2013

Ash from your woodstove can serve many functions in the garden

Do occult practices contribute to the health of my pear trees? After all, there I was, clomping through lily-white snow in boots, tossing what looked like puffs of smoke at each tree. As…

The all-American dysfunctional family

Affording as it does unaccustomed glimpses of realities alternate to what we regard as the normal world, mental illness has served as a bottomless well for stories, both dramatic and comedic, since time…

Corridor of quick cuisine

In Ulster County there exists a motherlode of cheap eats to fill your belly without busting your budget. Like a vein of quartz through rock, this gorgeous region boasts a wealth of culinary…

Diving into the Net at Center for Photography

For visual artists who aren’t intimidated by the use of electronic media and the tools offered by contemporary technology, a bigger, better playground than the Web could scarcely be imagined. You can create…

Comedy for a Cause at SPAF to benefit hurricane-displaced pets

Natural disasters bring out the best in many people, and the current rash of fundraising events to help the people most impacted by Hurricane Sandy is certainly a tonic against life’s daily temptations…

Woodstock Day School arts fest this weekend

You’ve got to love the spirit of a student body that names its literary magazine The Battering Ram, and that treasures the arts of manga, anime and stop-motion filmmaking alongside traditional painting and…

Ben Neill brings his mutantrumpet to Kingston

When Miles Davis released On the Corner late in 1972, the affronts and outrages of Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way lay behind him. Thanks to Miles, fusion was established fact, only…

Kids’ Almanac (January 10-17)

“Immature is a word that boring people use to describe fun people.” – Will Ferrell   Check out Elizabeth Mitchell’s take on “Froggie Went a-Courtin’” The song “Froggie Went a-Courtin’” has been around…

Anticipate auroras, meteors and a great comet in 2013

This might be an amazing year in the sky. Forget star charts, telescopes or any sky knowledge; rare celestial events in 2013 may fill the heavens with spectacle. First, we expect the long-awaited…

Midge Ure to play Bearsville

As a solo artist and as a member of Ultravox, Midge Ure gave voice to the first wave of British synth/pop. The Scottish-born singer/songwriter and guitarist’s career, however, had some surprising antecedents –…

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