Art & Music

Ella Ray Kondrat releases Hum to Your Heart

Ella Ray Kondrat releases Hum to Your Heart

Across its eight devilishly musical and imaginative compositions, Hum to Your Heart’s basal setting is one woman: her syrupy, melismatic vocals and her fingerpicked, throaty acoustic guitar. But only 40 seconds into “Bringing Myself Back Home,” Hum to your Heart announces its one grand permission, its loophole: lush, reverb swamped choirs of Ellas, sometimes deployed in deep and rich block chords, other times in savvy counterpoint.

Saugerties curatorial extravaganza: Jen Dragon teams up with Jennifer Hicks

Saugerties curatorial extravaganza: Jen Dragon teams up with Jennifer Hicks

Never count Jen Dragon or her Cross Contemporary exhibition services out. When she closed her own gallery space on Partition Street in Saugerties last holiday season, the parting party was as celebratory as one of the opening receptions Dragon’s become known for. Where would she pop up next?
Dragon soon hooked up with Jennifer Hicks of the burgeoning 11 Jane Street Art Center. She started curating new shows for Hicks in and around in the old JJ Newberry’s space on Main Street as well as the more intimate gallery on Jane Street.

BSP hosts Huichica East festival

BSP hosts Huichica East festival

Saturday, Aug. 10: Roky Erickson’s death precipitated Huichica’s move from the Dutchess County farm that has been its New York home to the big back room at BSP in Kingston. It also led the organizers to shorten it to a one-day festival, one held in Erickson’s honor and memory.