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Get-out-the-vote virtual concert and rally

Get-out-the-vote virtual concert and rally

Community members, international performers, political representatives, candidates and activists have gathered for a reprise concert (this time, virtually) as Hudson Valley Votes comes together to get out the vote. Airing on Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m., via HVV’s YouTube channel and social media, as well as via Radio Kingston, Radio Woodstock and others, this third annual concert-rally features local and international talent.

Carole Ford of New Paltz publishes journals of touring US, Canada by camper

Carole Ford of New Paltz publishes journals of touring US, Canada by camper

Mention Carole and Steve Ford to Paltzonians of a certain vintage – those who attended the Campus School, the New Paltz Middle School and/or High School between the mid-1970s and early 1990s – and you’ll see eyes light up and hear fond memories recalled of the Arts Community Youth Theater. The Fords created a nurturing backstage family for many a creatively inclined youngster, introduced more than a few future thespians and theater professionals to the stage, and provided the community with years of high-quality live entertainment.

Democratic Convention featured music by New Paltz-based composer Pete Calandra

Democratic Convention featured music by New Paltz-based composer Pete Calandra

Even if all you caught of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on TV was the opening video sequence – a montage lasting a minute and 45 seconds, titled “We the People” and featuring notable Americans of every description reciting the opening paragraph of the US Constitution, ending with the convention being called to order – you’ve been exposed to the music of New Paltz resident Pete Calandra. The keyboardist, composer and teacher wrote and played every note on that piece, which opens with a Coplandesque fanfare designed to swell the heart of any Democrat.

Artists sought for Outdoor Peace Exhibit

Artists sought for Outdoor Peace Exhibit

Two local artists and business-owners have teamed up with the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce to launch a new art project called “Outdoor Peace Exhibit: A Study on What Brings Us Together.” Liz Glover Wilson, a Chamber board member and founder of Sunflower Art Studios and Stone Wave Yoga, said that the board “had been talking about doing an art project for some time now, and I thought that this would be the time to really dig in and get something done that not only beautifies our town but also brings our community together.”  

Unison opens its new outdoor performance space in the sculpture garden

Unison opens its new outdoor performance space in the sculpture garden

With their facilities indefinitely unavailable, or available on terms so reduced it is nearly impracticable, arts organizations like New Paltz’ venerable Unison Arts Center are asking and answering the toughest questions about survival — economic and creative. Where is the soul of an arts center? Does it lie in the actual physical space, with the high ceilings, wood beams, track lighting and acoustic treatment? Or does it live in the curatorial and community impulse?

Ever-forward energy

Ever-forward energy

Any objective consideration of Rhett’s recent work, in his years leading up to a certain age we don’t discuss, reveals that the dude is only getting better. 2018’s The Messenger is one his most daring and vibrant solo albums to date, one that stretches the boundaries of his songwriting voice. All of The Old 97’s recent records are just blisteringly good, reveling in musical brotherhood and seasoned, second-nature craft.