All posts by John Burdick

Janis: Holly George-Warren explores the complex mind of a legend

Janis: Holly George-Warren explores the complex mind of a legend

Woodstock reading on Sunday, November 3: Many of the myths regarding Joplin read out like cautionary, puritanical sermons, luridly celebrating her passionate performances as something inspired and beyond her control, meanwhile excoriating her for her weakness, the demons and hedonism that ultimately defeated her. The standard line on Janis has allowed precious little acknowledgment of her personal agency, her seriousness of purpose and her accelerating artistic growth and self-determination, all of which are major and richly substantiated themes in George-Warren’s deeply engaging new biography.

Colony hosts “Forbidden Fruit: Haunted Hotel”

Colony hosts “Forbidden Fruit: Haunted Hotel”

Saturday, Nov. 2: When Colony opens its woody, elegant and historic space to the surging popularity of the drag and cabaret arts this weekend, that’ll be my child – Strawberry, six-foot-seven in heels – commanding the stage on which they still occasionally let me play guitar, a six-string fretted instrument popular in the Renaissance. As I have watched Strawberry’s bookings rise in the last few years, taking them to Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Calgary and filling their pockets with bills, I can’t help but notice that locally, they play all the same rooms I do, or used to. From the New Paltz bars to BSP and now to Woodstock’s elegant and historic room, I struggle to find gigs, while my child and their ilk are “killing it.” Circle of Life stuff, I guess.

Maya Hawke plays Colony

Maya Hawke plays Colony

Thursday, Nov. 6: The daughter of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke made her screen debut as Jo March in the 2017 BBC adaptation of Little Women and starred as Robin in the third season of the Netflix series Stranger Things. As a musician, she works frequently with the Grammy-winning writer and producer Jesse Harris, who is well-known in this area, particularly for his work with Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux and others.

Ask a naturalist: Which kinds of trees make which color leaves?

Ask a naturalist: Which kinds of trees make which color leaves?

Different tree species are associated with different colors. Hickory and sycamore leaves are golden-orange. Ash leaves tend to be yellow and purple. Oaks hold onto their leaves the longest and produce russet-brown foliage. Sugar maples take on an orange or red tone. There is evidence that red leaves are more prevalent when days are warm, dry and sunny, and the nights are cool (but not freezing). Red foliage has also been linked to fungus and drought.