CreativesMXtory X Judith Tulloch Singer, Songwriter Episode #5 – Everyone Can Sing Episode #5 – Everyone Can Sing ABOUT Judith Tulloch was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. It was there as a child that she discovered her passion for music. Rooted in Jazz, classical, and rock styles, she began to pursue her musical dreams of being a performer. Through her travels she had the opportunity to see and perform in many different places, from New Orleans, to Seattle, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South East Asia, Iceland, Europe and Africa. Now living in New York’s Hudson Valley, Judith performs with her band in the tri-state area, and is currently a music teacher in Orange County. http://www.judithtulloch.com/Judith_Tulloch_Band/Home.html What’s next for Judith Tulloch Band: Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm Songs for the Season – Holiday Show with Mighty Girl! Howland Cultural Center 477 Main Street Beacon, NY Hester Mundis Author & Humorist Episode #16 – He’s An Ape Episode #16 – He’s An Ape ABOUT Hester Mundis is the former head writer for “The Joan Rivers Show” and a four-time Emmy nominee. A multi-tasking author and humorist, she has written, co-written and ghost written plays, screenplays, TV shows, and numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the autobiographical No, He’s Not a Monkey, He’s an Ape and He’s My Son, the true account of raising an infant chimpanzee for 2 1/2 years in her Manhattan apartment. www.hestermundis.com A long-time Hudson Valley resident, Hester currently divides her time between writing and being a crisis hotline volunteer for FAMILY of Woodstock. She is the mother of two sons, has recently become a grandma, and has been happily married for 35 years to on-air radio personality Ron VanWarmer. What’s Next for Hester – Writing a Middle Grade adventure novel tentatively titled: The Zombie Puppies of Sunnyvale. David Kraai Songwriter, Recording Artist, Performer Episode #81 – Frog Noises Episode #81 – Frog Noises ABOUT David Kraai (pronounced cry, meaning crow) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been traveling and performing his melting pot of country, folk and rock music for over a decade. His roots stem from New York’s Hudson Valley, but his music has taken him all over the United States, and at times abroad. Kraai has been fortunate enough to release several albums and share stages and bills with some of his heroes like Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Dickey Betts and Leon Russell, David Kraai’s new album, North Mountain Rambling, was recorded in the basement of the legendary Big Pink – a house just outside of Woodstock, New York. It’s been fifty years since Bob Dylan and The Band recorded The Basement Tapes there and this is the first album recorded and released from Big Pink since those historic sessions. Performers on the album include Dylan alumni Rob Stoner (Rolling Thunder Revue, Desire, Hard Rain, At Budokan, Live 1975) and Eric Weissberg (Blood On The Tracks, “Dueling Banjos”). David says of the album, “I had the idea to record here over a decade ago. It never left my mind, kind of like the songs that came out of this basement. It would be an absolute life-highlight to make any music in these hallowed walls, but to bring new songs into the world from this special place again is very magical. This location, these players, fifty years… it’s more than a dream come true, to me it’s the most perfect circle.” What’s next for David: He’s giving an in store performance at the legendary Big Pink in Kingston, NY on November 24th at 1PM. Archives David Laks Musician, Videographer, Inventor Episode #125 – What’s Hiding Inside Your Harmonica? Episode #125 – What’s Hiding Inside Your Harmonica? ABOUT David Laks studied music in high school and college, played the flute and saxophone, yet never took formal lessons on harmonica. He has become so adept at the harmonica, that he now teaches the instrument. He learned the technical ins and outs of harmonicas including their customization and tuning. He started off as a music therapist, later becoming a music teacher. David began creating videos for the recruitment of band students until he went back to school for a second masters degree in media design and technology. This took him into the industry of videography. He then discovered aerial videography with drones when he was gifted one from his son. David is also a composer of music who performs. http://davidlaks.com/ What’s next for David: Lullabies and Love Songs will be his next performance at the Colony in Woodstock on Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2018. John Stavros Founder of Kingston Pop Museum Episode #178 – Dreams from Chelsea Born in Kingston Episode #178 – Dreams from Chelsea Born in Kingston ABOUT John Stavros, a former professional soccer player, has 26 years of experience in the promotion, marketing and production of creative endeavors. He is owner of PMP Studios in New York City and is now bringing his talent to Kingston, NY. His is an American rag to riches story. Starting out as a summer resort lifeguard, his athletic skills paid off and he became a pro soccer player with the American Soccer League. Stavros, later