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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...
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...