Matthew Pleva has both a recognizable face to many in Kingston and a portfolio of memorable, creative work that’s some of the best stuff Kingston has to offer. Pleva is a very interesting guy and it was a pleasure to get to interview him after having it on my “must do” list for a few years now.
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If you’re looking for compelling and rapturous soulful next-level indie releases created in the Hudson Valley, then you will be completely missing out on one of the most powerful records of 2019 if you sleep on the lush, jazz-infused chamber-pop poetry of Luis Mojica’s yearningly bold new album, How A Stranger Is Made. A boring run-of-the-mill collection of clichés this record is most definitely not.
Tubby’s in Kingston (586 Broadway) regularly hosts acclaimed and interesting music, from well-known names like Thalia Zedek to Oneida to up-and-coming regional acts like Hen In The Foxhouse or Silverdome. This Saturday, Nov. 2 will find the venue hosting a special regional welcome-back show of sorts for psych-folk artist and consistent anti-violence activist Globelamp.
This week for a special Faces of Kingston, I was pleased to chat with popular media personality, entertainer and all around good pet mom and rock ’n’ roll local MK Burnell. Let’s get right to it.
Faces of Kingston’s objective is to get chatty with a different person from the community every week, in hopes that we all get to know one another a little better. This week we talk to five-year resident Daniel Rhinier on making the best life you can out of where you are, uplifting the arts and more.
I recently became casually acquainted with the outspoken and quite busy Ethan Scott Barnett, often found passionately chatting with a wide array of people around our city at night, and I suspected a great interview subject as well as interesting human had been found. Thank you to Ethan for taking time and agreeing to be this week’s Faces of Kingston subject.
Robert Hacunda, who grew up in Marlboro but has been many places since, provides the landscape part of this exhibit, which opens this Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Modern Art Gallery in High Falls with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Michael Nighswonger, born in California and a former North Carolinian who moved into town earlier this year after spending eight years in the Adirondacks honing his craft and building an inventory of work, brings the abstracts.
Thoughts on The Joker, Liz Phair at Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, and Nikki Belfiglio of Bodega stops in this week to hype the popular band’s appearance at this year’s inaugural O-Positive festival this weekend.
This week for Faces of Kingston we are going to talk to someone I always see out really participating in the Kingston community. Whether telling stories about Kingston, dreaming up delicious menu items or making new friends, Diego’s Taqueria co-owner Isaac Cruz plays a big role in making our area a better place.
Saturday, Oct. 5: The 200th anniversary of the birth of American poet, journalist, essayist and humanist Walt Whitman is this month, and a dear colleague of his (or the people now taking care of his old cabin) will be throwing his birthday party — John Burroughs.