turned to modeling and design, finding his way to Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory. In 1990, he founded PMP Studios in order to combine all of his creative services under one roof. His latest venture is the Kingston Pop Museum, showcasing “memorabilia once belonging to the late Bill Aucoin, who managed the rock band Kiss, late fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, fashion icon Charles James and soccer star David Beckham”. Kingston Pop Museum will be more than a museum. It will also be a haven for artists including work spaces, a recording studio, and living space for artists-in-residence. http://www.kingstonpopmuseum.com/ What’s Next for Stavros -> Celebrate his birthday on November 30th! Call 845-481-5638 for more information and follow him on Facebook. Kingston Pop Museum opens March 2018! Jessieca McNabb Comedian Episode #55 – Get Your Laugh On at Stewart’s Episode #55 – Get Your Laugh On at Stewart’s ABOUT Jessieca McNabb was born in 1971 in Troy, Alabama but spent her formative years in the City of Kingston in Ulster County, NY. Jessieca discovered she was funny when she accepted a dare to take the stage at the Laughing Wolf in New Paltz, NY. From then on, she was hooked, later winning the 2013 Gag Show Contest at the Rosendale Theater, where she continues to perform. Often referred to as “a cross between Whoopie Goldberg and Eddie Murphy,” Jessieca writes and performs readings with the TMI PROJECT, a group that allows her to incorporate her comedy into serious, yet timely, topics such as racism and sexism. Her day job at a Stewart’s Convenience store provides ample comedic material. It’s her love for making people laugh that keeps her as a major attraction at her job. Jessieca also appears at Ole Savannahs and Raul’s Bar in Kingston. During the fall, she donates her time to fundraisers and holiday events. https://www.facebook.com/jessieca.l.mcnabb?pnref=friends.search What’s next for Jessieca -> On December 1st, Jessieca will be appearing at the Sullivan ARC in Kingston for their holiday fundraiser. Episode #55 – Get Your Laugh On at Stewart’s Meryl Meisler Photographer Episode #258 – On the Road to MOMA Episode #258 – On the Road to MOMA ABOUT Meryl Meisler was born 1951 in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends for fun. After working as a freelance illustrator by day, Meryl frequented and photographed the infamous New York Discos. Meryl also worked for 31 years as a NYC Public School Art Teacher. Meryl’s two books include: A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), The book juxtaposes her zenith of disco photos with images of the burned out yet beautiful neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in the 1980s. Her second book, Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015), contrasts intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life. Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 — a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery. Meryl Meisler is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery http://www.merylmeisler.com Purchase her books here. What’s next for Meryl: Meryl’s 3rd monograph in the trilogy about the 70s Scintillating ’70s Sense & Sensibility will be published in 2018. “Brooklyn Photographs” – group exhibitCurated by Elizabeth Ferrer BRIC Arts Media House 547 Fulton Avenue, (enter on Rockwell Pl.) Brooklyn, NY 11218Through October 29, 2017 “Me, My Selfie & I: Contemporary Self Portraits” – group exhibitHudson Guild Gallery 441 West 26th St., NY, NY 10001Through November 18, 2017 “SASSY CIRCUS & Creepy Clowns” – solo exhibitBIZARRE Black Box Gallery12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY (J/M/Z to Myrtle/Broadway)Through November 22, 2017, open daily 11am – 4am This is a link to press images in the show “LES YES!” – solo exhibit70 Orchard Street, NYC, NY 10002May 3, 2018 – June 3, 2018Opening Reception May 3, 2018, 6 – 9pm “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library” – group exhibitPhotographs From The Library of Congress Collection Curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker Anneberg Space for Photography2000 Avenue of The Stars, LA, CAApril 21, 2018 – September 9, 2018 Nicholas Leiss Compassionate Chef Episode #143 – All About the Ingredients Episode #143 – All About the Ingredients ABOUT Chef Nicholas Leiss was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. His small town humble beginnings led him to cooking before he could even reach the stove. While standing at his mothers and grandmothers hip, he developed a passion for food. This passion is what drove him to start cooking professionally at the age of 14. He credits his first mentors, Chef Robert Corle and Chef Charlie Gipe for lighting the fire to further pursue cooking and attend The Culinary Institute of America. After graduating from The CIA, Nicholas spent most of his career in the bountiful Hudson Valley and ever-busy New York City. He has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the Hudson Valley’s great chefs and develop relationships with many mentors such as Jessica Winchell of Global Palate Restaurant and Brandon Collins of The Roundhouse. While in New York City, Nicholas trained