A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

June Events 2023

Queer Summer Nights | Orchard Disco: Dance under the stars!  Big Gay Hudson Valley’s Queer Summer Nights events series is returning for Summer 2023 with an Orchard Disco. Spend a queer summer night of dancing with the full spectrum of our community as Superior Sounds serves up the beats & the tap room offers pizza […]

APRIL EVENTS 2023

PETER & THE WOLF AND CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Peter and the Wolf, a lyrical symphonic fairy tale for children composed by Sergei Prokofiev, will be narrated by David Gonzalez while Frederick Chiu accompanies on the piano. Followed by a performance of composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a musical suite of fourteen movements, […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LA VOZ MAGAZINE

Imagine the feeling: making a fresh start thousands of miles from home, learning a hundred new things a day and trying to make all the right moves. It’s made many times more challenging because you don’t speak the majority language; some agencies and places are bilingual, but many aren’t, and finding the ones that are […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION

Come on out and dance. Or act. Or beat the drum. It’s all right here in Midtown, extremely affordable, welcoming to all, and the kids will love it too. The Center for Creative Education is all about finding and living your possibilities—and expanding them by nurturing your mind and body until those possibilities open up […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CIRCLE CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Human beings are born to work with our hands. Centuries of human existence demanded it, and being the wonderful creatures that we are, we gathered together to do it and made all kinds of beautiful things, and creating something beautiful is still the best known cure for a whole host of troubles. Organizers Melissa Hewitt, […]

ROCK SOLID REBELS: ROSENDALE’S FLOURISHING UNDERGROUND

Under our feet is a 32 square mile swath of limestone stretching from Kingston down to High Falls. And from 1825 till 1910, the earth here gave up sixteen million bags a year of the finest natural cement you could buy. The cement industry literally made the town of Rosendale. Rosendale cement, was used in […]

POETRY & VERSE

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living […]

POETRY & VERSE

To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth By Phillis Wheatley ‘HAIL, happy day, when, smiling like the morn, Fair Freedom rose New-England to adorn: The northern clime beneath her genial ray, Dartmouth, congratulates thy blissful sway: Elate with hope her race no longer mourns, Each soul expands, each grateful bosom burns, While in thine […]

ARTS OF INDEPENDENCE: MEDIA IN THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA

By the last quarter of the 18th century, enough immigrants of various nations had established a toehold on the North American continent that the dominant Puritan influence of the 1600s had begun to fade. Life was still pretty dour in much of New England, with secular everything frowned upon, but the human spirit is stronger […]

JUNE EVENTS 2022

Releasing into Process $35 ($30 for ASK Members) 18 and up. In this class we will allow for spontaneous movement, stillness, and imagination. Using poetic imagery and various sound environments we can cultivate a heightened awareness of our integrated internal and external landscapes, bringing us into the present moment. Through our practice we create the […]

POETRY & VERSE

Growing by James Henry DAY 1: First I want to thank you for giving me your two-week notice. It gave my heart just enough time, almost, to slowly break and begin to repair itself again.  Today I’m heart broken, so it’s not repaired yet—it’s too new. The thoughts of you are too fresh; your presence […]

Open Mic Fridays at Tilda’s Kitchen

I am personally so excited to throw the open mic at Tilda’s Kitchen. The idea of hosting an event that can really stimulate creativity and connection within the community is a joy!   We’ll be hosting an INCREDIBLY talented house band for our first night that is there to serve performers who may wish to perform […]

“Earthday Everyday” Eco-mural Project on Display at Kingston City Hall

Kingston, NY – The “Traveling Mural”​ was created by youth in the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) with local interdisciplinary artist, Star Nigro. The eco-mural was created with everyday objects and recycled materials, such as wood pallets and bottle caps, and carries the message, “No matter our differences, we always have something […]

Cursed by David Crosby? What Happened to The Woodstock 50 Dream?

By Paul Smart It’s the month of the Woodstock Festival’s much heralded 50th anniversary. You could say the entire thing, including its long heralded memory, ended up seeping back into its chaotic Aquarian Generation roots.  At the time we were writing this, in the latter half of July, the festival was set to land at […]

POSITIVE NEWS BRIEFS & OPPORTUNITIES, JULY 2019

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm at the Bandshell at Bowdoin Park on 14 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County is thrilled to bring concerts back to Bowdoin Park and Dutchess Tourism Inc. President and CEO Mary Kay Vrba is very […]

Celebrating the Late Great Ben Wigfall

A new exhibit at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster celebrates the legacy of the late painter and printmaker Benjamin Wigfall, who was a forerunner of the contemporary Black Arts Movement that blossomed in the 1960s and 1970s to reflect pride in African-American history and culture.  Wigfall’s many accomplishments included his being a pioneering college professor, […]

An Arts Renaissance

Unison Arts Embraces Transformation BY TERENCE P WARD What’s now known as Unison Arts Center has had more than a few different names since it was founded in 1975, but themes of art, education, and sense of place have been woven into its essential fabric all along—along with a sense of vision that keeps getting […]

A Musical Tribute to Unsung Heroes

An usual collaboration that took place over many months bore fruit on April 24, in the form of Unsung Heroes: Songs of our elder farmers by local songwriters. Eight different farmers—or significant others—were interviewed about their lives and work by songwriters, who debuted their work at the event, which took place at Rondout Valley High […]

Upstate Smorgasburg

by Emma Parry “Coming soon to Downtown LA and Kingston, NY…” If seeing these two cities heralded in the same breath feels unfamiliar, we’d better get used to it. With film studios and production facilities proliferating, and ever more celebrity residents, we might be en route to becoming Hollywood on the Hudson. Among the innovative […]

Radio Woodstock

In 1970, Richard Fusco moved to Woodstock from New York City to help his friend convert the burnt out shell of a building into what would eventually become legendary rock lounge The Joyous Lake. One day, fiddling with the FM dial, Richard discovered he could listen to the audio stream of the Woodstock public access […]

O+: Doctors Say a Healthy Dose of Music and Art Goes A Long Way

by JD Eiseman    Now in its sixth year, the O+ Festival is a three-day, community-run celebration of art and music that simultaneously creates a bridge for working artists to access healthcare. In exchange for contributing to the festival’s programming, musicians, artists, and volunteers alike will receive a screening of their health needs and appointments […]

Artist Profile: Michael Porter, White Crane Hall

compiled by Lisa Barnard Kelley Michael Porter started his study of Tai-Chi in the early ’80s, and he’s had a constant practice ever since then. He taught his first class in 1995; since 2001 he has taught continually in the Kingston area. His teaching style focuses on building a good foundation in the principles and […]

A Reggae of Light

Growing up in a ticky-tacky Long Island suburb, I was on course to becoming a ticky-tacky person in a box where we all come out the same. My box made me ignorant of important social issues, equal rights, justice, and international relations. I was a Long Islander, and we were raised to think that the […]

TAP New York Returns to Hunter Mtn!

TAP New York started out 18 years ago with just a handful of craft brewers and a couple hundred thirsty beer lovers descending on the halls of the world-renowned Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. In the years since that inaugural event, the craft brew game has exploded in popularity, with hundreds of beer festivals taking […]

Art, Heart, and Playing it Smart: The care and nurturing of small town revitalization

by Anne Pyburn Craig It happened to cities and towns throughout industrialized America in the late and middle years of the 20th century. Big employers who’d propped up local economies for decades downsized or left, creating a brutal ripple effect on smaller businesses. In Rosendale, it was the cement industry. Beacon lost factories. Hudson was […]