Culture
Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Stockade Tavern’s Josh Rosenmeier takes two trophies at bartender challenge

Eleven of the area’s best bartenders swizzled their stuff for an all-star judges’ panel and the public at the Hudson Valley Bartender Challenge on Sunday, July 27. The charity cocktail competition, held at Rock and Rye Tavern in New Paltz, highlighted local restaurants, distilleries and farms, rewarding syntheses of seasonal ingredients and ingenuity with silver...
May’s mélange: Large-scale extractions, pictorial vocabularies and trippy inventiveness

May’s mélange: Large-scale extractions, pictorial vocabularies and trippy inventiveness

KMOCA, the Abeel Street contemporary art museum, specializes in small-scale works which best fit its two small rooms. So it was a surprise to be greeted at last Saturday’s opening by a large, telephone booth-sized painting whose combination of abstract figuration, psychological narrative and expressionistic color were clearly indebted to Picasso’s synthetic Cubism, Georges Roualt’s...
Kingston After Dark: Real craft

Kingston After Dark: Real craft

This cold weather thing got you down? Well, I am trying to deal with it just like the rest of you. Unless you are a snowboarding maniac who loves bitter wind chill, this is the pits! Then again, growing up I used to always promise myself I wouldn’t endure another New York winter and yet...
Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

In the early 1970s, Ione — then known as Carole Bovoso — was a freelance writer, Village Voice contributor and poetry editor when she went to Egypt on assignment for a travel story. “When I set foot on the land I felt something so powerful, which I never felt before,” she said. The next year,...
The scoop on Miraldi's 'Scoop Artist'

The scoop on Miraldi’s ‘Scoop Artist’

In its ideal form, investigative journalism is part detective story, part philosophical inquiry and part moral crusade. For Seymour “Sy” Hersh, the reporter who broke the stories about the My Lai massacre, the CIA spying on American citizens and torture at Abu Ghraib, his work included all of the above, with a fair helping of...
KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit

Before there was Santa Claus and St. Nicholas, the darkest time of the year was associated in pagan Europe with the wild man of the woods, variously known as the Krampus, Black Peter or Wandago. Smelly, covered in matted hair, and bearing horns, the Krampus survived the advent of Christianity to become one of St....
Marwencol going Hollywood

Marwencol going Hollywood

Universal Studios has optioned the 2010 documentary Marwencol, with Robert Zemeckis developing the drama as his next directorial project, with Caroline Thompson (co-writer of fantastical scripts like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas) working on the script. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal also includes the rights to Mark Hogancamp’s life story. Marwencol,...

Q’s, A’s, excitement with Tim Hurley and Esther Gin

By day, Ulster town resident Tim Hurley is a polite, well-mannered real estate agent at Coldwell Banker. But sometimes, the night calls … and the city’s most notorious and most beloved bonne vivante, Esther Gin, answers. Kingston Times wanted to know a little more about these two. Carrie Jones Ross: Tim, where were you born and raised? Tim Hurley:...
Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

The advent last summer of the Midtown Farmer’s Market, which sells fresh local produce every Tuesday afternoon on the site of the former vice-epicenter King’s Inn on Broadway, planted a seed on a depressing stretch of Broadway, a seed that a few weeks ago led to a second, spectacular blooming — the erection of a...
Kingston, the muse: Martin’s new album draws from local inspiration

Kingston, the muse: Martin’s new album draws from local inspiration

Rebecca Martin is known in Kingston as one of the city’s most committed and effective community activists. She was the first executive director of the Kingston Land Trust, which has become a formidable force for conservation, green spaces, and community building in the city. But she is also a nationally known jazz vocalist, and her...
Kingston After Dark: T-Shirts, gin and visionaries

Kingston After Dark: T-Shirts, gin and visionaries

A wise man (and Hyde Park resident) once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” FDR was talking about overcoming the Great Depression, but the words still ring true today. I was listening to the awesome indie band Titus Andronicus’ album Local Business and was inspired to write a positive column...
Rock star or no, the rent’s still due

Rock star or no, the rent’s still due

The Kingston landlord at the center of legal showdown over Garth Hudson’s music memorabilia archive says he’s been unfairly portrayed as a greedy opportunist out to take advantage of a local legend. In fact, Mike Piazza says, Hudson and his wife, “Sister” Maud Hudson, have ignored his attempts, going back several years, to settle the...