under Tom Colicchio of Colicchio & Sons, as well as Didier Elena and Matt Aita of Chefs Club NYC. Nick gives back to the community by volunteering to cook every Monday at the Beacon Community Kitchen. He considers himself to be a compassionate chef who uses sustainable ingredients as well as honors meat with a “nose to tail” approach to cooking. “No Farmers, No Food. Farmers are neighbors, our friends and people that we need to sustain us. I am very fortunate to be able to do my hobby for a living, which is sharing my passion and love of food and cooking with others. Cook within the season, cook within your region, and cook to create memories, and you can’t ever cook a bad meal.” https://www.facebook.com/BeaconSoupKitchen/ What’s next for Nicolas: The pursuit of happiness while feeding others! Lou Agresta T-Rex in Chief Episode #61 – Life Changing Decision Episode #61 – Life Changing Decision ABOUT Lou Agresta is a novelist, game designer, and dinosaur lover. Denied a career in paleontology by the forces of evil, he became a writer. Since then, Lou has authored, edited, and developed over 1 million words for the adventure game industry. His work includes the five time Ennie-nominated Razor Coast as well as Heart of the Razor, its award-winning companion volume. He is the author of cyberpunk novel, Club Anyone, set in the acclaimed Interface Zero game world. Club Anyone from WordFire Press is Lou’s debut novel. A martial arts enthusiast and a fan of Nordic dotwork tattooing, Lou has been spotted in an orange tuxedo, co-hosting the Iron GM show with fave collaborator Rone Barton. Lou lives in the Hudson Valley with two cats, his girlfriend, and (part time) two children – not necessarily in that order. Agrestasaurus is Lou Agresta’s official web page & Words Like Bullets is his Blog. Joel Goss Polymath “Renaissance Man” Episode #259 – A Little Trick Episode #259 – A Little Trick ABOUT Joel Goss spent his entire childhood around aviation; perhaps his learning to fly a Piper Cub before he could reach the pedals without blocks is the reason his imagination still takes wings in many different directions. From managing the original New York Improv, to winning National Kodak photography awards, producing and directing stage screen & TV, writing comic books & graphic novels, becoming a Doctor of Divinity, right on through being part of a team that won a Peabody and 2 Primetime Emmy awards, he keeps evolving and soaring… What’s next for JG: What’s next for JG: Building props for stage and film, and painting two commissioned Van Gogh forgeries Christopher Garrett Software Developer Episode #48 – Q and I Episode #48 – Q and I ABOUT Christopher Garrett has been a software developer for over twenty years. Most of his professional career has centered on creating desktop, web, and mobile apps for businesses. In his free time, he is a musician, woodworker, game designer, and outdoor enthusiast. About eight years ago, he started getting more serious about game development, and released a word game called QatQi in 2012. QatQi was widely acclaimed and featured on the Apple App Store. Building on that success, his studio just released an emoji-based mobile game called Moji Match. www.mojimatch.com What’s next for Chris: Moji Match will be my primary focus for the foreseeable future as we update it and add new features. Paul McMahon Pictures Generation Artist, Performing Artist Episode #93 – Nobody Wants to Kill Me Episode #93 – Nobody Wants to Kill Me ABOUT Paul McMahon is one of Woodstock’s most versatile artists. Known as the ROCK’N’ROLL THERAPIST (originally PSYCHIATRIST but ask him about the name change) for curing what ails you with a song about your troubles, Paul has toured US and Canada. He is a writer, one of his early books, POTATO JOKES, was published by Pocketbooks in 1984 and led to penning over 100 jokes in MUPPET MAGAZINE and Workman Press. Paul is also a recording artist, with his first album PAUL McMAHON in 1986 on NEUTRAL RECORDS. Josh Baer and Glenn Branca’s label (best known for launching Sonic Youth). Always creating, Paul invented toys. His first success being MOCK MOUSE followed by Ms. “Tick” MOUSE both selling for over 30 years. He went on to create a bumper sticker series with punchlines like, “Old Beer, Stale Hippies and Psychedelic Rednecks,” “Mid-life Crisis Center of the Northeast,” and “Most Famous Small Town on Earth.” In 2007, Paul launched Woodstock Mothership an ‘Everything Center’ for Changing Times; Live music, art gallery, meeting place, drum circle, yoga, spiritual/healing workshops, etc. space. He was awarded the Best Museum Group Show of the Year award for the Metropolitan Museum, for the PICTURES GENERATION 1974-1984 at Rob Pruitt’s First Annual Art Awards ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum in 2009. Over the years, Paul has had his own show, Dogs on Patrol, on Woodstock cable tv and has written and performed cryptic theater, collaborating with many artists in the Hudson Valley. His ROCK’N’ROLL THERAPIST can be heard on Radio Woodstock’s Sunday morning show the Woodstock Roundtable. Paul’s mission is to know the deepest truth. www.paulmcmahon.tv What’s next for Paul: January 2018, he’s showing “The Everything Show” in Brooklyn, NY.