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Learn how the Hudson River gave birth to the modern American environmental movement

Learn how the Hudson River gave birth to the modern American environmental movement

Saturday, October 6: Book talk at Slabsides with historian David Schuyler about his new book, Embattled River. Some of the conflicts that Schuyler documents are universally known: General Electric, the PCB contamination of the Hudson and the cleanup debate, for example. Others are news – startling news – to me: a major nuclear power facility with cooling towers proposed for the Esopus/Lloyd town line in the 1970s?

Outdoor Monder and Bleckmann concert at Wilderstein

Outdoor Monder and Bleckmann concert at Wilderstein

Sunday, September 30: The New York City jazz guitarist Ben Monder was already the owner of a humming 30-plus-year career as leader and sideman when he was tapped by David Bowie to be one of the featured voices in the ensemble that made Bowie’s arrestingly strange final album, Blackstar. When Bowie taps, you fall down. He was the Miles Davis of rock — with feelers on every street corner looking for the first signs of fresh new things to borrow and glom upon.

Bethel Woods presents Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Bethel Woods presents Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Sunday, September 2: On guitar…well, you weren’t expecting Richie Blackmore, were you? His parting from DP was ages ago, and permanent. Will you take Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs, who has not only been a member DP for several decades but is also one of the greatest living progressive (and country, and fusion, and nylon string, and…) rock guitarists? 

Ashokan Center hosts Summer Hoot this weekend

Ashokan Center hosts Summer Hoot this weekend

Friday-Sunday, August 24-26: An overstuffed lineup of cool music, and one that, per usual, taxes any stable definition of “folk music” to its breaking point. You get the idea: All high-end stuff in an extraordinary setting with the high-fiber community values that have always distinguished the Hoots from your standard-issue folk bacchanalia.