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South Jersey, circa 1983: A distinctive sub-region, as if a section of the south or Midwest was grafted onto the east coast. Francis, a defrocked college student who has made a mess of both his scholastic career and his life, finds himself back home at the Jersey shore and gainfully employed at a sprawling, subterranean gas station.

“Petroleum Transfer Engineer” is not just Francis’s story, but is also the chronicle of a time and place that is slowly disappearing: The farmland, little eateries, and raucous bars giving way to development; the resorts of Atlantic City morphing into its soulless casino incarnation. Francis must navigate a terrain that is simultaneously familiar and off-kilter. Somehow, he must struggle to piece his life back together.

Richard Klin lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is the author of “Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America and Abstract Expressionism For Beginners.” He will be at the Golden Notebook in Woodstock, New York for a reading and signing on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.


  The 2017 Woodstock Film Festival begins tomorrow and will feature documentary and narrative films, panels, and parties in the Hudson Valley through the 15th. The new musical film, Stuck, directed by Michael Berry, will screen at the Woodstock Playhouse tomorrow at 7pm and at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on the 14th at 9:30pm.

 

In Stuck, six strangers trapped together on a stalled New York City subway car confront their assumptions of one another under the scrutinizing eye of Lloyd, a mysterious homeless man, played by Giancarlo Esposito.

 

Esposito is likely best known for his roles in Spike Lee films such as Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo' Better Blues. Other notable films include Fresh, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York. He plays Gustavo “Gus” Fring on Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul.

Celebrating 18-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 120 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, October 11th through Sunday, October 15th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 4 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 20 East Coast Premieres and 9 New York Premieres.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview. 

The 29th annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival will take place this Saturday, September 30th from 10 - 6 and Sunday, October 1st from 10 - 5. Held at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in Saugerties, NY, the festival is a major fundraiser for the Saugerties Kiwanis Club.

Over 200 food, crafts, and garlic farmer vendors participate in the festival – there is live music, chef lectures, and garlic farmer lectures and a children’s area that includes a rock climbing wall.

This two day celebration of the yearly garlic harvest was started in 1989 at Pat Reppert’s Shale Hill Farm in Saugerties and has expanded from a few hundred attendees to thousands of garlic lovers enjoying each day.

Chairperson of the Festival Richard Kappler and Treasurer of the Festival Beth Becktold join us.

This Saturday - July 15th at 2pm - the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of Story Of A Girl at Upstate Films in Woodstock. The film's director, Kyra Sedgwick, and editor, Sabine Hoffman, will host an in-person Q&A session following the screening. The screening is happening before the film's official television premiere on Lifetime on July 23rd.

The film tells the story of a young girl's loss of innocence and the role of social media in adolescent lives. It is based on Sara Zarr's award winning novel. 

The film is Kyra Sedgwick's directorial debut. She's an actress who has in The Closer and starred in films such as The Woodsman and Personal Velocity.  

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Two Hudson Valley representatives appear to be feuding.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This Thursday, April 6th, Jazzstock will present a CD release concert for Teri Roiger’s new record, Ghost of Yesterday: Shades of Lady Day as part of its concert series, “Jazz at The Senate Garage” on North Front Street in Kingston, NY.

Later this month Jazzstock will present performances by Joe Lovano on April 15th and The Joey Alexander Trio on April 21st.

We are joined by Jazzstock-ers Teri Roiger and John Menegon.

  In Identity Unknown, Donna Seaman brings to life seven forgotten female artists, among the best of their day: Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins; Bay Area self-portraitist Joan Brown; Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions; Loïs Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance; Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive; Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising; and Louise Nevelson, an art-world superstar in her heyday but omitted from recent surveys of her era.

Donna Seaman is Editor, Adult Books, Booklist, a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism and the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. 

She will be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck on Saturday, February 25.

There has been major environmental news in the Hudson Valley of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Recap: Top Hudson Valley Stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The presidential election aside, 2016 in the Hudson Valley had its share of the spotlight. The race for the 19th congressional district seat grabbed national headlines while proposed projects such as Legoland brought out community members in droves. From potential anchorage sites along the Hudson River to  a refugee resettlement program, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a recap of some of the region’s top stories.

  Hudson Valley Ruins is a photography and architecture exhibition at The New York State Museum based on the work of Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi.

Their 2006 book, Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, studies the region's forgotten cultural treasures. In addition to great river estates, the book profiles sites more meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches and hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills and train stations.

The show is on display at The New York State Museum through December 31st and this Saturday the artists will be on hand for a guided tour and book signing. 

  Former two-term Hudson Valley Congressman John Hall has been out of office since losing the 2010 election, but he’s stayed busy.

Today, Hall speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock in their first Congressional Corner segment in six years.

This is a segment from an hour-long interview about Hall’s new memoir (Still The One: A Rock'n'Roll Journey to Congress and Back) which airs Thursday 8/18 at 1 p.m.

  Shadowland Stages in Ellenville, NY began this summer season with John Cariani’s Last Gas. The are currently presenting the Hudson Valley premiere of John Logan’s RED – and the season to come includes Miracle on South Division St., 8-Track: Songs of the 70’s, and God of Carnage all of that and the Acting Academy at the Shadowland Stages is entering its ninth year.

Brendan Burke is the Artistic Director at the Shadowland Stages and he joins us. 

  One Hudson Valley Congressman is trading politics for the classroom.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  Upstate New York Women In Film & Television (UPWIFT) and The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, will present a screening of the film, Racing Daylight on Friday, March 18th, at 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a conversation with director Nicole Quinn afterward. The movie is part of the Reel Women in Film series sponsored by UPWIFT and The Linda.

