eldridge leads Big Eyes, a pitch-perfect blend of alt-punk and power pop on the more aggressively played, but not inhospitable end of the spectrum. Imagine if Sleater-Kinney were somewhat more into Cheap Trick than riot grrrl and yet lost none of the emotional relevance but had twice-as-big guitar heroics. The band’s back in Brooklyn...
Izzy the cat's 700-mile journey to Kingston

Izzy the cat’s 700-mile journey to Kingston

Cats are indeed creatures of mystery, so we’ll never know exactly how Izzy got from her home all the way in North Carolina to a parking lot of an Ulster Savings Bank branch in Kingston, or what adventures she had in her two years on the run. But she picked the right parking lot, as...
Anti-Trump vandalism mystery brings pastor under police scrutiny

Anti-Trump vandalism mystery brings pastor under police scrutiny

A Kerhonkson family’s home has been vandalized numerous times over the past two months, with the pastor of a Kingston church questioned by state police as a potential suspect. The Rev. Darlene Kelley, pastor at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church and the coordinator of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, is widely regarded as one...
Kingston After Dark: Night reconnaissance

Kingston After Dark: Night reconnaissance

It sold out faster than you can say “I am the girl anachronism.” The Dresden Dolls tour warm-up show at BSP on Aug. 24 in the massive back room theater is precisely why I tell people to pay close attention to local club bookings these days. As a musician and event organizer growing up, I...
Two years of police-community efforts to engage bearing some fruit

Two years of police-community efforts to engage bearing some fruit

Two years after a police shooting and subsequent violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. led to the creation of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and sparked a nationwide conversation about policing and race, Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti said his department is working to come to terms with the issues and forge a stronger bond with...
Kingston After Dark: Who you gonna call?

Kingston After Dark: Who you gonna call?

Whether you are an ’80s fanboy stuck in the past or someone excited to see a female team of Ghostbusters, chances are you have an opinion on the recent reboot of the classic franchise. Personally, I wish they had connected it better to the earlier films in a timeline. I hate when Hollywood wipes the...
It's all systems eat for Smorgasburg this Saturday

It’s all systems eat for Smorgasburg this Saturday

After several months of anticipation, with a few more months added because of delays, the upstate edition of Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s popular food and flea market, is ready to open this Saturday, Aug. 6, at the former Hutton Brickyards. “We’ve got a few last-minute things to take care of, but all the infrastructure work is done,...
Kingston After Dark: Power under control

Kingston After Dark: Power under control

Kingston, how are you? Hope you’ve had a great week. I am sweating my butt off, chugging seltzer as usual and listening to the gnarly frog vocals of black metal’s Abbath as I wait for the evening to cool. I try to mix things up in this column and focus on different parts of Kingston...
Like it is everywhere else, Pokémon Go huge in Kingston

Like it is everywhere else, Pokémon Go huge in Kingston

Since launching earlier this month, the “augmented reality” smartphone video game Pokémon Go has taken the world — and Kingston — by storm. Now, three weeks after the game launched in the U.S., everyone from local merchants to city police is getting in on the action. For those who don’t know (and may be wondering...
Kingston UFO conference to explore topics not of this world

Kingston UFO conference to explore topics not of this world

Aficionados of the extraterrestrial, mark your calendars — a two-day UFO conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at the Quality Inn on Route 28, preceded on Friday, July 29 by an opportunity to meet the event’s speakers at 6 p.m. and a screening of Jenn Stein’s documentary...
Planned Parenthood sets youth leadership session

Planned Parenthood sets youth leadership session

The Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Kingston Health Center at 21 Grand St. is offering a free youth leadership training program for teens between 14 and 18 on Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Their mission, they state, “is to envision a world without barriers — where freedom and dignity are accepted as...
Kingston After Dark: Uniform choice

Kingston After Dark: Uniform choice

If you are like me you are tired of the uniformity of many summer festivals in America. Sure, you have a diamond in the rough like Psycho Las Vegas which features a punishing array of cooler metal bands from Alice Cooper and Sleep to Fireball Ministry and Tribulation to Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. Mostly...