Racing Daylight was filmed in the Hudson Valley and features Oscar award-winning Ulster County resident Melissa Leo as well as Oscar nominated actor David Straithairn. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time.

Nicole Quinn joins us.

  The 18th Congressional District in the Hudson Valley will decide if it wants another new representative this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s been busy working for the district. 

Nancy Fuller - host of  Farmhouse Rules - the #1 in-kitchen show on the Food Network will talk about America's yearnings for authentic comfort food & sign copies of her new cookbook in a pair of upcoming events in the region. She will be at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Claverack Library on Monday at 7 p.m.

  Warrior Productions in Rhinebeck was founded with a couple key goals. They want promote new works by emerging and established playwrights living in the Hudson Valley, to present artists with production opportunities and unique programs seldom found elsewhere and to create and provide programs in which emerging artists collaborate with accomplished mentors in a supportive, educational, and professional environment.

They also are looking to produce diverse and provocative new plays that explore contemporary issues and engage audiences and communities.

Elaine Fernandez is President and Founder of Warrior Productions.

 Many Hudson Valley residents are worried about contracting Lyme disease.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that vigilance is a must. 

March Gallagher

A new president and CEO will take over soon at The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, a philanthropic organizations that works to benefit Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties by raising money for scholarships, grants, endowment funds and charitable organizations. The Board of Trustees recently named March Gallagher as CEO and president effective Sept. 28. She is now with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

  The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

  Hudson Valley utility customers have been facing a rate hike.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that federal regulators are misguided.

  

  Figures In Flight is a professional modern dance company of 14-18 year olds in The Hudson Valley who have been dancing together for over 12 years.

Next month, Figures in Flight Dance Company is going to be performing its last concert ever. After decades of service to the community, director, Susan Slotnick, is retiring. Her choreography has helped thousands of children in the region learn the importance of attention and movement.

  Here is what happens at a Death Cafe - people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

To tell us more about Death Cafes in our region – we welcome: Barbara Sarah - Founder of the Circle of Friends for the Dying which has sponsored 21 Death Cafes in Ulster County and Laurie Schwartz, a Founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying.

They've been having monthly Death Cafe gatherings in Ulster County since August, 2013 and will be hosting one at the Rosendale Café in Rosendale on Sunday, May 31st.

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  Our friend John Fischer is a professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Mr. Fischer teaches the baccalaureate-level Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, and Spirits and Principles of Mixology courses.

Wines discussed and tasted on air:
1. Les Quarte Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2014
2. Wölffer Estate Rosé, North Fork of Long Island 2014
3. Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rhône 2014
4. Roederer Estate, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley NV

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 While offering full chef degrees and operating restaurants for the public, The Culinary Institute of America also offers other programs for food enthusiasts – Boot Camps, Cooking and Wine Classes, Demos and Tastings.

Mark Ainsworth is a professor of culinary arts at The Culinary Institute of America. Chef Ainsworth teaches courses in both the college’s degree programs and in its Continuing Education division.

A 1986 graduate of the CIA, he holds dual certification from the CIA and the American Culinary Federation as a ProChef Level III and Certified Executive Chef.

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  Ted Russin is the associate dean of culinary science at The Culinary Institute of America . He oversees the college’s baccalaureate degree program in culinary science, and is responsible for the curriculum, instruction, and program development for the entire academic major. He is also an instructor for the Culinary Research & Development and Ingredient Functionality courses in the program.

Mr. Russin was host and creative development consultant for the Cooking Channel special Geek-A-Licious in 2011 and a consulting expert and editor for the gels, thickeners, and foams chapters in Nathan Myhrvold’s groundbreaking book, Modernist Cuisine.

So, how is the science of food different from the art of cooking and how does one get those ingredients to function?! Ted Russin joins us.

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This campus is swarming with diligent students – dead-set on becoming the best in their field. But how does a person decide that they want to make food and food service their career?

Darcy Sala is the chef-instructor for Dutchess County BOCES Career and Technical Institute in Poughkeepsie, NY. She graduated from The CIA in 2001 and she joins us now along with Kimberly Calle – an 11th grader at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction who is part of the culinary program at Dutchess BOCES to talk about how people find their passion for food prep and turn it into a career.

We had the great privilege of interviewing author Richard Price in March for WAMC's The Book Show at the Morton Memorial Library a few weeks ago. It was the first time we were there and we fell in love with the 1905 historic structure along Kelly Street in the hamlet of Rhinecliff, New York. They even have a library cat, Julio. He's not with us today, but Joanne Meyer is here, she is the Executive Director of the library.

We also welcome Tom Sloan, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System -- a consortium comprised of 66 libraries in Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, and Putnam counties. He joins us to talk about library systems and the bigger picture for libraries in this region.

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It’s not just about cooking. With the food landscape changing rapidly, companies are increasingly in need of expertise in food policy, community involvement, global issues, food systems, and much more.

That is why you can now study food history, cultures, and cuisines in the CIA’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in the Applied Food Studies program.

To tell us more, we welcome Beth Forrest - an associate professor of liberal arts here where she teaches the Introduction to Gastronomy course as well as History and Cultures of Europe, Food History, and Global Cuisines and Cultures.

  Also here is Deirdre Murphy who teaches History and Cultures of Asia, a course for juniors and seniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees in culinary management or baking and pastry management. Dr. Murphy also teaches electives in The Ecology of Food and Food and Culture.

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